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Xenophobic violence – article

08 Oct

Here is an article written by a member of Christ Church Constantia, one of the churches in the Westlake United Church Trust, regarding our involvement in the recent refugee crisis in South Africa. ccc-magazine-contribution-260808

Our AGM Celebration!

25 Aug

AGM Short Video (Click on here for a short video).   We held our AGM Celebration on Saturday, 23 August 2008, at the Westlake Worship Centre in Westlake Village. People from the community, as well as staff of the Trust, and visitors, filled the church. The event was opened in prayer by Floors van Rooy, WUCT Trustee […]

Womens Day!

21 Aug

On Friday 8 August, we held a Womens Day event at the Assemblies of God Church in Westlake. A member of St Martin’s Church, Bergvliet, came and did a flower arranging demonstration, and then she invited a member of the community to join her to do an arrangement.  Members of the chronic disease support group were […]

Noah’s Ark!

19 Aug

On Saturday 2 August, our pre-school Emmanuel Educare, together with Reddam School Academy of Dance, presented Noah’s Ark, a ballet, at Reddam School. 500 people packed the hall and enjoyed a wonderful fun-filled afternoon, beautiful costumes and first-class ballet directed by Karen Butler! It was an unforgettable occasion and as our Chairman, James McGregor, commented afterwards ‘this is […]

Our building renovations are under way!

11 Aug

The builders started the renovations in June and we have been working ever since in a virtual building site, even at time having to wear hard hats! There has been a lot of noise, banging, hammering, drilling, dust – and power failures! Anyway, it will be well worth it and we are looking forward to […]

Latest News of the Refugees

24 Jul

There are so many encouraging and exciting stories that we probably need a book to record them all, but here are 3 gems we would like to share. ADAM Adam came to Chrysalis on 25 May. He had run away from Lower Crossroads, Khayelitsha, when the xenophobic attacks started in Cape Town. His story started when […]

Visiting Soetwater Refugee Camp

06 Jun

Today, we visited and took some medical supplies to the Soetwater refugee camp, which is situated in the middle of nowhere halfway to Cape Point. It was terrible. Very cold down at the sea, (it is winter here and freezing in the Cape), and we sensed a tense, volatile atmosphere. It felt like a time […]

Xenophobic violence in South Africa

04 Jun

Westlake United Church Trust has been working around the clock at one of the largest informal shelters for displaced foreigners at Chrysalis Academy (a large reformatory for at-risk youth) in Tokai forest, Cape Town. It is an idyllic setting on the slopes of Table Mountain where even baboons roam around and visit us daily! The […]

Ithemba support group goes to candlelight memorial service.

21 May

We were invited by Fikelela to attend the candlelight memorial service at Zonnebloem chapel on Thursday 15 May 2008. The guest speaker was the new Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba. 18 of us from the Ithemba support group went and we were privileged to meet the Archbishop afterwards. The service was to remember those who have […]