Peace Corps Volunteers Sworn into Service of SA’s Rural Communities

Peace Corps Volunteers Sworn into Service of SA’s Rural Communities Pretoria, Monday, September 12, 2016 – Peace Corps South Africa hosted the swearing in ceremony of ‘SA 34’, the 34th contingent of trainees to serve in South Africa as Peace Corps Volunteers since 1997. The group of 36 arrived in the country on July 8 and underwent intense pre-service training

Ambassador Patrick Gaspard and South African Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi at the DREAMS launch, November 2015

#AIDS2016: 16 years on, many gains have been made

IOL | SPECIAL FEATURE | 15 Jul ’16, 2:16pm Aaron Motsoaledi and Patrick Gaspard #AIDS2016: 16 years on, many gains have been made When the International Aids Conference opened in Durban 16 years ago, the challenge seemed insurmountable. Scientists were projecting that half of South Africa’s young people would die of Aids. At the closing of the conference, President Nelson

U.S. Ambassador to South Africa, Patrick Gaspard, hosted a reception at his residence in Pretoria on June 30 to commemorate the 240th anniversary of America’s adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

A Taste of Miami in South Africa: Ambassador Gaspard Celebrates American Independence Day at Reception Honoring the City of Miami

Press Release July 1, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   U.S. Ambassador to South Africa, Patrick Gaspard, hosted a reception at his residence in Pretoria on June 30 to commemorate the 240th anniversary of America’s adoption of the Declaration of Independence.  The national holiday is celebrated each year on July 4 in the United States with parades, picnics and fireworks.  This

A performance by South African Pieter Grobler (pianist) and American James Austin Smith (oboist).

Ambassador Gaspard Celebrates Carnegie Hall Music Project in South Africa

Press Release Embassy of the United States 877 Pretorius Street, Arcadia, Pretoria Monday, June 6, 2016 For More Information: Katleho Mogase | USEmbassySAPress@state.gov                                           Ambassador Gaspard Celebrates Carnegie Hall Music Project in South Africa An affair of music, talent, and cultural exchange have brought together the interests of Carnegie Hall, the U.S. State Department and Strive Masiwa in what promises to

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Kerry Kennedy: “Ripples of Hope” Continue to Inspire U.S. – South Africa Relationship 50 Years Later

Press Release May 30, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information: Cynthia Harvey at USEmbassySAPress@state.gov Kerry Kennedy: “Ripples of Hope” Continue to Inspire U.S. – South Africa Relationship 50 Years Later  Johannesburg, May 30, 2016 – Kerry Kennedy, daughter of Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) and President of RFK Human Rights, is visiting South Africa May 30-June 4 to commemorate her

U.S. Ambassador Hosts Celebration of the Successful Renewal of AGOA at Braai Featuring U.S. Chicken

Media Advisory Monday, April 25, 2016 Ambassador Gaspard celebrated the growing trade relationship between South Africa and the United States and the successful renewal of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) at a braai at his residence on April 25. As U.S. poultry, beef, and pork make their way to South African retailers’ shelves, the longstanding trade dispute has ended

New American learning center opens at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

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 opened the new center on

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 represent an investment of R2.4

U.S. Ambassador to South Africa Patrick Gaspard, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation Sello Hatang, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe and Ambassador Young chatting before the start of the event.

A Tribute to Ambassador Andrew J. Young

Press Release March 31, 2016 U.S. Ambassador Pays Tribute to American Champion of the Anti-Apartheid Movement  Ambassador Andrew J. Young Johannesburg, South Africa — United States Ambassador to South Africa Patrick Gaspard hosted a tribute to Ambassador Andrew J. Young at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory on March 29, 2016.  The event, attended by Kasim Reed, Mayor of Atlanta,

A total of 31 new companies attended the seminar. All are entrepreneurs new to this industry and eager to learn about this new business opportunity that emerged from the AGOA agreement

New Business Opportunity! Are You Interested In Learning More About Importing U.S. Poultry To South Africa?

March 1-3, 2016, the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria, U.S. Poultry and Egg Export Council (USAPEEC)  S.A. Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and S.A. Department of Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) hosted a training seminar for South African entrepreneurs and importers interested in learning more about the  processes to import American poultry to the South African market.  This training, which brought together

Rights of Sexual Minorities Top Agenda

By Ntando Makhubu | Pretoria News | January 27, 2016) THE MEDIA and its role in promoting the rights of sexual minority groups was the subject of a discussion hosted by the American Embassy yesterday. The talks were hosted by the Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission Catherine Hill-Hendron. She allowed members of the media to interact with people from the

The United States Marines conducted their annual Toys for Tots Program with much success

The United States Marines from Detachment Cape Town, South Africa conducted their annual Toys for Tots Program with much success.  On December 23rd, 2015 the Marines delivered over 60 presents to include board games, toy cars, dolls, movies, and sports equipment to a local children’s home.  The Marines had a wonderful time conducting a physical fitness test with the kids,

Shout-It-Now site manager, Norman Ngobeni, explains site operations to Consul General Rowan and Economic Officer Hagan Maroney.

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 and education facility in Moroka,

United States and South Africa partner to promote Green Growth

U.S. Ambassador Patrick H. Gaspard on Tuesday November 10, 2015, launched a program, in partnership with the South African Government, to help South Africa reduce greenhouse gas emissions while promoting vibrant economic development and wellbeing for its citizens. The USAID South Africa Low Emissions Development (SA-LED) Program will help to bridge the gap between public institutions and investors, and catalyze

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

A group photo of the participants at Tech Camp

U.S. Embassy Pretoria Hosts YALI TechCamp

The United States Embassy in Pretoria hosted South Africa’s first YALI TechCamp: Digital Strategies for Grassroots Organizing.  TechCamp is a hands-on, interactive two-day event for selected youth from ten countries in Africa, including South Africa, to interact with world-class technology trainers.  The YALI TechCamp took place from October 21-22 at the American Corner, inside the Es’kia Mphahlele Community Library in

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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

The production brought together a cast of South African actors who portrayed Maya Angelou’s struggle, liberation, and life in vivid spoken word, song and dance.

The Market Theatre’s “I Almost Remember, a Tribute to Maya Angelou” Dazzles Audiences in Johannesburg

The U.S. Embassy sponsored a one-night performance memorializing American author, poet, civil rights activist, playwright, actress, director, composer, singer and dancer Maya Angelou, who died on May 28, 2014.  In partnership with the historic Market Theatre and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the U.S. Embassy celebrated the life of Maya Angelou in an original production “I Almost Remember.”  This profound piece, created

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