Grant Award to the Johannesburg Inner City Partnership for a “Creative Placemaking” Project

Press Release | October 09, 2018 The U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg is pleased to announce a grant award of approximately R2.1 million (US $149,506) to the Johannesburg Inner City Partnership (JICP) to implement its “Makers Way” project in the Bertrams and Loretzville neighborhoods of Johannesburg. More than 25 local organizations submitted project proposals to the ...
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United States Consul General in Johannesburg, Michael McCarthy, awards prizes for innovative 3D Design

Media Release | August 29, 2018 United States Consul General in Johannesburg, Michael McCarthy, awards prizes for innovative 3D Design at the Rosa Parks Library & Innovation Studio in Soweto On August 28, 2018, U.S. Consul General in Johannesburg, Michael McCarthy, awarded prizes to the three winners of the U.S. Consulate General’s Rosa Parks Library & Innovation ...
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U.S. Embassy Pretoria Responds to the Call to Service on Mandela Day

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

Published in cape {town} etc | Aimee Pace | June 15, 2018 The City of Cape Town has signed a new grant agreement with a US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) on Thursday to study the effective use of natural gas distribution networks to increase energy sources of both Cape Town and the Western Cape. The City’s Executive Major, Patricia De Lille said in a statement, “The ...
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Condolence for Victims of Mosque Stabbings in KwaZulu-Natal: Statement by the U.S. Mission to South Africa

Statement by the U.S. Mission to South Africa Condolence for Victims of Mosque Stabbings in KwaZulu-Natal The United States Mission to South Africa offers our deepest condolences and sympathies to the families and loved ones of those killed and injured in the May 10 attack at the Imam Hussein Mosque in Ottawa, Verulam, near Durban. ...
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The Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts Honors South African Artists

Media Advisory April 20, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   The U.S. Consulate General in Cape Town was honored to participate in this year’s Kennedy Center Gold Medal in the Arts gala on Saturday, April 14, 2018. This year’s gala, held at the recently inaugurated Zeitz MOCAA, honored six extraordinary South African artists:  Basil J.R. Jones and ...
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United States Supports World Tuberculosis Day Event in Durban

Press Release | March 23, 2018 The U.S. Consul General to Durban, Sherry Zalika Sykes, attended South Africa’s World Tuberculosis (TB) event on March 21, in Cato Manor, Durban.  The event was co-sponsored by the United States and attended by Deputy President David Mabuza, His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini, Minister of Health Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, ...
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U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg Awards National Children’s Theatre Grant

U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg awards National Children’s Theatre grant for ‘A Short Cut to A Short Life’ Media Advisory November 20, 2017 As a part of the U.S. Mission to South Africa’s support of South Africa’s efforts to combat HIV/AIDS and gender-based violence, the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg has awarded the National Children’s Theatre ...
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U.S. Embassy Welcomes New Consul General to Durban: Sherry Zalika Sykes

Media Advisory | October 4, 2017 The U.S. Mission to South Africa is pleased to announce the arrival of Consul General Sherry Zalika Sykes to lead the Consulate General in Durban.  U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Jessica Lapenn welcomed Consul General Sykes to the country on September 14, 2017.  “Consul General Sykes’ people-focused leadership in Durban ...
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New US Consul General is Back in the City She Loves

Sunday Tribune | 24 Sep 2017 | NOKUTHULA NTULI AN ACTIVIST with a passion for community empowerment, career diplomat Sherry Zalika Sykes, has returned to Durban, a city close to her heart, and the heart of her late son, Omar Sykes. The new US consul-general, who arrived in the country last Friday, has served in ...
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U.S. Mission Supports Community Journalism at MMX17

Media Advisory | August 22, 2017 With the support of a grant from the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg, media practitioners from community radio stations in Gauteng had the opportunity to attend the Menell Media Exchange 2017 conference (MMX17) in Bryanston August 11-12, 2017.  Reporters and presenters from Mamelodi’s community radio station Mams FM and ...
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U.S. Embassy Welcomes New Consul General to Cape Town: Virginia Blaser

Media Advisory / August 11, 2017 The U.S. Mission to South Africa is pleased to announce the arrival of the new Consul General to lead the Consulate General in Cape Town. U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Jessica Lapenn welcomed Consul General Virginia Blaser to the country on August 6, 2017. “Consul General Blaser brings extensive experience ...
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U.S. Embassy Welcomes New Consul General to Johannesburg: Michael McCarthy

