Urban Africa 2050: Imagining Theological Education/Formation for Flourishing African Cities

Africa’s staggering rate of urbanization and the silence of religion or theology in response form the backdrop of this article. Africa’s urban futures, up through 2050, are considered through the lenses of fifteen African cities and theological institutions in these cities. I employ a set of research questions, seeking to contribute theologically to a body..

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Student Housing and Homelessness: A Paradox of Urban Gentrification in Pretoria’s Old East, South Africa

The urgency of providing affordable student housing influenced government and higher education institutions to consider urban renewal as a possible avenue to alleviate this demand, with the result that private–public partnerships were promoted to address this. Issues discussed in this article are drawn from qualitative interviews with University of Pretoria’s Student Representative Council (2018–2019), a..

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Portrayal of Housing Issues of Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Two South African Newspapers

Newspapers are important sources of information related to the issues of refugees and asylum seekers. Seeking asylum in South Africa is challenging because of a hostile sentiment towards non-citizens. The study focused on answering the following research question: How were housing and homelessness related to asylum seekers and refugees portrayed in two South African newspapers..

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Change agency and urban vulnerability: Theologicalecclesial paralysis or deep solidarity

Globally, cities respond differently to their most vulnerable urban populations, notably so during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. In the City of Tshwane, there seems to be a general paralysis of the church and theological education in relation to urbanvulnerability. If the church and theological education are to participate as change agents to help..

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Dignity, justice and community as a baseline
for re-interpreting being church in a
Corona-defined world

This article is written as a reflection on the relevance of being church in a world defined by the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). The reflections are done by listening to the stories and experiences of vulnerable men and women who were displaced from their areas of living onthe streets into (mostly) temporary shelters. Different organisations, state..

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Homelessness and Community Based Healthcare: A Narrative Experience in a Temporary Shelter Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

ABSTRACT This article serves to describe health encounters and social dynamics of 52 homeless men residing in a temporary shelter in Tshwane during the COVID-19 hard lockdown period. The purpose of this article is to explore and modify factors that influence healthcare in homeless persons, as well as to establish a homeless health profile. It..

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Fostering Integrated, Collaborative Approaches to End Street Homelessness: A COVID-19 Perspective

ABSTRACT This article maps the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown in the City of Tshwane through the lens of street homelessness. This is done through a “thick description” of what happened during this time. This map is then read against both the intention of the Tshwane Homelessness Policy and the said objectives of the Tshwane Homelessness..

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“Hey, it is Rough Out Here”: A Resilience Lens on the Biopsychosocial Circumstances of Homeless Older Persons in the City of Tshwane

ABSTRACT The biopsychosocial circumstances of homeless older persons (male and female, 55 years and older), specifically considered from a resilience lens, are inadequately described within the South African context. This study explored and described the biopsychosocial circumstances of homeless older persons in the City of Tshwane from a resilience lens. A qualitative research approach, operationalised..

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Facing homelessness: Finding inclusionary, collaborative solutions

Synopsis In facing homelessness we face the other, and in facing the other, we face ourselves. This book contributes to an emerging body of knowledge on street homelessness in the South African context. It is meant for researchers and scholars who are committed to finding solutions for street homelessness. It offers conceptual frameworks and practical guidelines for..

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