United Nations Special General Assembly Plenary Meeting in Honour of the Life and Memory of Nelson Mandela

Thursday, 19 December 2013
9:45 am


Eulogy by President Jacob Zuma at the State Funeral
of the late former President of the Republic
and former Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces,
His Excellency Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

Qunu, Eastern Cape
15 December 2013

Today marks the end of an extra-ordinary journey that began 95 years ago. It is the end of 95 glorious years of a freedom fighter, a dedicated and humble servant of the people of South Africa, a fountain of wisdom, a pillar of strength and a beacon of hope to all those fighting for a just and equitable world order. We are truly honoured to be part of the final journey of this great son of our country and the founding President of a free and democratic South Africa, Isithwalandwe Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.  Read full eulogy.

Service of Praise and Thanksgiving
for the Life of President Nelson Mandela

The Riverside Church
Wednesday, 11 December 2013

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Black leaders pay homage to Nelson Mandela at the Riverside Church

By Isseu Diouf Campbell

Several leaders including Ambassador of South Africa to the U.N. Kingsley Mamabolo, Consul General George Monyemangene, former Mayor David N. Dinkins, Imam Al-Hajj Talib ‘Abdur Rashid, Rev. Calvin Butts and the Rev. Al Sharpton converged to the Riverside Church on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 to honor the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela.  Read full article.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon signs the Book of Condolences for former President Nelson Mandela

11 December 2013

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg signs the Book of Condolences for former President Nelson Mandela

11 December 2013

New York City Mayor Mr. Michael Bloomberg and Commissioner for International Affairs Ms. Marjorie Tiven signed the Book of Condolences for Former President Nelson Mandela at the South African Consulate General. More photographs.


Photograph courtesy of the Office of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

SABC Coverage: Nelson Mandela Memorial Service

10 December 2013


Books of Condolences

Books of Condolences will be placed at the offices of both the Permanent Mission of South Africa to the United Nations and the South African Consulate General, at 333 East 38th Street, 9th Floor, New York City with effect from Monday, 9 December 2013 to Friday, 13 December 2013.  Please see information about relevant working hours on

Empire State Building lights for the late Former President Nelson Mandela

In memory of Nelson Mandela (1918-2013), the Empire State Building was lighted in the colors of the South African flag — blue, red, yellow and green — on December 6 and 7, 2013.  View photographs.

Briefing to the South African community on matters related to the late President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr. Nelson Mandela

6 December 2013

Members of the South African community, at a short notice, attended a brief meeting on matters related to the late President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.  The South African Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Jeremiah Mamabolo supported by Consul General Monyemangene, briefed the South African community on latest developments pertaining to the passing of former President Nelson Mandela.

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United Nations honours Nelson Mandela as champion of peace, reconciliation

6 December 2013 – The United Nations family mourned the loss – and celebrated the enduring legacy – of Nelson Mandela, the former South African leader and peace advocate who passed away on Thursday, 5 December 2013 at the age of 95.  Read more.

United Nations Chief pays tribute to life and legacy of South Africa's Nelson Mandela

President Nelson Mandela addresses the 49th session of the General Assembly October 1994. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

5 December 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his profound sadness at the passing of Nelson Mandela, extolling the life of the late human rights lawyer, prisoner of conscience, international peacemaker and first democratically-elected President of post-apartheid South Africa as an inspiration for all.  Read more.

President Obama Speaks on the Death of Nelson Mandela

5 December 2013


Tribute to Nelson Mandela

by Muhammad Ali

Mandela. One name. One man. One mission: Saving a nation from itself.

Few men in the history of mankind have had more impact on a nation and inspired the world.


He led his country from the viciousness of apartheid to the glory of a multiracial democracy, peacefully.

Has an individual ever given more to a nation and a cause? Only those who have sacrificed their very lives.   Read full tribute.

Private Briefing with South African Film Makers and Jurors participating at the 2013 International Emmy's Festival

22 November 2013

The South African Consulate General held a private briefing with South African film makers and jurors, led by the Cape Film Commission, who are participating at the 2013 International Emmy’s Festival and Awards Gala in New York.  More photos.

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Katie Holmes:
Back in South Africa for More 'Giver' Filming!

20 November 2013

Katie Holmes lands at the airport after a long flight on Wednesday, 20 November in Cape Town, South Africa.  Read more.

Garden Route named top golf spot

20 November 2013

The Garden Route in South Africa's Western Cape province has been named the 2014 Golf Destination of the Year for Africa and the Gulf States by the global trade association of the golf tourism industry, IAGTO. Read more.

The 18th hole at the Ernie Els signature Oubaai Golf Club on the Garden Route in the Western Cape Province (Photo: Oubaai Golf Club)

Bernard Parker scores as South Africa shocks Spain in friendly

19 November 2013

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Spain's return to the stadium where it won the World Cup was spoiled Tuesday as Bernard Parker's second-half goal gave South Africa a shock 1-0 win over the world and European champion. Read more.  

South Africa Opens New Mandela Exhibit

By Anita Powell
November 18, 2013

JOHANNESBURG — Officials in South Africa have opened the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Johannesburg, just 11 days before the South Africa premiere of a Hollywood film based on the life of the anti-apartheid icon. Mandela is now 95 and homebound because of health problems, but officials say he has much to teach his nation, and the world.  Read full story.

Eminem heading to South Africa for two shows

18 November 2013

Showtime Management posted on its Facebook page: “We are proud to announce the Eminem Rapture Tour, brought to you by Primedia in association with Dainty group and Showtime Management.”

The concerts will take place at Cape Town’s stadium on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 and at Johannesburg’s Ellis Park Stadium on Saturday, March 1, 2014.

Tickets go on sale this Thursday, 21 November 2013, at 9:00 am. Read full story. (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

New ‘Wonder’ Variety Has South Africa Breweries Hopping

By Darren Taylor
November 18, 2013

Photo credit: South African Breweries

There’s increasing excitement in South Africa’s burgeoning craft beer sector about a new hop developed over the past 15 years by South African Breweries [SAB] on its farms in the Southern Cape region, and recently released to a select few microbrewers around the country.

“Because of this hop we’re able to make truly South African, full-flavored ale and can rightfully claim to have created a new style of beer. We can call it South African Ale. It’s going to happen soon. If I don’t do it someone else will,” said Moritz Kallmeyer, owner of Drayman’s Brewery in Pretoria and one of the country’s leading microbrewers. Read full story.

South African Summer Citrus & Seald Sweet Mentor South Africa University Students

PMA Foundation for Industry Talent’s Career Pathways Program

Philadelphia, Pa., November 13, 2013 – South Africa’s Western Cape Citrus Producers Forum (WCCPF) and Seald Sweet International partnered to provide mentoring, career counseling, and professional connections to students from two South African universities.

Suhanra Conradie, chief executive officer of the WCCPF and Steve Tursi, vice president, business development of Seald Sweet International are serving as part of the annual Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Foundation for Industry Talent Pack Family Career Pathways Program. The students visited the U.S. and attended PMA’s annual Fresh Summit in New Orleans, La. ( ) ( Read full press release.

16 Days of Activism

The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children is an international campaign. It takes place every year from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day). The period includes Universal Children’s Day and World Aids Day.

During this time, the South African Government runs a 16 Days of Activism campaign to make people aware of the negative impact of violence on women and children and to act against abuse. 

Positive outlook for African growth

12 November 2013

Prospects for growth in Africa are looking good, with the continent now being better managed, says Reserve Bank Deputy Governor Daniel Mminele. Africa, which had typically been seen as the dark continent, was doing better, even after the onset of the financial crisis in 2008. Read full story.

South Africa sends condolences to Philippines

11 November 2013

South African President Jacob Zuma has expressed his condolences to President Benigno Aquino, the government and the people of the Philippines in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan. Read full story.

US Envoy was Inspired by South African Struggle

9 November 2013

The new United States ambassador to South Africa says he was a "young kid" when he first met Nelson Mandela, who traveled to the U.S. a few months after he was released from jail in 1990. Patrick Gaspard, now 46 years old, was so enthralled that he ignored the anti-apartheid leader's simple request in a municipal chamber in New York City.  Read full story.

Marriott Plans to Buy South African Hotels

By Abha Bhattarai
7 November 2013

Marriott International announced plans to purchase Protea Hospitality Holdings, a Cape Town-based hotel group with 116 properties.  The deal would nearly double Marriott’s presence on the continent, making it the largest hotel company in Africa.  Read full story.

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Elections 2014: Registration of South Africans Abroad

Media Release

Centurion – As South Africans descend on voting stations around the country to register for the upcoming elections this weekend (9 and 10 November), one group of eligible voters will have to wait a little bit longer to register.

South Africans living abroad are not able to register until the legislation governing out of country registration and voting has been approved. Only once the Electoral Amendment Bill 2013 is approved by Parliament and signed into law by the President can arrangements for registering South Africans abroad be finalised.

The Bill has been approved by the National Council of Provinces and is currently before the National Assembly. It is hoped the Bill will be approved and enacted before the end of November.

In the meantime, advance planning for the process is proceeding in conjunction with the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO).   In terms of the draft legislation South Africans will have to register in person at one of South Africa’s 124 Embassies, High Commissions or Consulates-General located in 108 countries.

They will need to be in possession of a valid South African ID document (either a green bar-coded South African ID book, a new smart ID card or a valid Temporary Identity Certificate) AND a valid South African passport in order to be registered.

The Bill does not require South African citizens living abroad and who are already registered as voters in South Africa to register again and they will, as previously, be able to cast a special vote in the 2014 national election. It does, however, for the first time provide for persons who are not yet registered as voters to be able to do so and have their particulars added to the national common voters roll. 

The IEC will announce further details of the registration process for South Africans abroad on its website and via the media once the legislation has been enacted.

Fact Sheet: Registration and voting by South Africans outside of South Africa

(Based on the Electoral Amendment Bill 2013 and subject to change in line with the final Electoral Amendment Act)

How do I register abroad?

To vote in elections for the National Assembly you must be a registered voter. If you are already registered to vote in South Africa (check your registration status online at, you don’t have to re-register.

If you are not already registered:

  • You will need to visit your nearest South African Embassy, High Commission or Consulate-General; and (;
  • bring both a valid green, bar-coded South African ID book, ID smartcard or Temporary Identity Certificate (TIC) AND your valid South African passport

Registration times and procedures will be announced and published once the legislation is finalised.

