BRAVE girls, women unite in cultural exchange

Trip sponsored by the U.S. Consulate in Cape Town Cape Times (IOL) | October 10, 2018 |Traci Hurling, Isis Amusa and India Baird Eight years ago, three 10-year-old girls from Manenberg founded BRAVE, a non-profit organisation dedicated to inspiring, empowering and investing in girl leaders. Originally it functioned to create safe spaces for girls, but as they grew older and the obstacles they faced as young women expanded, BRAVE has ...
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How Scientists Can Help Contribute To Conservation Efforts

What is a conservation social scientist and why is she visiting South Africa? Dr. Meredith Gore is one of the world’s leading conservation experts and she recently traveled to South Africa to learn from and share best practices with South African students, community members, and government officials on tackling issues of wildlife poaching, wildlife trafficking, ...
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Grant Award to the Johannesburg Inner City Partnership for a “Creative Placemaking” Project

Press Release | October 09, 2018 The U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg is pleased to announce a grant award of approximately R2.1 million (US $149,506) to the Johannesburg Inner City Partnership (JICP) to implement its “Makers Way” project in the Bertrams and Loretzville neighborhoods of Johannesburg. More than 25 local organizations submitted project proposals to the ...
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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Cape Town, South Africa (October 3, 2018)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Cape Town, South Africa (October 3, 2018) Location: Central Business District, Cape Town, South Africa Event: Demonstrations by the #Shutdown Cape Town Movement are planned to take place on October 3, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM in the Central Business District of Cape Town. Participants are ...
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Condolences on the Passing of Minister Edna Molewa

Statement by the U.S. Mission to South Africa | September 22, 2018 Condolences on the Passing of Minister Edna Molewa The United States Mission to South Africa expresses its profound and deepest condolences at the news of the passing of Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa in Pretoria today, September 22, 2018. The passing of Minister ...
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Mamelodi teens give back to community, win trip to US

The Citizen | 2018-09-19 | Rorisang Kgosana The four Grade 11 pupils, who run an ecogreen recycling project at Ribane Laka High School, will be launching a life skills centre for their community. Four Mamelodi teenagers’ recycling project recently afforded them an opportunity to experience the “unusual” pleasures of driving “miles and miles” for the best ice cream and living with a ...
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250 Mandela Washington Fellows continue to do great things – who wants to be next?

Press Release | September 14, 2018  Applications are now open for the 2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.  Through this fellowship, the U.S. Embassy in South Africa has sent almost 250 young South African leaders to the United States for intensive training on civic leadership, business, and pubic management. Our Mandela Washington Fellows ...
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At Africa Aerospace and Defence 2018, The United States Is Pitching Partnerships To Support Allies From Border To Border, Across The Continent

Press Release | FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Marquee roster of U.S. exhibitors includes manufacturers, suppliers, product and services providers Centurion, City of Tshwane, South Africa and Waldwick, N.J. / September 17, 2018 — African countries looking to strengthen national and economic security will find American manufacturers and suppliers equipped with a wide range of innovative solutions at ...
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Eye-Opening Journey for Pupils

Pretoria News | September 10, 2018 | Virgilatte Gwangwa FOUR Grade 11 pupils at Ribane Laka High School in Mamelodi, Fortunate Mancoba, Precious Tladi, Bhekumuzi Phala and Given Ketelo, have returned from representing the country at the youth leadership programme in the US. They had been selected by the US Mission to South Africa for the programme, which took place last month. The Pan-Africa ...
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United States Consul General in Johannesburg, Michael McCarthy, awards prizes for innovative 3D Design

Media Release | August 29, 2018 United States Consul General in Johannesburg, Michael McCarthy, awards prizes for innovative 3D Design at the Rosa Parks Library & Innovation Studio in Soweto On August 28, 2018, U.S. Consul General in Johannesburg, Michael McCarthy, awarded prizes to the three winners of the U.S. Consulate General’s Rosa Parks Library & Innovation ...
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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Johannesburg, South Africa

Location:  U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg Event:  A demonstration by the South African Justice League Foundation (SAJLF) is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, at the U.S. Consulate in Johannesburg.  The City of Johannesburg has issued a permit for 100 participants, from 12:00pm to 4:00pm.  The protesters plan to gather in Sandhurst at ...
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U.S. Embassy Welcomes Minnesota Orchestra To South Africa

The United States Mission to South Africa is pleased to welcome the Minnesota Orchestra to South Africa, as it embarks on its Music for Mandela tour across the country.  As part of its Mandela Centenary commemorations, the Embassy is delighted to have provided support for the orchestra’s tour, the first ever tour of a full ...
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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (July 31, 2018)

Location:  Cities throughout South Africa Event:  Nation-wide demonstrations against gender-based violence are set to take place across South Africa on August 1, 2018, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in cities throughout South Africa, including Cape Town, Durban, and Pretoria.  More information about the locations and times can be found here: http://www.thetotalshutdown.org.za/   The Intersectional Women’s ...
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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa

Location:  Cities throughout South Africa Event:  Nation-wide demonstrations against gender-based violence are set to take place across South Africa on August 1, 2018, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in cities throughout South Africa, including Cape Town, Durban, and Pretoria.  More information about the locations and times can be found here: http://www.thetotalshutdown.org.za/   The Intersectional Women’s ...
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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate Johannesburg, South Africa

Location:  Sandton, Johannesburg Event:  The following demonstrations have been scheduled in the Sandton area over the next three days, beginning Wednesday, July 25, 2018: July 25: Earthlife Africa 135 Daisy Street 10:00-12:00 Break the BRICS Coalition Rivonia Road & 5th Street – Maude Street & 5th Street 09:30-13:00   July 26: Rwanda National Congress & ...
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U.S. Embassy Pretoria Responds to the Call to Service on Mandela Day

To honor the legacy and lifetime of service embodied by Nelson Mandela, a team from the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria joined Sun International and the Minister of Social Development, Susan Shabangu, to give 67 minutes of service on Mandela Day, July 18, where they packed food parcels for South African children in need. The U.S. ...
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29 South Africans Receive Fulbright Scholarships to Study in United States

Twenty-nine South African students and scholars have received fully-funded Fulbright scholarships to conduct research and complete postgraduate studies at U.S. academic institutions. The world-renowned Department of State-funded Fulbright Program provides scholarships to university graduates seeking a Master’s or Doctoral degree in nearly any field of study at a university in the U.S.  Thirteen South Africans ...
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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate Johannesburg, South Africa (June 29 2018)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate Johannesburg, South Africa (June 29 2018) Location:  Sandton, Johannesburg Event:  A march by the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) is scheduled for Friday, June 29, 2018.  This is a service delivery protest that will start at 137 Daisy Street, Sandton.  The City of Johannesburg has issued a permit for 1000 ...
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2018 Trafficking in Persons Report

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo unveiled the 2018 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report on June 28, 2018. “Every year our report focuses on a specific thing. This year’s TIP Report highlights the critical work of local communities to stop traffickers and provide support to victims. Human trafficing is a global problem, but it’s a local ...
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Source Africa Trade Show Promotes African Apparel and Intra-regional Trade

News Release June 20, 2018 (Cape Town) The sixth annual Source Africa Textile and Apparel Show opened at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, showcasing the continent’s creativity, fashion sense, and business opportunities. The June 20 – 21 event features 140 exhibitions by textile, shoe and clothing producers, suppliers and service providers from across Africa. ...
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City Signs Grant for Renewable Energy Study

Published in cape {town} etc | Aimee Pace | June 15, 2018 The City of Cape Town has signed a new grant agreement with a US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) on Thursday to study the effective use of natural gas distribution networks to increase energy sources of both Cape Town and the Western Cape. The City’s Executive Major, Patricia De Lille said in a statement, “The ...
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USAID and BLSA Extend Groundbreaking Development Partnership 

News Release | 15 June 2018 (Johannesburg) The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Business leadership South Africa (BLSA) announced a three-year extension of their ground-breaking development partnership, the Beyond Advocacy Fund, with an infusion of an additional $3.6 million in funding.  This partnership tackles some of the ...
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Young Africans Collaborating, Innovating and Realizing Mandela’s Legacy

Media Release June 12, 2018 IREX: Jackie Jena, Partnerships Manager: jjena@irex.org USAID Southern Africa:  Tebogo Sepeng, Communications Specialist: tsepeng@usaid.gov (JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA) – More than 400 emerging African leaders met in Johannesburg, South Africa for the U.S. government’s Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Conference, June 12 – 13, 2018. In previous years, the fellowship program hosted regional conferences ...
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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Durban (June 7, 2018)

Location:   Durban Central Business District (CBD) Events:      Planned protest and night vigil for former President Jacob Zuma (June 7-8, 2018) There will be a night vigil at Albert Park starting at 18:00 on June 7th, 2018, and will continue through the night into the following morning.  The protest is expected to begin at 07:30 and reach ...
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Updated Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Cape Town, South Africa (June 4, 2018)

Updated Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Cape Town, South Africa (June 4, 2018) Update: Today’s anticipated demonstration began early and resulted in road closures near the U.S. Consulate General. Please be advised that the consulate will delay opening to the public.  Regular hours are expected to resume tomorrow. Please see our website for ...
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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Cape Town, South Africa (June 4, 2018)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Cape Town, South Africa (June 4, 2018) Location:  From Westlake Drive then via Steenberg Road to Orpen Road to Spaanchmat Road, stopping at Alphen House Center, and then return to Westlake Drive following the same route. Event:  On June 4 between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM, up to ...
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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Durban, South Africa (June 1, 2018)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Durban, South Africa (June 1, 2018) Location: From Alpine Road & Lotus Road intersection to Overport Secondary School, Durban Event: The Refocus and Upliftment Foundation is planning a march on June 2, 2018, in the Overport area beginning at 2:00 pm. The “End the Genocide in Palestine” march ...
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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 24, 2018)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 24, 2018) Location: Rustenburg, Swartuggens, and Zeerust in North West Province Event: The U.S. Embassy would like to inform U.S. citizens of ongoing protest activity in North West Province, specifically near the towns of Zeerust, Swartruggens and Rustenburg along the N4 highway. Roads in the ...
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Forty-Six South African Mandela Washington Fellows Head To The United States

