The South African Film and Publication Board has been granted membership of the International Association of Internet Hotline, it announced on Wednesday.
According to the FPB, South Africa is the first African country to join the umbrella body, known as Inhope, which fights child pornography and has 32 member countries across the world.
Its membership will give the FPB access to international working relations, a referral system, research and best practice to intensify the fight against child pornography.
The FPB said that of the 48 online reports its child protection unit had received in its first year of operation, six were confirmed child pornographic images and all were found to be hosted outside South Africa.
"With such cases at hand, the new membership with Inhope will therefore enable the FPB to report the child pornographic websites to the relevant countries for further intervention," said the FPB in a statement.