The San people were the first settlers; the Khoikhoi and Bantu-speaking tribes followed. The Dutch East India Company landed the first European settlers on the Cape of Good Hope in 1652, launching a colony that by the end of the 18th century numbered only about 15,000. Known as Boers or Afrikaners, and speaking a Dutch dialect known as Afrikaans, the settlers as early as 1795 tried to establish an independent republic.
South Africa's population of forty million is three-quarters black (African) and about 15% white (European), with the remaining 10% comprised of people of mixed white, Malayan, and black descent and people of Asian (mostly Indian) descent.
Our charity has been active in South Africa since the early 1980s when the charity's first SOS Children’s Village opened in Ennerdale, 30km south of Johannesburg. Today it is home to over 150 children in its 15 family homes, with four houses for older SOS children completing their education or occupational training and taking their first guided steps towards independence.
Mike Horn, South African explorer and athlete, accomplished a unique feat: a solo journey around the world along the equator, using only his own resources.
Once an ANC activist, political prisoner and populist politician, leading businessman Mosima Gabriel (Tokyo) Sexwale is a man with a personal history as fascinating as the changes that have taken place in South Africa.