Asset Recovery Guide Adds to U.S. Tools to Support International Anti-Corruption Efforts

The United States is a global leader in finding and recovering public assets that are stolen and hidden abroad by corrupt regimes. The U.S. State Department plays a key role in recovering these ill-gotten gains by facilitating cooperation with foreign governments and building partner capacity and cross-border cooperation. To help facilitate effective international cooperation between ...
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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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Signing of Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Projects (REIPPP) Agreements

Congratulations, South Africa!  We were thrilled to be at today’s signing of renewable energy independent power producer project (REIPPP) agreements, which will result in R55.92 billion in new investments in the energy sector (including foreign direct investment from U.S. companies!), create nearly 60,000 new jobs, and generate 2300 megawatts of energy.  Chargé d’Affaires Jessye Lapenn ...
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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

UNITED STATES GLOBAL AIDS COORDINATOR VISITS SOUTH AFRICA TO ADVANCE U.S.-SOUTH AFRICA HEALTH PARTNERSHIP Media Release March 13, 2018 The U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Deborah Birx visited South Africa from February 19 to March 1 regarding implementation of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).  The American people, through PEPFAR, are deeply committed ...
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Investing in Children’s Future: Mzamowethu Combined School Celebrates School Expansion Project

Learners at Mzamowethu Combined School outside of East London, Eastern Cape, are now enjoying the addition of several new classroom buildings, thanks to the U.S. Mission’s Office of Defense Cooperation. Through AFRICOM’s Humanitarian Assistance funds, and working together with the South African Ministry of Basic Education, the Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) has expanded and ...
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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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Meet our AlumnU.S. Benjamin Jephta 

Are you a musician? Keen to collaborate with artists from around the world? Then WATCH as our Chargé d’Affaires Jessye Lapenn meets Benjamin Jephta, a South African jazz prodigy, who went on the > OneBeat  exchange program to the U.S! In this episode of our Meet The AlumnU.S. series,  Benjamin Jephta shares more about his journey and what inspires his ...
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Perfecting the Pitch for Business

Pretoria News | November 20, 11:34AM | Matlhatsi Dikbakwane WOMEN in business were given training on perfecting their businesses during the Women in Business Connect Session at the Es’kia Mphahlele Community Library at Sammy Marks Square last week. They were also urged to pitch their business plans in 30 seconds with three main points – introduction, content and conclusion. “All these three points are ...
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HIV/AIDS: Exchanging Ideas and Best Practices on Serving Key Populations

During the learning visit, the Atlanta and Kenya teams were given a critical overview of some of CDC SA’s KP programs targeting men who have sex with men (MSM), and people who inject drugs (PWID) Key population (KP) representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta and Kenya visited South Africa ...
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Counselor to Chief Justice of the United States Visits Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein

Mr. Jeffrey Minear, Counselor to Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Jr., was in Bloemfontein last week as part of a U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg visiting speaker program.  Mr. Minear visited the Supreme Court of Appeal, where he met with legal researchers, Court administrative staff, and judges to discuss best practices ...
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Making Science Fun

Ga-Rankuwa Voice | Words: Ofentse Mathibe;  Images: Susanna Smith | October 31, 2017 The United States Embassy in conjunction with Leap Science and Maths School in Ga-Rankuwa Zone 5 held a Science Lesson session, encouraging learners to be part of this amazing field of study, on 17 October. The U.S Mission is partnering with South African organisations ...
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US Volunteers Give Back and in Turn Learn the Practice of Ubuntu

Daily Maverick | Orateng Lepodise | September 26, 2017 Giving back is a reward. Nobody knows this better than the United States Peace Corps, which hosted a swearing-in ceremony for 40 new South African volunteers on Friday. The Peace Corps is working at improving education and health conditions and capacity in South Africa. On Friday, the Peace Corps hosted a swearing in ceremony in ...
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New US Consul General is Back in the City She Loves

Sunday Tribune | 24 Sep 2017 | NOKUTHULA NTULI AN ACTIVIST with a passion for community empowerment, career diplomat Sherry Zalika Sykes, has returned to Durban, a city close to her heart, and the heart of her late son, Omar Sykes. The new US consul-general, who arrived in the country last Friday, has served in ...
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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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U.S. Company Breaks New Ground in SA

Last Thursday, US manufacturer of construction and mining equipment Caterpillar opened their new international parts distribution centre in in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni. The centre is the only one located in Africa.
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U.S. Partners With SA Health Department

