The Emmanuel Mar Thoma Church of Southern Africa situated in Pretoria was consecrated by Most Rev. Dr. Joseph Mar Thoma Metropolitan on 30th September 2017. Since it is the first Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church in the African Continent, the consecration had made a remarkable point in the history of the Church. This consecration was followed by a public meeting in which Most Rev.Z.D. Siwa, President of South African Council of Churches and clergies from other Churches participated. There are about 120 families there in the Parish.
On Sunday the first Holy Communion was celebrated by Metropolitan Thirumeni followed by the Koodhasa of the new Parsonage. Rev. Ajit Alexander is the Vicar of this Parish.
Metropolitan also attended and addressed the Regional Consultation of the Arch Diocese of the Anglican Church in South Africa