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

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) is making a friendly call to all international travellers who will be visiting South Africa during the festive season, or returning to South Africa after the holidays, to comply with the country’s import requirements for agricultural and related regulated products. Compliance will assist our country in preventing and/or minimising the potential risk of introducing alien invasive species, foreign pests and diseases that could be associated with imported plants, plant products, animals, animal products and other regulated goods…..



On November 5th Mangaka will go the extra mile for South Africa by running the DC Half and Half Marathon in support of the South Africa-Washington International Program (SAWIP). As a SAWIP alum, Mangaka recognizes the value of the program. Please visit her My Extra Mile campaign page where she explains why developing emerging South African leaders matters.   Your investment in Mangaka’s campaign is an investment in the future of South Africa. SAWIP alumni are committed to making a positive difference in their communities. Some of the community engagement projects implemented by our alumni include:

  • Creating skills development workshops for high school students in at-risk communities
  • Providing legal aid services for those who lack access to justice
  • Offering peer education around HIV/Aids and other public health concerns
  • Informing communities about their civil rights and how to advocate for themselves

By making a donation and spreading the word, you are helping SAWIP provide opportunities that develop, inspire and support emerging young leaders who are creating a better South Africa for all its citizens. There is also an extra special perk: For every $25 donated, the donor is entered into a draw for two round-trip tickets between the USA and South Africa sponsored by South African Airways.  Thank you for going the extra mile with Mangaka!

Our mailing address is:  SAWIP 1875 Connecticut Ave, NW 10th Floor Washington, DC 20009

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“One-of–a-kind” Holiday Gifts. South African Art, Stunning Beaded Crafts, Zulu Baskets Jewelry, Home Décor, Traditional attire”


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


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

The Consular section is Relocated Back to Massachusetts Avenue, Embassy Row, as of 24th of March, 2014

30 51 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington DC, 20008

Job Openings:

The South African Embassy in Washington is currently accepting applications for employment opportunities:

  • The Embassy of South Africa in Washington DC is seeking, for a full time position, a highly motivated professional to provide Secretarial and electronic research services for the Political Department.
    Read more: SECRETARY – Announcement 2017
  • The Embassy of South Africa in Washington DC is seeking to fill the position of Maintenance Officer with immediate effect to provide general maintenance to all the Mission’s owned and leased facilities.
    Read more: MAINTENANCE- Announcement 2017




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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