Ambassador Mahlangu official photo 006Thank 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


Please join us for a special Newseum screening of the Peabody-award winning film, Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa, followed by a conversation with Albie Sachs and director, Abby Ginzberg with Jeffrey Herbst, President and CEO of the Newseum. Reception to follow screening.

In a letter dated 5th of November 2015, President Obama, warned South Africa that if the negotiations on the outstanding issues related to the poultry SPS issues are not resolved by the 31st December then the US would suspend South Africa’s Duty Free Treatment of SA’s Agricultural goods into the US.

South Africa’s negotiators have been well aware of this authority to suspend a country’s trade benefits in terms of the AGOA Extension and Enhancement Act where the US believes that a beneficiary of AGOA is “not making continual progress toward the elimination of barriers to United States trade and investment”.

However, South Africa wishes to submit that it has been making continual progress during the past few months to implement the agreement reached in Paris on the 6th and 7th of June this year. The main issues to be resolved are the opening of the South African market to US exports of the three meats: poultry, beef and pork.

At the Paris meeting South Africa agreed to open the South African market to the US for 65 000 tons of bone-in chicken pieces through a rebate facility. In this regard the International Trade and Administration Commission has already issued a draft regulation on the 30th of October, 2015. The process of creating this quota is envisaged to be concluded well before the 31st of December 2015.

In addition, as Minister Davies did indicate to the Parliamentary Committee on Trade and Industry on the 3rd of November, South Africa’s Vets have been continuously engaged with the US Vets during the past few months on the drafting of the necessary trade and animal Health protocols for poultry, beef and pork.

Significant progress has been made in this regard and the work is almost complete. The reason the work has not been completed is due to the fact that both sides have had to engage on the documentation and negotiate the texts. Both sides have had to consider and evaluate these texts carefully before making submissions and proposals.

These issues are about animal health and are very complex – a balance has to be found between trade opening and animal health. In the case of the poultry issue the negotiation has been more complex because the US is seeking an agreement on the health standards/regulations that would obtain if/when there is another outbreak of Avian Influenza in the United States. The US requires South Africa to keep the market open to US poultry from those US States that are not affected during such an outbreak.

Notwithstanding this complexity South Africa’s Vets have been fully engaged on the detailed drafting of a trade protocol and animal health protocol for poultry. A draft trade protocol and animal health protocol is almost complete with some t’s to cross and some i’s to dot. A meeting of the Vets from the US and South Africa is taking place today – the 6th of November to attempt to close all the remaining technical issues. South Africa believes that it is “on track” to meet the December 31st deadline to resume imports of US poultry into South Africa.

On beef, the Cabinet approved the lifting of a ban on boned beef from several countries which had Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) including the United States on the 24th of June, 2015. South Africa has submitted a draft health certificate to facilitate trade from the US and is open to discussing these issues on an expedited basis.

On pork, the Animal Health Authorities of both governments have been undertaking the necessary technical work to ensure safe trade from at least three diseases, namely, Trichinella, Porcine Reproductive & Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) and Aujesky. South African Vets have made significant progress and have been able to approve a list of pork cuts. South Africa has submitted a draft pork health certificate to the US. South Africa remains ready to address any other concerns of the US.

At the bilateral meeting today – the 6th of November – between the US and South African Vets the outstanding issues will be discussed with a view to finalizing the technical issues. It remains to be said that these are matters of animal health and have to be dealt with accordingly in a scientific and objective manner by the Vets.

South Africa’s Message to the US on AGOA remains:

  • AGOA has contributed significantly towards building a mutually beneficial partnership between the USA and South Africa.
  • South Africa is a vital part of the regional integration and development process underway in Africa and removing South Africa from AGOA would substantially diminish the significance of AGOA for sub-Saharan Africa and the United States.
  • The breakthrough made at the June 6-7th meeting in Paris on the poultry issue and the progress made on the SPS issues related to poultry, beef and pork offer significant opportunities for the US and South Africa to increase their trade in Agriculture.
  • South Africa is a relatively open economy and trade and investment relations between South Africa and the United States have continued to grow and deepen during the period under AGOA
  •  Bilateral mechanisms, such as TIFA, have provided an excellent forum for the resolution of trade and investment concerns

