Health Alert – U.S. Embassy (Pretoria, South Africa)

Location: South Africa, countrywide Event:  On December 6, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will implement a one-day COVID-19 testing requirement for travelers over age two coming to the United States.  Regardless of vaccination status or nationality, any individual coming to the United States must show a negative pre-departure COVID-19 viral test taken the day before they board their flight to the ... Read More»

COVID-19 Information

Last updated: December 3, 2021 For non-U.S. citizens seeking information about current travel restrictions affecting travel to the United States, please see  https://za.usembassy.gov/visas/ ***  Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar ... Read More»

Provision of fuel for government owned vehicles (Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban)

The U.S. Embassy in South Africa is requesting quotations for the supply of Fuel for Mission South Africa including Embassy Pretoria, Consulate Johannesburg, Consulate Durban & Consulate Cape Town. The anticipated performance is for a base period of twelve months and Three (3) one-year periods at the option of the Government with an approximate requirement ... Read More»

2022 U.S. Exchange Programs Logistics Management

Funding Opportunity Title 2022 U.S. Exchange Programs Logistics Management Funding Opportunity Number PAS-ZAF-FY22-03 CFDA Numbers 19.022 Deadline for applications January 27, 2022, 11:59 p.m. SAST Grants.gov link https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=336752 Download 2022 U.S. Exchange Programs Logistics Management (MSWord 72KB) Suggested Budget Template (Excel 19KB) *** PLEASE READ FULL ANNOUNCEMENT (see Related Documents) BEFORE APPLYING *** Submissions must be emailed to PretoriaGrants@state.gov , not uploaded to grants.gov. The U.S. Embassy in South Africa’s ... Read More»

Clearing and Transportation Services Tender (Airfreight)

Clearing and Transportation Services Tender (Airfreight) U.S. Embassy, Pretoria, South Africa’s General Service Office (GSO) seeks proposals from qualified, reliable firms with sufficient resources and work experience to perform the duties Freight clearance handling and delivery of inbound (import) airfreight shipments;  handling and clearance of outbound (export) airfreight shipments for the U.S. Embassy, Pretoria, U.S. ... Read More»

Reconfiguration of Office Space at the Consulate Building (Cape Town)

Request for quotes for reconfiguration of office space on the first floor of the Consulate Building. The U.S. Consulate General Cape Town invite bids from experienced contractors to execute and manage various space renovation works that include, carpentry and dry wall work, painting, ceiling and flooring replacement, as well as minor plumbing and electrical work. ... Read More»

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy (Pretoria, South Africa)

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy (Pretoria, South Africa) (November 27) Location: Southern African Countries Event:  On November 26, the White House announced a travel restriction due to the detection of a variant of the SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in southern Africa.  The policy does not apply to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents and certain other categories of travelers.  ... Read More»

Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronavirus…

A Proclamation on Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronavirus Disease 2019 The White House | November 26, 2021 The national emergency caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in the United States continues to pose a grave threat to our health and ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Supports Women Entrepreneurs

Press Release | November 22, 2021 Thirty-eight women entrepreneurs exhibited their products and showcased their services at the Women’s Entrepreneurship Expo held at Victoria Yards over the weekend. Organized by the United States Embassy to South Africa, the expo included exhibitors in the skincare, catering, décor, and fashion sectors. Speaking at the event, Counselor for Public ... Read More»

Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program: Annual Program Statement 2022

  Funding Opportunity Title U.S. Mission to South Africa Public Affairs Section Annual Program Statement 2022 Funding Opportunity Number PAS-ZAF-FY22-01 CFDA Numbers 19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs Deadline for applications January 31, 2022; April 30, 2022 (two deadlines); 23:59 SAST on each date. Grants.gov link https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=336626 Download Full announcement (PDF 325 KB) Suggested budget template (Excel 16 KB)   *** PLEASE READ FULL ANNOUNCEMENT BEFORE APPLYING *** ... Read More»

Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): Public Diplomacy Large Grants Program: Call for Proposals that Strengthen Ties between the U.S. and South Africa

  Funding Opportunity Title Call for Proposals that Strengthen Ties between the United States and South Africa Funding Opportunity Number PAS-ZAF-FY22-02 CFDA Numbers 19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs Deadline for applications April 30, 2022; 23:59 SAST Grants.gov link https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=336676 Download Large Grants NOFO (PDF 243KB) » Budget Template (Excel 19KB) »   PLEASE READ FULL ANNOUNCEMENT (and Related Documents) BEFORE APPLYING Submissions must be emailed to PretoriaGrants@state.gov , ... Read More»

Mobile telephone services (Pretoria and Durban)

The contractor shall provide mobile telephone services to the United States Embassy of America in Pretoria and the U.S. Consulate General in Durban, South Africa. The prices shall include all labor, materials, insurance) see FAR 52.228-4 and 52.228-5), overhead, and profit. The Government will pay the Contractor monthly for Standard Services that have been satisfactorily ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg

November 18, 2021 Location: U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg, 1 Sandton Drive Event: The Vaal Environmental Alliance will lead a march through Sandton on Friday, November 19th beginning at 10:00. The march is protesting the SASOL AGM meeting and not directed at the U.S. Consulate. However, the planned route will take the protestors up Sandton Drive and ... Read More»

Learn More About The Fulbright Program

  The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational and cultural exchange program, creating connections in a complex and changing world. Led by the U.S. government in partnership with 160 countries worldwide, Fulbright builds lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries—building mutual understanding between nations, ... Read More»

Alert: Travel to or through Ethiopia

Location:  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Event: Due to the deteriorating security situation in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the U.S. Department of State has placed Embassy Addis Ababa on Authorized Departure.  The Department has determined that travel to Ethiopia (including all transit) is unsafe at this time.  Further escalation is likely, and may cause supply chain shortages, communication blackouts and ... Read More»

Joint Statement: International Just Energy Transition Partnership

Press release | November 2, 2021 Joint Statement: International Just Energy Transition Partnership France, Germany, UK, US and EU launch ground-breaking International Just Energy Transition Partnership with South Africa. The governments of South Africa, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, along with the European Union, have today announced a new ... Read More»

Women’s Entrepreneurship Expo!

Does food, entertainment and stalls where you can buy innovative products from small women-owned businesses sound like a good time?   We are excited to announce the very first Women’s Entrepreneurship Expo! This wonderful initiative is brought to you by the U.S. Mission to South Africa, American Corner Makers Valley and Victoria Yards. Through the expo, ... Read More»

We should invest today to improve health tomorrow

News 24 | Friday, October 22, 2021 | David Marchick and Todd Haskell The capacity shortage of Covid-19 vaccines on the continent threatens to prolong the pandemic and leave Africa open for other health threats, writes David Marchick and Todd Haskell. One year ago, a world transformed by Covid-19 waited for the arrival of lifesaving vaccines. ... Read More»

DFC and Aspen Pharmacare Partnership Seeks to Advance COVID-19 Response and Long-Term Global Health in Africa

U.S. International Development Finance Corporation October 21, 2021   GQEBERHA, South Africa – U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) officials, joined by U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Todd Haskell, today toured Aspen Pharmacare’s sterile vaccine manufacturing facility in Gqeberha, South Africa. The visit follows the announcement of IFC, DFC, and European partners’ commercial financing of Aspen. The ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Bomb Threat at Rosebank Mall in Johannesburg

February October, 19, 2021 The U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg is aware that the South African Police Service established a cordon around the Rosebank Mall in Johannesburg and mall officials are evacuating the mall.  The Rosebank Management District reported through social media the reason for the evacuation was a bomb threat. Action Items: Avoid the ... Read More»

Community College Initiative Program

Community College Initiative Program 2022- 2023 applications are open. The Community College Initiative (CCI) is a U. S. Department of State exchange program for technical and vocational students from South Africa.  The CCI program provides participants with a non-degree, academic-year program at a U.S. community college designed to build participants’ technical skills in applied fields, ... Read More»

Development Finance Corporation COO Marchick to Travel to South Africa and India to Advance U.S. Global Health Investments

U.S. International Development Finance Corporation October 15, 2021 MEDIA ADVISORY WASHINGTON – On October 18-26, 2021, U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) Chief Operating Officer David Marchick will travel to South Africa and India to advance DFC investments helping boost global health and expand COVID-19 vaccine production capacity throughout the developing world. DFC Vice President ... Read More»

Vaccines: US steps in: Americans Pledge R135M to SA for Urgent COVID Assistance

The Citizen | Oct 6, 2021 | Eric Naki (ericn@citizen.co.za) The US government has announced an additional $9 million (about R135 million) in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act for urgent Covid assistance to South Africa to enable it to strengthen its fight against the pandemic. The news was announced to The Citizen by ... Read More»

South Africa a key partner to US in public health matters

Cape Times | October 4,  2021 | Will Stevens, U.S. Acting Consul-General in Cape Town DURING my time in Cape Town, I have been constantly amazed by the local expertise, dedicated health-care professionals and researchers, facilities, and health products that underscore why the US has long seen South Africa as a key public health partner. ... Read More»

USS Hershel “Woody” Williams Returns to Cape Town to Strengthen Partnerships

U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa, U.S. Sixth Fleet Pubic Affairs September 25, 2021 CAPE TOWN, South Africa – The Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4) arrived in Cape Town, South Africa for a scheduled port visit, Sept. 25, 2021. The visit will include engagement opportunities with South African government and military ... Read More»

Self Leadership Skills: Online Program for Youth

Interested in Enhancing Self Leadership Skills?  If you live in KwaZulu-Natal, U.S. Consulate Durban and our partners, Savvy Worx and the American Corner Pietermaritzbur g are offering a unique opportunity for youth interested in harnessing their leadership skills to participate in an 8-week online training. The intention of this program is to teach individuals how “self” image, awareness, confidence, and ... Read More»

Embassy Statement on the Passing of the Honorable Jolidee Matongo, Mayor of Johannesburg

Embassy Statement September 20, 2021 We express our great sadness at the tragic and unexpected accident on Saturday night that took the lives of three people, including the Honorable Jolidee Matongo, Mayor of Johannesburg.  In this time of mourning, we in the U.S. Mission to South Africa offer our deepest condolences to families and loved ... Read More»

Remembering 9/11

“The attack that day was an incident of global impact and global proportion. There were seventy six nations which lost souls that day, during those incidents, two of whom were from here in South Africa… so the grief that we share is one of lives cut short, gifts denied to their families, their loved ones, ... Read More»

Mapungubwe Collection: Free Live Stream

This Heritage Month, we invite high school learners to join our virtual discussion with the University of Pretoria to learn more about the Mapungubwe Collection, its significance as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and why the U.S. supports the cultural preservation efforts at Mapungubwe. The discussion will be streamed live on the American Corner Pretoria ... Read More»

Mobile Journalism Training for African Journalists

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), with the support of the U.S. State Department office of Africa Regional Services, is now recruiting African journalists for a series of trainings on Mobile Journalism. Journalists will enjoy 4-5 training sessions over a few weeks learning about this emerging form of new media storytelling. These Mobile Journalism trainings ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: Cape Town

Location: U.S. Consulate General, Cape Town Event: Demonstrations are expected for Thursday, September 2, 2021, at the U.S. Consulate General in Cape Town from 11:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. Actions to Take: Avoid the area of the demonstrations. Keep a low profile. Exercise caution if unexpectedly in ... Read More»

Applications Now Open: 2022 Mandela Washington Fellowship

Press Release August 26, 2021  The Embassy of the United States is pleased to announce that applications for the 2022 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (MWF) are now open. The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of the U.S. Government’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). Since 2014, nearly 4,400 young leaders from ... Read More»

U.S. Government Delivers an Additional 2.2 Million Vaccine Doses to South Africa 

Press release | August 27, 2021 JOHANNESBURG – Over 2.2 million additional doses of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine will be delivered this weekend to the Republic of South Africa as part of a generous donation on behalf of the American people through the African Union.  These doses, which will arrive at O.R. Tambo International Airport ... Read More»

United States – South Africa Working Group on African and Global Issues

Joint Statement Working Group on African And Global Issues August 13, 2021 South Africa hosted a successful meeting of the South Africa – United States Working Group on African and Global Issues (WGAGI) on 02 August 2021, at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) in Pretoria. The WGAGI was co-chaired by the Acting ... Read More»

United States and Western Cape Mark Six Month Anniversary of Trade and Investment Promotion Partnership

Press Release United States Consul General Cape Town August 11, 2021 The U.S. Consulate General in Cape Town and the Western Cape Government marked the first six months of the Trade and Investment Promotion Partnership, launched in February 2021. The partnership deepens bilateral cooperation and coordination to promote and increase bilateral trade and investment through ... Read More»

Women’s Day Message from Consul General Anne Linnee

Women’s Day Message from CG Anne Linnee August 9, 2021 Sanibonani, my name is Anne Linnee, and I am the Consul General at the U.S. Consulate in Durban. Today, as we commemorate Women’s Day, I want to thank the generations of women who have come before us.  Their push for greater rights and opportunities for ... Read More»

Under Secretary Nuland’s Travel to South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, and Niger

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE AUGUST 1, 2021 Under Secretary for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland will travel to South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, and Niger from July 31 to August 6. In South Africa, the Under Secretary will meet with senior South African officials and co-chair the Working Group on African ... Read More»

Rewards for Justice (RFJ)

Stop a terrorist. Save lives The most important reasons to stop a terrorist are all around you. Terrorism kills innocent people in every walk of life. By providing information that prevents a terrorist act, you save lives, protect families, and preserve peace. The United States is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest ... Read More»

