After Record Season, the United States Opens New Ports to South African Citrus Exports

PRESS RELEASE | November 9, 2020 After Record Season, the United States Opens New Ports to South African Citrus Exports  The United States government has announced the opening up of several new ports for the import for citrus products from South Africa, further facilitating two-way trade with South Africa. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal …

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U.S. Ambassador to South Africa Lana Marks Visits Diepsloot Community, Announces Grant to LEAP Science & Maths School 4

Media Release | November 2, 2020 U.S. Ambassador to South Africa Lana Marks visited the Diepsloot community this week, touring LEAP Science & Maths School 4 with school patron Dr. Mamphela Ramphele and founder John Gilmour. During her visit, Ambassador Marks heard from students about their education, lives, and ambitions, and shared her own inspiring …

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U.S. State Department Grant Funds Collaboration Between Appalachian State University and University of the Free State

Press Release / October 27, 2020 U.S. State Department Grant Funds Mountain-to-Mountain Collaboration Between Appalachian State University in North Carolina and South Africa’s University of the Free State  Appalachian State University (App State) and South Africa’s University of the Free State (UFS) will strengthen their existing partnership through a U.S. government grant-funded mountain-to-mountain project — one that will engage faculty, …

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Update: Mission South Africa Visa Processing

Press Release | October 22, 2020 Update: Mission South Africa Visa Processing  In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State temporarily suspended routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide beginning March 20, 2020. The resumption of routine visa services will occur on a country-by-country basis for safely returning …

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U.S. PEPFAR Expands DREAMS Program, Investing R1.4 billion in South Africa’s Young Women 

Press Release October 15, 2020 U.S. PEPFAR Expands DREAMS program, Investing R1.4 billion in South Africa’s Young Women Beginning this month, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is significantly expanding its DREAMS program in South Africa, to ensure that the next generation of young women can grow up to be Determined, Resilient, …

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Partnership Sparks Local Production of COVID-19 Protective Equipment

South Africa, 8 October 2020  – Over a hundred thousand locally produced COVID-19 masks are helping to save lives in a high need area in the Western Cape, thanks to an innovative partnership between the U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the British High Commission in Pretoria to support …

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A Strengthened Partnership for Post-COVID-19 Economic Recovery

Press Release September 10, 2020 Pretoria South Africa – United States 11th Annual Bilateral Forum (ABF) September 2020 The Department of International Relations and Cooperation hosted the 11th Annual Bilateral Forum (ABF) on 9 and 10 September 2020 under the theme “A Strengthened SA-US partnership for post-COVID-19 Economic Recovery.” The ABF was co-chaired by Ambassador …

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U.S. Remains Committed to Working Together with South Africans

Statement U.S. Ambassador Lana Marks U.S. Embassy South Africa September 6, 2020 I have discussed South Africa with President Trump many times, and he has only ever spoken positively about the country. The U.S. remains committed to working together with South Africa to realize the promise of a more peaceful, more productive, more prosperous 21st …

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The United States’ Commitment to Supporting South Africa with COVID-19

Statement U.S. Ambassador Lana Marks U.S. Embassy Pretoria September 3, 2020 The United States remains strongly committed to assisting South Africa in its fight against COVID-19. Of the 1000 ventilators pledged by the United States, 785 ventilators have arrived in South Africa with an additional 200 expected this week. In August, I oversaw the successful …

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Announcing Academy for Women Entrepreneurs Program

U.S. Embassy and Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum Announce Academy for Women Entrepreneurs Program The Embassy of the United States of America in South Africa has partnered with the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) to implement the 2020-2021 Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) South Africa program. Now in its second year, another 125 female entrepreneurs will be selected nationwide for an opportunity to receive virtual …

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Forty Years of the Southern African Development Community

PRESS STATEMENT MORGAN ORTAGUS DEPARTMENT OF STATE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 17, 2020 The United States Government congratulates the Southern African Development Community (SADC) as it celebrates its 40th anniversary. SADC’s goals of promoting regional cooperation and integration, economic growth, socio-economic development, and durable peace and security among its member states have never been more salient. SADC …

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U.S. Department of Defense aircraft delivers critical supplies for the COVID-19 response in South Africa 

Press Release | August 15, 2020 The U.S. government has delivered approximately $340,000 (R5.9 million) worth of personal protective equipment to the South African National Department of Health (NDoH).  The equipment, delivered via C-130 military aircraft and consisting of masks, gloves, medical gowns, and sanitizing supplies, is bound for Gauteng, Western Cape, Eastern Cape, and …

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Update: Student Visa Processing

Due to ongoing precautions against COVID-19, the Consular Section remains closed for non-immigrant visa interviews, and it is not clear when we will return to normal operations. Accordingly, if you are renewing a visa in the F1 and F2 categories, and the visa is valid or expired within the last 12 months, we encourage you to …

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The United States Government Supports UNICEF to Build Handwashing Stations 

Press Release | July, 22, 2020 PRETORIA – As the COVID-19 virus continues to spread in South Africa and globally, handwashing with soap remains one of the most effective preventative actions to curb the spread of the virus.  The reality on the ground is that nearly one-third of households in South Africa do not have access …

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South African Advocate Honored by United States following Arrest of International Succulent Trafficker 

Press Release | July 20, 2020 On July 16 the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) recognized South African Advocate Anne Heeramun for her efforts in the prosecution and planned extradition of Byungsu Kim, a South Korean national wanted in the United States for international plant trafficking from protected areas. The successful collaboration between the United States …

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U.S. PEPFAR funds local handwashing innovation Shesha Geza 

Press Release | July 17, 2020 The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and its partner, The Aurum Institute (Aurum), have launched innovative mobile hand hygiene stations, aptly named Shesha Geza, which means “hurry up and wash” in isiZulu. The stations have been placed at several public health facilities in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, as …

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The United States Provides Oxygen Support to South Africa

