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.

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.

Special Notice: White House Tours

The White House website advised that nationals from foreign countries interested in a tour of the White House should request their Embassy in Washington DC to arrange a tour. However, the US State Department requires that foreign nationals be accompanied by the most senior diplomats. Unfortunately, due to the strict requirements, time and resources compulsory for these tours, the Embassy is not in a position to arrange White House tours. Those interested may wish to take a virtual tour of the White House here.

Alternatively, visitors may also consider a tour of the US Capitol Building (https://www.visitthecapitol.gov/plan-visit) and the Pentagon in Washington DC. Requests for visiting the US Capitol Building can be submitted up to three months in advance and no less than 21 days prior to the visit. For a tour of the Pentagon (https://pentagontours.osd.mil/) visitors may request tickets from 14 days up to 90 days prior to the tour. Visitors’ passports are required for entry. There are also many museums to visit in DC and they are free of charge.

SA Tourism

Special Notice: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

On 9 August 1956, over 20 000 South African women marched up to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest the apartheid government’s Pass Laws. Whilst in the immediate these women were protesting the unjust, oppressive, and humiliating Pass Laws which regulated the movement of black Africans- they were more broadly calling for the equal recognition of humanity and human rights for all South Africans.

This historic event brought to the fore the important role of women in South Africa’s anti-apartheid resistance movement and shifted perceptions about women being the passive, unheard and unseen victims of apartheid towards that of active and engaged agents for change, who were equally bold and fierce in their stance against racism and the human rights abuses leveled against them.

The Women’s March sent a strong message that women were a force and that they would not be suppressed. The oft quoted protest song, “Wathint’ abafazi, wathint’ imbokodo (You Strike a Woman, You Strike a Rock)!” has come to represent the mettle of South African women even today.

Since 1995, the Republic of South Africa has celebrated August as Women’s Month and 9 August as Women’s Day in recognition of these women who stood up to the injustices of the times. This year’s theme, Generation Equality: Realising women’s rights for an equal future, acknowledges that whilst some freedoms have been won for women, much work still needs to be done for an equal future.

The current COVID-19 pandemic has amplified existing inequalities within our societies; women in South Africa and worldwide have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Levels of domestic violence against women have increased; women who head-up a majority of households have either had their livelihoods significantly reduced or completely lost and women (who make up approximately 69% of global health professionals) on the frontlines have been exposed to and infected by the coronavirus. These are all factors contributing to the vulnerability and eroding the progress which has been made in women’s empowerment.

Outside of the global pandemic, the scourge of Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF) is robbing women and girls from feeling safe and realizing their inherent human potential. Added to this discrimination and abuse against women on the basis of sexual identity and preferences continues to be a challenge.

Women are a critical resource in the workforce; however barriers preventing them from entering, thriving and taking on important leadership roles in the labor force still exist. We need to do more to ensure the full participation of women in the South African economy. This starts at making sure our girls have access to quality education, are enrolled in schools and have the opportunity to complete their education to the highest possible level.

We can only build a non-sexist, non-racial, just and democratic South Africa that is inclusive, sustainable and recognizes the economic dignity of all South Africans when we liberate women who are one half of our society and have an impact on the whole of society. We will never realise the complete project of South Africa until we have realized freedom and equality for our women and girls.

We need to work together as Government, the private sector, civil society and with every South African to address the challenges hindering women’s rights for an equal future.

Happy Women’s Day to all South Africans!

Igama lamakhosikazi malibongwe!

Please be advised that South African Airways is planning an additional repatriation flight from Washington, DC-Dulles to Johannesburg on 16 July.  The flight will depart Washington, DC-Dulles at 7:40PM and arrive Johannesburg (17 July) at 4:50PM.

Any Citizens wishing to take up this opportunity need to register for this flight on the SAA website at www.flysaa.com. The registration for the flight closes on Tuesday, 7 July. Please note that this is only a registration and that the operation of this flight will depend upon the passenger demand.