How do I apply to vote abroad?

Once you have registered (either in South Africa or abroad) you must then complete an on-line VEC10 template available on This template notifies the IEC of your intention to vote abroad and indicates at which Embassy, High Commission or Consulate-General you will vote.

The template will only be available once the election date has been proclaimed and must be completed within 15 days from the proclamation date.
Voters will receive confirmation of receipt of the VEC10 template and approval to vote abroad via SMS or email.

How do I vote abroad?

The receipt that informs you whether you qualify to vote which you will receive following the submission of your on-line VEC10 template will indicate the South African Embassy, High Commission or Consulate-General where voting will take place and the date on which voting will take place (usually a week before the election day in South Africa).

You must take your valid green, bar-coded South African ID book, ID smartcard or Temporary Identity Certificate (TIC) AND your valid South African passport with you to the diplomatic mission to vote.

Can I vote before I leave South Africa?

If you will be abroad on election day and would like to vote in South Africa on a designated day before election day, you can apply for a special vote ( at your municipal electoral office (

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7 November 2013

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8 November 2013

The South African Consulate General in New York and Brand SA co-hosted a luncheon to discuss an in-depth study of South Africa produced by Goldman Sachs entitled “Two Decades of Democracy: What South Africa is Doing with It and What Needs to be Done.”   Read more.

Colin Coleman, Partner and Head of Goldman Sachs sub-Saharan Africa Investment Banking Division.

Early Screening:  Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Shared Interest and South Africa’s Department of Arts & Culture

Monday, 18 November 2013,
5:30 pm to 9:30 p.m.
IMAX AMC Loews Lincoln Square
1886 Broadway
New York City 10023

Film screening begins 7:00 pm

Ticket Prices:
General Admission ticket - $35.00
*VIP Ticket - $50.00 - Pre-reception, held at the theater includes Wines of South Africa, food by Madiba Restaurant and live music starting at 5:30 pm for VIP tickets holders.

Purchase tickets online.



South Africans to play key role in SKA design

6 November 2013

South African scientists are to lead two of the 10 teams involved in the design of the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) radio telescope, the international SKA Organisation announced. The SKA's global partners have committed €120-million to the three-year design phase, which will involve more than 350 scientists representing 18 nations and drawn from nearly 100 institutions.  Read full story.

SunEdison Gets $176 Million for South Africa Solar Plant

By Ehren Goossens - Nov 6, 2013 9:14 AM ET

SunEdison Inc. (SUNE), the solar-plant developer and polysilicon supplier formerly known as MEMC Electronic Materials Inc., received 1.8 billion rand ($176 million) in financing for a project in South Africa.

The Overseas Private Investment Corp., the U.S. government’s development finance institution, provided the loan to cover 75 percent of the cost of the 2.4 billion rand project, St. Peters, Missouri-based SunEdison said in a statement. The company will own 51 percent of the project, with unnamed South African companies owning the remaining 49 percent.   Read full story.

Microsoft makes online business tool free for South African SMEs

By Adam Oxford

Microsoft South Africa has launched an online hub offering free access to email, web hosting and collaboration tools for established businesses and startups alike.

The hub, dubbed Biz4Afrika, will be financed through the company's 4Afrika fund and is described as a partnership between Microsoft, the State Information Technology Agency (SITA), the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA), the National Small Business Chamber (NSBC) and mobile operator Vodacom. Read full story. 

South Africa Approves $3.3 Billion of Renewables Projects

By Tshepiso Mokhema - Nov 4, 2013 9:29 AM ET

South Africa approved 33.8 billion rand ($3.3 billion) for 17 clean-energy projects in the third of five bidding rounds of a program to cut its reliance on coal.

The Department of Energy received bids for 6,023 megawatts of capacity and allocated 1,456 megawatts, Director General Nelisiwe Magubane told reporters today in Pretoria, the capital.  Read full story.

'Mandela' To Screen For Obama At White House

4 November 2013

NEW YORK -- NEW YORK (AP) — The Nelson Mandela biopic "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" will get an audience from President Barack Obama, as well as a screening at the Kennedy Center hosted by Hillary Clinton. 

The Weinstein Co. tells The Associated Press that Obama will screen the film Thursday at the White House. Mandela's daughters Zindzi and Zenani Mandela will join, as will the film's stars, Idris Elba and Naomie Harris.

The film will also screen Nov. 20 at the Kennedy Center, with Clinton hosting the gala. Read full story.

Mandela's South Africa: Reviewing Two Decades of Freedom

Managing Director, Goldman Sachs International Inc.

After almost two decades of democracy the world is asking: "what has Nelson Mandela's South Africa done with its freedom?" With the 95-year-old father of the nation ailing, the 52 million South Africans who see him almost universally as a hero are also asking what lies ahead long after "Madiba."

To contribute towards a balanced narrative, Goldman Sachs has constructed a data rich, empirical analysis of how South Africa has changed in the past 20 years, revealing what South Africa still needs to tackle.  Read full story.

Film on Mandela's life premieres in South Africa

A long-awaited film on the life of anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela premiered in his native South Africa on Sunday, stirring emotional memories of the country's turbulent history.

The movie "Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom", largely based on his autobiography of the same title, traces the life of the revered leader from his childhood in the rural Eastern Cape to his election as the country's first black president in 1994.  Read full story.

South Africa’s April fights hard for third place in New York City Marathon

by Agency staff,
4 November 2013

LUSAPHO April produced a gutsy performance to finish a well-paced third in the New York City Marathon on Sunday, 3 November 2013.

April sat back in the lead group for most of the 42km race before starting to make his mark as he moved up the outside of the eight-man pack with 12km left. Read full story.

Mutai was more than three minutes outside his own course record but won comfortably in 2:08.24. Kebede charged through for second place in 2:09.15, and April was 73 seconds outside his personal best, crossing the line in 2:09.45.

South African wheelchair racer Ernst van Dyk finished second in a tight sprint finish in 1:40.14

Van Dyk clocked the same time as Swiss winner Marcel Hug after a battle between five athletes down the finishing straight.

It was the fourth time this year that Van Dyk had finished in the top three at a major city marathon.  He also finished on the podium at the Boston, London and Chicago marathons this season.

Mission for a South African: A Mandela Race

By William C. Rhoden
Published: 1 November 2013

Twenty years ago, Willie Mtolo felt pressure to do well in the New York City Marathon as a symbol of South Africa — especially black South Africa — that was only then emerging.

Twenty years later, he is back in New York, as an advocate, not a runner.

“Even though I am not running in the marathon, I feel even more pressure,” he said.

He is an ambassador, feeling the pressure of building a monument to perpetuate a great man’s name.  Read full story.

Photo credit:  Bob Strong/Associated Press

New York City-Mandela Marathon Partnership to benefit uMgungundlovu District

30 October 2013

uMgungundlovu Mayor Yusuf Bhamjee is currently in New York to market the annual Nelson Mandela Day Marathon to thousands of athletes running in the New York City Marathon this coming Sunday, 3 November 2013. Read more.

Left to right: Mayor of Umgungundlovu District Mr. Yusuf Bhamjee, 1992 New York City Marathon winner Mr. Willie Mtolo and Consul General George Monyemangene.  

Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium's 14th Anniversary

Sunday, 3 November 2013
4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
1368 Fulton Street, Brooklyn

The Jitu K. Weusi Founders Award will be presented to Bonganin Sibeko, son of South African freedom fighter David Sibeko; Charles Ndabeni, Chief of Staff at the Office of the Premier of North-West Province and the North West Parks and Tourism Board for their roles in creating JAH/Jazz Africa Heritage.

South African cuisine and beverages available. Music by S.A. Lesedi with Lesedi Ntsane and Bakithi Kumalo.  Tickets available at:

South Africa Signs Grand Inga Power Project Treaty With Congo

30 October 2013

South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo signed a treaty to jointly develop a hydropower project that will eventually provide about 40,000 megawatts of electricity to the continent. The Grand Inga project on the Congo River will cost as much as $100 billion.  Read full article.

Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band to tour South Africa

30 October 2013

Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band are to perform in South Africa for the first time, almost three decades after the group campaigned against apartheid. Two shows are scheduled for Cape Town on 28 and 29 January 2014, with a third in Johannesburg on 1 February 2014.  Read full story.

Visitors to SA hit 1.2-million in July

30 October 2013

More than 1.2-million foreign travellers arrived in South Africa in July, a year-on-year increase of 12%, Statistics South Africa reported on Tuesday. There were 1,289,022 foreign arrivals to South Africa, according to data collected by Department of Home Affairs immigration officials at the country's ports of entry. In July 2012, South Africa had 1,195,266 foreign travelers visit the country.  Read full article.

Joel Netshitenzhe at Columbia University's Pixley ka Isaka Seme Annual Lecture Series

29 October 2013

MISTRA Executive Director, Joel Netshitenzhe presented the First Lecture in the Pixley ka Isaka Seme Annual Lecture Series at Columbia University in New York on 29 October 2013.  Hosted jointly by the South African Consulate General and The Institute of African Studies at Columbia, the title of the lecture is: "The Vision of Seme 107 Years On: Is Civilization Still a Dream and is the Regeneration of Africa Possible?"  View more photographs.

Launch and Book Signing by Barry Gilder, author of
Songs and Secrets: South Africa: From Liberation to Governance

29 October 2013

Mr. Barry Gilder, former deputy head of the South African Secret Service and currently Director of Operations at the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA) launched and signed copies of his book Songs and Secrets: South Africa: From Liberation to Governance at a reception hosted by the South African Consulate General in New York and Brand South Africa.  

Abengoa will develop a new 100 megawatt solar plant in South Africa

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Abengoa (MCE: ABG.B/P SM /NASDAQ: ABGB), the international company that applies innovative technology solutions for sustainability in the energy and environment sectors, has been selected by the Department of Energy (DOE) of South Africa to develop Xina Solar One, a 100 megawatt (MW) parabolic trough plant with a five-hour thermal energy storage system using molten salts. This project will form the largest solar complex in Africa together with Abengoa's plant KaXu Solar One that is currently under construction in the country.  Read full press release.

South Africans Acquire Taste for Craft Beers

Peter Cox
October 29, 2013

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa's beer market has undergone some noticeable changes over the last few years. The country, dominated by commercial lagers, has started to develop a thirst for craft beer, and the number of microbreweries in the country has quadrupled in just four years.  Read full article.