Press Release | July 15, 2020 The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing an additional US$3.5 million (R59 million) to support the National Department of Health’s (NDoH) oxygen supply, demand, and reticulation strategy and their efforts to procure supplies and equipment needed for critical care beds.  The funds will …

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The United States Expands Ventilator Support to South Africa to Battle COVID-19

Press Release | July 6, 2020 The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has delivered a second shipment of 100 ventilators to South Africa to assist with its national response to COVID-19. “Patients deserve the best possible care we can provide. Ventilators are an important part of supporting that care, which …

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Join U.S. Embassy South Africa’s Independence Day Commemoration

Press Release | June 3, 2020 This July 4th, we celebrate the 244th anniversary of the founding of the United States of America. Each year on this date, we pause for a moment to recommit ourselves to the principles enshrined in our Declaration of Independence, and to celebrate our freedom. 2020 has proven to be a year for reflection, not just on how we …

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A Retrospective: U.S. Civil Society’s Commitment and Contributions to the Anti-Apartheid Struggle

PRESS RELEASE  FOR IMMEDIATE USE  Contact:  Tara Hammons Project Coordinator +1 484.515.8151 tphammonsjd@yahoo.com A Retrospective: U.S. Civil Society’s Commitment and Contributions to the Anti-Apartheid Struggle  Washington, D.C. and Pretoria. The National African American Drug Policy Coalition (NAADPC), in collaboration with the Apartheid Museum, is pleased to announce that it has received seed funding from the U.S. Mission to …

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Ford Fulfils 50 000 Face Shields Order from US Department of Defense to Assist COVID-19 Efforts in SouthernAfrica

The U.S. Embassy wanted to ensure that you saw this press release issued by the Ford Motor Company in SA. The U.S. government was pleased to provide the funding for Ford to locally manufacture these face shields. Press release link:  https://mediawire.co.za/quickpic/automotive/motor-manufacturers/ford/events/events-2020/50-000-face-shields-order-19-jun-20.aspx Ford Fulfils 50 000 Face Shields Order from US Department of Defense to Assist COVID-19 Efforts in Southern Africa   Order …

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U.S. Mission Prepares Students to Study in the United States

Press Release | June 25, 2020 U.S. Mission Prepares Students to Study in the United States   The U.S. Consulate General in Cape Town is supporting students with information sessions and tips on how to prepare to study in the United States. As U.S. universities prepare for a return to campus life post COVID-19, the …

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Press Release: Update On Visa Operations

In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State temporarily suspended routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide beginning March 20, 2020, and that suspension continues at this time. The U.S. Mission to South Africa will resume routine visa services as soon as possible, but is unable to provide a specific date at this time. Please …

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All-of-America, including U.S. Business, Supports South Africa in Fight against COVID-19  

In addition to providing South Africa with direct support from the U.S. government of more than R410 million to fight COVID-19, our “All-of-America” approach is assisting South Africa through the generosity of American citizens, including private businesses. Globally, American businesses, nonprofit groups, charities, faith-based organizations, and individuals have committed more than R120 billion in donations …

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This Program Could Help Get You A Scholarship To Study In The USA 

Applications are now open for the EducationUSA Opportunity Funds Program. Through regular meetings and seminars, this program, funded by the United States Mission to South Africa, supports talented and determined learners and students from low-income backgrounds, to apply for scholarships and admission to colleges and universities in the United States. The EducationUSA Opportunity Funds Program …

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U.S. Government Donates 720,000 Protective Masks to South African Government

Press Release | May 15, 2020 The U.S. government, through the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s (DTRA) Biological Threat Reduction Program (BTRP), has procured and started to distribute 729,000 protective masks to South Africa’s National Department of Health (NDoH) to combat COVID-19. The FFP2 (filtering face piece particles) respirator masks, which were locally …

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Press Release: The United States Provides Ventilators to South Africa to Battle COVID-19

The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is donating up to 1000 much-needed ventilators and accompanying equipment to South Africa to assist with its national response to COVID-19. Ventilators are highly specialized medical equipment used in intensive care units. These are used to support individuals whose lungs are not working adequately despite receiving oxygen. …

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United States Supports Free Internet Data and COVID-19 Information for Western Cape Communities

April 29, 2020   United States Supports Free Internet Data and COVID-19 Information for Western Cape Communities    The United States government is funding TooMuchWifi’s initiative to offer free data to Western Cape communities to educate residents about ways to reduce COVID-19 infections.    The funding comes from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Emergency Reserve Fund for Contagious Infectious Diseases and is part …

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United States donates locally-sourced protective masks to South African government

Press Release | April 28, 2020 The U.S. Embassy in South Africa, through its Office of Defense Cooperation, has provided 12,400 protective masks to the South African National Defence Force’s (SANDF) South African Military Health Service to assist the country’s efforts to combat COVID-19. U.S. Embassy personnel delivered the masks to the Pretoria Military District, …

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U.S. government adds R250 million to its support to South Africa to combat COVID-19 

Press Release | April 22, 2020  The United States government through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is committing funds to support South Africa’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic with a new tranche of global health funding of $13,200,000 (R250,000,000). This brings this total United States government commitment to the COVID-19 response …

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Fivefold increase in U.S. government COVID-19 support to South Africa

Press Release April 16, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The United States government is committing additional funds to support South Africa’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing its total commitment to approximately $2,770,000.  Previously the United States government committed $970,000, including the first $500,000 announced on March 11, to the COVID-19 response in South Africa.  Today’s announcement provides an additional …

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U.S. Repatriation Flights Take Off

Press Release For Immediate Release April 9, 2020 This afternoon, two repatriation flights for citizens of the United States departed South Africa. The first left at approximately 2:35pm from the Cape Town International Airport after leaving the King Shaka International Airport in Kwa-Zulu Natal this morning. The second flight departed at 4:15pm from the OR …

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Historic U.S. Naval ship visit shows strength of U.S. – South African Partnership

