Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Johannesburg, South Africa (October 25, 2018)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Johannesburg, South Africa (October 25, 2018) Location: U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg Event: A demonstration by the Solidarity Trade Union is scheduled to take place on Thursday, October 25, 2018, in the vicinity of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. The Solidarity Trade Union is protesting against Sasol’s Broad-Based Black Economic ...
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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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U.S. Embassy Welcomes Minnesota Orchestra To South Africa

The United States Mission to South Africa is pleased to welcome the Minnesota Orchestra to South Africa, as it embarks on its Music for Mandela tour across the country.  As part of its Mandela Centenary commemorations, the Embassy is delighted to have provided support for the orchestra’s tour, the first ever tour of a full ...
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U.S. Embassy Pretoria Responds to the Call to Service on Mandela Day

To honor the legacy and lifetime of service embodied by Nelson Mandela, a team from the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria joined Sun International and the Minister of Social Development, Susan Shabangu, to give 67 minutes of service on Mandela Day, July 18, where they packed food parcels for South African children in need. The U.S. ...
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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Johannesburg, South Africa (May 15, 2018)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Johannesburg, South Africa (May 15, 2018) Location: U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg Event: The Palestine Solidarity Alliance (PSA) has scheduled a demonstration for Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at the U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg. The protest organizers have indicated they will be protesting U.S. policy toward Israel. The City of ...
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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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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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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate Johannesburg, South Africa (March 19, 2018)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate Johannesburg, South Africa (March 19, 2018) Location: Sandton, Gauteng Event: The Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers Union (CEPPWAWU) is scheduled to hold a demonstration on Monday, March 19, 2018, at the Sasol Head Office, in Sandton, Johannesburg. CEPPWAWU is protesting a remuneration agreement. The City of ...
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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate Johannesburg, South Africa (March 9, 2018)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate Johannesburg, South Africa (March 9, 2018) Location: Katlehong, Gauteng Event: Demonstrations are currently taking place in and around Katlehong, approximately 35 kilometers east of Johannesburg. Social media reports indicate that the demonstrations are planned to continue through Sunday, March 11, and that roads into and out of Katlehong will ...
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U.S. Embassy & Market Theatre Commemorate Black History Month With South African Premiere Of “One Night In Miami…”

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce its support for the production of One Night in Miami… at the Market Theatre, February 2-25, 2018.  To commemorate Black History Month, recognized each year in February, the U.S. Embassy has partnered with the Market Theatre in Johannesburg to deliver high-impact and thought-provoking drama to South African audiences. ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Jessye Lapenn Presents Grant to the Southern African Music Rights Organization for Preservation of Indigenous Music

U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Jessye Lapenn co-hosted a signing ceremony with Southern African Music Rights Organization (SAMRO) Foundation Managing Director André le Roux to celebrate the launch of an Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) grant totaling $88,179 to the SAMRO Foundation.  The ceremony took place at the legendary Orbit Jazz Club in Braamfontein, Johannesburg on ...
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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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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. Mission Supports Community Journalism at MMX17

Media Advisory | August 22, 2017 With the support of a grant from the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg, media practitioners from community radio stations in Gauteng had the opportunity to attend the Menell Media Exchange 2017 conference (MMX17) in Bryanston August 11-12, 2017.  Reporters and presenters from Mamelodi’s community radio station Mams FM and ...
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U.S. Embassy Welcomes New Consul General to Johannesburg: Michael McCarthy

Media Advisory | August 4, 2017 The U.S. Mission to South Africa is pleased to welcome a new Consul General to lead the Consulate General in Johannesburg.  U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth McKay welcomed Consul General Michael McCarthy, who will usher in a new era of leadership for the U.S. Mission’s presence in Johannesburg.  “Our ...
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U.S. CONSULATE JOHANNESBURG Security Message for U.S. Citizens Demonstration in Sandton on Wednesday, June 28, 2017

June 28, 2017 The U.S. Consulate in Johannesburg would like to inform U.S. citizens of a protest march by the Greater Local Mining Communities Business Forum scheduled for today, June 28, 2017 in Sandton. The City of Johannesburg has issued a permit for 2,000 participants.  Disruptions to motor vehicle traffic are expected in the vicinity ...
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Checklist for Mail-in Passport Applications

Individuals applying for qualifying services will not have to make an in-person visit to their local consulate. Detailed instructions on who qualifies and how to apply by mail are given below. These expanded services are offered as part of the Mission’s continuing effort to offer the best and most efficient service to American citizens. DS-82 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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. ...
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