“The Moravian school was established on April 8 in 1929 and was sadly closed down 60 years later, in 1989, after the government started to build schools like Portia Primary and York Road Primary (in Lansdowne),” said Valerie Cloete, finance director of the Moravian Church of Southern Africa.
“For years, the premises have been used by the Moravian Church of South Africa as an administrative building, and by the local Lansdowne Moravian Church as their offices and storage area; we also have other activities there,” she said.
Cloete said the school’s academic lessons had been strongly influenced by Moravian doctrine.
“The school was established by Gottlieb Weber, who was the principal, with learners quickly growing in number. Spangenberg Moravian Primary School used Afrikaans as the medium of instruction, and as a whole the number of learners dropped as learners started attending the other schools.”