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

Date of this Communique: 19 February 2019

The President of the Republic of South Africa has announced 8 May 2019 as the date of the 2019 National and Provincial Elections. However, the President is still to proclaim the election date by way of a notice in the Government Gazette. This is expected to occur towards the end of February 2019.

Please note that voting day abroad will not occur on the same date as voting inside of the Republic of South Africa on 8 May 2019. Voting abroad is scheduled for Saturday 27 April 2019. However, the date of voting abroad will be confirmed once the President proclaims the date of the 2019 elections.

Once the President proclaims the 8 May 2019 as the date of the 2019 National and Provincial Elections, registered voters who intend to vote abroad are required to notify the CEO of the IEC of their intention to vote abroad, and at which mission they intend to vote abroad. This notification will be available on from the date of proclamation of the 2019 election and will be available for 15 calendar days thereafter.

Importantly, voter registration for the 2019 elections closes on the day of proclamation. No further applications to register to vote for the 2019 elections may be received after proclamation.

In summary, to vote abroad in the 2019 National Election, the following is required:

  1. A person needs to be registered to vote, and
  2. Registered voters need to complete an online VEC10 template on within 15 days from the date that the President proclaims the 2019 election date.
  3. On voting day abroad, voters will need to take their South African identity document (ID) – either a green barcoded ID book, smart ID card or valid temporary ID certificate AND their valid South African passport to the same mission mentioned on the online VEC10 template. Voting hours are from 7:00 to 21:00.


Who needs to register to vote abroad?

  • To vote in South Africa’s elections, you must be registered as a voter.
  • First-time voters who are not currently on South Africa’s voters’ roll must apply for registration at their nearest South African embassy, high commission or consulate-genera
  • Voters who live abroad, but were previously registered in South Africa, are still registered to vote and are not required to re-register.
  • You can check if you are already registered:

I am already a registered voter, but my given address is in South Africa. Do I need to provide the Electoral Commission with my new address where I live abroad?

Yes. To be eligible to vote out-of-country, voters still need to inform the Chief Electoral Officer of the Electoral Commission via the completion of an online VEC10 form once the 2019 national election is proclaimed.

What do you need to register to vote abroad?

You must:

  • Be a South African citizen
  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Have a valid South African ID-either the green barcoded ID book OR smart ID card or Temporary ID certificate
  • Have a valid South African passport.

The Bokamoso Youth Foundation invites you to an evening of traditional South African Music at the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa.

Date: Thursday, 24 January 2019
Time:  6:00PM-8:00PM

There is no parking at the Embassy-Kindly plan accordingly

Bokamoso Tour 2019 Schedule :

The South African Embassy in Washington will be closed from Monday 24 December, 2018 and will reopen and resume normal operations on Wednesday 2 January, 2019.

  • Kindly note that in light of the United States of America mourning the loss of President George H W Bush, President Donald Trump has issued an Executive Order to close Federal Offices and excuse all Federal employees from duty on Wednesday, 5 December 2018. Based on this decision, the Embassy will also be closed and will resume normal business hours on Thursday, 6 December 2018. Thank You

“Our lowest fares of the year from $699* round-trip from New York and Washington, DC to Africa for Winter and Spring travel”

South African Airways (SAA), the national flag carrier of South Africa, is offering tremendous savings with special fares from the U.S. to destinations in Africa for 7-days only over the Thanksgiving holiday. Low fares are offered from Washington, DC-Dulles International Airport and New York-JFK International Airport to Johannesburg, South Africa starting from $699.00* round-trip….


  • Kindly note that in lieu of the Thanksgiving Holiday the Embassy will be closed from 12:30 on Wednesday, 21 November 2018 and will resume normal business hours on Monday, 26 November 2018. Thank You



  • When: Thursday, November 15th 2018
  • Time: 11am – 2pm (Luncheon will be served )
  • Venue: Buckhead Club 3344 Peachtree Road N.E. -Suite 2600 Atlanta, GA 30326
  • RSVP: Wednesday , Nov 14th 2018, 12-pm to
  • Dress Code: Business Attire
  • Very Limited Space!!

Mr. Malose Letsoalo, Minister: Economic at the Embassy of South Africa will be available for one-on-one meetings. If interested, kindly request a meeting in your RSVP.

Reaching the $100 Billion Mark:

“LGBTI Inclusive Investment in South Africa”

In early 2018, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa appointed a team of business and finance experts to attract $100 billion in investment to boost the South African economy over the next 5 years.  As the first event during Global LGBTI Business Week, a panel of experts from the private sector, government, academia, and PLUS: The LGBTI+ Business Network in South Africa will discuss how these sectors can work to make this investment inclusive of LGBTI business owners and LGBTI people.

  • When: Tuesday November 13, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 pm-8:00 pm
  • Where: Embassy of South Africa: 3051 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington DC 20008

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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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

Attention Applicants:

  • The South African Embassy in Washington DC will no longer accept $16.00 fee but prepaid envelope from FedEx and USPS with tracking number with immediate effect to facilitate return services.

Job Openings:

There is currently no position available.





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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