Because of the South African Civil Union Act, the high price of lobola, and the visible effects of failed relationships, cohabitation has become increasingly popular. This article discusses "vat en sit," and shows that most reformed black churches face the challenge of how to address this. The author looks at the effect that "vat en sit" has on the church, and shows how church councils can address this issue.
This article evaluates the practice of paying lobola/mahadi among the Basotho. It shows that the expensive dowry, or bride price, has negative impacts on the social, economic and faith life of those desiring to get married. The author provides practical guidelines on how the church can deal with this situation, especially since expensive dowries can encourage cohabitation.
This article discusses the practice of cohabitation, or living together as an unmarried couple.