Welcome to South Africa, one of the most complex and diverse nations in the world. Of the 49 million South Africans, nearly 31 million are Black, 5 million White, 3 million Colored (mixed-race - Khoikhoi and European or Asian), and one million Indian. The population density is 40 people per km² (compared to about 31 per km² in the U.S.A.).

The country is equally diverse in natural resources, with much of the economy historically built upon agriculture, mining for minerals and energy, forestry, and tourism.

Through innovative programs like Working for Water, South Africa aims to maximize ecosystem services while promoting social equity through job creation for economically marginalized people. We invite you to join us in a close examination of how South Africans manage and enhance the ecosystem services provided by such a rich and diverse environment.

Vha vhe na lwendo lwavhui!

Dr. Elizabeth Nichols - Lead Instructor

News & Events

  • SPECIAL SEMINAR: Dr. Wouter van Hoven, University of Pretoria - Chemical defense of trees against over use by browsing wildlife: How Nature Culls Wildlife And Can Trees Communicate? Monday, March 23, Room 1216 Jordan Hall, 4:00 pm
  • INFORMATION SESSION for this Study Abroad class w/ special guests Drs. David Bunn and Jane Taylor of University of the Witwatersrand
  • CHEETAH- The Fastest Land Animal is Running Out of Time - Don't miss this special NC State-Africa Forum
  • NCSU Study Abroad to offer scholarship competion for Summer '09 programs - APPLY HERE