Ambassador Mahlangu official photo 006Thank 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

The Life Restoration Ministry invites you to attend its 59th Anniversary Worship Service celebrating August 9th 1956 South African Women’s Day under the theme ” You touch the women, you have struck the Rock”, with Guest Speaker, Ms Nowetu Luti, the Deputy Chief of Mission of the South African Embassy.


  • Date: Sunday, August 23, 2015
  • Time: 3:00pm
  • Venue: St. James United Methodist Church, 1901 Lexington Street, Baltimore, MD 21223
  • For further information, please call: Dr. Mankekolo Mahlangu-Ngcobo, Tel: 410-233-4649 or 443-703-1217



  • The film screens August 21st, 9:15 p.m. at the National Navy Memorial Museum, (Burke Theater), 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC.
  • And at 10:45 p.m. enjoy a live performance of Sharon Katz & The Peace Train Band.
  • You can buy tickets for this event here.

When Nelson Mandela was finally released from prison, courageous South African musicians broke through Apartheid’s barriers to form a 500-voice, multiracial children’s choir. Threatened with bombs and thwarted at every turn, they prevailed and railroaded across the country aboard The Peace Train. Singing their way into the hearts, minds and soul of a divided nation amidst a civil war, they promoted a peaceful transition to democracy and went on to become Mandela’s face of the new rainbow nation. When Voices Meet documents the trials, tribulations and triumphs of those musician activists and young choir members. They performed together for seven years; never lost touch with one another; and then reunited 20 years later. Sharon Katz – It was music that brought the disparate groups together, and the harmony of their voices became emblematic of the new South Africa. Original songs in the trailer’s soundtrack include We Are The Children of South Africa.

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 Teachers from Global Education Exchange Program with His Excellency Ambassador Mninwa Mahlangu and DCM Ms Nowetu Luti (Center) at the South African Embassy.


Five high school teachers from Washington DC, Montgomery County, Maryland & Northern Virginia will be paired with five counterparts from educational institutions in Johannesburg to co-teach global education courses, during the 2015/16 academic year, in South Africa and the U.S.



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”.

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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.

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Ambassador Mahlangu with the Mayor of Kansas City, MO Mr James Sylveste

Amb with B  V groupAmbassador Mahlangu with executives from “Black and Veatch Corporation”.

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We are inviting the public to participate in this volunteer activity inspired by former President Mandela’s life and 67 years of service :


“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 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: 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”.

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.

IMG_91895th-grade students from Oor Elementary School with  His Excellency Ambassador Mninwa Mahlangu at the South African Embassy after their final presentation.

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“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.


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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.

Great South African wines and great hors d’oeuvres to sustain you through the evening’s events.

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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.

Ambassador MahlanguThe 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.

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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”.


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:
  • 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).


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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.



Ambassador Mahlangu Presents Credentials to President Obama.
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.


Notice: No parking facilities for the public at the Embassy

  • There are no parking facilities for the public at the Embassy, although street parking spaces sometime can be found nearby. However, If you plan to visit the Embassy for consular services, please plan to arrive by public transportation or drop-off.

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Consular Section Special Notice

The Consular section is Relocated Back to Massachusetts Avenue, Embassy Row, as of 24th of March, 2014

30 51 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington DC, 20008

Job Openings

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Special notice about the White House Tours

The Embassy of South Africa cannot arrange tours of the White House for South African citizens. The US Department of State has advised us that, at present access for foreign citizens to White House tours as part of an Embassy-sponsored public tour group, is on hold. We are therefore unable to process any requests at this time.

We will post an update to the website immediately if conditions change.

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