All Bookings, Payments and logistics for the flight will be handled exclusively by SAA and not the South African Embassy or its Consulates.

If you have already registered with the Embassy and/or Consulates in the US, your verified information will be forwarded to SAA. You do not need to make any further registrations/ verifications with the Embassy for clearance to travel.

Issued by:

Embassy of the Republic of South Africa

3051 Massachusetts Ave, NW

Washington DC

20008

16 June is commemorated annually in South Africa as Youth Day and forms part of the greater celebrations of Youth Month. The origins of this holiday lie in 16 June 1976, when a group of students in Soweto led protests against the sub-standard and inferior Bantu Education system which was designed for black South Africans by the apartheid government.

Today, marks 44 years since these students and many others across the country stood up against the apartheid government, risking their lives in the fight for equality and freedom in South Africa. Since then many other youth-led movements have pushed for further freedoms including: the decolonization of education within tertiary institutions, end to systemic racism within institutions, the removal of racist symbols from our communities and free higher education.

The current protests calling for an end to police brutality against African Americans and racial discrimination in the United States are another example of the power of young people to mobilise against injustice and push for societal change.

Time and time again, young people have led change and continue to demonstrate to us all that meaningful democracy, equality, social justice, access, integrity and compassion should form the pillars of our society.

From all of us at the Embassy in Washington, DC, I would like to wish all young people a wonderful Youth Day and remind them to continue to work towards positively shaping South Africa’s socio-economic landscape and building our country.

-Ambassador Nomaindiya Mfeketo

View President Ramaphosa’s Youth Day Message

Please be reminded that the flight which was scheduled to depart Washington- Dulles International Airport on 4 May 2020 has been rescheduled for Saturday, 9 May 2020.

The Embassy is currently processing the passenger list for this flight which will be submitted to SAA for confirmation.

South Africans are asked to take note that whilst the Embassy and the Consulates have received the proof of payments and your passport information on behalf of SAA, reservations and ticketing are done exclusively by SAA.

SAA will confirm and issue air tickets to passengers via the email provided upon registration.

Payments for the repatriation flight of 9 May 2020 are now closed. No new payments will be accepted and the Embassy shall not take any responsibility for payments received after 04 May 2020 16:00 (ET). South African citizens are encouraged to respond to officially sanctioned communication from the Embassy in Washington DC or Consulates in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York only.

Airport Procedures for 9 May 2020

The SAA ticket counter at Washington-Dulles International Airport will be open four (4) hours prior to departure for passenger and baggage check-in.  All passengers must be checked-in 90 minutes prior to departure.

Please remember to bring your own personal protective equipment to the airport: face mask, gloves and sanitizer.

Whilst passengers have been cleared by DIRCO and other Government Departments to be repatriated, any passenger who displays COVID-19 symptoms at the time of boarding will not be allowed to board the flight. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html)

The South African Embassy and its Consulates in the United States wish to advise Citizens of the repatriation flights from the US to South Africa:

Flight Details

May 2, 2020

South African Airways Flight #2208

Depart Washington-Dulles 7:40PM

Arrive Johannesburg 5:10PM (May 3)

Cost Economy – R15 150.00

Business – R35 000.00 (*Business Class in-flight catering will be the same as Economy Class except for more personal space and a complete lie-flat seat)

May 3, 2020

South African Airways Flight #2208

Depart Washington-Dulles 7:40PM

Arrive Johannesburg 5:10PM (May 4)

Cost Economy – R15 150.00

Business – R35 000.00 (*Business Class in-flight catering will be the same as Economy Class except for more personal space and a complete lie-flat seat)

May 9, 2020

South African Airways Flight #2208

Depart Washington-Dulles 7:40PM

Arrive Johannesburg 5:10PM

Cost Economy – R15 150.00

Business – R35 000.00 (*Business Class in-flight catering will be the same as Economy Class except for more personal space and a complete lie-flat seat)

Payment Details

Please note that payments for the repatriation flight of 9 May 2020 are now closed. No new payments will be accepted.

