Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Durban, South Africa (January 17, 2018)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Durban, South Africa (January 17, 2018) Location: UNISA Campus, Durban Event: 500 UNISA employees and students are on the corner of KE Masinga Street and Stalwart Simelane Street.  The protesters are throwing stones and blocking roads.  Traffic in the area has been impacted. Actions to Take: Avoid the ...
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Security Messages for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (January 13, 2018)

Demonstration Alert U.S. Embassy Pretoria Location: H&M stores across South Africa. Event: Demonstrations are expected to or are currently taking place at H&M stores across South Africa. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) political party is protesting an H&M advertisement. Actions to Take: Avoid the areas of the demonstrations. Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Protest on December 14

December 13, 2017 The U.S. Mission has learned that a protest march by the Palestine Solidarity Alliance is scheduled for Thursday, December 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in front of the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg. The march will protest U.S. policy towards Israel and is expected to be peaceful. The City of ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protests in Cape Town

December 11, 2017 The U.S. Consulate Cape Town informs U.S. citizens that the Al-Quds Foundation and Muslim Judicial Council of South Africa announced plans to hold a demonstration on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 in Cape Town’s Central Business District from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in protest of the United States’ recent recognition of Jerusalem ...
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Worldwide Caution

December 6, 2017 As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  This replaces the Worldwide ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Taxi March in Pretoria on Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Security Message for U.S. Citizens Taxi March in Pretoria on Wednesday, November 8, 2017  November 7, 2017 Tshwane Metro Police announced that the National Taxi Alliances have a permit approved for 10,000 people to march on Wednesday, November 08, 2017.  The planned route of the march is from the Old Putco Depot in Marabastad, to ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: University Campus Protests

Messages for U.S. Citizens University Campus Protests November 3, 2017 The U.S. Mission to South Africa advises U.S. citizens to continue to monitor carefully the situation on university campuses. Over the last several weeks, protests on and around university campuses, including residential facilities, have continued across South Africa. U.S. citizens are advised to exercise caution on university campuses ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protest March in Pretoria on Thursday, November 2, 2017

Messages for U.S. Citizens U.S. Embassy Pretoria November, 01, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria informs U.S. citizens in South Africa that Tshwane Metro Police announced that the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have a permit approved for 2,000 people to march from Church Square to the Israeli Embassy in Hatfield on Thursday, November 2, 2017.  ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Thursday, October 26, 2017 Planned Protest

Messages for U.S. Citizens U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg October 25, 2016 The U.S. Mission informs U.S. citizens in South Africa that a protest march by the South African “Black First Land First (BLF)” movement is scheduled for Thursday, October 26, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., following a route from George Lea Park to ...
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Messages for U.S. Citizens: Temporary Closure of Durban Consulate

Messages to U.S. Citizens U.S. Consulate Durban October 4, 2017 The U.S. Consulate in Durban would like to inform all U.S. citizens that the U.S. Consulate in Durban will be closed until further notice due to maintenance work. The Consulate in Durban anticipates re-opening middle of next week, but will send out a notice to ...
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Security Messages for U.S. Citizen: National Strike on Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Messages for U.S. Citizens U.S. Mission South Africa September 22, 2017 The U.S. Mission informs U.S. citizens in South Africa that the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) announced plans to embark upon a national strike on September 27, 2017 over State Capture and corruption. Planned deployments are outlined below. U.S. citizens are encouraged ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens Demonstration in Pretoria September 18 – 22, 2017

Security Message for U.S. Citizens U.S. Embassy Pretoria September 15, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria would like to inform all U.S. citizens that taxi drivers are potentially planning demonstrations in several areas of Pretoria from September 18 – 22 regarding grievances related to traffic fines.  Although the taxi drivers have withdrawn their application to ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Transportation Network Companies in South Africa

Security Message for U.S. Citizens U.S. Embassy Pretoria September 13, 2017 The U.S. Mission informs U.S. citizens in South Africa that there have been violent altercations between drivers for Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), such as Uber and Taxify, and metered taxi drivers throughout South Africa, but primarily in the Gauteng Province. In an effort to ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Pretoria on Wednesday