Forty-six young South Africans will travel to the United States to participate in the Mandela Washington Fellowship, which aims to enhance leadership skills, bolster entrepreneurship, and connect young leaders from across Africa with the American people, and with each another. During their six-week visit, 28 U.S. universities will host 700 Fellows from sub-Saharan Africa for ...
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Press Release: Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting With South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu

Press Release: Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting With South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu 05/21/2018 04:07 PM EDT Public Schedule Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC May 21, 2018 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan met today with South African Minister of International ...
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Condolence for Victims of Mosque Stabbings in KwaZulu-Natal: Statement by the U.S. Mission to South Africa

Statement by the U.S. Mission to South Africa Condolence for Victims of Mosque Stabbings in KwaZulu-Natal The United States Mission to South Africa offers our deepest condolences and sympathies to the families and loved ones of those killed and injured in the May 10 attack at the Imam Hussein Mosque in Ottawa, Verulam, near Durban. ...
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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Johannesburg, South Africa (May 15, 2018)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Johannesburg, South Africa (May 15, 2018) Location: U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg Event: The Palestine Solidarity Alliance (PSA) has scheduled a demonstration for Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at the U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg. The protest organizers have indicated they will be protesting U.S. policy toward Israel. The City of ...
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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 10, 2018)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 10, 2018) Location:  Moroccan Embassy, Pretoria, Corner of Farenden and Francis Baard streets Event:  Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) announced a possible protest action by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) at the Moroccan Embassy located on the corner of Farheden and Francis Baard streets, taking ...
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U.S. Embassy-Sponsored Training Focuses on Surveillance and Early Detection to Prevent Outbreaks and Spread of Avian Influenza

U.S. Embassy-Sponsored Training Focuses on Surveillance and Early Detection to Prevent Outbreaks and Spread of Avian Influenza The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria is hosting a workshop on surveillance and early detection to prevent outbreaks and the rapid spread of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza HPAI (“bird flu”) in Pretoria April 24-26.  Bringing together epidemiologists and veterinarians ...
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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (April 24, 2018)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (April 24, 2018) Location: Multiple locations through South Africa including but not limited to: Johannesburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein, Polokwane, and Durban. Event: According to media reports the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) is calling on workers across the country to stay at ...
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The Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts Honors South African Artists

Media Advisory April 20, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   The U.S. Consulate General in Cape Town was honored to participate in this year’s Kennedy Center Gold Medal in the Arts gala on Saturday, April 14, 2018. This year’s gala, held at the recently inaugurated Zeitz MOCAA, honored six extraordinary South African artists:  Basil J.R. Jones and ...
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Alert – U. S. Consulate General Cape Town, South Africa (April 21, 2018)

Alert – U. S. Consulate General Cape Town, South Africa (April 21, 2018) Location:  U.S. Consulate General, Cape Town Event:  On April 21 between 07:00 AM and 07:00 PM, the telephone system at U.S. Consulate General Cape Town will not be operational due to planned maintenance. Action:  Americans seeking emergency assistance should call the after-hours ...
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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Cape Town, South Africa (April 19, 2018)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Cape Town, South Africa (April 19, 2018) Location:  Near the Reddam Avenue entrance of the U.S. Consulate General, Cape Town Event:  On April 19 between 11:00am and 1:00pm, members of the South African Communist Party plan to gather outside of the U.S. Consulate General on Reddam Avenue. Demonstrators ...
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Peace Corps South Africa Welcomes New Volunteers

Excitement was the order of the day as 33 new American Peace Corps Volunteers were sworn-in during a special ceremony at the U.S. Community Center in Pretoria on Monday, April 16. This 37th cohort of volunteers arrived in South Africa in January before embarking on an immersive 10-week training schedule that included training in language, ...
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Asset Recovery Guide Adds to U.S. Tools to Support International Anti-Corruption Efforts

The United States is a global leader in finding and recovering public assets that are stolen and hidden abroad by corrupt regimes. The U.S. State Department plays a key role in recovering these ill-gotten gains by facilitating cooperation with foreign governments and building partner capacity and cross-border cooperation. To help facilitate effective international cooperation between ...
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Alert New Travel Advisory: U.S. Consulate General Cape Town, South Africa (April 6, 2018)

Exercise increased caution in South Africa due to crime and drought.  Please read entire message. Violent crime, such as armed robbery, rape, carjacking, mugging, and “smash-and-grab” attacks on vehicles, is common. There is a higher risk of violent crime in the central business districts of major cities after dark. The South African government declared a ...
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U.S. Senators Promote Partnerships with South Africa

A bipartisan delegation of United States Senators visited South Africa from April 4 – 6, 2018 on a visit to strengthen ties between the American and South African people.   Led by Senator Christopher Coons of Delaware, the delegation sought to increase partnerships and enhance trade and investment opportunities which can lead to greater prosperity for both of our countries. The delegation included Senator Jeff ...
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U.S. Department of State Honors Global Emerging Young Leaders

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Department of State Washington, DC April 5, 2018 In recognition of the positive role young people play in building sustainable peace, the U.S. Department of State is honoring outstanding young leaders from around the world. On Wednesday, May 2, the ten recipients of the third annual Emerging Young Leaders ...
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Signing of Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Projects (REIPPP) Agreements

Congratulations, South Africa!  We were thrilled to be at today’s signing of renewable energy independent power producer project (REIPPP) agreements, which will result in R55.92 billion in new investments in the energy sector (including foreign direct investment from U.S. companies!), create nearly 60,000 new jobs, and generate 2300 megawatts of energy.  Chargé d’Affaires Jessye Lapenn ...
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Statement from the U.S. Embassy on the Passing of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on April 2, 2018

Statement from the U.S. Embassy on the Passing of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on April 2, 2018 The U.S. Mission in South Africa offers sympathies to the family, friends, and to the nation that mourns the loss of Winnie Mandela.  We join in honoring her formidable strength and leadership in the struggle to end Apartheid. Winnie Mandela, ...
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Join US In Our Efforts to End the HIV/Aids Epidemic

As published in Independent Group Newspapers March-April, 2018. It was with great excitement and a bit of national pride that I read the South African Institute of Race Relations’ (SAIRR) March 13 report, “SA has made significant progress against HIV/Aids, but more must be done”, which captured South Africa’s success in driving down the rate ...
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American Puppeteer Enthralls South African Audiences

The United States Mission to South Africa and its Regional English Language Office hosted world-renowned American Arts Integration and English Language Specialist Karen Konnerth for a series of puppet performances for primary and high school students in Pretoria and Durban.  She also held workshops for teachers in Polokwane, Lyndhurst, and Benoni. Konnerth is a visual ...
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U.S. Embassy Transports Students To Wakanda

As part of a response to the #BlackPantherChallenge, an ongoing campaign to take young people to watch the inspirational Black Panther superhero film in cinema, the U.S. Mission to South Africa hosted 120 young leaders to watch a special screening of Black Panther at Brooklyn Mall on Human Rights Day, March 21. Young leaders from ...
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United States Supports World Tuberculosis Day Event in Durban

Press Release | March 23, 2018 The U.S. Consul General to Durban, Sherry Zalika Sykes, attended South Africa’s World Tuberculosis (TB) event on March 21, in Cato Manor, Durban.  The event was co-sponsored by the United States and attended by Deputy President David Mabuza, His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini, Minister of Health Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, ...
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American Investors to South African Business Leaders: “Let’s do Business”

The second annual meeting of the U.S. Mobilizing Institutional Investors to Develop Africa’s Infrastructure (MiDA) delegation met with South African asset managers, financial institutions, and African pension fund representatives to build further partnerships and find co-investment opportunities in Johannesburg and Cape Town March 5-9, 2018.  Formed in 2016, MiDA is a partnership between the U.S. ...
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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (March 20, 2018)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (March 20, 2018) Location: O.R. Tambo International Airport and Surrounds Event: The U.S. Embassy would like to inform all U.S. citizens of media reports indicating possible disruption on the R21 and R24 highways in Johannesburg on Tuesday morning, March 20, 2018, as a result of a ...
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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (March 20, 2018)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (March 20, 2018) Location: Pretoria Central Business District (CBD) Event: Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) announced that permission was granted for the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) to march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria tomorrow, March 20, 2018, from 09:00 to 2:00 pm ...
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U.S. Embassy Hosts Innovative Journalism Workshop to Provide New Insights into HIV Reporting

Press Release | March 19, 2018 To explore ways to bring fresh perspectives into HIV reporting in South Africa, the U.S. Embassy sponsored a three-day workshop for South African journalists in Johannesburg from March 13-15, 2018.  Participants included reporters and editors from Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Eastern Cape, and Western Cape. The course provided an ...
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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate Johannesburg, South Africa (March 19, 2018)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate Johannesburg, South Africa (March 19, 2018) Location: Sandton, Gauteng Event: The Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers Union (CEPPWAWU) is scheduled to hold a demonstration on Monday, March 19, 2018, at the Sasol Head Office, in Sandton, Johannesburg. CEPPWAWU is protesting a remuneration agreement. The City of ...
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Advancing the U.S.-South Africa Health Partnership