Updated 4 May 2020

ISSUED BY:

Embassy of South Africa Embassy in Washington, DC

Dear South Africans, I trust that you are safe and well under the circumstances. My deepest condolences to those who have lost loved ones from COVID-19 and a speedy recovery to people in hospitals, nursing homes and in isolation owing to the virus.

I arrived in the United States, as the local COVID-19 epidemic was taking root. We are all alarmed at the rate at which this disease has spread and the escalating mortality rate. In response, we have had to scale down operations in order to protect workers and the public. Even so, we remain open to service our fellow South Africans.

In the midst of the travel restrictions which have been introduced globally; a sizeable number of people find themselves stranded in the United States. We have responded to numerous enquiries from people who have reached out to us and we have been working tirelessly to find ways of getting you home. It has been a complex process, as it involves South Africans who are widely spread across the United States for a number of reasons.

Compatriots, the flight that we hoped would leave Washington, D.C. for South Africa on 20 April 2020 has not been confirmed as there are many factors to be considered for such an exercise. The only flight that left the United States from Miami during the lockdown period was chartered by a caring employer for his employees on 15 April 2020.  

As Ambassador of South Africa in the United States of America, I am committed to providing you with the official information as we work on the project of repatriation led by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation and other agencies.

Guided by our philosophy of UMuntu nguMuntu NgaBantu; we are determined to demonstrate the caring Government that we are. Accordingly, the South African Embassy in Washington DC and our Consulates in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York; will continue to render Consular Services to all stranded South African Citizens abroad.

The South African Embassy has attended to over a thousand enquiries from distressed South African Nationals. All of the enquiries received are being considered and we have developed a database for possible repatriation. We are sensitive to the fact that it is taking longer than we all would like to see.

My team and I commit to leave no stone unturned to ensure that we reach an acceptable solution.

I wish to emphasise that the South African Embassy and our Consulates are the official source of information regarding repatriation.

Please remain safe and continue to observe the social-distancing measures in place within your various States.

We thank you for your patience.

Issued by the Embassy of South Africa in Washington, DC on 19 April 2020.

South African Citizens

South African citizens planning to travel or transit through the Italian Republic, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Republic of Korea, the Kingdom of Spain, the Federal Republic of Germany, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, the French Republic, the Swiss Confederation and the People’s Republic of China presently identified as high risk countries, as well as the European Union, should refrain from doing so. This includes all forms of travel to or through identified high risk countries. South African citizens are also to refrain from traveling on cruise ships due to the inherent risks involved in such travel as recent experiences have shown. This is effective immediately, until further notice. Non-essential travel to other countries should also be cancelled or postponed.

South African citizens returning from high-risk countries (including the U.S.) will be subjected to testing and self-isolation or quarantine on return to South Africa.

South African citizens should be aware that there are health risks when they travel and should check the travel and health notices for COVID-19 at their destinations. Increased health screening measures at ports of entry for international destinations, which may include entry requirements, border closures, flight suspensions and quarantines, can be expected.

South African citizens should contact the South African Mission/Consulate in the country of their destination, to inform them of their presence in the country and provide them with information such as contact details, duration of stay, etc.

Foreign Travelers

All entry, regardless of compliance with visa requirements, of foreign travelers with ordinary passports, travelling from or transiting through high-risk countries presently identified as the Italian Republic, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Republic of Korea, the Kingdom of Spain, the Federal Republic of Germany, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, the French Republic, the Swiss Confederation and the People’s Republic of China is prohibited until further notice. No applications for visas by foreign travelers from high-risk countries will be approved. Visas already issued are revoked with immediate effect for travelers that have not yet entered South Africa.

Visa waiver agreements with countries identified by the Department of Health as high- and medium-risk will be suspended from dates that will be advised through Travel Alerts.

Any foreign national who has visited high-risk countries in the past 20 days will be denied a visa.

