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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Protest at U.S. Consulate General Cape Town on Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Planned Protest at U.S. Consulate General Cape Town on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 July 12, 2016 The U.S. Consulate General in Cape Town informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration is expected to take place in front of the Consulate at approximately 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 13, 2016.  We have been informed that the protestors will be demonstrating to raise

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Planned Demonstration in Vicinity of U.S. Consulate General Cape Town – June 17, 2016

Security Message for U.S. Citizens June 17, 2016 Planned Demonstration in Vicinity of U.S. Consulate General Cape Town – June 17, 2016 The U.S. Consulate General Cape Town informs U.S. citizens that a demonstrations is expected to take place at at the U.S. Consulate General Cape Town from 1100 – 1300 hours on Friday, June 17, 2016.  The City of

New American learning center opens at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

New American learning center opens at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

A new U.S. funded center opened at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University exposing professionals, scholars, and students to hundreds of exchange and study opportunities. The American Corner, Port Elizabeth will create a forum for an exchange of ideas, arts, and culture between Americans and South Africans in the Eastern Cape. Deputy Vice-Chancellor Prof Andrew Leitch officially opened the new center on

American and South African writers share their stories in Kimberley and Cape Town

American and South African writers share their stories in Kimberley and Cape Town

The creative writing communities in Cape Town and the Northern Cape city of Kimberley enjoyed a visit by award-winning American authors, poets, and playwrights in February 2016. Brought together by the Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) with support from the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Consulate in Cape Town, the delegation engaged with aspiring, emerging, and accomplished writers

The Hōkūleʻa Arrives in Cape Town

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

The newly redesigned American Corner in Cape Town inside the Central Library.

Cape Town Opens New State-of-the-Art American Corner

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

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Agricultural Success on Both Sides of the Atlantic

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

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Step Afrika! Steps it Up in Cape Town

From June 29 – July 4, the American dance company Step Afrika! took South Africa by storm, teaching and performing in the Mother City.  They electrified young and old with the American dance form of stepping.  After a youth camp, two free performances for the general public, and three exhilarating live appearances on national television, Step Afrika! reached millions of

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Reaching for the Future, Rooted in the Past

U.S. Consul General for Cape Town Teddy B. Taylor recently penned this opinion piece about the discovery of the São José slave shipwreck. Beginning this month a story buried by water and sand for hundreds of years off the coast at Clifton Beach can finally be told. Thanks to the dauntless researchers and divers from Africa and the Americas who

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An American Rapper Rhymes Her Way Through the Eastern Cape

Dessa — a rapper, singer and wordsmith from Minneapolis, Minnesota— touched down in Port Elizabeth, South Africa on May 11, 2015 to spend a week teaching and performing in communities in the Eastern Cape.  She gave writing workshops to high school students, held discussions with emerging creatives about making a living as an artist, and engaged on issues around race, culture and civic activism

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YALI 2015: A Slice of Chicken with Justice Albie Sacks

There was hardly a quiet moment when the new 2015 YALI Fellows sat down for lunch with Justice Albie Sachs and Consul General Teddy B. Taylor.  The smell of home cooked chicken pie and vegetables filled Taylor’s residence as fellows met for the first time this month in Cape Town. Thousands of hopeful young South Africans applied to participate in this year’s

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Planned Demonstration/Political Activities in Durban – May 1 and 2, 2015

Cape Town This message is issued to alert U.S. citizens to demonstrations and political activities in Durban over the holiday weekend that will attract large numbers of people. On May 1st the Congress of South African Trade Unions will commence a march at 09:00 from the Workshop in Durban’s central business district and end at Currie’s Fountain. The march will be

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JAZZ – A Global Unifier

People from across South Africa joined international visitors in the Mother City to hear some of the world best musicians at this year’s Cape Town International Jazz Festival.  Now in its sixteenth year, “Africa’s Grandest Gathering” once again demonstrated that jazz is a true global unifier.  Consistently hailed as America’s greatest musical contribution to the world, jazz continues to bring

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Brush Fires in Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs

U.S. Diplomatic Mission South Africa City of Cape Town emergency services continue to battle a very large wildfire on the slopes of the mountains in the vicinity of Muizenberg, Boyes Drive, Tokai, Ou Kaapse Weg, Noordhoek, Chapman’s Peak, and Hout Bay. As of 1 PM on Monday, March 2 city officials characterize the fire as “contained but not yet under

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Great Start to Valentine’s Day

Live Healthy Love Healthy: Soccer @ Your Library event Pupils from schools around the city centre kicked-off Valentine’s Day the right way on Friday, February 13 when they participated in soccer-based HIV awareness. Noisy kids filled the square outside the Cape Town Central Library lining up to take their shot at the goal. U.S. Consul General Teddy Taylor too joined in

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TechWomen in Cape Town: Inspiring the Next Generation of Tech Leaders

From January 28-30, 2015, a dynamic group of international women leaders in technology came to Cape Town to engage with women and girls who are striving to become future leaders in the tech industry in South Africa.  The visiting group was part of TechWomen, an organization sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the Institute of International Education to

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Cape Town Metro Police Receive U.S. Training to Combat Gangs and Drugs

The City of Cape Town and the United States Government have an excellent cooperative partnership, particularly in the area of law enforcement.  As part of our shared commitment to build a safer city, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of the United States Department of Justice invited eight members of the city’s Safety and Security Directorate Gang and Drug Task Team

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New Cape Town Consul General Taylor Delivers His Diplomacy, “Straight, no chaser”

