SA Entrepreneurs Win With Desert Start-Up Bootcamp

CONGRATULATIONS to our two recipients of awards for this year’s Desert Start-Up Bootcamp (DSBC) entrepreneurship program! After 11 intensive weeks, participants came together for a final Pitch Night where they presented their businesses to panelists and investors. Seed capital awards of R25,000 were made to Xolela Jara of KAPP Delivery and Barabara Ayissi of Puzzle …

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It’s all about trade and investment — Trump’s ambassador to South Africa, Lana Marks

Interview Ambassador-designate Lana Marks Daily Maverick (Peter Fabricius) November 14, 2019 America’s new ambassador to South Africa, Lana Marks, has ‘hit the ground running’. She has to, really. The East London-born businesswoman and Florida friend of US President Donald Trump has just arrived at her post in Pretoria. barely one year before he ends his …

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Unlocking the Potential of U.S. Investment in South Africa and Across the Continent

Remarks Ambassador Lana Marks Tuesday, November 12, 2019 Consul General Johannesburg Residence  Good evening, friends, colleagues, investors and businesswomen — and businessmen! — from the United States and from all across Africa. It is truly a pleasure to welcome everyone here this evening. Thank you, Consul General McCarthy, for opening your home to me. And how wonderful that …

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United States’ Unwavering Commitment to South Africa: Ambassador-designate Marks (Press Availability)

Remarks Ambassador Lana Marks Wednesday, November 13, 2019 Consulate General Johannesburg  Good afternoon, and thank you all for joining me here today on what is, in effect, my first day in the office.  After flying in over the weekend and spending the last two days at the African Investment Forum, I arrived at the U.S. …

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The US and South Africa are Stronger Together

News 24 Guest Column November 13, 2019 As the senior US diplomat in South Africa, and as a determined businesswoman myself, I will especially strive to help more women to achieve their professional goals, including reaching senior levels of management, writes Lana Marks. As a young girl growing up in East London, and as a …

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Prosper Africa: Trade and investment between US & SA- Remarks by DCM Young & CG Blaser

Remarks (As Prepared) AmCham Prosper Africa Breakfast One & Only Hotel, Cape Town Wednesday, September 4, 2019 Deputy Chief of Mission David Young Thank you for the introduction and it is a pleasure to be with you today.  Although I have only recently arrived in South Africa, I have heard a lot about the economic …

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Empowering South Africa’s Businesswomen

Academy of Women Entrepreneurs begins in Pretoria The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria, together with implementing partner DreamGirls Academy, launched the Academy of Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) this week in Pretoria at the American Corner as part of its Women’s Month programming. AWE supports the White House-led Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) initiative, which is designed …

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Assistant Secretary Nagy Travels to Eastern and Southern Africa

Media Note Department of State Office of the Spokesperson June10, 2019 Washington, DC Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Tibor Nagy will travel to Sudan, Ethiopia, Mozambique, and South Africa from June 12-23, 2019.  In Sudan, he will meet with members of the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) and the Transitional Military Council.  He will …

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A Game-Changing Partnership to Support Small and Medium Sized Businesses

On Tuesday, Charge d’Affaires Jessye Lapenn celebrated the launch of the USAID Kingson Capital Development Credit Authority loan portfolio guarantee agreement. Jacko Maree, Special Envoy on Investment to President Ramaphosa, and KZN MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Sihle Zikalala also attended the Durban signing ceremony. The USAID DCA $10 million guarantee with …

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U.S. Investors Seek Co-Investment Opportunities in South Africa

Press Release | April 05, 2019 A delegation of American investors visited Johannesburg, April 4-5, to explore co-investment opportunities across sectors and to strengthen relationships with African pension funds, asset managers, and financial institutions for potential partnerships and co-investments. The delegation, known as the National Association of Securities Professionals (NASP), partnered with the U.S. Agency …

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Deputy Secretary Sullivan Travels to South Africa

Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan traveled to South Africa from March 13 to 16, 2019. His visit focused on promoting U.S. trade and investment, as well as advancing peace and security, including with respect to the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. Throughout the trip, the Deputy Secretary affirmed the United States’ longstanding and wide-ranging …

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U.S. Supports Increased Commodities Trade in Africa

USAID | Press Release | 11-07-2018 (Johannesburg) The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for Africa Ramsey Day delivered opening remarks at the Africa Investment Forum (AIF) November 7, 2018 Investing in Commodities Exchanges panel in Johannesburg, South Africa. The panel sought to increase the understanding of the benefits of …

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Power Africa Launches “Transmission Roadmap to 2030: A Practical Approach to Unlocking Electricity Trade”

Power Africa | Press Release |  11-07-2018 Power Africa, the U.S. government-led initiative coordinated by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to double electricity access in sub-Saharan Africa, launched its newest publication, the “Transmission Roadmap to 2030: A Practical Approach to Unlocking Electricity Trade” at the African Investment Forum on Wednesday, November 7.  The Roadmap …

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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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Source Africa Trade Show Promotes African Apparel and Intra-regional Trade

News Release June 20, 2018 (Cape Town) The sixth annual Source Africa Textile and Apparel Show opened at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, showcasing the continent’s creativity, fashion sense, and business opportunities. The June 20 – 21 event features 140 exhibitions by textile, shoe and clothing producers, suppliers and service providers from across Africa. …

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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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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 …

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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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