Challenging the Redefinition of Generosity and the Stewardship of Water

What if the water crisis is merely just an opportunity for our city to find a new awakened dependence in God? A dependence that causes our very nature to be shaken to the point that we are physically on our knees begging for rain? Contrary to this, what if we changed our prayers from “please God, make it rain” to “God, please prepare my heart for this trying time so that I can be loving and gracious with my [...]

Fill the Gap | A Bosch PM SJM Event on Water

The Social Justice Ministry Team from Bosch PM hosted an insights evening type event on the 25th of February to facilitate conversations around the current water crisis our city faces. We share the audio recording of Kat Farquharson who shared at this event, in the hopes that it could stir important conversations and questions in your context too.  

Don’t Touch Me on My Privilege

Cape Town in 2018 will be known as the year that ‘Day Zero’ went from a threat to an imminent reality. People were shocked into making changes to their daily water usage in an attempt to stave off the taps being turned off. Everywhere one went there were conversations about what reality would be like post day zero. Other conversations focused on what could be done to save water. Like many others, my family reduced our consumption to be [...]

Meet the Wheelers

Over the past year I have experienced a growing anxiety about the water situation in Cape Town. 2018 felt so far away, and to be honest, I’m not sure I believed that Day Zero was a reality. I knew that water was scarce and so we were doing our bit to be responsible but I didn’t actually believe we would run out. As the year turned over and we were confronted with the reality of Day Zero, something clicked for [...]

Faith, Bible and Water

What does the Bible have to say to us about water? In a time of water restrictions and uncertainty around water sustainability, we can turn to our faith for clarity and direction. The God of the Bible is not silent on the issue. In fact, 722 times the scriptures reference water and rivers. How does our ancient faith speak into our current reality of water? This blog does not look at all 722, but just 23, looking for the [...]

Choosing #DayOne

I didn’t come to public activism easily or naturally. In August of 1989 Archbishop Tutu and Rev Boesak led a series of beach protests in Cape Town to highlight the racial segregation of South African beaches. The first one was violently broken up by the police and that week I decided I could no longer vacillate on the sidelines and joined the next one on Strand Beach. I had made the choice to turn from apathy to anger and [...]

Meet the Pattendens

As a Christian family, our desire is to seek God through the drought. The physical drought has made us aware of some of our own spiritual dryness. And so the drought has become an additional motivation for us to draw closer to God. In addressing our own spiritual dryness as individuals, as a family and as a nation, I trust God will provide in HIS abundance, in HIS way, and in HIS timing. Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread [...]

Beyond our own family, table and tree this season

So much of Christmas, as we have come to experience and expect, is jingles in shopping centres, full trolleys (and empty wallets) and full bellies from a big meal. When we step back, the messaging we hear is “now is a time to get what you want. You deserve it!” As Christ followers, we approach this season remembering the extravagant gift God gave us in his son, Jesus. We celebrate Jesus who gave up the riches of heaven to [...]

Youth JJ Cape Point

UYD partners with Common Good hosting young adults in Cape Town

The Uzwelo Youth Development (UYD) team hosted its first Social Justice Youth Program from 30th September – 08 October 2017. The theme for the one week program was Social Justice and Youth in South Africa, and was aimed at educating and bringing awareness around social justice to young people. It was a first time trip to Cape Town for these (19- 24 year old) youth which included a wide range of excursions in Cape Town and workshops with various [...]

Toti blogpost Matt Draper

A journey of home and hope

Wanda Cele Road runs around the back of the seaside town of Amanzimtoti in Kwazulu-Natal. It is a thin line of separation between the historically white suburb and the Zulu tribal land on which is located Bhekulwandle. For all of my eight years spent in Amanzimtoti as a teenager, I knew that there was a (probably poor) black settlement on the other side of Old Main Road – which later became Wanda Cele – but I never knew what [...]