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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Ambassador Lana Marks on the Occasion of her Accreditation as Ambassador to South Africa

Pretoria January 28, 2020 A Message to South Africans Molweni Mzansi! Today, I write to you no longer as Ambassador-designate, but as the fully accredited U.S. Ambassador to South Africa! Meeting President Cyril Ramaphosa this afternoon to present my credentials at the South African Government was a tremendous moment. Masisebenzisane! We are stronger together and …

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

Reconciliation Day 2019 Statement – U.S. Ambassador-designate Lana Marks: Since it was established in 1995, the Day of Reconciliation has marked a time when South Africans gather and reflect upon their shared, complicated history. This day is meant to help South Africans reconcile their truths and experiences, in order to appreciate and celebrate the many rich cultural traditions that make up a wonderfully diverse, unified, and strong South Africa. In …

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

Opinion Editorial: U.S. Ambassador-designate Lana Marks Mail and Guardian December 11, 2019 For far too long, women around the world have endured violence, sexual harassment and discrimination. It is chilling to wake up to weekly news of missing daughters, assaults and murders. You’ve seen their faces on TV and have heard their tragic stories. Karabo …

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

Independent Online Opinion 30 November 2019, 3:00pm U.S. Ambassador-designate Lana Marks This past Tuesday, I had the privilege of touring Laudium Community Health Centre, a large Pepfar-supported public clinic in Tshwane. The American people, through the US President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief, are committed to helping South Africa reach HIV epidemic control by the end of …

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It’s all about trade and investment — Trump’s ambassador to South Africa, Lana Marks

Interview Ambassador-designate Lana Marks Daily Maverick (Peter Fabricius) November 14, 2019 America’s new ambassador to South Africa, Lana Marks, has ‘hit the ground running’. She has to, really. The East London-born businesswoman and Florida friend of US President Donald Trump has just arrived at her post in Pretoria. barely one year before he ends his …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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Chargé d’Affaires Jessye Lapenn Presents Grant to the Southern African Music Rights Organization for Preservation of Indigenous Music

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

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DREAMS Event Features Guest Speaker Oprah Winfrey

DREAMS Event Features Guest Speaker Oprah Winfrey Media Advisory | December 3, 2016 U.S. Ambassador Patrick Gaspard hosted an audience of young South African women on Friday for what may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet global media leader and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey. Ms. Winfrey, who is in South Africa celebrating the sixth graduating class …

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South Africa and United States Partner to Promote Renewable Energy Awareness

South Africa and United States Partner to Promote Renewable Energy Awareness Media Release | November 28, 2016 Johannesburg, South Africa, 23 November 2016 – ‘Expensive, inaccessible, complicated and unreliable’ are a few of the misperceptions about renewable energy that persist, despite South Africa’s success in building out its large-scale renewable energy infrastructure. To a large …

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CSIS Africa Program – Spotlight on South Africa

AS DELIVERED Remarks by Ambassador Gaspard CSIS Headquarters, Washington DC September 28, 2016 Thank you so very much, Jennifer.  Good morning everyone.  Good morning to everyone who’s here in this room and to those who are watching on the live stream.  Jennifer put a tremendous amount of pressure on me today when she told me …

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U.S. Ambassador Gaspard Presents Liliesleaf Farm with an Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation Grant to Conserve Rare Documents from Liberation

U.S. Ambassador Gaspard Presents Liliesleaf Farm with an Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation Grant to Conserve Rare Documents from Liberation Media Advisory October 12, 2016 Ambassador Gaspard presented Liliesleaf Farm CEO Nicholas Wolpe with a U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) grant totaling $103,329 at a signing ceremony in Rivonia on October 12.  Liliesleaf …

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Peace Corps Volunteers Sworn into Service of SA’s Rural Communities

Peace Corps Volunteers Sworn into Service of SA’s Rural Communities Pretoria, Monday, September 12, 2016 – Peace Corps South Africa hosted the swearing in ceremony of ‘SA 34’, the 34th contingent of trainees to serve in South Africa as Peace Corps Volunteers since 1997. The group of 36 arrived in the country on July 8 …

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#AIDS2016: 16 years on, many gains have been made