Any foreign national affected by these travel restrictions who needs to travel to South Africa for emergency or compelling reasons may contact the nearest South African mission or consulate to apply for a visa. Such visa applications will be considered on merit and on a case-by-case basis.

The above restrictions exclude holders of diplomatic passports and travel documents issued by international organisations as well as their family members accredited to the Republic of South Africa, and holders of official/service passports. The travel restrictions will also not apply to the crew members of aircraft and cargo ships, as well as cross border rail and road transportation workers. However, such travelers will be subjected to medical screening and if required, can be isolated or quarantined for a minimum period of 14 days.

All International Travelers

All international travelers, including South African citizens, entering South Africa will be required to complete and submit the prescribed Health Form and hand it to Health officials and Immigration officers upon arrival.

All travellers will be subjected to medical screening for COVID-19 upon entering South Africa and if required, can be isolated or quarantined for a minimum period of 14 days. Over and above the normal immigration requirements, entry into South Africa is subject to a passenger’s cooperation with officials conducting tests.

Travellers from medium-risk countries as identified by the South African Department of Health will be required to undergo high intensity screening.

All travelers who have entered South Africa from high-risk countries since 15 February 2020 will be required to present themselves for testing.

South Africa has placed restrictions on attendance of international meetings. All organisers or attendees of international meetings are strongly advised to confirm whether attendance will be permitted before travelling to South Africa.

Travelers from South Africa to the U.S.

U.S. citizens who are currently in South Africa and wish to return to the U.S. should consult their local Embassy/ Consulate for information. A

Issues pertaining to the operation of the Embassy

  • The Embassy is operational as per normal working hours 08:00 – 16:30 on 16 and 17 March 2020.
  • In an effort to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19, the Embassy will modify its operations starting 18 March 2020 to 31 March 2020. During this time working hours will be Monday-Thursday, 10:00-15:00 and Friday, 10:00-14:00.
  • The Embassy will update these changes, as informed by developments regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • In view of this, all South African Citizens requiring essential civic and immigration services are required to make an appointment via email prior to coming to the Embassy.
  • The Embassy asks that you cooperate by not  visiting the Embassy if you have one or more of the following:
    • undergoing treatment for COVID-19
    • Have been in contact with an infected person
    • Are on self-quarantine
    • have any symptoms such as a dry cough, fever and are generally not feeling well
  • The Embassy has hand sanitisers in place in its consular offices, however we still urge members of the public to exercise good hygiene practices, cough etiquette and regular hand-washing.  Visitors considered “high-risk” – exhibiting symptoms may be offered a surgical mask during interactions with Embassy personnel.
  • The Embassy is exercising social distancing measures and replacing all personal meetings with teleconferences where possible.

For reliable information regarding COVID-19 developments in South Africa and globally please consult the following websites:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

http://www.health.gov.za/index.php/outbreaks/145-corona-virus-outbreak/465-corona-virus-outbreak

Emergency Contact Points

  1. Ms C. Ramaru: Ramaruc@dirco.gov.za / 202.413.1953 (Immigration queries and appointments)
  2. Mr T. Ratshitanga: Ratshitangat@dirco.gov.za / 202.390.6402  ( General queries regarding the response to COVID-19)

Issued by the Embassy of South Africa

Washington, DC

3051 Massachusetts Ave, NW

Updated March 17, 2020

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

Embassy of South Africa to Participate in 8th Annual Embassy Showcase—Winternational

This free event, presented by World Trade Center Washington, DC will connect the DMV community with the culture and traditions of over 50countries

Washington, D.C. – Joining over 50 other embassies, the Embassy of South Africa will be featured at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center’s (RRB/ITC) 8th Annual Embassy Showcase, Winternational, from 11 AM – 3 PM, Thursday, December 5, 2019. The event is presented by World Trade Center Washington, DC (WTCDC), which oversees the trade mission of the RRB/ITC, exclusively managed by TCMA (A Drew Company).

Last year, more than 4,000 guests attended this lively celebration of international culture, travel, tourism and trade.