Henry Schein Establishes Presence In South Africa With An Investment In The Dental Warehouse

29 October 2013

MELVILLE, N.Y., Oct. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC), the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners, announced today its expansion into South Africa with the acquisition of a minority ownership position in The Dental Warehouse, a leading distributor of dental consumable merchandise to dentists, private clinics, universities and governmental agencies in the country. Financial and other terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

With headquarters in Johannesburg and sales offices in Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria and Springs, The Dental Warehouse has 64 employees and annual revenues of approximately $10 million. Under the leadership of co-founders Louis Ichikowitz and Bernice Ichikowitz, the company offers branded consumables products and enjoys exclusive relationships with multiple manufacturers.  Read full article from the Wall Street Journal.

SKA’s first phase could bring in R18bn for South Africa

by Agency Staff, October 29 2013, 10:29

The first seven dishes of the local precursor instrument — known as KAT-7 — were completed by December 2010 and are now being commissioned. Picture: MAIK WOLLEBEN

The first phase of the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) radio telescope in the Karoo could see an inflow of R18bn, says Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom.

"Preliminary estimates for the operations cost put the potential net foreign inflow ... into South Africa, for SKA phase one only, at close to R18bn over the lifetime of the project," he said in a written reply to a parliamentary question. Read full article.

Mainstream Awarded 360 Megawatts of South Africa Wind Projects

By Justin Doom - Oct 29, 2013 1:30 PM ET

Mainstream Renewable Power Ltd., a Dublin-based renewable-energy developer, will build three wind farms totaling 360 megawatts in South Africa.

Construction on the projects in the Northern Cape province is expected to begin next year after financing closes on the wind farms, closely held Mainstream Renewable Power said in a statement.  Read full story.

South Africa could become fastest growing renewable energy industry

By Barbara Vergetis Lundin
24 October 2013

According to Frost & Sullivan, South Africa is on track to becoming one of the fastest growing renewable energy markets in the world. The potential for renewable energy (RE) generation in South Africa is high, and the successful execution of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPP) will stimulate investments in large utility-scale renewable energy systems, driving the growth of the country's renewable energy industry, Frost & Sullivan notes. The REIPPP aims to generate 3,725 MW of the country's total electricity from renewable sources. Read full article.

South Africa to Issue Shale-Gas Permits in First Quarter of 2014

By Kevin Crowley - Oct 23, 2013 6:49 AM ET

The country published proposed regulations for hydraulic fracturing on 15 October 2013, a year after lifting a ban on the drilling process known as fracking, as it seeks to tap as much as 485 trillion cubic feet of resources in the semi-arid Karoo region. Opponents of the practice, which blasts water, chemicals and sand into rock to release natural gas, say it risks contaminating ground water.

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) and other explorers have applied for permits to explore the Karoo. South Africa, which imports 70 percent of its crude-oil needs, estimates shale gas may generate 1 trillion rand ($100 billion) of sales within three decades, helping bring it closer to supplying its own energy demand.  Read full story.

South African Firm's Phones to be made in Africa,
for Africa

By Helen Nyambura-Mwaura
22 October 2013

A South African company hopes to rival the likes of Samsung and Nokia with home-grown smartphones tailored to African needs.

Seemahale Telecoms, which already makes telecommunications equipment in South Africa, is set to build a model that looks similar to Samsung's Galaxy S4 and runs on Google's Android operating system, to sell at around 2,500 rand ($260). Read full article.


South African auto sector agrees to 'pull together'

21 October 2013

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), vehicle manufacturers and organized labour have committed to work together to ensure the long-term stability of South Africa's automotive industry.

During a meeting with Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies in Pretoria on 17 October 2013, key stakeholders agreed to work together to ensure the sustainable competitiveness of the sector by deepening its value chain and taking steps to secure long-term stability of supply and productivity.  Read full article. (Photo: / Volkswagen South Africa)

10 things to know before visiting South Africa

By Stephanie Wolters and David Smith, for CNN
17 October 2013

World-renowned chef, best-selling author and Emmy-winning television personality Anthony Bourdain has returned for the second season of CNN's showcase for coverage of food and travel.

(CNN) -- South Africa -- it's the part of the continent most of us know at least a little about.

Now almost two decades removed from apartheid, the country at the bottom of the continent has taken up the place it deserves as one of Africa's top tourist destinations.

The country of approximately 52 million people is already well known for Cape Town, Table Mountain, the wine route and game viewing in the Kruger National Park.

But there's much more to discover.  Read full story.

"Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown" was shot entirely on location and aired on CNN on Sunday, 20 October 2013 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Mandela, South African story for US classrooms

17 October 2013

The Weinstein Company (TWC), backers of the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, and the Nelson Mandela Foundation are to join forces to introduce Nelson Mandela and the story of South Africa's transition to democracy to a millions of high school students across America.

Announcing the partnership on Monday, TWC and the foundation said they would be working with the largest school districts and education organizations in the U.S., including Teach for America, New York City Public Schools, Los Angeles Unified School District and Miami Dade Public Schools, to enable U.S. high school students study the life lessons inherent in Mandela's story.  Read full article.

(Photo: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)

Africa Investment:
Action!  South Africa draws global film makers

By Stella Mapenzauswa
16 October 2013

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa is luring a rising number of Hollywood producers and directors keen to shoot in the country and may have its first home-grown box-office success in three decades this year with a film based on icon Nelson Mandela. Read full story.

Mercedes-Benz Plans to Increase South Africa Production

By Kamlesh Bhuckory - Oct 16, 2013 10:35 AM ET

Mercedes-Benz, the carmaker owned by Germany’s Daimler AG (DAI), said it would push ahead with a 3 billion rand ($302 million) investment plan in South Africa that will see it increase local output to 100,000 units a year.

The outlook for growth in Africa’s biggest economy is “very positive,” the truck and luxury carmaker’s South Africa Chief Executive Officer Martin Zimmermann said in an interview at the Johannesburg Motor Show. The company will introduce new technology and a third shift to its local plant, which produces about 60,000 units a year at present, he said. Read full article.

Long Service Certificates

15 October 2013

In recognition of their continuous, consistently satisfactory and devoted service in the Public Service of the Republic of South Africa spanning twenty years, Consul General George Monyemangene awarded  long service certificates signed by Department of International Relations and Cooperation Minister, Ms. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, to Mrs. Marilu Nobleza, Mr. Douglas Castillo and Mr. Jose Caballero on 15 October 2013.

Mrs. Marilu Nobleza (left) receiving the certficate from Consul General George Monyemangene (right).

Consul General George Monyemangene (right) awarding the certificate to Mr. Douglas Castillo (left).


(Photographs: SACG/Sandra Nwe)

Entertainment Wise

Rihanna makes history with sold-out stadium show in South Africa on 'Diamonds' Tour

14 October 2013

Rihanna brought the 97-date tour to Johannesburg where she performed tracks from her latest album 'Unapologetic' in addition to some of her former hits and it was undoutedbly one of her biggest live shows to date with RiRi entertaining more than 67,000 fans. 

As if that wasn't impressive enough, Rihanna has apparently broken a record for becoming the youngest female artist to play a sold-out show at the stadium.  Read full story.

Ubuntu Radio, South Africa’s first government-run, 24-hour, online radio station, was launched on 17 October 2013.  It is consistent with the active and prominent role that South Africa plays in global affairs.

The idea behind its conception was a need to create a platform for exchange of views and opinions by key players who contribute to shaping South Africa’s foreign policy. These would include government institutions, the diplomatic community, civil society, academia, media, students and other role-players in the field of international relations.   Listen to test broadcast.

Ubuntu Magazine

The main objective of Ubuntu Magazine is to communicate with and educate stakeholders on South Africa’s international relations policy positions, achievements, objectives and goals. It covers issues ranging from current affairs, bilateral and multilateral milestones, upcoming key events, as well as international work done by other government departments, parastatals and the private sector. 
Latest and old issues of Ubuntu Magazine.




Honors for South Africa's finance minister

14 October 2013

South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan was on 12 October 2013 named sub-Saharan Africa's Finance Minister of the Year by Emerging Markets, a website that provides news and analysis on international economics and global financial markets.

"The prudent fiscal policy led by Pravin Gordhan, who became finance minister in 2009 at the height of the global economic crisis, has been praised by analysts, especially since South Africa is more exposed than other emerging markets to dangers stemming from an eventual pullback of quantitative easing by the Federal Reserve," read the citation by Emerging Markets.  Read full article.

(Photo: World Economic Forum)

Australian Firm Gets SA Gas Project Go-Ahead

11 October 2013

Australian-listed company Sunbird Energy has received government approval for the acquisition of the Ibhubesi gas project off South Africa's west coast, paving the way for a multi-billion rand investment that would boost the country's gas-to-electricity generation capacity.  Read full story.


Aircraft technology: South Africa delivers

European aircraft manufacturer Airbus delivered the first of a batch of fifty A400M military transport planes - complete with critical components manufactured in South Africa, by South Africans - to the French Air Force on 30 September 2013.

Engineers, artisans and technicians at South African company Denel Aerostructures took time off work to watch the handover celebrations - attended by Crown Prince Felipe of Spain and French Defence Minister Jean Yves le Drian - via live video linkup with Airbus Military's facility in Seville, Spain. Read full article.

(Photo: Airbus Military)


U.S. audience award for Mandela movie

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, the big-screen dramatization of Nelson Mandela's autobiography, won the Audience Favorite Feature award at the Aspen Filmfest in the United States, it was announced on 2 October 2013. 

The film beat a number of heavyweight contenders, including The Fifth Estate, August: Osage County, Nebraska and One Chance, to emerge as the most popular film at the internationally recognized festival.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom received an eight-minute standing ovation at its world premiere at the 38th Toronto International Film Festival last month. Read full story.

Sasol cracks major U.S. fracking deal

by Lisa Steyn
20 September 2013

A $20-billion investment in a facility in Louisiana, prompted by the North American shale boom, will be a world first in some respects.

It will be Sasol’s largest investment yet; the biggest single investment in Louisiana’s history; and the largest foreign direct investor manufacturing project in the history of the United States.

Sasol’s move to join the boom in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, that is transforming the energy landscape in the U.S. comes as the South African government prepares to grant the first prospecting licences here.  Read full article.