IOL | SPECIAL FEATURE | 15 Jul ’16, 2:16pm Aaron Motsoaledi and Patrick Gaspard #AIDS2016: 16 years on, many gains have been made When the International Aids Conference opened in Durban 16 years ago, the challenge seemed insurmountable. Scientists were projecting that half of South Africa’s young people would die of Aids. At …

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Statement from Ambassador Gaspard following announcement of arrests of four suspected terrorists

Media Statement July 13, 2016 Statement from Ambassador Gaspard following announcement of arrests of four suspected terrorists on July 9, 2016 I am pleased to join South Africans in commending the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (the Hawks) and other law enforcement agencies on the July 9 arrest of terrorists suspected of planning attacks on …

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A Taste of Miami in South Africa: Ambassador Gaspard Celebrates American Independence Day at Reception Honoring the City of Miami

Press Release July 1, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   U.S. Ambassador to South Africa, Patrick Gaspard, hosted a reception at his residence in Pretoria on June 30 to commemorate the 240th anniversary of America’s adoption of the Declaration of Independence.  The national holiday is celebrated each year on July 4 in the United States with …

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Ambassador Gaspard Celebrates Carnegie Hall Music Project in South Africa

Press Release Embassy of the United States 877 Pretorius Street, Arcadia, Pretoria Monday, June 6, 2016 For More Information: Katleho Mogase | USEmbassySAPress@state.gov                                           Ambassador Gaspard Celebrates Carnegie Hall Music Project in South Africa An affair of music, talent, and cultural exchange have brought together the interests of Carnegie Hall, the U.S. State Department and Strive Masiwa …

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US ambassador on the politics of performance and theatre

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

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American Delegation Visits Liliesleaf Farm to Honor Leaders of the Anti-Apartheid Struggle

Press Release Embassy of the United States of America FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 2, 2016 For more information: Cynthia Harvey at USEmbassySAPress@state.gov American Delegation Visits Liliesleaf Farm to Honor Leaders of the Anti-Apartheid Struggle:  Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy’s Visit to South Africa   June 2, 2016 — U.S. Ambassador to South Africa …

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Kerry Kennedy: “Ripples of Hope” Continue to Inspire U.S. – South Africa Relationship 50 Years Later

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

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U.S. Ambassador Patrick Gaspard Visits Limpopo

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

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An Open Letter to Civil Society

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

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Governments Exist to Serve the People

Daily Maverick | Opinionista U.S. Ambassador Patrick Gaspard   May 5,  2016 11:55  If you’re like most of us, you probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about what open governance means to you – how it impacts your daily life, your family, or your community. But every one of us has a role to …

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Earth Day marks a significant climate change milestone

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

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U.S. Ambassador Hosts Celebration of the Successful Renewal of AGOA at Braai Featuring U.S. Chicken

Media Advisory Monday, April 25, 2016 Ambassador Gaspard celebrated the growing trade relationship between South Africa and the United States and the successful renewal of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) at a braai at his residence on April 25. As U.S. poultry, beef, and pork make their way to South African retailers’ shelves, the …

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U.S. Embassy Pretoria Congratulates GIST Startup Bootcamp Winners

Media Advisory Embassy of the United States of America Monday, April 18, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | For more information: USEmbassySAPress@state.gov U.S. Embassy Pretoria congratulates the winners of the 2016 GIST Startup Bootcamp’s business pitch competition, Christian Mwijage and Elineca Ndowo and their social enterprise EcoAct Tanzania.  The U.S. Department of State-funded science and technology bootcamp took …

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A Tribute to Ambassador Andrew J. Young

Press Release March 31, 2016 U.S. Ambassador Pays Tribute to American Champion of the Anti-Apartheid Movement  Ambassador Andrew J. Young Johannesburg, South Africa — United States Ambassador to South Africa Patrick Gaspard hosted a tribute to Ambassador Andrew J. Young at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory on March 29, 2016.  The event, attended by …

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Statement from Ambassador Gaspard regarding President Obama’s AGOA proclamation