Security Message for U.S. Citizens U.S. Embassy Pretoria August 16, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria encourages all U.S. citizens to avoid the Central Business District (CBD) of Pretoria today, Wednesday, August 16, 2017, due to demonstrations organized by taxi drivers.  The U.S. Embassy is aware of unconfirmed reports of violence against other taxis and ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens Demonstration in Pretoria on Tuesday, August 8, 2017

August 7, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria would like to inform all U.S. citizens of demonstrations organized by the Economic Freedom Fighters scheduled for Tuesday, August 8, 2017. In Pretoria, demonstrators will march from Church Square to the Union Buildings beginning at 10:00 a.m. In Johannesburg, demonstrators will march from Joubert Park to the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Cape Town on Monday, August 7, and Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Messages for U.S. Citizens | U.S. Consulate Cape Town | August 3, 2017 The U.S. Consulate in Cape Town would like to inform all U.S. citizens of demonstrations scheduled for Monday, August 7, and Tuesday, August 8, in Cape Town’s city center. On August 7, #UnitedBehind has called for a demonstration from 2:00 p.m. to ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Robberies of Passengers from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo Airport

Messages for U.S. Citizens U.S. Consulate General, Johannesburg July 25, 2017 The U.S. Mission to South Africa advises U.S. citizens to exercise caution when arranging ground transportation from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg to hotels, guest houses, and residences.  Numerous U.S. citizens and other travelers have been robbed at gun point while traveling from ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens Demonstration in Pretoria on Monday, July 17, 2017

Security Messages for U.S. Citizens U.S. Consulate Johannesburg July 14, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria would like to inform all U.S. citizens of demonstrations scheduled for Monday, July 17, 2017, in the City of Tshwane, as reported by local media. According to media reports, more than 3,000 private security guards have threatened to make ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Johannesburg on Friday, July 14, 2017 (July 12, 2017)

Security Messages for U.S. Citizens U.S. Consulate Johannesburg July 12, 2017 The U.S. Consulate in Johannesburg would like to inform U.S. citizens of two demonstrations planned by the Greater Local Mining Communities Business Forum scheduled for Friday, July 14, 2017.  The first march is planned to take place in the Johannesburg Central Business District.  Participants ...
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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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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Pretoria on Thursday, May 18, 2017

Security Messages for U.S. Citizens U.S. Embassy Pretoria May 17, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria would like to inform all U.S. citizens of a protest march scheduled for Thursday, May 18, 2017 in front of the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria at 877 Pretorius Street and in front of the United Nations Offices on Francis ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Johannesburg on Monday, May 15, 2017

Security Message for U.S. Citizens U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg May 12, 2017 The U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg would like to inform all personnel of a protest march scheduled for Monday, May 15, 2017 in the Johannesburg Central Business District. The City of Johannesburg has issued a permit for 5,000 participants, and the march is ...
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Security Messages for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Pretoria on Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Security Messages for U.S. Citizens U.S. Consulate General, Johannesburg April 11. 2017 Various groups are calling for mass demonstrations in Pretoria, Central Business District (CBD) on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from 12:00pm – 3:00pm. The “National Day of Action” demonstrators plan to gather in the Central Business District (CBD) at Church Square around 9:00am before ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in South Africa on April 7

Security Messages for U.S. Citizens U.S. diplomatic Mission South Africa April 06, 2017 The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa notifies U.S. citizens that demonstrations are expected to take place across South Africa on April 7.  While the demonstrations will primarily take place in and around central business districts, civil disruptions, including demonstrations and protests, ...
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Security Messages for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Caution Update, March 07, 2017

Security Messages for U.S. Citizens U.S. Consulate General March 07, 2017 As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. ...
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Security Messages for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Johannesburg on Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Messages For U.S. Citizens U.S. Consulate General, Johannesburg February 28, 2017 The U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg advises U.S. citizens to avoid the Jeppestown area east of the Johannesburg Central Business District (CBD) at this time due to ongoing anti-foreigner protests and violence.  Please note that the violence could also result in roadblocks on the ...
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Security Messages for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Pretoria on Friday, February 24, 2017

Security Messages For U.S. Citizens U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg A march against illegal immigrants organized by “Mamelodi Concerned Residents” is expected to take place in the Pretoria Central Business District (CBD) on Friday, February 24th, 2017 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.  Marchers plan to gather at 11:00 am at the corner of Cowie and ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Rallies and Protests in Vicinity of South African Parliament, Cape Town on February 7-9, 2017

