Honorary Consul for South Africa, Mr. Lee Shultz, and the local South African community organized a memorial in Kansas City to remember and celebrate the life of Former South African President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela on the Day of Reconciliation, December 16, 2013.
On Friday, 28 February 2014, South African Consul General Vuyiswa Tulelo visited the United Auto Workers Local 551 Black History Month Program entitled, “Nelson Mandela and the Role of US Labor Unions in the Struggle to Free South Africa!” The Consul General shared her thoughts on the US labor movement’s participation in the liberation struggle.
Pictured: UAW International VP, Jimmy Settles, UAW Local 551-Ford Chicago Assembly Plant, Chairman, Coby Millender and UAW Local 551 President, Carlo Bishop
Friday, March 28, 2014 ♦ 7:00 PM & 10:00 PM
4544 N Lincoln Ave · Old Town School of Folk
Music·Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall
- Legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela is an innovator in the world music and jazz scene and continues to tour the world as a performer, composer, producer and activist. This iconic artist is best known for his Grammy-nominated hit single, “Grazing in the Grass,” which sold more than 4 million copies in 1968 and made him an international star. He later played an integral role in Paul Simon’s tour behind the classic album Graceland, which was one of the first pop records to introduce African music to a broader public. “…a musician of phenomenal grace and power: intricate and fiery on flugelhorn and still blessed with a voice that can strip the leaves from the trees.” - The Independent
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Election Day was officially proclaimed by the President in the Government Gazette on February 25, 2014.
Voting abroad will take place on Wednesday, 30 APRIL 2014. By law it is not possible to vote abroad on any date other than 30 April 2014, and no exceptions will be made.
This also means that no further registration will be entertained.
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 VEC10 form. This includes ALL South Africans who are registered and whose names appear on the voters’ roll.
Applications need to be submitted ONLINE ONLY on the IEC website at www.elections.org.za and will close at midnight (SA time) on 12 March 2014. Applicants will receive either an e-mail or sms notification to acknowledge receipt of their application.
ALL VOTING FOR THE MIDWEST WILL TAKE PLACE AT:
THE SOUTH AFRICAN CONSULATE GENERAL IN CHICAGO
The Media Statement (Citizens can still register to vote) issued by the Presidency on 10 February 2014 refers. Missions are advised that voter registration can continue until the date of the official proclamation of the 2014 elections by the President. South African citizens must apply for registration on or before the day that the upcoming election date is proclaimed (published in the Government Gazette) by the President, which is expected to be before the end of February, after which the Voters’ Roll is closed for this election. As the cut-off date for out of country voter registration was set for 7 February 2014, applicants should be cautioned that the Electoral Commission cannot guarantee that their names will be included on the 2014 Election Voters’ Roll. Keep in mind that the original REC1/OC registration forms must still reach the IEC, validity checked and captured before names will appear on the Voters’ Roll. Registration may continue during normal working hours, provided eligible voters have made the necessary arrangements with missions. REC1/OC forms should then still be scanned and e-mailed to the IEC at email@example.com, and the originals dispatched by courier following the date of proclamation as previously indicated. Please keep proper record (Names, Surname, ID, Date of Registration) of the additional registrations received beyond the date of dispatch of your last batch to the IEC.
Soweto Gospel Choir Dates are up! In case you haven’t already bought your tickets, they will be playing in Chicago on February 19th! Visit:http://www.sowetogospelchoir.com/
Attention: Important information on Out- of Country Voter Registration. Open until Friday, February 7, 2014
Published January 8, 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 passport.
The process is immediately open and will take place until Friday, February 7, 2014.
Those who cannot register during working hours can enrol during two special registration weekends – January 18 and 19, and January 25 and 26.
• South African Consulate General
200 S. Michigan Ave, Suite 600, Chicago, Illinois, 60604
Hours of Operation:
• Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm
• Weekend: January 18 and 19, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
• Weekend: January 25 and 26 from 10:00 am to 4:00 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 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, to check if you are on the voters roll go to www.elections.org.za
• A registered voter in the RSA is NOT required to re-register to vote abroad. Best for such a person to check their registration status on www.elections.org.za If the person discovers that they are not registered to vote then they are 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 www.elections.org.za) 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 www.elections.org.za
• 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:
a) Be a South African citizen;
b) Be 16 years of age or older;
c) Possess a valid green bar-coded identity document, a valid Temporary Identity Certificate(valid for 2 months) or Smart Card;
d) Possess a valid South African passport and
e) Submit in person the application form, the identity document and a valid passport to a Special Registration Officer appointed by the Commission for that purpose.
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 must be accepted.