UNITED STATES GLOBAL AIDS COORDINATOR VISITS SOUTH AFRICA TO ADVANCE U.S.-SOUTH AFRICA HEALTH PARTNERSHIP Media Release March 13, 2018 The U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Deborah Birx visited South Africa from February 19 to March 1 regarding implementation of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).  The American people, through PEPFAR, are deeply committed ...
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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate Johannesburg, South Africa (March 9, 2018)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate Johannesburg, South Africa (March 9, 2018) Location: Katlehong, Gauteng Event: Demonstrations are currently taking place in and around Katlehong, approximately 35 kilometers east of Johannesburg. Social media reports indicate that the demonstrations are planned to continue through Sunday, March 11, and that roads into and out of Katlehong will ...
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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Cape Town, South Africa (March 8, 2018)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Cape Town, South Africa (March 8, 2018) Location:  Gugulethu and Nyanga townships, Cape Town Event:  Violent protests have caused road closures and affected access to public buildings and shopping centers in Gugulethu and Nyanga townships. Demonstrations could spread to other townships. Traffic on the N2 highway near these ...
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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (March 6, 2018)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (March 6, 2018) Location: Multiple locations in Pretoria Event: Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) announced multiple marches scheduled to take place in Pretoria today, March 6, 2018 from 9am – 3:00pm. The Food and Allied Workers Union (FAWU) and the South African Federation of Trade Unions ...
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Frontiers of Health Reporting: New Insights, Fresh Hope

ARE YOU A JOURNALIST REPORTING ON OR INTERESTED IN HEALTH ISSUES, SUCH AS HIV/AIDS? Do you want to sharpen your skills, learn about the latest advances, see examples of cutting edge reporting, and develop new networks? Apply today for a free, practical, hands-on, and interactive training which will focus on: The role of media in ...
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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (March 1, 2018)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (March 1, 2018) Location: Pretoria Central Business District Event: Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) announced that the Community Workers Program (CWP) was granted permission to march in Pretoria today, March 1, 2018, from 10am to 1:30pm. The number of marchers/protestors is expected to be at least ...
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Town Hall for U.S. Citizens with Chargé d’Affaires Jessye Lapenn, March 15, 2018

U.S. DIPLOMATIC MISSION TO SOUTH AFRICA Message for U.S. Citizens Town Hall for U.S. Citizens with Chargé d’Affaires Jessye Lapenn, March 15, 2018 The U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg is pleased to invite all U.S. citizens in Gauteng, Northwest, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and Free State to a Town Hall event with the U.S. Chargé d’Affaires to ...
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Investing in Children’s Future: Mzamowethu Combined School Celebrates School Expansion Project

Learners at Mzamowethu Combined School outside of East London, Eastern Cape, are now enjoying the addition of several new classroom buildings, thanks to the U.S. Mission’s Office of Defense Cooperation. Through AFRICOM’s Humanitarian Assistance funds, and working together with the South African Ministry of Basic Education, the Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) has expanded and ...
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U.S. Embassy Supports South African Wildlife Crime Investigations through Donation of Forensic Trailer Units

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the donation of three forensic trailers to support provincial law enforcement officials to investigate wildlife crime scenes. The trailers were handed over to representatives of the Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, and KwaZulu-Natal authorities at a ceremony co-hosted with the non-governmental organization TRAFFIC on February 20, 2018, at the ...
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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Cape Town, South Africa (February 15, 2018)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Cape Town, South Africa (February 15, 2018) Location: U.S. Consulate Cape Town Event: The South African Communist Party (SACP) has scheduled a demonstration for Thursday, February 15, 2018, at the U.S. Consulate in Cape Town. The demonstration is in protest of U.S. policy toward Israel. The City of ...
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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Johannesburg, South Africa (February 15, 2018)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Johannesburg, South Africa (February 15, 2018) Location: U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg Event: The South African Communist Party (SACP) has scheduled a demonstration for Thursday, February 15, 2018, at the U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg. The demonstration is in protest of U.S. policy toward Israel. The City of Johannesburg has ...
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Alert – U. S. Consulate General Cape Town, South Africa (February 9, 2018) – Cape Town Water Crisis

Alert – U. S. Consulate General Cape Town, South Africa (February 9, 2018) – Cape Town Water Crisis Location: Cape Town Municipal Region, Western Cape, South Africa Event: Western Cape Province is experiencing a serious drought with reported shortages in the municipal water supply in Cape Town. As of February 1, the City of Cape ...
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Security Alert for U.S. Citizens- Protest Activity in the Area Surrounding Phuthaditjhaba, Free State

Location: Phuthaditjhaba, Free State. Event: There is ongoing violent protest activity in the area surrounding Phuthaditjhaba, Free State, which is on the eastern border of the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. Protesters have blocked some roads and are reportedly throwing stones at passing vehicles. The cause of the protest is unknown at this time. Actions ...
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U.S. Embassy & Market Theatre Commemorate Black History Month With South African Premiere Of “One Night In Miami…”

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce its support for the production of One Night in Miami… at the Market Theatre, February 2-25, 2018.  To commemorate Black History Month, recognized each year in February, the U.S. Embassy has partnered with the Market Theatre in Johannesburg to deliver high-impact and thought-provoking drama to South African audiences. ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration Alert: Pretoria, South Africa (February 6, 2018)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (February 6, 2018) Location: Downtown Pretoria. Event:  Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) announced a planned protest march by the Committee of Workers for Waste Management that will be held downtown today, February 6, 2018. Approximately 300 waste management staff are expected to participate. The march/protest will ...
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INTERESTED IN STUDYING IN THE UNITED STATES? APPLY FOR THE FULBRIGHT FOREIGN STUDENT PROGRAM

The U.S. Mission to South Africa is pleased to announce the application period is now open for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program for 2019-2020.  This world-renowned program offers scholarships that cover up to the full cost of tuition and living expenses in the United States for South African students interested in pursuing a Master’s or ...
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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (January 26, 2018)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (January 26, 2018) Location: Downtown Pretoria. Event: Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) announced that the All Tshwane Vat Alles Employees were granted permission to march on Friday, January 26, 2018, from 8am – 4pm. Numbers of marchers/protestors are expected to be at least 1,000. The march/protest ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Durban, South Africa (January 17, 2018)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Durban, South Africa (January 17, 2018) Location: UNISA Campus, Durban Event: 500 UNISA employees and students are on the corner of KE Masinga Street and Stalwart Simelane Street.  The protesters are throwing stones and blocking roads.  Traffic in the area has been impacted. Actions to Take: Avoid the ...
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Security Messages for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (January 13, 2018)

Demonstration Alert U.S. Embassy Pretoria Location: H&M stores across South Africa. Event: Demonstrations are expected to or are currently taking place at H&M stores across South Africa. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) political party is protesting an H&M advertisement. Actions to Take: Avoid the areas of the demonstrations. Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity ...
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Packing and Transportation Services (Maputo, Mozambique)

U.S. Embassy, Maputo, Mozambique General Service Office (GSO) seeks proposals from qualified, reliable firms with sufficient resources and work experience to perform the duties of packing and unpacking household effects, clearing and forwarding of effects, transportation and freight services for all inbound and outbound shipments of household effects to and from Maputo Mozambique to be ...
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Meet our AlumnU.S. Benjamin Jephta 

Are you a musician? Keen to collaborate with artists from around the world? Then WATCH as our Chargé d’Affaires Jessye Lapenn meets Benjamin Jephta, a South African jazz prodigy, who went on the > OneBeat  exchange program to the U.S! In this episode of our Meet The AlumnU.S. series,  Benjamin Jephta shares more about his journey and what inspires his ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Protest on December 14

December 13, 2017 The U.S. Mission has learned that a protest march by the Palestine Solidarity Alliance is scheduled for Thursday, December 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in front of the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg. The march will protest U.S. policy towards Israel and is expected to be peaceful. The City of ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protests in Cape Town

December 11, 2017 The U.S. Consulate Cape Town informs U.S. citizens that the Al-Quds Foundation and Muslim Judicial Council of South Africa announced plans to hold a demonstration on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 in Cape Town’s Central Business District from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in protest of the United States’ recent recognition of Jerusalem ...
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U.S. Embassy Pretoria Presents Restitution to South African Victim of Crime

The U.S. Embassy in South Africa, through the office of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), presented $9,000 in restitution (approximately 125,000 Rand) to a South African victim of crime at a ceremony in Pretoria on December 6.  The crime victim’s name is being withheld due to privacy considerations.  Major General ...
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Worldwide Caution

December 6, 2017 As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  This replaces the Worldwide ...
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Presidential Proclamation Recognizing Jerusalem as the Capital of the State of Israel and Relocating the United States Embassy to Israel to Jerusalem

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release December 06, 2017 The foreign policy of the United States is grounded in principled realism, which begins with an honest acknowledgment of plain facts.  With respect to the State of Israel, that requires ...
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Perfecting the Pitch for Business

Pretoria News | November 20, 11:34AM | Matlhatsi Dikbakwane WOMEN in business were given training on perfecting their businesses during the Women in Business Connect Session at the Es’kia Mphahlele Community Library at Sammy Marks Square last week. They were also urged to pitch their business plans in 30 seconds with three main points – introduction, content and conclusion. “All these three points are ...
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U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg Awards National Children’s Theatre Grant

U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg awards National Children’s Theatre grant for ‘A Short Cut to A Short Life’ Media Advisory November 20, 2017 As a part of the U.S. Mission to South Africa’s support of South Africa’s efforts to combat HIV/AIDS and gender-based violence, the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg has awarded the National Children’s Theatre ...
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HIV/AIDS: Exchanging Ideas and Best Practices on Serving Key Populations

During the learning visit, the Atlanta and Kenya teams were given a critical overview of some of CDC SA’s KP programs targeting men who have sex with men (MSM), and people who inject drugs (PWID) Key population (KP) representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta and Kenya visited South Africa ...
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Counselor to Chief Justice of the United States Visits Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein

Mr. Jeffrey Minear, Counselor to Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Jr., was in Bloemfontein last week as part of a U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg visiting speaker program.  Mr. Minear visited the Supreme Court of Appeal, where he met with legal researchers, Court administrative staff, and judges to discuss best practices ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Taxi March in Pretoria on Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Security Message for U.S. Citizens Taxi March in Pretoria on Wednesday, November 8, 2017  November 7, 2017 Tshwane Metro Police announced that the National Taxi Alliances have a permit approved for 10,000 people to march on Wednesday, November 08, 2017.  The planned route of the march is from the Old Putco Depot in Marabastad, to ...
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Making Science Fun