Over 866 nursing graduates have benefited from high quality training through the Nursing Education Partnership Initiative (NEPI) between the governments of South Africa and U.S. Durban | August 25, 2017: U.S. Embassy South Africa Health Attaché Steve Smith officially handed over the #NEPI program to South Africa’s National Department of Health at Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital ...
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Outgoing Economic Counselor Sees Big ‘Untapped’ US-SA Economic Potential

Terence Creamer | Engineering News | August 29, 2017 The US Embassy’s outgoing Economic Counselor, Laird Treiber, says there has been a steady stream of American investment into South Africa during his three-year tour and that, notwithstanding the current hiatus in investment activity, economic relations are poised to expand again, owing to the strongly complementary profiles of the two economies. In an interview with Engineering News Online ahead of his departure in ...
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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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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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U.S. CONSULATE JOHANNESBURG Security Message for U.S. Citizens Demonstration in Sandton on Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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

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

Mayors Kasim Reed from Atlanta and Patricia de Lille from Cape Town met last week to build closer ties, explore opportunities to grow the two cities’ economies, and discuss best practices. U.S. Consul General to Cape Town, Teddy Taylor, hosted the two mayors at his residence and welcomed government, civil society, and business leaders to ...
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Let’s Make a Deal! South African Private Sector Leaders to American Investors: “We’re Open for Business”

Let’s Make a Deal! South African Private Sector Leaders to American Investors: “We’re Open for Business” It is not every day that you get international dealmakers of this size together under one roof, but earlier today in Sandton, some of South Africa’s top business leaders, including Chief Executive of Standard Bank – South Africa Sim Tshabalala and Chief Executive Officer ...
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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

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by Secretary TILLERSON South Africa National Day April 27, 2017 On behalf of President Trump and the American people, I congratulate all South Africans as you observe the 23rd anniversary of Freedom Day. On this day commemorating your first democratic elections, we reflect ...
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Peace Corps Celebrates 20 Years in South Africa and Swears-in 33 New Volunteers

Peace Corps Celebrates 20 Years in South Africa and Swears-in 33 New Volunteers In 1994, Presidents Mandela and Clinton agreed the United States and South Africa should work together for the transformation of South Africa. For the past 20 years, Americans have been coming to South Africa as Peace Corps Volunteers. Last week, 33 new ...
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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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The U.S. Consulate General Durban supports the work of the Denis Hurley Centre’s Usizo Lwethu Clinic

The U.S. Consulate General Durban supports the work of the Denis Hurley Centre’s Usizo Lwethu Clinic The U.S. Consulate General Durban congratulates the Usizo Lwethu Clinic for its remarkable accomplishments in 2016. The clinic, located in the Denis Hurley Centre in downtown Durban, reported a notable increase in patient visits from 17,000 in 2015 to ...
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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

DREAMS Event Features Guest Speaker Oprah Winfrey Media Advisory | December 3, 2016 U.S. Ambassador Patrick Gaspard hosted an audience of young South African women on Friday for what may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet global media leader and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey. Ms. Winfrey, who is in South Africa celebrating the sixth graduating class ...
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U.S. Consul General Rowan Celebrates Renovations to Mapeloana Secondary School in Limpopo

 U.S. Consul General Rowan Celebrates Renovations to  Mapeloana Secondary School in Limpopo Media Advisory: | November 29, 2016 U.S. Consul General in Johannesburg, Christopher Rowan, delivered remarks on November 29, 2016 at the Mapeloana Secondary School in Limpopo during a ribbon cutting ceremony marking the completion of the school’s renovation. Funding for the renovations was ...
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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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USAID Southern Africa: Democracy, Rights & Governance

Overview USAID’s primary development goal in South Africa is the country’s continued transformation into an equitable, effective, and exemplary nation.  In consultation with the South African Government, USAID promotes improved rule of law and respect for human rights throughout Southern Africa, and supports South Africa’s leadership in advancing stability in the region and addressing the ...
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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. 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

JOINT STATEMENT 7th SOUTH AFRICA – UNITED STATES ANNUAL BILATERAL FORUM 28 SEPTEMBER 2016 The Department of International Cooperation and Relations hosted the United States Mission in Pretoria for the 7th Annual Bilateral Forum (ABF), on 28 September 2016. The Forum was co-chaired by the Chief Director: North America and Regional Organisations, Ambassador Peter Goosen ...
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Acting Assistant Secretary Judith Garber Travels to South Africa

