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

In partnership with the USA Chapter for 67 Blankets, the South African Embassy honored Nelson Mandela Day. The goal to encourage people in the USA to make and donate 670 blankets by 18 of July 2016, was surpassed with blankets received before and throughout the event.

IMG_4506Ms. N. Luti, Deputy Chief of Mission, led the event and the coordinator for 67 Blankets for Mandela Day, Ms. Veronica Buzby presented the blankets to the Central Union Mission and the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project.



Group Photo at the StatuePeace Train Choir at the SA Embassy

Approximately 200 guests attended the Nelson Mandela Service Day.  There was a performance by Sharon Katz and the Peace Train, who are currently touring the United States.


IMG_4399IMG_4407Veronica for 67 Blankets for Mandela Day



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Fort Lauderdale, FL (July 13, 2016) – South African Airways (SAA), the national flag carrier of South Africa and Africa’s most awarded airline, has been named, “Best Airline in Africa” by Skytrax for the fourteenth consecutive year. The award was presented to SAA at the Skytrax World Airline Awards ceremony during the annual Farnborough Airshow in England on July 11th….


Mandela Concert

The Peace Train choir of more than 100 young voices from communities across America will present a multicultural concert of music and dance at the Sylvan Theater on the grounds of the Washington Monument. The last stop on the Peace Train Across America’s multi-city tour, the concert culminates months of rehearsals and workshops designed to foster unity and peace among diverse groups.

    • When: July 17, 2016
    • Time: 12 noon -4:00pm
    • Where: The Sylvan Theater on the grounds of the Washington Monument.
    • For more information visit:
    • Free admission



Amb Mahlangu 9 November, 2015

H.E. Ambassador Mninwa J Mahlangu

How does your Embassy work to grow and strengthen international relationships?

The Embassy usually facilitates contact between South African and American Cities through arranging meetings and briefings for incoming and outgoing delegations between the cities.

As Ambassador between your country and the United States, what has your greatest accomplishment been and/or what do you most hope to accomplish to strengthen sub-national diplomacy?

As the Ambassador of South Africa to the United States, my main task is to strengthen relations not only with the Government, but also with the people of the United States of America. I therefore hope to strengthen our people-to-people relations through the various sister city partnerships that our cities in South Africa have with their American counterparts. The aim is really to create a better understanding of one another’s history and culture, as well as create strong economic links between our cities.

Have you worked with a sister city program in the past?

Yes, the Embassy has been involved with sister city programs in the past.


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If yes, which cities did you work with and what types of exchanges did you partake in?

The City of Washington, which is the Capital City of the United States of America has a sister city poetry exchange programme with the Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, which is based in our Capital. We also have a sister city social development programme focusing on health between the City of Jacksonville and the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality. I am also aware that the Essence Festival, which is hosted in New Orleans annually will also be taking place later in the year in the City of Durban in South Africa, under the auspices of the sister city partnership between the City of New Orleans and the City of Durban.


Join us for a Wine & Cheese Evening with a Live & Silent Auction

Love 1

  • Where: At the South African Embassy, 3051 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20008
  • When: 12 June, 2016
  • Time: 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at:

Love 2

The proceeds from this fundraiser will directly benefit the children at the children’s villages. We’re thrilled to be partnering with the Embassy in our efforts on behalf of the children of LoVE this year! This is our 7th annual fundraiser, and our third annual ‘Youth Day Celebration’ on the East Coast.  The AIDS affected children of the children’s villages that LoVE supports – Lily of the Valley, iKhethelo and Liv – are precious. Many have histories many of us couldn’t even imagine – but through this wonderful work of grace these children are joyful and growing, in many good ways! You get to be a part of this work by joining us for our celebration!! Come hear more about the work of LoVE, meet Nkosi, a Lily graduate, and support this great work!

Love 3

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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Please consider making a donation to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital? If you are in the US, please click here to make your tax-deductible gift.

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 is currently no position 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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