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With a presence in more than 120 countries throughout the world, officers of The Salvation Army, with their distinctive uniforms, are instantly recognizable in every continent of the world (with the exception of Antarctica). More than 26 000 officers, of whom more than 17 000 are active, undertake the work of The Salvation Army through more than 15 000 corps, outposts, societies, new plants and recovery churches.
The Southern Africa Territory of The Salvation Army is one of 10 Territories on the African continent, and 6 Commands. (A Territory is a country, part of a country or several countries combined, in which Salvation Army work is organised under a territorial commander; while a Command is a smaller type of Territory, directed by an officer commanding.) Africa’s Territories and Commands stretch from Southern Africa in the south northwards to Nigeria; and from Kenya and Mozambique in the east to Ghana and Liberia in the west.
The Southern Africa Territory encompasses five countries: South Africa, Namibia, the Island of St Helena, Lesotho and Swaziland. The Territory’s ministry includes day care centres for both pre-school children and senior citizens, goodwill centres, health services, crèches, children’s, street children’s, abused women’s, men’s and elderly homes, community programmes, rehabilitation centres, social centres and schools.