Media Advisory | August 4, 2017 The U.S. Mission to South Africa is pleased to welcome a new Consul General to lead the Consulate General in Johannesburg.  U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth McKay welcomed Consul General Michael McCarthy, who will usher in a new era of leadership for the U.S. Mission’s presence in Johannesburg.  “Our ...
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U.S. CONSULATE JOHANNESBURG Security Message for U.S. Citizens Demonstration in Sandton on Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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

Individuals applying for qualifying services will not have to make an in-person visit to their local consulate. Detailed instructions on who qualifies and how to apply by mail are given below. These expanded services are offered as part of the Mission’s continuing effort to offer the best and most efficient service to American citizens. DS-82 ...
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U.S. Defense Agencies Train S.A. Law Enforcement and Donate Equipment

The U.S. recently partnered with South African law enforcement officers to enhance capacity to respond to a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosive (CBRNE) incident. The U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s (DTRA) International Counterproliferation Program (ICP), in collaboration with the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and the U.S. Mission to South Africa, delivered the Hazardous ...
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Cape Town and Atlanta mayors work together to build inclusive global cities

Mayors Kasim Reed from Atlanta and Patricia de Lille from Cape Town met last week to build closer ties, explore opportunities to grow the two cities’ economies, and discuss best practices. U.S. Consul General to Cape Town, Teddy Taylor, hosted the two mayors at his residence and welcomed government, civil society, and business leaders to ...
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New Look and New Programs for America’s Historic Library in Soweto

On April 20, U.S. Consul General Christopher Rowan, of the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg, hosted a reception to officially re-open the Consulate’s Rosa Parks Library & Innovation Studio in Soweto following a nearly four-month refurbishment project. At the reception, the Consul General reflected on the library’s more than 40 years of impact on Soweto’s ...
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American Jazz Fills the Streets of Cape Town

The U.S. Consulate General Cape Town brought American musician Nat Adderley Jr. to kick off this year’s Jazz Appreciation Month by participating in a panel discussion “on “The Music Business ” at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF), conducting workshops with young musicians around the city, and performing in and around in Cape Town ...
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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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KwaZulu-Natal Youth Discuss Radio Industry Challenges

KZN youth discuss radio industry challenges DURBAN, JULY 28, 2016 – The National Community Radio Forum-KwaZulu Natal, in partnership with the U.S. Consulate in Durban, hosted the Youth in Media Annual Dialogue at Durban City Hall. About 120 youth from across the province of KwaZulu-Natal attended the event, including students from University of Zululand, Durban ...
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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 ...
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South Africa is Open for Business!

Michael Katz of ENSafrica (L-R), Consul General Christopher Rowan, Carol O’Brien of the American Chamber of Commerce, Frans Cronje of the South African Institute of Race Relations, and Shireen Chengadu of GIBS. Consul General Christopher Rowan hosted a group of Georgia State University executive MBA students Tuesday at the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg for ...
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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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Durban Consul General Previews New Health Initiative

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

“Farmers are farmers. They may not speak the same language… but they understand the passion why they are on the land. They understand that wonderful opportunity and responsibility of feeding other people.” It was with these words Deputy Secretary for Agriculture Krysta Harden addressed 500 members of the agriculture industry at the Produce Marketing Association ...
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Welcome Back, 2015 Mandela Washington Fellows!

Consul General Frances Chisholm hosted a luncheon for 2015‪ ‎Mandela Washington Fellows from the province of KwaZulu Natal on September 15. These dynamic young leaders recently completed an eight-week exchange visit to the United States under the auspices of President Obama’s ‪Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). The 2014 Fellows were also on hand to share their experiences ...
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Race, Ethnicity and Education

Students engaged Consul General Rowan on the issue of ethnicity and equality on a recent trip to Free State Province. He met with undergraduates at the University of the Free State Qwaqwa campus who participated in the First Generation (F1) student transformation program that took them to overseas institutions with similar experiences around tolerance and ...
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Saying No to Gender-Based Violence (GBV): KZN’s Opinion-Makers, Artists, and Community Leaders Get the Message Out

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

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

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

In partnership with Luthuli Museum , the U.S. Consulate hosted a July 22 screening of the documentary “A Ripple of Hope:  RFK in the Land of Apartheid” at the Catalina Theater on Durban’s scenic Wilson’s Wharf.  A large crowd including youth leaders, students, civil society members, municipal officials, historians, and business people turned out for the film, which was followed by a panel discussion with co-producer Professor ...
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Partners in Crime Fighting: U.S. and South Africa Tackle Poachers

At a July 1 ceremony in Durban’s Beachwood Nature Reserve, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife received more than four million Rand worth of anti-poaching equipment from the United States government. The donated equipment includes night-vision goggles, vehicle GPS systems, portable x-ray units, binoculars, cameras, two-way radios, and metal detectors.  This equipment will assist rangers in their daily ...
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KZN Apparel and Footwear Manufacturers Learn About Export Opportunities to the U.S.

