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Memorial Service for Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Friday, 13 April 2018 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
UN Trusteeship Council
United Nations Headquarters
New York, NY 10017

In order to facilitate special passes to access the venue at the United Nations Headquarters, please submit your name and surname as reflected in your government provided identification to and, no later than 2:00 pm, Thursday, 12 April 2018.

Please take note of the following:

  1. On the day of the memorial service, bring your government provided identification.
  2. Please collect your passes at the entrance on 1st Avenue and 46th Street.
  3. Passes will be issued from 9:30 am - 11:00 am (no passes will be issued after 11:00 am).

Celebration of Life: Winifred Madikizela-Mandela

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 6:30 pm
The Abyssinian Baptist Church
132 Odell Clark Place
New York, NY 10030

In Memoriam: Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

The South African Consulate General in New York City is saddened by the passing of Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on 2 April 2018, after a long illness.

“Even at the darkest moments of our struggle for liberation, Mam’ Winnie was an abiding symbol of the desire of our people to be free. In the midst of repression, she was a voice of defiance and resistance. In the face of exploitation, she was a champion of justice and equality. …. Let us draw inspiration from the struggles that she fought and the dream of a better society to which she dedicated her life.” - President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Ms. Madikizela-Mandela was 81 years old.

A book of condolences will be open to the public at the South African Consulate General from Wednesday, 4 April 2018, to Saturday, 14 April 2018, between 2:00 pm and 4:30 pm.

NB: Notice of Office Closure

27 March 2018

Please note that the Consular Section will be closing at 11:00 am on Thursday, 29 March 2018 in observance of Easter Weekend.

The office will be closed from Friday, 30 March 2018 until Monday, 2 April 2018 (Family Day). Normal operations will resume on Tuesday, 3 April 2018.

In case of an emergency, please call (917) 200-8396.

Notice of Early Office Closure

21 March 2018

Please note that due to inclement weather, our office will close at 10:00 am today. We are sorry for any inconvenience this might cause.

Courtesy Visit by Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal

13 March 2018

Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN) is a South African trade and inward investment promotion agency, established to promote the province of KwaZulu-Natal as an investment destination and to facilitate trade by assisting local companies’ access international markets.

Message from Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women's Executive Director, on International Women's Day

8 March 2018

This year, International Women’s Day comes on the heels of unprecedented global movement for women’s rights, equality and justice. Sexual harassment, violence and discrimination against women has captured headlines and public discourse, propelled by a rising determination for change.

International Women’s Day 2018 is an opportunity to transform this momentum into action, to empower women in all settings, rural and urban, and celebrate the activists who are working relentlessly to claim women’s rights and realize their full potential. #TimeIsNow


Wits Business School (WBS) Briefing

6 March 2018

Students from Wits Business School were given a briefing by Consul General Mathula Nkosi, Consul Gavin du Preez and Consul Dion van Tonder on Tuesday, 6 March 2018.

Due to an increased demand to understand the culture and business models of developed markets, a group of 18 students and 2 lead academics traveled to New York as part of their curriculum.

WBS is one of the leading business schools in Africa and is the only business school on the continent which is a member of PIM (Partnership in International Management). This is an association of over 50 international business schools who promote student and faculty exchanges. WBS strategy involves greater initiatives to enhance the knowledge and networking base of their senior executives on the African continent.

Courtesy Visit: Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters

27 February 2018

President Ramaphosa Announces Changes to the National Executive

26 February 2018

Fellow South Africans,

I have decided to make certain changes in the composition of the National Executive. These changes are intended to ensure that national government is better equipped to implement the mandate of this administration and specifically the tasks identified in the State of the Nation Address.

In making these changes, I have been conscious of the need to balance continuity and stability with the need for renewal, economic recovery and accelerated transformation. As indicated in the State of the Nation Address, we have begun a review of the configuration, size and number of national Ministries and Departments. Read more.

2018 State of the Nation Address

The State of the Nation Address (SoNA) will be delivered during a joint sitting of the two Houses of Parliament (National Assembly and National Council of Provinces) on 16 February 2018 at 19h00.

The 2018 theme is: “Making your future work better – Learning from Madiba”.

The State of the Nation Address will be broadcast live on: DStv Channel 408, SABC TV, eNCA, ANN7, SABC radio stations and Parliament’s YouTube Channel.


President-Elect Cyril Ramaphosa to be sworn In by Chief Justice

15 February 2018

Following his election by the National Assembly today, Thursday 15 February 2018, President-Elect Cyril Ramaphosa will be sworn in at 5:00 pm today by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.

The swearing-in ceremony will take place in the Media Centre of The Presidency precinct at Tuynhuys, Cape Town.

