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At 20, South Africa’s democracy is lively and firmly entrenched. Our economy is dynamic and rich with opportunity for investors. Our determination to build a better tomorrow burns as brightly and irrepressibly as ever. These are truly exciting times in South Africa and the African continent. We are at the dawn of what we confidently predict will be Africa’s century.

South Africa is not an island. Our relationships around the world — cultural, social, economic, political — have been and will always be central to our success. This embassy and our missions in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, are here to build and nurture those relationships in every way we can.

Ebrahim Rasool

South African Ambassador to United States


  • Where: National  Theatre 1321 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20004
  • When:  October 2 – 12, 2014
  • More information: http://umojausatour.com/

 About The Show:

With a cast of 32 of South Africa’s brightest and most versatile young performers, singers, drummers and dancers, AFRICA UMOJA – The Spirit of Togetherness, 20 Years of Freedom and Democracy Tour is a joyous celebration of dynamic talent, thrilling energy, great voices and sensual dances that sweep across the bright and vibrant South African traditional landscape.

Traveling on the beats of drums, from the dusty streets of Soweto to all the corners of the world’s best and biggest stages, AFRICA UMOJA – which in Zulu means ‘together’ – tells the moving tale of indigenous South African music and dance from the earliest rhythms to the current club sounds of kwaito.
Audiences all over the world have embraced the traditional love songs, lullabies and other musical expressions of rural life. They have also cried along in the city streets listening to music reflecting the pain of the migrant laborers and their families. The tale dances through sheebeens and the cultural melting-pot of Sophiatown. The heart is saddened by cold stories of forced removals yet the feet continue to stomp along with the explosions of gumboot dancing.

There are also the reminiscent sounds of the vibrant jazz that forced its way free from the constraints of the times. The international audiences will relate to names such as Miriam Makeba (Mama Africa) and the late Dolly Radebe, while a thread of gospel music running through the tale recalls the huge helpings of faith and courage. This saw black South Africans through some of the country’s stormiest historical passages.


 Madiba map 

South African Tourism (SAT) recently launched ‘Madiba’s Journey’, a travel map of Nelson Mandela-inspired tourist attractions that encourages tourists to walk in the former president’s footsteps.

Developed by South African Tourism (SAT) in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the map highlights tourist sites as well as general places of interest in the four provinces where Madiba’s life was defined.

These include the Eastern Cape, where Mandela was born, grew up and attended Fort Hare University; Gauteng, where he worked as a human rights lawyer and became instrumental in South Africa’s political struggle; KwaZulu-Natal, where he was captured; and the Western Cape, where he was imprisoned and then freed.

Since Mandela’s release from prison in February 1990, a number of world-class museums, monuments and precincts have been developed to bring his story to life and to cater for the demand to better understand South Africa’s history.

The map includes many well-known attractions, such as Robben Island – a UNESCO World Heritage Site where Mandela was imprisoned; Mandela’s house on Vilakazi Street in Soweto; Soweto’s Kliptown Open Air Museum, which is where the Freedom Charter was adopted in 1955; and the Nelson Mandela Youth and Heritage Centre in Qunu – Mandela’s childhood home and where he was buried. 

South African Tourism (SAT) launched the map at the Drakenstein Correctional Centre (formerly Victor Verster Prison) in Cape Town – the last place Mandela was held captive before being freed on 11 February 1990.

‘Madiba-inspired itineraries. It is also available online here and features 27 attractions, complete with information about the attraction, its website address and GPS coordinates.

 Go to the Map Tourist Sites:


President Jacob Zuma of South Africa will be the guest at a National Press Club Speakers Luncheon at 1:30 p.m. Monday, August 4, in the Ballroom.
Zuma, who was first elected president in 2009 and re-elected in 2014, will speak on the eve of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington August 5 to 6.
His appearance at the NPC coincides with the approaching 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela speaking at the Club on Oct. 7, 1994, following his election as the first president of South Africa elected through a fully representative democratic process involving all segments of the country’s society.

  • The Press Club luncheon will begin promptly at 1:30 p.m. Remarks will begin at 2 p.m, followed by a question and answer session ending at 3 p.m.
  • Tickets may be purchased here. The cost of luncheon admission is $22 for NPC members, who may bring one guest as the same price, and $36 for non-members.
  • For questions, please email reservations@press.org or call (202) 662 – 7501. Tickets must be paid for at the time of purchase.

Note to NPC members: Please purchase your tickets promptly as they will be offered to the public on July 23.

NPC Members who wish to attend the 1:00 pm pre- luncheon reception must RSVP separately to VIPreception@press.org no later than 48 hours before the event. Space may be limited. You must have a paid reservation to the Luncheon to attend the VIP reception.

To submit a question in advance, put ZUMA in the subject line and email to president@press.org before 10 a.m. on the day of the luncheon

July 19, 2014 | By Myron Belkind | myron.belkind@verizon.net


Kevin Anderson South African tennis player. He became the top-ranked South African player on 10 March 2008 after making the final at the 2008 Tennis Channel Open in Las Vegas. He achieved his career-high ranking of World No. 17 in July 2014. 


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The festival will include Southern Africa and local wildlife,  African fashion show, Southern Africa music and dancing, Arts and crafts for adults and kids.

