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

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.



Lady Smith Black Mambazo

Celebrate joyous and uplifting music with the a cappella vocal group with a musical spirit that has touched a worldwide audience. Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s music combines the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions.

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With their performance, 20 Years of Freedom, we honor the legacy of Nelson Mandela, who was a friend, and fan, of both artists.

 bokamoso 2015

  • Benefit performance featuring youth from the Bokamoso Youth Centre, Winterveldt, South Africa: 6th and 7th, 7:30 p.m.
    Students/Seniors — $10; General Admission — $35 Tickets:
  • Unless I say Yes — Sexual Choices of Young Women and Men: An Interactive Workshop. 5th, from 4 to 6 p.m. Admission is Free.Participating students and faculty will have the opportunity to experience the power of performance in illuminating relationship dynamics and sexual relations through cross-cultural perspectives. Bokamoso actors will be leading the workshop.
    Please RSVP to
  • Where: The performances and the Interactive Workshop will both be held at The George Washington University
    Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre, Marvin Center 1st Floor 800   21st Street, NW, Washington, D.C.
    (Two blocks from the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro Station, Blue and Orange lines)
    More Information: or

Suitland High School Choir directed

This work celebrates the life of Nelson Mandela, the struggles for freedom fought by him and his many comrades through Apartheid, and the walk to a free and democratically led country under the presidency of Nelson Mandela. 

  • When:  January 15, 2015
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Where: Suitland High School “Annabelle Ferguson auditorium”
                     5200 Silver Hill Road. Forestville MD 20747
  • Admission: $10

Karen Walwyn, D.M.A. Steinway Artist
Duke Mellon Faculty Fellow 
Associate Professor @ Howard University




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5 December 2014 marks the first anniversary of South Africa’s Former President, Nelson Mandela’s passing.  In commemorating this day, wreaths will be laid at the Statue of Nelson Mandela outside the Embassy by well-wishers as part of honouring his legacy. Members of the public are also welcome to lay their wreaths if they wish at the Statue throughout the day.

NPC President Myron Belkind congratulates Ambassador Rasool

NPC President Myron Belkind congratulates Ambassador Rasool

Washington’s National Press Club this week honored South Africa’s ambassador to the United States, Ebrahim Rasool, with a unusual lifetime achievement award as he prepared to head home to Cape Town after four and half years in the American capital.

The award was only granted “on special occasions to special recipients”, said NPC president Myron Belkind, who teaches journalism at George Washington University after a distinguished career as foreign correspondent and bureau chief with the Associated Press.

Belkind said the award was in recognition not only of the “close ties” Rasool had forged with the club but also the ambassador’s “positive impact in Washington” both as a diplomat and as a “Muslim scholar who has reached out to other communities”. Continue reading

cathdral jummah


On November 14, Washington area Moslems held Friday prayers (Jumu’ah) at the National Cathedral. “This event could not have been more appropriately inspired than by the life, legacy and values of Nelson Mandela, when we planned with Canon Gina Campbell the Memorial Service for South Africa’s greatest gift to the world almost one year ago,” Ambassador Rasool said. Here is the full text of his sermon, which can all be viewed and heard on the Cathedral website. Continue reading

  • When: Thursday 13 November, 2014
  • Where: Tyson Corner on 3
  • RSVP: Please respond to 703-556-4640 to attend

Carrol Boyes Trunk Show 11.13 TCCWe are proud to introduce Carrol Boyes Functional Art, one of South Africas leading luxury design lines, to the US market. Founder Carrol Boyes draws her inspiration from the beauty of the human form, the world around her, and how people embellish their environments. With a presence in more than 20 countries, Carrol Boyes products combine distinctive hand crafted beauty with utility in contemporary designs for the home, kitchen, bath, corporate gifts and Judaica. Established in 1989, her style is known for being unique and whimsical, yet functional for everyday use. The Carrol Boyes Group of Companies, benefits their local African communities, is a woman owned business and a multicultural organization that champions gender empowerment.

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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A Gift for Madiba


Please consider making a donation to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital? If you are in the US, please click here to make your tax-deductible gift.





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

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