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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Sandton on July 1

Demonstration in Sandton on July 1 Security Messages for U.S. Citizens June 30, 2016 The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration is expected to take place at the corner of West Street and Fredman Drive in Sandton from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, July 1. Several groups will be demonstrating with the stated

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Shots Fired at Sandton Gautrain Station

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens (May 20, 2016) The U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg has learned that shots were fired at the Sandton Gautrain station on Rivonia Road during a violent confrontation between the metered taxi associations in Johannesburg and the online transportation network company Uber.  Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department and the South African Police Service are on the scene.

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 an insightful evening of discussion

U.S. Consulate General – Johannesburg Hosts 16 Days of Activism Workshop

Gender-based violence is not just a problem in society today – it’s a stain that demeans women and girls often for the rest of their lives, and it disgraces us all. As we wind up 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence, the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg hosted an afternoon workshop at the Westonaria American Corner near Johannesburg with

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,

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Race, Ethnicity and Education

Students engaged Consul General Rowan on the issue of ethnicity and equality on a recent trip to Free State Province. He met with undergraduates at the University of the Free State Qwaqwa campus who participated in the First Generation (F1) student transformation program that took them to overseas institutions with similar experiences around tolerance and diversity issues. These students, who

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YALI Town Hall Inspires Soweto’s Rosa Parks Library Youth Club

PAS Johannesburg hosted a viewing party of President Obama’s YALI Town Hall for members of the Rosa Parks Library Youth Club. The Assistant Public Affairs Officer kicked off the event by acquainting members and other attendees with the Mandela Washington Fellowship and the YALI Network and presenting certificates to members of the community that serve as mentors to our young

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Demonstration at U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg

The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration is occurring at the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg on June 12, 2015, beginning at approximately 11:00 a.m. and lasting for up to five hours. The South African Communist Party (SACP) is protesting against U.S. foreign policy. Participants are expected to gather on Sandton Drive, directly across

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Demonstration at U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg

The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration is occurring at the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg on June 12, 2015, beginning at approximately 11:00 a.m. and lasting for up to five hours.  The South African Communist Party (SACP) is protesting against U.S. foreign policy.  Participants are expected to gather on Sandton Drive, directly across

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25th African Union Summit in Johannesburg – June 07-15

The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens that the 25th African Union (AU) Summit will take place in Johannesburg from June 7 through June 15. Many of the Summit events will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre. The AU Summit will draw large numbers of official delegates, media personnel, and observers. You should expect traffic disruptions

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Understanding Power Purchase Agreements

The availability of electricity is a hot topic these days. The Power Africa Initiative is a U.S. Government program under which we are working with governments and businesses across the continent to add more than 30,000 megawatts of cleaner, more efficient electricity generation capacity as well as adding 60 million new home and business connections in sub-Saharan Africa. Under the

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“Separate Is Not Equal”

The exhibition brings forth the parallels between the South African Apartheid laws and the American Jim Crow laws and their psychological effects on the oppressed The longtime debate of whether separate facilities could truly be equal was the topic of conversation on March 18 at Mphabatho Cultural Museum in Moruleng.  Several members of the Bakgatla-ba-Kgafela tribal authority, community leaders, district

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Our Trade and Investment Ties with African Nations

Trade and investment ties between African nations and the U.S. are the backbone of our bilateral relationships on the continent – but how do we make that backbone even stronger?  We share information about new and exciting opportunities, that’s how.  Last week, the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service joined the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce in hosting a day-long workshop on U.S.

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Demonstration at Sandton Convention Center

U.S. DIPLOMATIC MISSION TO SOUTH AFRICA Security Message for U.S. Citizens Demonstration on March 8, 2015 at Sandton Convention Center The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration is expected to take place at the Sandton Convention Center, 151 Maude Street, Sandton, Johannesburg, from 08:00 a.m. to 13:00 noon on Sunday, March 8, 2015. The

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Celebrating a Century of Black Life, History and Culture

Bringing a close to a month long celebration of Black History, Consul General Christopher Rowan and Mrs. Eleanor Rowan hosted a reception at their residence for more than seventy guests.  Robert Pruitt, an American artist on an arts residency program at Gallery MOMO was the guest of honor and spoke about how he uses art to portray black political and

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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, and students gave a variety

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How to Start a Business for Beginner Entrepreneurs

On Tuesday, February 10, Westonaria American Corner was proud to host International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) alumna, Nthabeleng Likotsi, who presented a workshop on how to start a business. The 40 would-be entrepreneurs attending learned about various sources of funding, as well as the regulatory requirements around starting a business. Find out more about our IVLP program here.

