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St Theresa's Convent
Izeli, Qonce (King William's Town) district, Eastern Cape



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32°48'42.75" S 27°23'32.25" E Alt: 419m

A house associated with the nearby Izeli Mission was to become the site of St Theresa's Convent. In the early 1950s, when the Group Areas Act was passed, the site was developed as a primary school for Black children (who had previously been taught at Izeli Mission).

The school subsequently became a hostel for senior white girls - as an Annex to the Izeli Mission. In due course it became a centre for black novitiates - the first step for a young woman wanting to become a nun. The Izeli facility closed before Ciskei Independence and it was taken over for use by the Ciskei Defence Force.

The convent building is now (2017) in ruins - and is being informally demolished over time to salvage usable building materials.

The Convent was originally built and run by the King William's Town Dominican Sisters.

(William MARTINSON, June 2017)