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

It is with deep sadness, that the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa hereby informs you that Honorable Dr Zola Sidney Themba Skweyiya, Former Minister for Social Development and Former High Commissioner of the Republic of South Africa to the United Kingdom, passed away on Wednesday, 11th April 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

A book of condolences will be opened at the Embassy, located at 3051 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, from Wednesday 18th April to Friday, 20th April 2018 from 10:00 am to 16:00 pm, for all those wishing to convey their respects to the memory of the late Dr Skweyiya.




Note: Parking facilities are available at the Venue


The Electoral Amendment Act 2013 gives all South African citizens the right to register and vote abroad (national elections only).

Registration out of country will take place at all Embassies, Consulates-General and High Commissions as designated on the DIRCO website.

Citizens can check whether they are registered on the voters’ roll via the website of the Electoral Commission (EC) at:

If registered inside South Africa then it is not necessary to register again abroad.

In order to be eligible to vote abroad, the voter will have to inform the Chief Electoral Officer via the completion of an online VEC10 of their intention to vote outside of the country. The online VEC10 will only be available on the website at from the date that the NPE2019 election is proclaimed, for a 15 day period.


It is with deep sadness, that the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa hereby informs that Honorable Mrs Nomzamo Winifred (Winnie) Madikizela-Mandela, Member of Parliament (MP), passed away on Monday, April 2nd, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

A book of condolences will be opened at the Embassy, located at 3051 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, from Wednesday 04 April to Friday  13 April 2018 from 10:00 am to 16:00 pm, and Saturday, 07 April from 10:00 am-14:00 pm for all those wishing to convey their respects to the memory of the late Mrs Madikizela-Mandela.



The South African Embassy in Washington will be closed from 11:00am on Thursday, 29 March 2018 and will resume normal operational hours on Monday, 02 April 2018.

The festival showcases the vibrancy of African filmmaking from all corners of the continent.

When: March 8-18, 2018
Where: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910



The story of the first president of Namibia, Sam Nujoma, charting his political awakening and his part in his country’s fight for its freedom from occupation by South Africa.




KALUSHI: THE STORY OF SOLOMON MAHLANGU – South Africa. Closing Night Sun, March 18, 7:30 p.m.

This is the true story of Solomon Mahlangu, a 19-year-old street salesman from Mamelodi, a ghetto township outside Pretoria in the Gauteng Province of South Africa.




Ambassador MJ Mahlangu hosted a well-attended Embassy Networking Reception on 8 March 2018 at the South African Embassy, Washington DC. The Networking Reception was graced by friends of South Africa from the US State Department; Think Tanks, Congress, Media, Chambers of Commerce, prominent business people including those in the tourism sector.
The Embassy Network Reception provided a key networking opportunity with strategic Embassy contacts and stakeholders; while also building on the existing good relations between the Embassy and its US partners. It also generated enormous interest in South Africa; our wines, business and tourism opportunities.

As beautiful as it is, the Western Cape is a water-scarce part of the world (much like other successful tourist regions like Southern California and Western Australia) and is vulnerable to the effects of climate change and susceptible to periodic droughts. At present the Western Cape is experiencing a significant drought. Traditionally we experience most of our rain during the winter period, starting May and continuing to August. However, rain can be experienced anytime of the year.

Cape Town and the Western Cape are open for business in spite of the current drought. Visitors and delegates will arrive in a place with a significant breadth and depth of experiences, and exceptional beauty….

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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Inspiring New Ways

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A Gift for Madiba


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 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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