Sections & Offices

Sections within the embassy:

The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS/P) in Pretoria, also known as the Office of Agricultural Affairs, represents the interests and needs of American agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Southern Africa, specifically in the countries of Angola,Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

A major part of our work involves assisting U.S. exporters in marketing their products in this region. Yet, equally important are our humanitarian assistance programs and capacity building programs. FAS/P has various tools at its disposal to help achieve these goals.

  • Coordinating scientific and technical training for agriculturalists in Southern Africa
  • Facilitating business relations between Southern African buyers and U.S. exporters of U.S. agricultural, seafood, and forest products
  • Promoting food safety and security through capacity building programs and regional food aid assistance
  • Advocating agricultural trade policy concerns in order to reduce barriers to trade
  • Monitoring and analyzing Southern African agriculture
  • Promoting two-way trade in agricultural, seafood, forest products between the United States and Southern Africa

The Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) functions as the Security Cooperation link between the United States Government and the Governments of South Africa, Lesotho, and Swaziland.
ODC Mission:  As directed by the Ambassador, Secretary of Defense, and Commander, U.S. Africa Command, provide security assistance functions supporting United States goals and objectives to the Governments of South Africa, Lesotho, and Swaziland.

ODC is your point of contact for any International Military Education Training (IMET), Foreign Military Sales (FMS) or Direct Commercial Sales assistance, The US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and Humanitarian and Civic Assistance (HCA) projects in South Africa, Lesotho, and Swaziland.

U.S. Africa Command: United States Africa Command, (U.S. AFRICOM) is one of six of the U.S. Defense Department’s geographic combatant commands and is responsible to the Secretary of Defense for military relations with African nations, the African Union, and African regional security organizations. A full-spectrum combatant command, U.S. AFRICOM is responsible for all U.S. Department of Defense operations, exercises, and security cooperation on the African continent, its island nations, and surrounding waters. AFRICOM began initial operations on Oct. 1, 2007, and officially became an independent command on Oct. 1, 2008.


Useful Links


Our mission is understanding and informing the South African community and broadening dialogue between Americans, their institutions and their South African counterparts. Academic and cultural exchanges and a wide variety of programs support that mission.

Our Programs & Services:

  • Press & Media Office
    The US Mission regularly releases Media Advisories to South African, regional and international media as well a providing news about our engagement with South Africa.
  • Cultural Affairs Office
    The Office aims to enhance mutual understanding among the people of the United States of America and South Africa through the execution of multiple academic and professional exchange programs for South African and American participants. The cultural office also endeavors to share American culture with South African audiences through various arts and speaker programs.
  • Regional English Language Office
    The goal of the Regional English Language Office is to improve English language learning and the effective use of English as an academic and professional medium in Southern Africa, Our activities, publications, and direct exchange programs also foster better mutual understanding between Americans and peoples of other nations.
  • EducationUSA: Study in the USA
    Education Advisers in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg provide guidance for study in the United States of America. They offer accurate, current and comprehensive information about all accredited U.S. higher Education institutions through orientation sessions and individual consultations, and maintain collections of useful publications for use by advisees.
  • American Spaces
    Our American Spaces program reaches out to the young leaders of South Africa, providing information about science, health, entrepreneurship and other topics that will help them make their mark on society and deepen their understanding of the United States and the relationship between the U.S. and South Africa.