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NB:  Notice of Office Closure

Please note that in observance of Thanksgiving, the South African Consulate General will be closed from Thursday, 27 November 2014 and will resume normal operations on Monday, 1 December 2014. Please plan your visit accordingly.

South Africa opens its biggest solar plant

24 November 2014

The new 96 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic solar power project in South Africa's Northern Cape province is now online and will help the country meet its critical electricity needs.

The Jasper plant, near Kimberly, is the largest on the continent and can produce 180,000 megawatt-hours of energy a year for South African residents, enough to power up 80,000 homes.

The project was completed two months ahead of schedule and is fully operational, SolarReserve, the developer, announced on 11 November.  Read full article.

African Diaspora Film Festival (ADIFF)
Film Showing: New York Premiere: Between Friends

By Zuzo Nodada
Tuesday, 2 December 2014, 6:00 pm
Riverside Theatre
91 Claremont Avenue (at 120th Street)
New York, NY 10027

Launch of the SOUTH AFRICA: 20 YEARS OF DEMOCRACY program presented in collaboration with the South African Department of Arts and Culture, the National Film and Video Foundation of South Africa and the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission. Key note speaker Dr. Molefi Kete Asante.

VIP Reception at 6:00 pm. Keynote speaker and screening at 7:30 pm. Q&A with director Zuko Nodada after the screening.

Other short films at the African Diaspora Film Festival's South Africa: 20 Years of Democracy program

South African Delegation to the 2014 International Emmys

21 November 2014

Orientation on South Africa

18 November 2014

Where are the world's best hotels?

By CNN Staff
12 November 2014

Global hotel booking site has just released the results of its Travel Smarts study, which looks at destinations with the highest-rated hotels in the world based on nearly 7 million customer reviews.

Overall, the site says Cape Town, South Africa, is number one, scoring an average of 8.43 out of a possible 10.  Read full article.

Exhibit: Kgalalelo Gaitate:
"Timeless Identity: The Cultural Affinity"

Friday, 14 November 2014
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Kalahari Gallery
1103 Fulton St, New York, NY 11238
Tel: (718) 908-8775

A native of Johannesburg, Gaitate’s passions are embedded within the fashions of the world. From the tender age of 3, Gaitate was rooted with a creative nature encouraged by her parents and crèche teachers. Self-taught, she drew inspiration from cartoons, coloring books, magazines and actual people. Eventually she began honing her skill at the National School of the Arts High School in South Africa. Possessing an incredible eye for detail, Gaitate works through the braided mediums of pen, oil pastels, and acrylic, depicting South African natives in traditional attire. Seemingly decorative, once taken out of their original context and presented to an audience in the western hemisphere, her works offer a palate of potential for cross cultural dialogues and new meanings to take place.


7 Must-Have Experiences in South Africa

By Tausha Cowan
2 November 2014

South Africa is one of those places that, once visited, sticks to you long after you've left, leaving its mark in ways you had not anticipated. Whether it's the people, the culture, the scenery or some combination of all of the above, there is something about the country that compels you to want to explore more.  Read full story.

Achilles International (South Africa)

South African Project Book Investment Opportunities

The Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission (PICC) was established in 2011 to develop a plan for the future development of infrastructure in the country. The National Infrastructure Plan was developed, with 18 Strategic Integrated Projects (SIPs) identified. These SIPs cover infrastructure needs in specific geographical areas, or focus on the development of a specific type of infrastructure across the whole country.

Major public infrastructure projects to the value of USD360 billion for implementation up to 2023 are under consideration. 79% of this value is in the electricity generation and transport sectors. Projects at the conceptual, pre-feasibility and feasibility stages represent 48% of the total in value terms.

Apart from the direct investment expected to be generated by the infrastructure projects themselves, these investments will be used as a springboard for the redevelopment of South Africa’s industrial base. As such, prospects for the local production of inputs into these projects are being investigated which will provide a myriad of opportunities for private investors.  View full document (Acrobat).

Address by President Jacob Zuma on the Occasion of the Official Launch of Environment House, the Green Headquarters of the Department of Environmental Affairs, Pretoria

17 October 2014

The construction of Environment House signals a new era for the construction industry.

We welcome the fact that the building has received a 6 Green Star SA rating from the independent Green Building Council of South Africa.

It is correct that the headquarters of the Department of Environmental Affairs became the first to win this Green award. You will now lead by example.

Some of the areas that the building was awarded the 6 Green Star rating for includes efficient energy consumption and use of environmentally friendly materials.

They also include unique and precedent-setting energy consumption mechanism, environmentally friendly transportation modes, efficient and state of the art water saving devices, on-site grey-water treatment works, emissions reduction systems and solar energy innovation systems.  Read the full statement.

South Africa Launches US Business and Investment Awards

30 September 2014

To recognize companies, NGO's and individuals for their exemplary contributions to building a competitive, growing and inclusive South African economy, Brand South Africa and South Africa's diplomatic missions in the United States are launching the Siyabonga Awards at a gala dinner in New York on Tuesday, October 7. 

Siyabonga is isiZulu for "thank you". Inaugurated on the 20th anniversary of  South Africa's democracy, the awards express the nation's gratitude to its partners and friends in the US, including expatriates who are part of Brand South Africa's Global South Africans initiative, for their support in achieving the country's goals.

Defining those goals, South Africa's President Jacob Zuma recently told South Africa's diplomatic corps that promoting trade and investment must be their "apex" priority over the next five years.  Read full story.

Apollo Uptown Hall:
The Harlem/South Africa Connection

Sunday, 12 October 2014 at 3:00 pm
Location: Apollo Mainstage
This event is FREE and open to the public 
Register for this event here.

Co-hosts: Dr. Felicia Mabuza-Suttle and Michael J. Feeney


  • Harry Belafonte
  • David N. Dinkins (106th Mayor, City of New York)
  • Milton Allimadi
  • Professor John Higginson
  • Ron Kunene
  • Sade Lythcott
  • Consul General George Monyemangene
  • Voza Rivers

Music & Performace by: WBAI-FM's "No Questions Asked" DJs and SAHAVO Choir

For the last event of the Apollo Theater's four day Africa Now! South Africa Festival, see social activist/actor Harry Belafonte and the 106th Mayor of New York City Mayor, David N. Dinkins, return home to the Apollo as panelists of this Africa Now edition of Uptown Hall.

Co-moderated by the Africa Channel’s Dr. Felicia Mabuza-Suttle and NYABJ President Michael J. Feeney, this discussion will focus on Harlem’s enduring social, political, and cultural relationship with South Africa, from the Harlem Renaissance, to Nelson Mandela’s historic visit here in the 1990s, to the opportunities and challenges both places face today.

The Apollo’s Uptown Hall series addresses a diverse range of cultural, social, and political issues important to the Harlem community through dialogue and debate. Other panelists include Black Star News publisher Milton Allimadi, Professor John Higginson, actor Ron Kunene, National Black Theatre CEO Sade Lythcott, South African Consul General George Monyemangene and producer Voza Rivers. There will also be a celebration of New Heritage Theatre, music from WBAI-FM’s “No Questions Asked” DJs, and a performance by the SAHAVO Choir.


South Africa’s President pledges to support Ebola-affected nations, conflict-ridden countries

President Jacob Zuma of South Africa addresses the General Assembly. UN Photo/Cia Pak

24 September 2014 – The recent outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has exposed the lack of infrastructure and limited resources in Africa, said South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma today as he pledged to continue, in every possible way, to assist the people and Governments of hardest-hit Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Read full story.

President Jacob Zuma Meets with the South African Community:
Moving South Africa Forward: The Diaspora's Role

Thursday, 25 September 2014
Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building
163 West 125th Street, 8th Floor (between 7th and Lenox Avenues)
New York, NY 10027


Limited Space: RSVPs ONLY.
To RSVP, email
Business or Traditional Attire
I.D card required at the door.
Registration from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

More information.