“We are delighted by the proclamation issued by President Obama today and we welcome the recent arrival of American chicken into commerce in South Africa.  The entry of U.S poultry into South Africa was required as a condition for avoiding South Africa’s suspension under AGOA.  Now that the issues involving AGOA have been resolved, we are focused …

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Partnership for Prosperity: Ambassador Gaspard Outlines U.S. Support for South Africa’s Economic Development Goals

Looking beyond AGOA By: Peter Fabricius | African News Agency | 18 January 2016 at 13:00pm Johannesburg – “I cannot tell you how ecstatic I am to hear the words ‘Beyond Agoa’. I think I am going to get that printed on a T-shirt,” says US ambassador Patrick Gaspard when asked what the priorities for …

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General Electric: Investing in and Partnering with South Africa

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

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South Africa’s Status Under the African Growth and Opportunity Act

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

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A Celebration of Service

Last Friday, Ambassador Gaspard and Consul General Rowan attended the 2014 City Year South Africa graduation, the culmination of a year of volunteer service, civic engagement, and leadership development. The theme for this year’s graduation was “It’s in your hands.”  Ambassador Gaspard had the honor of delivering the keynote address, reminding the graduates that, “Nelson …

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Insider’s Swipe Unfair

US Ambassador Gaspard | Letter to the Editor |Business Day | OCTOBER 31 2014, 10:40 I WAS disappointed to see The Insider column (October 29) take an unfair swipe at visiting US Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Linda Thomas-Greenfield. Your journalist twisted her remarks at a private diplomatic reception when she praised the Mandela Washington …

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Certificate Ceremony for U.S. Government-Supported HIV & AIDS Programs

Remarks of Ambassador Patrick H. Gaspard University of the Western Cape, Cape Town October  27, 2014 As prepared for delivery  Master of Ceremonies, Dr. James Lees;University of the Western Cape Vice Chancellor, Professor Brian O’Connell; Representatives from the Department of Basic Education; University of the Western Cape Education faculty members and staff ; Community members, …

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Your Personal Invitation to Apply to Become a 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow

Ambassador Patrick Gaspard | 10/21/2014 Hello, I’m Patrick Gaspard, U.S. Ambassador to South Africa. I want to talk to you about the single most exciting thing happening on the continent today – The Mandela Washington Fellowship of the Young African Leaders Initiative. Consider this your personal invitation to apply to become a 2015 Fellow.  If accepted, you will join …

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U.S. Engaged in Fighting Ebola from the Start

Ambassador Patrick Gaspard | Letter to the Editor of Sunday Independent | 10/19/2014 Mr. Jovial Rantao Editor in Chief Sunday Independent Sauer Street, Johannesburg Johannesburg, Gauteng  2000 Dear Mr. Rantao: Your article “ As Africans died, our continent and world slept ” in the Sunday Independent on October 12 was both timely and extremely important.  The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is a …

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US Firms Actively Involved in Community Beneficiation: US Ambassador

Trust Matsilele | CNBC Africa | 07 October 2014|17:21 GMT Addressing a Nedbank-NEPAD Networking Forum in Johannesburg, Gaspard said Africa has long been important to the US policy with the two regions now working through Power Africa and Feeding the Future initiatives. The US envoy to South Africa added that the relationship between Africa and …

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Hlaudi and the Art of Non-Diplomacy

THE LAST WORD | BY ROB ROSE | Business Times | 05 OCTOBER 2014, 11:25 PATRICK Gaspard, the US ambassador to South Africa, is not often provoked into making ill-considered statements. Dubbed the “best political mind of his generation in New York, and possibly the nation” by Michael Bloomberg’s right-hand man, Kevin Sheekey, Gaspard has …

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African Solutions to African Problems

“African Solutions to African Problems” – That was one of the primary messages U.S. Ambassador Patrick Gaspard shared in a wide-ranging conversation with more than 120 graduate and honours students at the University of the Western Cape on September 9.  “We’re investing in Africa’s youth.  With plans to expand the inaugural Mandela Washington Leadership program …

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Beating Back Gangs – Ambassador Gaspard Visits Red River Primary School in Manenberg

