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Footprint in Mpumalanga
Africa Foundation is working with 23 communities in the Mpumalanga Province, bordering the famous Kruger National Park and Sabi Sands Game Reserve. Mpumalanga means ‘Place where the Sun Rises’ and attracts people for its magnificent scenery, fauna and flora. The Province is home to just over 4 million people. Approximately 15% of the population are living with HIV/AIDS, making it the second worst affected Province after KwaZulu Natal. Employment is found in the sectors of agriculture, mining and tourism, however unemployment rates are high.
Footprint in KwaZulu Natal
KwaZulu Natal (KZN) is home to 19.9% of South Africa’s population, making it the second most populated province after Gauteng. KZN has the highest rate of HIV/AIDS in the country at 25.8% compared to the national prevalence of 13.5%. Unemployment stats for the first quarter of 2019 indicate that KZN has 42.4% unemployment, much higher than the national average. KZN consists of 10 District Municipalities. Africa Foundation works in 5 communities within the uMkhanyakude District. Due to the landscape of this region and its numerous conservation parks, the Districts key economic sectors are tourism, trade and agriculture. The communities in which we work are characterised by poor infrastructure, particularly in the areas of water, electricity sewage, sanitation and solid waste services, and poor education outcomes with only one third of the population achieving their high school ‘Matric’ qualification and fewer than 10% accessing tertiary level education. More than half of households are female-headed and almost 30% are informal structures.
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