RESILIENCE OF FAITH COMMUNITIES ON THE CAPE FLATS (SA): A PASTORAL THEOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE

Llewellyn LM MacMaster

Abstract


Coloured and Black communities on the Cape Flats were established on the Cape
Flats as part of Verwoerdian Apartheid, a massive programme of social engineering
implemented by the National Party which came to power in 1948 in South Africa
(Schärf, 1990:233). Through legislation such as the Population Registration Act
(1950) and its ‘twin partner’, the Group Areas Act (1950), people were forcibly
removed and uprooted from homes and communities where they had been living for
generations. Old, ordered communities were disrupted, families were forcefully
removed from communities where they knew their neighbours and where social life
was in many instances organised around the church, to new neighbourhoods where
people were strangers to one another – ‘to soulless townships across the Cape
Flats’. In these new townships on the Cape Flats, faith communities had to reestablish,
re-align and re-invent themselves to face the new challenges presented to
the people of the Cape Flats. Faith communities have indeed continued to play a
vital role of healing, sustaining, guiding, reconciling, nurturing and empowering
people throughout years of oppression and suppression, trials and tribulations. This
paper looks at the resilience shown by faith communities on the Cape Flats over
many years from a pastoral theological perspective and at some of the lessons we
can learn with regard to congregational care.

Keywords


Cape Flats, Coloured People, Faith Communities, Resilience

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/101-0-640

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