When Ambassador Patrick Gaspard met the students at Manenberg’s Red River Primary School he Tweeted the picture above and wrote, “These girls are beating back gangs.  Dreamkeepers.”  Through their involvement with community-based groups like Rock Girls, the young learners of Red River are overcoming the odds and inspiring their peers to excel.  The U.S. Mission …

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US-Sponsored MomConnect App Provides Free Antenatal Information

08/21/2014 | Staff writer Wandile Mavuso | PretoriaPress@state.gov PEPFAR invests $4.9 million towards the MomConnect Initiative The U.S. Government, through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program has invested $4.9 million (R49million) towards MomConnect, a program aimed at preventing maternal mortality through the use of mobile phone technology. With MomConnect, the South …

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US Ambassador Patrick Gaspard, Up Close and Pretty Personal

Brooks Spector | The Daily Maverick | JUL 30 2014 01:17 The Daily Maverick’s J. BROOKS SPECTOR sat down with US Ambassador Patrick Gaspard for a wide-ranging conversation recently, just prior to the ambassador’s return to Washington to participate in the US – African Leaders Summit in early August. Originally published in the Daily Maverick We are …

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A Climate Not Conducive to Foreign Investment

Peter Fabricius | The Star Early Edition | 07/29/2014 US legislators, businesses are demanding SA review its policies if it wants to benefit from international trade, writes Peter Fabricius Originally published in The Star Early Edition US AMBASSADOR to South Africa Patrick Gaspard has warned that economic policies and chronic strikes are discouraging American investors …

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University of Johannesburg Law School Commencement

Ambassador Gaspard accepts honorary degree on behalf of President Obama; delivers keynote address Remarks of Ambassador Patrick H. Gaspard [As prepared] University of Johannesburg Law School Johannesburg South Africa May 22, 2014 Thank you Vice Chancellor and Principal, Professor Ihron Rensburg. Members of the Executive Committee, distinguished guests, law school faculty, parents and loved ones – …

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University of Johannesburg Confers Honorary Doctorate on President Barack Obama – Ambassador Patrick Gaspard Accepts the Degree on the President’s Beh

The University of Johannesburg has conferred an honorary doctorate on President Obama, with UJ Vice Chancellor Prof. Ihron Rensburg saying, “President Obama has demonstrated distinguished social and intellectual achievement related to the University’s vision, mission, values and strategic goals and is thus a worthy recipient of the degree Doctor Legum (Doctor of Laws), honoris causa.”  In …

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Ambassador Gaspard’s Road trip in Kwa-Zulu Natal

U.S. Ambassador to South Africa, Patrick Gaspard, his wife Ms. Raina Washington, and the U.S. Consul General to KwaZulu-Natal Taylor Ruggles were invited to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Reserve by Dr. Bandile Mkhize, the CEO  of  Ezemvelo Wildlife in Kwa-Zulu Natal to participate in a rhino conservation airlift operation the week. South Africa has been at the fore …

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U.S. Ambassador Gaspard’s Road trip in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa

U.S. Ambassador to South Africa, Patrick Gaspard, his wife Ms. Raina Washington, and the U.S. Consul General to KwaZulu-Natal Taylor Ruggles were invited to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Reserve by Dr. Bandile Mkhize, the CEO  of  Ezemvelo Wildlife in Kwa-Zulu Natal to participate in a rhino conservation airlift operation the week. South Africa has been at the fore …

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Biotechnology and the Smallholder Farmer

Remarks by Ambassador Patrick H. Gaspard (As Prepared) Agric-Biotech & Biosafety Conference Southern Africa 2014 Smart and Sustainable Agriculture in Southern Africa: Meeting Future food Needs Sheraton Hotel Pretoria, South Africa Good morning and thank you for that kind introduction and thank you Africabio for letting me come here today and talk about biotechnology and …

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U.S. and South Africa: Facing Today’s Challenges for Tomorrow’s Opportunities

Remarks by Ambassador Patrick H. Gaspard (As Delivered) University of South Africa Pretoria, South Africa Good morning. Professor, thank you so very much for that warm and kind introduction. Vice Chancellor, thank you so much for your very important words. I’d like to commend the work that you’re doing each and every single day to …

