Security Messages for U.S. Citizen: National Strike on Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Messages for U.S. Citizens
U.S. Mission South Africa
September 22, 2017

The U.S. Mission informs U.S. citizens in South Africa that the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) announced plans to embark upon a national strike on September 27, 2017 over State Capture and corruption. Planned deployments are outlined below.

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.

Province Venue Activity / Time



Johannesburg Gather at COSATU House in Braamfontein at 10h00 and march to hand over memorandums to City of Joburg, Department of Labour [DoL], Chamber of Mines, FNB & other Banks and the Premiers Office.

KwaZulu Natal




Gather at DinuZulu (Bothas Park) and march to City Hall to hand over memorandum to the Premier.

Eastern Cape


East London


Gather at North End Stadium and march to City Hall where the memorandums will be handed over.



Gather at Freedom Square and march to Department of Labour [DoL] to hand over the memorandum.



Gather at Indoor Sports Center and march to Department of Labour [DoL] and Police Station to hand over the memorandum.

Port Elizabeth


Gather at Mangoza Jebe (Centenary Hall) and march to Vuyisile Mini Square to hand over memorandums.



Polokwane Gather at SABC Park and march to Shoprite, Premiers Office and Anglo Platinum to hand over memorandums.

Western Cape


Cape Town Gather at Keizerkragt and march to PRASA, Provincial Government and National Parliament to hand over memorandums.

North West



Gather at Montshiwa Stadium and march to Legislature to hand over memorandums to Premier, Business Forum and the Chamber of Mines.






Gather at Nelspruit Showground at 09h00 and march to Government Complex to hand over memorandum to the Premier.


Emalahleni Gather at Lynville stadium at 09h00 and march to ESKOM Park to hand over the memorandum.

Northern Cape


Kimberley Gather at Kemo Hotel and march to Premiers Office (JB Sauer Building) to hand over memorandums to Premier, DMR, Banking Association and SALGA.

Free State


Bloemfontein Gather at Batho Community Hall and march to Provincial Government (Lebogang Building) to handover memorandum to the Premier.


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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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