Ga-Rankuwa Voice | Words: Ofentse Mathibe;  Images: Susanna Smith | October 31, 2017 The United States Embassy in conjunction with Leap Science and Maths School in Ga-Rankuwa Zone 5 held a Science Lesson session, encouraging learners to be part of this amazing field of study, on 17 October. The U.S Mission is partnering with South ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: University Campus Protests

Messages for U.S. Citizens University Campus Protests November 3, 2017 The U.S. Mission to South Africa advises U.S. citizens to continue to monitor carefully the situation on university campuses. Over the last several weeks, protests on and around university campuses, including residential facilities, have continued across South Africa. U.S. citizens are advised to exercise caution on university campuses ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Jessye Lapenn Presents Grant to the Southern African Music Rights Organization for Preservation of Indigenous Music

U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Jessye Lapenn co-hosted a signing ceremony with Southern African Music Rights Organization (SAMRO) Foundation Managing Director André le Roux to celebrate the launch of an Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) grant totaling $88,179 to the SAMRO Foundation.  The ceremony took place at the legendary Orbit Jazz Club in Braamfontein, Johannesburg on ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protest March in Pretoria on Thursday, November 2, 2017

Messages for U.S. Citizens U.S. Embassy Pretoria November, 01, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria informs U.S. citizens in South Africa that Tshwane Metro Police announced that the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have a permit approved for 2,000 people to march from Church Square to the Israeli Embassy in Hatfield on Thursday, November 2, 2017.  ...
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#ORTambo100

The United States Mission in South Africa notes the significance of October 27th, 2017, the centenary of the late Oliver Reginald “O.R.” Tambo.  We join South Africans and others around the globe in commemorating Tambo’s leadership in efforts to liberate South Africans from apartheid and his role in the founding of South Africa’s constitutional democracy.   In ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Thursday, October 26, 2017 Planned Protest

Messages for U.S. Citizens U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg October 25, 2016 The U.S. Mission informs U.S. citizens in South Africa that a protest march by the South African “Black First Land First (BLF)” movement is scheduled for Thursday, October 26, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., following a route from George Lea Park to ...
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The United States and South Africa Defense Committee Meets in Pretoria October 24-25, 2017

The United States and South Africa Departments of Defense met in Pretoria, 24-25 October 2017 for the annual Defense Committee. Both sides reaffirmed their strong defense partnership and shared views on a range of topics including regional security, peacekeeping operations, military training and exercises, and cooperation in technology and armament.  The meeting brought together defense professionals ...
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Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Rosenblum in Durban to Represent the U.S. at IORA Council of Ministers Meeting

DURBAN, October 19, 2017 Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Rosenblum is in Durban this week to represent the United States at the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Council of Ministers meeting.  While here, he will be meeting with a number of the delegates representing the 21 IORA member states and seven dialogue partners. Topics will include maritime ...
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U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson: Remarks at the Grand Challenges Annual Meeting

Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington Marriott Marquis Washington, DC October 4, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Good afternoon. And thank you so much, Harry, for that very kind introduction. The work and commitment of the Bill and Melinda – of Bill and Melinda Gates and the Gates Foundation that they have undertaken across a range of ...
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Messages for U.S. Citizens: Temporary Closure of Durban Consulate

Messages to U.S. Citizens U.S. Consulate Durban October 4, 2017 The U.S. Consulate in Durban would like to inform all U.S. citizens that the U.S. Consulate in Durban will be closed until further notice due to maintenance work. The Consulate in Durban anticipates re-opening middle of next week, but will send out a notice to ...
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U.S. Embassy Welcomes New Consul General to Durban: Sherry Zalika Sykes

Media Advisory | October 4, 2017 The U.S. Mission to South Africa is pleased to announce the arrival of Consul General Sherry Zalika Sykes to lead the Consulate General in Durban.  U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Jessica Lapenn welcomed Consul General Sykes to the country on September 14, 2017.  “Consul General Sykes’ people-focused leadership in Durban ...
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Statement by President Trump on the Shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release  October 2, 2017 Diplomatic Room | 10:50 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  My fellow Americans, we are joined together today in sadness, shock, and grief.  Last night, a gunman opened fire on a large crowd at a country music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada.  He brutally ...
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US Volunteers Give Back and in Turn Learn the Practice of Ubuntu

Daily Maverick | Orateng Lepodise | September 26, 2017 Giving back is a reward. Nobody knows this better than the United States Peace Corps, which hosted a swearing-in ceremony for 40 new South African volunteers on Friday. The Peace Corps is working at improving education and health conditions and capacity in South Africa. On Friday, the Peace Corps hosted a swearing in ceremony in ...
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New US Consul General is Back in the City She Loves

Sunday Tribune | 24 Sep 2017 | NOKUTHULA NTULI AN ACTIVIST with a passion for community empowerment, career diplomat Sherry Zalika Sykes, has returned to Durban, a city close to her heart, and the heart of her late son, Omar Sykes. The new US consul-general, who arrived in the country last Friday, has served in ...
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Security Messages for U.S. Citizen: National Strike on Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Messages for U.S. Citizens U.S. Mission South Africa September 22, 2017 The U.S. Mission informs U.S. citizens in South Africa that the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) announced plans to embark upon a national strike on September 27, 2017 over State Capture and corruption. Planned deployments are outlined below. U.S. citizens are encouraged ...
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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with African Leaders

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary September 21, 2017 President Donald J. Trump yesterday hosted a working luncheon in New York with the leaders of Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, and Uganda to discuss how the United States and Africa can work toward prosperity and peace.  They discussed a ...
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U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson Launches PEPFAR Strategy for Accelerating HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control

Media Advisory | September 19, 2017 Under this new Strategy, the United States, through PEPFAR, will continue to invest in over 50 countries, including continued substantial investments in South Africa. The U.S. government remains committed to partnering with South Africa and commends the South African government’s continued leadership and increasing financial contribution to its response. ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens Demonstration in Pretoria September 18 – 22, 2017

Security Message for U.S. Citizens U.S. Embassy Pretoria September 15, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria would like to inform all U.S. citizens that taxi drivers are potentially planning demonstrations in several areas of Pretoria from September 18 – 22 regarding grievances related to traffic fines.  Although the taxi drivers have withdrawn their application to ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Transportation Network Companies in South Africa

Security Message for U.S. Citizens U.S. Embassy Pretoria September 13, 2017 The U.S. Mission informs U.S. citizens in South Africa that there have been violent altercations between drivers for Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), such as Uber and Taxify, and metered taxi drivers throughout South Africa, but primarily in the Gauteng Province. In an effort to ...
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U.S. Embassy Pretoria Launches 2018 YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship

Media Advisory | September 12, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria will open the four-week application period for the 2018 YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship on September 13, 2017 and invites all interested candidates in South Africa to apply for this professional development program. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the Young African ...
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U.S. Company Breaks New Ground in SA

Last Thursday, US manufacturer of construction and mining equipment Caterpillar opened their new international parts distribution centre in in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni. The centre is the only one located in Africa.
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Call for Entries for 3D Design Challenge in Soweto

Media Advisory | September 6, 2017 The U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg invites young innovators, entrepreneurs and creatives to submit entries for the Rosa Parks Library & Innovation Studio 3D Design Challenge, which started September 1, 2017. The competition challenges entrants to design a household water-saving solution using 3D technology and use the 3D printers at ...
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U.S. Embassy Recognizes Mamelodi Students for Achievements in Youth Citizens Action Program (Y-CAP)

Media Advisory | September 1, 2017 The U.S. Embassy recognized the achievements of a group of Mamelodi students for conceptualizing, organizing and implementing civic projects that sought to create solutions to problems within their schools and communities.  The students presented their projects to a panel of judges and received certificates during a ceremony on Tuesday, ...
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U.S. Partners With SA Health Department

Over 866 nursing graduates have benefited from high quality training through the Nursing Education Partnership Initiative (NEPI) between the governments of South Africa and U.S. Durban | August 25, 2017: U.S. Embassy South Africa Health Attaché Steve Smith officially handed over the #NEPI program to South Africa’s National Department of Health at Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital ...
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Outgoing Economic Counselor Sees Big ‘Untapped’ US-SA Economic Potential

Terence Creamer | Engineering News | August 29, 2017 The US Embassy’s outgoing Economic Counselor, Laird Treiber, says there has been a steady stream of American investment into South Africa during his three-year tour and that, notwithstanding the current hiatus in investment activity, economic relations are poised to expand again, owing to the strongly complementary profiles of the two economies. In an interview with Engineering News Online ahead of his departure in ...
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U.S. Mission Sponsors Top Women’s Economic Empowerment Expert’s Visit to South Africa

Media Advisory | August 29, 2017 As part of its month-long programming throughout August to commemorate Women’s Month, the U.S. Mission to South Africa is hosting the President, CEO, and Co-Founder of WEConnect International, Ms. Elizabeth Vazquez, to present a series of workshops and lead discussions with women entrepreneurs and business leaders in Johannesburg, Pretoria ...
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U.S. Mission Supports Community Journalism at MMX17

Media Advisory | August 22, 2017 With the support of a grant from the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg, media practitioners from community radio stations in Gauteng had the opportunity to attend the Menell Media Exchange 2017 conference (MMX17) in Bryanston August 11-12, 2017.  Reporters and presenters from Mamelodi’s community radio station Mams FM and ...
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Reconnecting with Fulbright Alumni

Lots of laughter, stories of U.S. adventures, and memories from being a Fulbrighter were exchanged at a recent reception where the Embassy hosted  The Fulbright Program  alumni affiliated to the  University of Pretoria . Our Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, Elizabeth McKay, enjoyed the opportunity to meet alumni who are making their mark on academia in South Africa. “Even after two ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Pretoria on Wednesday

Security Message for U.S. Citizens U.S. Embassy Pretoria August 16, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria encourages all U.S. citizens to avoid the Central Business District (CBD) of Pretoria today, Wednesday, August 16, 2017, due to demonstrations organized by taxi drivers.  The U.S. Embassy is aware of unconfirmed reports of violence against other taxis and ...
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U.S. Embassy Welcomes New Consul General to Cape Town: Virginia Blaser

