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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.
South African Ambassador to United States
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
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
We 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.
These five artists of Ubuhle Beautiful Beads, who are sustained solely through the sale of their artwork, have taken the skills inherited from their mothers and grandmothers and have created a new art form — the Ndwango. This is the artists’ own word for describing their works and it translates modestly as “cloth” or even “rag.” An ndwango is a painting in beads.
- Where: “Beadazzled”, Dupont Circle location
1507 Connecticut Avenue NW Washington DC
- When: 16 November, 2014
- Time: Reception and sale from 2pm to 5pm
- RSVP on Facebook although that is not required.
These incredible “paintings” have been exhibited at the Smithsonian, and featured in the Washington Post. Now they are available for sale only at Beadazzled.
Over 30 countries across the globe have witnessed the magic of AFRICA UMOJA – a colourful and jubilant celebration of the history of indigenous South African music and dance, that audience – whatever their cultural backgrounds – have found infectiously delightful and uplifting.
- When: November 6 – 8, 2014
- Where: The National Theatre
1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004
- More information: http://thenationaldc.org/events/africa-umoja/
- Theatre box office: 202-628-6161 x242.
Musa Ngqungwana will appear as Colline in La bohème one of the world’s most popular operas.
“The timeless story of a shy seamstress and a passionate poet who chance upon each other on a snowy Parisian evening, La bohème is known for its lush melodies and characters that touch the very heart of our humanity”.
More information: http://www.kennedy-center.org/events/?event=OPOSA
In his newly published autobiography Musa Ngqungwana details his story, from growing up in poverty in South Africa to winning the prestigious Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2013: http://www.musangqungwana.com/musa_publishes_autobiography.html
On 28 October 2014, the National Arts Festival announced that Musa Ngqungwana is one of the six young South Africans winners of the prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist Award.
“One-of–a-kind” Holiday Gifts.
South African Art, Stunning Beaded Crafts, Zulu Baskets Jewelry, Home Décor, Traditional attire.
- Where: Silver Spring Civic Building. Ellsworth Room
1 Veteran Plaza ( Corner of Fenton Street and Ellsworth Drive) Silver Spring, MD 20910
- When: Saturday November 8, 2014
- Time: 10:00 am -6:00pm
- Contact: Southafricanbazaar@hotmail.com
- Free Admission!!
To recognise companies, NGO’s and individuals for their exemplary contributions to building a competitive, growing and inclusive South African economy, Brand South Africa and South Africa’s diplomatic missions in the United States are launching the Siyabonga Awards at a gala dinner in New York on Tuesday, October 7.
Siyabonga is isiZulu for “thank you”. Inaugurated on the 20th anniversary of South Africa’s democracy, the awards express the nation’s gratitude to its partners and friends in the US, including expatriates who are part of Brand South Africa’s Global South Africans initiative, for their support in achieving the country’s goals.
Defining those goals, South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma recently told South Africa’s diplomatic corps that promoting trade and investment must be their “apex” priority over the next five years.
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene will deliver the keynote address at the gala. He will be accompanied by Deputy Reserve Bank Governor Daniel Mminele as well as captains of South African and US industry.
The first cohort of Siyabonga honorees are:
· GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt.
· Soula Proxenos, Managing Partner, International Housing Solutions.
· Albert Maartens, President and CEO, Standard New York Securities, Inc.
· Mary Tiseo, Executive Director, South Africa Partners.
· Donna Katzin, Executive Director, Shared Interests.
· David Dinkins, former Mayor of New York. Continue reading
Keynote address by South African Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool.
Book discussion and screening of documentary film
- Date: Wednesday, 1 October, 2014
- Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
- Location: Busboys and Poets 2021 14th St NW Washington, D.C.
- Contact: email@example.com
- Twitter: @ProfAtuahene | Facebook: /wewantwhatsours | Website: http://wewantwhatsours.com/
- The flyer for the Wednesday public event: http://wewantwhatsours.com/files/2013/03/10-1-washington-dc.pdf