On March 15th, the USS Carney arrived in Cape Town, South Africa for a scheduled port visit. The Carney, a guided missile destroyer, and her crew are on their seventh patrol in the European and African theaters. This visit serves to continue efforts to build global maritime partnerships with African nations in order to improve …

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U.S. Government Contributes toward Coronavirus COVID-19 Awareness Response in South Africa

Press Release | March 11, 2020 The United States government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is committing approximately 8 million rand ($500,000) in financing to support the Government of South Africa’s Risk Communication and Community Engagement plan in the response to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. According to the World Health Organization …

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Rolling Up Our Sleeves For World Wetlands Day

To commemorate World Wetlands Day, the United States Embassy in Pretoria recently partnered with Friends of Colbyn Valley to not only clean up the Colbyn Valley Nature Area but also learn more about the wetlands system in Pretoria. U.S. Embassy officials and their families worked side-by-side with volunteers from the community and Friends of Colbyn …

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U.S. Mission, Market Theatre Commemorate Black History Month With Month-long Run of “Paradise Blue”

Media Release | January 31, 2020 The U.S. Mission to South Africa is pleased to announce its support, through a grant of $100,000 (R1.4 mil), for the production of Paradise Blue at the Market Theatre, January 31 – March 1, 2020.  To commemorate Black History Month, recognized each year in February, the U.S. Mission has …

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Announcing U.S. Consulate Emergency Response Exercise with Johannesburg Metro Police Department and Other Partners

Press Release Consulate of the United States 1 Sandton Drive, Johannesburg November 15, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information:  Jennifer Bullock 27-11-290-3244 | 27-79-111-6224 | Bullockj@state.gov  ANNOUNCING U.S. CONSULATE EMERGENCY RESPONSE EXERCISE WITH JOHANNESBURG METRO POLICE DEPARTMENT AND OTHER PARTNERS Johannesburg – On Friday, November 15, 2019, the United States Consulate in Johannesburg partnered with …

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Grant to the Constitutional Court Trust for Preservation of the Constitutional Court Art Collection

Media Advisory U.S. Consulate General 1 Sandton Drive, Sandhurst, Johannesburg October 23, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE U.S. Consulate General Announces Grant Award to the Constitutional Court Trust for Preservation of the Constitutional Court Art Collection The Constitutional Court Trust received $130,000 (R1.9 million) from the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) for preservation of the …

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Treasury Sanctions Members of a Significant Corruption Network in South Africa

U.S. Department of the Treasury Press Release October 10, 2019 Global Magnitsky designations target members of family business engaged in corruption, including bribery and misappropriation of state assets Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign AssetsControl (OFAC) sanctioned members of a significant corruption network in South Africa that leveraged overpayments on …

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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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Press Release: U.S. Embassy hosts workshop to improve laboratory diagnostics on bird flu in Southern Africa

Press Release |Embassy of the United States August 13, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria hosted a training workshop aimed at preventing outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) “bird flu” in Southern Africa.  The workshop, held from August 12 – 16 focused on laboratory diagnostics as an essential tool for combatting …

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U.S. Government provides US$40 million in capital for gas project in South Africa

Press Release August 20, 2019 The U.S. government’s Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) signed a US$40 million loan agreement with South African liquefied natural gas and helium producer Renergen, on The agreement with OPIC provides Renergen access to the capital required to construct the first phase of the Virginia Gas Project in the Free State …

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USTDA Expands Affordable Internet Access in South Africa, Creates New U.S. Export Opportunities

Press Release | Embassy of the United States August 6, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The U.S. Trade and Development Agency has awarded a grant to South Africa’s Wireless Access Providers Association (WAPA) for a pilot project that will help improve internet access for rural and semi-rural areas in South Africa through the use of American …

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U.S. Embassy Pretoria Celebrates Mandela Day at Zola Community Health Center in Soweto

Press Release Embassy of the United States 877 Pretorius Street, Arcadia, Pretoria July 19, 2019 To honor Nelson Mandela’s legacy of public service, a team of more than 30 volunteers from the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria spent Thursday at the Zola Community Health Center (CHC) in Soweto.  The team of American and South African Embassy …

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U.S. Jazz Artists Jeff “Siege” Siegel Sextet featuring South Africa’s Feya Faku

Media Advisory Embassy of the United States of America 877 Pretorius Street, Arcadia, Pretoria July 1, 2019 U.S. Jazz Artists Jeff “Siege” Siegel Sextet featuring South Africa’s Feya Faku  In partnership with the U.S. Embassy, The Jeff “Siege” Siegel Sextet featuring Feya Faku, conducted a series of workshop/master classes in the Pretoria and Johannesburg areas …

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South African Government Welcomes PEPFAR HIV Funding Commitment

      MEDIA STATEMENT Issued by: ​Ministry of Health and PEPFAR Tuesday, 11 June 2019 Government welcomes PEPFAR HIV funding Commitment  Pretoria: The Ministry of Health welcomes ($732 million) R10 billion funding approval by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) towards South Africa`s HIV programme. This much-anticipated funding announcement was made …

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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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Statement on the Appointment of Dr. Naledi Pandor as Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Press Statement Embassy of the United States 877 Pretorius Street, Arcadia, Pretoria May 30, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Statement on the Appointment of Dr. Naledi Pandor as Minister of International Relations and Cooperation The Embassy of the United States warmly congratulates Dr. Naledi Pandor on her appointment as Minister of International Relations and Cooperation.  We …

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Statement by EXIM Chairman Kimberly Reed upon the Inauguration of South African President Ramaphosa

EXIM Chairman Leading U.S. Delegation Representing President Trump FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 25, 2019 Statement by EXIM Chairman Kimberly Reed upon the Inauguration of South African President Cyril Ramaphosa Pretoria, South Africa – Kimberly A. Reed, president and chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM), is leading the U.S. Presidential Delegation representing …

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Statement on the Inauguration of Cyril Ramaphosa as President of the Republic of South Africa