SOURCE: The Department of Trade and Industry (





The 2015 Diplomat of the Year award which is on its 4th year of the program, was attended by approximately 150 high-profile guests made up of diplomats, executives, policy makers and key opinion makers and influencers of note.
Secretary of State John Kerry (State Department), provided the keynote remarks. Secretary Penny Pritzker (Commerce Department) received the Commercial Diplomat of the Year award.
Brand South Africa had the opportunity to present a special secondary diplomacy award, the Citizen Diplomat of the Year Award to “Vital Voices” in the 3rd category for the night.  This is being introduced for the first time this year and in recognition for their work on global women’s issues, which is aligned with South Africa’s efforts to achieve gender equality and promote women’s empowerment in line with the South African Constitution.

22361426125_feda6c1b22_mForeign Policy’s Diplomat of the Year award, Commercial Diplomat of the Year award, and Citizen Diplomat of the Year award are on display before they are awarded to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, and the non-governmental organization Vital Voices, respectively, at Foreign Policy’s 4th annual Diplomat of the Year award dinner in Washington, D.C., on October 21, 2015.

Ambassador Mahlangu With Secretary KerryAmbassador Mahlangu chats with Secretary Kerry at Foreign Policy at Foreign Policy’s 4th annual Diplomat of the Year award dinner in Washington, D.C., on October 21, 2015 (Photo credit: Jason Dixson Photography)

FP-Diplomat-of-the-Year-Jason-Dixson-Photography-6055-X2[1]Mr Mudunwazi Baloyi, USA Head, Brand South Africa  delivers remarks at Foreign Policy’s 4th Annual Diplomat of the Year Award dinner in Washington DC. (Photo credit: Jason Dixson Photography)

More on Vital Voices:

  • What: IPI Presents Tsotsi (Golden Globe and Oscar Award-Winning South African Film)
  • When: Sunday, November 8, 2015  2pm -4pm
  • Where: Rosedale Public Library  1701 Gales St. NE Washington,  D.C.  20002 ( Free Parking & Near Stadium Armory Metro)
  • RSVP: This is event is free. There will also be light refreshments and South African snacks.

Award-winning South African Film ”Tsotsi”oin Infinite Possibilities International (IPI) and Rosedale Neighborhood Library for a free screening of award-winning, critically acclaimed South African movie “Tsotsi” about a young hoodlum’s rise from a small-time criminal to a powerful crime entrepreneur during the turbulent years before and after the fall of apartheid. “Tsotsi,” a film of deep emotional power, considers a young killer whose cold eyes show no emotion, who kills unthinkingly, and who is transformed by the helplessness of a baby says Roger Ebert. It features well-known South African actor Presley Chweneyage. There will be a question and answer session following the screening. This program is co-sponsored by IPI’s Culture In Your Community Series.




Please join us for a special Newseum screening of the Peabody-award winning film, Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa, followed by a conversation with Albie Sachs and director, Abby Ginzberg with Jeffrey Herbst, President and CEO of the Newseum. Reception to follow screening.


“Office of Institutional Diversity. Equity and Affirmative Action” in collaboration with ”Backddor Films” BACKDOOR FILMS moderated by Rosemary Kilkenny (Vice President, Institutional Diversity & Equity)

  • When: Thursday, Oct 22nd @ 5:30pm
  • Where: Georgetown University ICC Auditorium 3700 O St NW Washington, DC 20057
  • Reception immediately following

Guests who have not registered will be asked to wait to be admitted at 5:30pm if seats remain available.

South African Airways Vacations® launched the “Cape Town Winter Warmer” package. This value-packed offer includes round-trip international flights from New York – JFK or Washington, DC-Dulles to Cape Town, 5 nights hotel accommodation, daily breakfast, airport transfers and Hop-on Hop-off bus tour of the city, from only $1,299* per person (restrictions apply).  Travel is applicable through December 9, 2015 and also, January 12-25, 2016 and February 12-March 31, 2016.  The “Cape Town Winter Warmer” offers savings of up to $700 per person off similar air-inclusive packages.

In addition to these special savings, American travelers can take advantage of a very favorable exchange rate on a vacation in South Africa. The “Cape Town Winter Warmer” is the perfect escape from the winter and now more than ever, South Africa offers tremendous value for money.


