U.S. Senators Promote Partnerships with South Africa

A bipartisan delegation of United States Senators visited South Africa from April 4 – 6, 2018 on a visit to strengthen ties between the American and South African people.   Led by Senator Christopher Coons of Delaware, the delegation sought to increase partnerships and enhance trade and investment opportunities which can lead to greater prosperity for both of our countries. The delegation included Senator Jeff ...
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Signing of Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Projects (REIPPP) Agreements

Congratulations, South Africa!  We were thrilled to be at today’s signing of renewable energy independent power producer project (REIPPP) agreements, which will result in R55.92 billion in new investments in the energy sector (including foreign direct investment from U.S. companies!), create nearly 60,000 new jobs, and generate 2300 megawatts of energy.  Chargé d’Affaires Jessye Lapenn ...
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American Investors to South African Business Leaders: “Let’s do Business”

The second annual meeting of the U.S. Mobilizing Institutional Investors to Develop Africa’s Infrastructure (MiDA) delegation met with South African asset managers, financial institutions, and African pension fund representatives to build further partnerships and find co-investment opportunities in Johannesburg and Cape Town March 5-9, 2018.  Formed in 2016, MiDA is a partnership between the U.S. ...
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U.S. Embassy Supports South African Wildlife Crime Investigations through Donation of Forensic Trailer Units

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the donation of three forensic trailers to support provincial law enforcement officials to investigate wildlife crime scenes. The trailers were handed over to representatives of the Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, and KwaZulu-Natal authorities at a ceremony co-hosted with the non-governmental organization TRAFFIC on February 20, 2018, at the ...
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Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Rosenblum in Durban to Represent the U.S. at IORA Council of Ministers Meeting

DURBAN, October 19, 2017 Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Rosenblum is in Durban this week to represent the United States at the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Council of Ministers meeting.  While here, he will be meeting with a number of the delegates representing the 21 IORA member states and seven dialogue partners. Topics will include maritime ...
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U.S. Embassy Pretoria Launches 2018 YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship

Media Advisory | September 12, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria will open the four-week application period for the 2018 YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship on September 13, 2017 and invites all interested candidates in South Africa to apply for this professional development program. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the Young African ...
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U.S. Company Breaks New Ground in SA

Last Thursday, US manufacturer of construction and mining equipment Caterpillar opened their new international parts distribution centre in in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni. The centre is the only one located in Africa.
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Outgoing Economic Counselor Sees Big ‘Untapped’ US-SA Economic Potential

Terence Creamer | Engineering News | August 29, 2017 The US Embassy’s outgoing Economic Counselor, Laird Treiber, says there has been a steady stream of American investment into South Africa during his three-year tour and that, notwithstanding the current hiatus in investment activity, economic relations are poised to expand again, owing to the strongly complementary profiles of the two economies. In an interview with Engineering News Online ahead of his departure in ...
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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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Readout of the President’s Call with President Jacob Zuma of South Africa

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release February 15, 2017 Readout of the President’s Call with President Jacob Zuma of South Africa President Donald J. Trump spoke this week with President Jacob Zuma of South Africa to discuss ways to expand cooperation and trade between the United States and South Africa.  President Trump ...
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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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Joint Statement: 7th South Africa – United States Annual Bilateral Forum

JOINT STATEMENT 7th SOUTH AFRICA – UNITED STATES ANNUAL BILATERAL FORUM 28 SEPTEMBER 2016 The Department of International Cooperation and Relations hosted the United States Mission in Pretoria for the 7th Annual Bilateral Forum (ABF), on 28 September 2016. The Forum was co-chaired by the Chief Director: North America and Regional Organisations, Ambassador Peter Goosen ...
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The Launch of the Ford Everest in South Africa

Henry Ford:  “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” Today, at Ford South Africa, we celebrated another success in the U.S.-South African relationship.  Ambassador Gaspard joined Ford leadership and the Minister for Department of Trade and Industry Rob Davies for the unveiling of the new Ford Everest. Not only does this ...
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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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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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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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Statement from U.S. Embassy Pretoria regarding President Obama’s January 11, 2016 Proclamation on AGOA

Media Advisory | Tuesday, January 12, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE On January 11, 2016, President Obama signed a proclamation regarding the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), requiring the entry of U.S. poultry into South Africa before March 15, 2016.  This proclamation does not immediately suspend AGOA trade benefits for South Africa.  As has been reported ...
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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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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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“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 ...
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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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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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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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US Ambassador acknowledges great achievements and growth potential in South Africa

Pictured (from left to right): John Cameron (Operations Manager, Ford Struandale Engine Plant), US Ambassador Patrick Gaspard and Johan Henning (Production Manager) My PE: Community News from Port Elizabeth | by Alan Straton US Ambassador to South Africa, Patrick Gaspard, visited the Ford Struandale Engine Plant last week with the focus on gaining a broader ...
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