The Embassy of South Africa will offer opportunities for 1:1 interviews with staff members and exhibitors and will showcase their culture and traditions through visual arts displays, handcrafts, as well as travel and tourism information. Guests have the opportunity to travel to South Africa and learn its history and customs—all within the lunch hour!

Watch scenes from last year’s Winternational here.

WHAT: Winternational – 8th Annual Embassy Showcase

WHO:Embassy of South Africa in partnership with WTCDC and the following Embassies:
Afghanistan, African Union, Armenia, Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Cote d’lvoire, Czech Republic, Egypt, Eritrea, European Union, Gabon, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malawi, Malta, Mauritius, Moldova, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Paraguay, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts & Nevis, Saudi Arabia, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam.

WHEN:Thursday, December 5, 2019 11:00am – 3:00pm ET

WHERE:    Atrium, Atrium Hall
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, D.C.

HOW:Free & Open to the Public. Ticket registration requested here.

Contact: 

Ms Z. Ngwane

ngwanez@dirco.gov.za

About Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (RRB/ITC)
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center is a dynamic hub for government, business, culture and community, in the heart of the nation’s capital. As the first and only federal building dedicated to both public and private use, the Reagan Building is the official World Trade Center Washington, DC (WTCDC), and a premier conference and event venue with executive office space, attractions, dining, retail, parking, and community activities.

Through the World Trade Centers Association, WTCDC utilizes a global network of 750,000 affiliated business from 326 trade centers in over 100 countries to maximize its connections and capabilities. With this extended network, WTCDC works diligently to ensure the RRB/ITC offers a rich mix of signature events such as high profile economic summits, conferences and cultural programs. These initiatives foster international dialogue, enhance diplomacy, and generate business opportunities. Visit www.rrbitc.com or follow us @ReaganITCDC.

TCMA (A Drew Company)

Trade Center Management Associates (TCMA) is the exclusive manager of Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (RRB/ITC). TCMA’s team specializes in International Trade Services, Real-Estate Management and Hospitality. For more information, visit www.drewcompany.com.

The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children Campaign (16 Days Campaign) is a United Nations campaign which takes place annually from 25 November (International Day of No Violence against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day).
Together, let us take actions to support the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign.


We are holding the 2nd Mandela Run/Walk to honor the legacy of Tata and continue to celebrate the spirit of unity, community and respect for our fellow mankind. Fletcher’s Cove Park run has graciously offered to co-host the event and will partner with the Embassy of South Africa in Washington DC, to celebrate the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela.

  • All first time runners/walkers should please register for the Fletcher’s Cove parkrun at: https://www.parkrun.us/register/\. Only participants with the parkrun registration barcode will be eligible to participate and due to limited spaces a RSVP is a requirement.
  • For more details on Fletcher’s Cove parkrun, click here: http://www.parkrun.us/fletcherscove/

The South African Government condemns the recent violent attacks which have taken place in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and has called for the restoration of calm.

The attacks which have involved the looting of shops, destruction of private property and illegal blockades constitute as criminal activities and are in contravention of the rule of law of the country. The South African Police Service (SAPS) has been deployed to the affected areas and is working to restore calm and address the situation. Several arrests have already been made; Since Sunday, 423 people have been arrested for violence-related offences in Gauteng and 21 suspects have been arrested in relation to truck violence in KwaZulu-Natal.Those who have been arrested will face the full might of the law and the Government urges all members of the community to exercise vigilance and to work with law enforcement agencies to root out criminality.

South Africa is a multicultural society and welcomes the diverse integration amongst people of all backgrounds that live in it. Furthermore, our Constitution protects the rights of all living in South Africa. The Government calls for robust dialogue and engagement with discontented communities and denounces any justification for criminality; grievances held by communities must be raised within the confines of the law.

South Africa remains committed to fostering continental peace and unity, and views itself as an integral part of the African continent.

