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South Africa

South Africa is located in Southern Africa, at the southern tip of the continent of Africa

When South Africans elected Nelson Mandela the first black president of their country, members of the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa (UCCSA) felt special satisfaction. With a membership representing all of South Africa's ethnic diversity, the UCCSA had long struggled for the end of apartheid. The UCCSA could now get on with the business of reconstructing and developing a new South Africa. One of the most hopeful developments in the church was the establishment of a Pastoral Plan for Transformation to take all the structures and ministries of the UCCSA from a maintenance mentality to mission action.

Our partners in South Africa are the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa and the South African Council of Churches. We also work with Ons Plek in Cape Town, catering to street children. A long relationship exists between Global Ministries and Theological Education by Extension College in Southern Africa.

Pray for: The Treatment Action Campaign of South Africa which aims at bringing affordable treatment and drugs to persons living with HIV/AIDS.

Ons Plek (Our Place), a facility for female street children in Cape Town.

Population (2014 est) – 48,375,645

Area – 757,500mi

Capital – Pretoria

Ethnic Background

     Black African - 79.2%

     White - 8.9%

     Colored - 8.9%

     Indian/Asian - 2.5%

     Other - 0.5%

Exports - gold, diamonds, platinum, other metals and minerals, machinery and equipment

Imports - machinery and equipment, chemicals, petroleum products, scientific instruments, foodstuffs

Life Expectancy (2014 est) – M 51      F 49

Infant Mortality (2014 est) - 41.61 deaths/1,000 live births

Adult Illiteracy Rate – 7%

People in Mission

 
Couper, Scott
South Africa
Scott Couper, a member of First Congregational Church, Winter Park, Florida, serves with the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa (UCCSA). He serves Inanda Seminary as its Development Manager. He also serves as pastor of the Thafamasi Congregational Church (UCCSA). He also serves as Senior Honorary Lecturer, School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Give a gift for Scott's appointment

 
Valiquette, Susan
South Africa
Susan Valiquette, a member of First Congregational Church, Winter Park, Florida, serves with the Inanda Seminary, Durban, South Africa. She works as the school chaplain and a class instructor.
Give a gift for Susan's appointment

 
Wilson, James
South Africa
James Wilson, a member of Cairo-Jacksonville Pastoral Unity Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Cairo, Missouri, serves the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa (UCCSA). He is working in the capacity of Director of Spiritual Formation for pastors-in-training of the Kuruman House of Ministerial Formation.
Give a gift for James's appointment

 
Wilson, Jayanthi
South Africa
Jayanthi Wilson, a member of Cairo-Jacksonville Pastoral Unity Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Cairo, Missouri, serves the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa (UCCSA). She serves at the Robert Moffat Library assisting students and visitors with research.
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Support Ministries in South Africa

 To make a general gift for the work being done by partners in this country use the online donation page. Select Africa from the designation list and type work in South Africa into the Project/Partner line.

You can also make a gift for these specific ministries in South Africa:

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