South Africa

Focusing on the people and culture of the Basotho, the areas we serve include Qwa Qwa and Intabazwe, rural township areas with a combined population of nearly 2 million people.  This holds great potential with South Africa being one of the most developed nations in Africa,  often called the “Gateway to Africa.”

As we  impact the people of these communities and Ignite South Africa, we know that the impact will be felt throughout the continent.


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Intabazwe
Intabazwe is home to nearly 70,000 people. While many are Basotho, many other people groups call this area home.

Qwa Qwa
With about 1.8 million residents, Qwa Qwa (Phuthaditjhaba) is a collection of villages. The majority of the people in Qwa Qwa are Basotho, but like Intabazwe, there is a mix of other people groups as well.

Qwa Qwa has been called the poorest area of South Africa because of the high unemployment rates (about 88% of people are unemployed), as well as high rates of chronic hunger.

Harrismith
Harrismith is a small farming community in the heart of the Free State. About 7000 people call this area home. While Afrikaans is the most popular language, English is widely spoken as well. Less than an hour from both Intabazwe and Qwa Qwa, we’re in an ideal place to be able to disciple people in both areas.

More about South Africa
South Africa is a beautiful country, with beautiful people. We know that God has big plans for the country—we’re excited to be able to be part of it.

  • Population: 45 million
  • Time Zone: 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time during Daylight Savings; 7 hours ahead during the rest of the year
  • Climate: Our seasons are opposite of those in America because we’re in the Southern Hemisphere. Our summers generally run from October to March, and are hot. While winter, running from April to September, is very cold and dry. Temperatures in the winter months frequently go below freezing and it even snows most winters.
  • Language: There are 11 official languages: Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Pedi, Sesotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, and Zulu. Sesotho is the main language spoken in our area.