From its inception in 1897, the Zionist movement in South Africa had the support of independent women’s Zionist groups of Jewish women around the country.
In 1934, after a visit by Vera Weitzman, WIZO SA federation was established as WZO (Womens Zionist organization of SA). WZO was an affiliate of World WIZO, and received all the benefits of the WIZO federation, it abided by WIZO’s constitution, and continued with other aspects of Zionist work in which they were involved.
In 1998 WZO of South Africa changed its name to WIZO South Africa.
WIZO South Africa is the largest Women’s Zionist Organisation in South Africa, is dedicated to improving the life of women and children in Israel through fundraising initiatives and empowering women to strengthen identification with the State of Israel.