Scores of smiling faces, warm handshakes, and upbeat jazz tunes officially welcomed Teddy Taylor to Cape Town during his welcome reception as the new U.S. Consul General on November 5.  Taylor, who most recently served as the Diplomat in Residence at Howard University in Washington, D.C., is a career foreign service officer who has been posted around the world, from

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Protest in Vicinity of U.S. Consulate General Cape Town

Security Message for U.S. Citizens There is currently an ongoing peaceful demonstration of approximately 20 persons at Steenberg Golf Estate opposite the Consulate’s emergency gate.  The Security Manager of the Steenberg Golf Estate has reported to the Consulate  that employees there are conducting a strike related to a labor dispute.  The Estate informed the South African Police Service which is

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A Vibrant Africa is the Future

Africa will be unrecognizable in the next 15 years with a young vibrant group leading the continent, says the United States’ most senior diplomat in Africa. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, visited Cape Town over the weekend and experienced first-hand the sorrow of the country’s past and the excitement about its future. On Saturday she visited Robben Island

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Our Eastern Cape Alumni Reflect on Their U.S. Exchange Experiences

Indaba brings together alumni from a wide range of exchange programs and dates  “A shift in thinking” is how Jacqui Lück characterized her U.S. experience at a gathering of exchange program alumni in Port Elizabeth on October 3. The fourth “Alumni Indaba” in the country over the past two years, this was the first time Eastern Cape-based alumni had the

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Stellenbosch University Upskills Nurse Educators by Hosting Fulbright Specialist Professor Kathy Nokes

As part of their efforts to build and strengthen the quality of nursing education, Stellenbosch University’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences hosted American Professor Dr. Kathy Nokes through the Fulbright Specialist Program. Dr. Nokes, Professor and recent Director of the Graduate Nursing Program of the City University of New York’s Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing, spent several weeks working closely

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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 in the coming years, we’re

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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 to South Africa supports their

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Against All Odds to Become a Fulbright Scholar

Born during the height of apartheid in South Africa, when educational opportunities for the majority where few, Dr. Venicia McGhie was forced to drop out of school at Grade 10 and work as a domestic to support herself and her siblings after her parents’ passing.  Dr. McGhie, however, knew that the setback was temporary and that her hard work would

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Mokae Latest Distinguished South African at Prestigious Iowa Writing Program

Nic Mhlongo… Kgebetli Moele…Pieter-Dirk Uy… James Matthews—some of South Africa’s most acclaimed writers have participated in the University of Iowa’s renowned International Writing Program.  Award-winning author Sabata-mpho Mokae becomes the latest to inscribe his name in the rolls, as he joins 28 writers from around the world in the 2014 program. The ten-week residency in America’s heartland unites emerging creative

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From Selma to Soweto: U.S. Filmmaker Shares Documentary to Mark 20 Years of Democracy in South Africa

Few people know the role American grassroots activists played in the anti-apartheid struggle.  For that reason, the U.S. Mission to South Africa invited award-winning American filmmaker Connie Field to South Africa from August 11- 22 to tour the country showing her 2010 film Have You Heard From Johannesburg and to engage with a broad cross-section of students, educators, and academics. 

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“Gay Rights are Human Rights”: PFLAG Director Huckaby Brings LGBTI Advocates and Allies Together in Cape Town

The Executive Director of PFLAG National, Mr. Jody M. Huckaby, was in Cape Town from August 5-8 to encourage local LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex) organizations to develop advocacy networks and build ally support. PFLAG, which stands for “Parents, Friends, and Family of Lesbians and Gays,” was founded in the United States in 1972 to promote the health

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Planned Protest in CBD Cape Town

Security Message for U.S. Citizens On Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 1100-1300 hrs, a protest is planned downtown.  The City of Cape Town granted a permit to the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC), which allows up to 10,000 people to march to Parliament.  The march will be departing Keizergracht, then right onto Tennant Street which becomes Christiaan Barnard Street, then left

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Cape Peninsula University of Technology Student Awarded Global Exchange Program in U.S.

Sebudisi Mafabatho, a third-year Industrial Engineering student at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), is heading to the United States of America to begin a year-long undergraduate exchange program at Northwest College in Wyoming. The Near East, South Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa Undergraduate Exchange Program (NESA Global UGrad) is a scholarship program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s

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Cape Town Consul General Erica Barks-Ruggles Welcomes Chicago Children’s Choir to the National Arts Festival

On July, 3, Cape Town Consul General Erica Barks-Ruggles helped to welcome the Chicago Children’s Choir to the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa. It was a rousing performance that celebrated the cultural diversity of both countries. Read the Consul General’s remarks below: “Wow! What an amazing performance! With talent like that, it’s easy to see why the Chicago

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The Art in Embassies Program Brings South African and U.S. Artists Together

On June 5, 2014, U.S. Ambassador Patrick Gaspard welcomed a delegation of American and South African artists to Cape Town to engage with local communities through the medium of art. The trip was sponsored by the State Department’s Art in Embassies program in order to bring the arts alive for local residents and to provide an example of how artistic

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Jackson Katz: “Gender Violence is Everyone’s Problem”

[not sure of exact date of publication] “Violence against women is not a women’s issue. It’s a men’s issue.” This was the heart of Dr. Jackson Katz’s message during his recent visit. The internationally recognized American author, filmmaker and cultural theorist traveled to South Africa to share his groundbreaking work in gender violence prevention education and critical media literacy. In

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