Original Research - Special Collection: Symposium Social Cohesion

Imagining the beauty and hope of a colourful phoenix rising from the ashes of Marikana and service delivery protests: A postfoundational practical theological calling

Johann-Albrecht Meylahn
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 70, No 1 | a2616 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v70i1.2616 | © 2014 Johann-Albrecht Meylahn | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 January 2014 | Published: 15 August 2014

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Johann-Albrecht Meylahn, Department Practical Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa


The last few years the young democratic South Africa’s history has been characterised byservice delivery protests and industrial action which is becoming increasingly violentas epitomised by Marikana. Is the violence that accompanies industrial action and servicedelivery protests emblematic of a powerless frustration and a violent revulsion at the thoughtthat there will be no change? For 18 years, hope was placed in the idea of liberation which would open the doors to a brighter future for the majority, yet all that remains of that noble dream lies in the ashes of current events that populate the newspaper headlines of the major South African newspapers. What role can Practical Theology play in this context? What is thecalling of Practical Theology, and specifically post foundational narrative theology? These arethe questions this article will seek to answer, by proposing that a narrative approach can listento the untold stories and thus the colourful phoenix can rise from the ashes.


Poverty;service delivery;theology;Marikana


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