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The Department of Trade and Industry’s Economic representative recently hosted a group of visiting Executive MBA students from Canada’s University of Athabasca School of Business for a seminar on Doing Business in South Africa.

The South African Embassy wishes all South Africans a happy Youth Day!

Every year on 16 June, South Africa commemorates the 1976 Soweto Uprising in which high school learners stood up against the apartheid government. With the advent of democracy in 1994, 16 June gained formal recognition as an important public holiday in the history of South Africa and the entire month of June came to be equally celebrated as youth month.

This year’s Youth Month coincides with the commemoration of 25 years of Freedom and Democracy and has been themed, “25 Years of Democracy:  A celebration of youth activism”.

Youth Day is a pivotal reminder of the role that young people played in the struggle for freedom and democracy in South Africa. The Class of 1976 exposed to the international community the brutality of apartheid and in turn ignited a global force of resistance against the country, which became instrumental in dismantling apartheid.

Today, 43 years later, 16 June provides a moment of reflection on the great strides that the country has taken towards addressing issues facing the youth in South Africa. One such issue is education- the youth of ‘76 fought for equal and quality education for all and Government is seized with providing opportunities for all South African to be educated and gain the right skills to grow the economy. Government’s investment into the Technical Vocational Education and Training colleges as well as National Student Financial Aid Scheme, are only some of the ways in which we are delivering skills and training that are essential to addressing the skills gap in our economy.

Further to this, Youth Month also recognizes and celebrates the collective agency and activism of young people in South Africa and the roles that they must take up as active and responsible citizens; who are also participants and leaders in the democratic structures and processes of South Africa.

One of the ways in which the Embassy will be observing Youth Day is through supporting the I Am, We Are (IAWA) benefit reception, to be held at the Embassy. IAWA is a United States of America and South Africa registered non-profit which empowers youth in the Royal Bafokeng Nation, South Africa.

The Embassy of the Republic of South Africa, alongside I Am, We Are (IAWA) will be hosting IAWA’s Fourth Annual Benefit Reception

Under this year’s theme, “I Am A Masterpiece,” we will celebrate the masterpiece in the making and work of art that is each of us. Through art we will immerse attendees in I Am, We Are’s journey while giving them an opportunity to learn more about our participants.

The reception will include live entertainment and both a virtual and live silent auction. Hors d’ouevres and beverages will be served. Auction goes live June 1st and closes on June 20th. View auction items at http://bit.ly/MasterpieceAuction.

I Am, We Are is a youth development programme which strives to empower South African youth with the tools they need to confidently own their futures. Read more at: https://www.iamweareyouth.org/

Parking: There are no parking facilities for the public at the Embassy, although street parking sometimes can be found nearby. We highly recommend a shared ride.

Ticket Sales and Refunds: Limited tickets are available. No tickets will be available at the door. All sales are final. Refunds issued only in the event that reception is cancelled.

The Embassy of the Republic of South Africa wishes the African Diaspora in the United States of America a very Happy Africa Day!

Africa Month is celebrated annually during the month of May in recognition of the establishment of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) on 25 May 1963 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The OAU was founded with the primary goal of uniting all African nations through political, economic and cultural integration, as well as the eradication of all forms of colonialism and white minority rule.

In 2002, the OAU was replaced by the African Union (AU). Through this historic move the founding principles of unity were expounded upon towards the idea of an African Renaissance and to include: the deepening of African unity and solidarity amongst states, acceleration of political and economic integration, preservation of sovereignty and the territorial integrity of states, protection of human rights, promotion of democratic principles, maintenance of peace & security and critically, the advancement of Africa’s development and position within the global economy.

This year, South Africa celebrates 25 years of Freedom and Democracy; accordingly, South Africa has chosen to commemorate Africa month 2019 under the theme “Celebrating 25 Years of Democracy: Building a Better Africa and a Better World”. This theme speaks to the active role that South Africa plays in the development and renewal of the African continent and avails an opportunity for the country to recommit itself to a common prosperous African destiny, as espoused by the 2063 African Agenda. South Africa’s own national interests are intrinsically linked to the continental stability, unity and prosperity of Africa.

