Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protest March in Pretoria on Thursday, November 2, 2017

Messages for U.S. Citizens
U.S. Embassy Pretoria
November, 01, 2017

The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria informs U.S. citizens in South Africa that Tshwane Metro Police announced that the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have a permit approved for 2,000 people to march from Church Square to the Israeli Embassy in Hatfield on Thursday, November 2, 2017.  Protestors will begin to gather around 6:00 am and their permit is valid through 5:00 pm.  The march could severely impact traffic in the Pretoria Central Business District and Hatfield. In addition, the protest route on Francis Baard Street is in close proximity to the U.S. Embassy.

The planned route of the march is from Church Square to South onto Paul Kruger Street, turn left onto Francis Baard Street, turn right onto Jan Shoba Street, turn left onto Lynnwood Road, turn left onto Rosemary Street, and proceed straight until reaching the Israeli Embassy at Kings Highway.  Tshwane Metro Police officers will be deployed to monitor the march route.  Tshwane Metro has advised motorists to avoid the listed streets and use alternative routes.

U.S. citizens are encouraged to monitor local media prior to travel, avoid any reported conflict areas, and allow extra time to reach your destination. Remember that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  Always avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings or protests.

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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
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)
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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