Michael Ian Weeder

AboutMichael Ian Weeder

Michael Ian Weeder is married to Bonita Bennett and, together they have three children. The Group Areas Act displaced his family out of District One, Cape Town. Michael was then raised in Elsies River: “We lived on the border of the Indian-classified Cravenby Estate and the coloured community of Malawian / Xhosa / Griqua / Indian and other descent”.


This early alert to the complexities of class and race informed Michael’s sense of identity and the multi-layered nuances of memory. Weeder studied for the Anglican priesthood at St Paul’s Seminary, Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape. Weeder was ordained to the priesthood in 1985 and served as the Secretary of the Black Clergy Association. In 1992 he was appointed to the staff of Archbishop Desmond Tutu as director of the Anglican Board of Social Responsibility(BSR).


He holds a BA (Hons) and an MA in History from the University of the Western Cape (UWC). Weeder is a founder member of December 1st, a social movement formed to work around the memory and legacy of slavery. He co-produced a documentary, Lydia Williams, a fervent simplicity, an insight into slavery at the Cape.

He is Dean of the Anglican Cathedral of St George the Martyr, Cape Town. Michael is Archbishop Emeritus, Desmond Tutu’s representative on the PEACE and Dialogue Platform: An international peace-making initiative of some Nobel Peace-prize laureates.