This also means that no further registrations at the Embassy will be entertained.
- Voting abroad will take place on Wednesday, 30 APRIL 2014.
- By law it is not possible to vote abroad on any date other than 30 April 2014, and no exceptions will be made.
- Applications are now open to notify the IEC of your intention to vote abroad and where (at which mission) citizens intend to vote, by completing a VEC10 form.
- This includes ALL South Africans who are registered and whose names appear on the voters’ roll, Diplomats and their households.
- VEC10 applications need to be submitted ONLINE ONLY on the IEC website at www.elections.org.za and will close at midnight (SA time) on 12 March 2014.
- Applicants will receive either an e-mail or SMS notification to acknowledge receipt of their application.
- In order to vote abroad on 30 April, you must bring:
a) Your green, bar-coded ID book; smartcard ID; or valid Temporary Identity Certificate; and
b) Your valid South African passport or temporary passport.
- For any inquiries please don’t hesitate to contact the Embassy.
- More Information: http://www.Sowetogospelchoir.com
- Date: Tuesday, Feb. 11
- Symposium: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Reception: 4:30pm-6:30pm
- Concert begins at: 7:00pm
- Venue: the Browsing Room of Founders Library, 500 Howard Place, NW, Washington, DC.
The event marks the day that Nelson Mandela was released from prison on Robben Island in 1990.
To register for the symposium, visit here. The event is sponsored by the Howard University Republic of South Africa Project (HURSAP).
- Venue: Lisner Auditorium
730 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20052
- When: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 – 8:00pm
- Ticket: Tickets $30, $35, $40 & $45
Formed in 2002, the 52-member choir was formed to celebrate the unique and inspirational power of African Gospel music. Accompanied by an exciting 4-piece band and percussion section, Soweto Gospel Choir performs with evocative sounds, energetic dancing and vibrant, colorful costumes. Singing in 6 of South Africa’s 11 official languages, the young dynamic choir performs both traditional and contemporary music, adding their own unique feel and interpretation to both. Expect a cappella numbers, earthy rhythms and rich harmonies.
More Information: http://lisner.gwu.edu/soweto-gospel-choir
Interested in learning Afrikaans? The Global Language Network (GLN) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide opportunities to learn any language at a minimal cost. GLN recruits and trains native speakers who volunteer their time to teach their language and share their culture.
More information: visit this page!
South African Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool will lead a special tribute to Nelson Mandela at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church’s gala on behalf of children orphaned by AIDS in South Africa. Continue reading
South Africa successfully defended its title in the United States round of the IRB world sevens circuit, beating series champions New Zealand 14-7 in the final.
Today marks the end of an extra-ordinary journey that began 95 years ago. It is the end of 95 glorious years of a freedom fighter, a dedicated and humble servant of the people of South Africa, a fountain of wisdom, a pillar of strength and a beacon of hope to all those fighting for a just and equitable world order.
We are truly honoured to be part of the final journey of this great son of our country and the founding President of a free and democratic South Africa, Isithwalandwe Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. Continue reading
On December 13, 2013 the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed House Resolution 434, a bipartisan resolution authored by Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) to honor the life of the late South African President Nelson Mandela, who passed away on Dec. 5.
The resolution recognizes President Mandela’s defiance of injustice and commitment to peace and reconciliation, remembers his many years spent in imprisonment, and honors his presidency during which he established the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate gross human rights violations committed during South Africa’s apartheid years. Continue reading
Here is the full text of Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool’s address at the Washington National Cathedral memorial service celebrating the life on Nelson Mandela on December 11. A video version is is available on the cathedral’s website.
It was on June 26, 1990 that Nelson Mandela addressed the joint session of the Houses of Congress in this very city of Washington DC. He had just been released after 27 years in prison, but was keenly aware of his own mortality. On that day he said to Congress:
“It is a fact of the human condition that each shall, like a meteor, a mere brief passing moment in time and space, flit across the human stage and pass out of existence.”
Nelson Mandela was right about his mortality, for indeed he has passed on. But Nelson Mandela was wrong about his impact and significance in this world.
Yesterday in Soweto, South Africa, 95,000 people braved the rain, millions across the world ignored time zones to share in his memorial, and over 90 world leaders deemed Nelson Mandela more important than the urgent business that confront them on a daily basis. Through their presence and tributes they refused to let Nelson Mandela pass out of existence.
In this country, the United States of America, the Star Spangled Banner flies at half-mast signifying that in Nelson Mandela, Americans found both a part of their history and a part of their future. Here too Americans gather to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela and celebrate his life. Here too they will not let Nelson Mandela pass out of existence. Continue reading