The South African Bible Society was established on 23 August 1820 at Cape of Good Hope with the mission of providing affordable access to bibles for everyone in their own languages and in suitable formats.
The first symbols of Christianity arrived along the coastline, with crosses built by Portuguese sailors to bring good fortune and blessing to their compatriots. Cape of Good Hope was the site of the first permanent Christian settlement in South Africa, with the establishment of a Dutch trading post in 1652.
Roughly 80% of South Africans now class themselves as Christians – of a variety of denominations – whilst only 0.3% follow traditional African Religions. The Bible Society of South Africa is now celebrating its 200th birthday.