Carnegie Hall:
Ubuntu: Music and Arts of South Africa

October 2014

Carnegie Hall salutes South Africa with a festival called UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa. Roughly translating to mean "I am because you are," ubuntu is a philosophy from Southern Africa that emphasizes the importance of community, influencing recent moves of reconciliation and inclusion in South Africa that were fostered by the late Nelson Mandela. Dedicated to Mandela's legacy, Carnegie Hall's UBUNTU festival celebrates the many threads that make up South Africa's vibrant musical culture. Check out the Festival's Calendar of Events.

Generations (Off Broadway)

30 September - 24 October 2014
46 Walker Street, New York City 10013

Generations is an off-Broadway play about a South African township family that disappears with time, as they cook, share their life stories and food.

The play stars The Lion King's Thuli Dumakude and Sarafina's Ntombikhona Dlamini and a South African community chorus (Vuyelwa Booi, Comfort Hlophe, Sduduzo Ka-Mbili, Kevin Moeti, Sphamandla Mthembu, Reitumetse Rita Motlhanka, Sphiwe Moyo, Thakabasadi Sato, Slindile Sokutu, Vuyo Sotashe and Tanyaradzwa A.Tawengwa, along with one additional singer).

Get your tickets online.

Sounds of Freedom Panel Discussion

Wednesday, 8 October 2014
Deepak Homebase, on the Mezz of ABC Home
888 Broadway
New York City, 10003

Join Ubuntu Education Fund and Carnegie Hall for "Sounds of Freedom" -- an evening of music, reflection, and discussion.  Dr. Frank Lipman and legendary South African musician Hugh Masekela will discuss how music can serve as a tool for social activism and the role it played during the anti-apartheid movement.  The event is part of Carnegie Hall's South African Season and all proceeds will directly benefit Ubuntu's work in Port Elizabeth, South Africa and Hugh Masekela's new music education program.  For more information, please contact Erin Holstein at or call (646) 827-1190.

Africa Now: South Africa Mainstage Concert

Saturday, 11 October 2014, 8:00 p.m.
Apollo Theater Mainstage
253 West 125th Street
Harlem, New York 10027

Hosted by: Hugh Masekela
Featuring: Simphiwe Dana, The Soil and Tumi Molekane

Simphiwe Dana is a South African Xhosa singer and songwriter, whose 2004 debut album was a worldwide phenomenon. With her unique combination of jazz, Afro-soul, rap and traditional music, she has been hailed as the "new Miriam Makeba."  Award-winning South African vocal group, The Soil, is known for a heavenly a-capella sound described as Kasi soul. Tumi Molekane is a socially conscious hip-hop artist and poet.   This concert is presented by the Apollo Theater and World Music Institute as a featured event of their popular Africa Now! Festival, which this year commemorates the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s inauguration and Harlem’s enduring relationship with the country of South Africa.  

Location: Apollo Mainstage

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Photo Exhibit: Ernest Cole: Photographer

3 September 2014 - 6 December 2014
Grey Art Gallery, New York University
100 Washington Square East,
New York NY 10003

Gallery Hours:
Tuesdays/Thursdays/Fridays: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
OPEN LATE Wednesdays: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturdays: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Closed Sundays and Mondays.

SUGGESTED ADMISSION: $3.00, Free to NYU students, faculty, and staff

DIRECTIONS: The Grey Art Gallery is located within the NYU Silver Center at 100 Washington Square East. Situated at the meeting point of SoHo and the East and West Villages, the Grey Art Gallery is easily reached by public transportation. SUBWAY: A, B, C, D, E, F, or M to West 4th Street; N or R local to 8th Street; 6 local to Astor Place; 1 local to Christopher Street. BUS: M1, M2, M3, M5, and M6 to 8th Street.

ACCESSIBILITY: The Gallery is accessible to people with disabilities. For best access, please call (212) 998-6780 before visiting.

Ernest Cole Photographer was organized by the Hasselblad Foundation, Gothenburg, Sweden. The presentation at the Grey Art Gallery is made possible in part by the generous support of the New York State Council on the Arts; the Grey’s Director’s Circle, Inter/National Council, and Friends; and the Abby Weed Grey Trust. 

Lodox Full Body Scanner

Lodox Systems, a South African X-ray system manufacturer 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. The scanner is presently in use in South African state hospitals, one private clinic in South Africa, two Forensic Pathology centers in Cape Town, and eight other countries, including America, Taiwan, Venezuela, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. The digital scanner was also featured in one of the episodes of the Amercian TV hospital drama series, “Grey’s Anatomy”. 


South African Summer Citrus Expands U.S. Destinations

Port of Houston Begins Receiving Shipments

Containers carrying South African Summer Citrus arrive in the Port of Houston. The pilot program of navel oranges in 2014 expands the entrance points of South African Summer Citrus to the US and enables faster and more efficient fulfillment to retailers in the mid- and far west regions of the US.

Houston, Texas – September 3, 2014 – South African Summer Citrus has expanded its arrival destinations with a pilot program to include the Port of Houston. A shipment of seven containers has been successfully received there and will be followed by another four containers scheduled to arrive on or around September 9th. Both shipments contain navel oranges. Read full story.

September is a significant month for the country as we celebrate Public Service Month.  Led by the Department of Public Service and Administration (PSM), this period affords South Africans an opportunity to reflect on public service and its ability to deliver quality services that meet the expectations of the public in line with government's Batho Pele programme.

Batho Pele is a Sesotho phrase meaning "People First", a phrase that the public service has embodied as part of an initiative to make public servants service oriented, to strive for excellence in service delivery and to commit to continuous service delivery improvement. It is a simple and transparent mechanism, which allows citizens to hold public servants accountable for the level of services they deliver.  Read more.

September is Tourism Month

Theme: Tourism, Transforming Lives

Tourism Month is an annual celebration held in September to focus on the importance of tourism to the economy of South Africa.  The Department of Tourism leads the celebrations with a number of events.

World Tourism Day (WTD) 2014 is globally being held under the theme Tourism and Community Development - focusing on the ability of tourism to empower people and provide them with skills to achieve change in their local communities.

South African Tourism (SAT) has modified the global theme to make it more applicable to the South African market. Read more.

Travel Advisory to Prevent the Importation of Ebola into South Africa from the South African Department of Health

28 August 2014

The purpose of the Advisory from the South African Department of Health is to notify travelers about Ebola disease outbreak and inform them about preventative measures they can take and the South African Government is doing.

Cape Town Fashion Council

22 August 2014

Cape Town Fashion Council's Operations/Project Manager Ms. Kerry-Lee Bell, and CEO, Mr. Bryan Ramkilawan, met with officials at the South African Consulate General on Friday, 22 August 2014.

Left to right: Consul Bernard Legodi, Ms. Kerry-Lee Bell, Mr. Bryan Ramkilawan and Consul Gugulethu Gingqi.

Want to expand your business beyond Jacksonville? South Africa wants to help

By Jensen Werley
20 August 2014

South Africa is "ready, willing and able to do business with you."

That was the message spread during a trade and investment seminar on Wednesday, when prominent government and business leaders from Jacksonville and sister city Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality discussed strengthening a trade relationship. 

Read full story.

South African Government to repatriate journalist Nat Nakasa's remains, after 50 years

Saturday, 16 August 2014, 10:00 a.m. 
Broadway Presbyterian Church 
601 West 114th Street
New York City

The Minister of Arts and Culture of the Republic of South Africa, Mr. Nathi Mthethwa will lead a delegation of government officials and family members to New York for the disinterment of mortal remains of journalist and writer, Nathaniel Nakasa. 

In commemoration of the life of Mr. Nakasa, a memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, 16 August 2014, at the Broadway Presbyterian Church, 601 West 114th Street, in New York City. The event is open to the public and will be held to celebrate the life of Mr. Nakasa, as well as, to express appreciation to the American community for taking care of Mr. Nakasa for the past fifty years and to consolidate cultural relations between South Africa and the United States. 

The programme will feature a line-up of speakers including South African government officials, Nakasa’s family members as well as his former colleagues.

Long Service Certificate

In recognition of his continuous, consistently satisfactory and devoted service in the Public Service of the Republic of South Africa spanning twenty years, Consul General George Monyemangene awarded  a long service certificate signed by Department of International Relations and Cooperation Minister, Ms. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, to Mr. Jose Caballero on 18 August 2014.

