Land in South Africa today remains a critical issue for which people have fought for, been moved from, legislated for, and even gone to prison for. Land is intricately tied up to not only economic stability but also identity and belonging. What is significant is just how much of that land the church owns – more than 180 000 hectares. How could churches begin to use this land to start the healing process in this country and to start bridging the divides across a vastly unequal society?

In this episode, Alphonso and John sit down with Caroline Powell and discuss the role which churches, historically have played and continue to play in perpetuating spatial injustice. Why are churches so hesitant to get involved in changing the spatial inequalities we experience And what it could look like to move forward as communities of greater justice, hope, and inclusion.


1. Common Good Land Justice Resources
2. Warehouse Annual Celebration: The Church & Spatial Justice – Caroline Powell
3. Reclaim the City
4. YIMBY – Yes In My Backyard
5. YIGBY – Yes in God’s Backyard
6. The Homeless Action Coalition
7. Ndifuna Ukwazi
8. Development Action Group
9. The Social Justice Coalition
10. If you wish to get in contact with Caroline you can do so via email at
11. Audio produced by Exilic Music