Thank you for visiting our official website, we hope you will find the information useful, whether you are planning to visit South Africa or are interested in remaining current with the activities of the South African Embassy in Washington DC.
The Mission is committed to inculcating the spirit of Ubuntu and the “Batho Pele” (People First) principles, in the provision of its services; which is reflective of our country’s values of putting humanity central to all that we do. South Africa is open for business and continues to provide a wealth of opportunities for those looking at investing in an emerging market that boosts a stable democracy, incredible infrastructure and world class financial systems.
We remain a premier destination for tourism and always welcome an opportunity to welcome you to our country of beautiful scenery, wildlife, beaches and amazing climate. What is more important however is that you will meet culturally diverse South Africans, waiting to welcome you to our rainbow nation!
Should you need more information, I encourage you to reach out to me and my team through our provided contact details, which you will find on this website.
Ambassador Mninwa Mahlangu
South African Embassy in the United States of America
On Friday 17 July, the Embassy staff and their families spent the Mandela Day of service at the Covenant House Washington and FBR Boys and Girls Club, SE Washington, painting an art room, cleaning the neighborhood, packing lunches for the children’s fieldtrip and organizing the pantry with the donated food. The day concluded with a presentation on the “Life and Legacy of Nelson Mandela”.
Mandela Day is celebrated every year on 18 July, the day Nelson Mandela was born in 1918. As a way to mark the 67 years of his life he devoted to the service of humanity — as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa – the Nelson Mandela Foundation calls everyone to devote 67 minutes of their time to helping others. In November 2009, the UN General Assembly declared 18 July “Nelson Mandela International Day” in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom in the world.
The South African Ambassador, H.E. Mninwa Mahlangu accompanied by the South African Consul General in Chicago, Ms Vuyiswa Tulelo and the Honorary Consul, Mr Lebert Shultz in Kansas City, MO, engaged various organisations and companies in Kansas City, MO and Chicago, IL promoting cooperation, trade, tourism and investment in South Africa, from 13 – 16 July 2015.
Ambassador Mahlangu with the Mayor of Kansas City, MO Mr James Sylveste
We are inviting the public to participate in this volunteer activity inspired by former President Mandela’s life and 67 years of service :
- Venue: Good Hope Marketplace in Ward 7 located at the intersection of Alabama Ave. & Naylor Rd SE
- Allocated Time: 9:00am-12:00 pm
- Activities: street clean-up and debris removal
- Registration for day of Service: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mandela-day-of-service-call-for-volunteers-tickets-17311854222
“Mr Mandela has spent 67 years making the world a better place. We’re asking you for 67 minutes.”
Nelson Mandela’s birthday is on 18 July, and the call is out for people everywhere to celebrate his birthday by acting on the idea that each person has the power to change the world.
The idea of Mandela Day www.mandeladay.com was inspired by Nelson Mandela at his 90th birthday celebrations in London’s Hyde Park in 2008 when he said: “It is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in your hands now.” The United Nations UN website: www.un.org/mandeladay officially declared 18 July as Nelson Mandela International Day in November 2009, recognising Mandela’s “values and his dedication to the service of humanity” and acknowledging his contribution “to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world”.
Please be advised that the Embassy will close at 2:00pm on Thursday 2ndJuly in observance of the Independence Day weekend.
- For more information, please read the press release: South African Airways 2015 Skytrax Awards
During the school year 2014/15, the learners of Orr Elementary School led by their teacher, Ms Jamila Thompson, learned about South African culture, history and values. Officials from the Embassy visited Orr Elementary School to engage with the learners during the year. On 4 June 2015, the learners made a final presentation on what they had learned about South Africa at the Embassy. They also had an opportunity to meet the South African Ambassador and tour the Embassy.
“South Africa and the United States agreed on a framework to restore market access into the South African market for US bone-in chicken cuts,”
This follows a two-day meeting, on 4 and 5 June in Paris, France. The meeting was facilitated by the United States and South African governments with their respective industry associations, which resulted in a breakthrough after several months of industry to industry negotiations….
The new requirements for children travelling to or from the Republic of South Africa take effect on 1 June 2015. The requirements are aimed at establishing the principle that all minors require the consent of their parents when traveling into or out of the Republic.