Acting Assistant Secretary Judith Garber Travels to South Africa Department of State Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 26, 2016 Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Judith Garber will travel to Pretoria and Johannesburg, South Africa, September 26–30, to meet with South ...
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U.S. Embassy Pretoria Launches 2017 YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship

U.S. Embassy Pretoria Launches 2017 YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship Media Advisory September 21, 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria opened the six-week application period for the 2017 YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship today, Wednesday, September 21, 2016 and invites all interested candidates in South Africa to apply for this professional development program created by President Barack ...
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KwaZulu-Natal Farmer Mentors Youth

Mzwandile Duma was one of the first KwaZulu-Natal youth to take part in the Future Farmers Foundation project to gain knowledge and practical experience about farming in the United States. Duma joined the program straight from high school, when he was 19 years old. ‪‎Future Farmers Foundation is a small but dedicated foundation that provides platforms from which young men ...
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KwaZulu-Natal Youth Discuss Radio Industry Challenges

KZN youth discuss radio industry challenges DURBAN, JULY 28, 2016 – The National Community Radio Forum-KwaZulu Natal, in partnership with the U.S. Consulate in Durban, hosted the Youth in Media Annual Dialogue at Durban City Hall. About 120 youth from across the province of KwaZulu-Natal attended the event, including students from University of Zululand, Durban ...
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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 & Johnson; and ViiV Healthcare announced a ...
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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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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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US ambassador on the politics of performance and theatre

Rebecca Davis | Mail & Guardian | June 7, 2016 The social media savvy Patrick Gaspard talks about his love of Jo’burg and how the US can learn from SA how to discuss racism frankly. Gaspard as diplomatic as ever United States ambassador Patrick Gaspard swoops into a boardroom at Cape Town’s Cape Grace hotel, full of apologies ...
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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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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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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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New American learning center opens at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

A new U.S. funded center opened at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University exposing professionals, scholars, and students to hundreds of exchange and study opportunities. The American Corner, Port Elizabeth will create a forum for an exchange of ideas, arts, and culture between Americans and South Africans in the Eastern Cape. Deputy Vice-Chancellor Prof Andrew Leitch officially ...
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Serving South African Communities

The United States Peace Corps held a ceremony to swear in 32 new Peace Corps volunteers from the United States at SS Skosana Nature Reserve outside Kwa-Mhlanga in Mpumalanga Province. The 32 Volunteers will be working in different communities on projects in education and health across South Africa. During their service in South Africa, volunteers ...
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The Launch of the Ford Everest in South Africa

Henry Ford:  “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” Today, at Ford South Africa, we celebrated another success in the U.S.-South African relationship.  Ambassador Gaspard joined Ford leadership and the Minister for Department of Trade and Industry Rob Davies for the unveiling of the new Ford Everest. Not only does this ...
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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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Rights of Sexual Minorities Top Agenda

By Ntando Makhubu | Pretoria News | January 27, 2016) THE MEDIA and its role in promoting the rights of sexual minority groups was the subject of a discussion hosted by the American Embassy yesterday. The talks were hosted by the Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission Catherine Hill-Hendron. She allowed members of the media to ...
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Consul General Christopher Rowan visits Shout-It-Now and Nanga Vhutshilo during AIDS Awareness Week

Consul General Christopher Rowan visited a couple of sites that demonstrate the unshakable commitment of the United States to South Africa in combating HIV/AIDS and reducing stigma, both around testing and treatment and for children in families affected by HIV. CG Rowan visited the Shout-It-Now testing site in Tsakane, Johannesburg and Nanga Vhutshilo, a children’s care ...
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Opportunity for a Durable Climate Agreement in Paris

BUSINESS DAY |  CATHERINE HILL-HERNDON | NOVEMBER 26 2015, 05:46 FROM rising seas across the globe and the melting of Greenland’s sheet ice, to the bleaching of coral reefs around many coasts, the signs of climate change are all around us. As a global society, we are at a critical juncture. Our decisions today will ...
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Call for Proposals: U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation

The U.S. Mission to South Africa is calling for proposals for projects to preserve cultural heritage. Intentions to submit a proposal are accepted until December 10, 2015.  Shortlisted institutions will be invited to submit final and complete proposals by January 15, 2016.   The U.S. Embassy South Africa and the Cultural Heritage Center of the ...
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Agricultural Success on Both Sides of the Atlantic