Press Statement Embassy of the United States 877 Pretorius Street, Arcadia, Pretoria May 25, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Statement on the Inauguration of Cyril Ramaphosa as President of the Republic of South Africa The United States joins the people of South Africa and the world in congratulating Cyril Ramaphosa on his inauguration as President of the Republic of South …

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Statement on Ministry of Justice Decision on the Extradition of Manuel Chang

Press Statement Embassy of the United States 877 Pretorius Street, Arcadia, Pretoria May 22, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Statement on Ministry of Justice Decision on the Extradition of Manuel Chang Manuel Chang is accused of carrying out a $2 billion (nearly R$28 billion) fraud and money laundering scheme that took advantage of the U.S. financial …

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President Donald J. Trump Announces Presidential Delegation to Attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa

THE WHITE HOUSE MEDIA STATEMENT May 16, 2019 President Donald J. Trump Announces Presidential Delegation to Attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa Today, President Donald J. Trump announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa, on May 25, …

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South Africa: Congratulatory Message on Elections

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson Press statement May 15, 2019 South Africa: Congratulatory Message on Elections The United States congratulates the people of South Africa on successful national elections.  We commend all South Africans who participated peacefully in the elections, which reflects South Africa’s commitment to democracy. We …

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A Clean-up with a Difference

Press Release | May 6, 2019  The United States Embassy held a clean-up at the Colbyn Valley Nature Area on Saturday, May 4.  U.S. Embassy officials worked side-by-side with alumni from U.S.-funded exchange programs and residents of Lerato House, a transitional residential facility for young girls at-risk in the Pretoria city center.  The clean-up was …

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On the Occasion of the Republic of South Africa’s National Day

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC April 27, 2019 On behalf of the United States, I send my best wishes to the people and Government of the Republic of South Africa as you observe the 25th anniversary of Freedom Day. We admire the achievements South Africa has made in the quarter-century …

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U.S. Volunteers In SA Sworn In

Peace Corps Swearing-In Ceremony, April 1, 2019  The United States Peace Corps and the United States Mission to South Africa swore in 34 new Peace Corps Volunteers on Monday, April 1, 2019, in Pretoria.  Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Ian McCary delivered remarks and swear in the volunteers. Pretoria News was there to cover the …

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Joint South African-United States Exercise Demonstrates Emergency Response Cooperation

Press Release | April 9, 2019 For more information: USEmbassyPress@state.gov Pretoria – On Tuesday, April 9, 2019, the United States Embassy in Pretoria partnered with local first responders from the South African Police Service Diplomatic Unit, Tshwane Metro Police, Tshwane Emergency Services Department (ESD), Netcare 911 Ambulance Service, and other local authorities to conduct an emergency …

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U.S. Department of Defense Provides Airlift Support in South Africa for USAID-led Humanitarian Response to Cyclone Idai

Press Release | April 1, 2019 U.S. Consul General in Durban Sherry Zalika Sykes visited King Shaka International Airport yesterday to view a shipment of UN World Food Programme food and relief supplies to be transported from Durban to Mozambique by the U.S. Department of Defense.  We thank the South African Department of International Relations …

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Global Entrepreneurship Summit wants you at The Hague

Press Release | February 6, 2019 Calling all investment-ready South African entrepreneurs! The 2019 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES2019) is gathering the world’s top entrepreneurs, around five innovation sectors: Agriculture, Connectivity, Energy, Health and Water. If you’re ready to lead in offering solutions to global challenges, then apply now! GES2019 is a great exposure opportunity for …

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U.S. Mission and Market Theatre Commemorate Black History Month

Month-long Run of “Nina Simone: Four Women” Media Release | January 29, 2019 The U.S. Mission to South Africa is pleased to announce its support, through a grant of $75,000 (R1 023 534), for the production of “Nina Simone: Four Women” at the Market Theatre, February 1-24, 2019.  To commemorate Black History Month, recognized in …

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U.S. announces a total of $1.2 billion over two years to support South Africa’s HIV response

Press Release | December 3, 2018 U.S. announces a total of $1.2 billion over two years to support South Africa’s HIV response to reach epidemic control The United States’ Global AIDS Coordinator & Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy, Ambassador Deborah L. Birx M.D, and South Africa’s Minister of Health, Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, announced yesterday …

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More South Africans Pursuing Degrees In America

The number of South Africans studying in the United States increased by 6.8% to 2,040 students for the 2017/18 academic year, according to the 2018 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. A majority of these students are studying toward an undergraduate degree (57%), with a growing number in graduate study (27%), with a further …

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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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Under Secretary McKinney to Lead Southern Africa Trade Mission

Press Release | October 29, 2018  WASHINGTON, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service, Oct. 26, 2018  – U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney will lead a trade mission to Southern Africa Oct. 29-Nov. 2, joined by U.S. business and state government leaders seeking to expand agricultural export opportunities …

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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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Condolences on the Passing of Minister Edna Molewa

Statement by the U.S. Mission to South Africa | September 22, 2018 Condolences on the Passing of Minister Edna Molewa The United States Mission to South Africa expresses its profound and deepest condolences at the news of the passing of Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa in Pretoria today, September 22, 2018. The passing of Minister …

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250 Mandela Washington Fellows continue to do great things – who wants to be next?

