Planned Demonstration in Durban

Messages for U.S. Citizens

This message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens to a demonstration planned for November 21 in Durban’s central business district.

There is a planned protest march by COSATU (Congress for South African Trade Unions) on Friday, November 21st.  The march is scheduled to last from 1100 – 1500.  The march will stage at Bothas Garden, travel down Dr. Pixley KaSeme Street and end at the City Hall.  The expected number of protestors is approximately 4,000.

The US Consulate’s Regional Security Office has requested that all employees and dependents remain clear of both Dr. Pixley KaSeme Street and Durban City Hall for the duration of the demonstration.

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).  STEP 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, and read the Country Specific Information for South Africa.

The Consulate General in Durban is located at the Old Mutual Building, 31st floor, 303 Dr. Pixley KaSeme Street, telephone (27-31) 305-7600 (from South Africa 031-305-7600), fax (27-31) 305-7691 (from South Africa 031-305-7691). Its consular jurisdiction is KwaZulu-Natal Province.  Regular business hours are Monday – Thursday: 8:00 to 5:00 p.m.; Friday: 8:00 to 12:00 noon.  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance outside of normal business hours, the emergency number for the U.S. Consulate is 079-111-1445.