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U.S. Consul General Rowan Attends Safer Cities Conference

Can innovative technology and private sector partnerships with local governments make cities safer? Absolutely! United States Consul General Chris Rowan recently spoke at the Motorola/3M Safer Cities, Secure Enterprises Africa 2015 Conference, which highlighted security challenges faced by private enterprises and public safety officials. The event showcased Motorola and 3M safer city technologies and solutions for local public safety officials, SAPS officers, emergency

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Official Opening of the Rosa Parks Library Innovation Studio

Exciting skills development opportunity in Soweto!!  U.S. Consul General Christopher Rowan opened the “Innovation Studio” at our Rosa Parks Library in Soweto this week, launching a new project that will put valuable skills in the hands of young South Africans in Soweto – skills that can help them to build a brighter future for themselves and their communities.  He was

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A Celebration of Service

Last Friday, Ambassador Gaspard and Consul General Rowan attended the 2014 City Year South Africa graduation, the culmination of a year of volunteer service, civic engagement, and leadership development. The theme for this year’s graduation was “It’s in your hands.”  Ambassador Gaspard had the honor of delivering the keynote address, reminding the graduates that, “Nelson Mandela called for this type

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Alumni Connect in the City of Roses

On Thursday, November 6th, Free State province-based alumni of U.S. government exchange programs gathered in Bloemfontein to expand their networks, reconnect with the U.S. Embassy, and gain insights into the range of alumni-specific resources available to them. Bloemfontein, poetically known as the city of roses due to the abundance of these flowers and an annual festival held there, provided the

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New American Corner Opens in Westonaria

On Tuesday, October 14th, the Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Consulate in Johannesburg, in partnership with the Westonaria Local Municipality, opened a new American Corner in the Westonaria Public Library. Consul General Christopher Rowan and the Executive Mayor of Westonaria, Cllr. Nonkoliso Tundzi, jointly cut a ribbon to officially declare this new American Space, the seventh such center in

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Protest March to U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg

Security Message for U.S. Citizens The South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) has announced a protest march to the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 12, 2014. Approximately 1,400 marchers are expected to begin the march from George Lea Park, situated at the corner of William Nicol and Sandton Drive in Parkmore, approximately one

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Three Days of Diplomacy

As part of a Life Orientation school project, Ayanda Ngobeni, a Grade 11 student at Redhill School, spent three days recently in a Job Shadow with Assistant Public Affairs Officer Jared Yancey. This ambitious young lady is seriously considering diplomacy as a future career. Since job shadowing provides a firsthand experience on what a specific occupation/profession entails, this was a

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NBA’s Basketball Without Borders Program Makes Landfall in South Africa

On Monday, August 4, the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg, through our Sports Envoy Program, partnered with the Mogale City Sports Development Office to organize a mentoring session and basketball clinic for 100 students from Kagiso-Lusaka Township. Former WNBA players Kelley Cain and Clarisse Machanguana, and NBA representatives Neal Meyer and Kornelia Semmelink conducted clinics with participants.  The group also

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Consulate Staff Enjoy a Day of Hoops

The Basketball National League (BNL) is South Africa’s Men’s Professional Basketball League which launched in 2012 and is comprised of 12 teams. Their second season began on June 13 of this year and continues with 3 games on Saturday as well as on Sunday.  Consul General Earl Miller and Consulate staff recently attended BNL games ahead of the National Basketball

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U.S. Consulate Johannesburg Staff Race for Mandela Day

This year’s message from the Nelson Mandela Foundation of “Take Action; Inspire Change; Make Every Day a Mandela Day” was realized when members of the U.S. Consulate Johannesburg participated in the 2014 67KM Relay for Mandela Day organized by Kaya FM in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Center of Memory. The race took place on Sunday, July 13 at Polo

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Boys and Girls Clubs of South Africa Open New Teen Center in Soweto

Tupperware South Africa, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, is a firm believer in supporting communities through various initiatives.  One major initiative is the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Africa (BGCSA), which Tupperware has been supporting since its inception in 2011. The Club builds on the Boys & Girls Clubs of America model and utilizes their endorsement and

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U.S. and South African Government Entities Partner to Host Asset Forfeiture Workshop

The United States Department of Justice (USDOJ), in partnership with the South African National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), conducted an asset forfeiture workshop for members of the South African Police Service Directorate of Priority Crimes Investigations Asset Forfeiture Division.  The workshop was held at the U.S. Consulate in Johannesburg from June 24 – 27, 2014.  The four day instructor-led training workshop

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“The Stars of American Ballet” Appear on the South African Stage

For the first time in over 30 years, a team of American ballet stars brought their unique brand of classical ballet brilliance to the South African stage with The Stars of American Balletpresented by ballet entrepreneur Dirk Badenhorst. Consul General Miller delivered welcoming remarks for opening night of the 5-performance run at the Teatro at Montecasino.  The production was directed

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Solar and Renewables Networking Event at the U.S. Consulate General, Johannesburg

The United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) hosted a Solar / Renewables Discussion and Networking Event at the U.S.-Africa Clean Energy Development and Finance Center at the U.S. Consulate Johannesburg on June 6th, on the occasion of the visit of USTDA’s Director to South Africa, Leocadia Zak. Consul General Earl Miller opened the program, which included more than 70 guests

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Johannesburg Youth Council Supports LGBT Rights