Press Release | September 14, 2018  Applications are now open for the 2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.  Through this fellowship, the U.S. Embassy in South Africa has sent almost 250 young South African leaders to the United States for intensive training on civic leadership, business, and pubic management. Our Mandela Washington Fellows …

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At Africa Aerospace and Defence 2018, The United States Is Pitching Partnerships To Support Allies From Border To Border, Across The Continent

Press Release | FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Marquee roster of U.S. exhibitors includes manufacturers, suppliers, product and services providers Centurion, City of Tshwane, South Africa and Waldwick, N.J. / September 17, 2018 — African countries looking to strengthen national and economic security will find American manufacturers and suppliers equipped with a wide range of innovative solutions at …

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United States Consul General in Johannesburg, Michael McCarthy, awards prizes for innovative 3D Design

Media Release | August 29, 2018 United States Consul General in Johannesburg, Michael McCarthy, awards prizes for innovative 3D Design at the Rosa Parks Library & Innovation Studio in Soweto On August 28, 2018, U.S. Consul General in Johannesburg, Michael McCarthy, awarded prizes to the three winners of the U.S. Consulate General’s Rosa Parks Library & Innovation …

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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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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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2018 Trafficking in Persons Report

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo unveiled the 2018 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report on June 28, 2018. “Every year our report focuses on a specific thing. This year’s TIP Report highlights the critical work of local communities to stop traffickers and provide support to victims. Human trafficing is a global problem, but it’s a local …

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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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USAID and BLSA Extend Groundbreaking Development Partnership 

News Release | 15 June 2018 (Johannesburg) The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Business leadership South Africa (BLSA) announced a three-year extension of their ground-breaking development partnership, the Beyond Advocacy Fund, with an infusion of an additional $3.6 million in funding.  This partnership tackles some of the …

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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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Press Release: Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting With South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu

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Condolence for Victims of Mosque Stabbings in KwaZulu-Natal: Statement by the U.S. Mission to South Africa

Statement by the U.S. Mission to South Africa Condolence for Victims of Mosque Stabbings in KwaZulu-Natal The United States Mission to South Africa offers our deepest condolences and sympathies to the families and loved ones of those killed and injured in the May 10 attack at the Imam Hussein Mosque in Ottawa, Verulam, near Durban. …

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U.S. Embassy-Sponsored Training Focuses on Surveillance and Early Detection to Prevent Outbreaks and Spread of Avian Influenza

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The Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts Honors South African Artists

Media Advisory April 20, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   The U.S. Consulate General in Cape Town was honored to participate in this year’s Kennedy Center Gold Medal in the Arts gala on Saturday, April 14, 2018. This year’s gala, held at the recently inaugurated Zeitz MOCAA, honored six extraordinary South African artists:  Basil J.R. Jones and …

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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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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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U.S. Department of State Honors Global Emerging Young Leaders

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Department of State Washington, DC April 5, 2018 In recognition of the positive role young people play in building sustainable peace, the U.S. Department of State is honoring outstanding young leaders from around the world. On Wednesday, May 2, the ten recipients of the third annual Emerging Young Leaders …

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Statement from the U.S. Embassy on the Passing of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on April 2, 2018

Statement from the U.S. Embassy on the Passing of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on April 2, 2018 The U.S. Mission in South Africa offers sympathies to the family, friends, and to the nation that mourns the loss of Winnie Mandela.  We join in honoring her formidable strength and leadership in the struggle to end Apartheid. Winnie Mandela, …

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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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United States Supports World Tuberculosis Day Event in Durban

Press Release | March 23, 2018 The U.S. Consul General to Durban, Sherry Zalika Sykes, attended South Africa’s World Tuberculosis (TB) event on March 21, in Cato Manor, Durban.  The event was co-sponsored by the United States and attended by Deputy President David Mabuza, His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini, Minister of Health Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, …

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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 Hosts Innovative Journalism Workshop to Provide New Insights into HIV Reporting

Press Release | March 19, 2018 To explore ways to bring fresh perspectives into HIV reporting in South Africa, the U.S. Embassy sponsored a three-day workshop for South African journalists in Johannesburg from March 13-15, 2018.  Participants included reporters and editors from Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Eastern Cape, and Western Cape. The course provided an …

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Advancing the U.S.-South Africa Health Partnership

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Frontiers of Health Reporting: New Insights, Fresh Hope

ARE YOU A JOURNALIST REPORTING ON OR INTERESTED IN HEALTH ISSUES, SUCH AS HIV/AIDS? Do you want to sharpen your skills, learn about the latest advances, see examples of cutting edge reporting, and develop new networks? Apply today for a free, practical, hands-on, and interactive training which will focus on: The role of media in …

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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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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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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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U.S. Embassy Pretoria Presents Restitution to South African Victim of Crime

The U.S. Embassy in South Africa, through the office of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), presented $9,000 in restitution (approximately 125,000 Rand) to a South African victim of crime at a ceremony in Pretoria on December 6.  The crime victim’s name is being withheld due to privacy considerations.  Major General …

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Presidential Proclamation Recognizing Jerusalem as the Capital of the State of Israel and Relocating the United States Embassy to Israel to Jerusalem

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release December 06, 2017 The foreign policy of the United States is grounded in principled realism, which begins with an honest acknowledgment of plain facts.  With respect to the State of Israel, that requires …

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U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg Awards National Children’s Theatre Grant

U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg awards National Children’s Theatre grant for ‘A Short Cut to A Short Life’ Media Advisory November 20, 2017 As a part of the U.S. Mission to South Africa’s support of South Africa’s efforts to combat HIV/AIDS and gender-based violence, the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg has awarded the National Children’s Theatre …

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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. Secretary of State Tillerson: Remarks at the Grand Challenges Annual Meeting

Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington Marriott Marquis Washington, DC October 4, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Good afternoon. And thank you so much, Harry, for that very kind introduction. The work and commitment of the Bill and Melinda – of Bill and Melinda Gates and the Gates Foundation that they have undertaken across a range of …

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U.S. Embassy Welcomes New Consul General to Durban: Sherry Zalika Sykes

Media Advisory | October 4, 2017 The U.S. Mission to South Africa is pleased to announce the arrival of Consul General Sherry Zalika Sykes to lead the Consulate General in Durban.  U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Jessica Lapenn welcomed Consul General Sykes to the country on September 14, 2017.  “Consul General Sykes’ people-focused leadership in Durban …

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Statement by President Trump on the Shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release  October 2, 2017 Diplomatic Room | 10:50 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  My fellow Americans, we are joined together today in sadness, shock, and grief.  Last night, a gunman opened fire on a large crowd at a country music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada.  He brutally …

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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with African Leaders