Media Advisory / August 11, 2017 The U.S. Mission to South Africa is pleased to announce the arrival of the new Consul General to lead the Consulate General in Cape Town. U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Jessica Lapenn welcomed Consul General Virginia Blaser to the country on August 6, 2017. “Consul General Blaser brings extensive experience ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens Demonstration in Pretoria on Tuesday, August 8, 2017

August 7, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria would like to inform all U.S. citizens of demonstrations organized by the Economic Freedom Fighters scheduled for Tuesday, August 8, 2017. In Pretoria, demonstrators will march from Church Square to the Union Buildings beginning at 10:00 a.m. In Johannesburg, demonstrators will march from Joubert Park to the ...
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U.S. Embassy Welcomes New Consul General to Johannesburg: Michael McCarthy

Media Advisory | August 4, 2017 The U.S. Mission to South Africa is pleased to welcome a new Consul General to lead the Consulate General in Johannesburg.  U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth McKay welcomed Consul General Michael McCarthy, who will usher in a new era of leadership for the U.S. Mission’s presence in Johannesburg.  “Our ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Cape Town on Monday, August 7, and Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Messages for U.S. Citizens | U.S. Consulate Cape Town | August 3, 2017 The U.S. Consulate in Cape Town would like to inform all U.S. citizens of demonstrations scheduled for Monday, August 7, and Tuesday, August 8, in Cape Town’s city center. On August 7, #UnitedBehind has called for a demonstration from 2:00 p.m. to ...
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So You Want to Study in America? EducationUSA is Here to Help!

Media Advisory | July 28, 2017 “I always knew I wanted to study in America, but I was directionless as to how and when to apply.  Working with EducationUSA helped me to submit good applications, on time.  Without the help of EducationUSA, I am sure I would not have gotten in!”  This is how Jayna ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Robberies of Passengers from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo Airport

Messages for U.S. Citizens U.S. Consulate General, Johannesburg July 25, 2017 The U.S. Mission to South Africa advises U.S. citizens to exercise caution when arranging ground transportation from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg to hotels, guest houses, and residences.  Numerous U.S. citizens and other travelers have been robbed at gun point while traveling from ...
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Dr. Jenna Jambeck, U.S. Expert on Marine Waste, Joins South Africa’s Fight Against Plastic Pollution

Media Advisory July 24, 2017 The U.S. Mission to South Africa hosted Dr. Jenna Jambeck, an expert on plastic waste from the University of Georgia, for meetings with environmental leaders, local government officials, academics and members of the public in three provinces along South Africa’s coastline July 9-18, 2017.  She travelled to Port Elizabeth, Plettenberg ...
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Statement from Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D., on the Death of Prudence Mabele

July 12, 2017 On behalf of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), I am deeply saddened by the death of Prudence Mabele. Ms. Mabele was a force of nature and a guiding light in the AIDS response, both globally and in her home country of South Africa. She was one of the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens Demonstration in Pretoria on Monday, July 17, 2017

Security Messages for U.S. Citizens U.S. Consulate Johannesburg July 14, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria would like to inform all U.S. citizens of demonstrations scheduled for Monday, July 17, 2017, in the City of Tshwane, as reported by local media. According to media reports, more than 3,000 private security guards have threatened to make ...
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U.S. Army Africa and 101st Airborne Division to participate in Exercise Shared Accord 2017

Media Advisory July 14, 2017 LOHATLA, South Africa – The U.S. military, in partnership with the South Africa National Defense Force, will conduct Exercise Shared Accord 2017, a command post and company-level field training exercise, July 17 – August 3. Shared Accord 17 is a U.S. Africa Command directed and U.S. Army Africa led exercise ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Johannesburg on Friday, July 14, 2017 (July 12, 2017)

Security Messages for U.S. Citizens U.S. Consulate Johannesburg July 12, 2017 The U.S. Consulate in Johannesburg would like to inform U.S. citizens of two demonstrations planned by the Greater Local Mining Communities Business Forum scheduled for Friday, July 14, 2017.  The first march is planned to take place in the Johannesburg Central Business District.  Participants ...
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South African “Hometown Heroes” Receive Recognition for Community Building

Media Advisory | July 5, 2017 In partnership with SONY Pictures South Africa and e.tv, the U.S. Mission in South Africa recognized young South Africans making a difference in their communities on July 3 with an exclusive premier of the movie Spider-Man: Homecoming. Through a campaign on e.tv, Sony Pictures asked young South Africans making ...
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U.S. CONSULATE JOHANNESBURG Security Message for U.S. Citizens Demonstration in Sandton on Wednesday, June 28, 2017

June 28, 2017 The U.S. Consulate in Johannesburg would like to inform U.S. citizens of a protest march by the Greater Local Mining Communities Business Forum scheduled for today, June 28, 2017 in Sandton. The City of Johannesburg has issued a permit for 2,000 participants.  Disruptions to motor vehicle traffic are expected in the vicinity ...
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Letter From Secretary Tillerson

Dear Reader: Human trafficking is one of the most tragic human rights issues of our time. It splinters families, distorts global markets, undermines the rule of law, and spurs other transnational criminal activity. It threatens public safety and national security. But worst of all, the crime robs human beings of their freedom and their dignity. ...
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Checklist for Mail-in Passport Applications

Individuals applying for qualifying services will not have to make an in-person visit to their local consulate. Detailed instructions on who qualifies and how to apply by mail are given below. These expanded services are offered as part of the Mission’s continuing effort to offer the best and most efficient service to American citizens. DS-82 ...
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Media Advisory: American Actor Antonio Lyons Joins Fight Against Gender-Based Violence with We Are Here

Media Advisory: June 27, 2017 American Actor Antonio Lyons Joins Fight Against Gender-Based Violence with We Are Here The U.S. Mission to South Africa, as part of its support for South Africa’s fight against gender-based violence, is hosting American actor, musician, poet and social activist Antonio Lyons for a nation-wide series of workshops and performances ...
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US diplomat sees funds are well spent

On her recent visit to the Lowveld, the US Embassy’s chargé d’affaires, Jessye Lapenn, learned more about some of the work the Embassy does in Mpumalanga. Lowvelder | June 24, 2017 | Philippa Francis MBOMBELA – Lowvelder joined the American acting ambassador on her visit to GRIP on Monday afternoon, where CEO Sakina Mohamed outlined the sex-work programme. The organisation uses a Pepfar ...
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South African Students and Scholars Join Fulbright: the U.S. Government’s Flagship International Exchange Program

Media Advisory June 23, 2013 Microbiology, mathematics, biochemistry, international affairs, astronomy, ethnomusicology….  These are just some of the many disciplines pursued by South Africans in the 2017 Fulbright Students and Scholars cohort.  The U.S. Embassy’s Fulbright office hosted the 2017 class of students and scholars for a pre-departure orientation on June 23 in Sandton, as ...
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U.S. Government Donates Border Enforcement Equipment to South African Revenue Service

Media Advisory  June 23, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in South Africa’s office of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilitated the donation of border enforcement equipment and tools to the South African Revenue Service (SARS) at their K-9 facility in Kempton Park.  The equipment will be utilized in support SARS’ efforts to safeguard the borders ...
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Joint Statement: 8th South African – United States Annual Bilateral Forum, 8 June 2017

Media Advisory June 13, 2017 Joint Statement:  8th South African – United States Annual Bilateral Forum, 8 June 2017 The Embassy of the United States of America hosted the South African Government for the 8th Annual Bilateral Forum (ABF), on 8 June 2017, in Pretoria. The ABF takes place under the auspices of the South ...
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U.S. Defense Agencies Train S.A. Law Enforcement and Donate Equipment

The U.S. recently partnered with South African law enforcement officers to enhance capacity to respond to a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosive (CBRNE) incident. The U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s (DTRA) International Counterproliferation Program (ICP), in collaboration with the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and the U.S. Mission to South Africa, delivered the Hazardous ...
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U.S. Mission South Africa Hosts American Film Showcase Filmmakers for Encounters Documentary Festival and Film Premier

Media Advisory | June 1, 2017 The U.S. Mission to South Africa is pleased to announce the visit of Emmy-nominated film producer Carolyn Hepburn and social innovation strategist Lina Srivastava May 31 – June 10, 2017.  The filmmakers are participants in the U.S. Department of State’s American Film Showcase, which facilitates “film diplomacy” by funding ...
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Power Africa Launches New Initiative at African Utility Week

Media Advisory | Thursday, May 18, 2017 Power Africa announced the launch of its Southern African Energy Program this week in Cape Town, South Africa.  This announcement came as representatives from Power Africa, a U.S. government-led initiative, and the U.S. Mission in South Africa participated in African Utility Week and the Gas to Power World ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Pretoria on Thursday, May 18, 2017

Security Messages for U.S. Citizens U.S. Embassy Pretoria May 17, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria would like to inform all U.S. citizens of a protest march scheduled for Thursday, May 18, 2017 in front of the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria at 877 Pretorius Street and in front of the United Nations Offices on Francis ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Johannesburg on Monday, May 15, 2017

Security Message for U.S. Citizens U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg May 12, 2017 The U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg would like to inform all personnel of a protest march scheduled for Monday, May 15, 2017 in the Johannesburg Central Business District. The City of Johannesburg has issued a permit for 5,000 participants, and the march is ...
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Cape Town and Atlanta mayors work together to build inclusive global cities

Mayors Kasim Reed from Atlanta and Patricia de Lille from Cape Town met last week to build closer ties, explore opportunities to grow the two cities’ economies, and discuss best practices. U.S. Consul General to Cape Town, Teddy Taylor, hosted the two mayors at his residence and welcomed government, civil society, and business leaders to ...
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Let’s Make a Deal! South African Private Sector Leaders to American Investors: “We’re Open for Business”

