Thank you for visiting the website of the South African Consulate General in Chicago. This office represents South Africa in 14 states of the American heartland. Our mandate is to build and strengthen mutually beneficial ties between the Midwest and South Africa.
We are here to help businesses in both countries identify and make the most of opportunities for trade and investment; to facilitate travel and exchanges of every kind, cultural and educational, between our two nations; and to provide consular assistance to our own citizens when needed. Please do not hesitate to contact us, either directly or using one of the forms provided (coming shortly).
In February, Consul Economic, Donnadelliah Maluleke, was invited to by Indiana University’s MBA students and faculty to visit their campus and participate in classroom discussions regarding the economic and business developments taking place in South Africa. The Kelly School of Business Emerging Market Experience (EME) courses are catered for MBA candidates that want to study, tackle, and solver real international business problems. One of the EME courses focused particularly on the impact South Africa has on the rest of the African economy and specifically, the impact that tourism, sports and wineries have on driving broader business development throughout the region. With the assistance of the Consulate, the students took a 10 day trip to South Africa, where they met with various industry leaders, including the Vice President of the South African Football Association, Dr. Danny Jordaan.
With Ms. Maluleke’s visit to Indiana University and to the Kelly School of Business program she was interviewed by Nick Sterne, Program Manager of the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at Indiana University.
To view Ms. Maluleke’s interview with CIBER, please click here.
World Fair Trade Day is the most important Fair Trade event of the year and celebrations take place from the 4-19th of May. This year, Chicago Fair Trade and the Office of Business Affairs and Consumer Protections, held the World Fair Trade Day Festival on May 7th and 8th at the Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago. The festival featured various fair trade vendors and their products, as well as activities and programs meant to educate Chicagoans about the benefits of fair trade. The South African Consulate General in Chicago’s Trade Commissioner, Donnadelliah Maluleke, formed part of this festival on Tuesday, May 7th. During the ceremony, Ms. Maluleke delivered an educational presentation focused on the impacts of fair trade in South Africa, and its role on supporting the economic developments of the country. The program also included remarks from Chicago’s WBEZ’s World View Host, Jerome McDonnell.
For more information on Chicago Fair Trade click here.
The South African Consulate General in Chicago celebrated South Africa’s 19th Freedom Day in Milwaukee on Wednesday, 24th of April. The celebration started at the Milwaukee Area Technical College Campus where the Consul General, Vuyiswa Tulelo, addressed the student body, faculty, and community members. The evening event was held at 616 Live on Water in downtown Milwaukee. Honorary Consul, Alderman Davis, coordinated and MC’ed the event which included representation from the Governor’s Office, Milwaukee’s Mayor, Tom Barret, and the President of the Common Council, Willie Hines, Jr. The keynote address was delivered by the South African Consul General. It was a wonderful evening which included live music, food and South African wine.
The South African Consulate General in Chicago celebrated South Africa’s 19th Freedom Day in Chicago on Friday, 26 April, 2013. The evening event included a benediction, proclamations from the Offices of the Governor of Illinois and the Mayor of Chicago, and speeches from Chicago anti-apartheid activist Prexy Nesbitt and the South African Consul General Vuyiswa Tulelo. The evening was catered by Ethiopian Diamond restaurant.
The South African Consulate General along with the International Trade Association of Greater Chicago and the US Commercial Services hosted a business seminar on April 10th. The seminar was titled “Doing Business in Africa: Looking to South Africa- A New Frontier for Business” and it explored key areas of emergence in the South African economy. Attention shifts towards South Africa due to the impressive economic advancements in the last decade and its recent participation in the BRICS group.
The seminar not only brought to light the country’s existing competencies but also highlighted sectors with great growth potential and emerging competitiveness. Sr. Trade Specialist, Mr. Robert Telchin spoke about opportunities arising for US companies in the “Doing Business in Africa” campaign, headed by the US International Trade Administration. Participants across various industries were present, including companies in the biotechnology, financial, and aerospace sectors. The program included presentations from Richard Paullin, Executive Director of the International Trade Association of Greater Chicago, Robert Telchin, Sr. International Trade Specialist at the US Department of Commerce, and Donnadelliah Maluleke, Consul Economic of the South African Consulate General in Chicago.
For more information on the International Trade Association of Greater Chicago, please click here.
For more information on the US Department of Commerce Commercial Services programs in South Africa, please click here.
On Mach 21st, 2013, the South African Consulate General in Chicago, along with the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, hosted a business seminar on Doing Business with South Africa. The event’s presentation focused on the business opportunities that exist for U.S. small and medium enterprises in South African markets. Main emphasis was giving to South Africa’s most competitive markets including the mining, automotive, manufacturing and agricultural industries. The seminars program included remarks from the Consul General Vuyiswa Tulelo and the Chicagoland’s Chamber of Commerce Director of International Programs Shufen Zhao. The seminar was led by the South African Consul Economic, Donnadelliah Maluleke.
For more information on the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce International Programs, please click here.
South Africa is participating in the Natural Products Expo West, the world’s largest and premier tradeshow for the natural, organic and healthy products industry in Anaheim, CA. Special thanks to Sahr Sweiss, Marketing Officer for the South African Consulate General in Chicago, for her presence on the ground!
“Chicago Shakespeare and The Market Theatre of Johannesburg partner to present this world premiere by South African artist Omphile Molusi, inspired by true events in the life of an activist during, and after, the Apartheid era. Following CST’s presentation of Molusi’s internationally acclaimed production Itsoseng in 2010,Cadre explores the life of a former soldier in the Azanian People’s Liberation Army who struggles with feelings of disappointment and betrayal in his quest for democracy. Moving in time between Apartheid and post-Apartheid periods in South Africa’s turbulent past, Cadre is a story of dreams and change, honoring families, friends and all the unsung heroes who died hoping for a better future.”