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary September 21, 2017 President Donald J. Trump yesterday hosted a working luncheon in New York with the leaders of Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, and Uganda to discuss how the United States and Africa can work toward prosperity and peace.  They discussed a …

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U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson Launches PEPFAR Strategy for Accelerating HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control

Media Advisory | September 19, 2017 Under this new Strategy, the United States, through PEPFAR, will continue to invest in over 50 countries, including continued substantial investments in South Africa. The U.S. government remains committed to partnering with South Africa and commends the South African government’s continued leadership and increasing financial contribution to its response. …

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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. Embassy Recognizes Mamelodi Students for Achievements in Youth Citizens Action Program (Y-CAP)

Media Advisory | September 1, 2017 The U.S. Embassy recognized the achievements of a group of Mamelodi students for conceptualizing, organizing and implementing civic projects that sought to create solutions to problems within their schools and communities.  The students presented their projects to a panel of judges and received certificates during a ceremony on Tuesday, …

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U.S. Mission Sponsors Top Women’s Economic Empowerment Expert’s Visit to South Africa

Media Advisory | August 29, 2017 As part of its month-long programming throughout August to commemorate Women’s Month, the U.S. Mission to South Africa is hosting the President, CEO, and Co-Founder of WEConnect International, Ms. Elizabeth Vazquez, to present a series of workshops and lead discussions with women entrepreneurs and business leaders in Johannesburg, Pretoria …

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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 Cape Town: Virginia Blaser

Media Advisory / August 11, 2017 The U.S. Mission to South Africa is pleased to announce the arrival of the new Consul General to lead the Consulate General in Cape Town. U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Jessica Lapenn welcomed Consul General Virginia Blaser to the country on August 6, 2017. “Consul General Blaser brings extensive experience …

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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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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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Dr. Jenna Jambeck, U.S. Expert on Marine Waste, Joins South Africa’s Fight Against Plastic Pollution

Media Advisory July 24, 2017 The U.S. Mission to South Africa hosted Dr. Jenna Jambeck, an expert on plastic waste from the University of Georgia, for meetings with environmental leaders, local government officials, academics and members of the public in three provinces along South Africa’s coastline July 9-18, 2017.  She travelled to Port Elizabeth, Plettenberg …

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Statement from Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D., on the Death of Prudence Mabele

July 12, 2017 On behalf of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), I am deeply saddened by the death of Prudence Mabele. Ms. Mabele was a force of nature and a guiding light in the AIDS response, both globally and in her home country of South Africa. She was one of the …

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U.S. Army Africa and 101st Airborne Division to participate in Exercise Shared Accord 2017

Media Advisory July 14, 2017 LOHATLA, South Africa – The U.S. military, in partnership with the South Africa National Defense Force, will conduct Exercise Shared Accord 2017, a command post and company-level field training exercise, July 17 – August 3. Shared Accord 17 is a U.S. Africa Command directed and U.S. Army Africa led exercise …

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South African “Hometown Heroes” Receive Recognition for Community Building

Media Advisory | July 5, 2017 In partnership with SONY Pictures South Africa and e.tv, the U.S. Mission in South Africa recognized young South Africans making a difference in their communities on July 3 with an exclusive premier of the movie Spider-Man: Homecoming. Through a campaign on e.tv, Sony Pictures asked young South Africans making …

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Media Advisory: American Actor Antonio Lyons Joins Fight Against Gender-Based Violence with We Are Here

Media Advisory: June 27, 2017 American Actor Antonio Lyons Joins Fight Against Gender-Based Violence with We Are Here The U.S. Mission to South Africa, as part of its support for South Africa’s fight against gender-based violence, is hosting American actor, musician, poet and social activist Antonio Lyons for a nation-wide series of workshops and performances …

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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. Government Donates Border Enforcement Equipment to South African Revenue Service

Media Advisory  June 23, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in South Africa’s office of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilitated the donation of border enforcement equipment and tools to the South African Revenue Service (SARS) at their K-9 facility in Kempton Park.  The equipment will be utilized in support SARS’ efforts to safeguard the borders …

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Joint Statement: 8th South African – United States Annual Bilateral Forum, 8 June 2017

Media Advisory June 13, 2017 Joint Statement:  8th South African – United States Annual Bilateral Forum, 8 June 2017 The Embassy of the United States of America hosted the South African Government for the 8th Annual Bilateral Forum (ABF), on 8 June 2017, in Pretoria. The ABF takes place under the auspices of the South …

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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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Power Africa Launches New Initiative at African Utility Week

Media Advisory | Thursday, May 18, 2017 Power Africa announced the launch of its Southern African Energy Program this week in Cape Town, South Africa.  This announcement came as representatives from Power Africa, a U.S. government-led initiative, and the U.S. Mission in South Africa participated in African Utility Week and the Gas to Power World …

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PEPFAR Approves 2017 Budget to Support South Africa’s Fight Against HIV/AIDS and TB

PEPFAR Approves 2017 Budget to Support South Africa’s Fight Against HIV/AIDS and TB Media Advisory: May 5, 2017  On April 25, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy, Ambassador Deborah Birx, approved PEPFAR’s $483 million Country Operational Plan 2017 (COP2017) budget for South Africa, an increase over 2016.  The COP2017 budget …

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South Africa National Day: Statement by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

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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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Life on Mars? Former Senior NASA Executive and Aeronautical Engineer Jim Adams Contemplates the Possibility with South African Audiences

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U.S. Embassy Pretoria Hosts Former Mayor of Washington DC Anthony Williams

U.S. Embassy Pretoria Hosts Former Mayor of Washington DC Anthony Williams Media Advisory February 21, 2017 For more information: USEmbassySApress@state.gov To encourage enhanced dialogue between the United States and South Africa on best practices in city management and urban revitalization, the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria hosted former Mayor of Washington DC Anthony Williams February 13-17, 2017. …

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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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Statement from U.S. Embassy Pretoria on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2017

