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The purpose of this advisory is to notify travellers about the Ebola disease outbreak and inform them about preventative measures they can take and what Government is doing.

Important note for all visa/permit applicants: Visa applicants must be submitted in person only 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. Applications couriered after 16th October 2014 will be returned back to the applicants.


Dir. Henk Pretorius, 2013, 97 min.

Co-presented by the South African Consulate General in Chicago

Wednesday, August 17 at 6:30pm*

Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center   l

78 E. Washington St., 2nd Floor North

Free admission

This lighthearted story astutely tackles the messy, surprising, and often funny consequences of cross-cultural and unexpected romance.

After a prank to irritate their conservative families evolves into undeniable love, Dinky, a Zulu woman, and Fanie,

an Afrikaans man, must overcome cultural and familial differences, jealous ex-lovers, and even the Zulu “Lobola”

(akin to a dowry) in an effort to legitimize their feelings and bridge a fractured community. Zulu, English and Afrikaans with subtitles.

*post-screening discussion

Please arrive early. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to theater capacity.

Film is unrated. Viewer discretion is advised.






On Saturday May 7th 2016, The Consulate General of South Africa in Chicago visited the Peace Builders students in the west-side suburbs of Chicago. Representing the Consulate were Consuls Political, Ms. Tshepiso Matlala and Mr Karabo Letlaka. The Peace Builders are part of a program called the Peace Exchange which is an innovative leadership development program for young adults committed to nurturing peace and nonviolence in their West and Southwest Side communities. The group will be travelling to South Africa from June 15 to July 2 2016 as part of their study program to learn and exchange knowledge with community organizers, student leaders, and peace activist in the country. To follow them on their journey and experiences you can do so on |

Please be aware that the Chicago Consulate General will be closed on
January 18th, 2016, in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King’s holiday.
The office will resume on Tuesday, January 19th, 2016.



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News from South Africa

Violent crime in South Africa has risen dramatically in the last 20 years, right? Wrong. In fact, the opposite. A new book by researchers Anine Kriegler and Mark Shaw reveals that the past two decades have shown unprecedented improvement in the physical safety of the vast majority of people in the country.
There are many free services in South Africa for people living with HIV - and for their friends and family. Here is a guide to where you can get help and advice.
A six-part television series on the life of Nelson Mandela is currently being filmed in South Africa. Featuring an all-star cast of international and local actors - with Laurence Fishburne as Madiba and Terry Pheto as Winnie - the BET-produced series is due out in 2017.
Do you know what a bushman's candle is? Ranger Ryno Erasmus explains this and much more on his recently created YouTube channel Ryno in the Bush. He takes you on safari and teaches you all about what to expect in the wild.
The Department of Trade and Industry has published a set of guidelines for good business practice by South African companies operating elsewhere in Africa, to ensure responsible corporate citizenship across the continent. Download the guidelines here.
The Square Kilometre Array radio telescope project this weekend unveiled the first cosmic image captured by the first phase of MeerKAT receptors to Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor, who led a party of dignitaries to the remote Northern Cape site.
A pan-African passport will allow Africans to move freely across African borders. The passport, to be available to heads of state and diplomats first, was launched yesterday. It was among a raft of issues discussed at the 27th African Union Summit in Rwanda.
With less than a month to go until the Rio Olympics, Botswana celebrates an important sporting milestone: Naomi Ruele is the first swimmer from Botswana to qualify for the Games.
With stars such as Wayde van Niekerk and Caster Semenya in the line-up, the 137 athletes set to represent South Africa at the 2016 Rio Olympics in August have been announced by Sascoc, the country's Olympics committee.
African punk music is growing in popularity. From countries such as Kenya, Zimbabwe and South Africa, punk rock kids are making joyful noise with a very distinctive African bent. Here are five bands from Africa that you should put on your playlist.
A documentary on Pieter-Dirk Uys, one of South Africa's most prolific writers, satirists and activists goes on circuit on 29 July 2016. Nobody's Died Laughing features top South African and international celebrities who discuss his impact on South African life.
A new book, Siyafunda, which means "we are learning", is aimed at children learning isiZulu at school. Global research has shown that children are likely to perform better if they are taught in a language they understand.
Sportsman, coach and social entrepreneur Songo Fipaza wants to develop the next generation of Olympic swimming hopefuls in a township outside Stellenbosch. His passion for sport is clear in his drive to increase community participation.
South African author Lidudumalingani Mqombothi has won the Caine Prize for African Writing. His short story Memories We Lost tells the heart-warming story of the relationship between two sisters who are dealing with mental health issues.
The Tshwane Wi-Fi project allows more than a million users free connectivity across the city, now it plans on doubling the size of the award winning programme.
The global view of African agriculture begins and ends with subsistence farming, without looking at the broader agricultural advancements and innovation the continent has to offer.
The recent Afrikaans Language Heritage Symposium addressed the conservation and up-liftment of one of South Africa's 11 official languages. The burning question for attendees was: are we leaving behind a living language?
Two educational facilities, inspired by the creative philosophies of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, have opened in South Africa. The schools emphasise the importance of technology in developing learner independence.
Nelson Mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our time. His role in fighting apartheid and his ability to steer South Africa through the crisis of its rebirth earned him a world reputation as a statesman and peacemaker.
A comprehensive timeline of the life of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela - activist, political prisoner, president of South Africa, statesman and world icon of peace and justice.

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