  • Where: Kenilworth Aquatic Garden
    1550 Anacostia Avenue NE
    Washington DC, 20019
  • When: Saturday 19 July, 2014
  • Time: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
  • Free admission
  • For more information please contact Ms Laura Washington LWashington@infinitepossibilitiesintl.org
  • Telephone: 202-506-5692


This day was inaugurated in 2009 on Nelson Mandela’s birthday July 18 by the United Nations; it is a call to action for people everywhere to take responsibility for making the world a better place, one small step at a time, just as Nelson Mandela did.

In November 2009, the United Nations declared 18 July as Nelson Mandela International Day and since then it has been marked with acts of good works in communities throughout the world.

South Africa in 2014 is celebrating 20 years of freedom and democracy therefore in observing this year’s Nelson Mandela Day; The Embassy would like to continue the celebrations through service. Taking that into consideration and heeding President Zuma’s call for the Nation to clean, the Embassy of South Africa has arranged to participate in a couple of activities with the help of two local organizations.

1)     Martha’s Table: An NGO where you can be of assistance with tidying up education classrooms, preparing the food for mobile soup kitchen, organizing the floor of community thrift store. Tasks also include: cleaning toys, washing windows, cleaning the playground, chopping vegetables, peeling potatoes, hanging and sorting clothing.

  • Venue: 2114 14th Street NW, Washington DC 20009
  • Allocated Time: 10:00am-12:00 pm
  • Activities:
    10:00am – 11:00am
    will be focused on cleaning toys, the playground, windows as well as organising the thrift store floor.
    11:00am – 12h00pm will be focused on food which will include peeling, chopping vegetables and tidying up the kitchen among others.

2)     So Others May Eat (SOME) :

  • Venue: 738 Chesapeake building SE,  Washington DC
  • Allocated Time: 9:30am – 1:00pm
  • Activities:
    9:30am – 10:30am:
    cleaning the community space, cleaning the playground area
    10:30am – 12:00 noon : Light Landscaping
    12:00noon – 13:00pm: Planting flowers. 

Should you be interested in participating, kindly specify at which organisation you would like to serve and the timeslot that would suit you best. Kindly send your RSVPs no later than July 15, 2014 to RSVP@dirco.gov.za as we are working with a very limited head count. On the subject line kindly write Mandela Day. For more information please do not hesitate to call us or go to the Embassy website at www.saembassy.org.

For Enquiries:

  • Mr Alu Museisi:  First Secretary: (Socio-Economic Development) Phone: (202) 745-6632
  • Ms Busi Simelane: First Secretary: (Administration) Phone: (202) 745- 6610
  • Mr Thomas Malela: Third Secretary: (Multilateral) Phone (202)745 6610
  • Ms Lwazi Mofokeng: Third Secretary: (Socio-Economic Development) Phone (202) 745-6646



The Lion King

Winner of six Tonys including Best Musical, Disney’s The Lion King returns! With direction and costumes by Julie Taymor, Elton John and Tim Rice’s score brings the African Pridelands to life with “Circle of Life” and many more great songs.

  • Where: Kennedy Center Opera House
  • When: Jun. 17 – Aug. 17, 2014
  • Ticket: $40.00 – $195.00   https://www.kennedy-center.org/tickets/
  • Recommended for ages 6 and up.
  • Performance Timing: Act One – 70 min.; Intermission – 20 min.; Act Two – 60 min.



Join us to celebrate two decades of freedom and democracy in South Africa and to meet and be inspired by the next generation of South African leaders. Keynote address by Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool. Featuring silent auction, entertainment and South African food and wine.

  • Who: The South Africa-Washington International Program for Service and Leadership (www.sawip.org)”
  • When: Tuesday, 24 June, 2014
    Afternoon Forum and PanelDiscussion from 2:30-6:00PM
    Evening Reception from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Where: The Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars
    One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
    1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
    Washington, DC 20004
  • Tickets: $150 and can be purchased at www.sawip.org
  • Contact: Jaya Tiwari,  202-604-1440 Jaya@SAWIP.org

 About SAWIP

SAWIP is helping to inspire, prepare and support South African youth to lead a sustainable democracy with a peaceful and prosperous future for all its citizens.  Our vision is of a South Africa with strong leaders who have a global perspective, who serve others with humility and integrity and in so doing inspire future generations to do the same.  SAWIP endeavors to train a diverse group of South African youth who are committed to ethical, professional service through personal and professional development opportunities in the United States and South Africa.


lira_53114 Lira has already conquered South Africa and much of Europe with her irresistible blend of R & B, Jazz and African styles. Like Sade before her, she is now set to conquer America with the release of her debut U.S. single “Feel Good” and her debut U.S. album release Rise Again, on Shanachie Entertainment. Born in the midst of Apartheid, the stunning artist shares, “Music changed my world forever. It was the companion and silent warrior that spoke for us when we were not able to.” 


Notice: No Parking 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.

Gateway to the Nation

Inspiring New Ways

Global South Africans

Visit the GSA website


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.

Madiba’s Steps to Freedom Immortalised

Listen to Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool’s remarks at the unveiling of Nelson Mandela statue.


Listen to Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), ranking minority member of the House Africa subcommittee, Nicole Lee, President of TransAfrica, and Deputy Chief of Mission Johnny Moloto, brief media on plans for Mandela Day in the US.

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

There are no job openings at this time.

White House Tours

The White House is currently not accepting  tour requests.

We will let you know here if this changes.

Thank you for your understanding.

SA Tourism