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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

Cost: Free


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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August 27, 2014A Reasonable Man

A Reasonable Man

Dir. Gavin Hood

South Africa, 1999

104 mins.

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.

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 In communication with the show organizers and the Cosmetics Export Council of South Africa, the South African Consulate helped to organize the space for the 3 companies exhibiting at the show under individual EMIA funding. The companies were Lillian Terry International, Caribbean Tan, and I-Slices.


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The ANC’s business arm – the Progressive Business Forum (PBF),  was invited by the President and Founder of the Rainbow Push Coalition, Rev. Jesse Jackson, to attend the 43rd anniversary conference of the Rainbow Coalition and the Citizenship Education Fund, to be held in Chicago, USA. In conjunction with their participation at the event, the Chicago Office took the lead and developed a day program for 1 July for the SA businesses which included a networking session and a seminar by the founder of the Cycle of Success Institute, Mr. John Mautner.




The South African Consulate helped arrange a national pavilion at IBIO in San Diego, where 10 South African Companies were featured and attended week long seminars on the industry. The National Pavilion showcased South African products/technology to key industry players in the 1



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 (




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News from South Africa

South African President Jacob Zuma and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed various ways of strengthening ties between their two countries during a meeting at the Novo-Ogarevo presidential residence outside Moscow on Thursday.
Land tenure reform in South Africa, including the issues of tenure insecurity in commercial farming areas and tenure challenges in communal areas, will take centre stage at a three-day national Land Tenure Summit in Johannesburg next week.
The recently released framework for implementing the National Development Plan will help tackle domestic obstacles to growth in South Africa, drive growth in productive sectors of the economy, and cut down on red tape hampering investment, says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.
South Africa's women's football team, Banyana Banyana - fresh from a 4-0 away win against Zambia - will wind up Women's Month with an international friendly against Tanzania at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Sunday evening.
Around 300 "committed future leaders" from across sub-Saharan Africa will soon have the opportunity to study at the University of Cape Town, under a project aimed at reversing Africa's "brain drain" and contributing to the continent's social and economic growth.
Team MTN-Qhubeka have announced a major signing: Edvald Boasson Hagen, a stage winner in both the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia, is set to join the South African cycling outfit on a two-year contract.
The Proteas staged a magnificent run chase to haul in a challenging target, beating Australia by seven wickets with 20 balls to spare in the second match of a triangular one-day series at Harare Sports Club in Zimbabwe on Wednesday.
Mayors and councillors should be at the forefront of the fight against water leakages in South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu said during a visit to KwaMashu Township in Durban on Tuesday as part of the government's War on Water Leaks campaign.
The government is working on a set of regulations that will ensure that shale gas exploration does not threaten South Africa's environment or compromise research projects linked to the Square Kilometre Array, says Mineral Resources director-general Thibedi Ramontja.
South African humanitarian organisation Gift of the Givers departed from Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport on Tuesday night en route to Gaza, where they will deliver 16 tons of emergency medical supplies valued at around R15-million.
The Springbok Women's Sevens team has been drawn to face France, China and Mexico in their pool matches at the IRB Women's World Sevens Qualifier in Hong Kong next month, the International Rugby Board announced on Tuesday.
Tip-offs to the Crime Stop and Crime Line resulted in the arrest of 32 people in connection with suspected crimes during the month of July, the South African Police Service said on Tuesday.
South Africa's economy grew at 0.6% in the second quarter, following a -0.6% contraction in gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the first quarter, thus avoiding entering a technical recession.
The struggle against apartheid in South Africa had a soundtrack, and a project running this September - Heritage Month - will pay tribute to the music and the musicians who played a part in the country's transformation to democracy 20 years ago.
The Coega Development Corporation has announced plans to develop a R2-billion aqua-farming facility on 300 hectares of land at the Coega industrial development zone outside Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape.
The Springboks' most capped player of all time, Victor Matfield, has overcome injury and been named in the Springbok squad for their Australasian leg of the Castle Lager Rugby Championship.
In a first for women's cricket in South Africa, the Momentum Proteas' broadcast partner, SuperSport International, has announced that the team's three-match T20 series against England, starting in Chelmsford on Monday, will be broadcast live.
The recent earthquake in South Africa's North West province was most likely a natural earthquake triggered by decades of mining activity, and might require a rethink of building codes in mining areas, experts said during a recent panel discussion hosted by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.
A delegation of South African companies has begun showcasing their products and services at the 50th Maputo International Trade Fair, which got under way in the Mozambican capital on Monday.
The University of Cape Town has launched a suite of online postgraduate programmes as part of a strategic initiative that will enable students across Africa to study with high-touch interactive support.

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