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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.        

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Ambassador Mninwa Mahlangu

South African Embassy in the United States of America

 

It is with deep sadness, that the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa hereby informs that Dr Edna Molewa, Minister of Environmental Affairs, who passed on in the morning on Saturday, 22 September 2018 at the age of 61 in South Africa.

A book of condolences will be opened at the Embassy, located at 3051 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, from Wednesday 26th September to Friday 5th October, 2018 from 10:00 am to 16:00 pm, for all those wishing to convey their respects to the memory of the late Dr. Molewa

MAY HER SOUL REST IN PEACE

  • Date: September 29, 2018
  • Time: 8:45  a. m.
  • Address: 4940 Canal Rd NW, 20007 Washington, DC

We are holding this event to honour Nelson Mandela on the 100th anniversary of his birth. parkrun DC has graciously offered to co-host the event and will partner with the Embassy and the Comrades Marathon to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela.

The guest of honour will be Bruce Fordyce, the nine-time winner of the Comrades Marathon and Director of parkrun South Africa, which since 2011 has seen 600,000 South Africans of all backgrounds complete 6 million 5Ks.

The run-walk will start promptly at 9:15 a.m. and special edition finishers medals will be presented to all participants. Due to heavy traffic congestion at the entrance, guests are encouraged to arrive no later than 8:45 a.m.

There is no cost for this event; however, attendees may instead consider making a charitable donation to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/MandelasLastWish

All runners/walkers should please register for the Fletcher’s Cove parkrun at: https://www.parkrun.us/register/\ and then RSVP no later than September 27 to corneliusa@dirco.gov.za indicating the number of people in your party (Runner/walkers and spectators).

For more details on Fletcher’s Cove parkrun, click here: http://www.parkrun.us/fletcherscove/. Only participants with the parkrun registration barcode will be eligible to participate and due to limited spaces a RSVP is a requirement.

Embassy of South Africa
Washington, DC

18 September 2018

The South African Embassy in partnership with The Embassy Guild will host the 2018 U.S. Midterm Election Briefing on Wednesday, September 19, 2018.

The Democratic Election Expert, Mr Adam Weiss; Republican Election Expert, Mr Matt Hoekstra; as well as Foreign Policy Expert, Mr Ken Guide will share their thoughts on the forthcoming U.S. Mid-term elections; possible outcome scenarios and the envisaged impact on the political land scape in the U.S. The discussions will look into how the Mid-term elections outcomes could shape the US political landscape and possible impact for the 2020 US Presidential elections.

ISSUED BY THE SOUTH AFRICAN EMBASSY WASHINGTON D.C

3150 Massachusetts Ave NW

Washington DC 20008

 

By Lindiwe Sisulu, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

27 August, 2018

When government announced earlier this year that the issue of land reform would be addressed through a consultative process, interest groups that represent a minority of the people of South Africa started to spread lies and half-truths internationally.

They peddled false and exaggerated information and conclusions that have been disproved many times by concrete facts. The question is: what are the objectives of these groups, which travel internationally, consistently working on a conscious campaign aimed at challenging the sovereignty and institutions of a democratic South Africa?

One of the lies doing the rounds is the notion that a section of the South African population is being targeted for deliberate and calculated violence. While South Africa, like any other country in the world, does experience acts of criminality, there has never been any targeting of any specific part of the populace people because of the colour of their skin, as was the official policy during the many years of apartheid rule.

The land reform process is receiving ongoing attention by government and Parliament, using constitutional channels so as to ensure that the people of South Africa participate in addressing this sensitive issue, which is a legacy of apartheid and racially-exclusive policies that denied the majority of black South Africans their rights, including access to land….

23 August 2018

The Embassy of the United States of America was called in today, 23 August 2018, as directed by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Hon Lindiwe Sisulu, to convey the unhappiness of the people and the Government of South Africa following a tweet by President Donald J. Trump based on false information and lobbying by certain South African lobby groups that seek to derail and frustrate the land redistribution programme.

The US Chargé d’Affaires was informed to convey to Washington that Pretoria is disappointed about Washington’s failure to use available diplomatic channels.

DIRCO also urged the Chargé d’Affaires to indicate to Washington that the people of South Africa, of all races, are working together through Parliament and other legal platforms to find a solution to this historic challenge and that President Trump’s tweet serves only to polarize debate on this sensitive and crucial matter.

At the end of the meeting, the Chargé d’Affaires committed to convey the Minister’s message to Washington immediately…..

 

“New president outlines potential conditions for expropriation without compensation”

August 23, 2018

It is nearly 25 years since South Africa became a democracy, yet the promise of that historic achievement has not yet been fully realised by the millions of people who are unemployed and live in poverty.

Despite significant progress, many of the economic disparities of the apartheid era persist. After a decade of slow growth, the South African government has embarked on a big investment drive to stimulate economic growth and create new jobs.

It has begun to tackle the obstacles to growth by working towards greater policy certainty, shifting resources towards infrastructure investment, reducing bureaucratic inefficiency and stabilising public finances.

Among the greatest obstacles to growth is the severe inequality between black and white South Africans. For the South African economy to reach its full potential, it is therefore necessary to significantly narrow gaps in income, skills, assets and opportunities….

A meeting on the agricultural sector and the land question between President Cyril Ramaphosa, Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) and AgriSA was fruitful.
This is according to Agbiz CEO Dr John Purchase, who said he and AgriSA president Dan Kriek had met with Ramaphosa and Minister in the Presidency responsible for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on Tuesday, 21 August. “The purpose of the meeting was to introduce a sector-based approach to inclusive growth and employment, specifically for the agro-food value chain,” said AgriSA in a statement.  Kriek also emphasised the commitment of AgriSA and the Agri-Sector Unity Forum (ASUF) to resolve the land issue and other challenges confronting the primary agriculture industry.
“The meeting was cordial and constructive, and provides a solid base for further in-depth engagement on the key issues confronting the sector. The broader agro-food industry will be developing a sectorial framework for consideration by government and social partners”, Purchase said.

 

It is with deep sadness, that the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa hereby informs that Mrs Zondeni Veronica Sobukwe also known as “The Mother of Azania,” passed away on in Wednesday, 15 August 2018 in South Africa.
A book of condolences will be opened at the Embassy, located at 3051 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, from Friday 17th August to Saturday  25th August, 2018 from 10:00 am to 16:00 pm, for all those wishing to convey their respects to the memory of the late Mrs Sobukwe.

MAY HER SOUL REST IN PEACE

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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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.

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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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