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 [...]

#MothersDayConnect

New mothers celebrated across the city on Mother’s Day

 I had the wonderful privilege of co-leading the team for the Mother’s Day Connect Team at Karl Bremer hospital.  Together with about 25 volunteers, we visited 68 mothers and their babies and shared a moment celebrating life! We got to visit with moms on their way home, moms staying in kangaroo care, moms who had just had their babies and moms that were about to have theirs.  We even got to provide a little support and encouragement to a few [...]

June 16 youth day image

Youth Day: 41 years on

More than a public holiday – June 16, let us not ever forget the significance of this day. I remember in 1995 when the public holidays changed. Being a teenager at the time, I don’t recall being told the ‘why’ behind the changes in public holidays. Just that they were different. And the 16 June was a nice one – being placed nicely towards the end of the second term. Only as I began to have a growing heart for [...]

TZN Grad May 2017

Du Noon welcomes The Zanokhanyo Network

Meet Silvia, a member of Common Ground Church Tableview who with her husband Max are witnessing lives transformed and hope restored for families in Du Noon. Over the past few months, Max and Silvia have been instrumental in connecting The Zanokhanyo Network to a mobile training opportunity and we are watching with anticipation as this story unfolds. Read below as Silvia recounts their story from moving to Cape Town to date: “When Max retired, it gave us the opportunity to step [...]