IN THE BEGINNING
SOCIAL AND RELIGIOUS EQUALITY
Since its revival in 1794, Lodge De Goede Hoop has remained active and is Lodge No 1 on the register of the Grand Lodge of South Africa. It has been instrumental in the establishment of Lodges under the jurisdiction of other Grand Lodges in South Africa.
THE DUTCH WELCOME THE BRITISH
ENGLISH, SCOTTISH AND IRISH CONSTITUTION LODGES ARE FORMED
PROPOSALS TO FORM A UNITED GRAND LODGE
It must be said that the four Constitutions worked together in great harmony and many Masons held cross membership. Some Temples were even jointly owned by Lodges of different Constitutions while many Benevolent Funds were jointly run. Some Lodges of the Irish and Scottish Constitution even formed Lodges working in Afrikaans. The situation understandably deteriorated during the Anglo-Boer war but there are many tales of Masons from opposite sides remembering their Masonic oath and saving their Brethren, going so far as to spare the Temples from destruction. Perhaps as a result of political circumstances, the upsurge of Afrikanerdom and the growing campaign for a South African Republic, the striving for a South African Grand Lodge again gained momentum.
THE GRAND LODGE OF SOUTHERN AFRICA IS FORMED
It must be recalled that, during the Nazi occupation of Europe, Freemasonry was virtually destroyed. Freemasonry in Holland ceased to exist and resulted in the South African component, being on a strong footing, assisting in the re-establishing of the Grand East of the Netherlands after the war. Grand Lodges all over Europe were starting to re-emerge after the war and the problem arose over which Grand Lodges should be recognised as “regular”. In his endeavour to further the formation of Grand Lodges, the Grand Master of the G.E.N. proposed to accept Grand Orients, which did not comply with ancient landmarks, the two most important being the belief in a living God and the presence of a Bible during the labours of a Lodge. This resulted in grave disagreements with the Grand Lodges of England, Ireland and Scotland, who threatened to withdraw recognition of the G.E.N. This would have serious effects on the G.E.N. Lodges in South Africa who were in close co-operation with Lodges under these Constitutions. Furthermore, the leaders of the Netherlandic Lodges were not aware of the dark clouds which were building up. When a break in the relationship between the G.E.N. and the three Grand Lodges became imminent, the English Grand Secretary advised Districts in South Africa of the situation. This caused consternation because, as already stated, there was a great measure of co-operation between the Lodges of the four Constitutions: Benevolent Funds and Temples had joint ownerships. Colonel Colin Graham Botha, who was at the time Deputy Grand Master National in South Africa, wrote a letter to the Grand Master, M. W. Brother Davidson, expressing his concern. Coincidentally, the Grand Master wrote to him on the same day advising that it would probably be better to form an independent Grand Lodge of Southern Africa.
FIRST GRAND MASTER OF GLSA
MWor Bro. J. Smith OSM/MSA - The Grand Master
Past Grand Masters
|1961||MWor. Bro. Col. C.G. Botha|
|1966||MWor. Bro. E. Conradie|
|1973||MWor. Bro. S.R. Gasson|
|1983||MWor. Bro. C.B. Groenewald|
|1991||MWor. Bro. R.S Bauser|
|1997||MWor. Bro. B.G. Lindeque|
|2003||MWor. Bro. J.T. Bowen|
|2008||MWor. Bro. A. Watson|
|2014||MWor. Bro. G.R. Edwards|
|2017||MWor. Bro. D.J. Duncan|