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Profile : South Africa

Region: Africa
Capital: Pretoria (administrative), Cape Town (legislative), Bloemfontein (judicial)
Population: 54,300,704
Area: 1 218 363
GDP per capita: $13000.00
Religions: Protestant 36.6%, Other Christian 36%, No religion 15.1%, Roman Catholic 7.1%
Languages: 11 official languages including Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Pedi, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu


South Africa has endured enormous upheaval throughout its history. Social, political and economic problems have characterised several decades of internal strife, institutionalised racism, poverty and disease.

Following the end of Apartheid and the formation of the Republic of South Africa, Nelson Mendela and his government began the slow process of healing and redress of decades of oppression and injustice.

Sadly though, one of the tragic hallmarks of the new South Africa is a country ravaged with an escalating HIV/Aids epidemic, high crime rates and unemployment.

While nearly 75% of South Africans identify as being Christian, there is a strong move towards a more pluralist worldview, offering a strident challenge to Christianity's powerful voice.


Prayer Points

  • Pray for political stability and peace in South Africa.




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