South Africa welcomes Obama's backing for Agoa

6 August 2014

South Africa has welcomed the commitment by U.S. President Barack Obama to support the continuation and enhancement of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa).

Obama made the remarks at the US-Africa Business Forum in Washington on Tuesday. His backing of a new Agoa term came as a pleasant surprise to many, who have been waiting to hear Obama's position on the issue. U.S. law makers are expected to vote on the renewal of Agoa when the current commitment term expires next year. Read full story.

Boeing, South African Airways to make jet fuel from tobacco

6 August 2014

U.S. planemaker Boeing has teamed up with South African Airways to develop jet fuel from a tobacco plant as part of efforts to cut carbon emissions and promote green energy in Africa's most advanced economy.

The jet fuel will be made from a hybrid tobacco plant known as Solaris, which will be produced by alternative jet fuel maker SkyNRG, both companies said in a joint statement on Wednesday. Full story.


President Jacob Zuma speaks at the National Press Club

4 August 2014


Full text of President Jacob Zuma's statement.

Vanderbilt: The Holy Grail of cuisine

By Nadia Neophytou
1 August 2014

Grand Central Station is one of the top sights in New York City. Come 2016, the century-old building will have another attraction within its walls. It’s taken almost two years to get off the ground, with the help of some dedicated food-loving South Africans.

Hugo Uys, a jack of the culinary trade who moved to the United States 18 years ago, is a consultant to the group of South African investors who won the bid to create this new food experience. He’s thrilled it’s all finally coming together. Read full story.

South Africa commemorates Women's Month in August as a tribute to more than 20,000 women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 in protest against the extension of Pass Laws to women.  The Government of South Africa declared August women's month and 9 August is celebrated annually as Women's Day.

2014 is also:

  • 60 years after the adoption of the Women's Charter of 1954
  • 20 years after the adoption of the Women's Charter for Effective Equality of 1994
  • 20 years after the advent of democracy and freedom in South Africa
  • 19 years after the country signed the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)

Read more.

on Thursday, 7 August 2014, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
at Kaia Wine Bar, 1614 Third Avenue (between 90th and 91st Streets)
New York, NY 10128

  • Featuring tastings from Stellkaya Wines and CM Wines by Ntsiki Biyela and Catherine Marshall representing premiere women-owned vineyards in South Africa.
  • With gift baskets and raffle prizes from women-owned businesses.
  • A special performance by Soweto-born actress, singer and TV presenter Vuyelwa Booi

Hosts:  Louise Monyemangene (Honorary Chair), Sandra Appiah, Thuli Dumakude, Sarah Leshner, Lwando Ncetshana, Makho Ndlovu, Nasia Seria, Fara Simoyi

The evening will benefit the work of Shared Interest, helping to make a reality of economic rights for over two million South Africans, primarily women.

Tickets at $40.00.  Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Wines of South Africa (WOSA) Brings 2014 Tour
“From BBQ to Braai” with Chef Hugo Uys
to New York City

Thursday, 4 September 2014
7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Studio 450
450 West 31st Street
New York NY 10001

WOSA partners with Edible Schoolyard NYC, sets stage for culinary exchange

From BBQ to Braai was created to promote a better understanding of South African wine through the braai, a casual outdoor gathering where fiends and family converge to cook meats and seafood over a charcoal fire. 2013 stops included Austin, Los Angeles and Brooklyn.  So far, the 2014 tour has made stops in New Orleans, Scottsdale, Key West, Asheville and Minneapolis.

WOSA has partnered with Edible Schoolyard NYC, which will be the beneficiary of a portion of all ticket sales of the New York City braai. Tickets include unlimited food and wine and are available for $35. All wines will be available for pre-order from Tribeca Wine Merchants.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please go to Eventbrite.  

Star Tribune

South African wines set themselves apart

By Bill Ward
23 July 2014

Over the past two decades, South Africa has aimed to shake off the stigma of apartheid and the isolation that came with it. During the same time, its wine industry also has joined the modern world, and the results are there to taste. Read full story.

Nelson Mandela International Day of Service:  
A Day of Peace, Health and Wellness

Friday, 18 July 2014, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Boys and Girls High School
1700 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11233

South African Citrus Adds Color & Hope to Nelson Mandela International Day

Harlem Mandela Day

Join Senator Bill Perkins and Imbizo H.C. 

Friday, 18 July 2014, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 
Adam Clayton Powell Building 
163 West 125th Street
New York, NY 10027

Featuring Congressman Charles Rangel,
South African Struggle Veteran, Dr. Boji Jordan and Moli Ntuli

Performances by SAHAVO, Brown House with Vuyo Sotashe, Tuelo Minah, Tanyaradzwa, Sduduzo Ka-Mbili and more.

Footsteps of Mandela Musical Tribute

Friday, 18 July 2014, 7:00 pm
Riverside Church
490 Riverside Drive at West 121st Street
New York City


to benefit the Nelson Mandela Foundation 
and the "Nothing But Nets" Program
of Simon Estes Foundation/United Nations Foundation

Footsteps of Mandela will be shot live in high-definition audio/video and streamed around the world.  The concert includes narration, video/photo montages, and original, soul-stirring music from:

  • Stan Satlins acclaimed Auratorio Americana, a large-scale production with 100 voices
  • Joel A. Martins Requiem for Peace, a full choral orchestration based on Dr. Maya Angelou's poem "Caged Bird"
  • Welcome Msomi's Drums of the World, a powerful heartbeat of drums sounding out for world peace

Special Guest Performing Artists:

  • Legendary opera singer Simon Estes and
  • Tony Award-winning Broadway actress Liz Callaway
  • South African women's a capella group Thokoza

For more information and to buy tickets please visit

Native Tongue

18 - 20 July 2014, 8:00 p.m.
Brooklyn Actors Fund Theater
160 Schermerhorn St. Brooklyn NY 11201
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Liberation Dance Theater and Nyane Khosi Dance Theatre present Native Tongue, a collaborative performance project tracing physical and oral histories from the urban landscape to natural habitats and returning to the source. A physical essay in evolution, intersecting communal ritural, applied science and indigenous traditions. Native Tongue explores how the body politic is affected by its environment and thus, its relationship to natural divine order.

Tickets: $20 General, $15 Student Discount
Group Discount Tickets Available
Buy tickets online

Out of Country Voter Registration Continues for 2019 Elections

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) encourages as many eligible applicants as possible to register for the 2019 elections.

The out-of-country voter registration process continues at the South African Consulate General (and other South African Missions abroad), for those applicants who have not previously registered to vote.

Venue:  333 East 38th Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10016
Date/Time:   Normal working hours (not weekends or official public holidays observed by the South African Consulate General.

To be eligible to register abroad, a person must:

  1. be a South African citizen
  2. be 16 years of age or older (applicants can register from the age of 16 but only vote from age 18)
  3. possess a valid green bard-coded identity document, a valid temporary identity certificate (valid for 2 months) or Smart Card
  4. possess a valid South African passport and
  5. submit in person the application form, the identity document and valid passport to the nearest South African Embassy or Consulate General.

Please note that only a green bard-coded ID, valid Temporary Identification Certificate or a Smart Card AND valid passport are accepted for registration purposes. No other document will be accepted.

Surf's up for world's best in J-Bay, South Africa

By Brad Morgan
10 July 2014

The world's best surfers are in South Africa to contest the J-Bay Open, the sixth of 11 stops on the World Championship Tour. The event, which has a waiting period through to 21 July, was confirmed open on Thursday morning, with five- to seven-foot waves breaking at SuperTubes. Read full story.


South Africa launches one of Africa's biggest wind farms

14 July 2014

The R3-billion Jeffrey's Bay wind farm, located between the towns of Jeffreys Bay and Humansdorp in South Africa's Eastern Cape province, was officially inaugurated last week.

Built by a consortium led by British company Globeleq, the 138 megawatt (MW) wind farm is one of Africa's biggest - larger than the 120 MW Ashegoda windfarm that was unveiled by Ethiopia in October 2013, though not as big as the Tarfaya wind farm in south-western Morocco, which started producing energy in April and will eventually generate up to 300 MW of electricity. Read full story.

