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Background

In 1994 South Africa held its first democratic national elections, ending centuries of white minority rule and decades of institutionalized racial segregation known as apartheid. Since then South Africa’s 49 million people have struggled to address the legacies of apartheid: poverty, inequality and racial division. In addition, the nation is at the epicenter of the HIV and AIDS pandemic with an estimated 5.5 million people — 18.9 percent of the adult population — living with HIV.

The PC(USA)’s South African partners are also grappling with these challenges. The Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa, formed in 1999 through the merger of the (black) Reformed Presbyterian Church in South Africa and the (predominantly white) Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa, is striving to model greater racial and economic justice in its own structures. The Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa, made up of the former African and “colored” branches of the segregated Dutch Reformed Church, is exploring unity with the denomination's historically white wing. The South African Council of Churches, a fellowship of 27 denominations, fights for care and compassion for all affected by HIV and AIDS, supports poverty eradication initiatives and promotes justice, reconciliation and healing. The Evangelical Presbyterian Church in South Africa and the Presbyterian Church of Africa are also bringing the good news of the gospel to poor and marginalized communities throughout South Africa.

The PC(USA) joins in its partners’ ministries through mission personnel and several presbytery partnerships.  The Joining Hands Initiative of the Presbyterian Hunger Program accompanies Sisonke Masilwe Indlala, a network of grassroots organizations working for land justice.

Watch the 1998 video, 'The New South Africa: A Journey of Faith'

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Republic of South Africa Partner Churches and Organizations

Evangelical Presbyterian Church in South Africa
Presbyterian Church of Africa
South Africa Council of Churches (SACC)
The Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa
Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa

Presbytery Partnerships

Boise Presbytery
Donegal Presbytery
Florida Presbytery
North Alabama Presbytery
Northern New England Presbytery
Western New York Presbytery
Western Reserve Presbytery

Southern Africa/Lesotho Mission Network

For more information contact Bob Schminkey or Doug Tilton

The Southern Africa Mission Network is among more than 40 networks that connect Presbyterians who share a common mission interest. Most participants are involved in mission partnerships through congregations, presbyteries or synods. Network members come together to coordinate efforts, share best practices and develop strategies.

Learn more about the Republic of South Africa

Visit the BBC country profile.

See the 2014 Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study, p. 149

May 23

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