Let’s Make a Deal! South African Private Sector Leaders to American Investors: “We’re Open for Business” It is not every day that you get international dealmakers of this size together under one roof, but earlier today in Sandton, some of South Africa’s top business leaders, including Chief Executive of Standard Bank – South Africa Sim Tshabalala and Chief Executive Officer ...
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PEPFAR Approves 2017 Budget to Support South Africa’s Fight Against HIV/AIDS and TB

PEPFAR Approves 2017 Budget to Support South Africa’s Fight Against HIV/AIDS and TB Media Advisory: May 5, 2017  On April 25, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy, Ambassador Deborah Birx, approved PEPFAR’s $483 million Country Operational Plan 2017 (COP2017) budget for South Africa, an increase over 2016.  The COP2017 budget ...
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South Africa National Day: Statement by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by Secretary TILLERSON South Africa National Day April 27, 2017 On behalf of President Trump and the American people, I congratulate all South Africans as you observe the 23rd anniversary of Freedom Day. On this day commemorating your first democratic elections, we reflect ...
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New Look and New Programs for America’s Historic Library in Soweto

On April 20, U.S. Consul General Christopher Rowan, of the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg, hosted a reception to officially re-open the Consulate’s Rosa Parks Library & Innovation Studio in Soweto following a nearly four-month refurbishment project. At the reception, the Consul General reflected on the library’s more than 40 years of impact on Soweto’s ...
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Peace Corps Celebrates 20 Years in South Africa and Swears-in 33 New Volunteers

Peace Corps Celebrates 20 Years in South Africa and Swears-in 33 New Volunteers In 1994, Presidents Mandela and Clinton agreed the United States and South Africa should work together for the transformation of South Africa. For the past 20 years, Americans have been coming to South Africa as Peace Corps Volunteers. Last week, 33 new ...
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Security Messages for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Pretoria on Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Security Messages for U.S. Citizens U.S. Consulate General, Johannesburg April 11. 2017 Various groups are calling for mass demonstrations in Pretoria, Central Business District (CBD) on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from 12:00pm – 3:00pm. The “National Day of Action” demonstrators plan to gather in the Central Business District (CBD) at Church Square around 9:00am before ...
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American Jazz Fills the Streets of Cape Town

The U.S. Consulate General Cape Town brought American musician Nat Adderley Jr. to kick off this year’s Jazz Appreciation Month by participating in a panel discussion “on “The Music Business ” at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF), conducting workshops with young musicians around the city, and performing in and around in Cape Town ...
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Media Advisory | July 11, 2016 PEPFAR Investing More Than $410 Million Towards an AIDS-Free Generation in South Africa The U.S. government, through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), has approved 2016 Country Operational Plan (COP16) programming and funding of $410 million (R 5.7 billion) towards the goal of achieving an AIDS-free generation ...
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Press Release July 1, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   U.S. Ambassador to South Africa, Patrick Gaspard, hosted a reception at his residence in Pretoria on June 30 to commemorate the 240th anniversary of America’s adoption of the Declaration of Independence.  The national holiday is celebrated each year on July 4 in the United States with ...
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Ambassador Gaspard Celebrates Carnegie Hall Music Project in South Africa

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Election-Related Demonstrations and Disruptions

Election-Related Demonstrations and Disruptions Security Message for U.S. Citizens June 21, 2016 The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens that municipal elections are scheduled to take place in South Africa on August 3, 2016.  Spontaneous civil disruptions, including demonstrations and protests, are occurring and may continue to occur before and during the ...
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Planned Demonstration in Vicinity of U.S. Consulate General Cape Town – June 17, 2016

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Internal Revenue Service Webinar Announcement

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Demonstration Activity in Durban Metro Area Expected to Continue – June 7, 2016

Demonstration Activity in Durban Metro Area Expected to Continue – June 7, 2016 The June 6th demonstration and protest activities that disrupted traffic on major thoroughfares in the Durban metro area are expected to continue at least through tomorrow, June 7th. The timing, extent, and location of these demonstrations is unknown, but significant traffic disruptions ...
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US ambassador on the politics of performance and theatre

Rebecca Davis | Mail & Guardian | June 7, 2016 The social media savvy Patrick Gaspard talks about his love of Jo’burg and how the US can learn from SA how to discuss racism frankly. Gaspard as diplomatic as ever United States ambassador Patrick Gaspard swoops into a boardroom at Cape Town’s Cape Grace hotel, full of apologies ...
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U.S. Embassy Expands Projects to Address Wildlife Conservation and Trafficking in South Africa

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Threats to Shopping Areas and Malls

Threats to Shopping Areas and Malls Security Message for U.S. Citizens June 4, 2016 The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens that the U.S. Government has received information that terrorist groups are planning to carry out near-term attacks against places where U.S. citizens congregate in South Africa, such as upscale shopping areas ...
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American Delegation Visits Liliesleaf Farm to Honor Leaders of the Anti-Apartheid Struggle

Press Release Embassy of the United States of America FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 2, 2016 For more information: Cynthia Harvey at USEmbassySAPress@state.gov American Delegation Visits Liliesleaf Farm to Honor Leaders of the Anti-Apartheid Struggle:  Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy’s Visit to South Africa   June 2, 2016 — U.S. Ambassador to South Africa ...
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American Citizen Services: No Routine Services on June 6, 2016

U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg Message for U.S. Citizens 1 June 2016 The U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg wishes to inform U.S. citizens that the American Citizens Services (ACS) Unit will not be accepting appointments for routine services on Monday, June 6, 2016.  Only U.S.  citizen emergency cases will be considered for processing. For further information: See ...
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Kerry Kennedy: “Ripples of Hope” Continue to Inspire U.S. – South Africa Relationship 50 Years Later

Press Release May 30, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information: Cynthia Harvey at USEmbassySAPress@state.gov Kerry Kennedy: “Ripples of Hope” Continue to Inspire U.S. – South Africa Relationship 50 Years Later  Johannesburg, May 30, 2016 – Kerry Kennedy, daughter of Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) and President of RFK Human Rights, is visiting South Africa May 30-June ...
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Robert Kennedy’s Visit to South Africa: Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet Embassy of the United States of America May 25, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | For more information: Cynthia Harvey at USEmbassySAPress@state.gov   In June 1966, U.S. Senator Robert Kennedy made an historic visit to South Africa at the invitation of the National Union of South African Students (NUSAS), an anti-Apartheid student movement, to deliver its ...
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New Partnership for Science, Technology and Innovation

Media Advisory FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 24, 2016 Pretoria – The South Africa Department of Science and Technology signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Global Development Lab, the newest bureau within USAID, to support the growing partnership between South Africa and the United States ...
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U.S. Ambassador Patrick Gaspard Visits Limpopo

Media Advisory Embassy of the United States of America May 24, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information: Cynthia Harvey at USEmbassySAPress@state.gov U.S. Ambassador to South Africa Patrick Gaspard visited Limpopo May 23-24 to engage in a range of activities highlighting the growing ties between the people of Limpopo and the United States.  Hlayisani Nkwashu, an ...
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Internal Revenue Service Webinar Announcement

Message for U.S. Citizens: Internal Revenue Service Webinar Announcement 24 May 2016 The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa wishes to inform U.S. citizens that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will host a webinar on “Overseas Filing for U.S. Taxpayers” on May 25, 2016, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT To register and attend ...
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Briefing with Ambassador David Malcolm Robinson, Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations and Coordinator for Reco

Africa Regional Media Hub United States Department of State Media Advisory  May 24, 2016 May 25 Briefing with Ambassador David Malcolm Robinson, Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations and Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization. EVENT: Please join us on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at 1300 GMT for a telephonic press conference ...
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Shots Fired at Sandton Gautrain Station

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens (May 20, 2016) The U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg has learned that shots were fired at the Sandton Gautrain station on Rivonia Road during a violent confrontation between the metered taxi associations in Johannesburg and the online transportation network company Uber.  Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department and the South African Police ...
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USAID Awarded Five Stars for Enviro-friendly Construction

  For Immediate Release 18 May 2016 NEWS RELEASE USAID Awarded Five Stars for Enviro-friendly Construction The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) has approved an environmentally friendly rating of the U.S. Agency for International Development new office building in Pretoria. The final design received the council’s four-star rating, in recognition of best practice, ...
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Planned Demonstration Activity in Durban Central Business District on May 6, 2016

Security Message for U.S. Citizens A protest will take place in the Durban Central Business District today, Friday, May 6, 2016.  The demonstrators are Telkom employees protesting over pay issues.  Participants will March down Dr Pixley Kaseme Street around 1100 to the Durban City hall. The exact number of protestors is unknown.  South African Police ...
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An Open Letter to Civil Society

An Open Letter to Civil Society Patrick H. Gaspard U.S. Ambassador to South Africa Friday, May 6, 2016 I was delighted more than 200 of Africa’s most prominent and progressive civil society organizations came together with government officials this week in beautiful Cape Town to discuss how to improve governance across the continent.  Your participation ...
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Governments Exist to Serve the People

Daily Maverick | Opinionista U.S. Ambassador Patrick Gaspard   May 5,  2016 11:55  If you’re like most of us, you probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about what open governance means to you – how it impacts your daily life, your family, or your community. But every one of us has a role to ...
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Embassy Pretoria Hosts Pretoria Food Cooperative: Win-Win for Small Farmers and Consumers Alike

Media Advisory FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information:  Embassy Spokesperson Cindy Harvey: USEmbassySAPress@state.gov A new initiative is bringing South African small farmers together to deliver affordable, nutritious, fresh produce to consumers at savings of up to 25%. While news headlines proclaim food price spikes as a result of the recent drought, the founders of the ...
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Earth Day marks a significant climate change milestone

Mail & Guardian Analysis by Patrick Gaspard U.S. Ambassador to South Africa April 22, 2016  This Earth Day, with the signing of the Paris Agreement, is truly a cause for hope, writes the United States ambassador to South Africa. “To my compatriots, I have no hesitation in saying that each one of us is as ...
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American and South African writers share their stories in Kimberley and Cape Town

