About us

The motto of South Africa is: Unity in Diversity.

South Africa is known for diversity in cultures and languages. Eleven official languages are recognized in the constitution.  Two of these languages are of European origin: Afrikaans, a language which originated mainly from Dutch that is spoken by the majority of white and Coloured South Africans, and South African English. Though English is commonly used in public and commercial life, it is only the fifth most-spoken home language.

South Africa is ethnically diverse. About 79.5% of the South African population is of black African ancestry, divided among a variety of ethnic groups speaking different Bantu languages, nine of which have official status. South Africa also contains the largest communities of European, Asian, and racially mixed ancestry in Africa. About a quarter of the population is unemployed and lives on less than US $1.25 a day.

The IBS South African board was established in 1998 and met two or three times a year, together with the IBS Africa Area Director. On 25 June 2001 the Board decided to establish a South African office. This was opened in February 2002 and the Rev Colin Bishop was appointed as National Director. Rev Colin Bishop served as National and Regional Director till June 2010. Under his tenure the office was based in Johannesburg. Koos Fouché took over from Colin in September 2010 and moved the office from Gauteng to Cape Town.

National Directors since establishment

  • 2002 – 2010  Colin Bishop
  • 2010 – Koos Fouché

Key milestones in the organization

-   Biblica is the proud custodian of the NIV text. In the past we have worked with partners such as Lux Verbi-BM, Struik Christian Books, Bible Society of South Africa and CUM to publish and distribute the NIV. One of the key focuses at Biblica South Africa in the future would be to publish and distribute Bibles themselves.

-   With Colin Bishop as the head of the Biblica office the focus was on ministry work with special attention on the HIV/ AIDS pandemic in South Africa. He did some groundbreaking work in putting together a program for schools and churches. His project culminated in the development of the Reach 4 Life New Testament in 2004.

-  Biblica South Africa was launched in September 2009.

The Reach4Life New Testament includes:

  • A strong HIV/AIDS prevention message in the introduction, promoting sexual abstinence until marriage
  • A gospel message and salvation prayer
  • Various inserts in the text of strong teen interest
  • Forty Bible studies taking a young person through a gospel presentation, discipleship instruction and life skills material.
  • Other helpful notes introducing the different New Testament books and ‘Reality Bites’ – real life accounts of interest to teens.

One of other projects of Biblica South Africa is the ‘Back 2 the Bible’ Program. The objective of this program is to upgrade the quality of expository Bible teaching and preaching in local churches. The quality of Bible teaching and preaching is undoubtedly linked to impact, and impact leads to transformation and growth. We also aim to help provide good Bible Study resources to disadvantaged pastors. An inexpensive and simple but effective, training manual has been developed for use with this program.

Unique facts/stories of Biblica in the country:

Crime, unemployment, poverty and moral decay are aspects that are having an extremely negative impact on the country’s future progress. In addition to this, South Africa has the highest incidence of HIV infection in the world. It is estimated that some 7 million people out of a population of 42 million are infected with the HI-Virus and that almost 1000 people die in South Africa of AIDS each day. This results in the relentless reaping of teachers, civil servants and workers in all sectors. Thousands of children are left behind as orphans as parents die of AIDS and they are left to cope for themselves.

In the majority of schools (mostly township and rural), there are high levels of teenage pregnancy, crime, violence, drugs, alcohol, and a low level of teaching and learning.

What is the need in the community?

-   For life transformation, inner peace, hope, security and sense of purpose, that only comes from a relationship with God.

-   For growth in understanding and implementation of Christian values that come from reading and studying the Bible.

-   For sound preaching and teaching of the truths of the Bible, with an emphasis on Christian growth and discipleship in a loving family of Christian churches.

It is these needs which Biblica South Africa seeks to address.