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Important note for all visa/permit applicants: Visa applicants must be submitted in person as of 15th October 2014. Visas are not issued the same day and you are required to bring prepaid self-addressed envelope (with a tracking number) for the return of your passport.

Please note that the Mission will no longer issue Visitors Visas as of today                

26 February 2015 until further notice. Only permits will still be issued

Kindly contact the following missions to arrange for visa applications



  • Los Angeles,
    (323) 651-0902
    Fax: (323) 651-5969


  • Washington,
    Tel: (202) 232-4400, 202-274-7994 and 202-274-7985
    Fax: (202) 265-1607



Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Saturday, February 14, 7pm & 9:30pm


Hugh Masekela & Vusi Mahlasela – 20 Years of Freedom Tour

Friday, February 27, 7pm & 10pm


Trevor Noah, South Africa’s most famous stand-up comedian, performed at the UP Comedy Show on January 16-18, 2015. His effortless sense of humor left us all with laughter. Thank you for coming to Chicago!

Photos by Angelica Diaz 

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South African Comedian, Trevor Noah, is coming to Chicago to perform at UP Comedy Club. As a recently hired contributor for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Trevor Noah showcases his comedic and cultural flare in everything he does. As a South African native, Trevor has hosted several awards shows and comedy festivals as well as his own late night talk show. Trevor Noah will be performing at UP comedy club from the 16-18 January 2015, with both 8:00pm and 10:30pm showings. Information on tickets can be found at:

Join the South African Consulate as we welcome him to Chicago!




Private Label Manufacturing Association (PLMA)

South African companies attending the PLMA trade show on November 16-18 brought the exotic taste of South Africa to the annual event. They exhibited South African wines, teas, jams, sauces, and skin care products and interacted with local businesses to explore transnational partnerships and exporting opportunities.

More than 2,400 exhibit booths, over 5,000 buyers and visitors, and nearly 20,000 different products are showcased at the PLMA, making it a unique opportunity for exhibitors to meet as many buyers from as many retail channels.


We are expecting a representation of about fifteen South African companies with a range of products from jams and sauces to cosmetics, biltong and wine producers. These companies will be showcasing their wide array of products at the trade show.

South African Automotive Week 

Johannesburg, South Africa

13 – 17 October 2014

From October 13 to 17, the South African Consulate General participated in South Africa’s Automotive Week, the international trade show for stimulating trade and business opportunities in manufacturing and the related sector. In partnership with ten automotive companies, the Consulate brought together businesses from the automotive industry to strengthen international ties and build bilateral relations through the event.




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News from South Africa

The one-millionth 3-Series sedan rolled off the assembly line at BMW's plant in Rosslyn, Pretoria this week. The factory remains "a vivid example of a successful market entry through local production", says Harald Kruger, the chief executive of BMW South Africa.
While South Africans are set to pay more income tax for the first time 20 years, changes proposed by Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene in his inagural Budget will see small- to medium-sized businesses benefit by the doubling of the turnover tax threshold. Here's how Nene's changes will affect your pocket.
The South African artist's multimedia chamber opera Refuse the Hour premiers in Cape Town's City Hall on Friday as part of the 2015 Design Indaba Festival. It's an immersive production of "ecstatic journeying inside the frenetic mind of a creative titan", writes Alexandra Dodd in her review.
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene's inaugural budget, delivered in Parliament on Wednesday, was tight and conservative with the minister managing to balance the need for increased revenue without stifling spending, Citadel analysts concluded.
South Africa's so-called "energy war room" - established last year to address the country's energy issues - was focused on implementing the government's plan to stabilise supply and diversify sources of energy, Rural Development Minister Gugile Nkwinti told a media briefing this week.
A good plan and solid preparation paid off for the South African national under-17 team when they beat reigning African champs Nigeria 1-0 in an "unforgettable" semi-final CAF African Youth Championship match on Wednesday afternoon.
The tax rate will increase by 1 percentage point for all South Africans - except the lowest earners, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said in his first Budget speech on Wednesday, which aims to stabilise government debt and rebalance fiscal policy.
South Africa's Gross Domestic Product increased by 4.1% in the fourth quarter of 2014, Stats SA announced on Tuesday, accelerating much more than the markets expected - thanks largely to higher production in the manufacturing sector.
In honour of its 30th anniversary, Ardmore Ceramic Art is launching a range of fabrics at the Design Indaba Expo, which opens in Cape Town on Friday. The design translates South Africa's vibrant flora and fauna on to fabric with pattern, colour and humour.
Taxes will go up; so will the fuel levy and sin taxes. These are all expected, but as Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene delivers his first budget on Wednesday, the biggest questions waiting to be answered are policy issues, especially how the fiscus will balance the need for economic growth with its responsibility to the electorate.
The remains of Moses Kotane and JB Marks, who were buried in Russia in the 1970s, during the struggle against apartheid, will be repatriated. They will be reburied in North West. "They will be remembered as heroes of our liberation struggle," said Art and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa.
The UN reports that sexual exploitation accounts for 53% of trafficking victims; 37% are subjected to forced labour and slavery. South Africa has put in place several mechanisms to battle the crime, integrating the efforts of the police, justice and social departments, and civil society.
The Amajimbos gave beleaguered South African sports fans some hope when they became the country's first-ever team to qualify for the under-17 Fifa World Cup by beating Cameroon 3-1 at the CAF African Youth Championship at the weekend.
With plans to grow the economy and create jobs in Gauteng, Premier David Makhura has announced the development of five new economic corridors in the province that will each have distinct industries and comparative advantages.
The Western Cape Education Department is pouring R1.2-billion into e-learning in the province. The project will include linking of schools through a high-speed, real-time wide area network, as well as the provision of local area networks in schools.
"It's wonderful when the underdog triumphs," South African producer Eric Abraham said after his film Ida took top honours in the Best Foreign Language film category at a ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday night.
More than a million people visited Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden in 2014. Tourism is crucial to the survival of South Africa's conservation and biodiversity assets, as the income generated from visitors helps to manage protected areas. They also raise awareness of conservation issues.
The rehabilitation of the N303 is vital not only for Mozambique but for the region as a whole. It will link the coal-rich province of Tete, as well as the landlocked countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe, and the port of Nacala, the deepest port in southern Africa.
After their 130-run loss to India in a World Cup group match in Melbourne on Sunday, the Proteas have a lot of work to do ahead of their "must-win" match against the West Indies on Friday.
The City of Cape Town and its partners are focusing on uplifting the public environment of previously neglected areas to help improve safety and raise the quality of life for the residents in those areas. In Khayelitsha, more than 17 capital projects at a cost of more than R180-million have been implemented so far.

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