The creative writing communities in Cape Town and the Northern Cape city of Kimberley enjoyed a visit by award-winning American authors, poets, and playwrights in February 2016. Brought together by the Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) with support from the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Consulate in Cape Town, the delegation engaged with ...
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Planned Demonstration Activity in Durban Central Business District on April 7, 2016

A protest will take place in the Durban Central Business District today, Thursday, April 7, 2016.  The protest is directed against possible mining activities along the coast.  Participants will start assembling at 11:00 a.m. outside of 330 Anton Lembede (Smith Street).  They are expected to be at this address protesting until around 12:00 p.m.  The ...
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Serving South African Communities

The United States Peace Corps held a ceremony to swear in 32 new Peace Corps volunteers from the United States at SS Skosana Nature Reserve outside Kwa-Mhlanga in Mpumalanga Province. The 32 Volunteers will be working in different communities on projects in education and health across South Africa. During their service in South Africa, volunteers ...
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The Launch of the Ford Everest in South Africa

Henry Ford:  “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” Today, at Ford South Africa, we celebrated another success in the U.S.-South African relationship.  Ambassador Gaspard joined Ford leadership and the Minister for Department of Trade and Industry Rob Davies for the unveiling of the new Ford Everest. Not only does this ...
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Demonstration Activity in Durban Central Business District on March 30, 2016

A taxi worker demonstration is taking place in the Durban Central Business District today, Wednesday, March 30, 2016.  Earlier today, a meeting was held at Botha’s Garden by the aggrieved taxi operators, and they have decided to initiate a provincial-wide taxi strike and protest through Durban’s Central Business District (CBD). Historically, there has been a ...
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U.S. Embassy and the Market Theatre collaborate in production of “A Raisin in the Sun”

The United States Embassy provided a grant to the Market Theatre in Johannesburg to produce a month-long (23 performances) run of Lorraine Hansberry’s canonical play “A Raisin in the Sun,” a story whose significance remains relevant today. “And it happens time and again in this extraordinary play, things are said that could be here, now, ...
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Celebrating Black History Month with Performance of “A Raisin in the Sun” at Market Theatre

Media Advisory               Embassy of the United States Tuesday, February 9, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information: Cynthia Harvey: harveycr@state.gov The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria is sponsoring the South Africa premiere of “A Raisin in the Sun” at the historic Market Theatre in Johannesburg.  The play is directed by James Ngcobo and will be performed throughout February as ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: VOTING IN 2016 U.S. ELECTIONS

Your vote counts!  Did you know that many U.S. elections for house and senate have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters? All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt ...
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Rights of Sexual Minorities Top Agenda

By Ntando Makhubu | Pretoria News | January 27, 2016) THE MEDIA and its role in promoting the rights of sexual minority groups was the subject of a discussion hosted by the American Embassy yesterday. The talks were hosted by the Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission Catherine Hill-Hendron. She allowed members of the media to ...
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The United States Marines conducted their annual Toys for Tots Program with much success

The United States Marines from Detachment Cape Town, South Africa conducted their annual Toys for Tots Program with much success.  On December 23rd, 2015 the Marines delivered over 60 presents to include board games, toy cars, dolls, movies, and sports equipment to a local children’s home.  The Marines had a wonderful time conducting a physical ...
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Lions Are Now Protected Under the U.S. Endangered Species Act

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service added two subspecies of lion under the Endangered Species Act due to these primary factors: Habitat Loss Loss of Prey Retaliatory Killing Due to Increased Human-Lion Conflicts Inadequate Regulatory Mechanisms Weak Management of Protected Areas. Based on newly available scientific information on the genetics and taxonomy of lions, the ...
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Holiday Safety and Security

With the approaching holiday season, the U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa reminds U.S. citizens to maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.  Criminals are aware that many people at this time of year are carrying gifts, such as expensive electronic items and jewelry.  The criminals may ...
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Planned Demonstrations in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth, and Cape Town on December 16, 2015

The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens of demonstrations planned for Johannesburg, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth, and Cape Town on Wednesday, December 16, 2015, starting at 10:00 a.m. and ending at noon.  The demonstrations are organized by a variety of local non-governmental organizations to protest corruption in government.  Disruptions to motor vehicle traffic ...
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Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Discusses Security Cooperation, Peacekeeping, and Nonproliferation

On December 11, Under Secretary (U/S) of State for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller traveled to Pretoria for meetings on security cooperation, peacekeeping, and nonproliferation matters with her counterparts at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO).  While in Pretoria, she also met with Mandela Washington Fellow alumnae to discuss leadership and ...
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U.S. Consulate General – Johannesburg Hosts 16 Days of Activism Workshop

Gender-based violence is not just a problem in society today – it’s a stain that demeans women and girls often for the rest of their lives, and it disgraces us all. As we wind up 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence, the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg hosted an afternoon workshop at the Westonaria ...
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Consul General Christopher Rowan visits Shout-It-Now and Nanga Vhutshilo during AIDS Awareness Week

Consul General Christopher Rowan visited a couple of sites that demonstrate the unshakable commitment of the United States to South Africa in combating HIV/AIDS and reducing stigma, both around testing and treatment and for children in families affected by HIV. CG Rowan visited the Shout-It-Now testing site in Tsakane, Johannesburg and Nanga Vhutshilo, a children’s care ...
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Under Secretary Rose Gottemoeller Travels to Kenya, Angola and South Africa

Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller will visit Nairobi, Luanda and Pretoria December 6-11, 2015. December 7-9, Under Secretary Gottemoeller will be in Nairobi, Kenya to discuss our cooperative security relationship, regional security matters, and peacekeeping efforts with counterparts at Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs, as well as ...
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General Electric: Investing in and Partnering with South Africa

Check out “The Most African Locomotive” built through an innovative partnership between U.S. Company GE and Transnet Freight Rail. Yesterday, U.S. Ambassador to South Africa Patrick Gaspard had a tour of the Transnet Engineering Koedoespoort Facility, along with General Electric Southern Africa CEO Tom Konditi In March last year, the South African-owned freight, transport and ...
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DREAMS Program to Help Fight HIV/AIDS Infection among Young Girls

In South Africa, every week 2,400 adolescent girls and young women are infected with HIV, the highest rate in sub-Saharan Africa. The United States government, through PEPFAR (U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief), and the South African government have come together to try and stem this scourge through the DREAMS initiative. The goal of ...
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Opportunity for a Durable Climate Agreement in Paris

BUSINESS DAY |  CATHERINE HILL-HERNDON | NOVEMBER 26 2015, 05:46 FROM rising seas across the globe and the melting of Greenland’s sheet ice, to the bleaching of coral reefs around many coasts, the signs of climate change are all around us. As a global society, we are at a critical juncture. Our decisions today will ...
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Worldwide Travel Alert

Last Updated: November 23, 2015 The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats. Current information suggests that ISIL (aka Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions.  These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional ...
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The Hōkūleʻa Arrives in Cape Town

On Saturday, November 14, Ambassador Gaspard, Consul General Teddy Taylor, Archibishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, and Reverend Mpho Tutu welcomed the Hōkūleʻa to Cape Town.  The Hōkūleʻa — a 40-year-old traditional Hawaiian sailing canoe – is in the midst of an epic around-the-world journey using no modern navigation equipment. Its Hawaii-based crew relies instead on a ...
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Cape Town Opens New State-of-the-Art American Corner

The U.S. Consulate in Cape Town, South Africa opened its new, state-of-the-art American Corner to the public on November 16.  Located inside the Central Library in the Central Business District, the new American Corner has been renovated to the tune of 3,5 million ZAR ($250,000 USD) and includes a coffee bar, high-speed Wifi, iPad bar, ...
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Call for Proposals: U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation

The U.S. Mission to South Africa is calling for proposals for projects to preserve cultural heritage. Intentions to submit a proposal are accepted until December 10, 2015.  Shortlisted institutions will be invited to submit final and complete proposals by January 15, 2016.   The U.S. Embassy South Africa and the Cultural Heritage Center of the ...
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United States and South Africa partner to promote Green Growth

U.S. Ambassador Patrick H. Gaspard on Tuesday November 10, 2015, launched a program, in partnership with the South African Government, to help South Africa reduce greenhouse gas emissions while promoting vibrant economic development and wellbeing for its citizens. The USAID South Africa Low Emissions Development (SA-LED) Program will help to bridge the gap between public ...
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South Africa’s Status Under the African Growth and Opportunity Act

Statement from U.S. Ambassador Regarding South Africa’s Status Under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) 11/05/2015 | U.S. Embassy Spokesperson Cynthia Harvey | PretoriaPress@state.gov “During the past year, I have worked closely with leaders in government and industry in both of our countries to resolve the longstanding barriers to U.S. trade with South Africa, ...
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Community Grants Recipient Helps Young Girls Make Healthy Choices

To mark the UN International Day of the Girl in October, Consul General Frances Chisholm visited female students at uMkhumbane Secondary School in Chesterville. More than fifty girls are part of a peer educator program supported by U.S.  President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Community Grants recipient Hope2Educate. This organization works to reduce the number of young teens engaged in sexual ...
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U.S. Embassy Pretoria Hosts YALI TechCamp

The United States Embassy in Pretoria hosted South Africa’s first YALI TechCamp: Digital Strategies for Grassroots Organizing.  TechCamp is a hands-on, interactive two-day event for selected youth from ten countries in Africa, including South Africa, to interact with world-class technology trainers.  The YALI TechCamp took place from October 21-22 at the American Corner, inside the ...
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Student Demonstrations

The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens of on-going student demonstrations taking place at University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg), University of Cape Town (Cape Town), Stellenbosch University (Stellenbosch), Rhodes University (Grahamstown) and Eastcape Midlands College (Grahamstown).  The demonstrations may spread to other universities and their surrounding areas, causing disruptions in motor vehicle ...
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Durban Consul General Previews New Health Initiative

