Peace Corps South Africa Welcomes New Volunteers

Excitement was the order of the day as 33 new American Peace Corps Volunteers were sworn-in during a special ceremony at the U.S. Community Center in Pretoria on Monday, April 16. This 37th cohort of volunteers arrived in South Africa in January before embarking on an immersive 10-week training schedule that included training in language, ...
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U.S. Embassy Pretoria Presents Restitution to South African Victim of Crime

The U.S. Embassy in South Africa, through the office of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), presented $9,000 in restitution (approximately 125,000 Rand) to a South African victim of crime at a ceremony in Pretoria on December 6.  The crime victim’s name is being withheld due to privacy considerations.  Major General ...
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U.S. Consulate General – Johannesburg Hosts 16 Days of Activism Workshop

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

Consul General Christopher Rowan visited a couple of sites that demonstrate the unshakable commitment of the United States to South Africa in combating HIV/AIDS and reducing stigma, both around testing and treatment and for children in families affected by HIV. CG Rowan visited the Shout-It-Now testing site in Tsakane, Johannesburg and Nanga Vhutshilo, a children’s care ...
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Helping Those Who Assist Trafficking Victims

About 50 law enforcement personel, medical professionals, psychologists, social workers and NGOs that work with human trafficking in KZN participated in a workshop on “Child Trafficking and Abuse: Identifying and Assisting Victims” at the U.S. Consulate in Durban on March 17. U.S. Fulbright Scholar and University of KwaZulu Natal Professor Susan Kreston led the workshop ...
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Helping Those Who Help Trafficking Victims

On December 9, the Public Affairs Section at Consulate Durban held a workshop on “Identifying and Assisting Victims of Child Trafficking and Abuse.” In conjunction with the international campaign of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence , U. S. Fulbright Scholar Susan Kreston and Professor Steve Collings from the University of KwaZulu Natal conducted this informative workshop at the Consulate’s Information ...
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Strengthening Healthcare Systems in KwaZulu-Natal

On Dec 8, Consul General Frances Chisholm visited an important site in the history of healthcare in South Africa, the former Addington Children’s Hospital on the Durban beachfront. Now called the “KZN Children’s Hospital,” its structure is the formerly abandoned Addington Children’s Hospital whose doors were closed in 1984 as it was a “nonracial” institution ...
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Durban Consul General Speaks out on Educating and Supporting the Girl Child

Consul General Frances Chisholm lent USG support for the girl child at three events commemorating International Day of the Girl Child.  On October 9, in support of the KZN Youth Empowerment Program, led by the alumnus of the U.S. Government’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) she attended an event with about 30 young girls at ...
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US-sponsored MomConnect App Provides Free Antenatal Information

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 African Government expects to save more lives by following women in their communities via mobile phone ...
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Making a Difference … One Lunch at a Time

What happens when you combine the passion and commitment of more than 100 staff and family members of the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg with a growing social media-fueled hunger alleviation project started in the United States?   You get HASHTAGLUNCHBAG and, in Johannesburg last Saturday, over 800 lunches prepared and delivered to hungry kids ...
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