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A Man in Full

February 2014 | Nicholas Kotch, Sandy Coffey | Wanted Magazine: A Business Day supplement As a labour activist, US Ambassador to SA Patrick Gaspard is honest about the dangers of strike action If you find yourself seated next to Patrick Gaspard at dinner, relax. There is zero chance of a nervous lull in the conversation …

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Ambassador Patrick Gaspard Meets with Mayor of Johannesburg

On January 29, Ambassador Patrick Gaspard met with Parks Tau, Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, to discuss shared economic development priorities and the upcoming C40 Mayors Summit.  Tau highlighted several key infrastructure projects currently in development within the city and expressed interest in working more closely with the United States on important economic development …

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Ambassador Gaspard Shares Insights on Leadership at ALA

Ambassador Gaspard shared some personal insights with the students of the African Leadership Academy on Wednesday evening when he presented a talk, “Reflections on Leadership”, as part of the academy’s Distinguished Guest Speakers series. Before the lecture he was interviewed by the school’s media students and given a tour of the campus. He also shared …

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Ambassador Gaspard Shares Insights on Leadership at ALA

Ambassador Gaspard shared some personal insights with the students of the African Leadership Academy on Wednesday evening when he presented a talk, “Reflections on Leadership”, as part of the academy’s Distinguished Guest Speakers series. Before the lecture he was interviewed by the school’s media students and given a tour of the campus. He also shared …

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Dateline East London

Above: Ambassador Gaspard at Nelson Mandela’s Qunu village in the Eastern Cape province  East London, South Africa, December 16th. Day of Reconciliation. The finality of a funeral has been replaced with the uncertainties of life. The rhythms of the Indian Ocean a metronome for travelers pausing by its banks in contemplation of waves lapping the …

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Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory Opens

Nelson Mandela Foundation | News | 11/18/2013 U.S. Ambassador Patrick Gaspard announces U.S. Government funding of $100,000 towards preservation of documents Adapted from the Foundation’s News article, ‘ President Jacob Zuma opens Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory: Multi-purpose public facility, interactive archive and dialogue venue ‘ South African President Jacob Zuma opened the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, official home of the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Houghton, Johannesburg, on 18 November 2013. …

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Youth jobs top agenda of US ambassador

By Marianne Merten | Pretoria News BUILDING effective partnerships between the US and South Africa, not only on investment, but also health and education – and to help address youth unemployment – is a key focus of American ambassador Patrick Gaspard. “I hope I get to partner effectively with my counterparts in the South African …

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U.S. has no problem with Sexwale: Ambassador

Marianne Merten | The Daily News – Independent Online US ambassador Patrick Gaspard said he had “a very good conversation” with businessman Tokyo Sexwale, the former human settlement minister, who was called aside for questioning when he arrived at New York’s JFK Airport on a recent business trip. In an apparent replay of what happened …

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US ambassador raring to go in SA

Diplomacy isn’t former activist Patrick Gaspard’s default setting, but the new US ambassador to South Africa has learnt fast. In a somewhat self-deprecating way, he turns a question on South Africa’s economic-policy uncertainty on to his own government, which ended its more than two-week-long government shutdown on Thursday. During his first media interview as accredited …

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Introducing Ambassador Patrick H. Gaspard

Above: Ambassador Gaspard and his spouse Ms. Raina Washington arrive at the Union Buidings for his credentialing ceremony.  PRETORIA: On October 16, Patrick H. Gaspard presented his credentials to President Jacob Zuma as the new U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of South Africa. Following his presentation of credentials, Ambassador Gaspard said: “I am honored to …

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Nominee Patrick Gaspard’s Testimony (as prepared) at Senate Committee on Foreign Relations’ Nomination Hearing

Congressional Testimony of Patrick H. Gaspard Ambassador Designate to the Republic of South Africa Before the Committee on Foreign Relations United States Senate July 24, 2013 Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee, I am honored and humbled to appear before you as President Obama’s nominee to serve as the next United States Ambassador to …

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President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release June 27, 2013 WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts: Krysta Harden – Deputy Secretary, Department of Agriculture Alejandro Mayorkas – Deputy Secretary, Department of Homeland Security Ron Binz – Commissioner, Federal Energy …

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