Security Message for U.S. Citizens U.S. Consulate General Cape Town  The U.S. Consulate General Cape Town informs U.S. citizens that a number of political rallies and demonstrations are expected to take place in Cape Town in conjunction with the opening of the South African Parliament between February 7 – 9, 2017. TUESDAY – FEBRUARY 7, ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Disturbances and Disruptions during University Registration Period (Late January to mid-February 2017)

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Disturbances and Disruptions during University Registration Period (Late January to mid-February 2017) The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens that demonstrations are taking place on January 26, 2017 at several University of South Africa (UNISA) campuses around the country. UNISA employees are engaged in a dispute with ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Pretoria, December 20, 2016

 Security Message for U.S. Citizens  December 20, 2016 The U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg informs U.S. citizens of a demonstration taking place today, Tuesday, December 20, 2016, in Pretoria.  The demonstration is taking place in front of the Embassy of the Democratic Republic of Congo, located at 791 Francis Baard Street in Pretoria.  There are ...
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Security Messages for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Safety Reminder

Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Holiday Safety Reminder November 22, 2016 The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa reminds U.S. citizens to take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security during the upcoming holiday season.  Criminals are aware that many people at this time of year are carrying gifts, such as expensive electronic items and ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Demonstration in Pretoria on November 2, 2016

Security Message for U.S. Citizens October 31, 2016 The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens that the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have planned a demonstration for Wednesday, November 2 at 8:00 A.M. at the Church Square, in the Pretoria central business district.  The march route is unknown at this time.  The purpose ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Potential Protests/Avoid University Campuses October 21, 2016

The U.S. Mission to South Africa advises U.S. citizens to continue to monitor carefully the situation on university campuses. Over the last several weeks, violent protests on and around university campuses, including residential facilities, have continued across South Africa. U.S. citizens are advised to exercise caution and avoid campuses, including residential facilities, in the areas where protests have turned violent. ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: March in Pretoria on October 20, 2016

The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens of a student protest march taking place today, Thursday, October 20, 2016 in Pretoria between the hours of 8:00 and 13:00.  The possible route will be between Church Square and the Union Buildings.  It is anticipated that up to 3,000 protestors will be in the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protests and Property Damage Around the Area of the University of the Witswatersrand, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

Security Message for U.S. Citizens October 15, 2016 The U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg notifies U.S. citizens that it has advised employees to avoid the Braamfontein neighborhood of Johannesburg due to protests and property damage around the area of the University of the Witswatersrand, for as long as these protests continue. U.S. citizens are reminded ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Student Demonstration in Sandton on Friday, September 30, 2016

Security Message for U.S. Citizens Student Demonstration in Sandton on Friday, September 30, 2016 September 28, 2016  The U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg informs U.S. citizens that a scheduled Congress of South African Students (COSAS) protest is scheduled for Friday, September 30th at George Lea Park in Sandton.  George Lea Park is at the intersection ...
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Messages for U.S. Citizens: Absentee Voting Week is September 26-October 3

Absentee Voting Week is September 26-October 3 Messages for U.S. Citizens September 21, 2016 Be an Active Voter by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2016 U.S. elections and participating in Absentee Voting Week! In many states, the voter registration deadline for the November 2016 elections is October 10.  For some voters this might ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Students Demonstrates and Protests

Student Demonstrations and Protests Security Message for U.S. Citizens September 20, 2016 The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens that university students are continuing to mobilize across campuses to express their concerns about university affordability and campus governance issues.  While demonstrations will be primarily confined to university campuses, these demonstrations and protests ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Update to State Department’s Worldwide Caution

Security Message for U.S. Citizens Update to State Department’s Worldwide Caution September 12, 2016 As part of the State Department’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about relevant events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests ...
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Demonstration in Pretoria on September 1, 2016

Demonstration in Pretoria on September 1, 2016 Security Message for U.S. Citizens September 1, 2016 The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens of a demonstration taking place today, Tuesday, September 1, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. in Pretoria.  The demonstration is taking place in front of the Embassy of Gabon, located at 921 ...
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Messages for U.S. Citizens: IRS Webinar on Data Theft Today, August 17 at 7:00 p.m. (CAT)

