Original Research - Special Collection: Youth marginalisation as a faith-based concern

A care deficit? The roles of families and faith-based organisations in the lives of youth at the margins in Pretoria Central

Marlize Rabe
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 74, No 3 | a5005 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v74i3.5005 | © 2018 Marlize Rabe | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 04 April 2018 | Published: 16 August 2018

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Marlize Rabe, Department of Sociology, University of South Africa, South Africa


After completing or dropping out of school, many young people leave their family households and in some cases they move from rural or semi-rural areas to urban centres. Faith-based organisations (FBOs) in major cities in South Africa sometimes act as a safety net for marginalised youth, especially as government departments are overburdened and not addressing all the needs of youth at the margins. This qualitative research is based on an analysis of individual and focus group interviews undertaken with young people living in the central areas of Pretoria. It is shown how families and FBOs engage as separate, although at times not unrelated, entities in the lives of youth at the margins. In certain cases, the FBO became an institution of last resort and only in rare cases is a certain synergy achieved between FBOs and families.


Youth; Families; FBOs; Care Diamond; South Africa


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