Garlicke & Bousfield Attorneys recently hosted U.S. Consul General, Frances Chisholm, to discuss the latest United States initiatives on HIV /AIDS in ‪South Africa. Consul General Chisholm indicated that ‪‎ U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)  is partnering with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Nike Foundation, to launch an international initiative, ‪ DREAMS  (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, and Safe women) to reduce new ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Elimination of U.S. Passport Extra Pages

The U.S. Department of State will discontinue the service of adding additional visa pages to U.S. passports as of January 1, 2016.  Requests for additional pages will be accepted for existing passports only through December 31, 2015.  The determination to eliminate the visa page insert service was made to enhance the security of the U.S. ...
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Agricultural Success on Both Sides of the Atlantic

“Farmers are farmers. They may not speak the same language… but they understand the passion why they are on the land. They understand that wonderful opportunity and responsibility of feeding other people.” It was with these words Deputy Secretary for Agriculture Krysta Harden addressed 500 members of the agriculture industry at the Produce Marketing Association ...
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Promoting Healthy Choices and Lifestyles

U.S. Consul General Frances Chisholm joined KwaZulu-Natal‘s Member of the Executive Council for Health, Dr. Sbongiseni Dhlomo and Dr. Albertina Luthuli to participate in the ‪Rotary Family Health Day Campaign at the‪‎  Luthuli Museum  in Groutville on October 7. The community received free‪ ‎TB screening, testing and counselling for HIV, vitamin A supplements, and healthy lifestyle information. The program also provided ...
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Planned country-wide demonstrations planned on October 7, 2015 to mark World Day for Decent Work

The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens of possible country-wide demonstrations planned for 9 am on October 7, 2015 to mark World Day for Decent Work.  The demonstrations are organized by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU).  The total number of expected participants in each march is unknown at this ...
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Welcome Back, 2015 Mandela Washington Fellows!

Consul General Frances Chisholm hosted a luncheon for 2015‪ ‎Mandela Washington Fellows from the province of KwaZulu Natal on September 15. These dynamic young leaders recently completed an eight-week exchange visit to the United States under the auspices of President Obama’s ‪Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). The 2014 Fellows were also on hand to share their experiences ...
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The Market Theatre’s “I Almost Remember, a Tribute to Maya Angelou” Dazzles Audiences in Johannesburg

The U.S. Embassy sponsored a one-night performance memorializing American author, poet, civil rights activist, playwright, actress, director, composer, singer and dancer Maya Angelou, who died on May 28, 2014.  In partnership with the historic Market Theatre and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the U.S. Embassy celebrated the life of Maya Angelou in an original production “I Almost ...
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Terrorist Threat to U.S. Interests in South Africa

The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa has received information that extremists may be targeting U.S. interests in South Africa, to possibly include U.S. Government facilities and other facilities identifiable with U.S. business interests.  There is no additional information as to timing or potential targeting. Review your personal security plans; remain aware and vigilant of ...
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Promoting Women’s Role in Media

To close out Women’s Month, the “GeneratioNEXT” youth group hosted a “Women in Media” seminar at U.S. Consulate Durban on August 27.  Over forty young community media practitioners and media students from Durban University of Technology and Creative Art College attended this interactive and inspiring overview of the challenges and opportunities for female media practitioners. ...
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Anniversary of the September 11 Attacks

As the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaches, the U.S. Mission to South Africa reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security. While there are threats against U.S. citizens everywhere, there are groups in the region who are intent on harming U.S. citizens and U.S. interests. Review your personal security ...
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Alvin Ailey dancers teach technique and confidence to South African dancers

“Dance comes from the people and should always be delivered back to the people.” –Alvin Ailey ‪#‎AlvinAileySA‬ ‘s Glen Allen Sims started his master class at Bapedi Hall by teaching Ailey’s iconic ‘Revelations’ and ended by learning the Pantsula. And THAT is cultural exchange at its finest (and most entertaining). Funding for Alvin Ailey American Dance ...
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Race, Ethnicity and Education

Students engaged Consul General Rowan on the issue of ethnicity and equality on a recent trip to Free State Province. He met with undergraduates at the University of the Free State Qwaqwa campus who participated in the First Generation (F1) student transformation program that took them to overseas institutions with similar experiences around tolerance and ...
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The Pietermaritzburg American Corner Brings Science Closer to Students

One hundred secondary students from Pietermaritzburg and the surrounding townships attended a two-day science program hosted by the Bessie Head Library’s American Corner in partnership with the ‪‎KZN Science Center. Students were fascinated by educational videos projected on the inside of a mobile planetarium with a state-of-the-art 3D digital dome. One of the videos explored ...
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U.S. Embassy Pretoria Sponsors Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Outreach Programs in South Africa

The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria is proud to sponsor Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s (AADT) outreach activities in Johannesburg and Cape Town during their September 3-20 tour.  The group’s founder, Alvin Ailey, insisted that “dance belongs to everyone”; in following this dictum, AADT will be offering workshops, lectures, and master classes at more than 30 ...
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Climate Change Expert Joel Smith visits South Africa

To encourage enhanced dialogue between the United States and South Africa regarding climate change, the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria hosted climate change policy expert Joel Smith August 24-28, 2015.  During his five-day visit, Smith met with South African government officials at the Department of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries and the Department of Environmental Affairs.  He ...
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United States – South Africa Sixth Annual Bilateral Forum Advances Shared Goals and Strengthens Partnership

On August 25, the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria hosted the sixth Annual Bilateral Forum (ABF) in Pretoria.  A part of the United States – South Africa Strategic Dialogue, the ABF was co-chaired by U.S. Ambassador Patrick H. Gaspard and South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Director General Yolisa Maya. The ABF is ...
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Saying No to Gender-Based Violence (GBV): KZN’s Opinion-Makers, Artists, and Community Leaders Get the Message Out

A large, mostly-male crowd turned out for the August 14 dialogue, “Men Standing Against Violence Against Women” at the Durban Playhouse. Organized by Dramaide.co.za through the ‪Brothers for Life campaign with support from USAID – U.S. Agency for International Development and  The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) , the event was part of the 19th South African Women’s Arts Festival. Speakers included Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi ...
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Mandela Washington Fellow‬ Inspires Young Learners

Young African Leadership Initiative alumnus and 2014 Mandela Washington Fellow Creesen Naicker, in partnership with the MRP Foundation, has introduced young learners to technology in the classroom at Nyakana Combined Primary School near Stanger, in northern KwaZulu-Natal. Through its ‎TechEd initiative, MRP has donated 100 tablets and 30 computers to Nyakana, benefitting more than 1500 pupils. Activities focus on basic literacy ...
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“Dual Protection” Billboard Stresses Healthy Choices for KZN Youth

U.S. Consul General Chisholm joined KwaZulu-Natal’s MEC for Health Dr. S.M. Dhlomo for the August 4th unveiling of a “Dual Protection” billboard near Mangosuthu University of Technology in Durban. The dual protection program emphasizes both medical male circumcision and condom use to prevent the transmission of ‪HIV/AIDS. In her remarks of support, CG Chisholm highlighted the ...
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Planned Demonstration in Durban Central Business District

The U.S. Consulate General in Durban informs U.S. citizens of a demonstration planned for August 21, 2015 in Durban’s central business district. A group, Silent Protest Durban 2015, is planning to march to raise awareness of gender-based violence. The organizers expect several hundred people to attend. The march will start at the DUT city campus ...
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U.S. Ambassador Patrick Gaspard and Minister of Health Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi Celebrate One-Year Anniversary of MomConnect and Launch Youth Mobisite, B-

At a ceremony at the KT Motubatse Community Hall in Soshanguve on Thursday, August 20, U.S. Ambassador Patrick H. Gaspard and Minister of Health Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi commemorated two significant achievements: the one year anniversary of MomConnect and the launch of a new adolescent and youth mobi-site, B-Wise. More than 500,000 pregnant women have registered ...
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Agricultural Success on Both Sides of the Atlantic

“Farmers are farmers. They may not speak the same language… but they understand the passion why they are on the land. They understand that wonderful opportunity and responsibility of feeding other people.” It was with these words Deputy Secretary for Agriculture Krysta Harden addressed 500 members of the agriculture industry at the Produce Marketing Association ...
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Planned Demonstration by Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Johannesburg

The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens of a demonstration planned for Tuesday, October 27 at 9:00 a.m. in Johannesburg. The demonstration is organized by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to protest corruption. The City of Johannesburg has issued a permit for 2,000 participants. Disruptions to motor vehicle traffic are expected in ...
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UNISA Host New US-Funded Regional Leadership Center for Southern Africa

Officials from UNISA and USAIDjoin UNISA Vice Chancellor Prof Mandla Makhanya (seated, left) and U.S. Ambassador Patrick Gaspard (seated, right) at the signing ceremony in the UNISA Kgorong Buildin In a signing ceremony at the University of South Africa on Tuesday August 18, 2015 U.S. Ambassador Patrick H. Gaspard and Professor Mandla S. Makhanya, UNISA ...
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OUT Wellbeing Receives $350,000 Grant to Combat Hate Crimes Against the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Community

 No Picture, Just Blank Frame From Left-right: South Africa Deputy Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, John Jeffery, OUT Wellbeing, a LGBTI health NGO based in Pretoria, received a $350,000 grant to support the rights of LGBTI individuals in South Africa at a ceremony on Monday, August17, 2015, attended by U.S. Ambassador to South Africa, ...
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US-SA Out to Maximise Gains in War on HIV

We want to reach people who are living with HIV or are at risk of contracting the virus, write Aaron Motsoaledi and Patrick H Gaspard. The numbers are so staggering that it is easy to lose sight of the fact that the HIV/Aids epidemic is about people. People like Zama, a young woman from KwaZulu-Natal ...
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U.S. Embassy Hosts Logistics Workshop for South African National Defense Force

Workshop strengthens longstanding partnership and cooperation between SA National Defence Force and U.S. Department of Defense The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria hosted a week-long workshop on Life Cycle Management as part of a larger program on Logistics Development.  The workshop, which began on Monday, August 3, 2015, concluded with the participants receiving certificates in Life ...