Transport Month:

Celebrating 20 years of delivering efficient, reliable and safe transport services

Transport Month was first launched in October 2005. It seeks to raise awareness of the important role of transport in the economy, and to invite participation from civic society and business, in providing a safer, more affordable, accessible and reliable transport system for the country.  Read more.

Amandla Development's Annual New York Benefit

A concert by Max Wild to support Amandla Development's ongoing partnerships with education innovators in South Africa. Learn how Amandla is joining hands with schools, institutions and the surrounding community of Philippi to ensure every child is fully equipped to succeed.

Thursday, October 10th
from 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
ACue Art Foundation, 137 West 25th Street
(between 6th and 7th), Ground Floor
Business casual attire requested

You will have the opportunity to meet founder Scott Clarke, learn more about Amandla Development's progress and meet other supporters. Your entrance includes music, hors d'oeuvres sponsored by Madiba Restaurant, and an open wine/beer bar sponsored by KWV, Solms-Delta wine farm, and Brooklyn Brewery. Suggested donation is $50.00

To RSVP, please go to:

President Zuma's Statement at the General Debate
of the 68th Session of United Nations General Assembly

24 September 2013 


President Zuma's challenge to the United Nations

25 September 2013

South African President Jacob Zuma threw down a stark challenge to world leaders in New York on Tuesday, 24 September 2013, saying that global development and security were "two sides of the same coin" as he called for action to reform the United Nations Security Council.

Addressing the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Zuma said that, nearly 70 years after its establishment, the UN Security Council "still remains undemocratic, unrepresentative and unfair to developing nations and small states, and disenfranchises the majority of the member states of the United Nations, who form the majority in this General Assembly". Read full article.

Pumeza Matshikiza: Township girl to opera diva

By Earl Nurse and Jenny Soffel, for CNN
Monday 23 September 2013

London (CNN) -- Abbey Road Studios in London. This is where The Beatles produced some of their classic records. It's a long way from the Cape Town townships where Pumeza Matshikiza grew up, but this is where the South African soprano is recording her debut album.

At the studio rehearsals, she is going over the notes again with her producer. Her plush and dark-hued voice has enabled her to enter the world of music, travel and hard work, and leave poverty and hardship behind. Read full article.

International Day of Peace

21 September 2013

In 1981, the General Assembly declared that the opening day of its regular session in September "shall be officially dedicated and observed as the International Day of Peace and shall be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples" (resolution 36/67). In 1998, the Assembly reaffirmed that the Day should continue to be observed on the opening day of its annual regular session (resolution 52/232 of 4 June).  Read full article from South African Government Information website.

"On this International Day of Peace, let us pledge to teach our children the value of tolerance and mutual respect.  Let us invest in the schools and teachers that will build a fair and inclusive world that embraces diversity.  Let us fight for peace and defend it with all our might."

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Get set for Freedom Fridays!

The countdown to the 20th anniversary of South Africa's freedom and democracy will begin with the launch of the Freedom Fridays campaign on 20 September, Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile said on 3 September 2013.

Speaking at a business briefing in Johannesburg, Mashatile said the campaign, a partnership between the government, Lead SA and Proudly South African, was a call to all South Africans to take pride in their nation and together to celebrate the road the country has travelled since 1994.

"This we will do by wearing, every Friday, anything that expresses our pride in being South African, including the colours of the national flag, traditional wear or a jersey of our favourite national team," he said.  Read full article.

Freedom Fridays campaign under way, 20 September 2013

by Nthambeleni Gabara

The countdown to the 20th anniversary of South Africa's freedom and democracy officially began on Friday with the launch of the Freedom Fridays campaign - a call on all citizens to "wear anything that makes them feel proudly South African each Friday". Read full article.


Cement investments set for take-off

19 September 2013

Rapid infrastructure development in South Africa and its neighboring countries will boost the prospects of the cement industry in the southern African region, according to new analysis from market researchers Frost and Sullivan.  Read full article.

Construction on Sephaku Cement's new plant at Aganang near Lichtenburg in South Africa's North West province (Photo: Sephaku Cement)

St. Louis Post Dispatch

Today I'd go ... to South Africa

by Amy Bertrand
19 September 2013

Amy Bertrand is the editor of the Home & Away and the Let's Eat section of St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Every Thursday I like to write about a place I'd love to go or a deal I have found.

I would love to go to South Africa someday, and Friendly Planet Travel has a deal going on now. Starting at just $1,899, a $300 savings, the nine-day tour will explore the African bush in search wild animals and then celebrate the night life in Cape Town.  Read full article.

‘Long Walk to Freedom’: New Mandela film makes impression in South Africa

by Ron Allen, NBC News
September 18, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Long Walk to Freedom is a powerful epic that begins with Mandela as an 8-year-old growing up in the rural hinterland. The story moves chronologically to Mandela as a teenager, then as a 35-year-old firebrand activist and attorney. It culminates with Mandela as the newly elected president of South Africa.  Read full article.

South Africa in digital laser 'world first'

17 September 2013

Researchers at South Africa's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have developed a world-first digital laser that could be a game-changer in the field, paving the way for new laser applications in areas ranging from medicine to communications. Announcing the breakthrough at media briefing in Pretoria, Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom said it was evidence of the country's potential for scientific innovation.  Read full article.  (Image: CSIR)

Goin' High-End On South Africa Travels

by David Rosengarten
12 September 2013

Big-deal dining, and big-deal hospitality, are realer than real right now in South Africa. And, excitingly, you’re not likely to see these fine establishments working hard on Asian ingredients, or other fusionista obsessions. The obsession today, in South Africa…is defining a cuisine that seems truly South African…drawing on local ingredients, of course, but also on already-fused South African traditions! Read full article.

Sasol Seeks Cash for $7 Billion Dixie Dream: South Africa Credit

By Kevin Crowley
16 September 2013 6:31 AM ET

South Africa’s Sasol Ltd. is seeking project finance and loans, and may also sell bonds in the U.S., to fund a petrochemical plant in Louisiana costing as much as $7 billion, the chief executive officer said.

Sasol needs to raise $5 billion to $7 billion to build a cracker near Lake Charles, Louisiana, which will convert ethane natural gas to ethylene, used to produce raw materials for goods such as paint and detergents, and start up in 2017, CEO David Constable said.  Read full story.

South Africa's first grid-connected solar photovoltaic plant

16 September 2013

Norway-based Scatec Solar announced that it had completed its 75-megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Kalkbult in the Northern Cape three months ahead of schedule, making it first project under South Africa's renewable energy programme for private producers to be grid connected and operational.  Read full story.

The Kalkbult solar PV power plant in the Northern Cape: 312,000 solar panels mounted on 156 kilometers of substructure (Photo: Scatec Solar)

Endemol Veteran Jane Fry Named Head of South African Arm of Film Finance Giant

by Scott Roxborough
16 September 2013

Jane Fry, a long-term executive with Endemol South Africa has taken over as managing director of the new South Africa division of completion guarantee giant Film Finances Inc.

Fry will be based in Johannesburg and oversee Film Finances SA's bonding activity as well as offering prospective producers advance funding against South Africa's Department of Trade and Industry rebate, worth 20 – 25 percent of a visiting film's local spend.  Read full story.


USA, South Africa teams compete for Bendabout title

By DAVID DAVIS, Managing Editor
15 September 2013

Two teams will determine who win the inaugural Bendabout International Cup when they meet on the polo field at Bendabout Farm in McDonald.

Bendabout Farm Director of Polo Operations Boone Stribling said the South African team consists of four professional players will play against four American players, including Julio Arellano, the highest ranked player in the United States. Read full story.

Africa's "right-on" whale capital

by Andrew Beatty
15 September 2013 11:30 PM

A Southern Right whale is seen on 5 September 2013 near the town of Hermanus, at the southern coast of the Western Cape province of South Africa (AFP Photo/Alexander Joe)

Perched away from the world on the rocky southern tip of Africa, the town of Hermanus rose to global whale-watching renown almost by chance.  Read full story.

Networking Cocktail Reception

To celebrate success of David Tlale and to welcome delegation from the Department of Trade and Industry and the Small Enterprise Development Agency a networking cocktail reception co-hosted by Brand SA was held at the South African Consulate General.

Friday, 13 September 2013
from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

View more photographs.

Sithole crowned U.S. Open quads champ

10 September 2013

South Africans have hailed the first African to win a US Open singles title on his return from New York.

Wheelchair tennis player Lucas Sithole beat current world number one, David Wagner, in the singles section of the Quad tournament.  Read full story.

28-30 August 2013

Consul General George Monyemengene, Consul Gugulethu Gingqi and Ms. Bing Alo-Villareal visited the State of Kentucky to attend its Annual World Trade Day and Worldfest events in Louisville, KY from 28-30 August 2013.  They met with senior officers of the Kentucky World Trade Center, the Louisville Office for Globalization, and ISCO Industries.

On 28 August 2013, Consul General George Monyemangene met with Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and Secretary Larry Hayes at Frankfort.  The Consul General extended an invitation for the State of Kentucky to undertake a trade mission to South Africa and to co-host a business seminar on "Doing business with South Africa and Africa" in the future.  View more photographs.

Red Orbit

South Africa’s First Hardware Contribution Delivered to ATLAS Detector at CERN

5 September 2013

Physicists from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg have reached an important milestone and have made the first South African contribution of a “piece of hardware” to the ATLAS Experiment on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Organization of Nuclear Research (CERN).

Physics PhD student Robert Reed designed a High Voltage board (HV board) that was delivered to the ATLAS team in Geneva, Switzerland. The HV board was successfully integrated into the ATLAS system on Monday, 2 September 2013.  Read full article.

Physics Ph.D. student Robert Reed designed a High Voltage board (HV board). Credit: Wits University

South Africa's Aspen says talks with GSK over thrombosis drugs continues

5 September 2013

South Africa's biggest generic drug maker Aspen Pharmacare said on 5 September 2013 that talks with Britain's GlaxoSmithKline about its $700 bid for drugs and a factory continues.  Read story.

South Africa’s David Tlale Returns to New York Fashion Week

NEW YORK CITY (September 4, 2013) -- Brand South Africa is proud to present David Tlale at the Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week. Tlale, a renowned South African designer, presented his 2014 spring collection at The Box on 5 September 2013. This was his third presentation at Lincoln Center as a solo design house, where showcased what Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week described as work that is “both daring and dramatic—a brand that defies convention and a brand that impenitently employs unpredictable use and understanding of fabric, color and texture.”  Read full press release.

