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Total Population (millions)46.9
Life expectancy at birth (years)48.4
GDP per capita (PPP US$)10,346
Adult literacy rate (%age 15 and above)82.4
Combined primary, secondary and tertiary gross enrolment ratio (%)78

South Africa is by far the regional leader both politically and economically. Since the end of apartheid 10 years ago, the country has transformed and is rapidly emerging as a new society. South Africa has a diverse economy and good infrastructure, significant improvements have been made in the provision of basic services such as water and sanitation.

The legacy of apartheid still remains in the country. South Africa is riddled by poverty and inequality as the gap between rich and poor is widening. High rates of crime, violence and sexual abuse are part of South African society. HIV/AIDS is posing huge challenges for the development of the country.

The most recent Human Development report ranks South Africa at 120, with a medium human development rating status. The Human Development Index (HDI) value is 0.658 compared to the HDI of the UK, which is 0.939.

WER is working in partnership with local people to help give children a living chance.

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These are our current projects in SOUTH AFRICA:


WER is working to improve school facilities within disadvantaged townships through the provision essential educational equipment.

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Community sports programme

WER is developing community sports programmes within some of South Africa’s most disadvantaged townships amid the nation’s preparations to host the 2010 World Cup.

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The factual information on each of the countries has been published in the United Nations Human Development Report 2005. Please refer to this document for more comprehensive information.

The FCO also provides detailed country profiles, explaining the history and politics of each of the countries. (FCO web site)