The Life Restoration Ministry invites you to attend its 59th Anniversary Worship Service celebrating August 9th 1956 South African Women’s Day under the theme ” You touch the women, you have struck the Rock”, with Guest Speaker, Ms Nowetu Luti, the Deputy Chief of Mission of the South African Embassy.


  • Date: Sunday, August 23, 2015
  • Time: 3:00pm
  • Venue: St. James United Methodist Church, 1901 Lexington Street, Baltimore, MD 21223
  • For further information, please call: Dr. Mankekolo Mahlangu-Ngcobo, Tel: 410-233-4649 or 443-703-1217



  • The film screens August 21st, 9:15 p.m. at the National Navy Memorial Museum, (Burke Theater), 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC.
  • And at 10:45 p.m. enjoy a live performance of Sharon Katz & The Peace Train Band.
  • You can buy tickets for this event here.

When Nelson Mandela was finally released from prison, courageous South African musicians broke through Apartheid’s barriers to form a 500-voice, multiracial children’s choir. Threatened with bombs and thwarted at every turn, they prevailed and railroaded across the country aboard The Peace Train. Singing their way into the hearts, minds and soul of a divided nation amidst a civil war, they promoted a peaceful transition to democracy and went on to become Mandela’s face of the new rainbow nation. When Voices Meet documents the trials, tribulations and triumphs of those musician activists and young choir members. They performed together for seven years; never lost touch with one another; and then reunited 20 years later. Sharon Katz – It was music that brought the disparate groups together, and the harmony of their voices became emblematic of the new South Africa. Original songs in the trailer’s soundtrack include We Are The Children of South Africa.

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 Teachers from Global Education Exchange Program with His Excellency Ambassador Mninwa Mahlangu and DCM Ms Nowetu Luti (Center) at the South African Embassy.


Five high school teachers from Washington DC, Montgomery County, Maryland & Northern Virginia will be paired with five counterparts from educational institutions in Johannesburg to co-teach global education courses, during the 2015/16 academic year, in South Africa and the U.S.



On Friday 17 July, the Embassy staff and their families spent the ‪‎Mandela Day of service at the Covenant House Washington and FBR  Boys and Girls Club, SE Washington, painting an art room, cleaning the neighborhood, packing lunches for the children’s fieldtrip and organizing the pantry with the donated food.  The day concluded with a presentation on the “Life and Legacy of Nelson Mandela”.

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Mandela Day is celebrated every year on 18 July, the day Nelson Mandela was born in 1918. As a way to mark the 67 years of his life he devoted to the service of humanity — as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa – the Nelson Mandela Foundation calls everyone to devote 67 minutes of their time to helping others. In November 2009, the UN General Assembly declared 18 July “Nelson Mandela International Day” in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom in the world.

The South African Ambassador, H.E. Mninwa Mahlangu accompanied by the South African Consul General in Chicago, Ms Vuyiswa Tulelo and the Honorary Consul, Mr Lebert Shultz in Kansas City, MO, engaged various organisations and companies in Kansas City, MO and Chicago, IL promoting cooperation, trade, tourism and investment in South Africa, from 13 – 16 July 2015.

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Ambassador Mahlangu with the Mayor of Kansas City, MO Mr James Sylveste

Amb with B  V groupAmbassador Mahlangu with executives from “Black and Veatch Corporation”.

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We are inviting the public to participate in this volunteer activity inspired by former President Mandela’s life and 67 years of service :


“Mr Mandela has spent 67 years making the world a better place. We’re asking you for 67 minutes.”

Nelson Mandela’s birthday is on 18 July, and the call is out for people everywhere to celebrate his birthday by acting on the idea that each person has the power to change the world.
The idea of Mandela Day was inspired by Nelson Mandela at his 90th birthday celebrations in London’s Hyde Park in 2008 when he said: “It is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in your hands now.” The United Nations UN website: officially declared 18 July as Nelson Mandela International Day in November 2009, recognising Mandela’s “values and his dedication to the service of humanity” and acknowledging his contribution “to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world”.

During the school year 2014/15, the learners of Orr Elementary School led by their teacher, Ms Jamila Thompson, learned about South African culture, history and values. Officials from the Embassy visited Orr Elementary School to engage with the learners during the year. On 4 June 2015, the learners made a final presentation on what they had learned about South Africa at the Embassy. They also had an opportunity to meet the South African Ambassador and tour the Embassy.

