Security Alert – U. S. Consulate Durban, South Africa (July 6, 2018)
Location: Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Event: Two security incidents took place at Woolworths stores in the Durban area on July 5, 2018. A fire occurred at the Woolworths in the Pavilion Shopping Center in Westville at 1:30 am. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. At approximately 12:15 pm, an improvised explosive device was found at Woolworths in the Gateway Shopping Center in Umhlanga. Shoppers were subsequently evacuated. No injuries or deaths were reported in either case, and it is unknown at this time if the two security incidents are related. U.S. government personnel are advised to exercise caution in public spaces in the Durban area at this time.
Actions to Take:
- Exercise caution in public areas.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Monitor local media for updates.
- United States Embassy to the Republic of South Africa
(Note: The Embassy does not provide consular services)
877 Pretorius Street
Tel: 012-431-4000 (outside South Africa: +27-12-431-4000)
- United States Consulate General, Johannesburg
(Covering Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, North West, and Free State provinces)
1 Sandton Drive (corner of Rivonia and Sandton Drive)
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)
- State Department – Consular Affairs
1-888-407-4747 or 1-202-501-4444
- South Africa Country Information
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