The South African Embassy wishes all South Africans a happy Youth Day!
Every year on 16 June, South Africa commemorates the 1976 Soweto Uprising in which high school learners stood up against the apartheid government. With the advent of democracy in 1994, 16 June gained formal recognition as an important public holiday in the history of South Africa and the entire month of June came to be equally celebrated as youth month.
This year’s Youth Month coincides with the commemoration of 25 years of Freedom and Democracy and has been themed, “25 Years of Democracy: A celebration of youth activism”.
Youth Day is a pivotal reminder of the role that young people played in the struggle for freedom and democracy in South Africa. The Class of 1976 exposed to the international community the brutality of apartheid and in turn ignited a global force of resistance against the country, which became instrumental in dismantling apartheid.
Today, 43 years later, 16 June provides a moment of reflection on the great strides that the country has taken towards addressing issues facing the youth in South Africa. One such issue is education- the youth of ‘76 fought for equal and quality education for all and Government is seized with providing opportunities for all South African to be educated and gain the right skills to grow the economy. Government’s investment into the Technical Vocational Education and Training colleges as well as National Student Financial Aid Scheme, are only some of the ways in which we are delivering skills and training that are essential to addressing the skills gap in our economy.
Further to this, Youth Month also recognizes and celebrates the collective agency and activism of young people in South Africa and the roles that they must take up as active and responsible citizens; who are also participants and leaders in the democratic structures and processes of South Africa.
One of the ways in which the Embassy will be observing Youth Day is through supporting the I Am, We Are (IAWA) benefit reception, to be held at the Embassy. IAWA is a United States of America and South Africa registered non-profit which empowers youth in the Royal Bafokeng Nation, South Africa.
- Date: 20 June 2019
- Read More: https://iawareception.eventbrite.com.
The Embassy of the Republic of South Africa, alongside I Am, We Are (IAWA) will be hosting IAWA’s Fourth Annual Benefit Reception
Under this year’s theme, “I Am A Masterpiece,” we will celebrate the masterpiece in the making and work of art that is each of us. Through art we will immerse attendees in I Am, We Are’s journey while giving them an opportunity to learn more about our participants.
The reception will include live entertainment and both a virtual and live silent auction. Hors d’ouevres and beverages will be served. Auction goes live June 1st and closes on June 20th. View auction items at http://bit.ly/MasterpieceAuction.
I Am, We Are is a youth development programme which strives to empower South African youth with the tools they need to confidently own their futures. Read more at: https://www.iamweareyouth.org/
Parking: There are no parking facilities for the public at the Embassy, although street parking sometimes can be found nearby. We highly recommend a shared ride.
Ticket Sales and Refunds: Limited tickets are available. No tickets will be available at the door. All sales are final. Refunds issued only in the event that reception is cancelled.
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
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.
- Kindly note that in light of the United States of America mourning the loss of President George H W Bush, President Donald Trump has issued an Executive Order to close Federal Offices and excuse all Federal employees from duty on Wednesday, 5 December 2018. Based on this decision, the Embassy will also be closed and will resume normal business hours on Thursday, 6 December 2018. Thank You
“Our lowest fares of the year from $699* round-trip from New York and Washington, DC to Africa for Winter and Spring travel”
South African Airways (SAA), the national flag carrier of South Africa, is offering tremendous savings with special fares from the U.S. to destinations in Africa for 7-days only over the Thanksgiving holiday. Low fares are offered from Washington, DC-Dulles International Airport and New York-JFK International Airport to Johannesburg, South Africa starting from $699.00* round-trip….
- Read the SAA media release: Celebrate The Thanksgiving Holiday with South African Airways’ Sale of the Season to Africa
- Kindly note that in lieu of the Thanksgiving Holiday the Embassy will be closed from 12:30 on Wednesday, 21 November 2018 and will resume normal business hours on Monday, 26 November 2018. Thank You
- When: Thursday, November 15th 2018
- Time: 11am – 2pm (Luncheon will be served )
- Venue: Buckhead Club 3344 Peachtree Road N.E. -Suite 2600 Atlanta, GA 30326
- RSVP: Wednesday , Nov 14th 2018, 12-pm to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dress Code: Business Attire
- Very Limited Space!!
Mr. Malose Letsoalo, Minister: Economic at the Embassy of South Africa will be available for one-on-one meetings. If interested, kindly request a meeting in your RSVP.