Business Day Exclusive : US donation of almost 5.7-million Pfizer shots en route to SA

Business Day | Tamar Kahn | July 28, 2021 The donation will provide a significant boost to SA’s immunisation programme — as of Tuesday evening, only 2.58-million people had been fully immunised. The US government will begin shipping a donation of 5.66-million Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccines to SA on Wednesday, with the first consignment expected to ... Read More»

United States Donates 5.7 Million COVID-19 Doses to South Africa

Press Release | July 28, 2021   The U.S. Mission in South Africa announces a donation by the United States Government of 5.7 million doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine as part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s global efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.  This gift from the people of the United States – the largest bilateral ... Read More»

Dynamic electrical motor and generator analyzer (Cape Town)

 The request for quotes for the supply of a dynamic electrical motor and generator analyzer such as the Baker EXP4000 or similar. DOWNLOAD: Request for Quotes (MSWord 268KB) »  General Summary of Supplies RequiredThe U.S. Consulate Cape Town, South Africa is requesting quotes for the supply of a dynamic electrical motor and generator analyzer such as the Baker EXP4000 or similar to ... Read More»

Security Alert: The U.S. Mission to South Africa continues to closely monitor security developments in KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, and across South Africa

Security Alert – U.S. Mission to South Africa (July 15, 2021) Locations:  KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng Provinces Event:  The U.S. Mission to South Africa continues to closely monitor security developments in KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, and across South Africa.  Local media reporting indicates that the recent unrest is negatively impacting some supply chains within South Africa.  Because of disruptions to the Port of Durban and overland transportation routes, there may be some ... Read More»

46 Participants Selected for the 2021 Mandela Washington Fellowship

Media Release | July 15, 2021 Launched in 2014, the  Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders  is the flagship program of the  Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI)  and embodies the U.S. commitment to invest in the future of Africa.  YALI was created in 2010 and supports young Africans as they spur economic growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa.  Since 2014, nearly ... Read More»

Security Alert: Civil unrest and protests continue throughout KwaZulu-Natal Province and Johannesburg and Pretoria in Gauteng Province

Security Alert – U.S. Mission to South Africa (July 13, 2021) Locations:  Durban and Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal Province; Johannesburg and Pretoria in Gauteng Province  Event:  Civil unrest and protests continue throughout KwaZulu-Natal Province and Johannesburg and Pretoria in Gauteng Province.  Following reports of blockages on many provincial and municipal transit routes, increased violence, vandalism, and criminal activity at commercial centers, and calls for calm by President Cyril Ramaphosa, the ... Read More»

Security Alert: Unrest and protest are expected today throughout KwaZulu Natal and in Durban’s central business district

Security Alert – U. S. Consulate General Durban South Africa (July 12, 2021) Location:  Durban and KwaZulu Natal Province Event: Unrest and protest are expected today throughout KwaZulu Natal and in Durban’s central business district. High levels of criminal activity have been reported.  Roadblocks and debris have been identified on many roadways.  The situation throughout many areas ... Read More»

Protest Alert: Ongoing protest in the Johannesburg Central Business District

Alert: Ongoing protest in the Johannesburg Central Business District (July 11, 2021) Event: Ongoing protest in the Johannesburg Central Business District today, July 11, 2021.  The Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department has recommended that people avoid areas of the Central Business District to include the area of the M2 highway due to ongoing protest activity. Berea, Jeppestown, Maboneng, and ... Read More»

United States, Western Cape Department of Health provide convenient “Collect & Go” e-lockers for chronic medication collection

Consulate General of the United States of America Cape Town, South Africa July 9, 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE United States, Western Cape Department of Health provide convenient “Collect & Go” e-lockers for chronic medication collection The U.S. government, through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and implemented by USAID, and the Western Cape ... Read More»

Celebrating the Fourth of July in South Africa

“Of all holidays, Independence Day is perhaps the best for reflecting on where we’ve come from, where we’re going, and what matters most. From our shared struggles for equal rights to our deep core values and shared culture, the friendship between the United States and South Africa has only strengthened with age, and I am ... Read More»

Health Notice: Travel alert for South Africa raised to Level 4

Alert: U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg (July 8, 2021)  Location: The Republic of South Africa  Event: The United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently revised its travel health notice for South Africa to Level 4 – Very High COVID-19 Travel Risk.  Consequently, the United States Department of State raised its travel alert for ... Read More»

26 South Africans Awarded Fulbright Scholarships

Press Release | July 7, 2021 Twenty-six South Africans have received prestigious Fulbright scholarships. These scholarship recipients will pursue master’s and PhD degrees at tertiary institutions in the United States; complete one year’s research studies towards their South African PhD qualification; or conduct postdoctoral research and/or teaching at a U.S. academic institution.  The Fulbright Program ... Read More»

Celebrating Durban Pride Weekend

To close out Pride Month, Consul General Anne Linnee and Public Affairs Office for U.S. Consulate Durban Jaclyn Cole were delighted to join a family-friendly LGBTQIA+ event during Durban Pride weekend sponsored by Same Love Toti. Hosted at an LGBT-owned restaurant in Amamzimtoti, the event allowed families to come together to publicly support their LGBT ... Read More»

President Biden’s Meeting with President Cyril Ramaphosa

June 13, 2021 | Cornwall, United Kingdom President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. yesterday met with President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa on the margins of the G7 Summit. They discussed the U.S.-South Africa bilateral relationship and underscored the need to expand global COVID-19 vaccine supply and to cooperate on climate goals in Africa and on ... Read More»

United Airlines Inaugurates Nonstop Daily Service Between New York/Newark and Johannesburg

JOHANNESBURG, June 4, 2021 (Release courtesy of United Airlines and Airports Company South Africa) United Airlines has inaugurated its nonstop daily service between its New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport and O.R. Tambo International Airport, with the arrival of the first flight into Johannesburg today. The new service is operated with state-of-the-art Boeing ... Read More»

Valuing water in a changing climate is crucial for the future of South Africa

The Mail & Guardian | May 20, 2021 | Rebecca Krzywda In some parts of South Africa, washing your hands under running water, taking a quick shower, or even flushing the toilet is a luxury. More than three million people in South Africa do not have access to a basic water supply, and in the ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg: Mass picket outside the U.S. Consulate (May 25, 2021)

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg (May 25, 2021) Location: U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg, 1 Sandton Drive Event: The City of Johannesburg has approved a mass picket outside the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg from 09:30 AM – 1:00 PM, Wednesday, May 26, 2021. Johannesburg consular patrons with citizen services or visa appointments on ... Read More»

Genome Editing Webinar: May 25, 2021, 02:00 PM SAST

Genome Editing Webinar Series This event aims to provide a platform for engagement amongst stakeholders in South Africa to promote dialogue and understanding of genome editing technology, encourage alignment in policy approaches and share best practices regarding communication and innovation. When: Tuesday, May 25, 2021, 02:00 PM SAST Reserve your seat  registering here: https://croplife.co.za/GEdWebinar Participants Panelists: ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg (May 20, 2021)

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg (May 20, 2021) Location: U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg, 1 Sandton Drive Event: The City of Johannesburg has approved a mass picket outside the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Friday, May 21, 2021. Johannesburg consular patrons with citizen services appointments on Friday, May 20 will ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg (May 17, 2021)

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg (May 17, 2021) Location: Bloemfontein, Free State Province, South Africa Event: Public demonstrations in Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality (Bloemfontein) in the Free State province have disrupted public transportation and other government services today, May 17, 2021.  South African media reports that these protests have already seen violence occur with the potential ... Read More»

The YALI Program Power Africa Graduation Ceremony

Media Advisory October 24, 2018 The YALI Program Power Africa Graduation Ceremony The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and Power Africa, through the Regional Leadership Centre for Southern Africa (RLC-SA) will host its first Young Women in African Power Graduation Ceremony on Friday 26, October 2018 at the University of South Africa (UNISA) in Pretoria. ... Read More»

Rutgers University- Newark Students Prepare for U.S.-South Africa Impact Investing Bootcamp

May 7, 2021: Anna Agbotse (MPA’22) and Ana Karina Olivera (MPA’21), currently enrolled in the Rutgers University-Newark School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA), have been selected for a three-week Impact Investing Bootcamp scheduled from July 12- July 30, 2021. This year’s UI Bootcamp will engage students from South Africa and the United States, and ... Read More»

U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Meeting with South African Foreign Minister Pandor

Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with South African Foreign Minister Pandor U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson May 5, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with South African Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor in London. Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Pandor underscored the need to ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert –  U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (April 22, 2021)

Demonstration Alert –  U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (April 22, 2021) Location: Pretoria, South Africa Event: The U.S. Embassy is aware of a protest scheduled for Friday, April 23, 2021, at 9:00 am at the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria. U.S. citizens are reminded that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  Embassy Pretoria ... Read More»

NRF Formalizes Agreement To Send PhD Students To The USA

Press Release | April 21, 2021 The United States Mission to South Africa is pleased to announce the formal partnership between the Fulbright Program and the National Research Foundation (NRF) that will support NRF-funded PhD students registered with a South African university to travel to the United States to conduct research towards their doctorates at ... Read More»

Alert: Roadway Security on N1 and N4

Alert: Roadway Security on N1 and N4 Location:  N4 East between Solomon Mahlangu on-ramp and the Diamond Hill Toll Plaza, as well as the N4 West towards Rustenburg from the N1 interchange. Event:  Police and media report criminals have used homemade devices placed in roadways to disable vehicle tires on N4 East between Solomon Mahlangu on-ramp and ... Read More»

New US consul positive about the vaccine roll-out

Independent on Saturday | April 10, 2021 | Tanya Waterworth Durban – New US Consul General in Durban, Anne Linnee, is positive about a successful Covid vaccine roll-out in South Africa because of the country’s well established community health system. Linnee who arrived in Durban to take up her position in October, also applauded SA ... Read More»

US to contribute a further R45 million for Covid-19 vaccine distribution in SA

US to contribute a further R45 million for Covid-19 vaccine distribution in SA | News 24 | Carien du Plessis The United States is contributing a further R45 million to South Africa’s Covid-19 efforts. This is on top of the R785 million already contributed, as well as consignments of personal protective equipment at the start ... Read More»

The United States Provides Vaccine Rollout Support in South Africa

Press Release | April 8, 2021 The U.S. government is continuing to support the Government of South Africa’s COVID-19 response with an additional R45 million ($3 million) of funding through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). This assistance will be used to support vaccine distribution, field hospitals, and data surveillance as South Africa’s fight ... Read More»

A Year of U.S. Support for the SA COVID-19 Response

It’s been a year since the pandemic began, and those 12 months have seen almost R770 million ($51 million) in COVID-19 assistance from the United States to South Africa. We have worked with our partners in South Africa to provide PPE, build field hospitals, improve research partnerships, establish health care worker training, assist with vaccines, ... Read More»

Sustained Healthy Water Solutions for South African School

Community-based purification project at Reneilwe Primary School inaugurated on World Water Day TEMBA, Gauteng Province, Republic of South Africa. March 22, 2021 – DuPont (NYSE:DD) donated a multi-technology water treatment plant that will provide safe, pure water to Reneilwe Primary School and the local community of Temba, Hammanskraal (north of Pretoria). The area’s water sources ... Read More»

Praise for US-SA Cooperation in Fighting Pandemic

The Citizen |18 Mar 2021 | Brian Sokutu Medical experts have credited the collaboration of the SA and US governments, which was behind the successful Johnson & Johnson vaccine trial roll-out that has seen President Cyril Ramaphosa and thousands of front-line healthcare workers in line for immunisation. The rolling out of the single-dose vaccine with ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg

Location: U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg, 1 Sandton Drive Event: The City of Johannesburg has approved the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) to convene a mass picket outside the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Thursday, March 18, 2021. Johannesburg consular patrons with citizen services or visa appointments on Thursday, March ... Read More»

Condolences on the Passing of King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu

March 12, 2021 The United States Mission to South Africa expresses its deepest condolences at the news of the passing of His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini today. During his over 50-year reign, King Zwelithini was a strong steward and custodian of Zulu traditions and customs. King Zwelithini played a crucial role in cultural programs and initiatives aimed at promoting social cohesion ... Read More»

Protest Alert: Violent Student Protests at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg

Protest Alert: Violent Student Protests at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg (March 10, 2021) Location: Johannesburg South Africa – Braamfontein Neighborhood – University of Witwatersrand Event: Students and civilians are currently protesting in the area of the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg’s Braamfontein neighborhood on March 10, 2021. Protestors have erected barricades near the ... Read More»

Senior U.S. Commerce Official Discusses New Trade and Investment Partnership, Women in Business, and Digital Economy with SA Business and Government

Press Release | March 4, 2021 Senior U.S. Commerce Official Discusses New Trade and Investment Partnership, Women in Business, and Digital Economy with South African Business and Government Leaders U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Middle East and Africa, Global Markets, Camille Richardson, is spending three days “virtually visiting” and connecting with South African ... Read More»

Soul Food & Civil Rights: A History Told Around the Table – Black History Month

The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria celebrated Black History Month with an ECA Speaker Program called ‘Soul Food and Civil Rights: History Around the Table’. This online event took place on Friday, February 26, 2021. The global theme for Black History Month 2021 is “The Black Family,” and the U.S. Embassy in South Africa celebrated this ... Read More»

U.S. Navy Vessel Visits the Port of Cape Town

The U.S. Navy Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4) arrived in Cape Town, South Africa for a port visit, Feb. 20, 2021.  Williams is the second U.S. ship to stop in Cape Town in the last 12 months. The USS Carney last visited in March of 2020 after being at sea for thirty ... Read More»

