Brotherhood and Christian spirit returns Maqongqo Church to normal

2016-03-02 06:00
PHOTO: jerrybarnes  ReverendDonald Knott spearheaded the rebuilding of a Catholic Church in Maqongqo.

PHOTO: jerrybarnes ReverendDonald Knott spearheaded the rebuilding of a Catholic Church in Maqongqo.

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IT took him more than four year to rebuild a church that was vandalised by political violence in Maqongqo in the nineties.

An Eastwood resident, a St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church deacon and a long-serving parish­ member, Reverend Ronald Knott single-handedly embarked on the rebuilding of the Maqongqo Catholic Church, fondly known as St Agnes or Villa Maria.

Knott knocked on many doors, wrote many letters, worked around the clock and made thousands of phone calls asking for donations or building material from business people and companies in KwaZulu-Natal.

“It was very tough from day one, but I just wanted Maqongqo Catholics to get back to their church and worship the Almighty God fairly and freely. Unfortunately, the majority of Maqongqo business people looked away, but some were kind and helpful.

“We finally started getting building material and donations from people and companies. Others offered their service for free. Community members welcomed the idea and the project with open hearts,”said Knott.

Now it is possible for Knott to conduct church services at least twice a month.

“Slowly, slowly, the Christian life in the area is getting back to normal. God has been great and we are grateful that a handful of good people­ have joined hands and helped us,” said Knott.

Companies and people who donated funds or offered their services free include Quickfit Glass, Ugesi Electrical, Errol Forbay Electrical, Window Specialist and Dr Llewellyn Kenny, an Eastwood Catholic Church member, Glenwood resident and Edendale Hospital doctor.

Although the Maqongqo Church building may look complete and ready for services for the next 30 years, there are many things that are still missing and more furniture, building material or any kind of donations are still needed.

“My next dream is to see this church 100% and working.

“My other aim is to see the old clinic and community hall on the church premises functioning and properly rebuilt,” said Knott.

Knott can be contacted on 082 843 7913, email him on or pay him a visit at 29 Kingfisher Road in Eastwood, Eastwood Catholic Church.

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