“Farmers are farmers. They may not speak the same language… but they understand the passion why they are on the land. They understand that wonderful opportunity and responsibility of feeding other people.” It was with these words Deputy Secretary for Agriculture Krysta Harden addressed 500 members of the agriculture industry at the Produce Marketing Association ...
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Step Afrika! Steps it Up in Cape Town

From June 29 – July 4, the American dance company Step Afrika! took South Africa by storm, teaching and performing in the Mother City.  They electrified young and old with the American dance form of stepping.  After a youth camp, two free performances for the general public, and three exhilarating live appearances on national television, ...
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Partners in Crime Fighting: U.S. and South Africa Tackle Poachers

At a July 1 ceremony in Durban’s Beachwood Nature Reserve, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife received more than four million Rand worth of anti-poaching equipment from the United States government. The donated equipment includes night-vision goggles, vehicle GPS systems, portable x-ray units, binoculars, cameras, two-way radios, and metal detectors.  This equipment will assist rangers in their daily ...
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Youth Entrepreneurship Dominates the 17th African Renaissance Conference 2015

The US Government seeks to partner with South Africa in expanding the quality and accessibility of higher education for all in South Africa. This was U.S. Consul General Frances Chisholm’s message to more than 300 delegates at the 17th African Renaissance Festival and Conference at Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban on May ...
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U.S. and S.A.: Partners Striving for an AIDS Free Generation

On December 1, Consul General Frances Chisholm joined provincial and district officials commemorating World AIDS Day 2014 at Ntambanana Municipality in the uThungulu District of KwaZulu-Natal. Expanding on the theme of “Zero Stigma and Discrimination,”participants took stock of past successes, assessed future challenges, and stressed the need to change social attitudes toward those living with ...
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CG Chisholm Promotes Economic Expansion, U.S.-South Africa Business Ties

U.S. Consul General France Chisholm and Political-Economic Officer Suzanne Yountchi addressed the African Economic Expansion Summit (AEES) at Durban’s International Conference Center on November 11, 2014. The U.S.-based Rainbow Push Initiative and the South African and KwaZulu-Natal governments sponsored the summit, whose goal was to stimulate economic growth and infrastructure development by encouraging investment across a range of sectors. ...
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Siyakwamukela! KwaZulu’s New Consul General Hosts Welcome Reception

Recently arrived U.S. Consul General Frances Chisholm hosted representatives of the provincial and municipal governments, civil society contacts, media, members of the diplomatic corps, and other dignitaries at her Durban North residence on November 4.  More than eighty guests mingled, enjoyed music by a jazz duo, and listened to remarks by the Consul General, eThekiwini ...
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International Youth Gathering Rocks KwaZulu-Natal to Save the Rhino

One hundred and forty young leaders from South Africa, the United States, Vietnam, and 17 other countries came together for the inaugural World Youth Rhino Summit from September 21-23, 2014 at the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve in KwaZulu Natal.  Youth delegates discussed the current rhino poaching crisis with conservation leaders, and developed their own agenda  to ...
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African Solutions to African Problems

“African Solutions to African Problems” – That was one of the primary messages U.S. Ambassador Patrick Gaspard shared in a wide-ranging conversation with more than 120 graduate and honours students at the University of the Western Cape on September 9.  “We’re investing in Africa’s youth.  With plans to expand the inaugural Mandela Washington Leadership program ...
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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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U.S. Ambassador Gaspard’s Road trip in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa

U.S. Ambassador to South Africa, Patrick Gaspard, his wife Ms. Raina Washington, and the U.S. Consul General to KwaZulu-Natal Taylor Ruggles were invited to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Reserve by Dr. Bandile Mkhize, the CEO  of  Ezemvelo Wildlife in Kwa-Zulu Natal to participate in a rhino conservation airlift operation the week. South Africa has been at the fore ...
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US Envoy Inspired by SA’s Struggle

By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA | ASSOCIATED PRESS | November 9, 2013 9:09 AM Originally published by Associated Press » JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The new United States ambassador to South Africa says he was a “young kid” when he first met Nelson Mandela, who traveled to the U.S. a few months after he was released from jail in 1990. Patrick Gaspard, now 46 ...
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New ambassador keeps eye on US assets

By Marianne Merten | Cape Argus – Independent Newspapers New US ambassador Patrick Gaspard has sounded a warning note in one of his first interviews in South Africa. He stressed his key focus was building effective partnerships in the fields of investment, health, education and youth unemployment. And he said he hoped for effective partnerships ...
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