USS Hershel “Woody” Williams visits Cape Town to Strengthen Bilateral Ties

U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa / U.S. 6th Fleet Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric Coffer CAPE TOWN, South Africa — The US Navy’s Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4) arrived in Cape Town, South Africa on Feb. 20, 2021 for a planned port visit. The visit builds on U.S. maritime partnerships with ... Read More»

South African Research Scholar Program Applications Now Open

Applications are now open for the 2022–2023 Fulbright South African Research Scholar Program. This program is an opportunity for South African university faculty or research institute professionals to conduct research in their field of expertise at an academic or research institution in the United States for a period of three to nine months.  The fully-funded ... Read More»

U.S. and Western Cape trade and investment partnership launched

Press Release / United States Consul General Cape Town / February 4th, 2021  U.S. and Western Cape trade and investment partnership launched On 5 February 2021, the U.S. Consulate General in Cape Town and the Western Cape government jointly launched a Trade and Investment Promotion Partnership which will build on the momentum of the existing ... Read More»

Commercial Opportunities

Open Solicitations for Products and Services for the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in South Africa The U.S. Embassy Pretoria is aware of an ongoing tender scam using our name to fraudulently request sample items or money.  If your business receives a tender from a “Mr. Kerry Collins,”  usa@embassytenders.com  or  info@embassytenders.com , please do not act on this ... Read More»

The United States Provides Field Hospital Support to Eastern Cape and Free State

Press Release | February 3, 2021 The United States Provides Field Hospital Support to Eastern Cape and Free State The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has provided support for the South African response to COVID-19 through equipment and technical assistance provisions to COVID-19 field hospitals in the Free State and ... Read More»

Want To Study In America? EducationUSA Is Here To Help

Press Release / February 2, 2021 Talented South African learners and students from low-income backgrounds interested in studying in the United States are encouraged to apply for the EducationUSA Opportunity Funds Program (OFP). OFP supports learners and students to apply for scholarships and admission to colleges and universities in the United States. Over the last eight years, the dedicated EducationUSA team has helped more than 2, 200 exceptional South African students ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Delivers Field Hospital in Mahikeng to Fight COVID-19 in the North West Province

U.S. Embassy Delivers Field Hospital in Mahikeng to Fight COVID-19 in the North West Province The U.S. Embassy in South Africa is pleased to announce the donation of a new state-of-the-art field hospital in Mahikeng that will support South Africa’s efforts to fight COVID-19 in the North West Province. The $1.4 million (R21 million) hospital, ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Citizens are Still Able to Return to the United States Despite a Presidential Proclamation for South Africa

Health Alert: U.S. Citizens are Still Able to Return to the United States Despite a Presidential Proclamation Suspending Entry for Immigrant and Non-Immigrants in South Africa Location: The Republic of South Africa  Event: President Biden announced that effective at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on January 30, 2021, immigrant and non-immigrant entry into the United States will be ... Read More»

New COVID-19 Travel Restrictions for the United States

Press Release | January 28, 2021 Effective at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on January 30, 2021, entry into the United States will be suspended for all foreign nationals who were physically present within the Republic of South Africa during the 14-day period preceding their travel to the United States. This Presidential Proclamation is being ... Read More»

New Closing Date For Fulbright Scholarships

PRESS RELEASE  January 27, 2021 Applications for the 2022-2023 Fulbright Foreign Student Program are now open and, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic and revised academic calendar, will close on May 14, 2021. Fulbright is a competitive scholarship program that offers South African citizens and permanent residents the opportunity to complete a Master’s or Doctoral degree at any accredited tertiary institution in the ... Read More»

US envoy to SA: Amid change, an enduring partnership will remain

Opinion Editorial | John Groarke, Charge d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy South Africa | News 24 | January 21, 2021 With the inauguration of Joe Biden as the US’s 46th president, there was a change of transition of authority that played out in government offices across America and US embassies around the world. John Groarke, the Charge d’Affaires ad interim ... Read More»

Ambassador Lana Marks to Name New American Space after Vice President-elect Kamala Harris

Press Release | January 20, 2021 The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria and the U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg, in partnership with the Makers Valley Partnership, is pleased to announce the establishment of a new American Space in Victoria Yards, located in Lorentzville, Johannesburg, which the US Ambassador to South Africa Lana Marks proposes to name after ... Read More»

Health Alert: Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Recovery from COVID-19 for All Air Passengers Arriving in the U.  (January 20, 2021) 

Health Alert – Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs (January 20, 2021)   Location: Worldwide – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director has signed an order requiring all airline passengers traveling to the United States, including U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs), to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test or recovery from COVID-19. Event:  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older ... Read More»

Health Alert: Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Recovery from COVID-19 for All Air Passengers Arriving in the U.S.

Health Alert: Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Recovery from COVID-19 for All Air Passengers Arriving in the United States Location: The Republic of South Africa Event: Starting January 26, 2021, all air travelers to the United States, including U.S citizens, are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test or proof of recovery to enter the ... Read More»

Health Alert: Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Recovery from COVID-19 for All Air Passengers Arriving in the United States 

Health Alert: Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Recovery from COVID-19 for All Air Passengers Arriving in the United States  Location: The Republic of South Africa  Event: Starting January 26, 2021, all air travelers to the United States, including U.S citizens, are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test or proof of recovery to enter the ... Read More»

CDC Expands Negative COVID-19 Test Requirement to All Air Passengers Entering the United States

Media Statement January 14, 2021 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expanding the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to all air passengers entering the United States.  Testing before and after travel is a critical layer to slow the introduction and spread of COVID-19. This strategy is consistent with the current phase of ... Read More»

Your Invitation to the Launch of “America’s Voices Against Apartheid”

“America’s Voices Against Apartheid” will launch virtually on January 15 at 6:30 PM, and is an initiative of The National African American Drug Policy Coalition, in collaboration with the Howard University Republic of South Africa Project (HURSAP), the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and other U.S. and South African partners, that analyzes the important and complex ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Lana Marks on COVID-19

On December 26, I started to experience fever, chills, a sore throat, and fatigue.  A family member simultaneously began to experience similar symptoms, and, though we had been vigilant about mask-wearing and social-distancing, suspecting that we had become infected with COVID-19, we immediately began to isolate at home.  Prior to this, with our residence staff ... Read More»

Statement on Affirming the Inauguration of Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and Kamala D. Harris

The United States Congress has completed its Constitutionally mandated count of the Electoral College vote and affirmed the election of Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and Kamala D. Harris.  They will be sworn into office and a peaceful transfer of power will occur on January 20, 2021.  The accused criminals who committed violent acts of terror ... Read More»

We Are Hiring

We have the following vacancies in our Embassy and Consulates ▶️ Surveillance Detection Monitor Provides security for U.S. personnel and facilities by conducting SD operations as a member of a tactical team of SD personnel. SD Monitors observe, recognize, and report potential surveillance and other suspicious incidents directed against U.S. Government facilities and/or personnel and ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg

Health Alert: U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg (December 31, 2020) Location: The Republic of South Africa   Event: The Republic of South Africa reverted to a revised Level 3 lockdown on December 29, 2020.  The United States Consulates General in Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg are following host-government mandates to limit the spread of COVID-19 and ... Read More»

U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg announces 2021 space exploration program for Gauteng high school learners

Press Release | December 7, 2020 The U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg, in partnership with the Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence (DJF) and the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, is pleased to announce the launch of The Earth We Share™ (TEWS)-Space Race program for learners. The program aims to expose Gauteng public schools learners to the many career ... Read More»

Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Southern Africa Launch Website

The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Southern Africa have launched their website which is intended to be informative, fast, and multi device friendly, and which provides access to public commodity reports, market sector reports, and trade events all in one place. https://www.usdasouthernafrica.org/   The U.S. Department of Agriculture FAS office for Southern Africa, based at the U.S. ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg (December 4, 2020)

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg (December 4, 2020) Location: Johannesburg City, Sandton Area Event: A planned march by the group, “Women of South Africa” will march between Mushroom Farm Park and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in Sandton today, Friday, December 4 between 0930-1300.  The City of Johannesburg has approved the group to convene up to 500 ... Read More»

Chief of Mission Residence Cape Town, South Africa: Kearsney House Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations November 2020 Kearsney House will return to active use as a chief of mission residence in 2021, having served as the home of the U.S. ambassadors to South Africa since 1949, when North Winship became the first ambassador and occupant of Kearsney House. During this time, ambassadors were ... Read More»

Commemorating the 245th Birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps

Last week we commemorated the 245th birthday of The U.S. Marine Corps. The U.S. Marine Corps birthday celebrates the history, memory of those who served before and rekindles the bond that unites all generations of Marines. It is a celebration of the profound respect for the Marine Corps traditions and reverence of the heritage that distinguishes the Corps of ... Read More»

After Record Season, the United States Opens New Ports to South African Citrus Exports

PRESS RELEASE | November 9, 2020 After Record Season, the United States Opens New Ports to South African Citrus Exports  The United States government has announced the opening up of several new ports for the import for citrus products from South Africa, further facilitating two-way trade with South Africa. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal ... Read More»

Sign Up For The EducationUSA Virtual College Fair

This International Education Week, we encourage students interested in pursuing undergraduate or postgraduate studies at accredited universities and colleges in the United States, to join our EducationUSA team for a virtual college fair. EducationUSA promotes U.S. higher education to students around the world by offering free and accurate, comprehensive, and current information about opportunities to ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador to South Africa Lana Marks Visits Diepsloot Community, Announces Grant to LEAP Science & Maths School 4

Media Release | November 2, 2020 U.S. Ambassador to South Africa Lana Marks visited the Diepsloot community this week, touring LEAP Science & Maths School 4 with school patron Dr. Mamphela Ramphele and founder John Gilmour. During her visit, Ambassador Marks heard from students about their education, lives, and ambitions, and shared her own inspiring ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert:  U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (October 29, 2020) 

Demonstration Alert:  U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (October 29, 2020) Location: Pretoria, South Africa Event: The U.S. Embassy is aware of a demonstration scheduled for Friday, October 30th, between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm at the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria. The Embassy would like to remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and ... Read More»

A farewell message from U.S. Consul General in Cape Town Virginia Blaser

Upon arriving in Cape Town as the U.S. Consul General a little over three years ago, I knew it was one of the world’s most beautiful cities. And it felt weighty to have the responsibility to carry the mantle of over 220 years of diplomatic relationships between the United Sates and Cape Town. What I ... Read More»

U.S. State Department Grant Funds Collaboration Between Appalachian State University and University of the Free State

Press Release / October 27, 2020 U.S. State Department Grant Funds Mountain-to-Mountain Collaboration Between Appalachian State University in North Carolina and South Africa’s University of the Free State  Appalachian State University (App State) and South Africa’s University of the Free State (UFS) will strengthen their existing partnership through a U.S. government grant-funded mountain-to-mountain project — one that will engage faculty, ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa

Location:  Pretoria, South Africa   Event:  The U.S. Embassy is aware of a march scheduled for Sunday, October 25 between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm in the vicinity of the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria that will end in front of the U.S. Embassy entrance.   The Embassy would like to remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be ... Read More»

Update: Mission South Africa Visa Processing

Press Release | October 22, 2020 Update: Mission South Africa Visa Processing  In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State temporarily suspended routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide beginning March 20, 2020. The resumption of routine visa services will occur on a country-by-country basis for safely returning ... Read More»

U.S. beckons for Mitchells Plain soccer prodigy

Cape Argus | October 20, 2020 | Sukaina Ishmail Cape Town – An aspiring soccer player from Mitchells Plain, Taariq Ganga, received an opportunity to travel to the US for a soccer scholarship that will allow him to shape his career and inspire others in his community. Ganga received a full athletic soccer scholarship at ... Read More»

South Africa Travel Advisory Level 3: Reconsider Travel — U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (October 20, 2020)

The Department of State revised its Travel Advisory for South Africa on September 15, 2020. The Department continues to advise travelers to exercise normal precautions in South Africa. Reconsider travel to South Africa due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in South Africa due to crime, civil unrest,  and drought. Read the Department of State  COVID-19  page before you plan any international travel. The Centers ... Read More»

U.S. PEPFAR Expands DREAMS Program, Investing R1.4 billion in South Africa’s Young Women 

Press Release October 15, 2020 U.S. PEPFAR Expands DREAMS program, Investing R1.4 billion in South Africa’s Young Women Beginning this month, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is significantly expanding its DREAMS program in South Africa, to ensure that the next generation of young women can grow up to be Determined, Resilient, ... Read More»

Partnership Sparks Local Production of COVID-19 Protective Equipment

South Africa, 8 October 2020  – Over a hundred thousand locally produced COVID-19 masks are helping to save lives in a high need area in the Western Cape, thanks to an innovative partnership between the U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the British High Commission in Pretoria to support ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Johannesburg (October 7, 2020)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Johannesburg (October 7, 2020) Location: From Consulate General of Nigeria to U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg Event:  The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens of a planned protest at the Nigerian Consulate on Thursday, October 8, 2020 between approximately 9:00 A.M and 1:00 P.M., with a potential ... Read More»

University of Pretoria Benefits from Huge U.S. Grant (Pretoria News)

Pretoria News | September 30, 2020 | Val Boje Vice-Chancellor Kupe welcomes R8.4m contribution aimed at boosting learning partnership THE University of Pretoria yesterday received a $500 000 (R8.4m) grant to support its work as part of the United States-South Africa Higher Education Network. The milestone partnership was marked at a virtual launch hosted by Professor Tawana ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Don’t Let the Elections Pass You By

Message for U.S. Citizens – Don’t Let the Elections Pass You By If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election it is important to ACT NOW! Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States – but ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Americans Can Vote Wherever They Are!

