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With just over 6,000 inhabitants, its main economic activity is agriculture and its main product, corn. Although there are no official figures that reveal the number of wage earners, the majority of the people of Xitlhelani live in a subsistence economy system. This means that the essential source of income is the subsidies granted by the Government for newborns or the elderly. 

Chiefdom leaders stated that only 10% of the community is employed at subsistence wages, while at least 70% are jobless or lack professional training. It should be noted that half of the community is under 35 years of age and 65% of the total population are women.

A large part of the population does not have access to electricity and to collect water they are forced to go to other communities that benefit from the proximity to a dam.


It is an informal settlement made up of some 2,000 Mozambican refugees. Virtually all the houses have been built by their owners with mud and plastic. They have no electricity, water, streets or highways. About 97% of the population is unemployed and there is a high percentage of poverty and illiteracy. Life there is very hard, therefore, most of the children end up leaving school and going to the city of Malamulele to look for any means of subsistence. 

People in Rhulani are not allowed to work under local law as only children  born in South Africa are citizens with the right to work. They suffer discrimination and do not usually find work because of their origin.


There are no schools in Rhulani and school children go to Xitlhelani and Malamulele.


Known as the "Rainbow Nation". It occupies the southernmost tip of Africa with its long coastline stretching over 3,000 km from the desert border with Namibia on the Atlantic coast south around the tip of Africa and then north to the border of subtropical Mozambique. in the Indian Ocean. Among its cultural richness are more than 11 official languages and an incredible diversity of customs, peoples and traditions.

South Africa is considered the most unequal country in the world, with the Human Development Index nº116/188 and where more than five and a half million people with HIV live.


It is the northernmost province of South Africa. It borders Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Botswana and takes its name from the Limpopo River that flows along its northern border. It stands out for the richness of its fauna and has the largest section of the Kruger National Park on its border with Mozambique. 

It is considered the province with the highest poverty rates in South Africa and, according to statistics from the National Educational Infrastructure Management System, it is one of the least developed regions in terms of educational and technological infrastructure.

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To remember that borders are an illusion and the inequality of those "far away" is also our business. A child without opportunities, condemned to poverty, requires action now, regardless of where they live, whatever their language, religion and ethnicity.



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