Thank you for visiting our official website, we hope you will find the information useful, whether you are planning to visit South Africa or are interested in remaining current with the activities of the South African Embassy in Washington DC.
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.
We remain a premier destination for tourism and always welcome an opportunity to welcome you to our country of beautiful scenery, wildlife, beaches and amazing climate. What is more important however is that you will meet culturally diverse South Africans, waiting to welcome you to our rainbow nation!
Should you need more information, I encourage you to reach out to me and my team through our provided contact details, which you will find on this website.
Ambassador Mninwa Mahlangu
South African Embassy in the United States of America
The Embassy of the Republic of South Africa wishes the African Diaspora in the United States of America a very Happy Africa Day!
Africa Month is celebrated annually during the month of May in recognition of the establishment of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) on 25 May 1963 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The OAU was founded with the primary goal of uniting all African nations through political, economic and cultural integration, as well as the eradication of all forms of colonialism and white minority rule.
In 2002, the OAU was replaced by the African Union (AU). Through this historic move the founding principles of unity were expounded upon towards the idea of an African Renaissance and to include: the deepening of African unity and solidarity amongst states, acceleration of political and economic integration, preservation of sovereignty and the territorial integrity of states, protection of human rights, promotion of democratic principles, maintenance of peace & security and critically, the advancement of Africa’s development and position within the global economy.
This year, South Africa celebrates 25 years of Freedom and Democracy; accordingly, South Africa has chosen to commemorate Africa month 2019 under the theme “Celebrating 25 Years of Democracy: Building a Better Africa and a Better World”. This theme speaks to the active role that South Africa plays in the development and renewal of the African continent and avails an opportunity for the country to recommit itself to a common prosperous African destiny, as espoused by the 2063 African Agenda. South Africa’s own national interests are intrinsically linked to the continental stability, unity and prosperity of Africa.
As we celebrate Africa Day this year, let us be reminded of our common African identity, promote the preservation and use of our indigenous languages, deepen and expand our understanding of each other as Africans and express tolerance amongst ourselves.
The Month of May is celebrated annually as ‘Africa Month’, to mark the establishment of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), now the African Union (AU), on 25 May 1963. Africa month commemorates the beginning of the continent’s quest for unity, the political and economic emancipation of its people, as well as co-operation among them. It is also a moment of reflection on the progress that Africa has made and the common challenges still facing continent.
The AU has named 2019 the year of refugees, IDPS and returnees; highlighting one of the challenges faced by the continent. Africa hosts more than one-third of the world’s refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs)—many of whom are fleeing ongoing conflicts. This phenomenon not only impacts upon those fleeing but also on the host communities and the complex humanitarian challenges they consequently face.
Join the U.S. Institute of Peace, the African Ambassadors Group, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars for a discussion on forced displacement in Africa. The panel conversation will highlight African policy responses to displacement at the national, regional, and continental level, discuss current and anticipated challenges, and brainstorm innovative approaches.
Date: 23 May, 2019
Time: 9am -11am
Venue: U.S. Institute of Peace , 2301 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20037
For more information and to RSVP your attendance please see: https://www.usip.org/events/managing-forced-displacement-africa
You can also follow the conversation with #AfricaDayUSIP
Please take note of the special voting process summarized below.
The LoVE Organisation is turning 10! To celebrate, LoVE, in partnership with the Embassy of South Africa will host a fundraising South African braai paired with beautiful wines. LoVE is an American-based organisation supporting several children’s AIDS orphanages in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa.
- Date: 10 May 2019
- Tickets are $75: https://cbo.io/Loveusa/ECTickets
President Cyril Ramaphosa has condemned violence against foreign nationals in South Africa and called on law enforcement agencies and law-abiding citizens to identify perpetrators and bring them to book.
The President has therefore welcomed today’s engagement between Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu and Minister of Police Bheki Cele, and the African diplomatic community in South Africa.Today’s meeting has been convened to discuss the current spate of violence against foreign nationals and their properties.
President Ramaphosa says there can be no justification for criminality and that if communities are disaffected for any reason, grievances must be raised with government and must be done within the confines of the law.
President Ramaphosa says recent violence against Malawian and other nationals in KwaZulu-Natal is particularly regrettable on the eve of Freedom Month which in 2019 celebrates 25 years of freedom.
“As South Africans, we owe our freedom to the solidarity and support given to our liberation struggle by people across our Continent and around the world. “Today, our economy and society benefits from our extensive trade and investment relations with partners on our continent and many of our continental compatriots live in South Africa where they are making important contributions to the development of our country.
“African development depends on the increased movement of people, goods and services between different countries for all of us to benefit. We will not allow criminals to set back these processes.”
Minister hands over donations made by South African citizens, companies and members of the Diplomatic Corps to assist in the aftermath of #Cycloneldai
The Bokamoso Youth Foundation invites you to an evening of traditional South African Music at the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa.
Bokamoso Tour 2019 Schedule : http://www.saembassy.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/2019-Bokamoso-Performance-Flyer-Rev-2Front.pdf
The South African Embassy in Washington will be closed from Monday 24 December, 2018 and will reopen and resume normal operations on Wednesday 2 January, 2019.
The Embassy will be closed Thursday, March 21 in observance of South African Human Rights Day holiday.
Normal office hours will resume Friday, March 22.