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From a pit to a palace: Deconstructing the economics and politics of labour migration in the City of Tshwane through the lenses of Genesis 41:41–57

Thinandavha D. Mashau, Leomile Mangoedi
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 77, No 4 | a6289 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v77i4.6289 | © 2021 Thinandavha D. Mashau, Leomile Mangoedi | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 05 August 2020 | Published: 12 April 2021

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Thinandavha D. Mashau, Department of Christian Spirituality, Church History and Missiology, College of Human Sciences, University of South Africa, City of Tshwane, South Africa
Leomile Mangoedi, Department of Christian Spirituality, Church History and Missiology, College of Human Sciences, University of South Africa, City of Tshwane


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Abstract

Migration to the City of Tshwane has, amongst others, been propelled by economic and political dynamics. This has always manifested in the scramble for resources as internal and cross-border migrants struggle to access the mainstream economy of the host city and country. Competition between locals and foreign nationals, social exclusion and xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals has always been part of the narrative around political and economic migration. This article seeks to provide a deconstruction of the economics and politics of migration – particularly how cross-border labour migrants can benefit the host city and country. Using the literature review and contextual Bible study of Genesis 41:41–57 from the lenses of both trained and ordinary readers, this article concluded that cross-border migrants, given the necessary space and proper reception, can contribute immensely towards the growth of the mainstream economy of the host city and nation as demonstrated by Joseph’s contribution in Egypt.

Contribution: This article’s contribution is within a paradigm in which the intersection of philosophy, social sciences, humanities and biblical studies generates a scientific discourse which involves a systematic, historical, exegetical and practical reflection.


Keywords

pit; palace; deconstructing; economics; politics; labour; migration; City of Tshwane; Genesis 41:41–57

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