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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

They Will Have to Kill Us First, the acclaimed documentary about Malian music and its rebellion in the face of political turmoil, is now available to watch online.
Heritage Day celebrates the diversity of South Africa. It is one of the newer public holidays, declared after the republic became a democratic state in 1994. We look at the origins of the day, and recall the first celebration in 1996.
South African kwaito musician Mandoza died on 18 September 2016, after being diagnosed with a brain tumour. The man behind the crossover kwaito hit Nkalakatha was 38.
South African actor Zakes Mokae was one of South Africa's most accomplished international film and theatre actors. This month marks the anniversary of his death. From jazz band stalwart to Fugard colleague and stage and screen star, we celebrate his life.
Surfing might not be the most popular sport in Nigeria, but a handful of surfers have found a home on the waves next to Lagos harbour - one of the busiest ports on the continent - and are determined to use surfing to inspire and uplift the community.
Brand South Africa and Brand Finance Africa is hosting its fourth annual Top 50 Brands of South Africa on 15 September. Ahead of the announcement, Kingsley Makhubela talks about what makes top corporate brands thrive.
South African rappers Ms Supa and Yugen Blakrok are using their talent to share their cultures with local fans. The two women also chat about how they started off in the hip hop industry.
In 1962, Danish filmmaker Henning Carlsen secretly made the anti-apartheid drama Dilemma, based on a Nadine Gordimer novel, right under the noses of the South African apartheid regime. The film has been called "a crown jewel" of South African musical heritage.
South Africa has 54 skyscrapers and more than 20 high-rise structures that measure over 100 metres - and most of them are to be found in the City of Gold. Here is a list of the 10 highest buildings and other notable structures in the country.
A South African woman wrote a book about 50 ways to style a doek, a South African headwrap. And if you don't have a scarf or wrap handy, she can even show you how to do it by using a T-shirt or a pair of jeans.
Readers of the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler magazine have rated South Africa as the fourth-best country to visit - ahead of traditional tourist favourites such as France, Spain, Thailand and Morocco.
Pioneering Ghanaian computer engineer Professor Nii Quaynor has made it his life's work to ensure Africa remains connected to the rest of the world through the World Wide Web.
Small businesses are the engines of economic growth, employing almost half of South Africa's working population. At a recent imbizo, Minister Jeff Radebe discussed entrepreneurs' concerns over doing business with government.
With the warmer weather upon South Africans, there is no better time to soak up the sun's rays and have a good meal while you're doing it. You can do just that at Johannesburg's first pop-up food truck hub, opened in Sandton on spring day.
With Heritage and Tourism Month under way, South Africa's natural wonders will be available to all citizens - for free. During SANParks Week in mid-September, there is no charge for South Africans to the country's many beautiful national parks.
Known as one of the world's most thrilling surf spots, Dungeons near Hout Bay recently offered local and visiting surfers an opportunity to experience the perfect 'big wave'.
The 2016 In Good Company conference took place in Pretoria on 30 August. Speakers agreed that business could play a bigger role in improving the lives of people, and that small businesses added value to the economy.
We're not called the rainbow nation for nothing. South Africa has 11 official languages, and scores of unofficial ones besides. English is the most commonly spoken language in official and commercial public life - but only the fifth most spoken home language.
South Africans speak English, that doesn't mean you'll always understand us. Our robots are nothing like R2D2, just now doesn't mean immediately, and babbelas is not a shampoo. Tune in with our quick dictionary of SA idiom. It's lekker, bru!
Looking for deeper insight into South Africa? Here are snap reviews of classic South African reads covering non-fiction, fiction and poetry and featuring a range of the country's greatest novelists, poets, journalists and historians.

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