AMEC Lay President
Matikane Abednego Makiti
Matikane Abednego (“Abe”) Makiti was born on 22 April 1954 at Wolmaranstad, a small village situated next to Klerksdorp (Matlosane) in the North West Province, Republic of South Africa.
He is the third (3rd) of the seven (7) children of the late Mr John and Mrs Maria Makiti – both devout AME Church members. He was baptised at Mabote Memorial, AME Church in 1954 and is a third (3rd) generation AME. He is currently a member of the SP Maarohanye Chapel in Klerksdorp, Potchefstroom District (North West) in the West Annual Conference of the 19th Episcopal District, where he is a member of the Steward Board, Sons of Allen (SoA) as well as being an Advisor to the local President.
Brother Makiti holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree from the University of the North (now the University of Limpopo). He worked as Manager for Old Mutual Insurance from 1985 until 2000. In 2000, he joined Sanlam Insurance, where he worked as the Provincial Business Development Manager for six (6) of the nine (9) provinces of South Africa for a period of three (3) years. In 2003, he joined SA Funeral Homes and whilst working there, he then activated his business and entrepreneurial interests by founding Makiti Funerals, where he is still the Executive Director and Owner. He joined AVBOB Funerals in 2007 and in the year 2009, he then joined Doves Funeral Homes as Executive Director.
Brother Makiti has served in the Lay Organization at all levels of the Connectional Church. At the local level, he served as President from 1992-1995. At the Presiding Elder District level, he served as the 1st Vice President of the Potchefstroom District Lay Organization from 1993-1995. For the West Annual Conference level, he served as Director of Lay Activities from 1989-1995. From 1996-2001, he served as Conference President. For the 19th Episcopal District, he served as Director of Lay Activities from 1994-2001 and as President from 2001-2009. During his tenure at the Episcopal District, he, together with Adv. Kgosi Monaisa developed the 19th Episcopal District Lay Organization (NEDLO) Strategy including all policies to enable NEDLO to become an effective and efficient organization. He continues to serve as an Advisor to the Executive Boards at all the levels that he has served. Brother Makiti is one of the founding members of the Lay Organization Africa Development Initiative (LOADI), in 1996
In 2007, Brother Makiti was elected by the Connectional Lay Organization Executive Board to serve as the 2nd Vice President to fill the term of the late Brother Weldan Schuman and elected to serve two terms from 2009-2013 and 2013-2017. He was instrumental in developing the CLO Strategic Plan, which was used by the Executive Board of the time and the subsequent administration. In 2017 he was elected to serve as the 1st Vice President. In February 2020, he ascended to the position of President of the Connectional Lay Organization, upon the death of the incumbent, President Valerie Faith Gary – Bell.
At the Connectional Level, Brother Makiti attended the 1995 Biennial and every successive Lay Biennial since 1999. He was elected delegate to the 1996, 2004, 2008 and 2016 sessions of the General Conference and served on the Episcopal Committee for the 2008 General Conference.
Brother Makiti has served in a variety of civic capacities including being the Vice Chairperson of the HEIFER International (South Africa), headquartered in Little Rock, State of Arkansas. He also was a non-Executive Director for the Mpho & Mphonyana Foundation (Mpho and Mphonyana were the 1st conjoined twins in South Africa). He was an Electoral Officer for the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) of South Africa during the historic 1994 democratic elections.
Brother Makiti is married to Mmamohapi Cynthia “Beauty” Makiti (nee Tlale) and together are blessed with four (4) adult children; Phemelo, Tshepo, Nthabiseng and Tumelo and is a grandfather to three grandchildren.
He lives by the following words from Jesus Christ, “As long as it is day, we must do the works of Him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.” John 9:4.