South Africa

South Africa mapLeader:  Zameka Sijadu
National Committee President

Capital:  Pretoria (administrative);
Cape Town (legislative);
Bloemfontein (judiciary)

Pray:

  • 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.

Proclaim:

  • 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

South Africa flagBackground: Some of the earliest human remains in the fossil record are found in South Africa. By about A.D. 500, Bantu speaking groups began settling into what is now northeastern South Africa displacing Khoisan speaking groups to the southwest. Dutch traders landed at the southern tip of present-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 settlers of Dutch descent (Afrikaners, also called “Boers” (farmers) at the time) trekked north to found their own republics, Transvaal and Orange Free State. In the 1820s, several decades of wars began as the Zulus expanded their territory, moving out of what is today southeastern South Africa and clashing with other indigenous peoples and with expanding European settlements. The discovery of diamonds (1867) and gold (1886) spurred wealth and immigration from Europe.

The Anglo-Zulu War (1879) resulted in the incorporation of the Zulu kingdom’s territory into the British Empire. Subsequently, the Afrikaner republics were incorporated into the British Empire after their defeat in the Second South African War (1899-1902). However, the British and the Afrikaners 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 – billed as “separate development” of the races – which favored the white minority at the expense of the black majority and other non-white groups. 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 following the end of apartheid ushered in majority rule under an ANC-led government. South Africa has since struggled to address apartheid-era imbalances in wealth, housing, education, and health care. Jacob ZUMA became president in 2009 and was reelected in 2014, but resigned in February 2018 after numerous corruption scandals and gains by opposition parties in municipal elections in 2016. His successor, Cyril RAMAPHOSA, has made some progress in reigning in corruption, though many challenges persist. In May 2019 national elections, the country’s sixth since the end of apartheid, the ANC won a majority of parliamentary seats, delivering RAMAPHOSA a five-year term.

Government Type: parliamentary republic

Population: 56,978,635 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnic Groups: Black African 80.9%, Colored 8.8%, White 7.8%, Indian/Asian 2.5% (2018 est.)

Languages: isiZulu (official) 24.7%, isiXhosa (official) 15.6%, Afrikaans (official) 12.1%, Sepedi (official) 9.8%, Setswana (official) 8.9%, English (official) 8.4%, Sesotho (official) 8%, Xitsonga (official) 4%, siSwati (official) 2.6%, Tshivenda (official) 2.5%, isiNdebele (official) 1.6%, other (includes Khoi, Nama, and San languages) 1.9% (2017 est.)

Religions: Christian 86%, ancestral, tribal, animist, or other traditional African religions 5.4%, Muslim 1.9%, other 1.5%, nothing in particular 5.2% (2015 est.)

Interesting Facts information from the cia.gov website.  Read more about South Africa

4 thoughts on “South Africa

  1. Beauty Senabe

    Please update me on the planned activities and developments; partcularly those pertaining to Women Leadesrhip initiatives.
    Beauty

    Reply
    1. Martha

      Thank you for your interest in Aglow South Africa. We have active Aglow groups in a number of cities. Please contact South Africa Aglow National President Noreen de Gouveia at aglowsa@mweb.co.za for more information.

      Reply

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