South Africa Washington International Program

10 July 2014

9 July 2014


South Africa enters solar power world top 10

8 July 2014

South Africa has now connected more than half a gigawatt of utility-scale solar power, moving into the world top 10 of countries harnessing renewable energy from the sun, according to figures released last month by  Read full story.

Working Visit of Cape Town Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille

7 July 2014

Immigration Directive No. 11 of 2014:
Children traveling withouth unabridged birth certificate

1 July 2014

The Department of Home Affairs has provided a grace period to allow children to travel without unabridged birth certificates until 30 September 2014.  The requirement of the unabridged birth certificate will come into effect from 1 October 2014.  The above is an interim measure to allow prospective travelers sufficient time to obtain the necessary unabridged certificate.

Sotho/Sesotho Voice Over Talent Needed

27 June 2014

Interpreters Associates Inc. is looking for a native speaker of Sotho or Sesotho who lives in the Boston area who would be willing to work with them doing voice-overs in this language.  For more information and to apply, please call Interpreters Associates Inc. at (617) 886-5110 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 pm.


South Africa first in Africa for investment

25 June 2014

South Africa was Africa's best foreign direct investment (FDI) performer in 2013, topping the charts for both inflows and outflows of FDI and leading the trend towards increasing intra-African investment, according to the UN Conference on Trade and Development's (Unctad's) latest World Investment Report.

The report, released on Tuesday, showed that FDI inflows to South Africa jumped from US$4.5-billion in 2012 to a record-high $8.1-billion in 2013, with investments in infrastructure being the main attraction.  Read full story.

Lira at SOBS

Wednesday, 25 June 2014
Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Showtime 9:00 p.m.

Platinum-selling South African singer/model/actress Lira has already conquered South Africa and much of Europe with her irresistible blend of R & B, Jazz and African styles. Like Sade before her, she is now set to conquer America with the release of her debut U.S. single “Feel Good” and her debut U.S. album release Rise Again on Shanachie Entertainment. “Feel Good” is a slinky, jazzy re-mix of one of her major South African hits, a perfect showcase for Lira’s soulful, melodious singing style. That unique style led Essence  Magazine to name her as one of “Five Unique Artists To Change Music in 2012.”  With her debut U.S. tour slated to begin in May 2014, Lira is clearly poised for a major Stateside breakthrough.

General Admission: $25.00. For more about Lira and to purchase tickets, please click here.

Foo Fighters to play in South Africa for the first time

24 June 2014

The Foo Fighters have thrilled their South African fans by announcing they will perform in the country for the first time in their 20-year career. The band will play in Cape Town on December 10, followed by Johannesburg on December 13.

Working Visit by Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality's Executive Mayor, Mr. Nkosinathi Fihla

24 June 2014

Executive Mayor Nkosinathi Fihla (left) with Consul General George Monyemangene.


Nat Nakasa to be reburied in South Africa

23 June 2014

The remains of exiled writer and journalist Nat Nakasa are to be repatriated from the United States for reburial at his home in South Africa, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa announced during the annual Nat Nakasa Awards for Bravery in Journalism in Cape Town on Friday.

"Ladies and Gentlemen, I am proud to inform you that we have now obtained permission to exhume and repatriate Nat Nakasa's mortal remains back to home soil," Mthethwa said. "The Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of Westchester, issued a court order granting us permission a few weeks ago.  Read full story.

Business Insider

This South African Couple rowed 6,600 miles from Morocco to Manhattan

22 June 2014

A South African couple arrived in New York this weekend after crossing the Atlantic Ocean by rowing nearly 6,700 miles over six months, Corey Kilgannon of The New York Times reports.

Riaan Manser and Vasti Geldenhuys, an engaged couple from Cape Town, left Morocco on December 30 in a custom 22-foot rowboat. Their subsequent journey included 133 days on the water with no support boat and 74 consecutive days with no land in sight as they rowed all day and watched movies on a laptop at night.  Read full story.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio Meets with Executive Mayor of Johannesburg, Parks Tau

20 June 2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio meets with Parks Tau, Mayor of Johannesburg, South Africa in the Blue Room at City Hall on Friday, June 20, 2014. Credit: Rob Bennett/Mayoral Photography Office

Executive Mayor Parks Tau of the City of Johannesburg signs agreement with Christie Company

19 June 2014

Executive Mayor Parks Tau (left) with Ms. Andrea Pizziconi of Christie Company.

18 June 2014

Join the New York Rugby Business Network's first invite only evening of business networking in the New York area on Wednesday, 18 June 2014.

Speaker:  Mark Griffin

Mark Griffin founded Play Rugby USA, a ground-breaking non-profit that uses rugby as an educational tool to help disadvantaged children in New York, Los Angeles and beyond, in 2005. Such has been its success that Mark has now set up a British offshoot, R4UK, by working with boys and girls in inner-city London.

On the rugby field, Mark also achieved success. He played 9 times for the USA National Rugby Team, 13 years starting for Super League powerhouse Old Blue RFC (NY) including 3 years captaining both Old Blue and the North East All Star Team to two of their most successful seasons in recent history. For more information about the event and to join the Rugby Business Network, please email Gery Juleff at or go to 

President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address

17 June 2014

Wines of South Africa

16 June 2014

The South African Consulate General hosted a farewell tea to bid farewell to Ms. Annette Badenhorst who has been Wines of South Africa -- North America's Marketing Manager for five successful years.  On the same occasion, the Consul General George Monyemangene welcomed WOSA’s new Marketing Manager, Mr. Jim Clarke who will take over Ms. Badenhorst’s responsibilities by  mid-July 2014. Wines of South Africa is the official Export Council of the wines industry in South Africa with headquarters in Stellenbosch.

For inquiries on WOSA events, please contact: Jim Clarke, Marketing Manager, Wines of South Africa, tel. (917) 951-4790, email or go to or


John Legend is coming to South Africa

13 June 2014

Big Concerts on Friday confirmed that 9-time Grammy Award winner, multi-platinum selling artist John Legend will be coming to South Africa with his highly anticipated All Of Me Tour.

Presented by KFM, Kaya FM, M-Net and True Love it will be another Big Concerts Experience.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday 18 June at 09:00. Go to for all the information. 

The following South African tour dates are:

  • Cape Town: 16th November 2014 at the Grand Arena, GrandWest
  • Cape Town: 17th November 2014 at the Grand Arena, GrandWest
  • Johannesburg: 22nd November 2014 at Coca-Cola Dome
  • Johannesburg: 23rd November 2014 at Coca-Cola Dome

'Exceptional' 122.52 carat blue diamond found in
South African mine expected to smash £20 million world record set in 2010

13 June 2014


A blue diamond weighing a staggering 122.52 carats has been unearthed in South Africa - expected to be the most valuable ever found.

Petra Diamonds Ltd. said it had recovered the 'exceptional' gem at its Cullinan mine, on the outskirts of Pretoria, just months after it sold a 29.6 carat blue diamond from the same mine for more than £14 million ($25 million).  Read full story.

Banking Sector Education and Training Authority (BANKSETA):
International Executive Development Programme (IEDP) 

13 June 2014

The International Executive Development Program (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.

Africa Center for HIV/Aids Management of Stellenbosch University

12 June 2014

The South African Consulate General welcomed the Africa Center for HIV/Aids Management of Stellenbosch University. Directors Prof. Jan Du Toit and Jimmie Earl Perry presented the Educational Theater team to New York for their first visit to the United States. These youthful, passionate actors and HIV/Aids peer educators have been invited to the American Association of Community Theater’s Worldfest in Venice Florida (AACT), the first South African initiative to be invited to this international theater festival from 16-21 June. They will represent the effective and successful work being executed in South Africa to make a difference to achieve an HIV-free generation around the world.

Changes in South African Immigration Policies

The South African Immigration Act, 2010, has been approved and the date for commencement was communicated as of May 26, 2014.  Read important information with regards to changes in South African immigration policies. 