Americans Can Vote Wherever They Are!   If you have not received a requested absentee ballot in time to return it to your state, you can use The Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) as a backup ballot to vote for federal offices. The FWAB is available online at this link: https://www.fvap.gov/eo/overview/materials/forms .  Hard copies of the FWAB are also ... Read More»

Alert: Travel Advisory Level 3: Reconsider Travel – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (September 16, 2020) 

Alert: Travel Advisory Level 3: Reconsider Travel – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (September 16, 2020) The Department of State revised its Travel Advisory for South Africa on September 15, 2020. The Department continues to advise travelers to exercise normal precautions in South Africa. South Africa – Level 3: Reconsider Travel      Reconsider travel to South Africa due to COVID-19.  Exercise increased ... Read More»

A Strengthened Partnership for Post-COVID-19 Economic Recovery

Press Release September 10, 2020 Pretoria South Africa – United States 11th Annual Bilateral Forum (ABF) September 2020 The Department of International Relations and Cooperation hosted the 11th Annual Bilateral Forum (ABF) on 9 and 10 September 2020 under the theme “A Strengthened SA-US partnership for post-COVID-19 Economic Recovery.” The ABF was co-chaired by Ambassador ... Read More»

U.S. Remains Committed to Working Together with South Africans

Statement U.S. Ambassador Lana Marks U.S. Embassy South Africa September 6, 2020 I have discussed South Africa with President Trump many times, and he has only ever spoken positively about the country. The U.S. remains committed to working together with South Africa to realize the promise of a more peaceful, more productive, more prosperous 21st ... Read More»

The United States’ Commitment to Supporting South Africa with COVID-19

Statement U.S. Ambassador Lana Marks U.S. Embassy Pretoria September 3, 2020 The United States remains strongly committed to assisting South Africa in its fight against COVID-19. Of the 1000 ventilators pledged by the United States, 785 ventilators have arrived in South Africa with an additional 200 expected this week. In August, I oversaw the successful ... Read More»

Announcing Academy for Women Entrepreneurs Program

U.S. Embassy and Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum Announce Academy for Women Entrepreneurs Program The Embassy of the United States of America in South Africa has partnered with the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) to implement the 2020-2021 Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) South Africa program. Now in its second year, another 125 female entrepreneurs will be selected nationwide for an opportunity to receive virtual ... Read More»

Health Alert: Upcoming Repatriation Flights – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (September 1, 2020)

Health Alert: Upcoming Repatriation Flights – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (September 1, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health has confirmed 625,056 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Announcing Additional Repatriation Flights: We have been notified of multiple upcoming special commercial repatriation flights operated by different airlines. Some of the below flights have been included in previous announcements. ... Read More»

U.S. proud of work with SA to support rights and well-being of women

OpEd Ambassador Lana Marks Independent Online August 29, 2020 As South Africa draws to the end of Women’s Month, US Ambassador Lana Marks reflects on work done – and the path ahead The launch of this year’s Women’s Month, under the theme “Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights for an Equal Future,” by Minister of Women, ... Read More»

Invitation to View Documentary: “Help or Hindrance? The Sullivan Principles in Apartheid South Africa”

This week we are excited for the launch of “Help or Hindrance? The Sullivan Principles in Apartheid South Africa”.  Free to the public, this  documentary by award winning film production company Shoot The Breeze Productions , sponsored by the U.S. Mission to South Africa, tells the story behind The Sullivan principles. These Principles launched an unprecedented movement that inspired  ... Read More»

USA Dance on Screen at 22nd (DIGITAL) JOMBA 25 August – 6 September 2020

Ten dance films will be screened at the 22nd JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience, in a carefully curated program called USA Dance on Screen which has been supported by the USA Consulate in Durban. The JOMBA! festival which goes digital this year is presented by the Centre for Creative Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal, runs free of charge ... Read More»

Health Alert: Upcoming Repatriation Flights – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (August 19, 2020)

Health Alert: Upcoming Repatriation Flights – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (August 19, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health has confirmed 592,144 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Announcing Additional Repatriation Flights: We have been notified of multiple upcoming special commercial repatriation flights operated by different airlines. Some of the below flights have been included in previous announcements. ... Read More»

Forty Years of the Southern African Development Community

PRESS STATEMENT MORGAN ORTAGUS DEPARTMENT OF STATE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 17, 2020 The United States Government congratulates the Southern African Development Community (SADC) as it celebrates its 40th anniversary. SADC’s goals of promoting regional cooperation and integration, economic growth, socio-economic development, and durable peace and security among its member states have never been more salient. SADC ... Read More»

U.S. Department of Defense aircraft delivers critical supplies for the COVID-19 response in South Africa 

Press Release | August 15, 2020 The U.S. government has delivered approximately $340,000 (R5.9 million) worth of personal protective equipment to the South African National Department of Health (NDoH).  The equipment, delivered via C-130 military aircraft and consisting of masks, gloves, medical gowns, and sanitizing supplies, is bound for Gauteng, Western Cape, Eastern Cape, and ... Read More»

Health Alert: Upcoming Repatriation Flights – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (August 5, 2020)

Health Alert: Upcoming Repatriation Flights – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (August 5, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health has confirmed 521,318 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Announcing Additional Repatriation Flights: We have been notified of multiple upcoming special commercial repatriation flights operated by different airlines. Some of the below flights have been included in previous announcements. Flight information: DATE DEPARTURE ARRIVAL ... Read More»

U.S. Citizens: Your vote counts!

Act early and take the necessary steps to vote in the 2020 U.S. elections! In order to vote in the November 2020 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to request a ballot through their state’s online portal or complete a  Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)  in 2020.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted ... Read More»

Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program Provides Funding Opportunities

The Ambassador’s Special Self-Help (SSH) program, funded by the U.S. Mission to South Africa, is a grass-roots grant assistance program that allows U.S. Ambassadors to support local requests for small-scale community-based development projects.  The purpose of the SSH is to support communities through modest grants that will positively impact local communities.  Preference will be given ... Read More»

Update: Student Visa Processing

Due to ongoing precautions against COVID-19, the Consular Section remains closed for non-immigrant visa interviews, and it is not clear when we will return to normal operations. Accordingly, if you are renewing a visa in the F1 and F2 categories, and the visa is valid or expired within the last 12 months, we encourage you to ... Read More»

The United States Government Supports UNICEF to Build Handwashing Stations 

Press Release | July, 22, 2020 PRETORIA – As the COVID-19 virus continues to spread in South Africa and globally, handwashing with soap remains one of the most effective preventative actions to curb the spread of the virus.  The reality on the ground is that nearly one-third of households in South Africa do not have access ... Read More»

Health Alert: Upcoming Repatriation Flights – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (July 21, 2020)

Health Alert: Upcoming Repatriation Flights – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (July 21, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health has confirmed 373,628 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Announcing Additional Repatriation Flights: We have been notified of multiple upcoming special commercial repatriation flights operated by different airlines. Some of the below flights have been included in previous announcements. ... Read More»

South African Advocate Honored by United States following Arrest of International Succulent Trafficker 

Press Release | July 20, 2020 On July 16 the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) recognized South African Advocate Anne Heeramun for her efforts in the prosecution and planned extradition of Byungsu Kim, a South Korean national wanted in the United States for international plant trafficking from protected areas. The successful collaboration between the United States ... Read More»

Celebrating Mandela Day

“This Mandela Day, I am honored to share a special performance of the iconic Shosholoza by the U.S. Naval Forces Europe Band. Nelson Mandela inspired South Africans, Americans, and people all across the world to take action and inspire change. As we go forward in 2020, facing many economic, health, and security challenges, I encourage ... Read More»

The Passing of U.S. Congressman John Lewis

Ambassador Lana Marks Statement July 18, 2020 Today, as we celebrate Nelson Mandela and Mandela Day, we also mourn the passing of U.S. Congressman John Lewis, whose life was similarly dedicated to working toward racial equality. From marching with Martin Luther King Jr.to his visits to South Africa, John Lewis spoke often of the ties ... Read More»

U.S. PEPFAR funds local handwashing innovation Shesha Geza 

Press Release | July 17, 2020 The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and its partner, The Aurum Institute (Aurum), have launched innovative mobile hand hygiene stations, aptly named Shesha Geza, which means “hurry up and wash” in isiZulu. The stations have been placed at several public health facilities in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, as ... Read More»

Health Alert: Repatriation Flights on Emirates Airlines – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (July 16, 2020)

Health Alert: Repatriation Flights on Emirates Airlines – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (July 16, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health has confirmed 311,049 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Announcing Additional Emirates Airlines Repatriation Flight Emirates Airlines has notified us of upcoming special commercial repatriation flights on Tuesday, July 21; Friday, July 24; and Tuesday, July ... Read More»

The United States Provides Oxygen Support to South Africa

Press Release | July 15, 2020 The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing an additional US$3.5 million (R59 million) to support the National Department of Health’s (NDoH) oxygen supply, demand, and reticulation strategy and their efforts to procure supplies and equipment needed for critical care beds.  The funds will ... Read More»

Health Alert: Repatriation Flights – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (July 14, 2020)

Health Alert: Repatriation Flights – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (July 14, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health has confirmed 276,242 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Announcing Additional Repatriation Flights We have been notified of multiple upcoming special commercial repatriation flights operated by different airlines. Flight information: DATE DEPARTURE ARRIVAL AIRLINE 18 July 2020 Johannesburg ... Read More»

Health Alert: Repatriation Flight on Emirates Airlines – U.S. Embassy Pretoria (July 13, 2020)

Health Alert: Repatriation Flight on Emirates Airlines – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (July 13, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health has confirmed 276,242 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Announcing Additional Emirates Airlines Repatriation Flight Emirates Airlines has notified us of an upcoming special commercial repatriation flight on Sunday, July 19. Flight information: DATE DEPARTURE ... Read More»

Health Alert: Repatriation Flight on Turkish Airlines – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (July 10, 2020)

Health Alert: Repatriation Flight on Turkish Airlines – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (July 10, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health has confirmed 238,339 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Announcing Additional Turkish Airlines Repatriation Flight Turkish Airlines has notified us of an upcoming special commercial repatriation flight on Tuesday, July 14. Flight information: DATE DEPARTURE ... Read More»

Health Alert: Upcoming Repatriation Flights – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (July 8, 2020)

Health Alert: Upcoming Repatriation Flights – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (July 8, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health has confirmed 215,855 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Announcing Multiple Upcoming Repatriation Flights We have been notified of multiple upcoming special commercial repatriation flights operated by different airlines. Flight information: DATE DEPARTURE ARRIVAL AIRLINE 09 July ... Read More»

The United States Expands Ventilator Support to South Africa to Battle COVID-19

Press Release | July 6, 2020 The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has delivered a second shipment of 100 ventilators to South Africa to assist with its national response to COVID-19. “Patients deserve the best possible care we can provide. Ventilators are an important part of supporting that care, which ... Read More»

Independence Day: Remarks by Ambassador Lana Marks

Independence Day Remarks (As delivered) U.S. Ambassador to South Africa Lana Marks Pretoria July 4, 2020 Good evening.  On behalf of the President of the United States, Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and the American people, I would like to thank you for joining us. Today marks the 244th anniversary of the founding of ... Read More»

Message from Cape Town Consul General Virginia Blaser in Honor of Independence Day 2020

Consul General Virginia Blaser Statement on Independence Day July 4, 2020 Like many of our U.S. diplomatic Missions around the world, this year the U.S. Consulate General in Cape Town will not hold our annual Independence Day celebration out of strict adherence to COVID-19 infection control measures. Even as we chose to prioritize the safety ... Read More»

Join U.S. Embassy South Africa’s Independence Day Commemoration

Press Release | June 3, 2020 This July 4th, we celebrate the 244th anniversary of the founding of the United States of America. Each year on this date, we pause for a moment to recommit ourselves to the principles enshrined in our Declaration of Independence, and to celebrate our freedom. 2020 has proven to be a year for reflection, not just on how we ... Read More»

A Retrospective: U.S. Civil Society’s Commitment and Contributions to the Anti-Apartheid Struggle

PRESS RELEASE  FOR IMMEDIATE USE  Contact:  Tara Hammons Project Coordinator +1 484.515.8151 tphammonsjd@yahoo.com A Retrospective: U.S. Civil Society’s Commitment and Contributions to the Anti-Apartheid Struggle  Washington, D.C. and Pretoria. The National African American Drug Policy Coalition (NAADPC), in collaboration with the Apartheid Museum, is pleased to announce that it has received seed funding from the U.S. Mission to ... Read More»

Ford Fulfils 50 000 Face Shields Order from US Department of Defense to Assist COVID-19 Efforts in SouthernAfrica

The U.S. Embassy wanted to ensure that you saw this press release issued by the Ford Motor Company in SA. The U.S. government was pleased to provide the funding for Ford to locally manufacture these face shields. Press release link:  https://mediawire.co.za/quickpic/automotive/motor-manufacturers/ford/events/events-2020/50-000-face-shields-order-19-jun-20.aspx Ford Fulfils 50 000 Face Shields Order from US Department of Defense to Assist COVID-19 Efforts in Southern Africa   Order ... Read More»

Health Alert: Announcing Upcoming Repatriation Flights – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa

Health Alert: Announcing Upcoming Repatriation Flights – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (June 25, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health has confirmed 111,796 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Announcing Multiple Upcoming Repatriation Flights We have been notified of multiple upcoming special commercial repatriation flights operated by Lufthansa, KLM, Emirates, Turkish Airlines, and Ethiopian Airlines. Flight ... Read More»

