South Africa

"My mouth will tell of your righteous acts,
    of your deeds of salvation all the day,
    for their number is past my knowledge." Psalm 71:15

South Africa map outline with country names- cropped

South Africa

The Cloetes
Preparing to go to
South Africa

About South Africa

Official Name: South Africa
Capital City: Pretoria
(1,619,438 pop.) (est. in 2015)
Population of  South Africa:

54,300,704 (2018 est.)
IsiZulu (official) 22.7%, IsiXhosa (official) 16%, Afrikaans (official) 13.5%, English (official) 9.6%, Sepedi (official) 9.1%, Setswana (official) 8%, Sesotho (official) 7.6%, Xitsonga (official) 4.5%, siSwati (official) 2.5%, Tshivenda (official) 2.4%, isiNdebele (official) 2.1%, sign language 0.5%, other 1.6% (2011 est.)
Protestant 36.6% (Zionist Christian 11.1%, Pentecostal/Charismatic 8.2%, Methodist 6.8%, Dutch Reformed 6.7%, Anglican 3.8%), Catholic 7.1%, Muslim 1.5%, other Christian 36%, other 2.3%, unspecified 1.4%, none 15.1% (2001 est.)
South African Rand (ZAR)
Black African 80.2%, white 8.4%, colored 8.8%, Indian/Asian 2.5%

Except where noted, information taken from


The Cloetes

Cloetes 2018 - edited - for web

Rev. Louis Cloete was born in Pretoria, South Africa, where his family history goes back to 1658, the early days of the Cape of Good Hope. Louis was first ordained as a minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and recently joined the Bible Presbyterian Church. He graduated from Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree at Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary with a focus on biblical counseling. Louis has had the privilege to teach biblical counseling at John Wycliffe Theological College in Johannesburg and to preach and teach at churches and conferences in Ethiopia and Uganda. 

Louis and his wife, Lizette, were married in 1993 and moved to the USA during the same year. Since they both grew up in Afrikaner households, they are fluent in reading, writing, and speaking Afrikaans. Lizette is an Occupational Therapist, trained at the University of Pretoria. They have been blessed with two daughters, Suzette and Estelle.

Louis and Lizette hope to be on the field in South Africa by July, 2020.  Please pray for them; it will be a difficult transition to a country in deep turmoil.

Please pray for the Cloetes.

Prayer Requests for South Africa

February 2019

  • For safe travels as I am visiting churches.
  • For the Lord to open doors and provide contacts for the purpose of establishing the work He desires me to do.
  • For the health and endurance of both myself and my wife, Lizette.
  • For tolerance and peace between the various nations living in South Africa.
  • That we may be granted wisdom in preparation to leave our children behind in the USA when we depart for South Africa.

News from the Cloetes

Cloete family at ordination - edited for web

December 2018 Prayer Letter from Rev. Louis Cloete

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