As we celebrate Africa Day this year, let us be reminded of our common African identity, promote the preservation and use of our indigenous languages, deepen and expand our  understanding of each other as Africans and express tolerance amongst ourselves.

The Month of May is celebrated annually as ‘Africa Month’, to mark the establishment of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), now the African Union (AU), on 25 May 1963. Africa month commemorates the beginning of the continent’s quest for unity, the political and economic emancipation of its people, as well as co-operation among them. It is also a moment of reflection on the progress that Africa has made and the common challenges still facing continent.

The AU has named 2019 the year of refugees, IDPS and returnees; highlighting one of the challenges faced by the continent. Africa hosts more than one-third of the world’s refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs)—many of whom are fleeing ongoing conflicts. This phenomenon not only impacts upon those fleeing but also on the host communities and the complex humanitarian challenges they consequently face.

Join the U.S. Institute of Peace, the African Ambassadors Group, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars for a discussion on forced displacement in Africa. The panel conversation will highlight African policy responses to displacement at the national, regional, and continental level, discuss current and anticipated challenges, and brainstorm innovative approaches.

Date: 23 May, 2019

Time: 9am -11am

Venue: U.S. Institute of Peace , 2301 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20037

For more information and to RSVP your attendance please see: https://www.usip.org/events/managing-forced-displacement-africa

You can also follow the conversation with #AfricaDayUSIP

The LoVE Organisation is turning 10! To celebrate, LoVE, in partnership with the Embassy of South Africa will host a fundraising South African braai paired with beautiful wines. LoVE is an American-based organisation supporting several children’s AIDS orphanages in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa.

Read More: http://www.loveusa.org and https://www.facebook.com/lilyvalleyusa/

President Cyril Ramaphosa has condemned violence against foreign nationals in South Africa and called on law enforcement agencies and law-abiding citizens to identify perpetrators and bring them to book.
The President has therefore welcomed today’s engagement between Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu and Minister of Police Bheki Cele, and the African diplomatic community in South Africa.Today’s meeting has been convened to discuss the current spate of violence against foreign nationals and their properties.
President Ramaphosa says there can be no justification for criminality and that if communities are disaffected for any reason, grievances must be raised with government and must be done within the confines of the law.
President Ramaphosa says recent violence against Malawian and other nationals in KwaZulu-Natal is particularly regrettable on the eve of Freedom Month which in 2019 celebrates 25 years of freedom.
“As South Africans, we owe our freedom to the solidarity and support given to our liberation struggle by people across our Continent and around the world. “Today, our economy and society benefits from our extensive trade and investment relations with partners on our continent and many of our continental compatriots live in South Africa where they are making important contributions to the development of our country.
“African development depends on the increased movement of people, goods and services between different countries for all of us to benefit. We will not allow criminals to set back these processes.”

Minister hands over donations made by South African citizens, companies and members of the Diplomatic Corps to assist in the aftermath of #Cycloneldai

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
Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-bokamoso-performance-at-the-embassy-of-south-africa-tickets-54103242254

There is no parking at the Embassy-Kindly plan accordingly

Bokamoso Tour 2019 Schedule : http://www.saembassy.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/2019-Bokamoso-Performance-Flyer-Rev-2Front.pdf

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.

The Embassy will be closed Thursday, March 21 in observance of  South African Human Rights Day holiday.

Normal office hours will resume Friday, March 22.

Please note that the Embassy will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10h00-14h00 for South African Citizens requiring Consular services. Please schedule an appointment to visit using the information below.


For Immigration and Civic Services Matters
Ms Constance Ramaru: RamaruC@dirco.gov.za


For Consular Services Matters
Mr Sente Paster Matigwato: Matigwatop@dirco.gov.za

Fellow South Africans,

Today we celebrate 26 years of South Africa’s democracy, as we mark Freedom Day.

