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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg
March 16, 2021

Location: U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg, 1 Sandton Drive

Event: The City of Johannesburg has approved the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) to convene a mass picket outside the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Thursday, March 18, 2021.

Johannesburg consular patrons with citizen services or visa appointments on Thursday, March 18 will need to use the Main Entrance rather than the usual consular entrance. Guards will be standing by to assist. Traffic in the area may be heavier than normal.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid the areas of the demonstrations.
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Keep a low profile.


United States Consulate General Johannesburg
(Covering Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, North West, and Free State provinces)
1 Sandton Drive (corner of Rivonia and Sandton Drive)
Sandhurst, Johannesburg
Tel: 011-290-3000 (outside South Africa: +27-11-290-3000)
After-hours emergencies: 079-111-1684 (outside South Africa: +27-79-111-1684)

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for South Africa.
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  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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