• 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.

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.

The White House website advised that nationals from foreign countries interested in a tour of the White House should request their Embassy in Washington DC to arrange a tour. However, the US State Department requires that foreign nationals be accompanied by the most senior diplomats. Unfortunately, due to the strict requirements, time and resources compulsory for these tours, the Embassy is not in a position to arrange White House tours. Those interested may wish to take a virtual tour of the White House here.

Alternatively, visitors may also consider a tour of the US Capitol Building (https://www.visitthecapitol.gov/plan-visit) and the Pentagon in Washington DC. Requests for visiting the US Capitol Building can be submitted up to three months in advance and no less than 21 days prior to the visit. For a tour of the Pentagon (https://pentagontours.osd.mil/) visitors may request tickets from 14 days up to 90 days prior to the tour. Visitors’ passports are required for entry. There are also many museums to visit in DC and they are free of charge.

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


Teleconference on “Mandela Day” Celebrations

Tuesday, July 16th at 10:30 a.m. Eastern



Simon Barber: simon@brandsouthafrica.us +1 (202) 276-5084

Alec Saslow: ASaslow@Fenton.com +1 (202) 789-7751




Ambassador of South Africa, Congressional Black Caucus Chair and

TransAfrica to Preview

Nationwide Celebration of Nelson Mandela’s 95th Birthday

Teleconference Tuesday, July 16 to Discuss “Mandela Day” Events


Washington, DC – The South African Embassy, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) and TransAfrica — the Washington-based human rights organization that helped compel the U.S. government to act against apartheid in South Africa nearly 30 years ago – will co-host a teleconference on Tuesday, July 16th facilitated by Brand South Africa to outline the nationwide events to honor and celebrate “Mandela Day.”


Coordinated by the embassy, TransAfrica and CBTU, events in Washington DC and 17 cities around the United States will celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday on Thursday, July 18 with members of the original anti-apartheid and Free South Africa Movement, special guests and performances.



Teleconference to discuss “Mandela Day” events



Ebrahim Rasool, South African Ambassador to the United States

Nicole Lee, President of TransAfrica

Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), Chair, Congressional Black Caucus

Bill Lucy, President Emeritus of CBTU



Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. Eastern (4:30 p.m. in Johannesburg)


CALL-IN: 785-424-1052, Toll Free: 800-894-5910

Toll Free from South Africa: 080-098-1020

Conference ID: MANDELA


Please click here to sign-up if you plan to attend.



Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool is South Africa’s Ambassador to the United States of America. Before joining the Embassy, his most recent positions have included Member of Parliament in the National Assembly, Special Advisor to the State President of the Republic of South Africa and Premier (governor of the Western Cape Province). Ambassador Rasool has a long history of involvement in the anti-apartheid struggle starting at high school and including leadership in the United Democratic Front (UDF) and the African National Congress (ANC).



Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge represents the 11th District of Ohio. She is a committed public servant who brings a hard-working, problem-solving spirit to Congress and to the task of creating jobs, attacking predatory lending, and improving health care, small business and education. She served as Warrensville Heights’ first African American female Mayor, and, in 2012, the Congresswoman was unanimously elected by her colleagues to serve as the Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus in the 113th Congress.



Nicole Lee is a lawyer, human rights expert and, since December 2006, the first female President of TransAfrica. She has conducted human rights investigations and missions documenting violations of human rights and dignity of the world’s most vulnerable populations. Ms. Lee has testified before Congress on international policy issues affecting Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and racial minorities worldwide. She has been featured on television and radio programs across the globe, including ABC’s 20/20, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 and the PBS Newshour.



Bill Lucy is President Emeritus of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU). Mr. Lucy is a member of the AFL-CIO Executive Council and the first African American elected as president of Public Services International (PSI), the world’s largest labor federation. Mr. Lucy worked closely with Dr. King during the strike by sanitation workers in Memphis in 1968. He was also one of the founders of the Free South Africa Movement that launched the successful anti-apartheid campaign in the U.S. in the mid-1980s. Mr. Lucy was honored with the Nelson Mandela Award for his contribution to South Africa’s freedom earlier this month.



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