Yeoville Day 2: Making connections

*As part of the in-depth research project, one of the requirements of the BA Honours in Journalism and Media Studies degree at Wits University, students are required to write daily blog entries to show the progress of their projects.  This year the theme is Yeoville and students have to take on a topic that tells a story that is Yeoville specific.

Things got off to a good start today.  I managed to get hold of the pastor of one of the churches on Kenmere street.  He was very open to the topic and willing to answer some of my questions.  He also said that I can attend the church service on Sunday, with my camera (good news).

I think it’s a good church to consider using for my in-depth project.  It started in 2007 in the founder’s home in Kensington.  The church was moved to Yeoville because most of the members came from Yeoville.  What’s most interesting is that the church serves people of different nationalities and there are interpreters available to carry over the message.  The pastor also said the reason why there were so many churches in Yeoville is because different churches serve different nationalities.  The church does work to keep foreign nationals, new to South Africa, out of criminal activity by providing employment.  I like the role of this church in the community and it sets a benchmark of what churches should be doing.

CORNERSTONE:  This church will be launching on Sunday, October 5.  Photo: Lameez Omarjee

CORNERSTONE: This church will be launching on Sunday, October 5. Photo: Lameez Omarjee

Then there is a second church.  It’s new and is being launched on October 5, which fits my topic perfectly.  I’d like to find out why they’re planting in Yeoville, what needs they want to address in the community and how they plan to be different to all the other churches in Yeoville.  I’d also like to consider the role it should fill in the community.  It’s situated  next to a presbyterian church and happens to be on the same street as church number one.

It would be great to compare this church to an already established church in Yeoville.

I also made contact with the Jo’burg City Council to find out about the regulations in place for establishing churches.  I plan to go there tomorrow and doorstep someone (exciting).

As for multimedia I’m still on the look-out for characters and conflict, hoping to nail that by the end of the week.

My idea is taking shape, now it just needs to stick.


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