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

Fort Lauderdale, FL (November 21, 2017) – South African Airways (SAA), the national flag carrier of South Africa and Africa’s most awarded airline today announces a holiday sale that offers its lowest
fares of the year to selected destinations throughout Africa. For a limited time only, book flights for round-trip travel from New York-JFK International Airport or Washington, DC Dulles International Airport

to Johannesburg, South Africa for just $599.00* (restrictions apply) or to Cape Town for $629.00*(restriction apply). Also on offer are nonstop flights from Washington, DC Dulles International Airport to Dakar, Senegal for $629.00* (restrictions apply) round-trip or to Accra, Ghana for $639.00*(restrictions apply) round-trip. These fares are available for purchase through November 28, 2017, for travel between January 10 and March 27, 2018….



Dear Friend of South Africa,

On behalf of the Howard University ADVANCE-IT (HU ADVANCE-IT) Program, Department of Science and Technology (DST), the National Research Foundation (NRF) we would like to invite you to the Diaspora Welcome Reception for the 2017 Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Conference scheduled to be held on Monday, October 23rd, 2017.

Join us as we commence the beginning of our four day conference that will provide us with an opportunity to engage and empower women in STEM from South Africa and the United States.  We are pleased to host over 30 students from South Africa, 10 faculty members and officials from the Department of Science of Technology in Washington DC for our conference.

We look forward to having you join us in welcoming our guests and strengthening future partnerships between our nations.


The Children’s Africana Book Awards (CABA) program is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.   CABA awards are presented annually to the authors and illustrators of the best children’s and young adult books on Africa available in the U.S. The awards were created by Africa Access and the Outreach Council of the African Studies Association (ASA) to encourage the publication and use of accurate, balanced children’s materials about Africa. Over the past 25 years, CABA has recognized 90 books for children and older readers….
Two children’s books about South Africa are included among this year’s winners of the Children’s Africana Book Awards

  • Amagama Enkululeko! Words for Freedom: Writing Life Under Apartheid, Anthology.
  • The World Beneath: by Janice Warman/Candlewick
  • Read more:Press Release (3)

The 25th anniversary of these awards will be celebrate at the Smithsonian Museum of African History:

Award Dinner November 3rd

Free Family Festival on November 4th





The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art will hold its second annual African Art Awards Dinner

“Honor, Inspire and Include” is the theme of this year’s dinner. The dynamic celebration of art, culture and philanthropy will feature artists, speakers and honorees as part of the museum’s larger women’s initiative—a commitment begun in 2012 and launched as a sustained initiative in 2017 to emphasize the creative voices of African women artists through the National Museum of African Art’s collections, research, publications and exhibitions. The 2017 artist honorees are internationally renowned artists Ghada Amer and Mary Sibande and philanthropist Alice Walton.

  • When: Friday, Oct. 27, at 6:30 p.m.
  • Where: The dinner will take place in the Smithsonian’s iconic Arts and Industries Building on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
  • Tickets are available on the museum’s website or by phone at (202) 633-3773.
  • Read more: African Art Awards Dinner release__17 345A


Fort Lauderdale, FL (August 31, 2017) – South African Airways (SAA), the national flag carrier of South Africa and Africa’s most awarded airline, has launched the “See the Beauty of Africa for Less” sale, with low fares from the U.S. to Johannesburg & Cape Town in South Africa, Accra, Ghana and Dakar, Senegal in West Africa. Fares start at $799* round trip (restrictions apply) from Washington, DC (Dulles) to Johannesburg, Cape Town, Accra or Dakar. Fares are also available from New York (JFK) to Johannesburg or Cape Town for just $799*(restrictions apply). These fares, which include taxes and fees, are available for purchase for 6-days only over the Labor Day holiday weekend from August 31 through September 5, for travel October 26 – December 9, 2017, and January 10 – March 31, 2018

Educational travel show visits Washington DC, Toronto and Los Angeles

“South African Tourism is pleased to join the 2017 Africa Showcase as the official destination partner,” said Bangu Masisi, President, South African Tourism, Americas. “This partnership supports the destination’s value for money and time proposition to grow tourism throughout the region, making it easier for travelers to extend their holidays to our neighboring countries. We are excited to use this platform to raise awareness of South Africa’s variety of affordable and authentic experiences, as we continue to showcase our safari-plus adventures, food and wine offerings, art and culture experiences, and our biggest asset – the warm and welcoming people of South Africa.”

The Africa Showcase is scheduled in the following cities:

We are inviting the public to participate in this volunteer activity inspired by former President Mandela’s life and 67 years of service :

The Embassy of South Africa partner with the United Nations Information Center Group for a clean-up activity along Rock Creek with the Rock Creek Conservancy.

  • Day:  Tuesday 18 July, 2017
  • Time: 10:00am-12:00 pm
  • Venue: The section identified is very close to the embassy. Meeting point will be at the trailhead near the intersection of Rock Creek Drive NW and Normanstone Drive NW Washington DC
  • Map:
  • Activitie: Self guided trash clean up along the creek


“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”.


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.

Gateway to the Nation

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.

SA Tourism