U.S. Mission Prepares Students to Study in the United States

Press Release | June 25, 2020 U.S. Mission Prepares Students to Study in the United States   The U.S. Consulate General in Cape Town is supporting students with information sessions and tips on how to prepare to study in the United States. As U.S. universities prepare for a return to campus life post COVID-19, the ... Read More»

Health Alert: Announcing June 28 Repatriation Flight on Ethiopian Airlines – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa

Health Alert: Announcing June 28 Repatriation Flight on Ethiopian Airlines – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (June 23, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health has confirmed 101,590 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Announcing June 28 Ethiopian Airlines Flight We have been notified of a special commercial repatriation flight operated by Ethiopian Airlines to Chicago, United ... Read More»

Health Alert: Announcing June 27 Repatriation Flight on Lufthansa – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (June 20, 2020) 

Health Alert: Announcing June 27 Repatriation Flight on Lufthansa – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (June 20, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health has confirmed 83,890 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Announcing June 27 Lufthansa Flight  We have been notified of a special commercial repatriation flight operated by Lufthansa from Cape Town to Frankfurt and onward connecting destinations on Saturday, June 27, ... Read More»

Press Release: Update On Visa Operations

In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State temporarily suspended routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide beginning March 20, 2020, and that suspension continues at this time. The U.S. Mission to South Africa will resume routine visa services as soon as possible, but is unable to provide a specific date at this time. Please ... Read More»

Health Alert: Announcing June 18 Repatriation Flight on Ethiopian Airlines — U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (June 12, 2020)

Health Alert: Announcing June 18 Repatriation Flight on Ethiopian Airlines – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (June 12, 2020)  Location: South Africa  Event:  The South African Ministry of Health has confirmed 58,568 cases of COVID-19 within its borders.  Announcing June 18 Ethiopian Airlines Flight  We have been notified of a special commercial repatriation flight operated by Ethiopian Airlines to Chicago, United States on Thursday, June 18.  Flight information:  Potential passengers must book ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert:  U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (June 11, 2020)

Demonstration Alert:  U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (June 11, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The U.S. Embassy is aware of a march and protest against police killings planned for Friday, June 12, beginning at 9:00 am in front of the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria. The Embassy would like to remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful ... Read More»

Health Alert: Announcing June 14 Repatriation Flight on South African Airways – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (June 8, 2020) 

Health Alert: Announcing June 14 Repatriation Flight on South African Airways – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (June 8, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health has confirmed 48,285 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Announcing June 14 South African Airways Flight We have been notified of a special commercial repatriation flight to the United States operated by South African Airways on Sunday, June 14. Flight ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert:  U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg, South Africa (June 5, 2020) 

Demonstration Alert:  U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg, South Africa (June 5, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The U.S. Embassy is aware of protests planned for Monday, June 8, 2020, beginning at 09:00 am in front of the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria, U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg, and U.S. Consulate General in Cape Town in response to ongoing civil unrest in ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: U. S. Consulate General Cape Town, South Africa

Demonstration Alert: U. S. Consulate General Cape Town, South Africa (June 5, 2020) Location:  U.S. Consulate General Cape Town, 2 Reddam Road, Tokai   Event:  Social media posts call for a protest on Saturday, June 6 outside the Consulate General between 10:00 am and 3:30 pm.  The group plans to hold a demonstration relating to the ongoing civil unrest in the United States.    Actions to Take:  Avoid the areas of the demonstrations. Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the ... Read More»

Justice Will Be Served

Statement U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr May 30, 2020 “The outrage of our national community about what happened to George Floyd in Minneapolis is real and legitimate. Accountability for his death must be addressed, and is being addressed, through the regular process of our criminal justice system, both at the state and at the ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert:  U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (June 2, 2020) 

Demonstration Alert:  U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (June 2, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  We are aware of social media calls for protests at U.S. facilities in South Africa related to ongoing civil unrest in the United States.  These protests could occur as soon as June 3, 2020.  Due to South Africa’s current Level 3 lockdown regulations, protesters are unable to ... Read More»

Health Alert:  Announcing May 29 South African Airways Flight – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 27, 2020)

Health Alert:  Announcing May 29 South African Airways Flight – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 27, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Department of Health has confirmed 24,264 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. South African Airways Flight – May 29, 2020 South African Airways (SAA) has notified the U.S. Mission of a special repatriation flight on May 29, ... Read More»

Health Alert:  Lockdown Reduction to Level 3 on June 1, 2020 – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 26, 2020) 

Health Alert:  Lockdown Reduction to Level 3 on June 1, 2020 – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 26, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Department of Health confirmed 23,615 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. On May 24, 2020, the government of South Africa announced the lockdown alert level for South Africa will be lowered to level 3 with ... Read More»

Health Alert: Announcing Additional Repatriation Flights via Amsterdam – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 21, 2020)

Health Alert: Announcing Additional Repatriation Flights via Amsterdam – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 21, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health has confirmed 18,252 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. May 22 Ethiopian Airlines Flight If you have booked a ticket for this special repatriation flight and have not yet received a travel letter and assembly ... Read More»

Health Alert: Update on Special Repatriation Flights – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 20, 2020)

Health Alert: Update on Special Repatriation Flights – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 20, 2020)  Location: South Africa  Event:  The South African Ministry of Health confirmed 17,200 cases of COVID-19 within its borders.  Ethiopian Airlines Flight    We have been notified by Ethiopian Airlines that there is an abundance of seats available on their special repatriation flight this Friday, May 22.  If you registered interest in this flight ... Read More»

All-of-America, including U.S. Business, Supports South Africa in Fight against COVID-19  

In addition to providing South Africa with direct support from the U.S. government of more than R410 million to fight COVID-19, our “All-of-America” approach is assisting South Africa through the generosity of American citizens, including private businesses. Globally, American businesses, nonprofit groups, charities, faith-based organizations, and individuals have committed more than R120 billion in donations ... Read More»

This Program Could Help Get You A Scholarship To Study In The USA 

Applications are now open for the EducationUSA Opportunity Funds Program. Through regular meetings and seminars, this program, funded by the United States Mission to South Africa, supports talented and determined learners and students from low-income backgrounds, to apply for scholarships and admission to colleges and universities in the United States. The EducationUSA Opportunity Funds Program ... Read More»

Health Alert: Update on Ethiopian Airlines and Qatar Airways Repatriation Flights – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa

Health Alert: Update on Ethiopian Airlines and Qatar Airways Repatriation Flights – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 18, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health confirmed 15,515 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Ethiopian Airlines Flight If you submitted your information via the online form, your information has been passed to Ethiopian Airlines and they will be contacting you ... Read More»

Health Alert: Announcing Repatriation Flight to the United States – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 16, 2020)

Health Alert: Announcing Repatriation Flight to the United States – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 16, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health confirmed 13,524 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. May 22 Ethiopian Airlines Flight from Cape Town and Johannesburg to Washington, D.C. We have been notified of a special commercial repatriation flight to the United ... Read More»

U.S. Government Donates 720,000 Protective Masks to South African Government

Press Release | May 15, 2020 The U.S. government, through the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s (DTRA) Biological Threat Reduction Program (BTRP), has procured and started to distribute 729,000 protective masks to South Africa’s National Department of Health (NDoH) to combat COVID-19. The FFP2 (filtering face piece particles) respirator masks, which were locally ... Read More»

Health Alert: Update on Special Repatriation Flights – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 14, 2020)

Health Alert: Update on Special Repatriation Flights – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 14, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health confirmed 12,074 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. May 16 Qatar Airways and May 17 SAA Flights The airlines have notified us that these flights have been sold out.  The airlines are working directly with customers on ticketing for the ... Read More»

Pandemic forces halt to US-SA initiatives: Ambassador Marks interview with Pretoria News

Pretoria News |11 May 2020| Liam Ngobeni THE COVID-19 pandemic has halted several initiatives – from extensive educational programmes to investment summits earmarked to empower South Africa. US ambassador to South Africa Lana Marks said the pandemic had halted programmes they had planned to roll out and others such as the Peace Corps. Marks said the US and South Africa had a ... Read More»

Health Alert: Update on South African Airways Repatriation – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 12, 2020)

Health Alert: Update on South African Airways Repatriation – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 12, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health confirmed 11,350 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. South African Airways Flight South African Airways (SAA) has confirmed its special repatriation flight that it coordinated with the U.S. Mission to South Africa.  The U.S. Mission to South Africa is aware that ... Read More»

US donates aid to SA to strengthen fight against Covid-19

US donates aid to SA to strengthen fight against Covid-19 The Mercury | Karen Singh | May 8, 2020 Durban – The United States has committed to donating R410m towards South Africa’s fight against Covid-19. According to US ambassador to South Africa, Lana Marks, the package includes R250 million through our US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She said the money was ... Read More»

Press Release: The United States Provides Ventilators to South Africa to Battle COVID-19

The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is donating up to 1000 much-needed ventilators and accompanying equipment to South Africa to assist with its national response to COVID-19. Ventilators are highly specialized medical equipment used in intensive care units. These are used to support individuals whose lungs are not working adequately despite receiving oxygen. ... Read More»

Health Alert: South African Airways Repatriation Flight Canceled – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 7, 2020)

Health Alert: South African Airways Repatriation Flight Canceled – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 7, 2020)  Location: South Africa  Event:  The South African Ministry of Health confirmed 7,808 cases of COVID-19 within its borders.  South African Airways Flight It was announced that South African Airways will be required to cease all operations on May 8.  Unfortunately, due to that timeline, SAA informed us ... Read More»

Health Alert: Qatar Airways Flights Canceled – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 6, 2020)

Health Alert: Qatar Airways Flights Canceled – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 6, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health confirmed 7,572 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Qatar Airways Flights We have received notification from Qatar Airways that all flights scheduled for May 7 and beyond have been canceled. If you have already booked a ... Read More»

Health Alert: May 9 South African Airways Flight Details – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 6, 2020)

Health Alert: May 9 South African Airways Flight Details – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 6, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health confirmed 7,572 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Please read the following information carefully.  Due to the high volume of enquiries we are currently receiving, we will not be able to respond to individual emails if your ... Read More»

Health Alert:  Update on Today’s (May 5) Repatriation Flight via Doha on Qatar Airways  – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa

Health Alert:  Update on Today’s (May 5) Repatriation Flight via Doha on Qatar Airways  – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 5, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health confirmed 7,220 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. For passengers who have booked a ticket on today’s (May 5) repatriation flight on Qatar Airways: Please ... Read More»

Health Alert: Updates on Repatriation Flights to the United States – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa

Health Alert: Updates on Repatriation Flights to the United States – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 4, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health confirmed 6,783 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Please read the following information carefully.  Due to the high volume of enquiries we are currently receiving, we will not be able to respond to individual emails if ... Read More»

Health Alert: Announcing Repatriation Flights to the United States – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa

Health Alert: Announcing Repatriation Flights to the United States – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 3, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health confirmed 6,783 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Fellow Citizens, We have been notified of a likely commercial flight to the United States to be operated by South African Airways, tentatively scheduled ... Read More»

Health Alert:  Repatriation Flights Via Doha Available to Book – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 3, 2020) 

Health Alert:  Repatriation Flights Via Doha Available to Book – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 3, 2020)  Location: South Africa   Event:  The South African Ministry of Health confirmed 6,336 cases of COVID-19 within its borders.   Qatar Airways has confirmed commercial repatriation flights via Doha.  The flights are available to book via this link:  https://www.qatarairways.com/getyouhome   The flights will sell on a first come-first-served ... Read More»

Health Alert: Announcing Possible Repatriation Flights Via Doha – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 2, 2020) 

Health Alert: Announcing Possible Repatriation Flights Via Doha – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 2, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health confirmed 6,336 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. We have been notified of Embassy of Qatar-coordinated repatriation flights to Doha in the coming weeks.  It is not confirmed as a certainty; however, we are ... Read More»

United States Supports Free Internet Data and COVID-19 Information for Western Cape Communities

April 29, 2020   United States Supports Free Internet Data and COVID-19 Information for Western Cape Communities    The United States government is funding TooMuchWifi’s initiative to offer free data to Western Cape communities to educate residents about ways to reduce COVID-19 infections.    The funding comes from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Emergency Reserve Fund for Contagious Infectious Diseases and is part ... Read More»

Health Alert: Assessing Interest in Potential Future Repatriation Flights — U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (April 29, 2020)

Health Alert: Assessing Interest in Potential Future Repatriation Flights – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (April 29, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health confirmed 4,996 cases of COVID-19 within its borders.  All repatriation flights organized by the U.S. Department of State have departed.  We have been made aware of the possibility of a privately organized ... Read More»

United States donates locally-sourced protective masks to South African government

Press Release | April 28, 2020 The U.S. Embassy in South Africa, through its Office of Defense Cooperation, has provided 12,400 protective masks to the South African National Defence Force’s (SANDF) South African Military Health Service to assist the country’s efforts to combat COVID-19. U.S. Embassy personnel delivered the masks to the Pretoria Military District, ... Read More»

South Africa’s Freedom Day: A Message from U.S. President Donald J. Trump

The White House Statements & Releases April 27, 2020 A Message from U.S. President Donald J. Trump to South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and South Africans as they Celebrate Freedom Day  Dear Mr. President: Please accept my warm wishes as you and South Africans around the world celebrate Freedom Day on April 27, the anniversary ... Read More»

Health Alert: Lockdown Updates – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa

Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health confirmed 3,953 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. On April 23, 2020, the government of South Africa announced measures to gradually reopen lift the lockdown.  The lockdown measures were implemented to limit the spread of COVID-19. The government of South Africa will implement an easing of lockdown restrictions and ... Read More»

U.S. government adds R250 million to its support to South Africa to combat COVID-19 

Press Release | April 22, 2020  The United States government through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is committing funds to support South Africa’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic with a new tranche of global health funding of $13,200,000 (R250,000,000). This brings this total United States government commitment to the COVID-19 response ... Read More»

Health Alert: Information on Repatriation Flight to London (April 20, 2020)  

Health Alert: Information on Repatriation Flight to London – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (April 20, 2020)  Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health confirmed 3,158 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Operating Status:  Effective March 26, 2020, U.S. Consulates General  JohannesburgCape Town , and  Durban  have suspended routine consular services.  For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit our websites ... Read More»

US gives SA $8.4m to fight Covid-19 – with more likely to come (Daily Maverick)

Daily Maverick | Peter Fabricius | April 20, 2020 The US has just stepped up its financial assistance to South Africa’s anti-coronavirus campaign to $8.4-million (about R158-million) “And there are tranches coming every few days,” US ambassador to South Africa Lana Marks said. She told Daily Maverick the money coming into South Africa was being ... Read More»

Health Alert: Consulate Johannesburg Status During Lockdown – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (April 20, 2020)

Health Alert: Consulate Johannesburg Status During Lockdown – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (April 20, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health confirmed 3,158 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. On April 9, 2020, the government of South Africa announced an extension to its period of “lockdown” for an additional two weeks until April 30.  The lockdown measures were ... Read More»

United States stands firm on its commitment to help the world fight Covid-19

Opinion Editorial News24 2020-04-17 09:10 Just as the US has made the world more healthy, peaceful, and prosperous for generations, so will we lead in defeating our shared pandemic enemy, and rising stronger in its wake, writes US ambassador Lana Marks. The story of US leadership in the global battle against Covid-19 is a story of ... Read More»

Fivefold increase in U.S. government COVID-19 support to South Africa

Press Release April 16, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The United States government is committing additional funds to support South Africa’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing its total commitment to approximately $2,770,000.  Previously the United States government committed $970,000, including the first $500,000 announced on March 11, to the COVID-19 response in South Africa.  Today’s announcement provides an additional ... Read More»

Health Alert: Lockdown extended (Updated) – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa

Health Alert: Lockdown extended (Updated) – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (April 10, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health confirmed 3158 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. On April 9, 2020, the government of South Africa announced an extension to its period of “lockdown” for an additional two weeks until April 30.  The lockdown measures were implemented ... Read More»

U.S. Repatriation Flights Take Off

Press Release For Immediate Release April 9, 2020 This afternoon, two repatriation flights for citizens of the United States departed South Africa. The first left at approximately 2:35pm from the Cape Town International Airport after leaving the King Shaka International Airport in Kwa-Zulu Natal this morning. The second flight departed at 4:15pm from the OR ... Read More»

Health Alert: Repatriation Flight Announcement – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (April 8, 2020 | 11:00) 

Health Alert: Repatriation Flight Announcement – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (April 8, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:   Repatriation Flight Announcement The South African Ministry of Health has confirmed 1749 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. We can now announce that repatriation flights have been confirmed for this week. On Thursday, April 9, we will have departures from ... Read More»

Health Alert: Repatriation Flight Interest Request (April 8, 2020 | 9:00 )

Location: South Africa  Event:   Repatriation Flight Interest Request The South African Ministry of Health has confirmed 1749cases of COVID-19 within its borders. We can now announce that repatriation flights have been confirmed for this week. On Thursday, April 9, we will have departures from Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban. On Friday, April 10, we will have ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Hotels Accepting New Reservations at this Time (March 28, 2020)

Message for U.S. Citizens: Hotels Accepting New Reservations (March 28, 2020) We understand many guesthouses and hotels are closing or have already closed during the 21-day lockdown. We’d like to share the following list of hotels who have contacted us and are still accepting new reservations at this time: Country-wide AirBnB Johannesburg 1. Bannister Hotel – Address: ... Read More»

Health  Alert: Evacuation Information – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (Updated Mar 28 | 12:15 SAST)

Health Alert: Evacuation Information – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (March 28, 2020 | 12:15 SAST) Location: South Africa Event:  Evacuation Information The South African Ministry of Health has confirmed 1170 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. We want to thank you for your patience during these challenging times. Be assured that we are working diligently ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: “Lockdown” Clarifications (March 26, 2020)

Message for U.S. Citizens: “Lockdown” Clarifications – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (March 26, 2020) The government of South Africa has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 by announcing a 21-day lockdown beginning 23:59 on Thursday, March 26, 2020.  Q&As: What does it mean to on “lockdown?” The lockdown is basically a governmental order to stay ... Read More»

Health Alert: 21 Day Lockdown (Updated) – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (March 25, 2020) 

Health Alert: 21 Day Lockdown (Updated) – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (March 25, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health confirmed 709 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. The government of South Africa has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 by announcing a 21-day lockdown beginning 23:59 on Thursday, March 26, 2020.  This includes: All borders will be closed to human activity except ... Read More»

Message to American Citizens Regarding National Lockdown

March 23, 2020 In response to the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic, tonight South African President Ramaphosa announced a 21-day lockdown effective  midnight on Thursday, March 26, 2020 , for all of South Africa. Most private Individuals will only be allowed to leave their homes under very controlled circumstances, including to seek medical care, buy food, or buy medicine. Additionally, the President ... Read More»

Message to American Citizens Unable to Secure Commercial Flights to Depart SA (March 21, 2020)

If you are a U.S. citizen attempting to depart South Africa but have been unable to secure a commercial flight, please send the following information to ACSJohannesburg@state.gov : Full Name: Telephone No: Email Address: Passport No: Current Location: Number of U.S. Citizens in Party/Group: Please continue to attempt to secure a ticket on a commercial flight. Please ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (March 18, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (March 18, 2020) Location:  South Africa Event: The government of South Africa has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.U.S. citizens who are considering returning ... Read More»

Global Level 3 Health Advisory – Reconsider Travel

March 15, 2020 The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. Many areas throughout the world are now experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and taking action that may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions. Even countries, jurisdictions, or areas where cases have not been reported ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Consulate General Johannesburg (March 17, 2020)

Security Alert – U. S. Consulate General Johannesburg (March 17, 2020) Location: South Africa – Johannesburg Event:    The City of Johannesburg government issued a warning regarding a new trend with regard to home invasions.  Some criminal groups are posing as healthcare workers going door-to-door claiming to provide COVID-19 screenings.  Please be aware that no private or public healthcare ... Read More»

Historic U.S. Naval ship visit shows strength of U.S. – South African Partnership

On March 15th, the USS Carney arrived in Cape Town, South Africa for a scheduled port visit. The Carney, a guided missile destroyer, and her crew are on their seventh patrol in the European and African theaters. This visit serves to continue efforts to build global maritime partnerships with African nations in order to improve ... Read More»

Cancellation of Nonimmigrant Visa Appointments from March 16, 2020 until May 31, 2020.

The U.S. Mission in South Africa, in light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, is cancelling most nonimmigrant visa appointments from March 16, 2020 until May 31, 2020. This action does not apply to diplomatic/official visa application or to immigrant visa applications.   If you had a nonimmigrant visa appointment scheduled March 16, 2020 – May ... Read More»

U.S. Government Contributes toward Coronavirus COVID-19 Awareness Response in South Africa

Press Release | March 11, 2020 The United States government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is committing approximately 8 million rand ($500,000) in financing to support the Government of South Africa’s Risk Communication and Community Engagement plan in the response to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. According to the World Health Organization ... Read More»

Accountability Colloquium Ensures Adherence to the Rule of Law in the Military

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa

Location:  South Africa Event:  On March 5, the South African National Department of Health announced one confirmed case of COVID-19 in South Africa.  The patient is in self-quarantine in Kwa-Zulu Natal Province. Actions to Take: Consult the  CDC website  for the most up-to-date information. For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 please see the  CDC’s latest recommendations . ... Read More»

Firefighting Training for S.A. Parks Officers

On request from our Office of Defense Cooperation, U.S. NGO Ecological Defense Group Inc. facilitated a multi-day skills training program with SANPark’s Table Mountain National Park and NCC Environmental Services firefighters. The training is part of a continued partnership between the U.S. New York National Guard Firefighters, South African National Parks, NCC, Edge, SANDF and ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate Johannesburg

Location: Sandton Event: A demonstration is expected in Sandton on Friday, February 28, from approximately 9:00AM – 3:00PM. Protesters will march from Innesfree Park to Megawatt Park in Sunninghill. Roads impacted by the march include (but are not limited to): Katherine St, Grayston Dr, Rivonia Rd, and Witkoppen Rd. Actions to Take: Avoid the area ... Read More»

International Women’s Day: Free Film Screening

To celebrate International Women’s Day, the United States Embassy invites you to join a free film screening of Qualified at Loftus Park. Qualified is a documentary on the life of Janet Guthrie, the first woman to earn a place at the Indianapolis 500! So, claim your free ticket and make a pitstop at Loftus at ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate Johannesburg

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate Johannesburg February 25, 2020 Location: Soweto Event: A demonstration is expected in Soweto on Wednesday, February 26, from approximately 8:00AM – 1:00PM. Up to 5,000 protesters will march from Khumalo St in Orlando West to Eskom offices on Chris Hani Road in Diepkloof. Roads impacted by the march include ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Pretoria

Location: U.S. Embassy Pretoria Event: A demonstration is expected outside the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria on Monday, February 24, 2020, from approximately 12:00pm – 2:00pm.  Local authorities do not anticipate any road closures. Access to the employee entrance may be affected during this time. Actions to Take: Avoid the area of the demonstrations. Keep a low ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: U. S. Consulate General Cape Town, South Africa

Location:  From Westlake Township to Steenberg Business Park to the intersection of Westlake Drive and Steenberg Road, then along Steenberg Road between the M3 interchange to Ou Kaapsweg. Event:  On Friday, February 21 starting at 9:00 AM, a group plans to hold a demonstration march from Westlake Township to Steenberg Road.  Although local police will ... Read More»

Rolling Up Our Sleeves For World Wetlands Day

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Demonstration Alert for February 14: U. S. Consulate General Cape Town, South Africa

Demonstration Alert: U. S. Consulate General Cape Town, South Africa (February 14, 2020) Location:  Near the Steenberg Road entrance gate, U.S. Consulate General, Cape Town Event:  On Friday, February 14 between 11:00am and 12:00pm, a group plans to hold a demonstration outside the Steenberg Road entrance gate. Although local police will be present, disruptions to ... Read More»

U.S. Mission, Market Theatre Commemorate Black History Month With Month-long Run of “Paradise Blue”

Media Release | January 31, 2020 The U.S. Mission to South Africa is pleased to announce its support, through a grant of $100,000 (R1.4 mil), for the production of Paradise Blue at the Market Theatre, January 31 – March 1, 2020.  To commemorate Black History Month, recognized each year in February, the U.S. Mission has ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Pretoria (February 3, 2020)

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Pretoria (February 3, 2020) Location: Fort Klapperkop Nature Reserve Event:  There are reports of increased criminal activity at the Fort Klapperkop Nature Reserve.  In recent months there have been several incidents of a group stopping and robbing hikers and cyclists within the park.  The U.S. Embassy recommends travelling in large groups ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Pretoria

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Pretoria (February 3, 2020) Location: University campuses in South Africa Event:  There have been reports that student groups are calling for protests and a national shutdown of all universities in South Africa.  The U.S. Embassy recommends extra caution around university campuses and their surrounding areas over the next week. Actions ... Read More»

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Pretoria

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Security Alert: Crime Trend – U.S. Embassy Pretoria

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Pretoria (January 21, 2020)  Location: Gauteng Province Event: Crime Trend Fraud and bank scams are common in South Africa, including ATM scams.  Recent incidents of ATM scams have been reported in the Menlyn Main and Menlyn Mall areas of Pretoria, but such crimes are not limited to those locations. For example, perpetrators ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens- Registering to Vote and submitting a ballot is fast, easy, and can be done from anywhere in the world!