Brand SA congratulates David Tlale

5 September 2013

Brand South Africa congratulated South African award winning designer David Tlale on his showing at the Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week.

Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said in a statement: "New York Fashion Week is a significant platform in the global world of fashion, on which designers profile their collections for the forthcoming season.

"Brand South Africa congratulates David Tlale on his successful showing at the 2013 New York Fashion Week and we are proud of him for flying our national flag in New York."  Read full article.

South Africa to plant a million trees in 2013

By Bhekisisa Mncube
5 September 2013

South Africa will have planted a million trees across the country by the end of this year, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson said at the launch of National Arbor Week on Tuesday, 3 September 2013.

This will bring to 13 million the number of trees planted nationwide since the inception of the million-a-year tree plantation program that was launched in 2000 in partnership with petroleum giant Total South Africa.  Read full article.

BANKSETA International Executive Development Programme (IEDP)

1 September 2013
NYU Stern
44 Street West 4th Street, 11th Floor
New York City

The International Executive Development Programme (IEDP) with NYU Stern Executive Education was a combination of engaging faculty, group projects and company visits. The program provided direct application to the participants' work engagements in the banking and microfinance sector in South Africa; it also exposed the participants to banking perspectives in various international banks.  View more photographs.

US basketball star Kyrie Irving visits schools in South Africa with UNICEF

© UNICEF South Africa/2013

PRETORIA, South Africa, 29 August 2013 –Kyrie Irving, an All-Star in the United States’ National Basketball Association (NBA), recently concluded a visit to Gauteng, South Africa, where he participated in a variety of educational programs supported by UNICEF’s Schools for Africa initiative.

The Cleveland Cavaliers player was joined on the trip by Caryl Stern, president and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, and Dikembe Mutombo, former NBA All-Star, member of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF Executive Board of Directors and NBA Global Ambassador.  Read full story.

UBUNTU Magazine

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) introduced its quarterly magazine Ubuntu – South Africa’s Public Diplomacy in action in August 2012 to:

- communicate with and educate stakeholders on South Africa’s foreign policy positions, achievements, objectives and goals

- give in-depth analysis and information on key departmental issues ranging from current affairs, bilateral and multilateral milestones, upcoming key events, as well as international work done by other government departments, business and parastatals.  See archive issues.

Banks get in on South Africa's power boom

29 August 2013

Investec Plc announced on 28 August 2013, that it was leading the financing of two South African gas power plants being developed by French company GDF Suez, marking the first major non-renewable independent power projects to be financed by South African institutions.

Construction of the two two greenfield open-cycle turbine power plants, the 670-megawatt (MW) Avon plant in KwaZulu-Natal, and the 335 MW Dedisa plant in the Eastern Cape, has commenced.  Read full story.

"Africa's greenest hotel" opens its doors

29 August 2013

South African hospitality group Bon Hotels has opened what it says is the continent's greenest hotel.

The R170-million, 145-room Hotel Verde, situated 400 meters from Cape Town International Airport, was officially opened on 27 August 2013 with Bon Hotels saying it aimed to raise environmental awareness and help preserve the natural wetlands in the area around the airport.  Read full story.

H&M says will open first store in South Africa

Swedish cheap'n'chic fashion giant H&M will open its first store in South Africa in 2015, its first foray into sub-Saharan Africa, the company announced on 28 August 2013.

H&M said it had signed a contract for a store in Johannesburg, but it was also looking into opening in Cape Town as well and therefore it could not say which store would open first.  Read full story.

The South Africa Yearbook gives a comprehensive account of the programs and policies of the government as well as the current state of the South African nation.

This publication is the official authoritative reference work on the Republic of South Africa and is updated annually.

Published by the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS)
Editor: Louise van Niekerk


Manufacturing leads GDP rebound

28 August 2013

South Africa's economy rebounded in the second quarter, growing at 3.0 percent compared to 0.9 percent in the first quarter, with manufacturing the main driver of the growth, Statistics SA reported on 27 August 2013.

"The seasonally adjusted real GDP [gross domestic product] at market prices for the second quarter of 2013 increased by an annualized rate of 3.0 percent compared with an increase of 0.9 percent during the first quarter of 2013," Statistics SA said in a statement.  Read full story.


Overtaking platinum

by Simon Barber

Platinum has long been South Africa’s top export to the United States. No longer. Right now it’s cars, principally BMWs and Mercedes Benzes, built in South Africa by South Africans.  The value of U.S. car imports from South Africa topped $1.25 billion in the first half of this year versus $1.2 billion for platinum group metals, gold and diamonds combined. In the chart bellow, cars ar represented by the red bars and platinum,  in unwrought, powder or semi-manufactured form, by the gray.

And here’s we stand in the rankings as a source of U.S. car imports as of June: number 7, well ahead of Italy and Sweden.

Source: USITC’s Dataweb


South Africa in 'world first for brewing'

23 August 2013

Brewing giant SABMiller has begun using South African firm SurePure's liquid photopurification technology, which cuts down on energy costs by using ultraviolet light instead of heat to purify liquids during the brewing process. Read full story.


South Africa unveils modernized customs system

23 August 2013

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan unveiled a modernized customs management system that will reduce the cost of doing business with South Africa, boost the country's competitiveness and exports, and promote intra-African trade.

Briefing journalists at the South African Revenue Service's (SARS) offices in Johannesburg, Gordhan said the new system had already been implemented, and that early indications were that it had more than halved the time it takes to move goods across South Africa's borders.  Read full story.

Women Who Mean Business for 2013

By Mike Hendricks

Five accomplished business leaders are The Business Review's Women Who Mean Business for 2013. One of the five honorees is South African Penelope Andrews, president and Dean of Albany Law School. Andrews was named dean of the law school last year. She dramatically reshaped the school's business model so that it can better meet the challenges of the future. Read full article.

South Africa’s New Smart ID Cards Personalized and Issued on Datacard Group’s Central Issuance Machines

14 August 2013

MINNETONKA, Minn. — Datacard Group, the world leader in secure ID and card personalization solutions, announced that the Government Printing Works in South Africa will be utilizing the Datacard® MX series card issuance and delivery systems for its new smart ID card program.

Replacing their current green bar-coded paper ID books, South Africans will be able to receive a smart ID card replacement in initially 27 locations throughout the country, ramping up to more sites in order to issue 38 million smart ID cards over several years. The smart ID cards add many more security features than the previous paper documents, and will feature a dual-interface chip, as well as fingerprint biometrics and biographic data – making it difficult for any forgery. South African citizens will also receive their new card in five to 10 days, compared to the 47 days it took for the paper documents to be produced and delivered.  Read full story.


"Agoa 2.0" to underpin US-Africa growth

14 August 2013

The United States will be looking to work with African experts and leaders on forging an improved "Agoa 2.0" ahead of the planned renewal of the African Growth and Opportunity Act, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman told a two-day forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 12 August 2013.

Agoa, which enables 39 eligible sub-Saharan African countries to export most products duty-free to the United States, has seen total African exports to the U.S. more than quadrupled, and U.S. exports to sub-Saharan Africa more than tripled, since its inception in 2000.  Read full story.


New York gains Momentum

by Lihle Mtshali

South African financial services giant, Momentum, has opened an investment management office in New York and plans to launch a new Africa investment fund next month.

The Momentum Africa Fixed Income Fund will be unveiled and introduced to American institutional investors like big pension funds, endowment funds and foundations on 1 September 2013.  Read full story.

South African animation wins over kids in Brazil

13 August 2013

South African animated 3D movie Adventures in Zambezia won the "best feature for children" award at the 21st Anima Mundi international animation festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil last week.

The award is the latest in a string of successes for the debut feature from Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation Studios, which followed up with its second feature film, Khumba, earlier this year. 

Last year, Adventures in Zambezia became the first African 3D feature animation to be nominated - for best music and best voice artist - for the Hollywood-based Annie Awards, the most prestigious in the animated movie industry.

It was also named best South African feature film at the 2012 Durban International Film Festival, and best animation at the 2012 African Movie Academy Awards.  Read full story.

South Africa stocks hit record high as gold producers surge

12 August 2013

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African stocks hit a record high on 12 August 2013 rising 1.6 percent on a surge in gold producers that were lifted by a higher bullion price, such as Gold Fields.   Read full article.

South Africa, U.S. sign radio astronomy pact

12 August 2013

South Africa's Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project has struck an agreement with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) of the United States that is set to foster high-level science collaboration between the two countries. Read full article.

Mobile transport app launches in South Africa

12 August 2013

U.S. technology company Uber has launched its mobile transport application in South Africa's largest city, Johannesburg, promising to provide an efficient transportation service and to make the city more accessible for its residents and visitors.   Read full article.

MiX Telematics' Initial Public Offering at the New York Stock Exchange

9 August 2013

MiX Telematics CEO and Director Stefan Joselowitz rings the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange to celebrate the company's IPO on 9 August 2013 in New York City.

See more photographs on MiX Telematics' Facebook page

A Centenary of Working Together towards Sustainable Women Empowerment and Gender Equality

9 August 2013

2013 New York City Economic Development Day

8 August 2013
Columbia University’s Albert Lerner Hall
West 115th Street and Broadway

View more photographs.

Ford looks to South Africa for Dakar success

7 August 2013

Team Ford Racing has confirmed it will enter two South African-built Ford Rangers in the gruelling 2014 Dakar Rally, which takes place from 5 to 18 January 2014 in South America.  Ford's decision follows the success of South African-built Toyota Hiluxes in the Dakar, with Giniel de Villiers finishing second in 2013 and third in 2012.  Read full article.

Ubuntu Education Fund blog:

President Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton and delegation visit Ubuntu Education Fund

Photo Credit: Barbara Kinney / Clinton Foundation

August 6, 2013 was one of the most exciting days in the history of Ubuntu Education Fund—we hosted President Bill Clinton, his daughter Chelsea, and a Clinton Foundation delegation.  On their tour throughout Africa, the delegation visited Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) commitment sites that focused on improving economic opportunities, empowering disenfranchised minorities, and increasing access to quality healthcare.  Read full blog. 

