South Africa

MAF is flying for life in South Africa


Tens of thousands of people in South Africa live isolated from economic development in areas where infrastructure is deteriorating.

Although plantations in some regions produce much of the country’s fruit, agriculture in other areas is practically nonexistent, and poverty and malnutrition are rife. We began flying in South Africa in 1971, supporting medical work and the administrative needs of the missions based there.

Although our programme ended in 1979, it reopened in 1983 – with a new operation in northern South Africa starting four years later. Following peaceful elections in 1994, churches and missions needed our aircraft to reach out to Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia.

MAF pilots deliver clothing, educational toys and Bibles to clinics, crèches, Sunday Schools and churches. They share the Gospel, deliver food supplements to help combat malnutrition in rural areas, and provide food for over 2,000 children at 50 childcare centres.

In 2013, when severe flooding struck parts of Mozambique and northern South Africa, we flew meals, drinking water and blankets to those affected.


Thank you to MAF for ensuring that we can continue with our message “early detection saves lives.”Noelene Kotschan, founder of breast cancer awareness NGO PinkDrive


South Africa. Main base: Johannesburg. Programme begins 1971. 1 aircraft. 5 national staff. 5 partner organisations. 23 locations served. 318 passengers in 2013.
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