Where We Are
Welcome to South Africa

Botshabelo is situated in the rural grasslands of Gauteng Province, South Africa, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) northwest of Johannesburg. From there, it takes about two hours to reach Botshabelo by car.

The remote location of Botshabelo means that there is little infrastructure, and so adaptation and ingenuity are requirements for survival. Income-generating opportunities are rare in this rural area, and so the community must be as self-sustaining as possible.

Our region is arid, and so water can be scarce. This problem has been compounded by the fact that 200 years ago, European settlers introduced many non-native trees and plants to the region. These plants have since proliferated and they soak up massive amounts of water that used to flow down from the mountains into the streams. As our population grows, so does our need for water.

Map of South Africa

South Africa has moved beyond its turbulent past, but the transition from apartheid to unity and freedom remains a work in progress. We are part of one of the most diverse countries in the world, home to many races and ethnic groups with 11 official languages and a vast economic spectrum.

Many bold and progressive changes have taken place since apartheid's end in 1994, but South Africa still faces many critical issues, especially rampant poverty and the AIDS epidemic.

Botshabelo is part of the fight against both.

Learn more about the history of South Africa.

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