On November 1st, 2003, South African Scientologists and honored guests gathered to commemorate the Grand Opening of the Church of Scientology of Johannesburg.
Mr. David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board of Religious Technology Center and ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, addressed South African Scientologists and honored guests at the opening of the new Church of Scientology of Johannesburg on November 1, 2003.
“I think it is highly appropriate that I thank the Church of Scientology, particularly the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, for exposing the most horrendous practices of the apartheid system of mental treatment of people,” said Dr. Ben Ngubane, Minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology.
Ms. Pearl Mashabela, Former Editor and Publisher of Tribute Magazine: “We as African people have achieved our freedom from repression and indignity. Mr. Hubbard clearly understood that only by uniting and working with all peoples could true progress be achieved.”
“I congratulate you on your magnificent new Church and trust that it will contribute to addressing some of the social crime problems experienced in the Johannesburg area,” said Mr. Oswald Reddy, Area Police Commissioner for Johannesburg.
Ms. Carol Milner, City Councilor: “The international scope of the Church's work on many social fronts has been enormous. Any organization that has achieved even a fraction of what Scientology has created in the realm of social betterment is to be highly commended.”
The entrance to the Church of Scientology of Johannesburg, welcoming parishioners and visitors from throughout South Africa for Church services and community events.
Visitors to the Joburg Church are invited to use the public area for coordination on community betterment and humanitarian programs.
The Chapel and community room of the Church of Scientology of Johannesburg, for the delivery of Sunday Services and the hosting of public forums, seminars and classes for community groups.
Dedicating the first Ideal Church of Scientology on the African continent, Mr. David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board of Religious Technology Center and ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, addressed South African Scientologists and honored guests at the opening of the new Church of Scientology of Johannesburg on November 1, 2003.
Dedicating the four-building, 36,000-square-foot Church with Mr. Miscavige was South Africa’s Minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology, Dr. Ben Ngubane. Also welcoming the Church were Johannesburg City Councilor Carol Milner, Johannesburg Area Police Commissioner Oswald Reddy, and Tribute magazine editor and publisher Ms. Pearl Mashabela.
Mr. Miscavige noted the many accomplishments of South African Scientologists in the 45-year history of the congregation, including exposure of psychiatric labor camps housing Black citizens and relentless efforts to restore their human rights through the apartheid era; empowering the next generations with literacy programs; and calming full-scale riots with broad distribution of The Way to Happiness moral code, a code all South Africa could embrace.
“You do not just represent the hopes and dreams of a continent, you represent the hopes and dreams of all civilization. And if South Africa dreams of a Rainbow Nation, then, Africa, here is your Church—a Church where, regardless of color, regardless of creed, regardless of social standing, you are welcome.
“Because we are not white. We are not black. We are all one to another brothers of humankind.”