South African Summer Citrus Arriving in U.S.;
Begins 15th Season

Newark, N.J., -- June 10, 2014 -The season's first citrus from South Africa has arrived in the U.S. marking the start of the 15th season for South African Summer Citrus in the U.S. The container vessel MSC Valvik brings 90 tons of Clementines and Navel oranges for the U.S. market hungry for citrus fruits. 
Read full press release.

South Africa, U.S. sign tax agreement

10 June 2014

An intergovernmental agreement to improve international tax compliance was signed by South Africa and the United States on Monday, 9 June 2014.

The agreement, which promotes transparency between South Africa and the U.S. on tax matters, was signed by Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene and U.S. ambassador to South Africa Patrick Gaspard.

It aims to realize the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, a U.S. federal law that aims to combat offshore tax evasion by encouraging transparency and obtaining information on accounts held by U.S. citizens in other countries.  Read full story.


WOSA: From BBQ to Braai in Rowayton

Saturday, 7 June 2014, 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Rowayton Community Center
33 Highland Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06853


The BBQ to Braai series, ending its tour in Rowayton, has collaborated with a local partner at each venue and is delighted to support Shakespeare on the Sound as it prepares for it’s production of “The Two Gentlemen of Verona”. Sample the flavors of South Africa with wine tastings by iconic South African winemakers, enjoy the divine cuisine of acclaimed Chef Hugo Uys as you listen to the sounds of South Africa. Tickets ($20.00 per person) are limited and ONLY available via advance purchase. Buy Ticket Here

Sharon Katz

6 June 2014

S. Africa Video Game Developers Going Viral

By Gillian Parker
4 June 2014

Students studying Game Design at Wits University, Johannesburg, May 27, 2014. (Gillian Parker/VOA)

At Wits University in Johannesburg, game design students tap furiously on keyboards, staring intently at computer screens perfecting their prehistoric looking characters or ridding their games of glitches. Students at Wits aspire to contribute to the growing video game industry. South Africa’s video gaming market is currently worth around $163 million - which just accounts for consoles and games on disc.  Read full article.

University of Pretoria graduate students participating in Fordham University's Emerging Markets Course

30 May 2014

University of Pretoria graduate students with Consul Bernard Legodi (far left), seated in front, left to right: Consul General George Monyemangene, Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool, Prof. Booi Themeli from Fordham University, and Consul Gugulethu Gingqi (far right).


For information on Visas and Passports, please visit the Civic and Immigration Services Website for North America.

You may reach the Consular: Civic and Immigration Services Section at the South African Consulate General in New York City at (212) 213-4880 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. You can also contact the following numbers for enquiries on:

Tel: (212) 692-2406 or email

Tel: (212) 692-2404 or email

Tel: (212) 692-2403 or email

Tel: (212) 692-2451 or email

Due to high volume of callers, your wait time might be long. We thank you for your patience.  Alternatively, you can send an email to:


The emergency number —  (917) 200-8396 is for South Africans in distress during natural disasters such as tornadoes, tsunamis, etc.  You may call this number only if you are in an emergency situation during non-working hours (i.e. between 5:00 pm and 9:00 am).

President Jacob Zuma announces members of the National Executive

25 May 2014

I am pleased to join you on Africa Day, as we conclude our transition to a new administration following the fifth national general elections.

I announced on Saturday that we have entered the second phase of our transition to a national democratic society. I also said this would be a radical phase of socio-economic transformation.

It is my pleasure today to announce the members of the National Executive, who have been tasked with improving and speeding up the implementation of our progressive policies and programmes.  Read full statement.

International Boxing Federation/United States Boxing Federation

21 May 2014

International Boxing Federation United States Boxing Federation (IBF USBA) awarded Zolani Tete vs. Juan Carlos Sanchez as the Fight of the Year. The award was presented during its 31st Annual Convention held on 21 May 2014 in the ballroom of the Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Judge and Referee Boxing South Africa, Mr. Neville Hotz.


Left to right: Mr. Anibal Miramontes, IBF USBA Ratings Chairman; Mr. Lindsey Tucker, IBF USBA Championships Chairman; Boxer Juan Carlos Sanchez; Consul Bernard Legodi from the South African Consulate General, and Mr. Daryl Peoples, IBF USBA President. Read more.

Visit to Rhode Island

20 May 2014

Consul General George Monyemangene with Governor Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island at the State House at Providence, Rhode Island on May 20, 2014.

No Longer Exotic, South Africa Attracts More Productions

By Christopher Vourlias
19 May 2014

Skilled, English-speaking crews, varied locations, a favorable exchange rate, world-class studio facilities, and a competitive range of incentives and rebates have made South Africa an attractive bet for foreign shoots. Experienced production service companies like Kalahari, Film Afrika, Moonlighting, Two Ocean Productions, Spier Films, DO Productions, Out of Africa and ZenHQ have a strong track record servicing foreign productions, and are also adept at tapping into incentives offered by the Dept. of Trade and Industry.  Read full story.

One Direction Heading to South Africa

19 May 2014


Tour Dates:

  • Johannesburg: Saturday, 28 March 2015, FNB Stadium
  • Johannesburg: Sunday, 29 March 2015, FNB Stadium
  • Cape Town: Wednesday, 1 April 2015, Cape Town Stadium

Tickets go on sale on Friday, 23 May 2014. For more information, please go to

Working Visit by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

15 May 2014

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) opened on 1 January 2005, the result of the merging of the PE Technikon the University of Port Elizabeth (UPE) and the Port Elizabeth campus of Vista University (Vista PE). This union of three very different institutions came about as a result of government’s countrywide restructuring of higher education – intended to deliver a more equitable and efficient system to meet the needs of South Africa in the 21st century.

NMMU brings together the best traditions of technikon and university education, and draws on more than a century of quality higher education, in a new kind of university that offers a wide range of academic, professional and technological programmes at varying entrance and exit levels.

Professor Derrick Swartz, Vice Chancellor of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

Left to right:  Dr. Jooste, Head of International Education, Ms. Laura Best, Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University's Vice Chancellor, Professor Derrick Swartz.

Voting in New York City

Venue :
South African Consulate General
333 East 38th Street, 9th Floor
New York City 10016
The Consulate will be open for voting on Wednesday, 30 April 2014, from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm

Required Documents:

a) Green, bar-coded ID book; smartcard ID; or valid Temporary Identity Certificate; and
b) Valid South African passport or temporary passport.

Kindly spread the word.

For any enquiries relating to elections please consult the IEC on the following website:

Note:   Civic and Immigration Services Offices are closed during election.

Sharon Katz and The Peace Train

Saturday, 26 April 2014
Doors at 9:00 pm, Show at 9:30 pm
Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003

Ticket price: $18.00
Taub Box Office (212) 967-7555
General Info: (212) 539-8500

For more information and to buy tickets, please go to Joes' Pub's website.

Brotherhood of Braai:
How BBQ brings South Africans together

By Rebecca L. Weber, for CNN
17 April 2014

South Africa's braai (barbecue) culture is one of the few things that truly cuts across racial and economic lines -- just about every circle of friends here has its own "braai master."  Read full story.


South Africa honors its freedom heroes

17 April 2014

Struggle stalwarts Ruth First, Dawid Kruiper and Frances Baard, top athletes Caster Semenya, Lucas Sithole and Cameron van der Burg, as well as business executives Raymond Ackerman and Chris Ball are among the list of South Africans who will receive National Orders, the country's highest civilian honour, on Freedom Day this year.

The ceremony on 27 April will be the 20th since the dawn of democracy and the inception of the new national orders system. In line with the country's 20 year celebrations, the ceremony will have the theme, "South Africa: a better place to live in", the Presidency said on Wednesday.  Read full story.


More awards for South Africa's Felix

16 April 2014

South African feel-good movie Felix has added to its long list of accolades by winning three more awards at international film festivals in March and April.

The film won the youth jury prize for best film at the Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth in Vancouver, Canada, the best film award at the Kikife International Children's Film Festival in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany, and the adult jury prize for best picture at the Augsburg Children's Film Festival in Germany.  Read full story.


