The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens that the 25th African Union (AU) Summit will take place in Johannesburg from June 7 through June 15. Many of the Summit events will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre. The AU Summit will draw large numbers of official delegates, media personnel, and observers. You should expect traffic disruptions in the vicinity of the summit venue. Johannesburg police have indicated that the following streets will be intermittently closed to traffic during the AU Summit: Alice Lane, 5th Street, Maude Street, West Street, and Rivonia Road at the intersection of 5th Street (near the Sandton Gautrain station).
Demonstrations in the vicinity of the Sandton Convention Centre will also take place during the AU Summit. So far, Johannesburg police have approved a demonstration by the Palestine Solidarity Group from June 12 through June 15. Approximately 3000 participants are expected to be present on June 12. Thereafter, a daily presence of about 500 participants is expected. The gathering point will be at the corners of West and Grayston Drive, which has been designated as a “speaker’s corner.” Additional demonstrations by other groups are possible.
Please remember that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. U.S. citizens 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.
For further information:
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for South Africa.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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- Contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate nearest you.
U.S. 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)
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 21-702-7300)
After-hours emergencies: 079-111-0391 (outside South Africa: +27-79-111-0391)
U.S. Consulate General, Durban
(Covering KwaZulu-Natal Province)
Old Mutual Building, 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)
U.S. 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)