- Read more: ADVISORY DHA
- For more information please visit: http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/statements-speeches/621-advisory-new-requirements-for-children-travelling-through-south-african-ports-of-entry-effective-1-june-2015
Lily of the Valley Endeavor (LoVE) will be hosting a Wine & Cheese evening and Silent Auction on Wednesday 17 June, 2015. This evening is to raise awareness for and to benefit the precious children at the Lily of the Valley AIDS orphanages in Kwazulu Natal in South Africa. Renowned South African artist, Carla Bosch will be painting live at the auction and her painting will be auctioned along with many other great donated items, including 2 seats on a South African Airways flight to South Africa and a Safari stay at the luxurious Singita Safari Lodge.
- What: Wine & Cheese Evening with a live and silent auction.
- When: Wednesday 17 June, 2015 from 7:00pm – 9:30pm
- Where: Old Fairfax Town Hall, 3999 University Dr, Fairfax, VA 22030.
- Buy ticket: $50 per person at www.lilyvalleyusa.org to secure your spot.
- Contact person: Ms Michelle Konson at email@example.com
- Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/353263828206406/
Great South African wines and great hors d’oeuvres to sustain you through the evening’s events.
- Special introductory fare of $899*round-trip (restrictions apply) to celebrate the only route between Washington D.C. and Accra.
- For more information please visit: 05_South African launches new service to Accra_27May2015
The African Ambassadors Group to the United States is celebrating this Year’s Africa Day under the theme Women Empowerment and Development towards achieving Africa Agenda 2063, through holding a series of events to highlight the progress that Africa made and the challenges ahead in this regard.
The keynote speech was delivered by Ambassador Mninwa Mahlangu. He welcomed over 300 guests to the event. In his speech, he gave an account of South Africa’s achievements in the 21 years of democracy and outlined the steps that are being taken to move South Africa forward. Furthermore, he highlighted the South African government and peoples’ strong condemnation of the recent attacks on foreign nationals in South Africa.
Ambassador David H. Thorn, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the State delivered a response on behalf of the government and people of the United States, and highlighted the strong partnership between the two countries
“The year 2015 ushers the beginning of the third decade of democracy and freedom. On 27 April this year South Africans are called to take the opportunity to celebrate the fruits of our democracy. It is time to reflect on the progress we have made as country in moving South Africa forward”.
- Click here to view the Statement: statement by the President on attacks against foreign nationals
This week Dr Rob Davies, South Africa’s Minister of Trade and Industry, will lead a delegation comprising of Senior Government Officials, Business and Labour to Washington to participate in the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Council meeting with the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to advocate for the renewal of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) with South Africa included. Minister Rob Davies will be sharing South Africa’s perspective on various SA-US bilateral trade issues, including chicken anti-dumping, and AGOA renewal. The media are invited as follows:
This year the National Day will be hosted at the South African Embassy on 30 April 2015 and the Embassy wishes to invite quotations for catering services
- Prospective service providers can submit their proposals by e-mail in PDF format or in a sealed envelope with the details of the proposal on the outside of the envelope to: Per hand Ms F Mkhize South African Embassy 3051 Massachusetts Ave Washington DC 20008 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Closing day: Submissions should be received at either of the mentioned addresses on or before on the closing date of Monday, 30 March 2015. (Prospective service suppliers are encouraged to submit their proposals before the closing time and date).
- Enquiries pertaining to this request can be made to Ms Vuyo Masisi at: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Click here to view specification: Specification for the National Day celebration April 2015
Ambassador Mninwa Mahlangu extended his heartfelt condolences to Mrs Louise Mokone, wife of South African football legend Dr Steve “Kalamazoo” Mokone, who passed on last night.
Dr Mokone was the first black South African soccer player to play in Europe and regarded as one of the greatest footballer South Africa has ever produced.
Dr Mokone was awarded by South Africa’s Presidency, The Order of Ikhamanga in Gold during the first National Orders awards in 2003, for exceptional achievement in the field of soccer and an outstanding contribution to the development of non-racial sport.
“The passing of Dr Mokone is a huge loss and our condolences are extended to his family and all those who have been touched by this great South African son” the Ambassador said.
South Africa’s newly-appointed Ambassador to the United States of America, H.E. Ambassador Mninwa Mahlangu presented his Credentials to President Barack Obama, during a ceremony held at the White House on Monday, 23 February 2015.
The ceremony served to reaffirm South Africa’s commitment to consolidate the existing cordial relations with the United States of America.