29 South Africans Receive Fulbright Scholarships to Study in United States

Twenty-nine South African students and scholars have received fully-funded Fulbright scholarships to conduct research and complete postgraduate studies at U.S. academic institutions. The world-renowned Department of State-funded Fulbright Program provides scholarships to university graduates seeking a Master’s or Doctoral degree in nearly any field of study at a university in the U.S.  Thirteen South Africans ...
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Young Africans Collaborating, Innovating and Realizing Mandela’s Legacy

Media Release June 12, 2018 IREX: Jackie Jena, Partnerships Manager: jjena@irex.org USAID Southern Africa:  Tebogo Sepeng, Communications Specialist: tsepeng@usaid.gov (JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA) – More than 400 emerging African leaders met in Johannesburg, South Africa for the U.S. government’s Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Conference, June 12 – 13, 2018. In previous years, the fellowship program hosted regional conferences ...
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Forty-Six South African Mandela Washington Fellows Head To The United States

Forty-six young South Africans will travel to the United States to participate in the Mandela Washington Fellowship, which aims to enhance leadership skills, bolster entrepreneurship, and connect young leaders from across Africa with the American people, and with each another. During their six-week visit, 28 U.S. universities will host 700 Fellows from sub-Saharan Africa for ...
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Peace Corps South Africa Welcomes New Volunteers

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

The United States Mission to South Africa and its Regional English Language Office hosted world-renowned American Arts Integration and English Language Specialist Karen Konnerth for a series of puppet performances for primary and high school students in Pretoria and Durban.  She also held workshops for teachers in Polokwane, Lyndhurst, and Benoni. Konnerth is a visual ...
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U.S. Embassy Transports Students To Wakanda

As part of a response to the #BlackPantherChallenge, an ongoing campaign to take young people to watch the inspirational Black Panther superhero film in cinema, the U.S. Mission to South Africa hosted 120 young leaders to watch a special screening of Black Panther at Brooklyn Mall on Human Rights Day, March 21. Young leaders from ...
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Investing in Children’s Future: Mzamowethu Combined School Celebrates School Expansion Project

Learners at Mzamowethu Combined School outside of East London, Eastern Cape, are now enjoying the addition of several new classroom buildings, thanks to the U.S. Mission’s Office of Defense Cooperation. Through AFRICOM’s Humanitarian Assistance funds, and working together with the South African Ministry of Basic Education, the Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) has expanded and ...
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INTERESTED IN STUDYING IN THE UNITED STATES? APPLY FOR THE FULBRIGHT FOREIGN STUDENT PROGRAM

The U.S. Mission to South Africa is pleased to announce the application period is now open for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program for 2019-2020.  This world-renowned program offers scholarships that cover up to the full cost of tuition and living expenses in the United States for South African students interested in pursuing a Master’s or ...
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Making Science Fun

Ga-Rankuwa Voice | Words: Ofentse Mathibe;  Images: Susanna Smith | October 31, 2017 The United States Embassy in conjunction with Leap Science and Maths School in Ga-Rankuwa Zone 5 held a Science Lesson session, encouraging learners to be part of this amazing field of study, on 17 October. The U.S Mission is partnering with South African organisations ...
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US Volunteers Give Back and in Turn Learn the Practice of Ubuntu

Daily Maverick | Orateng Lepodise | September 26, 2017 Giving back is a reward. Nobody knows this better than the United States Peace Corps, which hosted a swearing-in ceremony for 40 new South African volunteers on Friday. The Peace Corps is working at improving education and health conditions and capacity in South Africa. On Friday, the Peace Corps hosted a swearing in ceremony in ...
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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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Call for Entries for 3D Design Challenge in Soweto

Media Advisory | September 6, 2017 The U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg invites young innovators, entrepreneurs and creatives to submit entries for the Rosa Parks Library & Innovation Studio 3D Design Challenge, which started September 1, 2017. The competition challenges entrants to design a household water-saving solution using 3D technology and use the 3D printers at ...
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U.S. Partners With SA Health Department

Over 866 nursing graduates have benefited from high quality training through the Nursing Education Partnership Initiative (NEPI) between the governments of South Africa and U.S. Durban | August 25, 2017: U.S. Embassy South Africa Health Attaché Steve Smith officially handed over the #NEPI program to South Africa’s National Department of Health at Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital ...
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Reconnecting with Fulbright Alumni

Lots of laughter, stories of U.S. adventures, and memories from being a Fulbrighter were exchanged at a recent reception where the Embassy hosted  The Fulbright Program  alumni affiliated to the  University of Pretoria . Our Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, Elizabeth McKay, enjoyed the opportunity to meet alumni who are making their mark on academia in South Africa. “Even after two ...
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So You Want to Study in America? EducationUSA is Here to Help!

