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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.
Chargé dˈ Affaires : Ms Yoliswa Mvebe
South African Embassy in the United States of America
The South African Government condemns the recent violent attacks which have taken place in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and has called for the restoration of calm.
The attacks which have involved the looting of shops, destruction of private property and illegal blockades constitute as criminal activities and are in contravention of the rule of law of the country. The South African Police Service (SAPS) has been deployed to the affected areas and is working to restore calm and address the situation. Several arrests have already been made; Since Sunday, 423 people have been arrested for violence-related offences in Gauteng and 21 suspects have been arrested in relation to truck violence in KwaZulu-Natal.Those who have been arrested will face the full might of the law and the Government urges all members of the community to exercise vigilance and to work with law enforcement agencies to root out criminality.
South Africa is a multicultural society and welcomes the diverse integration amongst people of all backgrounds that live in it. Furthermore, our Constitution protects the rights of all living in South Africa. The Government calls for robust dialogue and engagement with discontented communities and denounces any justification for criminality; grievances held by communities must be raised within the confines of the law.
South Africa remains committed to fostering continental peace and unity, and views itself as an integral part of the African continent.
The South African Embassy wishes all South Africans a happy Youth Day!
Every year on 16 June, South Africa commemorates the 1976 Soweto Uprising in which high school learners stood up against the apartheid government. With the advent of democracy in 1994, 16 June gained formal recognition as an important public holiday in the history of South Africa and the entire month of June came to be equally celebrated as youth month.
This year’s Youth Month coincides with the commemoration of 25 years of Freedom and Democracy and has been themed, “25 Years of Democracy: A celebration of youth activism”.
Youth Day is a pivotal reminder of the role that young people played in the struggle for freedom and democracy in South Africa. The Class of 1976 exposed to the international community the brutality of apartheid and in turn ignited a global force of resistance against the country, which became instrumental in dismantling apartheid.
Today, 43 years later, 16 June provides a moment of reflection on the great strides that the country has taken towards addressing issues facing the youth in South Africa. One such issue is education- the youth of ‘76 fought for equal and quality education for all and Government is seized with providing opportunities for all South African to be educated and gain the right skills to grow the economy. Government’s investment into the Technical Vocational Education and Training colleges as well as National Student Financial Aid Scheme, are only some of the ways in which we are delivering skills and training that are essential to addressing the skills gap in our economy.
Further to this, Youth Month also recognizes and celebrates the collective agency and activism of young people in South Africa and the roles that they must take up as active and responsible citizens; who are also participants and leaders in the democratic structures and processes of South Africa.
One of the ways in which the Embassy will be observing Youth Day is through supporting the I Am, We Are (IAWA) benefit reception, to be held at the Embassy. IAWA is a United States of America and South Africa registered non-profit which empowers youth in the Royal Bafokeng Nation, South Africa.
- Date: 20 June 2019
- Read More: https://iawareception.eventbrite.com.
The Embassy of the Republic of South Africa, alongside I Am, We Are (IAWA) will be hosting IAWA’s Fourth Annual Benefit Reception
Under this year’s theme, “I Am A Masterpiece,” we will celebrate the masterpiece in the making and work of art that is each of us. Through art we will immerse attendees in I Am, We Are’s journey while giving them an opportunity to learn more about our participants.
The reception will include live entertainment and both a virtual and live silent auction. Hors d’ouevres and beverages will be served. Auction goes live June 1st and closes on June 20th. View auction items at http://bit.ly/MasterpieceAuction.
I Am, We Are is a youth development programme which strives to empower South African youth with the tools they need to confidently own their futures. Read more at: https://www.iamweareyouth.org/
Parking: There are no parking facilities for the public at the Embassy, although street parking sometimes can be found nearby. We highly recommend a shared ride.
Ticket Sales and Refunds: Limited tickets are available. No tickets will be available at the door. All sales are final. Refunds issued only in the event that reception is cancelled.
The Embassy of the Republic of South Africa wishes the African Diaspora in the United States of America a very Happy Africa Day!
Africa Month is celebrated annually during the month of May in recognition of the establishment of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) on 25 May 1963 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The OAU was founded with the primary goal of uniting all African nations through political, economic and cultural integration, as well as the eradication of all forms of colonialism and white minority rule.
In 2002, the OAU was replaced by the African Union (AU). Through this historic move the founding principles of unity were expounded upon towards the idea of an African Renaissance and to include: the deepening of African unity and solidarity amongst states, acceleration of political and economic integration, preservation of sovereignty and the territorial integrity of states, protection of human rights, promotion of democratic principles, maintenance of peace & security and critically, the advancement of Africa’s development and position within the global economy.
This year, South Africa celebrates 25 years of Freedom and Democracy; accordingly, South Africa has chosen to commemorate Africa month 2019 under the theme “Celebrating 25 Years of Democracy: Building a Better Africa and a Better World”. This theme speaks to the active role that South Africa plays in the development and renewal of the African continent and avails an opportunity for the country to recommit itself to a common prosperous African destiny, as espoused by the 2063 African Agenda. South Africa’s own national interests are intrinsically linked to the continental stability, unity and prosperity of Africa.
As we celebrate Africa Day this year, let us be reminded of our common African identity, promote the preservation and use of our indigenous languages, deepen and expand our understanding of each other as Africans and express tolerance amongst ourselves.
The Month of May is celebrated annually as ‘Africa Month’, to mark the establishment of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), now the African Union (AU), on 25 May 1963. Africa month commemorates the beginning of the continent’s quest for unity, the political and economic emancipation of its people, as well as co-operation among them. It is also a moment of reflection on the progress that Africa has made and the common challenges still facing continent.
The AU has named 2019 the year of refugees, IDPS and returnees; highlighting one of the challenges faced by the continent. Africa hosts more than one-third of the world’s refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs)—many of whom are fleeing ongoing conflicts. This phenomenon not only impacts upon those fleeing but also on the host communities and the complex humanitarian challenges they consequently face.
Join the U.S. Institute of Peace, the African Ambassadors Group, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars for a discussion on forced displacement in Africa. The panel conversation will highlight African policy responses to displacement at the national, regional, and continental level, discuss current and anticipated challenges, and brainstorm innovative approaches.
Date: 23 May, 2019
Time: 9am -11am
Venue: U.S. Institute of Peace , 2301 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20037
For more information and to RSVP your attendance please see: https://www.usip.org/events/managing-forced-displacement-africa
You can also follow the conversation with #AfricaDayUSIP