KZN textile, apparel, and footwear companies, business leaders, and government officials attended an Export Seminar at the American Corner in Pietermaritzburg organized by U.S. Consulate General  Durban in coordination with the USAID Southern Africa Trade Hub. Consul General Frances Chisholm encouraged export-ready textile and footwear manufacturers to seize the opportunity to enter the U.S. market. ...
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Consul General Durban and Iqraa Trust’s Shared Interests

Consul General Chisholm visited  Iqraa Trust Chairman Dr. Mahmoud Youssef-Baker on May 25.  Dr. Baker briefed the Consul General on the Trust’s support for a wide range of projects in education and skills development, health care initiatives, and youth development. CG Chisholm noted the common interests of the U.S.  Government and the Iqraa Trust in promoting strong ...
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Students Welcome Consul General

Consul General, Frances Chisholm presented awards to winners of a poetry-writing contest for students, sponsored by the U.S. Consulate General Durban in partnership with the Luthuli Museum.  The contest arose out of a Black History Month commemorative event celebrated at the museum in February 2015. Addressing students during the awards ceremony, Consul General Chisholm encouraged ...
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Youth Entrepreneurship Dominates the 17th African Renaissance Conference 2015

The US Government seeks to partner with South Africa in expanding the quality and accessibility of higher education for all in South Africa. This was U.S. Consul General Frances Chisholm’s message to more than 300 delegates at the 17th African Renaissance Festival and Conference at Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban on May ...
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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 ...
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Young Female Leaders from KZN Take Off for the United States

Four enthusiastic students and one teacher from Inanda Seminary, a prominent KwaZulu-Natal girls’ secondary school, caught a March 27 flight to the United States to participate in the Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program.  This three-week exchange in the United States involves high school students and teachers from South Africa and a number of other African nations. ...
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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 ...
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Understanding Power Purchase Agreements

The availability of electricity is a hot topic these days. The Power Africa Initiative is a U.S. Government program under which we are working with governments and businesses across the continent to add more than 30,000 megawatts of cleaner, more efficient electricity generation capacity as well as adding 60 million new home and business connections ...
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“Separate Is Not Equal”

The exhibition brings forth the parallels between the South African Apartheid laws and the American Jim Crow laws and their psychological effects on the oppressed The longtime debate of whether separate facilities could truly be equal was the topic of conversation on March 18 at Mphabatho Cultural Museum in Moruleng.  Several members of the Bakgatla-ba-Kgafela ...
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KZN Private Sector Eyes U.S. Markets

The Durban Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI) and Garlicke & Bousfield Attorneys recently hosted the first in a series of international business dialogues for 2015. Guest speaker U.S. Consul General Frances Chisholm addressed the gathering and explained the numerous opportunities for KwaZulu-Natal businesses to expand their trade with the United States.  Please click the ...
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National Broadcaster Welcomes Consul General to Provincial Studios

Consul General Chisholm visited South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) regional offices and studios in Durban. She met with the Regional General Manager, Zamambo Mkhize and SABC regional management team to discuss media relations and explore opportunities for collaboration.  SABC KZN is the home of the most popular radio station in South Africa, UKhozi FM (with ...
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Our Trade and Investment Ties with African Nations

Trade and investment ties between African nations and the U.S. are the backbone of our bilateral relationships on the continent – but how do we make that backbone even stronger?  We share information about new and exciting opportunities, that’s how.  Last week, the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service joined the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce in hosting ...
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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 ...
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Lebone II Students Engage with Consul General Rowan Following Meeting with Kgosi Leruo Tshekedi Molotlegi

Making his official first trip to North West Province, Consul General Rowan met with Kgosi Leruo Tshekedi Molotlegi, the 36th kgosi (Tswana for “king”) , of the Royal Bafokeng Nation, to learn about his vision for the Nation’s future.  Following the meeting, Rowan visited a 10th grade history class.  History is an elective course at Lebone College, ...
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U.S. Consul General Rowan Attends Safer Cities Conference

