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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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Sharing experiences and giving advice are how many video bloggers, or vloggers, keep their audience returning to their YouTube channels. In celebrating Women's Month, some of South Africa's most popular female vloggers talk about their journeys.
September Jive, to be held in Johannesburg from 1 to 30 September 2016, is a series of multi- media events that celebrate the diversity and history of South African music.
South Africa is phasing out its green barcoded identity book for a more secure ID card for its citizens. The Department of Home Affairs has created an online application portal and partnered with banks to streamline the process. Here's a step-by-step guide to getting your smart ID card.
The Demo Africa 2016 conference gave entrepreneurs a chance to network with investors and share ideas. Held in South Africa for the first time, it began with an online mentoring and coaching programme and ended with the selected startups pitching their ideas to investors.
South Africans gathered at OR Tambo Airport in Ekurhuleni, situated east of Johannesburg, to welcome back the South African Olympic team from Rio de Janeiro, including gold medal winner Caster Semenya.
South Africa, Kenya and Ethiopia claimed a number of gold medals during the Rio Olympics. Here is a list of all the medal winners from Africa. In total, the continent improved its medal tally from 34 during London's 2012 Olympic games to 45 this year.
South Africa's National Development Plan has a new brand identity and logo designed to inspire all citizens to work towards the vision of eliminating poverty and reducing inequality by the year 2030.
South Africa's standard triangular plug is set to be replaced. According to the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), a new three-point plug design will be both safer and more cost- effective.
Behind the success of South African stars such as Bonang Matheba, Farah Fortune, Kass Naidoo and Nomzamo Mbatha are women who helped them flourish. They have all gained admirable qualities and valuable life lessons from the women in their lives.
Two South African female authors share the journey of their writing process. The books they have penned address issues many women can identify with, one of which tells stories of 11 other women.
The first Annual Top Women Conference is a symposium that aims to be different. It brings together people who want to make a real difference regarding the gender agenda. Currently under way, the keynote address was delivered by executive director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.
Tedx Talks celebrates the success of South African women. These six women share their stories of discovery, success, and overcoming challenges.
The head of ICT at the Central University of Technology in the Free State has developed a tool to predict drought, as accurately as 98%. For her work, Dr Muthoni Masinde walked away with a top prize at the annual Women in Science Awards.
Middle distance runners South African Zola Budd and American Mary Decker reunite in a new documentary that revisits their much-hyped race at the 1984 Olympics that caused a controversial athletic moment.
An international river flow expert, Dr Jackie King, has been awarded the Living Planet Award from the World Wildlife Fund South Africa for her vital contribution to sustainability in Africa and around the world. Rivers were the lifeblood of Earth, she said.
South Africa's rand is the continent's top currency again after investors were enticed to the country because of Brexit and the local election results of 3 August. However, economists believe the lead will be short, with the Nigerian naira making a comeback in the near future.
The book Activate! Change Drivers looks at young people in South Africa who are part of a network who do good work in their communities today. It also looks at how bright the future could be if these youth continue their work to 2030.
Celebrate Women's Month in the second part of our two-part feature highlighting some of the best South African female Olympians who are going for gold in Rio de Janeiro this August.
The Women's Living Heritage Monument at Lillian Ngoyi Square was officially unveiled in Pretoria on Tuesday 9 August 2016, National Women's Day. It honours the contribution made by women to South Africa's freedom.
Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of a long-running television soapie? Melissa Javan spends time on the set of 7de Laan, one of South Africa's favourite shows, where she finds out what it takes to bring the characters to life.

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