Helping Those Who Assist Survivors of Sexual Abuse

Helping Those Who Assist Survivors of Sexual Abuse

Helping Those Who Assist Survivors of Sexual Abuse December 20, 2016 On the heels of the global “16 Days” of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, the U.S. Consulate in Durban hosted a workshop at City Hall on December 14 for more than 50 social workers, counselors, law enforcement officers, and other professionals who deal with child survivors of sexual abuse

KwaZulu-Natal Farmer Mentors Youth

Mzwandile Duma was one of the first KwaZulu-Natal youth to take part in the Future Farmers Foundation project to gain knowledge and practical experience about farming in the United States. Duma joined the program straight from high school, when he was 19 years old. ‪‎Future Farmers Foundation is a small but dedicated foundation that provides platforms from which young men and women

U.S. Economist Gets up in KZN’s Business

U.S. Economist Gets up in KZN’s Business – In a Good Way!

Under the auspices of the U.S. State Department’s visiting speakers’ program, economic and trade expert Anthony Carroll addressed KZN audiences at business chambers, universities, and private-enterprise associations on the benefits of free trade and the future of U.S.-SA economic relations. Mr. Carroll is a senior associate with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Africa Program; he is a

KZN youth discuss radio industry challenges

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 University of Technology (DUT), Creative Arts

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Durban Central Business District (July 18, 2016)

Demonstrations in Durban Central Business District Security Message for U.S. Citizens July 18, 2016 The United States Consulate General in Durban wishes to inform U.S. citizens that a demonstration is scheduled to take place in the Durban Central Business District today, July 18, 2016.  The demonstration will be held by Treatment Action Campaign and +Section 27 to bring awareness to AIDS and

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Demonstration Activity in Durban Central Business District on July 13, 2016

Planned Demonstration Activity in Durban Central Business District on July 13, 2016 A demonstration will take place in the Durban Central Business District today, Wednesday, July 13, 2016.  The demonstrators are street venders.  The march is scheduled to start at 10:00 in Botha’s Garden.  The demonstrators will march down Dr. Pixley KaSeme Street to present a petition at City Hall. 

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Demonstration Activity in Durban Metro Area Expected to Continue – June 7, 2016

Demonstration Activity in Durban Metro Area Expected to Continue – June 7, 2016 The June 6th demonstration and protest activities that disrupted traffic on major thoroughfares in the Durban metro area are expected to continue at least through tomorrow, June 7th. The timing, extent, and location of these demonstrations is unknown, but significant traffic disruptions can be expected. Even demonstrations

Community Grants Recipient Helps Young Girls Make Healthy Choices

To mark the UN International Day of the Girl in October, Consul General Frances Chisholm visited female students at uMkhumbane Secondary School in Chesterville. More than fifty girls are part of a peer educator program supported by U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Community Grants recipient Hope2Educate. This organization works to reduce the number of young teens engaged in sexual

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Promoting Healthy Choices and Lifestyles

U.S. Consul General Frances Chisholm joined KwaZulu-Natal‘s Member of the Executive Council for Health, Dr. Sbongiseni Dhlomo and Dr. Albertina Luthuli to participate in the ‪Rotary Family Health Day Campaign at the‪‎ Luthuli Museum in Groutville on October 7. The community received free‪ ‎TB screening, testing and counselling for HIV, vitamin A supplements, and healthy lifestyle information. The program also provided immunizations, as well as testing for

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Promoting Women’s Role in Media

To close out Women’s Month, the “GeneratioNEXT” youth group hosted a “Women in Media” seminar at U.S. Consulate Durban on August 27.  Over forty young community media practitioners and media students from Durban University of Technology and Creative Art College attended this interactive and inspiring overview of the challenges and opportunities for female media practitioners. Fulbright alumna Maud Blose from

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The Pietermaritzburg American Corner Brings Science Closer to Students

One hundred secondary students from Pietermaritzburg and the surrounding townships attended a two-day science program hosted by the Bessie Head Library’s American Corner in partnership with the ‪‎KZN Science Center. Students were fascinated by educational videos projected on the inside of a mobile planetarium with a state-of-the-art 3D digital dome. One of the videos explored the solar system and planets,

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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

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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 and numeracy in the lower

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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 longstanding U.S. partnership with the

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Planned Demonstration in Durban Central Business District

The U.S. Consulate General in Durban informs U.S. citizens of a demonstration planned for August 21, 2015 in Durban’s central business district. A group, Silent Protest Durban 2015, is planning to march to raise awareness of gender-based violence. The organizers expect several hundred people to attend. The march will start at the DUT city campus and will end at City

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“GeneratioNEXT” Promotes Opportunities for Local Youth