BMW SA expands export programme

5 August 2013

BMW South Africa has expanded its export programme to facilitate increased production and will export its BMW 3 Series from Maputo in Mozambique, in addition to shipping from the Durban port.

"BMW South Africa has increased its production output with the introduction of a third shift, which was implemented towards the end of last year," BMW South Africa managing director, Bodo Donauer, said in a statement.  Read full article.

3 August 2013

Lalela is a Zulu word meaning “to listen.” Lalela Project provides year-round, community-based arts education and leadership training to children grades one through twelve in a safe space during the vulnerable after-school hours and holiday periods.

On 3 August 2013, Lalela Project held its annual fundraising event at the Hamptons home of its CEO, Andrea Kerzner,  which was attended by 300 people.  The evening was planned by South African celebrity event planner, Colin Cowie, with entertainment by The All Stars Jazz Band, Yolanda Sangweni and Thuli Dumakude, South African cuisine by the Brooklyn-based Madiba Restaurant, and great moments with Lalela Project students who traveled from the Western Cape, South Africa, to share their inspiring stories with attendees.  Consul General George Monyemangene and his wife, Louise Monyemangene, were the guests of honor at the event.  View photographs from the event.

For more information about Lalela, please visit”

South Africa, U.S. firms in agri-tech hub deal

1 August 2013

DuPont Pioneer, the largest U.S. producer of hybrid seeds, has acquired majority ownership of South Africa's Pannar Seed as the two companies move to advance agricultural research and technological innovation in Africa.

The deal, announced on 31 August 2013, involves the two companies partnering to bring farmers in South Africa and across the rest of the continent more choices and better products in terms of seeds.  Read full story.

Charlize Theron and Michel Sidibé meet with President Jacob Zuma

29 July 2013

President Jacob Zuma met with Academy Award-winning actor/ activist Charlize Theron and Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, in Pretoria on 29 July 2013. 

Andrew Mlangeni rang the Closing Bell at the NYSE Euronext in honor of Nelson Mandela International Day

19 July 2013


18 July 2013

A function in honor of Nelson Mandela International Day was jointly hosted by the Permanent Mission of South Africa to the United Nations and the South African Consulate General on 18 July 2013. View more photos.

Left to right:  Mrs. Louise Monyemangene, Ms. Lihle Mtshali of Brand SA, Mayor David Dinkins, Ms. Grace Hightower de Niro, Mr. Robert de Niro of Tribeca Film Institute, Ambassador Jeremiah Mamabolo and Consul General George Monyememangene.

By Maite Nkoana-Mashabane
Minister, International Relations and Cooperation

Various scholars of political science hold diverse views about the concept of soft power, and the use thereof.  But for an American Scholar, Joseph Nye, the definition of soft power focuses on, amongst others, the power of “influence.”

His definition seems to find more resonance with South Africa’s diplomatic practice.  He defines soft power as a country’s ability to influence events through persuasion and attraction, rather than military or financial coercion.  He believes that a country has more soft power if its culture, values and institutions incite admiration and respect in other parts of the world.  Read full article.

18 July 2013

Even though his home in Transkei is some distance from here, home is where the heart is and his heart has circled the globe.  Wherever he has traveled, he has brought us his hope and courage… and received, in return, our gratitude, our admiration and our respect. 

And we who love him come together today to send our best wishes to President Mandela on the anniversary of his birth and to join his children, his grandchildren, and that most amazing woman who has stood alongside him these past 15 years, Graca Machel in praying for his full recovery. Read full statement.

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On Nelson Mandela International Day, UN pays tribute to his contribution to public service

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Speakers include: H.E. Mr. Bill Clinton, former President of the United States; Reverend Jesse Jackson; Mr Harry Belafonte, singer, actor and social activist; Mr. Andrew Mlangeni, close friend of Mr. Mandela. 

Nelson Mandela Day at The Bowery Mission

18 July 2013
Photo credit: United Nations / John Gillespie

Click on the photo to view more photographs. South Africa's Consul General joined dozens of volunteers on Thursday to honor by bringing much-needed help to a Lower East Side homeless shelter, to honor the 95th birthday of Nelson Mandela, the former South African president who led his country to freedom.  Read full article from NY1.

2013 Nelson Mandela Day at the United Nations Headquarters

18 July 2013
Photo credit: United Nations / John Gillespie

Informal plenary meeting of the United Nations General Assembly.

Nelson Mandela Day 2013: Rebuilding homes in Long Beach

17 July 2013
Photo credit: United Nations / John Gillespie

“Take action, inspire change.”  To commemorate Nelson Mandela Day, volunteers from the UN and UNDP assist "We Build New York" repair homes in Long Beach destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.

Nelson Mandela Day 2013 at Columbus Circle

16 July 2013
Photo credit: United Nations / John Gillespie

South African Ambassador to the United Nations Jeremiah Mamabolo being interviewed by the media. Volunteers from the UN and the South African Consulate distribute South African oranges for Nelson Mandela Day 2013 at Columbus Circle, New York.

The Power of Words

18 July 2013, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
Times Square Museum and Visitor Center
1560 Broadway between 46th and 47th Street
New York City

Hosted by the TriBeCa Film Institute and the Nelson Mandela Foundation.


18 July 2013

Importers donate citrus to The Bowery Mission

The growers of South Africa Summer Citrus joined with the United Nations, Permanent Mission of South Africa to the United Nations and the South African Consulate General of New York to celebrate Nelson Mandela International Day, on 18 July 2013, Nelson Mandela’s birthday.

The growers and importers were joined by members of the South Africa Consulate to offload the fruit at the Mission. (Left to Right) Lebogang Mokwena, Consul, Political, Gerard Stone, Director of Western Cape Citrus Producers Forum, George Monyemangene, South African Consulate General, and Piet Smit, Director of Western Cape Citrus Producers Forum. Read more..

Discussion on "Doing Business in South Africa"

17 July 2013

A cocktail reception and business discussion on "Doing Business in South Africa" with ABSA's ALD Program delegates was hosted by the South African Consulate General and Brand SA on 17 July 2013.

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The first refrigerated vessel, Nagato Reefer, docked on 3 July 2013 at Philadelphia’s Holt Terminal in Gloucester, NJ.  Onboard were +/- 245,000 cartons of clementines, navel and cara cara oranges.  Some early citrus, including Star Ruby grapefruit arrived in June in containers.

Also onboard was King Citrus, South Africa Summer Citrus’ new friendly mascot.  “King Citrus is key to our branding initiative,” said Suhanra Conradie, CEO of the Western Cape Citrus Producers Forum.  “South Africa Summer Citrus logo has long included unique elements to South Africa- the lion being the most prominent.  King Citrus is a visual extension of its tagline Pride of Our Land – an obvious connection to a pride of lions and an accurate description of pride our growers take in sending premium citrus fruit to the U.S.”   Read more.

South Africa to host the 6th SA-EU Summit this week

15 July 2013

South Africa will host the 6th SA-European Union Summit on 18 July 2013, in Pretoria under the theme: "Job Creation Through Inward Investment".

The theme of the Summit is in response to the diverse demands of South Africa's National Development Plan.

The EU Delegation will be led by President Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council and President Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission.

The Summit will be utilised to:

  • Highlight job creation initiatives that South Africa is implementing;
  • Elevate existing SA-EU job creation initiatives; and
  • Encourage the continuation of EU development cooperation in South Africa.

The EU has maintained its lead as South Africa's most important regional trading partner between 2000 and 2011. SA-EU total trade grew 13% in 2011 year-on-year and reflects a high sectoral diversity, including manufactured goods, commodities and agriculture.

Processed and semi-processed goods represented more than 50% of total South African exports to the EU and 79% of EU exports to South Africa.

The EU is also South Africa's main development assistance partner, amounting to €980 million for the period 2007-2013, with a further €900 million from the European Investment Bank (EIB) for the same period.

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Cape Town on world's top 10 cities list

8 July 2013

Cape Town has once again been crowned one of the top 10 cities in the world, coming fourth in Travel and Leisure magazine's annual "World's Best Awards" and claiming a spot in the magazine's hall of fame.  Read more.

Table Mountain and Cape Town harbor, Western Cape (Photo: Mark Skinner, South African Tourism)

Basketball Without Borders to be held in Portugal for first time, returns to Argentina and South Africa

NEW YORK, JULY 11, 2013 - The 2013 Basketball without Borders (BWB) schedule will feature a first-time camp in Portugal, and will return to Argentina and South Africa, it was announced today by the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). Basketball without Borders is the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development program that uses sport to create positive social change.  Read more.

In South Africa, A New Power Player: Country's Largest Natural Gas Facility Up And Running

By Jacey Fortin
11 July 2013

Power generation in South Africa received a significant boost with a new gas-powered plant becoming fully operational and boasting a production capacity of 140 megawatts. Sasol Ltd. (NYSE:SSL), a chemicals and energy company based in Johannesburg, is behind the project, with help from the Finnish manufacturing contractor Wärtsilä (HEL:WRT1V). Read more.

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South Africa wants AGOA for longer

27 June 2013

South Africa will push for an extension of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) when US President Barack Obama makes an official visit to the country.

According to Fin24, Agoa, which allows southern African countries to ship certain products to the United States duty free, expires in 2015. However, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said that it would be in the interest of both the African states and the US for the agreement to be extended.  Read full story.

Aspen adds $1 bln deal with Merck to drug acquisition drive

By Tosin Sulaiman and Tiisetso Motsoeneng

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's Aspen Pharmacare said on 27 June 2013 it would acquire drugs and a manufacturing business from U.S. drugmaker Merck in a $1 billion deal to bolster its presence in Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Africa's biggest maker of generic drugs has been on an aggressive acquisition trail this year that has broadened its offering of medicine in fast-growing regions such as Latin America and southeast Asia and lifted its share price.  Read full story.

Former President Mandela’s Condition Remains Unchanged

25 June 2013

Former President Nelson Mandela’s condition remains unchanged in hospital and doctors continue to do their best to ensure his recovery, well-being and comfort.

President Zuma thanked the South African public for ongoing support and understanding.

“We must support him and support his family.  We must demonstrate our love and appreciation for his leadership during the struggle for liberation and in our first few years of freedom and democracy by living out his legacy and promoting unity, non-racialism, non-sexism and prosperity in our country”, said President Zuma.