IRS Webinar on Data Theft Today, August 17 at 7:00 p.m. (CAT) Messages for U.S. Citizens August 17, 2016 The U.S. Diplomatic Mission in South Africa wishes to inform U.S. citizens that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will host a webinar on “Protect your clients and yourself from data theft” on Wednesday, August 17, 2016, ...
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Demonstration in Sandton on August 11, 2016

Demonstration in Sandton on August 11, 2016 Security Message for U.S. Citizens August 10, 2016 The U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg, South Africa, informs U.S. citizens of a demonstration taking place in Sandton, Johannesburg, tomorrow, August 11, 2016.  The demonstration is organized by the Communications Workers Union, and is scheduled to begin at 10:00am at ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Durban Central Business District (July 18, 2016)

Demonstrations in Durban Central Business District Security Message for U.S. Citizens July 18, 2016 The United States Consulate General in Durban wishes to inform U.S. citizens that a demonstration is scheduled to take place in the Durban Central Business District today, July 18, 2016.  The demonstration will be held by Treatment Action Campaign and +Section 27 to ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Demonstration Activity in Durban Central Business District on July 13, 2016

Planned Demonstration Activity in Durban Central Business District on July 13, 2016 A demonstration will take place in the Durban Central Business District today, Wednesday, July 13, 2016.  The demonstrators are street venders.  The march is scheduled to start at 10:00 in Botha’s Garden.  The demonstrators will march down Dr. Pixley KaSeme Street to present ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Protest at U.S. Consulate General Cape Town on Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Planned Protest at U.S. Consulate General Cape Town on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 July 12, 2016 The U.S. Consulate General in Cape Town informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration is expected to take place in front of the Consulate at approximately 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 13, 2016.  We have been informed that the protestors ...
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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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Election-Related Demonstrations and Disruptions

Election-Related Demonstrations and Disruptions Security Message for U.S. Citizens June 21, 2016 The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens that municipal elections are scheduled to take place in South Africa on August 3, 2016.  Spontaneous civil disruptions, including demonstrations and protests, are occurring and may continue to occur before and during the ...
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Planned Demonstration in Vicinity of U.S. Consulate General Cape Town – June 17, 2016

Security Message for U.S. Citizens June 17, 2016 Planned Demonstration in Vicinity of U.S. Consulate General Cape Town – June 17, 2016 The U.S. Consulate General Cape Town informs U.S. citizens that a demonstrations is expected to take place at at the U.S. Consulate General Cape Town from 1100 – 1300 hours on Friday, June ...
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Demonstration Activity in Durban Metro Area Expected to Continue – June 7, 2016

Demonstration Activity in Durban Metro Area Expected to Continue – June 7, 2016 The June 6th demonstration and protest activities that disrupted traffic on major thoroughfares in the Durban metro area are expected to continue at least through tomorrow, June 7th. The timing, extent, and location of these demonstrations is unknown, but significant traffic disruptions ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Threats to Shopping Areas and Malls

Threats to Shopping Areas and Malls Security Message for U.S. Citizens June 4, 2016 The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens that the U.S. Government has received information that terrorist groups are planning to carry out near-term attacks against places where U.S. citizens congregate in South Africa, such as upscale shopping areas ...
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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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Planned Demonstration Activity in Durban Central Business District on May 6, 2016

Security Message for U.S. Citizens A protest will take place in the Durban Central Business District today, Friday, May 6, 2016.  The demonstrators are Telkom employees protesting over pay issues.  Participants will March down Dr Pixley Kaseme Street around 1100 to the Durban City hall. The exact number of protestors is unknown.  South African Police ...
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Demonstration Activity in Durban Central Business District on April 20, 2016

Security Message for U.S. Citizens Today, April 20, 2016, Metro Police are responding with anti-riot gear to a demonstration that is taking place in the Durban Central Business District.  Workers from the municipality have blocked Dr. Pixley Kaseme (West Street) and Dorothy Nyembe (Gardiner Street) Streets with their city vehicles.  The number of protestors is ...
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Planned Demonstration Activity in Durban Central Business District on April 7, 2016