Registering to Vote and submitting a ballot is fast, easy, and can be done from anywhere in the world! Start by confirming your voter registration with your state.  Some states require absentee voters to register annually so you may need to re-register.  Go to FVAP.gov to connect to your state’s voter portal to register to vote, ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Pretoria

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Pretoria (January 8, 2020) Location: South Africa Event: Heightened Middle East Tensions There is heightened tension in the Middle East that may result in security risks to U.S. citizens abroad. The Embassy will continue to review the security situation and will provide additional information as needed. Actions to Take: Avoid ... Read More»

Applications Now Open For Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarships

Applications for the 2021-2022 Fulbright Foreign Student Program are now open. This world-renowned program offers scholarships to South Africans interested in pursuing a Master’s or Doctoral degree at any accredited tertiary institution in the United States. The scholarships cover the full cost of tuition and living expenses in the United States for up to 2 ... Read More»

Reconciliation Day 2019 Statement – U.S. Ambassador-designate Lana Marks

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Count US In: Helping young South African women reach their Dreams

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SA Entrepreneurs Win With Desert Start-Up Bootcamp

CONGRATULATIONS to our two recipients of awards for this year’s Desert Start-Up Bootcamp (DSBC) entrepreneurship program! After 11 intensive weeks, participants came together for a final Pitch Night where they presented their businesses to panelists and investors. Seed capital awards of R25,000 were made to Xolela Jara of KAPP Delivery and Barabara Ayissi of Puzzle ... Read More»

Communities do make the difference in South Africa’s HIV response

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Announcing U.S. Consulate Emergency Response Exercise with Johannesburg Metro Police Department and Other Partners

Press Release Consulate of the United States 1 Sandton Drive, Johannesburg November 15, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information:  Jennifer Bullock 27-11-290-3244 | 27-79-111-6224 | Bullockj@state.gov  ANNOUNCING U.S. CONSULATE EMERGENCY RESPONSE EXERCISE WITH JOHANNESBURG METRO POLICE DEPARTMENT AND OTHER PARTNERS Johannesburg – On Friday, November 15, 2019, the United States Consulate in Johannesburg partnered with ... Read More»

Unlocking the Potential of U.S. Investment in South Africa and Across the Continent

Remarks Ambassador Lana Marks Tuesday, November 12, 2019 Consul General Johannesburg Residence  Good evening, friends, colleagues, investors and businesswomen — and businessmen! — from the United States and from all across Africa. It is truly a pleasure to welcome everyone here this evening. Thank you, Consul General McCarthy, for opening your home to me. And how wonderful that ... Read More»

United States’ Unwavering Commitment to South Africa: Ambassador-designate Marks (Press Availability)

Remarks Ambassador Lana Marks Wednesday, November 13, 2019 Consulate General Johannesburg  Good afternoon, and thank you all for joining me here today on what is, in effect, my first day in the office.  After flying in over the weekend and spending the last two days at the African Investment Forum, I arrived at the U.S. ... Read More»

The US and South Africa are Stronger Together

News 24 Guest Column November 13, 2019 As the senior US diplomat in South Africa, and as a determined businesswoman myself, I will especially strive to help more women to achieve their professional goals, including reaching senior levels of management, writes Lana Marks. As a young girl growing up in East London, and as a ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Pretoria

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Pretoria (November 6, 2019) Location: U.S. Embassy Pretoria Event:  A demonstration is expected outside the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria on Thursday, November 7, 2019, from 9:45 A.M. until 12:00 P.M.  The group intends to protest against U.S. policy.  Although local police will be present, disruptions to motor vehicle and pedestrian traffic are likely ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Cape Town, South Africa

Location:  Outside U.S. Consulate General Cape Town on Steenberg Road Event:  On October 28, 2019 between 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM, a group of people plan to gather for a demonstration outside the service entrance gate. The Consulate will be open during normal business hours. Actions to Take: Avoid the areas of the demonstrations. Exercise ... Read More»

Grant to the Constitutional Court Trust for Preservation of the Constitutional Court Art Collection

Media Advisory U.S. Consulate General 1 Sandton Drive, Sandhurst, Johannesburg October 23, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE U.S. Consulate General Announces Grant Award to the Constitutional Court Trust for Preservation of the Constitutional Court Art Collection The Constitutional Court Trust received $130,000 (R1.9 million) from the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) for preservation of the ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Pretoria

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Pretoria (October 25, 2019) Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Pretoria: Pretoria Art Museum Pretorius Street U.S. Embassy Pretoria Event:  Demonstrations are expected outside the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria on Friday, October 25, 2019, from 11:00 A.M. until 12:30 P.M.  The groups intend ... Read More»

Treasury Sanctions Members of a Significant Corruption Network in South Africa

U.S. Department of the Treasury Press Release October 10, 2019 Global Magnitsky designations target members of family business engaged in corruption, including bribery and misappropriation of state assets Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign AssetsControl (OFAC) sanctioned members of a significant corruption network in South Africa that leveraged overpayments on ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (October 9, 2019)  Location: U.S. Embassy Pretoria Event:  The Patriot For Minorities group is planning to demonstrate outside the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria on Thursday, October 10, 2019, from 9:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M.  Up to 50 demonstrators are expected to gather at the corner of Pretorius and ... Read More»

South Africa-United States Strategic Dialogue: 10th Annual Bilateral Forum (ABF)

Press Release September 27, 2019 The United States Embassy in Pretoria hosted representatives from various South African Government Departments, on 27 September 2019, for the tenth Annual Bilateral Forum (ABF), which was co-chaired by Ambassador NM Lallie, acting Deputy Director-General: Americas and Europe at the Dept. of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) and Mr. David ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens – U.S. Consulate General Cape Town, South Africa

September 20, 2019 Location:  U.S. Consulate General, Cape Town Event:  On September 21 and 22 between 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM on each day due to planned maintenance, the landline telephone system at U.S. Consulate General Cape Town will not be operational. Action:  Americans seeking emergency assistance should call the after-hours cell phone line, which will ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Johannesburg, South Africa

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Johannesburg, South Africa (September 12, 2019) Location: Johannesburg Stock Exchange; Sandton, Johannesburg Event: A coalition of 70 civil society activist groups is planning to demonstrate against gender-based violence in Sandton, Johannesburg, on Friday, September 13, 2019, between 3 a.m. and 3 p.m. Demonstrators are planning to hold a ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Consulate General Cape Town, South Africa

Location:  Steenberg Road, between Ou Kaapsweg and Westlake Road, Westlake, Cape Town Event: South African Police Service (SAPS) is investigating a suspicious vehicle incident that took place on August 30 at 12:30 PM on Steenberg Road between Westlake Road and Ou Kaapsweg. This section of the road is closed and traffic is backed up in ... Read More»

Empowering South Africa’s Businesswomen

Academy of Women Entrepreneurs begins in Pretoria The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria, together with implementing partner DreamGirls Academy, launched the Academy of Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) this week in Pretoria at the American Corner as part of its Women’s Month programming. AWE supports the White House-led Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) initiative, which is designed ... Read More»

Press Release: U.S. Embassy hosts workshop to improve laboratory diagnostics on bird flu in Southern Africa

Press Release |Embassy of the United States August 13, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria hosted a training workshop aimed at preventing outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) “bird flu” in Southern Africa.  The workshop, held from August 12 – 16 focused on laboratory diagnostics as an essential tool for combatting ... Read More»

U.S. Government provides US$40 million in capital for gas project in South Africa

Press Release August 20, 2019 The U.S. government’s Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) signed a US$40 million loan agreement with South African liquefied natural gas and helium producer Renergen, on The agreement with OPIC provides Renergen access to the capital required to construct the first phase of the Virginia Gas Project in the Free State ... Read More»

USTDA Expands Affordable Internet Access in South Africa, Creates New U.S. Export Opportunities

Press Release | Embassy of the United States August 6, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The U.S. Trade and Development Agency has awarded a grant to South Africa’s Wireless Access Providers Association (WAPA) for a pilot project that will help improve internet access for rural and semi-rural areas in South Africa through the use of American ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Pretoria Celebrates Mandela Day at Zola Community Health Center in Soweto

Press Release Embassy of the United States 877 Pretorius Street, Arcadia, Pretoria July 19, 2019 To honor Nelson Mandela’s legacy of public service, a team of more than 30 volunteers from the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria spent Thursday at the Zola Community Health Center (CHC) in Soweto.  The team of American and South African Embassy ... Read More»

Celebrating our  🇺🇸 Independence Day in 🇿🇦South Africa

Celebrating our 🇺🇸 Independence Day in 🇿🇦South Africa On July 3 we commemorated the 243rd anniversary of our Independence Day with our guests from government, civil society, business, media, academia, and the arts. The celebration of American history & culture, under the theme “California Dreaming,” included traditional American food, drink and live music, with more than a hint ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Cape Town, South Africa

Location:  Outside U.S. Consulate General Cape Town on Steenberg Road Event:  On July 12, 2019 between 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM, a group of people plan to gather as part of the worldwide “Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps” demonstration. The Consulate will be open during normal business hours. Actions to ... Read More»

U.S. Jazz Artists Jeff “Siege” Siegel Sextet featuring South Africa’s Feya Faku

Media Advisory Embassy of the United States of America 877 Pretorius Street, Arcadia, Pretoria July 1, 2019 U.S. Jazz Artists Jeff “Siege” Siegel Sextet featuring South Africa’s Feya Faku  In partnership with the U.S. Embassy, The Jeff “Siege” Siegel Sextet featuring Feya Faku, conducted a series of workshop/master classes in the Pretoria and Johannesburg areas ... Read More»

The Enduring Partnership Between the United States and South Africa

The Enduring Partnership Between the United States and South Africa REMARKS TIBOR P. NAGY, JR., ASSISTANT SECRETARY BUREAU OF AFRICAN AFFAIRS UNIVERSITY OF THE WITSWATERSRAND JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA JUNE 21, 2019 As Prepared Thank you Deputy Vice Chancellor Vilakazi for the introduction.  I’m grateful to you and to everyone at Wits University and the ... Read More»

South African Government Welcomes PEPFAR HIV Funding Commitment

      MEDIA STATEMENT Issued by: ​Ministry of Health and PEPFAR Tuesday, 11 June 2019 Government welcomes PEPFAR HIV funding Commitment  Pretoria: The Ministry of Health welcomes ($732 million) R10 billion funding approval by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) towards South Africa`s HIV programme. This much-anticipated funding announcement was made ... Read More»

Assistant Secretary Nagy Travels to Eastern and Southern Africa

Media Note Department of State Office of the Spokesperson June10, 2019 Washington, DC Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Tibor Nagy will travel to Sudan, Ethiopia, Mozambique, and South Africa from June 12-23, 2019.  In Sudan, he will meet with members of the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) and the Transitional Military Council.  He will ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Johannesburg, South Africa

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Johannesburg, South Africa (May 31, 2019) Location:  Discovery Group Building; 1 Discovery Place; Sandhurst, Sandton Event:  The National Health Care Providers Association (NHCPA) is planning to demonstrate outside the Sandton Head Office of the Discovery Group on Friday, May 31, 2019, from 9:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M.  Demonstrators ... Read More»

Statement on the Appointment of Dr. Naledi Pandor as Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

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Statement by EXIM Chairman Kimberly Reed upon the Inauguration of South African President Ramaphosa

EXIM Chairman Leading U.S. Delegation Representing President Trump FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 25, 2019 Statement by EXIM Chairman Kimberly Reed upon the Inauguration of South African President Cyril Ramaphosa Pretoria, South Africa – Kimberly A. Reed, president and chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM), is leading the U.S. Presidential Delegation representing ... Read More»

Statement on the Inauguration of Cyril Ramaphosa as President of the Republic of South Africa

Press Statement Embassy of the United States 877 Pretorius Street, Arcadia, Pretoria May 25, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Statement on the Inauguration of Cyril Ramaphosa as President of the Republic of South Africa The United States joins the people of South Africa and the world in congratulating Cyril Ramaphosa on his inauguration as President of the Republic of South ... Read More»

Statement on Ministry of Justice Decision on the Extradition of Manuel Chang

Press Statement Embassy of the United States 877 Pretorius Street, Arcadia, Pretoria May 22, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Statement on Ministry of Justice Decision on the Extradition of Manuel Chang Manuel Chang is accused of carrying out a $2 billion (nearly R$28 billion) fraud and money laundering scheme that took advantage of the U.S. financial ... Read More»

President Donald J. Trump Announces Presidential Delegation to Attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa

THE WHITE HOUSE MEDIA STATEMENT May 16, 2019 President Donald J. Trump Announces Presidential Delegation to Attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa Today, President Donald J. Trump announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa, on May 25, ... Read More»

South Africa: Congratulatory Message on Elections

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson Press statement May 15, 2019 South Africa: Congratulatory Message on Elections The United States congratulates the people of South Africa on successful national elections.  We commend all South Africans who participated peacefully in the elections, which reflects South Africa’s commitment to democracy. We ... Read More»

A Clean-up with a Difference

Press Release | May 6, 2019  The United States Embassy held a clean-up at the Colbyn Valley Nature Area on Saturday, May 4.  U.S. Embassy officials worked side-by-side with alumni from U.S.-funded exchange programs and residents of Lerato House, a transitional residential facility for young girls at-risk in the Pretoria city center.  The clean-up was ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Mission to South Africa

Location: South Africa Event: On May 8, 2019, South Africa will hold national and provincial elections. Tensions may be heightened during campaign and election periods. Protest marches and demonstrations can occur anywhere in South Africa, sometimes at short notice, causing disruptions to traffic and public transportation, and with the potential to become violent. May 8 is a ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert–U.S. Consulate General Durban, South Africa

Location:   Durban City Hall, Anton Lembede Street, Durban Event:  Municipal employees are expected to continue demonstrating outside the Durban City Hall on Friday, May 3, 2019. Disruptions to motor vehicle and pedestrian traffic are likely in the area of City Hall, and clashes between police and protesters are possible. The U.S. Consulate General will be ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Durban, South Africa

Location:  Durban City Hall, Anton Lembede Street, Durban Event:  Municipal employees are demonstrating outside the Durban City Hall on Thursday, May 2, 2019. Disruptions to motor vehicle and pedestrian traffic are likely in the area of City Hall, and clashes between police and protesters are possible. The U.S. Consulate General has closed early for the day ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert : U.S. Consulate General Durban

Location: Durban Central Business District (CBD) Events: Municipality Workers are demonstrating in front of City Hall in Durban’s Central Business District. The protest has the potential to become violent and several shots have been reported. A separate protest led by the Economic Freedom Fighters Party has commenced in Botha Park, Berea Road to SAPS Durban ... Read More»

On the Occasion of the Republic of South Africa’s National Day

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC April 27, 2019 On behalf of the United States, I send my best wishes to the people and Government of the Republic of South Africa as you observe the 25th anniversary of Freedom Day. We admire the achievements South Africa has made in the quarter-century ... Read More»