Media Statement U.S. Embassy Spokesperson Cynthia Harvey January 20, 2017 The peaceful transition of power is a cornerstone of American democracy.  On January 20, Americans representing different political parties and the great diversity of our country will come together to commemorate the passing of the baton, as President Obama brings his eight year term to …

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DREAMS Event Features Guest Speaker Oprah Winfrey

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U.S. Consul General Rowan Celebrates Renovations to Mapeloana Secondary School in Limpopo

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South Africa and United States Partner to Promote Renewable Energy Awareness

South Africa and United States Partner to Promote Renewable Energy Awareness Media Release | November 28, 2016 Johannesburg, South Africa, 23 November 2016 – ‘Expensive, inaccessible, complicated and unreliable’ are a few of the misperceptions about renewable energy that persist, despite South Africa’s success in building out its large-scale renewable energy infrastructure. To a large …

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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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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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U.S. Ambassador Gaspard Presents Liliesleaf Farm with an Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation Grant to Conserve Rare Documents from Liberation

U.S. Ambassador Gaspard Presents Liliesleaf Farm with an Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation Grant to Conserve Rare Documents from Liberation Media Advisory October 12, 2016 Ambassador Gaspard presented Liliesleaf Farm CEO Nicholas Wolpe with a U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) grant totaling $103,329 at a signing ceremony in Rivonia on October 12.  Liliesleaf …

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U.S. Votes “No” on CITES Appendix-I Uplisting of Elephants – Here’s Why

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Strongest CITES Protections Signal Hopeful Future for African Grey Parrots

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U.S. Mission to South Africa Awards Grants to Community Organizations Partnering in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS

U.S. Mission to South Africa Awards Grants to Community Organizations  Partnering in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS Media Advisory | September 29, 2016 The U.S. Mission to South Africa hosted a HIV/AIDS Community Grants Program Awards Ceremony, culminating a multi-day workshop for 23 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from Gauteng, Free State and North West, on September 28.  Through this community grants …

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Joint Statement: 7th South Africa – United States Annual Bilateral Forum

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Acting Assistant Secretary Judith Garber Travels to South Africa

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U.S. Embassy Pretoria Launches 2017 YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship

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Special Envoy for Climate Change Travel to Dakar, Abuja, Johannesburg, and Pretoria

Media Note Department of State Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 3, 2016 U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Dr. Jonathan Pershing will travel September 4 – 9 to Senegal, Nigeria, and South Africa. His trip is an important opportunity to discuss implementation of the Paris Agreement, and advance climate and clean energy efforts …

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Release of the 2015 International Religious Freedom Report

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PEPFAR and DREAMS Partners Announce Winners of the $85 Million DREAMS Innovation Challenge

Press Release | July 18, 2016 PEPFAR and DREAMS Partners Announce Winners of the $85 Million DREAMS Innovation Challenge $40 Million Targeted on Keeping Girls in Secondary School Durban, South Africa – Today, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR); Janssen Pharmaceutica NV (Janssen), one of the Janssen pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & …

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United States Science Envoy for the Ocean Makes Second Visit to South Africa

Media Advisory July 18, 2016 United States Science Envoy for the Ocean Makes Second Visit to South Africa U.S. Science Envoy Dr. Jane Lubchenco is visiting South Africa July 18-22 in support of President Barack Obama’s initiative to strengthen the United States’ science and education relationships overseas. Dr. Lubchenco is serving as the first U.S. …

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#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 …

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Statement from Ambassador Gaspard following announcement of arrests of four suspected terrorists

Media Statement July 13, 2016 Statement from Ambassador Gaspard following announcement of arrests of four suspected terrorists on July 9, 2016 I am pleased to join South Africans in commending the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (the Hawks) and other law enforcement agencies on the July 9 arrest of terrorists suspected of planning attacks on …

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PEPFAR Investing More Than $410 Million Towards an AIDS-Free Generation in South Africa

Media Advisory | July 11, 2016 PEPFAR Investing More Than $410 Million Towards an AIDS-Free Generation in South Africa The U.S. government, through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), has approved 2016 Country Operational Plan (COP16) programming and funding of $410 million (R 5.7 billion) towards the goal of achieving an AIDS-free generation …

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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 …

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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 …

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US Government Supports Young African Leaders

Press Release Monday, 13 June 2016 For more information please contact: Cindy Harvey USEmbassySAPress@state.gov  Johannesburg, South Africa – More than 140 rising young African leaders met in Johannesburg, South Africa June 9 – 11, 2016 to collaborate on their role in driving sustainable development and a prosperous future for Africa. In support of U.S. President Barack …

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U.S. Embassy Expands Projects to Address Wildlife Conservation and Trafficking in South Africa

Press Release Embassy of the United States 877 Pretorius Street, Arcadia, Pretoria Monday, June 6, 2016                                          U.S. Embassy Expands Projects to Address Wildlife Conservation and Trafficking in South Africa  Pretoria, June 6, 2016 — To advance …

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American Delegation Visits Liliesleaf Farm to Honor Leaders of the Anti-Apartheid Struggle

Press Release Embassy of the United States of America FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 2, 2016 For more information: Cynthia Harvey at USEmbassySAPress@state.gov American Delegation Visits Liliesleaf Farm to Honor Leaders of the Anti-Apartheid Struggle:  Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy’s Visit to South Africa   June 2, 2016 — U.S. Ambassador to South Africa …

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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 …

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Robert Kennedy’s Visit to South Africa: Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet Embassy of the United States of America May 25, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | For more information: Cynthia Harvey at USEmbassySAPress@state.gov   In June 1966, U.S. Senator Robert Kennedy made an historic visit to South Africa at the invitation of the National Union of South African Students (NUSAS), an anti-Apartheid student movement, to deliver its …

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New Partnership for Science, Technology and Innovation

Media Advisory FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 24, 2016 Pretoria – The South Africa Department of Science and Technology signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Global Development Lab, the newest bureau within USAID, to support the growing partnership between South Africa and the United States …

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U.S. Ambassador Patrick Gaspard Visits Limpopo