The month of June is recognized in the United States as the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month.   It is celebrated during the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States, which ultimately led to a nationwide push

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Making a Difference … One Lunch at a Time

What happens when you combine the passion and commitment of more than 100 staff and family members of the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg with a growing social media-fueled hunger alleviation project started in the United States?   You get HASHTAGLUNCHBAG and, in Johannesburg last Saturday, over 800 lunches prepared and delivered to hungry kids in nearby townships.  HASHTAGLUNCHBAG is

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Doing Business in Africa

U.S. Consul General in Johannesburg Earl Miller and Director of the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service Larry Farris joined American agribusiness representatives recently at the annual NAMPO Harvest Day Exhibition in Bothaville, Free State.  Since 2010, the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service (USFCS) has organized a USA Pavilion at NAMPO, the biggest annual agricultural machinery show in the Southern Hemisphere.  Eleven top

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University of Johannesburg Confers Honorary Doctorate on President Barack Obama – Ambassador Patrick Gaspard Accepts the Degree on the President’s Beh

The University of Johannesburg has conferred an honorary doctorate on President Obama, with UJ Vice Chancellor Prof. Ihron Rensburg saying, “President Obama has demonstrated distinguished social and intellectual achievement related to the University’s vision, mission, values and strategic goals and is thus a worthy recipient of the degree Doctor Legum (Doctor of Laws), honoris causa.”  In accepting the degree on behalf

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U.S. to Help Nigeria in the Search for Kidnapped Girls

  The White House Blog More than three weeks ago, on the night of April 14, a group of militants kidnapped more than 200 teenage girls from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Nigeria. In a video released earlier this week, Abubakar Shekau, who leads the terrorist organization Boko Haram based in northeast Nigeria, claimed that his group was

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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. Throughout a girl’s school years,

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South African Premiere of The Forgotten Kingdom

“Powerful … a lyrical and beautifully told story … stunning mountain scenery and absolutely authentic Basotho characters … the first movie I have seen that does not depict poverty in a negative way.” These were some of the comments from guests at the April 9 premiere of “The Forgotten Kingdom,” a film shot in South Africa and Lesotho that was

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Nelson Mandela International Day Launched

“Free yourself. Free others. Serve everybody.” This quote epitomizes the legacy of Nelson Mandela, and it was voiced time and again at the Nelson Mandela International Day launch event held yesterday at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Johannesburg. Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe offered keynote remarks along with Nelson Mandela Foundation Chairman Njabulo Ndebele, CEO Sello Hatang, and UN

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The Opportunities and Challenges of Doing Business in South Africa

On March 27, Consul General Miller gave an overview of the opportunities and challenges of doing business in South Africa at a meeting of the Africa Regional Council (ARC) at Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, Illinois. The ARC promotes the safety and security of U.S. businesses, academic institutions, and non-governmental, faith-based or other organizations with operations in Africa.

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Consular Officer Addresses Eldorado Park Community Police Forum’s Youth Desk

When is a girl the most powerful person in the room?  When she decides to be!  As part of the Community Speaker Series at the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg and our Women’s History Month programming, Consular Officer Karin Ehlert spoke to members of the Eldorado Park Community Police Forum’s “Youth Desk” last week about gender-based violence as a Human

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The Janie Project

The U.S. Mission works hard to be a valuable part of the South African community, both as a diplomatic institution engaged broadly across society and as individual staff members giving something back on our own.  Here’s an example of one of our staff with a project very close to her heart.  The Janie Project was started in 2011 by Karin

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African-American History Month

On February 27, Consul General Earl Miller hosted a reception to mark the end of African-American History Month. The trailer of “Standing on my Sisters’ Shoulders”, Laura Lipson’s moving and award winning documentary on the contributions of unsung women heroes of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi during the 1950s and 1960s was screened to highlight a crucial part of

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Willow Crescent High School Students Learn About Black History Month

Brandon Jackson, the political officer based at the US Consulate in Johannesburg, visited the Willow Crescent High as part of the Black History Month program. The presentation gave students who do not normally interact with visiting Americans a chance to learn about the history of African- Americans, their roots, culture and the civil rights movement activities. The interaction also involved

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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 initiatives.

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Ambassador Gaspard Shares Insights on Leadership at ALA

Ambassador Gaspard shared some personal insights with the students of the African Leadership Academy on Wednesday evening when he presented a talk, “Reflections on Leadership”, as part of the academy’s Distinguished Guest Speakers series. Before the lecture he was interviewed by the school’s media students and given a tour of the campus. He also shared a meal and some lively

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Consul General Miller Attends Launch of Photographs in Black and White

Consul General Miller attended the launch of the U.S. State Department sponsored exhibition, Photographs in Black and White: Margaret Bourke-White and the Dawn of Apartheid in South Africa, at the Bensusan Museum of Photography, Museum Africa, in Newtown, on January 11.  The exhibition is curated by Alex Lichtenstein, Associate Professor of History at Indiana University.  Consul General Miller had the

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