How UBU started in Sweet Home Farm

Sweet Home Farm, in Phillip East on the outskirts of Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa, is approximately 16,5 ha in size it and home to approximately 17 000 people, most of whom are Xhosa speaking. Originally a rubbish dump, people began settling in the area around 1994, although a small number of the coloured community of Sweet Home Farm have been in the area for 25 years from the days when they worked on the original farm, Die Vlei. People settled in the area more formally from 1996 onwards, when there were just 12 homesteads.

The history of Sweet Home Farm and our relational journey goes back to around 2005 when Joy Klimbashe, a pastor from The Warehouse began chatting with the men waiting for work on Wetton Road. He discovered that many of the unemployed men were from Sweet Home Farm, and so began a friendship with a community that has grown, developed and morphed into its current enriched state.

Projects within the community have ranged from a Senior Citizen’s Club and teenage girl discipleship group, to soccer teams and HIV support groups, from soup kitchens to community service with Edith Stephens Wetland Park. Whilst projects and programmes have come and gone, the thread that runs through them all is the relationships that have been built over years with people from The Warehouse and their broader community, and the residents of Sweet Home Farm.

This has culminated in the current UBU project, which is focused on activating the potential of the quality men and women of Sweet Home Farm as they pursue housing solutions.