Consulate Durban’s “GeneratioNEXT” youth leaders hosted a July 11 Career Expo at KwaMashu Township, north of Durban.  The event brought young people face-to-face with NGOs, businesses, and educational institutions in KwaZulu-Natal. Exhibitors included the University of KwaZulu- Natal, the South African Department of Labor, Activate Changer Drivers, and KZN Youth Empowerment Project. The U.S. Consulate’s Public Affairs Section also hosted

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KZN Emerging Entrepreneurs Get Financially Smart

Fifty of KwaZulu Natal’s emerging entrepreneurs participated in a financial literacy workshop as part of National Savings Month, at the U.S. Consulate in Durban on July 30. The workshop also aimed to promote the development of small and medium enterprises. Acting Regional Head for Enterprise Development at ABSA Bank, Lefentse Ledwaba- Chapman, and Community Grants Coordinator at the U.S. Consulate, Natacha

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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

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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 patrols and aid in investigations

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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.  With the U.S. ranking tops

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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 health systems, investing in

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YALI Alumna Hosts Motion Career Expo

The KwaZulu-Natal Science Centre is partnering with M-Net to host M-Net’s Magic in Motion Career Expo in Durban on August 18-21.  The career exhibition will target grade 11 pupils to develop local talent in the film and television industry.  The Centre’s CEO Candice Potgieter is a 2014 Mandela Washington Fellow and Young African Leaders Initiative alumna. After she returned from

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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 students to seize exciting opportunities

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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 26.  In a session on

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Demonstration on May 8 in Durban Central Business District

U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration is expected to take place in the Durban Central Business District on Friday, May 8.  Protestors are expected to begin marching at approximately 11:00am from Botha’s Garden and proceed to City Hallto demonstrate against “The Colonization of Public Spaces.”  The march

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Planned Demonstration in Durban Central Business District – April 16, 2015

This message is issued to inform U.S. citizens to a demonstration planned for April 16 in Durban’s central business district. The planned demonstration is to protest against xenophobia. Marchers will gather at Currie’s Fountain at 10:00 a.m. and proceed to City Hall where they will hold a rally. Several thousand marchers are expected. The U.S. Consulate’s Regional Security Office has

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Planned Demonstration in Durban Central Business District

U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa This message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens to a demonstration planned for April 8 in Durban’s central business district. The South African Police Service (SAPS) has confirmed that there will be a protest march on April 8, 2015.  The protest is against xenophobia. Marchers will gather at Botha’s Gardens at approximately 9:00

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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. During the exchange, participants will

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Armed Robberies of Visitors to Durban’s Japanese Gardens

This message is being issued to inform U.S. citizens of numerous armed robberies that have taken place in Durban’s Japanese Gardens. Since March 2014, 13 armed robberies have been reported in the Japanese Gardens. In each case, visitors were held up at knife point and robbed. At least two victims were stabbed. A spokesperson for the Durban North South African

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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 which was attended by National

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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 link for the full story

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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 more 7.8 million listeners). General

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Planned Demonstration in Durban CBD

This message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens to a demonstration planned for March 6 in Durban’s central business district. There is a planned march by ANC KZN in support of Palestine. The march is planned to start outside the Grey Street Mosque, proceed down Yusuf Dadoo, cross over Dr. Ab Xuma, Monty Naicker, turn left into Dr. Pikley

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KZN Learners Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy

Fifty motivated high school learners from schools around the city of Durban packed the Information Resource Centre at U.S. Consulate Durban to watch a documentary on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as part of Black History Month commemorations on February 26 The film “Great Hearts of Courage: Martin Luther King Jr.” inspired pupils to participate in a questions and answers

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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 in their host communities. Launched

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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

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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 which rendered services to children

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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 HIV/AIDS. “The generous financial support

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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 is a

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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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Planned Demonstration in Durban

Messages for U.S. Citizens U.S. CONSULATE GENERAL, DURBAN SECURITY MESSAGE FOR U.S. CITIZENS: Planned Demonstration This message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens to a demonstration planned for November 21 in Durban’s central business district. There is a planned protest march by COSATU (Congress for South African Trade Unions) on Friday, November 21st.  The march is scheduled to last

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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. Attendees

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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 Municipality Speaker Logie Naidoo, and

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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 the Cato Manor Library in

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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 stop the burgeoning international wildlife

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KwaZulu-Natal University Launches LGBTI Curriculum

The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) has launched a curriculum development project supported by a grant from the U.S. government On May 30, 2014 the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) launched a curriculum development project supported by a grant from the U.S. government. The U.S. Consulate in KZN has had the privilege of being a long time partner of UKZN and other

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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 who attended the event included

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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 front of rhino conservation in

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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 discussed their concerns regarding the

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