Planned Protest in CBD Cape Town

Security Message for U.S. Citizens
On Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 1100-1300 hrs, a protest is planned downtown.  The City of Cape Town granted a permit to the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC), which allows up to 10,000 people to march to Parliament.  The march will be departing Keizergracht, then right onto Tennant Street which becomes Christiaan Barnard Street, then left into Hertzog Boulevard, then left into Heerengracht and Adderley streets, then left into Spin Street, then right into Plein Street to the main entrance of Parliament.  They will return via Roeland Street, left into Devilliers Street and into Tennant Street and right into Keizergracht.  City officials expect major disruptions to traffic during the protest action.

Please avoid the area of Parliament during the scheduled march time.  Even peaceful protests can turn violent with little to no warning.

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.

Review your  personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow instructions of local authorities.

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 https://step.state.gov/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 at http://travel.state.gov, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for South Africa at http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_4965.html. For additional information, refer to “A Safe Trip Abroad” on the State Department’s website.  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 from within the United States and Canada, or1-202-501-4444 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 at https://mobile.twitter.com/travelgov and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/travelgov, and download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/smarttraveler/id442693988?mt=8 to have travel information at your fingertips.

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
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
Tel: 021-702-7300 (outside South Africa: +27 702-7300
After-hours emergencies: 021-702-7300 (outside South Africa: +27-21-702-7300)

U.S. Consulate General, Durban
(Covering KwaZulu-Natal Province)
Old Mutual Building, 31st floor
303 Dr. Pixley Kaseme Street

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