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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.

Consul General meets Mayor Rahm Emmanuel. In attendance, Mr Terrance Tshievhe-Consul Political, Ms. Shakira Motan-Consul Trade and from the Mayors office, Ma. Lisa Kohnke-Director of Strategic Partnership and Ms. Jordan Miller Deputy Director.


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The Consul General Ms. Phumzile Mazibuko attended the opening and dedication event for Dr’s Charles V. and Dana C. Hamilton Intitute for Research and Civic Involvement Reading Room at the DuSable Museum of African American History, host by CEO Ms. Perri Irmer, and Dr. Wilmot James, who is currently a visiting Professor at Columbia University in New York and led the Institute for Democracy in South Africa, delivered the keynote address.


A group of 33 leading South African designers will present their new product ranges of small furniture, lighting, home textiles, and fashion and home accessories at a new exhibition in Cape Town this month.

The NEXT18 Trade Exhibition, taking place at the Homecoming Centre in the East City precinct of Cape Town from February 22 – 25, showcases the best of SA craft and design, ready to be ordered by local buyers and international importers, retailers and decorators. If you are in Cape Town from February 22 – 25, don’t miss out on this fantastic new exhibition.

Entrance is free – we hope to see you there!

The NEXT18 Trade Exhibition is part of the ´Development by Design´ programme, which enables small and medium businesses in South Africa to develop and grow. Over 50 entrepreneurs have been participating in this programme, taking their design studio, workshop or manufacturing company to the ‘next level’, and onwards to the export market. The project is an initiative of The Dutch Centre for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries (CBI), and their local partners, the Craft and Design Institute (CDI) and the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda).

With a focus on the latest international design trends, whilst retaining their integrity of provenance, the companies’ new product ranges include bags made of intricately woven recycled rubber tyre tubing by Mors, pendant lamps made of interlocking patterns of bamboo and wood veneer by Minima, and jacquard woven textiles in bold colours and patterns by African Jacquard. In order to really stand out with their own design ‘signatures’ the entrepreneurs drew inspiration from their African roots, translating traditional design language into a contemporary design vernacular. The paper sleeves, bags and wallets by The Wren are made of natural materials and therefore have a reduced environmental footprint, whilst the handmade felt accessories by Heartfelt take social aspects into account, providing decent work and income for women in a remote rural community. John Vogel’s furniture has handwoven panels, which are manufactured in their Cape Town factory, employing more than 50 skilled people.

The NEXT18 Trade Exhibition will take place from February 22 – 25 daily at the Homecoming Centre (15A Buitenkant Street) from 10am – 6pm in the East City of Cape Town. For more visit our news page here.

The NEXT18 Trade Exhibition will coincide with the #cocreateDESIGN FESTIVAL, a new initiative of The Netherlands Consulate General, which will take place in venues around the East City. To find out more about the #cocreateDESIGN FESTIVAL, visit the website:


Ms Phumzile Mazibuko

Consul General, South African Consulate in Chicago


As of January 2018, Ms Phumzile Mazibuko is the Consul General of South Africa in Chicago, where she is responsible for the overall management of the Consulate General. The Consul General will promote trade and investments, enhance people to people cooperation in the field of arts, culture, education, and effectively render consular services to South Africans in 14 states in the Midwest region of the United States.  The Consul General’s consular jurisdiction includes the following states, Illinois, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, Indiana, Oklahoma, Ohio, Michigan, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas and Arkansas.

Ms Mazibuko has served in different capacities within both the national and provincial government in South Africa including as the Chief of Staff in the Ministry of International Relations & Cooperation and as a Senior Manager for Communication in the Department of Housing and Local Government in Limpopo.

Ms Mazibuko is a career diplomat having served abroad at the South African High Commission in New Delhi, India. She has also served as a Desk Officer at the Greater China Desk, within the Department of International relations of South Africa.

She is a graduate of the University of Johannesburg (UJ), formerly known as the Rand Afrikaans University (RAU), completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Humanitarian Law & Refugee Law. She is currently studying towards her Masters in Diplomatic Studies with the University of Pretoria.

