Capital: Pretoria (administrative);
Cape Town (legislative);
- Pray for godly leadership to be elected in 2019. Decisions are being made now regarding the candidates. One potential candidate is a strong Christian influence in the nation. Pray that his voice is heard and that he finds favor among key decision makers.
- Pray that integrity, purity and blessing is demonstrated in South Africa.
- South Africa is at a crossroads as a nation. Pray that South Africa fully steps into the intentions that God has for the nation at this time.
Pray for Aglow:
- Aglow South Africa is beginning GameChangers teaching. Pray for the life-giving transformation of these powerful biblical truths to bring a fresh wave of the Holy Spirit to South Africa.
- Pray for more Aglow leaders of godly leadership qualities.
- Pray for the National leaders as they seek the Lord’s help in raising up leaders for the Aglow groups throughout the country.
- Pray that Aglow South Africa is an influence for racial healing and unity among Christians in the nation.
- We proclaim revival to flow throughout South Africa and throughout all of the African continent from Cape Town and Durban to Cairo and from the west to the east.
- God loves South Africa! We proclaim that God’s people of the nation stand in unity, love and power so that the schemes of the wicked one are dismantled. We proclaim God’s purposes will be fulfilled in South Africa.
- We proclaim that God is the One who heals the land and the people of South Africa who have suffered at the hands of others.
- We proclaim Jesus is Lord over Africa!
Interesting Facts About South Africa
Background: Dutch traders landed at the southern tip of modern day South Africa in 1652 and established a stopover point on the spice route between the Netherlands and the Far East, founding the city of Cape Town. After the British seized the Cape of Good Hope area in 1806, many of the Dutch settlers (the Boers) trekked north to found their own republics.
The discovery of diamonds (1867) and gold (1886) spurred wealth and immigration and intensified the subjugation of the native inhabitants. The Boers resisted British encroachments but were defeated in the Boer War (1899-1902); however, the British and the Afrikaners, as the Boers became known, ruled together beginning in 1910 under the Union of South Africa, which became a republic in 1961 after a whites-only referendum. In 1948, the National Party was voted into power and instituted a policy of apartheid – the separate development of the races – which favored the white minority at the expense of the black majority.
The African National Congress (ANC) led the opposition to apartheid and many top ANC leaders, such as Nelson MANDELA, spent decades in South Africa’s prisons. Internal protests and insurgency, as well as boycotts by some Western nations and institutions, led to the regime’s eventual willingness to negotiate a peaceful transition to majority rule.
The first multi-racial elections in 1994 brought an end to apartheid and ushered in majority rule under an ANC-led government. South Africa since then has struggled to address apartheid-era imbalances in decent housing, education, and health care. ANC infighting, which has grown in recent years, came to a head in September 2008 when President Thabo MBEKI resigned, and Kgalema MOTLANTHE, the party’s General-Secretary, succeeded him as interim president. Jacob ZUMA became president after the ANC won general elections in April 2009.
Government Type: republic
Population: 48,601,098 (July 2013 est.)
Note: Statistics South Africa (the national statistical agency of South Africa) estimates the country’s mid-year 2013 total population to be 52,981,991, which takes into account the findings of South Africa’s 2011 census; estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality, higher death rates, lower population growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected
Ethnic Groups: black African 79%, white 9.6%, colored 8.9%, Indian/Asian 2.5% (2001 census)
Languages: IsiZulu (official) 23.82%, IsiXhosa (official) 17.64%, Afrikaans (official) 13.35%, Sepedi (offcial) 9.39%, English (official) 8.2%, Setswana (official) 8.2%, Sesotho (official) 7.93%, Xitsonga (official) 4.44%, siSwati (official) 2.66%, Tshivenda (official) 2.28%, isiNdebele (official) 1.59%, other 0.5% (2001 census)
Religions: Protestant 36.6% (Zionist Christian 11.1%, Pentecostal/Charismatic 8.2%, Methodist 6.8%, Dutch Reformed 6.7%, Anglican 3.8%), Catholic 7.1%, Muslim 1.5%, other Christian 36%, other 2.3%, unspecified 1.4%, none 15.1% (2001 census)
Interesting Facts information from the cia.gov website. Read more about South Africa