The 4th Annual Trade and Investment Conference
25 – 26 November, 2014
ABOUT THE CONFERENCE
Trade & Investment South Africa and the Provincial Investment Promotion Agencies are preparing to host the South African International Trade & Investment Conference and Exhibition, themed The African Dialogue from 25 – 26 November, 2014 to be held in Gauteng.
This event is an absolutely essential marketing tool to direct attention to the abundant lucrative business prospects in South Africa and the rest of Africa. It will also provide an opportunity for South African and international organizations to forge relationships and form business linkages with key players and decision makers in strategically identified sectors.
The conference, exhibition and business matching meetings will serve as a platform to promote Africa as an attractive investment destination, especially in the current global economic environment. South Africa is one of the most advanced and promising emerging markets, not only on the African continent, but globally. The reason for this success is our unique combination of a highly developed economic infrastructure and a huge emerging market economy that has given rise to a strong entrepreneurial and dynamic investment environment.
Reach out to Kevin Gorey for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Chicago Shakespeare Theatre Presents a World’s Stage Production from South Africa!
Isango Ensemble’s The Magic Flute.
The Magic Flute will be performed 25-28 September 2014. Please click for more information.
“Homage to Nelson Mandela: Ernest Dawkins’ Memory in the Center, an Afro Jazz Opera.”
Date: Thursday, August 28
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion
The final installment of Made in Chicago doubles as opening night of the Chicago Jazz Festival, with saxophonist Dawkins convening musicians from Chicago, South Africa and England. “Music is a great blessing. It has the power to elevate and liberate us. It sets people free to dream. It can unite us to sing with one voice.” – Nelson Mandela
For the official opening-night show of the Chicago Jazz Festival – and the finale of this year’s Made in Chicago concert series – local composer, saxophonist and AACM veteran Ernest Khabeer Dawkins has created a work in honor of the late South African president that promises to do many of the inspiring things Mandela said music could do.
“Homage to Nelson Mandela: Ernest Dawkins’ Memory in the Center, an Afro Jazz Opera” will unite jazz musicians from Chicago, London and South Africa to celebrate their shared role in sounding the alarm against apartheid and helping energize the freedom movement. In basking in the dream of equality for all, the work will celebrate not only Mandela, great champion of human rights, but also the two heroic women in his life: Winnie Mandela, his first wife, and Graça Machel, his widow.
Their activist spirit will flow through the soulful, stirring vocals of Dee Alexander, who no doubt will also channel another woman who played an important role in the struggle, singer Miriam Makeba. Long treasured by locals, Alexander exploded into the national consciousness last year on NPR’s “JazzSet” program with her amazing tribute to James Brown and Jimi Hendrix. Her breaking of barriers certainly will resonate on this special occasion.
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A Reasonable Man
Dir. Gavin Hood
South Africa, 1999
Presented by the 50th Chicago International Film Festival and the South African Consulate in Chicago.
In rural Zululand, a city lawyer decides to take the case of a local herd boy who has killed a one-year-old baby in the belief that the infant was, in fact, an evil spirit. Central to the case is the boy’s unshakable faith in the tikoloshe, a creature thought to be responsible for infertility and other evils in the community. In this thrilling crime drama, writer, director, and actor Gavin Hood presents a visually splendid, complex portrait of the disparate cultures that enrich and, at times, divide the communities that make up South Africa.
**In 1999 A Reasonable Man was an Official Selection of the 35th Chicago International Film Festival.
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On 12 August 2014, the Chicago Trade Office met with Ms. Lisa Packer, the representative for the Western Cape Citrus Producers Forum. South African Citrus was being exhibited at the Midwest Produce Expo by two importers. The Consul Economic, Ms. Donnadelliah Maluleke, attended the show and met with the importers of SA products.
The South African Consulate in partnership with the Metropolitan Club of Chicago and Wines of South Africa hosted a special seminar at the Metropolitan Club of Chicago on 5 June 2014 showcasing South African Wine! This Wines of South Africa Masterclass was led by a special guest, Mr. Jim Clark of Wines of South Africa (http://www.wosa.us/).