IMG_91895th-grade students from Oor Elementary School with  His Excellency Ambassador Mninwa Mahlangu at the South African Embassy after their final presentation.

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“South Africa and the United States agreed on a framework to restore market access into the South African market for US bone-in chicken cuts,”

This follows a two-day meeting, on 4 and 5 June in Paris, France. The meeting was facilitated by the United States and South African governments with their respective industry associations, which resulted in a breakthrough after several months of industry to industry negotiations….

The new requirements for children travelling to or from the Republic of South Africa take effect on 1 June 2015. The requirements are aimed at establishing the principle that all minors require the consent of their parents when traveling into or out of the Republic.


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Lily of the Valley Endeavor (LoVE) will be hosting a Wine & Cheese evening and Silent Auction on Wednesday 17 June, 2015. This evening is to raise awareness for and to benefit the precious children at the Lily of the Valley AIDS orphanages in Kwazulu Natal in South Africa.  Renowned South African artist, Carla Bosch will be painting live at the auction and her painting will be auctioned along with many other great donated items, including 2 seats on a South African Airways flight to South Africa and a Safari stay at the luxurious Singita Safari Lodge.

Great South African wines and great hors d’oeuvres to sustain you through the evening’s events.

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The African Ambassadors Group to the United States is celebrating this Year’s Africa Day under the theme Women Empowerment and Development towards achieving Africa Agenda 2063, through holding a series of events to highlight the progress that Africa made and the challenges ahead in this regard.

Ambassador MahlanguThe keynote speech was delivered by Ambassador Mninwa Mahlangu. He welcomed over 300 guests to the event. In his speech, he gave an account of South Africa’s achievements in the 21 years of democracy and outlined the steps that are being taken to move South Africa forward. Furthermore, he highlighted the South African government and peoples’ strong condemnation of the recent attacks on foreign nationals in South Africa.

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Ambassador David H. Thorn, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the State delivered a response on behalf of the government and people of the United States, and highlighted the strong partnership between the two countries


“The year 2015 ushers the beginning of the third decade of democracy and freedom. On 27 April this year South Africans are called to take the opportunity to celebrate the fruits of our democracy. It is time to reflect on the progress we have made as country in moving South Africa forward”.


This week Dr Rob Davies, South Africa’s Minister of Trade and Industry, will lead a delegation comprising of Senior Government Officials, Business and Labour to Washington to participate in the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Council meeting with the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to advocate for the renewal of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) with South Africa included. Minister Rob Davies will be sharing South Africa’s perspective on various SA-US bilateral trade issues, including chicken anti-dumping, and AGOA renewal. The media are invited as follows:

This year the National Day will be hosted at the South African Embassy on 30 April 2015 and the Embassy wishes to invite quotations for catering services

  • Prospective service providers can submit their proposals by e-mail in PDF format or in a sealed envelope with the details of the proposal on the outside of the envelope to: Per hand Ms F Mkhize South African Embassy 3051 Massachusetts Ave Washington DC 20008 e-mail:
  • Closing day: Submissions should be received at either of the mentioned addresses on or before on the closing date of Monday, 30 March 2015. (Prospective service suppliers are encouraged to submit their proposals before the closing time and date).


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Ambassador Mninwa Mahlangu extended his heartfelt condolences to Mrs Louise Mokone, wife of South African football legend Dr Steve “Kalamazoo” Mokone, who passed on last night.

Dr Mokone was the first black South African soccer player to play in Europe and regarded as one of the greatest footballer South Africa has ever produced.

Dr Mokone was awarded by South Africa’s Presidency, The Order of Ikhamanga in Gold during the first National Orders awards in 2003, for exceptional achievement in the field of soccer and an outstanding contribution to the development of non-racial sport.

“The passing of Dr Mokone is a huge loss and our condolences are extended to his family and all those who have been touched by this great South African son” the Ambassador said.



Ambassador Mahlangu Presents Credentials to President Obama.
South Africa’s newly-appointed Ambassador to the United States of America, H.E. Ambassador Mninwa Mahlangu presented his Credentials to President Barack Obama, during a ceremony held at the White House on Monday, 23 February 2015.

The ceremony served to reaffirm South Africa’s commitment to consolidate the existing cordial relations with the United States of America.


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

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

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Washington DC, 20008

Job Openings

There are no job openings at this time.

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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