Former President Mandela will turn 95 on the 18th of July. “We must all be planning what to do next month in marking our 67 minutes of doing good for humanity as called upon by Madiba to do so, when he launched the International Mandela Day campaign. Let us make it the biggest Mandela Day ever on the 18th of July, focusing on doing good all over the country’’, said President Zuma.

President Zuma also urged that Madiba and his family be accorded the necessary sensitivity, dignity and privacy at this time.

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Holy petaflops! South African students are supercomputing champions

20 June 2013 17:21
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Team South Africa "made jaws drop" at the international Student Cluster Challenge in Germany when the first-time entrant trumped all the other teams, including two from the United States and two from China, the Center for High Performance Computing said. Read full story.

South Africa to Host World's Biggest Telescope

19 June 2013

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa is preparing to host the biggest radio telescope in the world.  Along with Australia, the country has been chosen to host the Square Kilometer Array (SKA), which will be 50 times more sensitive than any equipment so far and will seek answers to the origins of the universe. 

About three hours from Cape Town lies the arid and barren Karoo desert.  Soon, that desert will play host to part of the world's largest radio telescope.

The SKA will be 50 times more powerful than an other existing instruments.  Justin Jonas, associate director for science and engineering at the SKA South Africa, said the world can expect some groundbreaking discoveries.  Read full story.

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Obama visit to highlight South Africa, U.S. ties

18 June 2013

South Africa's growing importance in regional and international affairs as well as its relations with the United States will come under the spotlight when U.S. President Barack Obama visits the country later in June.

Obama is scheduled to make his first trip to South Africa as U.S. president when he and his wife Michelle travel to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania from 26 June to 3 July.  Read full story.

SA takes lion’s share of convention industry

18 June 2013

South Africa had secured 88 international association meetings over the next five years to 2017, according to a report to Parliament on Tuesday by the National Convention Bureau.

These meetings would have an estimated economic impact of R2.6bn and draw about 198,900 delegates to the country, the bureau’s executive manager, Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo, told the tourism portfolio committee. Read full story.

South African actor Fana Mokoena in New York City

18 June 2013

Fana Mokoena, appearing on the movie World War Z starring Brad Pitt, paid a courtesy call at the South African Consulate General on 18 June 2013. He has been featured in a number of international movies including Hotel Rwanda, Machine Gun Preacher, Safe House and South African-produced Man on Ground. World War Z premiered in New York’s Times Square on 17 June 2013 and will be in theaters from 21 June 2013.

Africa Straight Up on the Africa Channel

19 June 2013

Africa Straight Up, the 30 minute film written and produced by Teresa Clarke will air on television in the U.S. on 19 June 2013 at The Africa Channel.

Please see below for channels and times in various U.S. cities.

  • New York City, NY -- channel 87 at 8pm, 8:30pm
  • Chicago, IL -- channel 133 at 7pm, 7:30 pm, 8pm and 8:30pm
  • Atlanta, GA -- channel 182 at 8pm, 8:30pm
  • Los Angeles, CA -- channel 176 at 5pm, 5:30pm, 9pm, 9:30pm
  • Washington, DC -- channel 188 at 8pm, 8:30 pm

Burger King Takes on McDonald's, KFC in South African Push

14 June 2013

Burger King Worldwide Inc. (BKW) plans to ramp up expansion in South Africa after opening its first restaurant in the country and enter other parts of the continent to take advantage of a growing middle class.

The maker of the Whopper burger has partnered with Johannesburg-based Grand Parade Investments Ltd. to set up Burger King South Africa and opened its first local outlet in Cape Town last month. That was 18 years after McDonald’s Corp. (MCD) started operating in Africa’s biggest economy and 42 years after YUM! Brands Inc. (YUM)’s fried chicken chain KFC.  Read full story.

Statement on Cabinet meeting of 12 June 2013

13 June 2013

Cabinet’s position on prominent issues in the current environment. Read full statement.

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Warren Adams wins the 2013 Fred Astaire Award for Best Choreographer on Broadway for MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL

White House concerned about ailing Mandela’s health, wishes him a ‘speedy recovery’

By Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is wishing for a “speedy recovery” for ailing former South African President Nelson Mandela. The 94-year-old Mandela is currently in a Johannesburg hospital, receiving treatment for a recurring lung infection.  Read full story.

South Africa's Low-Dose X-Ray Makes Its Mark

12 June 2013

South African X-ray system manufacturer Lodox Systems is making its mark on the international medical scene with a low radiation dose X-ray system that takes a full-body scan in just 13 seconds.  It's even got the attention of the makers of popular American television drama Grey's Anatomy. The Xmplar-dr X-ray system, the company's latest product, featured in the 18th episode of season nine of the TV drama series for its functions in medical trauma and forensic pathology.  Read full story.

South Africa's Triggerfish Animation Developing "Sea Monster" Film

10 June 2013

LONDON -- South African animation house Triggerfish Animation Studios is developing a new project under the working title Sea Monster.

The movie will be written by Raffaella Delle Donne, who already worked on the company's first two releases -- Adventures in Zambezia and Khumba. It will be produced by the Triggerfish producers who produced those two films, led by Triggerfish CEO and producer Stuart Forrest.  Read full story.

South Africa's national oil company to explore with Sasol

10 June 2013

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa's national oil company, PetroSA, has signed an agreement with petrochemicals group Sasol to explore for oil and gas in the country's offshore Orange Basin.  Read full story.


SAA among six airlines to pass environmental assessment

10 June 2013

Pretoria - South African Airways (SAA) has become one of the first six airlines in the world to achieve IATA (International Air Transport Association) Environmental Assessment Stage 1 status.

"We are very proud of being one of six global airlines to achieve IEnVA Stage 1 status. As part of SAA's Group Environment Strategy and in SAA's continuous effort to become one of the world's greenest airlines, our customers can fly SAA assured that we are taking great steps to establish ourselves as a market leader when it comes to environmentally friendly operations, efficient aircraft, green buildings and environmentally conscious employees," SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali said. Read full story.

Hilton launches South African youth training plan

10 June 2013

Hilton Worldwide has launched a training programme to help create sustainable careers in the industry for young South Africans, as part of its global Youth in Hospitality initiative.

It was launched in partnership with South Africa's Department of Tourism, the Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa and the International Youth Foundation.

Education is one of the key elements of the initiative, and Hilton Worldwide has partnered with various schools in the southern African region, where students will learn about university-level development and training programmes open to them as part of Hilton's global network organization. Read full story.

Global Design Award for South African project

10 June 2013

An early childhood development centre and teacher training facility in Johannesburg, designed and built by US student volunteers in partnership with South African engineers and contractors, has been named "best small project" in Engineering News-Record's (ENR's) inaugural Global Best Projects competition.

The winners, selected by an independent jury of industry leaders in design and construction, were announced during ENR's Global Construction Summit in New York on 7 June 2013.

South Africa, Ethiopia race hots up

8 June 2013

Ethiopia won 2-1 in Botswana Saturday to stay two points ahead of fancied South Africa in a thrilling Group A race for FIFA World Cup™ survival. A couple of first-half goals for leading scorers Getaneh Kebede and Saladin Ahmed put bottom seeds Ethiopia in control before Tebogo Sembowa pulled one back in Lobatse. Read full story.

Fordham, University of Pretoria, Deepen Exchange

3 June 2013

University of Pretoria and Fordham University graduate students with Prof. Booi Themeli, Consul General George Monyemangene and Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool.

Fordham and the University of Pretoria formalized their relationship with a memorandum of understanding that allows for the exchange of students and faculty, joint research, and the exchange of scientific and educational literature, the universities have announced.

Stephen Freedman, Ph.D., provost and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Fordham, and Cheryl de La Rey, vice chancellor and principal of the University of Pretoria, signed the agreement between the two universities on March 12 at a ceremony at the University of Pretoria.  Read more.

President Obama to visit South Africa

United States President Barack Obama will visit South Africa as part of his Africa tour.

The visit, which will also take him to Senegal and Tanzania, is scheduled from 26 June 2013 to 3 July 2013.  Read full article.

Microsoft partners with South Africa's Jobs Fund

7 June 2013

Microsoft South Africa has partnered with the government's Jobs Fund to train more than 3,000 unemployed graduates to enable them to get permanent jobs in the country's technology sector over the next three years.

The students will sign 12-month internship contracts under the Jobs Fund banner, with a target of having at least 75% of them employed in full-time jobs by the end of their training.  Read full article.

Recording Artists Kenny Lattimore and MC Lyte Team Up with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund to Launch a Youth Empowerment Initiative in South Africa

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - June 06, 2013) - The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), in collaboration with Valiant Innovative Creations, will launch its newest program, iLEAD - South Africa, June 10-16, 2013 in Johannesburg. International singer, Kenny Lattimore and Hip Hop Artist and Youth Activist, MC Lyte are amongst an impressive list of American and South Africa corporate and community leaders and celebrity talent who will participate in this week-long program.  Read full article.

Blackberry opens third Apps Lab in South Africa

6 June 2013

BlackBerry has opened a new training and business centre for BlackBerry app developers in South Africa.

The Johannesburg hub, launched on 5 June 2013, will be the third of its Apps Labs based in the country, following the creation of others in Cape Town and Pretoria last year.

Members of the new Apps Lab will be able to use the shared workspace, which will be equipped with BlackBerry kit, get help and training, and attend events aimed at BlackBerry World developers.

The Johannesburg Apps Lab will be based at JoziHub, a shared workspace and tech hub in the city centre. BlackBerry's managing director for South Africa and Southern Africa, Alexandra Zagury, said JoziHub was chosen both for its existing community of startups and developers as well as its proximity to the University of Johannesburg and the University of the Wittswaterrand.  Read full article.

South Africa Leads Continent's Cartoon Boom

by Christopher Vourlias
5 June 2013

When the South African delegation arrives at the Annecy toon fest, members will be looking to cement their growing reputation for world-class animation.

“For South Africa, it’s a great year,” says Veronique Encrenaz, head of projects at Annecy’s film market, noting that the country has a feature in competition for the first time, a special territory focus, and a case study for the animated feature “Khumba” as part of the fest’s conference program.

The country’s emergence reflects a broader trend across the continent, as animators from Morocco to Madagascar are showing increasing sophistication in a range of animation, from traditional cel animation to CG, stop-motion and 3D.