Media Advisory Embassy of the United States of America May 24, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information: Cynthia Harvey at USEmbassySAPress@state.gov U.S. Ambassador to South Africa Patrick Gaspard visited Limpopo May 23-24 to engage in a range of activities highlighting the growing ties between the people of Limpopo and the United States.  Hlayisani Nkwashu, an …

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Briefing with Ambassador David Malcolm Robinson, Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations and Coordinator for Reco

Africa Regional Media Hub United States Department of State Media Advisory  May 24, 2016 May 25 Briefing with Ambassador David Malcolm Robinson, Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations and Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization. EVENT: Please join us on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at 1300 GMT for a telephonic press conference …

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USAID Awarded Five Stars for Enviro-friendly Construction

  For Immediate Release 18 May 2016 NEWS RELEASE USAID Awarded Five Stars for Enviro-friendly Construction The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) has approved an environmentally friendly rating of the U.S. Agency for International Development new office building in Pretoria. The final design received the council’s four-star rating, in recognition of best practice, …

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An Open Letter to Civil Society

An Open Letter to Civil Society Patrick H. Gaspard U.S. Ambassador to South Africa Friday, May 6, 2016 I was delighted more than 200 of Africa’s most prominent and progressive civil society organizations came together with government officials this week in beautiful Cape Town to discuss how to improve governance across the continent.  Your participation …

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Embassy Pretoria Hosts Pretoria Food Cooperative: Win-Win for Small Farmers and Consumers Alike

Media Advisory FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information:  Embassy Spokesperson Cindy Harvey: USEmbassySAPress@state.gov A new initiative is bringing South African small farmers together to deliver affordable, nutritious, fresh produce to consumers at savings of up to 25%. While news headlines proclaim food price spikes as a result of the recent drought, the founders of the …

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Earth Day marks a significant climate change milestone

Mail & Guardian Analysis by Patrick Gaspard U.S. Ambassador to South Africa April 22, 2016  This Earth Day, with the signing of the Paris Agreement, is truly a cause for hope, writes the United States ambassador to South Africa. “To my compatriots, I have no hesitation in saying that each one of us is as …

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U.S. Embassy Pretoria Congratulates GIST Startup Bootcamp Winners

Media Advisory Embassy of the United States of America Monday, April 18, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | For more information: USEmbassySAPress@state.gov U.S. Embassy Pretoria congratulates the winners of the 2016 GIST Startup Bootcamp’s business pitch competition, Christian Mwijage and Elineca Ndowo and their social enterprise EcoAct Tanzania.  The U.S. Department of State-funded science and technology bootcamp took …

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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 …

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South Africa Receives Award Recognizing Outstanding Work to Combat Tuberculosis

South Africa has been selected by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and other key partners to receive an Achievement Award in recognition of the country’s outstanding work to combat tuberculosis (TB). USAID presented the government of South Africa with this award, which was accepted by Minister of Health Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi at a …

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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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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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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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Celebrating Black History Month with Performance of “A Raisin in the Sun” at Market Theatre

Media Advisory               Embassy of the United States Tuesday, February 9, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information: Cynthia Harvey: harveycr@state.gov The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria is sponsoring the South Africa premiere of “A Raisin in the Sun” at the historic Market Theatre in Johannesburg.  The play is directed by James Ngcobo and will be performed throughout February as …

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Wildlife Trafficking Cooperation

Fact Sheet Embassy of the United States of America 877 Pretorius Street, Arcadia, Pretoria January 28, 2016 Wildlife Trafficking Cooperation Trafficking in wildlife is an international conservation crisis and a multi-billion dollar illicit business that is pushing many iconic animal populations towards extinction. Wildlife trafficking is one of the most lucrative types of transnational organized …

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Secretary Jewell Visits S.A. to Encourage International Collaboration to Combat Wildlife Trafficking

Office of the Secretary U.S. Department of the Interior News Release January 29, 2016 Contact: Jessica Kershaw (Interior): Interior_Press@ios.doi.gov South Africa marks last stop on three-country visit as part of Obama Administration’s work to stop illegal trade that threatens to wipe out elephants, rhinos, other iconic species PRETORIA, South Africa – U.S. Secretary of …

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United States begins implementation of changes to the Visa Waiver Program

WASHINGTON—The United States today began implementing changes under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 (the Act).  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) welcomes more than a million passengers arriving to the United States every day and is committed to facilitating legitimate travel while maintaining the highest standards of security …

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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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Lions Are Now Protected Under the U.S. Endangered Species Act

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service added two subspecies of lion under the Endangered Species Act due to these primary factors: Habitat Loss Loss of Prey Retaliatory Killing Due to Increased Human-Lion Conflicts Inadequate Regulatory Mechanisms Weak Management of Protected Areas. Based on newly available scientific information on the genetics and taxonomy of lions, the …

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Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Discusses Security Cooperation, Peacekeeping, and Nonproliferation

On December 11, Under Secretary (U/S) of State for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller traveled to Pretoria for meetings on security cooperation, peacekeeping, and nonproliferation matters with her counterparts at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO).  While in Pretoria, she also met with Mandela Washington Fellow alumnae to discuss leadership and …

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Under Secretary Rose Gottemoeller Travels to Kenya, Angola and South Africa

Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller will visit Nairobi, Luanda and Pretoria December 6-11, 2015. December 7-9, Under Secretary Gottemoeller will be in Nairobi, Kenya to discuss our cooperative security relationship, regional security matters, and peacekeeping efforts with counterparts at Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs, as well as …

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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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Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release June 27, 2013 NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE: James Costos, of California, to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Andorra. Ronald J. Binz, of Colorado, to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the …

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US-sponsored MomConnect App Provides Free Antenatal Information

The U.S. Government, through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program has invested $4.9 million (R49million) towards MomConnect, a program aimed at preventing maternal mortality through the use of mobile phone technology. With MomConnect, the South African Government expects to save more lives by following women in their communities via mobile phone …

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