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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

 bokamoso 2015

  • Benefit performance featuring youth from the Bokamoso Youth Centre, Winterveldt, South Africa: 6th and 7th, 7:30 p.m.
    Students/Seniors — $10; General Admission — $35 Tickets: http://theatredance.columbian.gwu.edu/south-africa-project
  • Unless I say Yes — Sexual Choices of Young Women and Men: An Interactive Workshop. 5th, from 4 to 6 p.m. Admission is Free.Participating students and faculty will have the opportunity to experience the power of performance in illuminating relationship dynamics and sexual relations through cross-cultural perspectives. Bokamoso actors will be leading the workshop.
    Please RSVP to gwomen@gwu.edu
  • Where: The performances and the Interactive Workshop will both be held at The George Washington University
    Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre, Marvin Center 1st Floor 800   21st Street, NW, Washington, D.C.
    (Two blocks from the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro Station, Blue and Orange lines)
    More Information: kirkak@gwu.edu or lesliej@gwu.edu


Lady Smith Black Mambazo

Celebrate joyous and uplifting music with the a cappella vocal group with a musical spirit that has touched a worldwide audience. Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s music combines the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions.

Suitland High School Choir directed

This work celebrates the life of Nelson Mandela, the struggles for freedom fought by him and his many comrades through Apartheid, and the walk to a free and democratically led country under the presidency of Nelson Mandela. 

  • When:  January 15, 2015
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Where: Suitland High School “Annabelle Ferguson auditorium”
                     5200 Silver Hill Road. Forestville MD 20747
  • Admission: $10

Karen Walwyn, D.M.A. Steinway Artist
Duke Mellon Faculty Fellow 
Associate Professor @ Howard University




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5 December 2014 marks the first anniversary of South Africa’s Former President, Nelson Mandela’s passing.  In commemorating this day, wreaths will be laid at the Statue of Nelson Mandela outside the Embassy by well-wishers as part of honouring his legacy. Members of the public are also welcome to lay their wreaths if they wish at the Statue throughout the day.

NPC President Myron Belkind congratulates Ambassador Rasool

NPC President Myron Belkind congratulates Ambassador Rasool

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

cathdral jummah


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

Carrol Boyes Trunk Show 11.13 TCCWe 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.

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.

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

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