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At 20, South Africa’s democracy is lively and firmly entrenched. Our economy is dynamic and rich with opportunity for investors. Our determination to build a better tomorrow burns as brightly and irrepressibly as ever. These are truly exciting times in South Africa and the African continent. We are at the dawn of what we confidently predict will be Africa’s century.

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.

Ebrahim Rasool

South African Ambassador to United States



  • Where: National  Theatre 1321 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20004
  • When:  October 2 – 12, 2014
  • More information: http://umojausatour.com/

 About The Show:

With a cast of 32 of South Africa’s brightest and most versatile young performers, singers, drummers and dancers, AFRICA UMOJA – The Spirit of Togetherness, 20 Years of Freedom and Democracy Tour is a joyous celebration of dynamic talent, thrilling energy, great voices and sensual dances that sweep across the bright and vibrant South African traditional landscape.

Traveling on the beats of drums, from the dusty streets of Soweto to all the corners of the world’s best and biggest stages, AFRICA UMOJA – which in Zulu means ‘together’ – tells the moving tale of indigenous South African music and dance from the earliest rhythms to the current club sounds of kwaito.
Audiences all over the world have embraced the traditional love songs, lullabies and other musical expressions of rural life. They have also cried along in the city streets listening to music reflecting the pain of the migrant laborers and their families. The tale dances through sheebeens and the cultural melting-pot of Sophiatown. The heart is saddened by cold stories of forced removals yet the feet continue to stomp along with the explosions of gumboot dancing.

There are also the reminiscent sounds of the vibrant jazz that forced its way free from the constraints of the times. The international audiences will relate to names such as Miriam Makeba (Mama Africa) and the late Dolly Radebe, while a thread of gospel music running through the tale recalls the huge helpings of faith and courage. This saw black South Africans through some of the country’s stormiest historical passages.


EM-P5194682a1Mahlangu and her team will arrive from South Africa in early September 2014 and will remain in Richmond for a month, working daily on the commission. Ndebele painted designs echo the patterns found in their beautifully beaded vestments and jewelry, such as Mahlangu regularly wears to pride fully assert her heritage. The public is welcome to observe her while she works on the paintings and the museum has plans to document her progress. The finished work will be presented to patrons and the public in programs on October 8 and 9. http://vmfa.museum/pressroom/news/important-ndebele-artist-esther-mahlangu-paint-vmfa/

  • Admission: Free
  • Address: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
    200 N. Boulevard
    Richmond, Virginia USA 23220-4007
  • For additional information, telephone 804-340-1400 or visit www.vmfa.museum



President Jacob Zuma of South Africa will be the guest at a National Press Club Speakers Luncheon at 1:30 p.m. Monday, August 4, in the Ballroom.
Zuma, who was first elected president in 2009 and re-elected in 2014, will speak on the eve of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington August 5 to 6.
His appearance at the NPC coincides with the approaching 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela speaking at the Club on Oct. 7, 1994, following his election as the first president of South Africa elected through a fully representative democratic process involving all segments of the country’s society.

  • The Press Club luncheon will begin promptly at 1:30 p.m. Remarks will begin at 2 p.m, followed by a question and answer session ending at 3 p.m.
  • Tickets may be purchased here. The cost of luncheon admission is $22 for NPC members, who may bring one guest as the same price, and $36 for non-members.
  • For questions, please email reservations@press.org or call (202) 662 – 7501. Tickets must be paid for at the time of purchase.

Note to NPC members: Please purchase your tickets promptly as they will be offered to the public on July 23.

NPC Members who wish to attend the 1:00 pm pre- luncheon reception must RSVP separately to VIPreception@press.org no later than 48 hours before the event. Space may be limited. You must have a paid reservation to the Luncheon to attend the VIP reception.

