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 university management about their employment conditions and, as a result, some employees are engaged in protests. As these protests are occurring in the midst of UNISA’s student enrollment process, students at some locations are experiencing significant delays and disruptions in completing the registration process. Press reporting indicates that the situation in and around a number of UNISA’s campuses is unstable. U.S. citizens are advised to exercise caution around UNISA campuses for the remainder of today and throughout the UNISA registration cycle. Expect road closures and traffic delays in the areas near many of the UNISA campuses countrywide.

During the next few weeks, other universities will begin their academic year as well. The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa expects some universities may encounter similar challenges during their registration process. U.S. citizens are encouraged to remain vigilant in the vicinity of university campuses as the new academic year begins.

U.S. citizens are reminded that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings or protests.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel websitefor the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for South Africa.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program(STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria and U.S. Consulate Generals in Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban are located at the addresses below. The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria does not have a consular section and does not provide consular services to U.S. citizens.
  • 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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United States Embassy to the Republic of South Africa
(Note: The Embassy does not provide consular services)
877 Pretorius Street
Arcadia, Pretoria
Facebook: www.facebook.com/USEmbassySA/

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)

United States Consulate General, Durban
(Covering KwaZulu-Natal Province)
Delta Towers, 31st floor
303 Dr. Pixley KaSeme Street
Tel: 031-305-7600 (outside South Africa +27-31-305-7600)
After-hours emergencies: 079-111-1445 (outside South Africa +27-79-111-1445)

United States Consulate General, Cape Town
(Covering Western Cape, Eastern Cape, and Northern Cape provinces)
2 Reddam Avenue
Tokai, Cape Town
Tel: 021-702-7300 (outside South Africa: +27 21-702-7300)
After-hours emergencies: 079-111-0391 (outside South Africa: +27-79-111-0391)
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