Urban Harvest in Africa: Challenges of Exploding Cities in Africa

With Hearts, Hands, and Voices in God’s Global Mission
A Conference Sponsored by
Northwest University (Potchefstroom, South Africa)
The World Reformed Fellowship
October 16 – 19, 2013


Dr. Derrick Mashau,  Urban Harvest in Africa: Challenges of Exploding Cities in Africa

Dr. Mashau deals with the issue of urban explosion in Africa which is taking place at a rapid rate, with the projection that 55 per cent of the African population will be living in cities by 2030. Migration, economic globalization, and other socio-economic factors count among others as ‘push and pull’ factors towards urbanization in Africa. It is clear in his presentation that urban faces in Africa are diverse and complex, i.e. the inner city, sub-urban, townships and the slums with the gap between the rich and the poor is widening by day. In his conclusion, Dr. Mashau unmasks the fact that urban explosion in Africa is not only a present reality, but a phenomenon that constitutes a major mission frontier for the Christian church. He calls members of the Christian church globally to open their eyes and see what God is doing in African cities and follow his footsteps as they seek the shalom of these cities.

Dr. Derrick Mashau is a professor of Missiology at the University of South Africa, and serves as a church planter of a multi-ethnic Reformed church, New Life City Church in the Capital City of South Africa, Pretoria. Dr. Mashau also serves as a Secretary of the World Reformed Fellowship African Region.