To submit a question in advance, put ZUMA in the subject line and email to president@press.org before 10 a.m. on the day of the luncheon

July 19, 2014 | By Myron Belkind | myron.belkind@verizon.net


Kevin Anderson South African tennis player. He became the top-ranked South African player on 10 March 2008 after making the final at the 2008 Tennis Channel Open in Las Vegas. He achieved his career-high ranking of World No. 17 in July 2014. 


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The festival will include Southern Africa and local wildlife,  African fashion show, Southern Africa music and dancing, Arts and crafts for adults and kids.

  • Where: Kenilworth Aquatic Garden
    1550 Anacostia Avenue NE
    Washington DC, 20019
  • When: Saturday 19 July, 2014
  • Time: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
  • Free admission
  • For more information please contact Ms Laura Washington LWashington@infinitepossibilitiesintl.org
  • Telephone: 202-506-5692


This day was inaugurated in 2009 on Nelson Mandela’s birthday July 18 by the United Nations; it is a call to action for people everywhere to take responsibility for making the world a better place, one small step at a time, just as Nelson Mandela did.

In November 2009, the United Nations declared 18 July as Nelson Mandela International Day and since then it has been marked with acts of good works in communities throughout the world.

South Africa in 2014 is celebrating 20 years of freedom and democracy therefore in observing this year’s Nelson Mandela Day; The Embassy would like to continue the celebrations through service. Taking that into consideration and heeding President Zuma’s call for the Nation to clean, the Embassy of South Africa has arranged to participate in a couple of activities with the help of two local organizations.

1)     Martha’s Table: An NGO where you can be of assistance with tidying up education classrooms, preparing the food for mobile soup kitchen, organizing the floor of community thrift store. Tasks also include: cleaning toys, washing windows, cleaning the playground, chopping vegetables, peeling potatoes, hanging and sorting clothing.

  • Venue: 2114 14th Street NW, Washington DC 20009
  • Allocated Time: 10:00am-12:00 pm
  • Activities:
    10:00am – 11:00am
    will be focused on cleaning toys, the playground, windows as well as organising the thrift store floor.
    11:00am – 12h00pm will be focused on food which will include peeling, chopping vegetables and tidying up the kitchen among others.

2)     So Others May Eat (SOME) :

  • Venue: 738 Chesapeake building SE,  Washington DC
  • Allocated Time: 9:30am – 1:00pm
  • Activities:
    9:30am – 10:30am:
    cleaning the community space, cleaning the playground area
    10:30am – 12:00 noon : Light Landscaping
    12:00noon – 13:00pm: Planting flowers. 

Should you be interested in participating, kindly specify at which organisation you would like to serve and the timeslot that would suit you best. Kindly send your RSVPs no later than July 15, 2014 to RSVP@dirco.gov.za as we are working with a very limited head count. On the subject line kindly write Mandela Day. For more information please do not hesitate to call us or go to the Embassy website at www.saembassy.org.

For Enquiries:

  • Mr Alu Museisi:  First Secretary: (Socio-Economic Development) Phone: (202) 745-6632
  • Ms Busi Simelane: First Secretary: (Administration) Phone: (202) 745- 6610
  • Mr Thomas Malela: Third Secretary: (Multilateral) Phone (202)745 6610
  • Ms Lwazi Mofokeng: Third Secretary: (Socio-Economic Development) Phone (202) 745-6646



Notice: No Parking 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.

Gateway to the Nation

Inspiring New Ways

Global South Africans

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A Gift for Madiba


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.

Madiba’s Steps to Freedom Immortalised

Listen to Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool’s remarks at the unveiling of Nelson Mandela statue.


Listen to Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), ranking minority member of the House Africa subcommittee, Nicole Lee, President of TransAfrica, and Deputy Chief of Mission Johnny Moloto, brief media on plans for Mandela Day in the US.

Consular Section Special Notice

The Consular section is Relocated Back to Massachusetts Avenue, Embassy Row, as of 24th of March, 2014

30 51 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington DC, 20008

Job Openings

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White House Tours

The White House is currently not accepting  tour requests.

We will let you know here if this changes.

Thank you for your understanding.

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