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Johannesburg - Africa's most visited city for 2013

5 June 2013

Johannesburg will be Africa’s most visited city this year with an expected 2.5 million visitors this year and a growth rate of 5.5%. This is according to MasterCard’s third annual Global Destination Cities Index.

The MasterCard Index of Global Destination Cities ranks cities in terms of the number of their total international visitor arrivals and the cross-border spending by these same visitors in the destination cities, and gives visitor and passenger growth forecasts for 2013. This Index and the accompanying reports are not based on MasterCard volumes or transactional data.  Read full article.

Grant Thornton announces expansion in South Africa, Indonesia and Senegal

4 June 2013

Grant Thornton has doubled the size of its Johannesburg office through a merger with PKF, significantly expanded its presence in Indonesia through a strategic alliance with PT GNV Consulting Services and increased the size of Senegal operations through a merger with Excellence Consulting Group. This follows earlier 2013 mergers in Italy and South Africa.  Read full story.

Claude Moshiywa wins Comrades

3 June 2013

Claude Moshiywa became the first South African winner of the Comrades Marathon's "up run" in 21 years when he claimed victory in the 88th running of the world famous ultra-marathon in Pietermaritzburg on 2 June 2013.

The last South African winner of the Durban to Pietermaritzburg version of the Comrades had been Jetman Msuthu in 1992.

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South African ambassador urges closer business ties
with Charlotte

By Caitlin McCabe
Thursday, 30 May 2013

South African Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool addressed a room of local businesspeople on 30 May 2013, asking them to do just one thing: a simple craft project.

“Find an old map you have to waste, cut out the USA and put it on top of Africa,” the ambassador of South Africa to the U.S. said.

“What you will find is that all of the USA only fits into the Sahara Desert,” he said. “That’s how big Africa is. That’s how big its opportunity is.”

Rasool spoke at a luncheon hosted by the World Affairs Council of Charlotte, imploring local leaders to consider the economic opportunities in South Africa.  Read full story.

Google invests R103m in South African solar project

2 June 2013

Search engine giant Google has invested R103-million in the Jasper power project, a 96 megawatt solar photovoltaic plant near Upington in South Africa's Northern Cape province, the organization announced on Thursday.

The project will be developed and funded by US solar energy project development firm SolarReserve, wind and solar farm developer Intikon Energy and empowerment investment company the Kensani Group.  Read full story.

Danny Glover, President Zuma catch up

30 May 2013

American actor and activist Danny Glover paid a visit to South African President Jacob Zuma in Cape Town.  Glover is in the country as part of a delegation of the United Automobile Workers Union of America, led by its president, Bob King.  Read full story.

South African scientist elected to US academy

30 May 2013

South African botanist William Bond from the University of Cape Town has been elected as a foreign associate of the independent United States National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in recognition of his achievements in original research.

Bond, from UCT's Department of Biological Sciences, joins conservation biologist Richard Cowling from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth as the only two current South African foreign associates of the NAS, UCT announced last week.  Read full story.

Stand-up man Trevor Noah mines South Africa for its comic gold

from The New York Post
By Frank Scheck
May 30, 2013

Not surprisingly, much of Noah’s act concerns race. Born 29 years ago during the apartheid era when mixed-race unions were prohibited — which provided the title of his show — what started out as a painful search for identity proved a source of much of his humor.  Read full story.

SMA Solar Plans to Make Inverters in South Africa to Tap Market

29 May 2013

SMA Solar Technology AG (S92), Germany’s biggest solar-energy company by market value, plans to make products in South Africa as it targets growth there.

SMA, the biggest maker of inverters that convert power from solar panels for use on the grid, seeks to set up a factory in South Africa to meet local-content requirements and tap into the country’s growing energy market, the Niestetal-based company said in a statement.  Read full story.

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The City of Johannesburg Conference
“Creating Competitive Advantage for the City and its Business Community”
1 – 3 July 2013
Sandton Convention Centre
Johannesburg, South Africa

The City of Johannesburg’s Department of Economic Development is hosting its first premier Trade and Investment Conference and Exhibition. This is the platform for Johannesburg to present its vision of development and to pitch investment projects in the Infrastructure, Resource, Services and Manufacturing sectors. With a R30 billion budget for infrastructure development over the next three years, The City of Johannesburg will be leading in Africa, linking transport development and creating sustainable and integrated communities.

The conference will provide an excellent platform for business-to-business networking, with high-level delegates from both international and local business expected to attend. In addition, key business influencers will be speaking throughout multiple sessions over the course of the event on the following strategic themes:

  • Enhancing the Competitiveness of the City
  • Drivers of Growth & Innovation
  • Prioritizing Infrastructure, Resources, Services and Manufacturing Investment Opportunities
  • The Role of Johannesburg in Regional Integration in Africa

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21 May 2013

President Zuma sends condolences to the USA following devastating tornado

The President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Mr. Jacob Zuma, has, on behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, expressed condolences to the government and the people of the United States of America (USA) following a devastating tornado that has ripped through parts of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Said President Zuma: "We mourn with the Government and the people of the USA, particularly the affected families in Oklahoma City, as they come to terms with the effects of the devastating tornado that has ripped through parts of the city, leaving behind a trail of destruction and death."

President Zuma added: "The Government and the people of South Africa sympathize with and share the grief of those that have lost their loved ones as a result of this tragedy."

South Africa and the United States enjoy cordial diplomatic relations, characterized by frequent high-level visits and exchanges. In June 2013, President Jacob Zuma will host his USA counterpart, His Excellency President Barack Obama, who is expected to lead a high-level diplomatic and trade delegation to South Africa.

Enquiries: Mr Clayson Monyela, +27 82 884 5974


MTN makes global brands top 100

22 May 2013

South African mobile telecommunications operator MTN was the only African brand to be ranked in the Millward Brown BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands 2013 survey released on 21 May 2013.

MTN rose nine places to 79th in the eighth edition of the international research agency's annual survey, with its overall brand value increasing by 23% to US$11.40-billion. MTN made its debut on the list in 2012 in 88th spot.  Read full story.

Team South Africa wins World Surfing Games

14 May 2013

The South African surfing team celebrated a superb double at the 2013 Reef ISA World Surfing Games in Panama on the weekend when they were crowned the ISA World Team Champions and captain Shaun Joubert clinched the ISA men's world champion title.  Read full story.

South African film industry adds R3.5bn to GDP

14 May 2013

The South African film industry contributes R3.5-billion annually to the country's gross domestic product (GDP), while providing employment for more than 25,000 people, according to a new impact study on the industry.  Read full story.

South Africa scoops top accolade, voted number one dream destination in the world by WAYN members

14 May 2013

South Africa has taken the coveted top spot with more than 15,300 votes and joining them on the podium is Brazil, followed closely by Dubai.  In total an incredible 78,000 votes were counted for all seven of the destinations, which also included Fiji, India, Turkey and Indonesia.  Read full article

South Africa a "promising investment destination"

10 May 2013

South Africa is a promising investment destination, business executives from companies from around the world said on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town.

"The [African] continent and particularly South Africa is a very promising, interesting destination for investments," said Pedro Pereira da Silva, chief operating officer and country manager Poland and Portugal for Jeronimo Martins Dystrybucja.

Pereira da Silva is one of over 600 business leaders attending the two-day forum, which ends on 10 May 2013.

He said with Europe's continuing gloomy outlook, the Portuguese food distribution and manufacturing group was looking at growing markets like Africa and South America to expand. Read full article.

South African heritage on show at Tourism Indaba

9 May 2013

South Africa's heritage and cultural stories will take the spotlight with the debut of the South Africa Heritage and Culture Pavilion at the 2013 Tourism Indaba, taking place in Durban from 11 - 14 May 2013.

The pavilion is a collaboration between South African Tourism, the Department of Tourism, and natural, historical and cultural attraction guide the Moja Heritage Collection, to make the country's tourism experiences more accessible to global travellers.  Read full article.

South Africa signs agreements with bidders in REIPPP

9 May 2013

Pretoria - South Africa on 9 May 2013 signed agreements with preferred bidders in Window 2 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Programme (REIPPP) that will contribute to the country’s energy mix and job creation. Read full article.

South African Tourism Ubuntu Award-Winner Africa Adventure Consultants Recommend Top Ways to See South Africa

7 May 2013

Honored by South African Tourism with its Ubuntu Award for Creative Destination Marketing, safari company Africa Adventure Consultants (AAC) suggests five ways to visit South Africa. AAC won the “outstanding trade partner” award by promoting South Africa family safaris.  Read full article.

Visit by Mr. ES Reddy

7 May 2013

Left to right: Ambassador Jeremiah Mamabolo, Mr. ES Reddy, Consul General George Monyemangene. 

Mr. Enuga S. Reddy is a former UN Assistant Secretary-General in charge of the Center against Apartheid, which he directed from 1976 to 1984. He was also the first Principal Secretary of the Special Committee against Apartheid. Mr. Reddy has written extensively on the struggle for liberation in South Africa and on international solidarity with the struggle.

Meeting with Mystic Aquarium Officials

1 May 2013

Left to right: Sea Research Foundation Vice President Kelly Matis, Sea Research Foundation Executive Vice President Dr. Tracy Romano, Consul General George Monyemangene, Mystic Aquarium Veterinarian Dr. Allison Tuttle and Consul Bernard Legodi.

Left to right: Consul Bernard Legodi, Sea Research Foundation President & CEO Dr. Stephen Coan, Sea Research Foundation Trustee Susette Tibus, Sea Research Foundation Executive Vice President Peter Glankoff, Consul General George Monyemangene, Mystic Aquarium Supervisor of Penguins Laurie Macha, Mystic Aquarium Penguin Trainer Tracy Camp, Mystic Aquarium Penguin Trainer Josh Davis.

Freedom Day 2013

26 April 2013

Left to right: Fr. Michael Lapsley, Consul General George Monyemangene, Justice Albie Sachs and South African Ambassador to the United Nations, H.E. Mr. Jeremiah Mamabolo.

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Born in the RSA - and big in the USA

They make up but a handful of the immigrant population to the US, but an impressive number of South Africans have risen to the top of their fields. 

Most say the same thing. They came to the United States either to avoid army conscription or apartheid itself in the late 1980s. They planned to stay for just a few years, but they stayed on.

A quarter century later, this small generation of South African immigrants has risen to break through, en masse, into such key leadership roles that they're changing the US. Read full article.