U.S. Volunteers In SA Sworn In

Peace Corps Swearing-In Ceremony, April 1, 2019  The United States Peace Corps and the United States Mission to South Africa swore in 34 new Peace Corps Volunteers on Monday, April 1, 2019, in Pretoria.  Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Ian McCary delivered remarks and swear in the volunteers. Pretoria News was there to cover the ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Durban

Location: Durban Central Business District (CBD) Events: A planned demonstration against U.S. policy in Israel will take place on April 12. The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) is planning a demonstration against U.S. policy in Israel in front of the U.S. Consulate General Durban located at Delta Towers Building, 303 Dr. Pixley KaSeme ... Read More»

Joint South African-United States Exercise Demonstrates Emergency Response Cooperation

Press Release | April 9, 2019 For more information: USEmbassyPress@state.gov Pretoria – On Tuesday, April 9, 2019, the United States Embassy in Pretoria partnered with local first responders from the South African Police Service Diplomatic Unit, Tshwane Metro Police, Tshwane Emergency Services Department (ESD), Netcare 911 Ambulance Service, and other local authorities to conduct an emergency ... Read More»

A Game-Changing Partnership to Support Small and Medium Sized Businesses

On Tuesday, Charge d’Affaires Jessye Lapenn celebrated the launch of the USAID Kingson Capital Development Credit Authority loan portfolio guarantee agreement. Jacko Maree, Special Envoy on Investment to President Ramaphosa, and KZN MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Sihle Zikalala also attended the Durban signing ceremony. The USAID DCA $10 million guarantee with ... Read More»

U.S. Investors Seek Co-Investment Opportunities in South Africa

Press Release | April 05, 2019 A delegation of American investors visited Johannesburg, April 4-5, to explore co-investment opportunities across sectors and to strengthen relationships with African pension funds, asset managers, and financial institutions for potential partnerships and co-investments. The delegation, known as the National Association of Securities Professionals (NASP), partnered with the U.S. Agency ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Johannesburg, South Africa (April 3, 2019)

Location:  U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg Event:  The National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU) is planning to demonstrate outside the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg on Thursday, April 4, 2019, from 10:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M.  Up to 100 demonstrators are expected to gather at the corner of Sandton and Rivonia Drive.  Disruptions to motor vehicle ... Read More»

U.S. Department of Defense Provides Airlift Support in South Africa for USAID-led Humanitarian Response to Cyclone Idai

Press Release | April 1, 2019 U.S. Consul General in Durban Sherry Zalika Sykes visited King Shaka International Airport yesterday to view a shipment of UN World Food Programme food and relief supplies to be transported from Durban to Mozambique by the U.S. Department of Defense.  We thank the South African Department of International Relations ... Read More»

Message to U.S. Citizens: Town Hall Meeting for U.S. Citizens in KwaZulu Natal

The Consul General of the U.S. Consulate in Durban, South Africa Cordially invites you to attend a Town Hall Meeting for U.S. Citizens in KwaZulu Natal Thursday, April 11, 2019 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. U.S. Consul General’s Residence, 20 Montieth Place, Durban North Representatives from the U.S. Consulate General will discuss S. citizen services ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (March 28, 2019)

Location: City of Pretoria – the Union Building and the University of South Africa (UNISA) Event: A large number of demonstrators are expected to protest against load shedding on Friday, March 29, 2019, in Pretoria. The protests will take place at both the Union Building and the University of South Africa (UNISA) between 8:00 A.M ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Johannesburg, South Africa

Location: U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg; 1 Sandton Drive; Sandhurst Event: The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa is planning to demonstrate outside the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg on Saturday, March 16, 2019, from 10 am until 2 pm. Up to 300 demonstrators are expected to gather at the corner of Sandton and Rivonia ... Read More»

Deputy Secretary Sullivan Travels to South Africa

Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan traveled to South Africa from March 13 to 16, 2019. His visit focused on promoting U.S. trade and investment, as well as advancing peace and security, including with respect to the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. Throughout the trip, the Deputy Secretary affirmed the United States’ longstanding and wide-ranging ... Read More»

Fulbright scholarship gave me an edge to be a success back home

The Star | February 28, 2019 | Tieho Lungile Matsuma The prestigious scholarship afforded her the opportunity to study towards a master’s degree in petroleum engineering at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma in the US. Her research focused on how to optimise the production of natural gas using artificial lift methods. Before going to the ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa

Location:  U.S. Embassy Pretoria Event:  The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) is planning to demonstrate outside the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria on Monday, February 11, 2019, from 12 pm until 2:30 pm.  Up to 250 demonstrators are expected to gather at the corner of Pretorius and Orient Streets.  Disruptions to motor vehicle traffic ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Johannesburg, South Africa (February 8, 2019)

Location:  Johannesburg, South Africa  Event:  Protest Action at Tertiary Education Campuses.  Student protests are ongoing at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) and may continue.  Protests have involved property damage and violence, and rubber bullets and tear gas were fired during a February 6 protest at UJ. Actions to Take: Avoid the ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Cape Town, South Africa February 8, 2019

Location:  Near the Steenberg Road entrance, U.S. Consulate General, Cape Town Event:  On February 8 between 11:00am and 2:00pm, members of the South African Communist Party have filed a request to protest against alleged U.S. interference in Venezuelan internal matters. The Consulate will be open during normal business hours. Actions to Take: Avoid the areas ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Consulate General Durban

Location:  Durban, South Africa Event:  Protest Action at Tertiary Education Campuses.  Student protest  are ongoing at all campuses of Durban University of Technology (DUT), University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) and Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) and may continue.   Protests have resulted in property damages and one fatality.  The Consulate has received police reports that violence ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Johannesburg, South Africa (February 6, 2019)

Location:  U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg; 1 Sandton Drive; Sandhurst Event:  The South African Communist Party (SACP) is planning to demonstrate outside the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg on Friday, February 8, 2019, from 10 am until 1 pm.  Up to 100 demonstrators are expected to gather at the corner of Sandton and Rivonia Drive.  Disruptions ... Read More»

Global Entrepreneurship Summit wants you at The Hague

Press Release | February 6, 2019 Calling all investment-ready South African entrepreneurs! The 2019 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES2019) is gathering the world’s top entrepreneurs, around five innovation sectors: Agriculture, Connectivity, Energy, Health and Water. If you’re ready to lead in offering solutions to global challenges, then apply now! GES2019 is a great exposure opportunity for ... Read More»

U.S. Mission and Market Theatre Commemorate Black History Month

Month-long Run of “Nina Simone: Four Women” Media Release | January 29, 2019 The U.S. Mission to South Africa is pleased to announce its support, through a grant of $75,000 (R1 023 534), for the production of “Nina Simone: Four Women” at the Market Theatre, February 1-24, 2019.  To commemorate Black History Month, recognized in ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Johannesburg, South Africa (January 31, 2019)

Location:  Sandton City Mall; Sandton; Johannesburg Event:  According to television and social media sources, the Black First Land First (BLF) group is planning to demonstrate at Vodacom stores at the Sandton City Mall today, January 31, 2019, starting at 10 am. Actions to Take: Avoid the areas of the demonstrations. Exercise caution if unexpectedly in ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (January 28, 2019)

Location:  U.S. Embassy Pretoria Event:  A march by the Black Monday group is scheduled for Monday, January 28, 2019 between 8:30 am and 12:30 pm.  The City of Tshwane has issued a permit for 250 participants.  The marchers/protesters will gather at Loftus Stadium at 8:30 am and march to the U.S. Embassy, with an anticipated ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Cape Town, South Africa

Location:  Clifton Fourth Beach, Cape Town, South Africa Event:  Demonstrations are planned to take place on Friday, December 28, at approximately 5:00 PM at Clifton Fourth Beach.  According to media reports, these demonstrations were organized after a private security company allegedly closed Clifton Fourth Beach at sunset on Sunday, December 23.  Clifton Fourth Beach is ... Read More»

Alert: Consular Services Temporarily Unavailable – Cape Town Consulate General

From December 20 to January 6, consular services, including passports and visas, will not be available at U.S. Consulate General Cape Town. Emergency services for U.S. citizens will still be available.  If you require passport, consular record of birth abroad, or other consular services during this time, please schedule an appointment with the consulates in ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Johannesburg, South Africa (December 6, 2018)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Johannesburg, South Africa (December 6, 2018) Location:  Grillhouse Restaurant, Rosebank Event:  The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) political party is planning a protest at the Grillhouse restaurant in the Firs shopping center in Rosebank beginning around 11:00 am on December 6. Disruptions to pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic are ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy and Consulates close, December 5, to pay homage to late President George H.W. Bush

On December 5, 2018, we close our Embassy and Consulates to pay homage to President George Herbert Walker Bush, who served as the 41st president of the United States, and died November 30 at the age of 94. President George H.W. Bush was the longest-lived president in U.S. history and a statesman whose service to ... Read More»

International Writing Program Women’s Creative Mentorship

International Writing Program Women’s Creative Mentorship Announcement: The United States Consulate in Cape Town is pleased to announce an opportunity for young women writers based in the Western Cape to participate in the Women’s Creative Mentorship Project. The deadline for applications is January 1, 2019. Program Summary: The International Writing Program (IWP) in collaboration with ... Read More»

U.S. announces a total of $1.2 billion over two years to support South Africa’s HIV response

Press Release | December 3, 2018 U.S. announces a total of $1.2 billion over two years to support South Africa’s HIV response to reach epidemic control The United States’ Global AIDS Coordinator & Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy, Ambassador Deborah L. Birx M.D, and South Africa’s Minister of Health, Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, announced yesterday ... Read More»

More South Africans Pursuing Degrees In America

The number of South Africans studying in the United States increased by 6.8% to 2,040 students for the 2017/18 academic year, according to the 2018 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. A majority of these students are studying toward an undergraduate degree (57%), with a growing number in graduate study (27%), with a further ... Read More»

Former Astronaut Missions To South Africa

How often do you get to meet a man who has been in space four times?  The United States Mission to South Africa welcomed Major General Charles Bolden to South Africa from November 12-17 and his recent mission to South Africa had students, pupils, space enthusiasts, aerospace professionals on the edge of their seats as he described ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (November 16, 2018)

Location:  U.S. Embassy Pretoria Event:  A demonstration by a group called Toekomsvonk is scheduled to take place at U.S. Embassy Pretoria on Friday, November 16, 2018, from 9:00 am until 11:00 am.  An application was submitted for up to 250 demonstrators to gather near the main entrance of the Embassy.  Disruptions to motor vehicle traffic ... Read More»

U.S. Supports Increased Commodities Trade in Africa

USAID | Press Release | 11-07-2018 (Johannesburg) The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for Africa Ramsey Day delivered opening remarks at the Africa Investment Forum (AIF) November 7, 2018 Investing in Commodities Exchanges panel in Johannesburg, South Africa. The panel sought to increase the understanding of the benefits of ... Read More»

Power Africa Launches “Transmission Roadmap to 2030: A Practical Approach to Unlocking Electricity Trade”

Power Africa | Press Release |  11-07-2018 Power Africa, the U.S. government-led initiative coordinated by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to double electricity access in sub-Saharan Africa, launched its newest publication, the “Transmission Roadmap to 2030: A Practical Approach to Unlocking Electricity Trade” at the African Investment Forum on Wednesday, November 7.  The Roadmap ... Read More»

Under Secretary McKinney to Lead Southern Africa Trade Mission

Press Release | October 29, 2018  WASHINGTON, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service, Oct. 26, 2018  – U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney will lead a trade mission to Southern Africa Oct. 29-Nov. 2, joined by U.S. business and state government leaders seeking to expand agricultural export opportunities ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (October 29, 2018)

Location:  U.S. Embassy Pretoria Event:  A demonstration by a group called Black Monday is scheduled to take place at U.S. Embassy Pretoria on Monday, October 29, 2018, from 9:30 am until 11:30 am.  An application was submitted for up to 200 demonstrators to participate. The demonstrators will gather at Loftus Stadium at 9:00 am and ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Johannesburg, South Africa (October 25, 2018)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Johannesburg, South Africa (October 25, 2018) Location: U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg Event: A demonstration by the Solidarity Trade Union is scheduled to take place on Thursday, October 25, 2018, in the vicinity of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. The Solidarity Trade Union is protesting against Sasol’s Broad-Based Black Economic ... Read More»

Colonel Flies High by Degree

A one-time teacher has risen through SANDF ranks, breaking gender boundaries and earning a Master’s degree, supported by the International Military Education and Training (Imet) program which is funded by the US government and presented in partnership with the SANDF. The Sunday Independent | by LESEGO MAKGATHO | October 14, 2018 COLONEL Zoleka Niyabo is spreading ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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, ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (July 30, 2018)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (July 30, 2018) Location: U.S. Embassy and other diplomatic facilities Event: A march by the Black Monday group is scheduled for Monday, July 30, 2018.  This is a march in protest of farm murders and other violent crimes.  The City of Tshwane has issued a permit ... Read More»

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 & ... Read More»

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. ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Consulate Durban, South Africa (July 6, 2018)

Security Alert – U. S. Consulate Durban, South Africa (July 6, 2018) Location: Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa Event: Two security incidents took place at Woolworths stores in the Durban area on July 5, 2018. A fire occurred at the Woolworths in the Pavilion Shopping Center in Westville at 1:30 am. The cause of the ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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. ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 500 members of the Westlake Community plan to march to the Alphen House Center ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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. ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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, ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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, ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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, ... Read More»

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. ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

Frontiers of Health Reporting: New Insights, Fresh Hope

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