 A day on which millions of hopeful South Africans, united in our diversity casted our   vote for the first time for a new South Africa.

27 April 1994 would bear semblance to our hopes and aspirations for an equal, just, democratic and non-racial society in which all could leave freely.

We celebrate Freedom Day this year in the background of an unprecedented global health crisis for which we do not yet have a solution or cure.

The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has in some way affected every community and individual within our interconnected global village. As South Africa’s Ambassador to the United States, I am part of those experiencing firsthand the seriousness of this disease.

One of the ways in which I have particularly experienced the effects of this pandemic has been through the Embassy’s daily interaction with our fellow countrymen who have been stranded in the United States; in the aftermath of the global closing of borders as country’s (including South Africa) attempt to curtail the spread of the disease and protect lives.

This is a difficult time for all, and the pressures are particularly exacerbated for all those South Africans who are not in the comfort of home and with loved ones.

We are not unsympathetic to the times and share your frustrations at the time that it is taking to get you back home. We remain committed to doing so however and are still engaging daily with airlines and Government to achieve this objective.

Whilst we are still in the throes of this crisis and experiencing the daily discomforts and anxieties thereof; we should not stop clinging onto the hope to overcome in the same way that our fallen heroes clung to the hope of a free and democratic South Africa.

The human spirit is resilient to the challenges we are confronted with and whilst this may seem like an impossible situation, our capacity to conquer is more powerful as every icon of freedom in our history has shown us.

South Africa will overcome. We will use the genius that is our people and richness of our country’s resources to not only restore what has been lost during this time but to build an even more resilient economy that addresses the needs of all who live in it.

Fellow South Africans;

For the first time in our history, freedom day will be celebrated differently both at home and abroad, for our part, consistent with the World Health Organization Protocols,  we will not host our picnic nor host freedom our day reception.

Happy Freedom Day South Africans, stay safe, stay at home, and save lives.

[View video]: http://www.saembassy.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Ambassadors-Freedom-Day-Message-1.mp4

Issued by:

South American Embassy

3051 Massachusetts Ave NW

Washington DC

Payments that have already been made:

  • Please note that for everyone that has already made their payments to SAA for a flight and has their proof of payment as well as the biometric page of their passport to Mr Msiza (Msizas@Dirco.gov.za) and Ms Moleko (MolekoF@dirco.gov.za), these are being received and processed as per the guidelines given to the Embassy by SAA for each passenger.  
  • Current SAA ticket holders: SAA is giving credit to tickets already issued.

Issuance of tickets:

  • Please note that the issuance of all tickets is being done exclusively by SAA and not the Embassy.
  • Please be informed that all those who registered with either the Embassy or its Consulates (Chicago, Los Angeles and New York) by Monday, 27 April 2020 have already been cleared by DIRCO and Home Affairs, and their information has already been sent to SAA.
  • At this stage, the Embassy has no control over how the allocations will be made by SAA and the respective dates of travel for everyone. The Embassy has urgently requested this list from SAA so that we may directly contact everyone and inform them of their travel itinerary.

Flight Updates:

  • Flight scheduled 2 May is now full.
  • All new payments being processed as of today, 1 May, are for the flight on 3 May.
  • Flight scheduled for 4 May 2020 has now been moved to 9 May 2020.

Many of you are struggling to get through via the phone lines and email responses, this is due to the high volume of emails and calls currently being received, we are trying our best to get to everyone- in an effort to assist us do this please do not send multiple emails on the same issue if you have already done so.

We thank you for your continued patience during this time and we are still working hard to ensure that everyone gets assisted and home.

 Please continue to route communications as per norm through the Embassy/ Consulate Contact Person where you registered.

Washington, DC: MatigwatoP@dirco.gov.za / MsizaS@dirco.gov.za

Chicago: MiyamboM@dirco.gov.za / BawutiN@dirco.gov.za

Los Angeles: NepfumbadaA@dirco.gov.za

New York: KgwatlaE@dirco.gov.za  / SolomonA@dirco.gov.za