Majors mass to reassess South Africa's offshore plays

9 April 2014

Exploration off South Africa has entered a new era, with Total/CNR preparing to drill the country's first ultra-deepwater well in 1,450 m (4,757 ft) of water off the south coast. What was once a relative offshore backwater has become one of Africa's hot spots, with all available near-shore and frontier deepwater licenses taken up.

Among the influx of operators assessing previously untested plays are Shell and ExxonMobil, along with Anadarko, operator of the breakthrough gas discoveries in the Rovuma basin off neighboring Mozambique.  Read full story.

Charlotte Observer

‘Homeland’ to move filming from Charlotte
to South Africa for new season

By Théoden Janes
4 April 2014

The number of Claire Danes sightings in Charlotte will be way, way down this year.

After spending its first three seasons shooting primarily around here, Showtime’s popular TV series “Homeland” – which stars Danes as brilliant but troubled CIA agent Carrie Mathison – is moving for its upcoming season to South Africa, the cable television network announced Friday.  Read full story.


Tourism Board Recognizes Airline for its Significant and Continued Investment in Promoting South Africa to the North American Market

Fort Lauderdale, FL (April 4, 2014) – South African Airways (SAA), Africa’s most awarded airline, was once again honored as South African Tourism’s “Top Producing Airline” at the 5th Annual Ubuntu Awards in New York City on April 1st.  South African Tourism’s Ubuntu Awards recognize those travel partners that consistently invest significant resources to promoting South Africa in the North American market.  Read full press release.

Jazz Legend Hugh Masekela visits the South African Consulate General

4 April 2014


Left to right: Consul General George Monyemangene, birthday celebrant Hugh Masekela and South Africa's Deputy Permanent Representative at the United Nations, Adv. Doctor Mashabane.

To celebrate his 75th birthday on 4 April, the legendary South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, composer, and lyricist Hugh Masekela presents a retrospective extravaganza at Jazz at Lincoln Center ( 4- 5 April 2014) in New York City. 

South Africa $18 Billion Rail Plan Lifts Mining Reports

By Kamlesh Bhuckory and Paul Burkhardt
3 April 2014

The Shongololo is part of a 201 billion-rand ($18.8 billion) rail overhaul and expansion plan aimed at boosting exports of coal, manganese and other commodities from Africa’s biggest economy. The train, whose name means millipede in Zulu, carries 200 coal wagons, is as long as eight Eiffel Towers laid end-to-end and can haul 16,800 metric tons of coal at 80 kilometers (50 miles) an hour non-stop to the country’s main export port.  Read full story.

Briefing on Tourism

1 April 2014  

Ms. Sthu Zungu (left), South African Tourism's US country manager and Minister of Tourism Mr. Marthinus van Schalkwyk during a briefing held at the South African Consulate General on 1 April 2014.

South Africa launches first MeerKAT antenna

27 March 2014

South Africa officially launched the first of 64 antennas that will make up the MeerKAT radio telescope, the country's precursor to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), at the SKA South Africa site outside Carnarvon in the Northern Cape on Thursday.

The MeerKAT Karoo Array Processor Building, a cutting-edge data center for the MeerKAT that has been built in an underground bunker at the Karoo observatory site, was officially opened at the same time.  Read full story.

South Africa 2014 Corn Crop May Be Biggest in 33 Years, CEC Says

By Tshepiso Mokhema
27 March 2014

South Africa, the continent’s largest corn producer, raised its forecast for output of the grain this season 4.5 percent, and the harvest may be the largest since 1981, the Crop Estimates Committee said.  Read full story.

Delaware Online

DuPont opens South Africa tech center

26 March 2014

Ellen Kullman, DuPont chief executive officer, unveiled a newly expanded research facility in South Africa, the firm announced today.

The center, based in the South Africa town of Delmas, will serve as the central hub of the regional technology center, which is comprised of a network of of existing DuPont Pioneer and Pannar research facilities throughout Africa. Pioneer is DuPont's seed business, headquartered in Johnston, Iowa. 

The facility will also house Africa's first private insectary, which will raise and house insects that pose challenges to local crop protection. Read full story.

Wines of South Africa (WOSA) is celebrating 20 years of South African democracy, a record year of wine exports in 2013 and massive strides in quality and sustainability, with a bright and refreshing animated video.  Read more.

Listening Party - South African Jazz

20 March 2014, 7:00 pm
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Broadway and 60th Street
New York, NY 10019

Jazz at Lincoln Center is excited to celebrate South African Jazz in April 2014. Join host Seton Hawkins and special guests for a free Listening Party that explores the history of South African Jazz and plays some of the country’s classic records! No reservations necessary.

More information at 

Hugh Masekela & Larry Willis: Friends

18, 19, 20 March 2014
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
Broadway & 60th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10019

With Hugh Masekela, trumpet, and Larry Willis, piano

Hugh Masekela and Larry Willis, two giants of the jazz world, come together for this show. Masekela is a world-renowned flugelhornist, trumpeter, bandleader, composer, singer, and defiant political voice. After coming under the tutelage of Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong, Masekela went on to carve out a five-decade-long (and counting) career, releasing over 40 solo albums. His 1986 anti-apartheid anthem “Bring Him Back Home (Nelson Mandela)” became a rallying call around the world for Mandela’s release from prison.  A pianist, Willis met Masekela when they were both students at the Manhattan School of Music some 50 years ago. Since then, Willis has performed or recorded with almost every great jazz musician of the modern era, including Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Morgan, Woody Shaw, Cannonball and Nat Adderley, and Stan Getz. Don’t miss this rare chance to watch the two jazz legends (and dear friends) light up Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.

Tickets available at:

Hugh Masekela: Celebrating 75 Years

4 and 5 April 2014
Jazz at Lincoln Center, Rose Theater
Broadway & 60th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10019

To celebrate his 75th birthday on April 4th, the legendary South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, composer, and lyricist Hugh Masekela presents a retrospective extravaganza. Joined by associates from various stages of his career, he explores his fascination with American jazz and his deep roots in the Zulu folkloric strains that coalesced into the mbaqanga township dance band music of his homeland, from which he was exiled between 1960 and 1990. As is Masekela's custom, personal considerations will operate in the context of his ongoing quest to document, as he puts it, "the amazing diversity and unfathomable excellence of the African diaspora's cultural heritage."

Tickets available at

Uhadi: All Stars of Johannesburg
featuring Sibongile Khumalo

3, 4, 5, 6 April 2014
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
Broadway & 60th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10019

With Sibongile Khumalo, vocals; Feya Faku, trumpet; McCoy Mrubata, saxophones/music director; Paul Hanmer, piano; Herbie Tsoaeli, bass; and Justin Badenhorst, drums

“…a jaw-dropping classical masterclass in vocal dexterity from Khumalo.” - The Independent (London)

Uhadi, an all-star jazz band from Johannesburg, will set Dizzy’s alight with its joyful, high-energy brand of jazz, as it celebrates 20 years of democracy in South Africa and honors the life and work of the late Nelson Mandela. Joining them on stage is “South Africa’s first lady of song,” mezzo-soprano Sibongile Khumalo. A frequent collaborator with legendary trumpeter Hugh Masekela, Khumalo has established herself as a leading lady of opera, appearing at venues like Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, and the Barbican Centre. However, Khumalo’s range is far broader than opera, as demonstrated in her award winning albums, which traverse styles from African indigenous and choral music, to Western classical and jazz. Don’t miss the U.S. debut of this monumental collaboration.

Tickets available at:

South Africa awards R50bn worth of rail contracts

17 March 2014

State company Transnet awarded contracts totalling R50-billion to two Chinese and two North American companies to build 1,064 diesel and electric locomotives, as part of a seven-year, R300-billion expansion of South Africa's railways, ports and pipelines.

Together, this amounts to the biggest locomotive supply contract in South Africa's history, and the largest single infrastructure investment ever by a South African corporate.  Read full story.

Notify the Electoral Commission South Africa of your intention to vote outside South Africa (VEC 10)

Qualified voters are reminded to submit VEC 10 online applications to IEC before midnight of 12 March 2014 (South Africa time).

Election day in South Africa as well as abroad was proclaimed in the Government Gazette on 25 February 2014.  This also means that no further registrations will be entertained.

