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 Fountain. The march will be followed by a rally at 10:30.

On May 2nd, the African National Congress eThekwini Region will be holding their regional conference at Grayville Race Course to start between 8:30-09:00.

The U.S. Consulate will be closed May 1 for a public holiday.

Please remember 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, protests, or demonstrations.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in South Africa enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at www.Travel.State.GovSTEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read theCountry Specific Information for South Africa. For additional information, refer to our Travelers Checklist.

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria and U.S. Consulates General 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. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, outside of business hours, contact the nearest U.S. Consulate General at the emergency after-hours number listed below.

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

U.S. Consulate General, Cape Town
(Covering Western Cape, Eastern Cape, and Northern Cape provinces)
2 Reddam Avenue Westlake, Cape Town
ConsularCapeTown@state.gov
Tel: 021-702-7300
(outside South Africa: +27 21-702-7300)
After-hours emergencies: 079-111-0391
(outside South Africa: +27-79-111-0391)

U.S. Consulate General, Durban
Covering KwaZulu-Natal Province)
Old Mutual Building, 31st floor
303 Dr. Pixley Kaseme Street
ConsularDurban@state.gov
Tel: 031-305-7600
(outside South Africa +27-31-305-7600)
After-hours emergencies: 079-111-1445
(outside South Africa +27-79-111-1445)

U.S. Embassy to the Republic of South Africa
(Note: The Embassy does not provide consular services)
877 Pretorius Street Arcadia, Pretoria
Tel: 012-431-4000
(outside South Africa: +27-12-431-4000)