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

South African player KEVIN ANDERSON will be playing in the tournament.

“Next week, come watch world No. 5, South African native Kevin Anderson follow up his Wimbledon performance at the Citi Open tennis tournament! The Citi Open swings into action July 28th to August 5th at  Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Visit for 20% discounted access using promo code SOUTHAFRICA

It is with deep sadness, that the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa hereby informs that Ambassador Billy Modise, former Chief of State Protocol of the Republic of South Africa, , passed away on Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
A book of condolences will be opened at the Embassy, located at 3051 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, from Tuesday 26th June to Thursday  28th June, 2018 from 10:00 am to 16:00 pm, for all those wishing to convey their respects to the memory of the late Ambassador Modise.


 The team is scheduled to arrive at Dulles International Airport on Thursday, 31 May 2018 at 08h40. Fans are welcome to be at the airport to receive the team. An open practice session is scheduled for 16:00 – 17:00, followed by a fan engagement and signing session from 17h00 -17h20 at Trinity Washington University on Thursday, 31 May 2018. Fans are encourage to utilise this opportunity to meet the team and wish them well for the game versus Wales.


At Kennedy Center  Concert Hall, and will be livestreamed.

On Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the Kennedy Canter Concert Hall , the Serenade! Choral Festival’s “Mandela at 100: Songs of Hope, Justice & Unity” celebration concludes with a truly grand finale, highlighted by individual performances from all participating ensembles, as well as two world premieres commissioned by Classical Movements’ own Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program for the entire 2018 Serenade! mass choir, conducted by Scott Tucker, Artistic Director of the Choral Arts Society of Washington:



South Africa’s Ambassador to the USA, Mninwa Johannes Mahlangu, together with the First Minister of Wales, Rt. Hon. Carwyn Jones AM, officially announced a rugby match between their national teams at Washington’s RFK Stadium on 2 June.

During the announcement, Ambassador Mahlangu highlighted that the Government of South Africa will be celebrating the life of our country’s first democratically elected President, Nelson Mandela during this year, the year in which he would have celebrated his 100th birthday. He said, “Madiba was a firm believer in the power of sports to be a unifying force and the ability it has to change lives. South Africa has experienced the unifying power of sports when President Mandela handed over the Webb Ellis trophy to the Springbok captain in 1995. The Springbok rugby team played a vital part in forging the Rainbow Nation and bringing pride and joy to every citizen.”
First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones noted, “It is fantastic to be here with the South African Ambassador to the US, Mninwa Johannes Mahlangu, to announce this exciting fixture between our two great countries. Wales and the Springboks have a huge global fan base and I am confident this clash of titans at Washington’s world famous RFK Stadium will help raise the profile of rugby in America. I, for one, can’t wait until June 2.”

Join us for the Open House

We are excited to welcome you to our Open House “Around the World Embassy Tour” and learn about South Africa, the rainbow nation!

On 30 April 2018, President Trump signed Proclamations granting permanent country-exemptions to a select number of countries and extended by one month the Section 232 steel and aluminium tariff duty exemptions for some. South Africa is disappointed that it was not granted an exemption from the duties. On 08 March, President Trump had signed a Proclamation imposing a 10 percent ad valorem tariff on imports of aluminium articles and a 25 percent ad valorem tariff on imports of steel articles that excluded select countries including Canada, Mexico, European Union, South Korea, Australia, Argentina and Brazil. The Proclamation followed reports from the Secretary of Commerce that imports of these products threaten to impair United States of America (US) national security….

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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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 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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