Enquiries: Tyrone Seale
(Acting Spokesperson for the President-Elect)
Cell: 083 575 7440

Color Me Africa Fine Arts at the 2018 Harlem Fine Arts Show

15 - 18 February 2018
Historic Riverside Church
91 Claremont Avenue
New York NY 10027
Between 120th and 121st Streets

The four-day traveling exhibition and sale of contemporary paintings, sculpture and photography is the largest of its kind featuring art from the African Diaspora. The exhibition will feature a South African Art Exhibition and sale of works of fourteen South African Artists:

• Bongekile Z.M. Bengu • Caelyn Robertson
• Izak Fourie • John Adams
• Joy Meyers • Leila Flaherty Fanner
• Lioda Conrad • Lisette Forsyth
• Ndabuko Julukani Ntuli
• Phulani Liebenberg
• Sharon Berry-Ellis • Vanessa Berlein
• Edith Schmidt • Wilhem Schmidt

The theme of this year’s annual HFAS multi-city tour, “The Healing Power of Art,” will showcase and celebrate African Americans in the medical field and raise awareness about medicine as a career choice for young people.

Admission is $25, with varying prices for special events. Follow the Harlem Fine Arts Show on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #HFASNYC

For more information about the event , please visit:

The Africa-USA Unity Music Concerts 

The Harlem Salvation Army Temple 
540 Lenox Avenue, New York, New York
Saturday 17 March 2018, 6:00 pm 

New Hope Baptist Church
12 Aaron B. Samuels Boulevard, Danbury, CT 06810
Friday, 23 March 2018, 6.00 pm – 9:00 pm  
Brought to the US by the World Missions Organization, a tax exempt nonprofit organization with tax deductible donations, these concerts mark the rare coming together of a remarkable mix of American and South African artists with the purpose of raising funds to benefit: 

  • El-Zabad Academy Christian School, serving poor communities near Sharpeville in the Gauteng Province, South Africa, and
  • The Siyazigabisa Home, an orphanage in Tembisa, Gauteng, South Africa 

Musicians from South Africa include Mahalia Buchanan, Xolani Mdlalose, Phindile Phewa and Mpho Mngomezulu. 

Local musicians include Ntombikhona Dlamini , Pastor Chaka Ngwenya, Sipho Hlongwane, and SAHAVO (South African Harlem Voices). Music Director Jimmy Mngwadi.

Tickets: Early Bird $20 per person and $35 at the door. 

For more information please visit World Missions Outreach. Purchase tickets online at Ticket River.

Father of South African jazz, Mr. Hugh Ramapolo Masekela, has passed away. The musician had been battling prostate cancer since 2008. May his soul rest in peace. #RIPHughMasekela.

Public Events:

Hugh Masekela Heritage Park
Friday, 26 January 2018 to Thursday, 1 February 2018
10:00 am to 6:00 pm daily
Hugh Masekela Heritage Park
Zoo Lake, Parkview, Johannesburg

Heitada Alex! –Going Home
Friday, 26 January 2018, 1:00 pm
Sankopano Community Centre
Corner 12th Avenue and Selborne Street
Alexandra, Johannesburg

Hugh Masekela Musical Memorial

Sunday, 28 January 2018, 12:00 noon
University of Johannesburg
Soweto Campus
Chris Hani Road, Soweto

Chief of staff to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Harlem leader, and a key strategist behind civil rights protests in the 1960s

The Reverend Wyatt Tee Walker has been a long-time friend of South Africa. He helped supervise South Africa's first fully representative elections in 1994, when Nelson Mandela's rise to power ushered in the end of the apartheid regime. One of Nelson Mandela's stops in New York City as President of South Africa was the worship service at Canaan Baptist Church of Christ.

In 1999, The Rev. Tee Walker was instrumental in establishing the Sisulu-Walker Charter School (named for Dr. Walker and the South African anti-apartheid leader Walter Sisulu).

South African actor John Kani, star of Marvel Comic's movie, "Black Panther," in New York City

24 January 2018

Wesgro, in partnership with South African Tourism and South African Airways, hosted veteran South African actor John Kani who stars in Marvel Comic's "Black Panther."

Photo credit: Andrei Jackamets

Photo credit: Andrei Jackamets

Among actors appearing with John Kani in the movie are Oscar winners Lupita Nyong’o and Forest Whitaker, Winston Duke, Sterling K. Brown and a few South Africans.

isiXhosa is one of the official languages used in the movie.

Black Panther premieres on 16 February 2018.

Consul General Mathula Nkosi and South African actor John Kani. Photo credit: Andrei Jackamets

Pocket Guide to South Africa 2016/17

Complete document

Editor: Elias Tibane
Tel: +011 27 (12) 473-0069

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