Can innovative technology and private sector partnerships with local governments make cities safer? Absolutely! United States Consul General Chris Rowan recently spoke at the Motorola/3M Safer Cities, Secure Enterprises Africa 2015 Conference, which highlighted security challenges faced by private enterprises and public safety officials. The event showcased Motorola and 3M safer city technologies and solutions for local public ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Official Opening of the Rosa Parks Library Innovation Studio

Exciting skills development opportunity in Soweto!!  U.S. Consul General Christopher Rowan opened the “Innovation Studio” at our Rosa Parks Library in Soweto this week, launching a new project that will put valuable skills in the hands of young South Africans in Soweto – skills that can help them to build a brighter future for themselves ...
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Holiday Lunch for KZN Peace Corps Volunteers

On December 25, Consul General Frances Chisholm hosted a Christmas lunch for 14 Peace Corps volunteers serving in KwaZulu-Natal Province. These dedicated Americans have committed to working in South Africa’s education and public health sectors for two years.  Mingling with Consulate staff at the CG’s residence, the volunteers shared their experiences of living and working ...
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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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U.S. and S.A.: Partners Striving for an AIDS Free Generation

On December 1, Consul General Frances Chisholm joined provincial and district officials commemorating World AIDS Day 2014 at Ntambanana Municipality in the uThungulu District of KwaZulu-Natal. Expanding on the theme of “Zero Stigma and Discrimination,”participants took stock of past successes, assessed future challenges, and stressed the need to change social attitudes toward those living with ...
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Entrepreneurs of KwaZulu-Natal, Unite!

Fifty of KwaZulu-Natal’s young entrepreneurs gathered to share ideas on the heels of Global Entrepreneurship Week at the American Corner at Bessie Head Library in Pietermaritzburg on November 25, 2014. Consulate General Durban organized a panel of entrepreneurs from a range of sectors, including Mandela Washington Fellow Creesen Naicker and  NGO FinFind ’s Chief Executive Officer Darlene Menzies.   Naicker ...
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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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Enhanced English Skills Open Doors for Kwazulu-Natal Students

On November 21, Consul General Frances Chisholm presented certificates to 19 grade ten students from Zwelibanzi High School in Umlazi who successfully completed the English Access Micro Scholarship Program (ACCESS) . ACCESS is a two-year program funded by the U.S. Government.  The ACCESS program at Zwelibanzi began in 2013 and was administered by “Talk English,” a Durban-based non-profit organization.   World-wide, the ...
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Alumni Connect in the City of Roses

On Thursday, November 6th, Free State province-based alumni of U.S. government exchange programs gathered in Bloemfontein to expand their networks, reconnect with the U.S. Embassy, and gain insights into the range of alumni-specific resources available to them. Bloemfontein, poetically known as the city of roses due to the abundance of these flowers and an annual ...
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CG Chisholm Promotes Economic Expansion, U.S.-South Africa Business Ties

U.S. Consul General France Chisholm and Political-Economic Officer Suzanne Yountchi addressed the African Economic Expansion Summit (AEES) at Durban’s International Conference Center on November 11, 2014. The U.S.-based Rainbow Push Initiative and the South African and KwaZulu-Natal governments sponsored the summit, whose goal was to stimulate economic growth and infrastructure development by encouraging investment across a range of sectors. ...
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Siyakwamukela! KwaZulu’s New Consul General Hosts Welcome Reception

Recently arrived U.S. Consul General Frances Chisholm hosted representatives of the provincial and municipal governments, civil society contacts, media, members of the diplomatic corps, and other dignitaries at her Durban North residence on November 4.  More than eighty guests mingled, enjoyed music by a jazz duo, and listened to remarks by the Consul General, eThekiwini ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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New American Corner Opens in Westonaria

On Tuesday, October 14th, the Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Consulate in Johannesburg, in partnership with the Westonaria Local Municipality, opened a new American Corner in the Westonaria Public Library. Consul General Christopher Rowan and the Executive Mayor of Westonaria, Cllr. Nonkoliso Tundzi, jointly cut a ribbon to officially declare this new American Space, ...
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International Youth Gathering Rocks KwaZulu-Natal to Save the Rhino

One hundred and forty young leaders from South Africa, the United States, Vietnam, and 17 other countries came together for the inaugural World Youth Rhino Summit from September 21-23, 2014 at the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve in KwaZulu Natal.  Youth delegates discussed the current rhino poaching crisis with conservation leaders, and developed their own agenda  to ...
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Three Days of Diplomacy

