Research themes


Community engagement as the organic link with the street: Creating a learning community between the academy and homeless people in Tshwane – Nico Botha

Does the current community engagement project, of the Department of Christian Spirituality, Church History and Missiology at the University of South Africa (UNISA), respond to…

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Responsibility: A case for the homeless in the City of Tshwane – Eugene Baron

It is without doubt that the marginalised and destitute, such as homeless people, need all the help they can get to un-shackle them from poverty-stricken circumstances.…

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Faith communities, social exclusion, homelessness and disability: Transforming the margins in the City of Tshwane – Thinandavha D. Mashau, Leomile Mangoedi

Social exclusion is a reality in South Africa today. Its faces are diverse and varied; social exclusion can be defined in terms of social, economic,…

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A vision for peace in the City of Tshwane: Insights from the homeless community – Lukwikilu Mangayi, Themba Ngcobo

Communities living on the margins of society, such as the homeless, are overlooked in the process of building a vision for peace in the City…

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The role of urban religion in seeking peace beyond the mere absence of community conflict: A reading of Ephesians 2:11–22, with the homeless in the City of Tshwane – Reginald W. Nel

Urban religion, often visible in the work of faith-based organisations which consciously aim at unshackling the debilitating realities of urban marginalised communities, needs to be…

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[Virtual Colloquium] Solidarity with the homeless poor during Covid-19: we cannot be free unless you are free!

The Centre for Faith and Community at the University of Pretoria, in conjunction with its research associates in its Social Justice and Reconciliation Research Group, is…

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[Virtual Colloquium] Homelessness & Covid-19 in the City of Tshwane

A virtual Colloquium was hosted on Zoom on Thursday the 28th of May 2020, from 16h00-18h00 The purpose of this Colloquium was:  to register what was created collaboratively…

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Spatial Justice and Reconciliation Conference – Report 2017

On 31 May 2017, the research groups Spatial Justice and Reconciliation and Ubuntu research project collaborated and hosted a one day conference: Spatial Justice and Reconciliation. It was held…

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“Rainbow: premise or promise?” Consultation on Social Cohesion and Reconciliation – Report 2013

From 22-23 August 2013, 59 people gathered in Cafe Burgundy’s at the University of Pretoria to consider the status of reconciliation and social cohesion in South…

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