Precarious housing in the Salvokop neighbourhood : a challenge to churches in the inner City of Tshwane

Show simple item record Ntakirutimana, Ezekiel 2018-07-30T09:52:51Z 2018-07-30T09:52:51Z 2017-11-23
dc.description This article forms part of a collaborative research project entitled ‘Religious innovation and competition amidst urban social change: a Pretoria case study’. The project was funded by the Templeton Foundation as part of an African-wide enquiry on ‘Christianity and social change in contemporary Africa’. en_ZA
dc.description The project is also a sub-theme of the ‘Faith in the City’ research project, hosted by the Centre for Contextual Ministry in the Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract This article describes the daunting challenge of precarious housing in Salvokop located in the southern part of inner City of Tshwane, Gauteng Province. Insecure tenure, unmaintained dwellings, overcrowding, mushrooming of backyard shacks and the rise of the informal settlement, all that led to deep levels of vulnerability and neighbourhood deterioration. Current conditions show that life in that neighbourhood is fraught as substandard housing degenerated into slum and squalor. This concern emerged among other salient pressing issues of poverty and vulnerability from the World Café and Focus Groups with the inner city churches including those from Salvokop. The article set out to describe precarious housing, unpleasant living conditions owing to the fact that human beings stay in unsuitable dwellings while the environment deteriorates. Taking into account their circumstances, the article’s aim was to recapture the extent to which the residents suffer as a result of living in dwellings unfit for human habitation, rethinking an alternative model to respond. A theological agenda for future ecclesiological engagement was discerned forthwith recommendations. The article makes a contribution towards the theology of the city in that it stimulates church practices and housing of poor people in Tshwane. It does so by engaging in a unique way grassroots knowledge from the different inner city congregations. This process used the platform of surveys, World Café style gatherings and Focus Groups. In conversation with the primary source, this article also contributed with original data generated with the Salvokop residents whose stories helped to expend on horizons of housing, which is acknowledged. All the inner city church contributors of the realisation of the study objectives are also recognised. en_ZA
dc.description.department Centre for Contextual Ministry en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2018 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Ntakirutimana, E., 2017, ‘Precarious housing in the Salvokop neighbourhood: A challenge to churches in the inner City of Tshwane’, HTS Teologiese Studies/ Theological Studies 73(3), a4721. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2072-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v73i3.4721
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher AOSIS Open Journals en_ZA
dc.rights © 2017. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Salvokop en_ZA
dc.subject City of Tshwane en_ZA
dc.subject Housing en_ZA
dc.subject Churches en_ZA
dc.subject Precarious housing en_ZA
dc.subject Inner city congregations en_ZA
dc.subject Unpleasant living conditions en_ZA
dc.subject Unsuitable dwellings en_ZA
dc.subject Ecclesiological engagement en_ZA
dc.subject Theology of the city en_ZA
dc.subject Church practices en_ZA
dc.subject Housing of poor people en_ZA
dc.title Precarious housing in the Salvokop neighbourhood : a challenge to churches in the inner City of Tshwane en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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