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


 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.

Amb Mahlangu , meeting Mayor Sly James

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”.

Amb Mahlangu with CG and Rev J JacksonAmbassador Mahlangu, Chicago Consul General Ms Vuyiswa Tulelo and Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.



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….

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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