As part of a Life Orientation school project, Ayanda Ngobeni, a Grade 11 student at Redhill School, spent three days recently in a Job Shadow with Assistant Public Affairs Officer Jared Yancey. This ambitious young lady is seriously considering diplomacy as a future career. Since job shadowing provides a firsthand experience on what a specific ...
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NBA’s Basketball Without Borders Program Makes Landfall in South Africa

On Monday, August 4, the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg, through our Sports Envoy Program, partnered with the Mogale City Sports Development Office to organize a mentoring session and basketball clinic for 100 students from Kagiso-Lusaka Township. Former WNBA players Kelley Cain and Clarisse Machanguana, and NBA representatives Neal Meyer and Kornelia Semmelink conducted clinics ...
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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 ...
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“The Stars of American Ballet” Appear on the South African Stage

For the first time in over 30 years, a team of American ballet stars brought their unique brand of classical ballet brilliance to the South African stage with The Stars of American Balletpresented by ballet entrepreneur Dirk Badenhorst. Consul General Miller delivered welcoming remarks for opening night of the 5-performance run at the Teatro at ...
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Solar and Renewables Networking Event at the U.S. Consulate General, Johannesburg

The United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) hosted a Solar / Renewables Discussion and Networking Event at the U.S.-Africa Clean Energy Development and Finance Center at the U.S. Consulate Johannesburg on June 6th, on the occasion of the visit of USTDA’s Director to South Africa, Leocadia Zak. Consul General Earl Miller opened the program, which ...
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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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Doing Business in Africa

U.S. Consul General in Johannesburg Earl Miller and Director of the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service Larry Farris joined American agribusiness representatives recently at the annual NAMPO Harvest Day Exhibition in Bothaville, Free State.  Since 2010, the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service (USFCS) has organized a USA Pavilion at NAMPO, the biggest annual agricultural machinery show in ...
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WIFI and Internet Upgrade at our American Corner, Bessie Head Library, Msunduzi Municipality

Greatly improved access to online information for library patrons On May 27, the Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) from the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria, Virginia E. Palmer unveiled the new WIFI services at the American Corner, situated in the Bessie Head Library in Pietermaritzburg. The Wifi Project was funded through the U.S. State Department. Dignitaries ...
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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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Consul General Miller Visits with Transnet Teenage Health Program in North West

Young girls in rural communities can face unique challenges – battling to maintain their self-esteem and dignity should not be one of them.  In some areas of South Africa, recent research suggests up to 30% of girls do not attend school during menstruation because sanitary pads are simply too expensive compared to other household needs. ...
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South African Premiere of The Forgotten Kingdom

“Powerful … a lyrical and beautifully told story … stunning mountain scenery and absolutely authentic Basotho characters … the first movie I have seen that does not depict poverty in a negative way.” These were some of the comments from guests at the April 9 premiere of “The Forgotten Kingdom,” a film shot in South ...
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Nelson Mandela International Day Launched

“Free yourself. Free others. Serve everybody.” This quote epitomizes the legacy of Nelson Mandela, and it was voiced time and again at the Nelson Mandela International Day launch event held yesterday at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Johannesburg. Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe offered keynote remarks along with Nelson Mandela Foundation Chairman Njabulo Ndebele, ...
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The Opportunities and Challenges of Doing Business in South Africa

On March 27, Consul General Miller gave an overview of the opportunities and challenges of doing business in South Africa at a meeting of the Africa Regional Council (ARC) at Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, Illinois. The ARC promotes the safety and security of U.S. businesses, academic institutions, and non-governmental, faith-based or other ...
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KwaZulu-Natal Celebrates 2014 World Wildlife Day

The U.S. Consulate General Durban in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) started its celebration of World Wildlife Day on February 11 by hosting a roundtable discussion on wildlife trafficking in for visiting Director of Southern African Affairs Ms. Christine Elder. Members of the KZN NGO community, Ezemvelo Wildlife KZN, KZN Wildlife Crime Working group, and Project Rhino KZN ...
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African-American History Month

On February 27, Consul General Earl Miller hosted a reception to mark the end of African-American History Month. The trailer of “Standing on my Sisters’ Shoulders”, Laura Lipson’s moving and award winning documentary on the contributions of unsung women heroes of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi during the 1950s and 1960s was screened to ...
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Consul General Miller Attends Launch of Photographs in Black and White

Consul General Miller attended the launch of the U.S. State Department sponsored exhibition, Photographs in Black and White: Margaret Bourke-White and the Dawn of Apartheid in South Africa, at the Bensusan Museum of Photography, Museum Africa, in Newtown, on January 11.  The exhibition is curated by Alex Lichtenstein, Associate Professor of History at Indiana University. ...
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