Media Advisory | July 28, 2017 “I always knew I wanted to study in America, but I was directionless as to how and when to apply.  Working with EducationUSA helped me to submit good applications, on time.  Without the help of EducationUSA, I am sure I would not have gotten in!”  This is how Jayna ...
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South African Students and Scholars Join Fulbright: the U.S. Government’s Flagship International Exchange Program

Media Advisory June 23, 2013 Microbiology, mathematics, biochemistry, international affairs, astronomy, ethnomusicology….  These are just some of the many disciplines pursued by South Africans in the 2017 Fulbright Students and Scholars cohort.  The U.S. Embassy’s Fulbright office hosted the 2017 class of students and scholars for a pre-departure orientation on June 23 in Sandton, as ...
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U.S. Mission South Africa Hosts American Film Showcase Filmmakers for Encounters Documentary Festival and Film Premier

Media Advisory | June 1, 2017 The U.S. Mission to South Africa is pleased to announce the visit of Emmy-nominated film producer Carolyn Hepburn and social innovation strategist Lina Srivastava May 31 – June 10, 2017.  The filmmakers are participants in the U.S. Department of State’s American Film Showcase, which facilitates “film diplomacy” by funding ...
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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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TechWomen Applications Are Open

Empowering the Next Generation of Women leaders in Technology The 2017 TechWomen application is now open through January 17, 2017. Semifinalists will be contacted via email in/around March 2017. Final decisions will be made no later than early May 2017. All applicants will be notified of the results of their application. TechWomen empowers the next ...
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U.S. Consul General Rowan Celebrates Renovations to Mapeloana Secondary School in Limpopo

 U.S. Consul General Rowan Celebrates Renovations to  Mapeloana Secondary School in Limpopo Media Advisory: | November 29, 2016 U.S. Consul General in Johannesburg, Christopher Rowan, delivered remarks on November 29, 2016 at the Mapeloana Secondary School in Limpopo during a ribbon cutting ceremony marking the completion of the school’s renovation. Funding for the renovations was ...
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Only Two Weeks Left to Apply for the 2017 YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship

Media Advisory October 12, 2016 There are only two weeks left to apply for the 2017 YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship and the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria invites all interested candidates in South Africa to apply for this professional development program created by President Barack Obama. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of President ...
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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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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 ...
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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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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Offers Training to South African Airport Staff

From February 22- 26, 2016, the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) offered a week long training on the Carrier Liaison Training program at OR Tambo International Airport. The training participants were staff from BidAir and Swissport. The training course presents document analysis techniques and characteristics common to security and travel documents such as ...
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Assistant Secretary Marcus Jadotte Builds Bridges Between U.S. And South African Universities

Media Advisory March 8, 2016 U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Analysis Marcus Jadotte opened the Career Indaba Education Fair on March 7, 2016, at the Sandton Convention Center.  More than 16,000 South African students registered to participate in the fair. Assistant Secretary Jadotte is leading a delegation of 25 U.S. college and ...
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Call for Proposals: U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation

The U.S. Mission to South Africa is calling for proposals for projects to preserve cultural heritage. Intentions to submit a proposal are accepted until December 10, 2015.  Shortlisted institutions will be invited to submit final and complete proposals by January 15, 2016.   The U.S. Embassy South Africa and the Cultural Heritage Center of the ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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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“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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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 ...
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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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An American Rapper Rhymes Her Way Through the Eastern Cape

Dessa — a rapper, singer and wordsmith from Minneapolis, Minnesota— touched down in Port Elizabeth, South Africa on May 11, 2015 to spend a week teaching and performing in communities in the Eastern Cape.  She gave writing workshops to high school students, held discussions with emerging creatives about making a living as an artist, and engaged on issues around ...
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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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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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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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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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Beating Back Gangs – Ambassador Gaspard Visits Red River Primary School in Manenberg

When Ambassador Patrick Gaspard met the students at Manenberg’s Red River Primary School he Tweeted the picture above and wrote, “These girls are beating back gangs.  Dreamkeepers.”  Through their involvement with community-based groups like Rock Girls, the young learners of Red River are overcoming the odds and inspiring their peers to excel.  The U.S. Mission ...
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Against All Odds to Become a Fulbright Scholar

Born during the height of apartheid in South Africa, when educational opportunities for the majority where few, Dr. Venicia McGhie was forced to drop out of school at Grade 10 and work as a domestic to support herself and her siblings after her parents’ passing.  Dr. McGhie, however, knew that the setback was temporary and ...
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Mokae Latest Distinguished South African at Prestigious Iowa Writing Program

Nic Mhlongo… Kgebetli Moele…Pieter-Dirk Uy… James Matthews—some of South Africa’s most acclaimed writers have participated in the University of Iowa’s renowned International Writing Program.  Award-winning author Sabata-mpho Mokae becomes the latest to inscribe his name in the rolls, as he joins 28 writers from around the world in the 2014 program. The ten-week residency in ...
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Cape Peninsula University of Technology Student Awarded Global Exchange Program in U.S.

Sebudisi Mafabatho, a third-year Industrial Engineering student at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), is heading to the United States of America to begin a year-long undergraduate exchange program at Northwest College in Wyoming. The Near East, South Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa Undergraduate Exchange Program (NESA Global UGrad) is a scholarship program sponsored by ...
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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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