A protest will take place in the Durban Central Business District today, Thursday, April 7, 2016.  The protest is directed against possible mining activities along the coast.  Participants will start assembling at 11:00 a.m. outside of 330 Anton Lembede (Smith Street).  They are expected to be at this address protesting until around 12:00 p.m.  The ...
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Demonstration Activity in Durban Central Business District on March 30, 2016

A taxi worker demonstration is taking place in the Durban Central Business District today, Wednesday, March 30, 2016.  Earlier today, a meeting was held at Botha’s Garden by the aggrieved taxi operators, and they have decided to initiate a provincial-wide taxi strike and protest through Durban’s Central Business District (CBD). Historically, there has been a ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Caution Update

Security Message for U.S. Citizens WORLDWIDE CAUTION UPDATE  March 4, 2016 The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Current information suggests that ISIL, al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, al-Shabaab, and other terrorist groups continue to plan ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Town Hall for U.S. Citizens with Ambassador Patrick Gaspard, March 9, 2016

Message for U.S. Citizens Town Hall for U.S. Citizens with Ambassador Patrick Gaspard, March 9, 2016  February 25, 2016 The U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg is pleased to invite all U.S. citizens in Gauteng, Northwest, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and Free State to a Town Hall event with the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of South Africa, ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations at Universities in South Africa

Security Message for U.S. Citizens Demonstrations at Universities in South Africa February 22, 2016 The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa reminds U.S. citizens that demonstrations have occurred on campus and in the vicinity of several universities in South Africa in recent days.  Some of the demonstrations have involved incidents of violence.  Further demonstrations can ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Demonstration in Pretoria on February 19, 2016

Security Message for U.S. Citizens Planned Demonstration in Pretoria on February 19, 2016 February 19, 2016 The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens of a demonstration planned for today, Friday, February 19 at 10:00a.m. in Pretoria.  The demonstration is organized by the African National Congress (ANC) to mobilize support for economic and social issues.  Tshwane ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: VOTING IN 2016 U.S. ELECTIONS

Your vote counts!  Did you know that many U.S. elections for house and senate have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters? All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt ...
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Holiday Safety and Security

With the approaching holiday season, the U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa reminds U.S. citizens to maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.  Criminals are aware that many people at this time of year are carrying gifts, such as expensive electronic items and jewelry.  The criminals may ...
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Planned Demonstrations in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth, and Cape Town on December 16, 2015

The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens of demonstrations planned for Johannesburg, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth, and Cape Town on Wednesday, December 16, 2015, starting at 10:00 a.m. and ending at noon.  The demonstrations are organized by a variety of local non-governmental organizations to protest corruption in government.  Disruptions to motor vehicle traffic ...
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Worldwide Travel Alert

Last Updated: November 23, 2015 The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats. Current information suggests that ISIL (aka Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions.  These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional ...
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Student Demonstrations

The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens of on-going student demonstrations taking place at University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg), University of Cape Town (Cape Town), Stellenbosch University (Stellenbosch), Rhodes University (Grahamstown) and Eastcape Midlands College (Grahamstown).  The demonstrations may spread to other universities and their surrounding areas, causing disruptions in motor vehicle ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Elimination of U.S. Passport Extra Pages

The U.S. Department of State will discontinue the service of adding additional visa pages to U.S. passports as of January 1, 2016.  Requests for additional pages will be accepted for existing passports only through December 31, 2015.  The determination to eliminate the visa page insert service was made to enhance the security of the U.S. ...
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Planned country-wide demonstrations planned on October 7, 2015 to mark World Day for Decent Work

The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens of possible country-wide demonstrations planned for 9 am on October 7, 2015 to mark World Day for Decent Work.  The demonstrations are organized by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU).  The total number of expected participants in each march is unknown at this ...
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Terrorist Threat to U.S. Interests in South Africa

The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa has received information that extremists may be targeting U.S. interests in South Africa, to possibly include U.S. Government facilities and other facilities identifiable with U.S. business interests.  There is no additional information as to timing or potential targeting. Review your personal security plans; remain aware and vigilant of ...
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Anniversary of the September 11 Attacks

As the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaches, the U.S. Mission to South Africa reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security. While there are threats against U.S. citizens everywhere, there are groups in the region who are intent on harming U.S. citizens and U.S. interests. Review your personal security ...
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Planned Demonstration in Durban Central Business District

