“For over 50 years, South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo has warmed the hearts of audiences worldwide with their uplifting vocal harmonies, signature dance moves and charming onstage banter”

Ladysmith Black Mambazo burst upon the international music scene with the Graceland Tour, also featuring Paul Simon, Miriam Makeba & Hugh Masekela



The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release

February 15, 2017

Readout of the President’s Call with President Jacob Zuma of South Africa

President Donald J. Trump spoke this week with President Jacob Zuma of South Africa to discuss ways to expand cooperation and trade between the United States and South Africa.  President Trump highlighted the strong bilateral trade ties between the two countries and expressed interest in identifying new, mutually beneficial opportunities for trade.  President Trump also suggested that the United States and South Africa do more to collaborate on shared security interests, including the fight against terrorism.  Both leaders agreed to continue dialogue on these priorities and find ways to deepen the bilateral partnership.

Grace Naledi Mandisa Pandor, who has used science and technology to support development in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa, has been chosen by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to receive the 2016 Award for Science Diplomacy…..


  • The South African Embassy in Washington, DC will be closed Friday January 20, 2017 for Inauguration Day and will reopen and resume normal operations on Monday 23 January, 2017.

Vusi Mahlasela Performance in DC

One of South Africa’s most celebrated musicians and cultural activists, Vusi Mahlasela is a guitarist, singer-songwriter, and poet but is known simply as “The Voice in his South African homeland”


Talented young South Africans from the Bokamoso Youth Center in Winterveldt will be back in DC in the New Year to sing, dance and act their way into Washington’s hearts and help raise funds for a program that’s a proven gateway to a brighter future. To remind, here’s what the Washington Post wrote about their previous tour.

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Fort Lauderdale, FL (Dec. 20, 2016) – South African Airways (SAA), the national carrier of South Africa and Africa’s most awarded airline, is offering special fares from the U.S. to destinations in Africa for travel in early 2017. The fares are offered from SAA’s gateways at New York-JFK International Airport and Washington, DC-Dulles International Airport to Johannesburg, South Africa; Accra, Ghana and Dakar, Senegal starting at just $660.00* (restrictions apply) round-trip. Travel on these fares is applicable for an extended period between January 15 and May 31, 2017, with tickets purchased by December 26, 2016. …


Luis Magalhães and Nina Schumann are a piano duo from South Africa. The critically acclaimed act showcases an extensive knowledge of the two-piano repertoire, earning comparisons to Ashkenazy-Previn and Argerich-Freire.

This event takes place in the Mansion at Strathmore

  • When: Thursday, January 19, 2017
  • Where: Strathmore  5301 Tuckerman Lane North Bethesda, MD  20852-3385
  • Time: 7:30 pm
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  • Read more:twopianists


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

Attention Applicants:

  • The South African Embassy in Washington DC will no longer accept $16.00 fee but prepaid envelope from FedEx and USPS with tracking number with immediate effect to facilitate return services.
Job Openings:

There Are Currently No Positions Available




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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