Urban Festival 2020 – Film: Facing Homelessness

On Friday 09 October 2020, The Unit for Street Homelessness in Centre for Faith and Community, UP and the Community Orientated Substance Use Programme, UP participated in the virtual festival: Urban Festival 2020: Empowering the Civic. Please see the wonderful programme of the Urban Festival that continues through the month of October 2020.  For more info..

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City-making from below: A call for communities of resistance and reconstruction

This article laments the exclusion of small, local communities, voices and visions, from participating in making the city. It makes a case for ‘small communities’ practising resistance and reconstruction in multiple ways and places. Instead of viewing such actions as naïve or a-political, it calls for an understanding of such practices as alternatives to ‘top-down’..

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2019 Report – Urban Studio: Healing Urban Fractures

This report describes the work of the Urban Studio, a collaborative project initiated between the Centre for Faith and Community at the University of Pretoria, and the Tshwane Leadership Foundation, committed – through deep immersions – to contribute to the healing of urban fractures, through:- Building leadership (capacity-building and education),- Doing engaged research- Documenting local..

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[VIRTUAL COLLOQUIUM] “BREATHE! DOING THEOLOGY AMIDST AND BEYOND COVID-19: FAULT LINES, INTERSECTIONS, OPPORTUNITIES” CONVERSATION 3: Doing Theology, Now! How? What? With Whom?

CONVERSATION 3: Doing Theology, Now! How? What? With Whom? In a 3-part Webinar Series, hosted by the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Pretoria, we seek to discern what doing theology might have to look like amidst and beyond Covid-19. Covid-19 surfaced societal fault lines, in more glaring ways than before –..

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[Virtual Colloquium] “Breathe! Doing theology amidst and beyond Covid-19: fault lines, intersections, opportunities” CONVERSATION 2: Covid-19, Economy and Environment

CONVERSATION 2: Covid-19, Economy and Environment hosted on 24 July 2020 In a 3-part Webinar Series, hosted by the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Pretoria, we seek to discern what doing theology might have to look like amidst and beyond Covid-19. Covid-19 surfaced societal fault lines, in more glaring ways than..

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[Virtual Colloquium] “Breathe! Doing theology amidst and beyond Covid-19: fault lines, intersections, opportunities” CONVERSATION 1: Covid-19, Race and Gender

Conversation I: Covid-19, race and gender hosted on 10 July 2020 In a 3-part Webinar Series, hosted by the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Pretoria, we seek to discern what doing theology might have to look like amidst and beyond Covid-19. Covid-19 surfaced societal fault lines, in more glaring ways than..

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Editorial: Pathways out of Homelessness

People do not become homeless out of choice. There is sufficient historical evidence to demonstrate that the social and political vulnerability of street homeless people results from structural factors like poverty and unemployment. Homeless people are arguably robbed of all forms of social security which makes them voiceless and shadow people in the urban landscape...

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(Finding) Pathways out of homelessness: An engaged, trans-disciplinary collaborative in the City of Tshwane

Street homelessness in the City of Tshwane was brought to public attention in the winter of 2014. This led to a composite research project involving different constituencies, including homeless people, to reflect on ways of addressing street homelessness in the city. This article serves as a conceptual and epistemological introduction to this collaborative research project entitled Pathways Out of Homelessness. The..

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International responses to homelessness: Lessons for the City of Tshwane

Reports of increases in the numbers of homeless people are pouring in from all over the world yet many governments still do not consider homelessness worthy of a policy response in its own right and relegate it to the periphery of either housing or social (welfare) policy arenas and interventions. In the introductory sections of..

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Unshackling the chains of homelessness in the City of Tshwane: A critical appraisal of the current policy in the light of national and local policies and strategies

This article provides a critical appraisal of the current Homelessness Policy for the City of Tshwane in the light of national and local policies and strategies. Both a literature review and policy analysis were conducted to attain the main aim of this article. Documents consulted and used in this process included the Constitution of the..

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