Heifer South Africa

Live below the Poverty Line

Of Children Under 5 are Malnourished

Rely on Agriculture

South Africa

Although South Africa’s economy has steadily improved since the end of apartheid in 1994, its turbulent history has resulted in extreme inequality. South Africa is one of the most unequal countries in the world with a Gini index of 65. South Africa rates 118 out of 187 countries according to the United Nation’s Human Development Index. About 20 percent of its 53 million people live under the poverty line, or $1.25 a day, and nine percent of its children under 5 are malnourished.

South Africa has a dual agricultural economy: a highly developed large-scale commercial farming sector and an underdeveloped small-scale farming sector. Thirty-six percent of South Africa’s population live in rural areas while 80 percent of its land area is used for agricultural purposes. Only four and a half percent of its total population relies on agriculture for their livelihoods.

4747 Families
Were Assisted in FY2014

Livestock Placed In FY2014

Our Work In South Africa

Our programmatic work is focused on large-scale projects in partnership with key stakeholders, such as government departments (Departments of Agriculture, Health, Rural Development, research institutions), and non- governmental organizations including the AIDS Foundation of South Africa. We are working with project participants who need livestock to start farming activities and with those who are able to benefit from training and group membership. Heifer South Africa places dedicated project staff close to project sites to provide participants cost-effective hands-on support. With a strong focus on fundraising and monitoring and support functions, Heifer South Africa is able to expand their impact and improve upon an already successful model.

South African Family
(From left) Lubanzi Sikhakhane (7), Emihle Sikhakhane (6), Mrs Grace Sikhakhane (51), Amahle Sikhakhane (3) Sphephelo Sikhakhane (13), Sqiniseko Sikhakhane (9).
  • Women’s Empowerment

    Leadership training, Gender equality training

  • Increased Income

    High-quality livestock, Value chain access, Agroecology

  • Social Capital

    HIV/AIDS trainings, Passing on the Gift®, 12 Cornerstones for Just and Sustainable Development

  • Nutrition

    Vegetable gardening, Nutrition training

  • Environment

    Soil Management, Organic gardening reforestation, Water harvesting

Programs and Projects

  • Zusiphe:

    Goat Project
  • Sukuma:

    Chicken Project
  • Blouberg:

    Agricultural Development Project
  • Thusanang:

    Dairy Project
  • Phuhlisanani

  • Gqunu and Ngxakol

Project Partners


  • UK Department for International Development (DFID)
  • Canadian International Development Agency
  • National Development Agency, Easter Cape, South Africa
  • National Lotteries Board
  • WesBank Fund/First Rand Foundation
  • Absa Bank/ Barclays
  • Dow Chemical Company
  • Jobs Fund, South Africa
  • Spur Foundation
  • Department Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
  • Foundation for Human Rights
  • Mutual and Federal

Local implementing partners

  • AIDS Foundation of South Africa
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
  • Southern Africa Trust
  • New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Business Foundation
  • Research Institute


Heifer International South Africa

Heifer International South Africa

1 Wootton Avenue Bothas Hill P.O. Box 1770 Hillcrest, 3650 DwaZulu-Natal

T: 27 (0)31 777 1374

E: heifer-southafrica@heifer.org

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