Is Louis Botha Avenue becoming the Vatican City of Ward 73?

Let me start by stating that I’m no anti-Christ or anti-religious zealot. However, with the growing increase of churches being established along the Norwood and Orange Grove district, one would believe that we are the religious centre of Joburg.

It is my personal opinion that churches are good for a community. They meet the needs of many social and economical deprived conditions, bringing in a sense of morality and inclusion to those left vulnerable.

However the negative issues posed by the rise of these churches along Louis Botha Avenue are to do with noise pollution and the lack of building control in some cases.

We as a community need to ensure that these properties that are used for gathering of congregations are safe with proper fire and emergency precautions.

In addition, there are some churches that are not regulated and thus those vulnerable, if left without the community intervening to the protection of children and elderly, could potentially be left as lambs to the wolves.

About the Author

Brendon Naicker
A determined entrepreneur – born and raised in apartheid South Africa, understands what it's like to live with riches and dine among the elite, and a man who has lived for a short spell penniless. An advocate of the ordinary human being, decency and exercising propriety a must, against all the odds! A people’s person with a gargantuan heart and a tenacity for fighting for the underdog! A life with flashes of opulence, a wealth of educational achievements, a dash of homelessness and a lot of travel. (Excerpt from Carla Day, Under a mango tree)