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


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H.E. Ambassador Mninwa J Mahlangu

How does your Embassy work to grow and strengthen international relationships?

The Embassy usually facilitates contact between South African and American Cities through arranging meetings and briefings for incoming and outgoing delegations between the cities.

As Ambassador between your country and the United States, what has your greatest accomplishment been and/or what do you most hope to accomplish to strengthen sub-national diplomacy?

As the Ambassador of South Africa to the United States, my main task is to strengthen relations not only with the Government, but also with the people of the United States of America. I therefore hope to strengthen our people-to-people relations through the various sister city partnerships that our cities in South Africa have with their American counterparts. The aim is really to create a better understanding of one another’s history and culture, as well as create strong economic links between our cities.

Have you worked with a sister city program in the past?

Yes, the Embassy has been involved with sister city programs in the past.


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If yes, which cities did you work with and what types of exchanges did you partake in?

The City of Washington, which is the Capital City of the United States of America has a sister city poetry exchange programme with the Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, which is based in our Capital. We also have a sister city social development programme focusing on health between the City of Jacksonville and the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality. I am also aware that the Essence Festival, which is hosted in New Orleans annually will also be taking place later in the year in the City of Durban in South Africa, under the auspices of the sister city partnership between the City of New Orleans and the City of Durban.


Join us for a Wine & Cheese Evening with a Live & Silent Auction

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  • Where: At the South African Embassy, 3051 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20008
  • When: 12 June, 2016
  • Time: 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at:

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The proceeds from this fundraiser will directly benefit the children at the children’s villages. We’re thrilled to be partnering with the Embassy in our efforts on behalf of the children of LoVE this year! This is our 7th annual fundraiser, and our third annual ‘Youth Day Celebration’ on the East Coast.  The AIDS affected children of the children’s villages that LoVE supports – Lily of the Valley, iKhethelo and Liv – are precious. Many have histories many of us couldn’t even imagine – but through this wonderful work of grace these children are joyful and growing, in many good ways! You get to be a part of this work by joining us for our celebration!! Come hear more about the work of LoVE, meet Nkosi, a Lily graduate, and support this great work!

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Join us for the Open House

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

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  • Where: The South African Embassy 3051 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC
  • When: Wednesday, May 11th, 2016
  • Time: 6:30 PM- 9:30 PM
  • Tickets are on sale at:
  • Contact for further information: Executive Director Cheri-Leigh Erasmus at:

Your contribution directly supports the SAWIP Class of 2016 – a talented group of emerging leaders who are eager to make a positive difference in their communities. Although South Africa faces many challenges, leaders who are committed to democratic ideals and public

A Lesson From Aloes, about the struggles of South African’s common folk, is a sharp, intimate examination of apartheid …


  • When: April 29 – May 29, 2016 Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm Sundays at 2pm
  • Added 2pm performance on Saturday May 28
  • Talkback with the actors following the performance on May 15
  • Where: The Writer’s Center 4508 Walsh Street Bethesda, MD 20815
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Five poets from the City of Tshwane (Pretoria), South Africa will visit DC to  perform at the Split This Rock Poetry Festival and tour the nation’s capital. All five poets were finalists in the Tshwane Speak Out Loud Youth Poetry Competition that took place in August 2015 when the DC Youth Poetry Slam Team was visiting South Africa….

The Muffinz

Five-piece guitar-inclined South African band The Muffinz presents an evening of music described by electric guitarist Sifiso Buthelezi as “Liberated Afro Retro.” The band features Karabo Moeketsi on bass, Simphiwe Kulla on electric guitar, Keke Mabusela on drums, and acoustic guitarist Mthae Sibanda. This performance is part of the James A. Johnson Young Artist Series, made possible by Target.

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

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:

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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