Voting abroad will take place on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.  By law it is not possible to vote abroad on any date other than 30 April 2014, and no exceptions will be made.

Applications are now open to notify the IEC of your intention to vote abroad and where (at which mission) citizens intend to vote, by completing a VEC 10 form at

Applications need to be submitted ONLINE ONLY on the IEC website at and will close at midnight (South Africa time) on 12 March 2014.  Applicants will receive either an email or sms notification from IEC South Africa to acknowledge receipt of their application.

More information.

Visit to the South African Consulate General by NJ State Senator Sondra Cunningham

7 March 2014

New Jersey State Senator Sondra Cunningham (right) presented a journal of condolence messages for the late President Nelson Mandela.

26 February 2014

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Contemporary South African Art Exhibition

20 - 25 February 2014
6ix Studio
1160 Broadway Avenue
New York NY 10001

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Can South Africa become the new blockbuster hotspot?

By Teo Kermeliotis
27 February 2014

A group of influential film executives from the United States are currently on a 10-day tour across South Africa, having been invited to explore possible set locations for movies and TV productions.

As part of their scouting expedition, leading executives from Disney, Paramount, Warner Bros and the Producers Guild will be traveling around the country until March 1, holding meetings with government representatives and industry players, as well as visiting local production houses and facilities, including a stop on the set of the new "Avengers" movie, scenes for which are currently being shot in Johannesburg.  Read full story.

2014 Budget Speech by Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan

26 February 2014

I have the honour to present the fifth and last budget of President Zuma’s first administration.

In just over two months, we will again exercise our most fundamental expression of freedom – our right to vote for a new government.

Political emancipation is just the beginning of our journey towards justice and equality. In exercising the responsibilities that flow from democratic participation, we have the opportunity to create a better future for all. As Madiba wrote on his prison calendar in 1979, “The purpose of freedom is to create it for others.”

At the outset, I want to thank all South Africans for your support, cooperation and encouragement. Ngiyabonga, ndia livhuwa, enkosi, ke a leboga....  Read full speech.

South Africa Partners 2014 Itheko

Saturday, 26 April 2014
Royal Sonesta Hotel
40 Edwin H. Land Boulevard
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142

Visit to the South African Consulate General by Middle School Students from Suffolk County

19 February 2014

The middle school students from Suffolk County were accompanied by Ms. Diane Stevens-Liotta (left).

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will present the National Budget to the South African Parliament on Wednesday, 26 February 2014.

By Adrienne Gaffney
14 February 2014

Morgan Freeman and the Soweto Gospel Choir at the concert honoring Nelson Mandela on Thursday. Sunny Norton

Despite the icy conditions, the pews of St. Paul the Apostle were full on Thursday night for a tribute concert in honor of Nelson Mandela. Recalling that Mandela's Dec. 10 funeral was also dampened by poor weather, DJ Gareth Cliff, who hosted the evening with actor Morgan Freeman, remarked, "It's almost as if, in his humility, Madiba doesn't like too much of a fuss being made."  Read full article.

By Sonny Young
14 February 2014

People have been inspired by Lucas Sithole since he turned professional almost three years ago. Today, the 27-year-old South African is a professional tennis player and a rising African star.  Read full story.

Friday, 31 January 2014
Blackman Auditorium, Ell Hall
Northeastern University
342 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts

Boston recently gathered to celebrate the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela.  The event featured tributes to Mr. Mandela by legislative, civic and private sector leaders.  Read full story.  

Among the featured speakers was Massachusetts Governor, Deval L. Patrick, who reflected on Mr. Mandela's focus on the power of love to overcome divisions, "Today we celebrate an ambassador of peace, reconciliation and brotherly love. Nelson Mandela was a remarkable and inspiring example of resilience, persistence, determination and grace, in his time and for all time."

13 February 2014

Read full transcript of State of the Nation Address by His Excellency Jacob G. Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa, on the occasion of the Joint Sitting of Parliament.

Working Visit by KZN Delegation

12 February 2014

Left to right:  Mr. Joel Martin, MEC for Economic Development and Tourism Mr. Mike Mabuyakhulu, Mr. Welcome Msomi, Mr. Nhlanhla Ngidi and Mr. Sam Satlin.

‘Avengers 2′ Begins Production in South Africa
New Details On What Is Being Filmed

by Mike Sampson
11 February 2014

‘Avengers 2‘, one of the biggest films hitting theaters over the next few years, has officially begun filming today in Johannesburg, South Africa, where it will spend the next two weeks.  Read full story.

Tlale makes solo debut at NYFW

by Nadia Neophytou

JOHANNESBURG - South African designer David Tlale has showcased his first solo runway collection at New York Fashion Week (NYFW).

Tlale presented his autumn/winter 2014 collection called ‘Elementary Metropolis’ at NYFW, one of the fashion world’s most highly anticipated events.  Read full article.

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South Africa to move ahead with shale gas exploration

By Rodger Bosch
4 February 2014

South Africa will move ahead "decisively" with the exploration of shale gas, the country's minerals minister said in Cape Town on Tuesday.

Minerals Minister Susan Shabangu said that "geology indicates" a potential for 485 trillion cubic feet of shale gas trapped in the formations of South Africa's arid Karoo region.  Read full story.

Visit to the South African Consulate General by the Nelson Mandela School Choir of Berlin, Germany

3 February 2014

SAA Vacations Introduces "Sommelier's Choice"
Wine-Themed Package for the Most Ardent Oenophiles

Wine and Culinary Vacation Focuses Exclusively on the Cape Wine Region and Provides Experiences with Celebrated Winemakers; 8-Day Package Priced Starting at Just $3,450 (restrictions apply)

Fort Lauderdale, FL (February 3, 2014) - South African Airways Vacations® (SAA Vacations) has developed a wine and culinary-themed package designed to satisfy the most ardent oenophile. Priced starting at just $3,450* (restrictions apply), the 8-day “Sommelier’s Choice” air-inclusive vacation package immerses wine lovers deep into the Cape Wine region and behind the scenes of a master winemaker’s creative process. The package was created by region experts and for those who truly love wine and wish to study its origins and development. The experience will meld the beauty of South Africa’s Western Cape and its celebrated wine region with an education in wine that only celebrated wine masters can provide.

For more information on the Sommelier’s Choice package, call South African Airways Vacations at 855-FLY-SAAV, or visit

Africa 'committed to tackling trade bottlenecks'

3 February 2014

African heads of state are committed to tackling the infrastructure bottlenecks blocking intra-Africa trade and investment, South African President Jacob Zuma told the Bloomberg "Africa: Economic Outlook and Opportunities" conference in Johannesburg.  Read full article.

The Dawn

Brangelina to move to
South Africa for new film

31 January 2014

JOHANNESBURG: Hollywood's royal couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie will move to South Africa this year while he works on a new film, local media reported on Friday, 31 January 2014. Read full story.

Carnegie Hall Plans South Africa Festival This Fall

30 January 2014

A three-week festival of the music and arts of South Africa will be among the highlights of Carnegie Hall’s 2014-15 season.  Ubuntu: Music and Arts of South Africa, will run from Oct. 10 through Nov. 5 and feature the music of Hugh Masekela, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Abdullah Ibrahim and others as well as a program featuring films by the visual artist William Kentridge with the music of Philip Miller, a South African composer. Read full story.

Media Release
For Immediate Release

South African Airways Announces Resumption of
Non-stop Flights between Johannesburg and New York

Ft. Lauderdale, FL – January 29, 2014 - South African Airways (SAA), Africa’s most awarded airline, has announced that it is resuming its popular non-stop flights between Johannesburg, South Africa, and New York – JFK International Airport.  The non-stop flight will resume on March 9th, nearly three weeks ahead of its original schedule of March 28th.

While SAA’s New York-Johannesburg flight has continued to operate on a non-stop daily basis, the return flight has been temporarily making a 1-hr refuelling stop in Dakar, Senegal, due in part to lower travel demand during the winter months. The non-stop flight will be timed to arrive in New York in the early morning, allowing customers to quickly connect on flights to points throughout North America.