The U.S. Consulate General in Durban informs U.S. citizens of a demonstration planned for August 21, 2015 in Durban’s central business district. A group, Silent Protest Durban 2015, is planning to march to raise awareness of gender-based violence. The organizers expect several hundred people to attend. The march will start at the DUT city campus ...
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Planned Demonstration by Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Johannesburg

The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens of a demonstration planned for Tuesday, October 27 at 9:00 a.m. in Johannesburg. The demonstration is organized by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to protest corruption. The City of Johannesburg has issued a permit for 2,000 participants. Disruptions to motor vehicle traffic are expected in ...
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Updated Worldwide Caution

The following Worldwide Caution was issued by the Department of State on July 29, 2015 The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution to provide information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those affiliated with terrorist entities, copycats, ...
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Demonstration at U.S. Embassy in Pretoria on June 19

U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens that the main South African labor federation will lead a march against U.S. polices on Friday, June 19 from 09:30 to 13:00. The march will begin on Francis Baard Avenue and continue to the corner of Orient and Pretorius ...
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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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Demonstration at U.S. Embassy in Pretoria on May 21

The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration will occur outside the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria on May 21.  The group is protesting against recent developments in Burundi. Participants are expected to gather from  10:30 a.m – 12:00 noon at the corner of Pretorius and Orient Streets.   Local authorities ...
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Demonstration on May 8 in Durban Central Business District

U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration is expected to take place in the Durban Central Business District on Friday, May 8.  Protestors are expected to begin marching at approximately 11:00am from Botha’s Garden and proceed to City Hallto demonstrate against “The Colonization ...
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Protest-related Violence in Soweto

U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa Protests over service delivery in Soweto, Gauteng, have continued into a second day with individuals burning tires, blocking roads, confronting motorists, and threatening to burn down houses in the area.  The protestors have been engaging in sporadic violent clashes with police. Media reports indicate that the protests involve approximately ...
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Planned Demonstration/Political Activities in Durban – May 1 and 2, 2015

Cape Town This message is issued to alert U.S. citizens to demonstrations and political activities in Durban over the holiday weekend that will attract large numbers of people. On May 1st the Congress of South African Trade Unions will commence a march at 09:00 from the Workshop in Durban’s central business district and end at Currie’s ...
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Violence Against Foreign Nationals

U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa On April 15, there were incidents of violence and protest directed at foreigner nationals in the Johannesburg central business district (CBD).    The South African Police Service (SAPS) has responded with increased staff and patrols.  In the afternoon of April 16, there were additional reports of attacks against immigrants ...
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Planned Demonstration in Durban Central Business District – April 16, 2015

This message is issued to inform U.S. citizens to a demonstration planned for April 16 in Durban’s central business district. The planned demonstration is to protest against xenophobia. Marchers will gather at Currie’s Fountain at 10:00 a.m. and proceed to City Hall where they will hold a rally. Several thousand marchers are expected. The U.S. ...
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Planned Demonstration in Durban Central Business District

U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa This message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens to a demonstration planned for April 8 in Durban’s central business district. The South African Police Service (SAPS) has confirmed that there will be a protest march on April 8, 2015.  The protest is against xenophobia. Marchers will gather at ...
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Armed Robberies of Visitors to Durban’s Japanese Gardens

This message is being issued to inform U.S. citizens of numerous armed robberies that have taken place in Durban’s Japanese Gardens. Since March 2014, 13 armed robberies have been reported in the Japanese Gardens. In each case, visitors were held up at knife point and robbed. At least two victims were stabbed. A spokesperson for ...
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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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Brush Fires in Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs

U.S. Diplomatic Mission South Africa City of Cape Town emergency services continue to battle a very large wildfire on the slopes of the mountains in the vicinity of Muizenberg, Boyes Drive, Tokai, Ou Kaapse Weg, Noordhoek, Chapman’s Peak, and Hout Bay. As of 1 PM on Monday, March 2 city officials characterize the fire as ...
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Vandalism and Looting in Soweto and Other Areas

Security Message for U.S. Citizens Violent acts of vandalism and looting have occurred in Soweto over the past few days. There are also reports that similar acts have occurred in Roodepoort and other nearby areas in Gauteng Province. South African Police Services (SAPS) are responding to these incidents, but U.S. citizens should avoid all areas ...
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