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March 2000
South Africa

Missionary Spotlight – South Africa – Fact File

South Africa – Fact File   Area: Over 471,000 square miles.   Neighbouring countries:   Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, and Lesotho. Climate and terrain:   A large interior plateau, with various plains (velds), is rimmed by rugged hills. The interior is semiarid, but conditions are subtropical along a narrow, eastern, coastal plain. Drought is common, and the relative lack of inland waterways necessitates extensive land irrigation and water conservation measures. Natural resources:   These include, famously, gold and diamonds, but also, coal, chromium, antimony, iron ore, manganese, nickel, phosphates, tin, uranium, platinum, copper, vanadium, salt and natural gas. South Africa has over 200 species...

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Missionary Spotlight – Christian Literature to a Rainbow Nation
March 2000
South Africa

Missionary Spotlight – Christian Literature to a Rainbow Nation

Leaning a little nearer to the microphone the distinguished grey-headed politician declared, ‘The people of this country of South Africa truly constitute a Rainbow Nation’. When final democratic rule was attained in 1994, Nelson Mandela, the new state president, chose an apt illustration, for South Africa’s citizens originate from a multiplicity of backgrounds. Whether from local African stock or Malay extraction, from Holland or France, from Chinese or Indian races, the mix has an immense variety. This poses a particular challenge to church-planting and pastoral ministry. It emphasises that Christian literature has a vital supporting role to play amongst a diverse people.   Channels  ...

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Missionary Spotlight – South Africa
March 2000
South Africa

Missionary Spotlight – South Africa

A Nation of Pluralism   There are several inscriptions on the base of Paul Kruger’s statue in Church Square, Pretoria. One of them credits him with never having made a political decision without relying on the Scriptures as his guide. He became convinced that these decisions had divine backing. Certainly, until 1994, a close alliance existed between the politically dominant whites in South Africa and the Dutch Reformed Church (DRC). In fact, the first European settlers did not emigrate to South Africa for religious reasons. They were farmers and not missionaries. They set up the Dutch East India Company in the Cape. While the religious...

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Letter from South Africa
January 1999
South Africa

Letter from South Africa

A cloud, the size of a man’s hand Moral and ethical standards in South Africa could scarcely be worse. The Government tries to deny that conditions are as bad as the secular press makes them out to be. But corruption is so widespread that the only surprise is that the economy of the country is not worse than it is. Sodomy, which until recently was a criminal offence, has been declared legal by the Constitutional Court. Throughout the country, farmers are being murdered at such a rate that farmers in all the provinces have protested angrily, accusing the Government of not doing enough to protect...

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