The nonstop flight schedule is as follows (all times are local):

  • Flight SA203 departs Johannesburg at 8:25 pm, arrives New York JFK at 6:40 am the next day
  • Flight SA204 departs New York JFK at 11:15 am, arrives Johannesburg at 8:00 am the next day

“We’re pleased to be able to resume the northbound non-stop flight ahead of schedule,” said Marc Cavaliere, executive vice president, North America for South African Airways. “Over the years, this service has become exceptionally popular, with our customers praising the combination of its schedule, the ease of connections both throughout the African continent and in the United States, as well as the unique South African hospitality on board.”

Customers with questions about the flight schedule or connecting flights should contact South African Airways’ North America Reservations Center at (800) 722-9675. For travel professionals, the new non-stop flight schedule is available for booking via the GDS.

For more information, call 1-800-722-9675, or visit

Video:  Cape Town: World Design Capital for 2014

Cape Town's reign as World Design Capital for 2014 focuses on the problem-solving potential of design: an approach that’s more gritty than pretty. As South Africa celebrates 20 years of independence, Gillian Dobias explores the city's design-for-social-change agenda.


Bruce Springsteen Kicks Off 2014 "High Hopes" Tour in South Africa

By Andy Greene
27 January 2014

"Good evening, South Africa!" Bruce Springsteen said after taking the stage in front of 10,000 screaming South African fans at Cape Town's Bellville Velodrome. "So glad to be in your beautiful city!" With that, the E Street Band launched into a rollicking cover of the Special A.K.A.'s "Free Nelson Mandela," kicking off their 2014 High Hopes tour in a country that Springsteen has never previously played.   Read full story.


South Africa's Ladysmith Black Mambazo Win Fourth Grammy

27 January 2014

Traditional acapella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo have won the Grammy Award for Best World Album for Live: Singing for Peace around the World - sharing the award with the flamenco fusion artists the Gipsy Kings, who were nominated for a sixth time and won for the first time.  Read full story.


South Africa deny NZ in Las Vegas final

27 January 2014

A Las Vegas title remains elusive for the All Blacks Sevens after South Africa beat them 14-7 to claim the fourth leg of the sevens rugby world series.

It is South Africa's second successive win in the series after claiming their home tournament in Port Elizabeth last month. They have leap-frogged New Zealand at the top of the standings and now have 78 points, one ahead of the defending champions followed by Fiji (56) and England (53).   Read full story.

Doing Business in South Africa Seminar

23 January 2014

A business seminar on exciting business opportunities that exist in varied sectors in South Africa, such as; Automotive, BPO, Chemicals, Energy, Financial Services, Healthcare, Infrastructure, Manufacturing, Tourism and others, was jointly hosted by the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce and the South African Consulate General on Thursday, 23 January 2014.

Left to right: Mr. Simon Barber, Country Manager of Brand South Africa; Mr. Mark Jaffe, CEO of Greater New York Chamber of Commerce; Mr. Frank Savage CEO of Savage Holdings and Consul General George Monyemangene. View more photographs.

Floyd Mayweather
DANCING MACHINE ... On South Africa Trip 

20 January 2014

Floyd Mayweather got down with the locals during his trip to South Africa -- busting out an impromptu dance session to live African music ... and TMZ Sports has the footage. View video.

Due to inclement weather, the event

Celebration of the Remarkable Life of Nelson Mandela

scheduled today, Tuesday, 21 January 2014
at New York Law School
185 West Broadway (at Leonard Street)
New York, NY 10013

has been postponed until further notice.

South Africa moves to grow bio-economy

15 January 2014

The government has launched an updated bio-economy strategy that seeks to harness partnerships with industry and academia in order to accelerate the development of bio-based services, products and innovations in South Africa.

The science-based Bio-Economy Strategy, approved by the Cabinet in November and launched by Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom on Tuesday, positions bio-innovation as essential to the achievement of the country's industrial and social development goals.  Read full story.

South Africa: Record Year for South African Wine Exports

15 January 2014

The South African wine industry topped its previous export record in 2013, with volumes sold reaching 525.7-million liters, a 26% increase on the previous high achieved in 2012, Wines of South Africa (Wosa) said in a statement on Monday, 13 January 2014.

Strong year-on-year growth occurred in established and newer markets. Read full story.

52 Places to Go in 2014

#1. Cape Town, South Africa

By Sarah Khan

A place to meditate on freedom, and the creative life that followed.

When Nelson Mandela was incarcerated at Robben Island prison, he found inspiration in Cape Town. “We often looked across Table Bay at the magnificent silhouette of Table Mountain,” he said in a speech. “To us on Robben Island, Table Mountain was a beacon of hope. It represented the mainland to which we knew we would one day return.”   Read full article.

Important information on Out-of-Country Voter Registration

10 January 2014

A South African citizen who is out of the country and wishes to apply for registration must be in possession of a South African identity document and a valid South African passport.

Registration ends on Friday, 7 February 2014.

Those who cannot register during working hours can enroll during two special registration weekends – 18-19 January and 25-26 January 2014.


South African Consulate General
333 East 38th Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10016

Hours of Operation:

Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Weekend: January 18 and 19, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Weekend: January 25 and 26, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

The Registration System:

To apply for registration, applicants must, in person, submit the completed application form (REC1/ OC form), together with their Green bar-coded identity document, valid Temporary Identity Certificate (TIC – valid for 2 months) or Smart Card and a valid South African passport to the Special Registration Officer at those foreign missions where registration services will be rendered.  Only South African citizens who are not on the voters’ roll are required to register.

Download the Application Form REC1/OC - To expedite your registration process, please fill up the form on-screen, print and bring with you along with the required documents.

Additional information:

A registered voter in the RSA is NOT required to re-register to vote abroad. It is best for such a person to check his/her registration status on  If the person discovers that he/she is not registered to vote then that person is advised to register to vote from abroad.  Importantly, if a registered voter intends to vote outside of the RSA, that person will need to complete an online VEC 10 form (which will be available on once the President of the RSA proclaims the date of the 2014 elections and within 15 days from the proclamation date. More details in this regard are available on

The Electoral Amendment Act 2013 states that RSA citizens may apply in person to register to vote, and to vote from RSA Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates. The law does not provide for such opportunities outside of these locations.

The Electoral Amendment Act 2013 makes provision for voters abroad to vote in the national election only, and not provincial elections.

Eligibility to Register:

To be eligible to register abroad, a person must:

  1. Be a South African citizen;
  2. Be 16 years of age or older;
  3. Possess a valid green bar-coded identity document, a valid Temporary Identity Certificate (valid for 2 months) or Smart Card;
  4. Possess a valid South African passport and 
  5. Submit in person the application form, the identity document and a valid South African passport to a Special Registration Officer appointed by the Commission for that purpose.

Download the Application Form REC1/OC - To expedite your registration process, please fill up the form on-screen, print and bring with you along with the required documents.

Please note: Only a green bar-coded ID, a valid Temporary Identification Certificate or a Smart Card are accepted for registration purposes. No other document will be accepted.

Mayweather Jr. to Visit South Africa

By GERALD IMRAY AP Sports Writer

Forget world's best fighter, Floyd Mayweather Jr. was rated by the South African government as the world's greatest athlete and backed him to turn around boxing in the country.

The sports ministry announced Mayweather will arrive on Wednesday , 15 January 2014 for a near-weeklong visit — his first to Africa and a triumph for the country which finally got its man after trying to lure the 36-year-old superstar as guest of honor at the national sports awards last year.

The Ministry of Sport and Recreation also said on Tuesday that the boxer nicknamed "Money" had not been paid any fee to come. Read full story.

South Africa's First Smartphone to Hit Shelves in 2014

Peter Cox
December 19, 2013

JOHANNESBURG — Smartphones are growing in popularity in South Africa, but their expense and the cost of contracts have meant only a fraction of the population can afford them.

One South African plans to change that by introducing the first indigenously designed and manufactured smart phone, aimed at attracting lower middle class consumers.

South Africans love their mobile phones. According to a recent Afrobarometer report, 93 percent of South Africans have one.

But 80 percent of these phones are feature phones, simple handsets with a number keypad, which can be used to dial numbers and send text messages.  Read full article.