Dear Friends,

It is unbelievable how time flies when one is having fun. Like all good things, my tour of duty has come to the end in the Mid-West of this very U.SI have thought long and hard what the appropriate parting message must say or sound like, but I have come to this conclusion, the heat speaking clearer than any words.So I share with you the feelings of and from my heart:

  1. Over the last 5 and a half years, I have crisscrossed the Mid-West.
  2. I have conversed with the many faces representing this Mid-West.
  3. I have walked the State Fair Grounds from Missouri to Arkansas.
  4. I have shared meals from North Dakota to Nebraska.
  5. I have seen the beauty of this land from Wisconsin to Ohio and everything in between.
  6. I have been welcomed with open arms in every one of the 14 States I covered.

Thank you Mid-West, thank for allowing me to enrich and expand my horizons in your streets. Thank you for allowing me to grow as I search for opportunities to improve the lives of my people.

Thank you for opening your hearts and wallets to enable our people to interact with each other.

I shared an observation I made a few times now:

My tour has been like harvesting and onion. The food was not immediately visible and available to me . But with your help, your encouragement, I kept peeling, and finally I found the food .

I found the food just in time for me to move to new learning environments.

I pray that as I step out of the spotlight, the incoming Consul General , will be received with the same love and warmth I received .

I hold firm that good bye is not a word in my vocabulary.

I know our paths will cross again, until than may the Good Lord carry us, protect us and keep us in His hand as we continue to strengthen the relationship between the U.S and South Africa through service .

Until later

Respectfully yours in service

Vuyiswa Tulelo

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GSA Global Sourcing Summit 2018

We are delighted to announce that the GSA Global Summit & Awards 2018 in partnership with BPESA will be taking place on 14th – 16th March with additional “Africa Only Days” on the 13th and 16th March, in Cape Town, South Africa and will attract 400+ professionals, a significant portion of which will be buyers of sourcing services.

Clearing the path to strategic sourcing success, this inaugural Summit & Awards will showcase the most ground-breaking case studies and influential speakers from around the world. We will be taking delegates on a tour of the global sourcing landscape, discussing and debating the very latest trends and predictions effecting organisations today.​

Aimed to inform and educate procurement professionals/strategic sourcing teams, the two-day conference will provide tangible insights into subject areas such as Customer Experience, Robotics Process Automation, Managing Outsourcing Relationships, Digital Transformation, Innovation and Exit Management.


Cape Town International Convention Centre, South Africa

Day One Agenda:

Half Day Conference  12pm – 5pm

Day Two Agenda:

Full Day Conference  9.30am – 5pm

GSA Global Sourcing Awards  7pm – late

Ticket registrations will be opened to the industry soon.

GSA Global Sourcing Awards 2018

The GSA Global Sourcing Awards will take place at the same time as the 2-day GSA Global Sourcing Summit on 14th – 16th March 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa.

This event will bring together the world’s leading strategic sourcing suppliers, support providers and buyers. Best practice will be rewarded and celebrated, and the efforts of companies and individuals who have demonstrated excellence in the strategic sourcing world in 2017/18 will be recognised at the GSA Global Sourcing Awards.

Organisations have 20 different categories to choose from:


01 – BPO Contract of the Year

02 – IT Outsourcing Project of the Year

03 – Automation Project of the Year

04 – Service Provider of the Year

05 – Law Firm of the Year

06 – Consultancy of the Year

07 – Partner Collaboration Project of the Year

08 – Digital Transformation Project of the Year

09 – Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility

10 – Innovation Project of the Year

11 – Global Destination of the Year

12 – Shared Service Centre of the Year

13 – Customer Experience Provider of the Year

14 – Buyer of Strategic Sourcing Services of the Year

15 – Award for Delivering Business Value in Global Strategic Sourcing

16 – Excellence in Skills Development

17 – Software Vendor/Business Partner of the Year

18 – African Delivery Destination of the Year

19 – African Service Provider of the Year

20 – African Outsourcing Project of the Year

For details on how to enter and the categories available, please view the Entry Pack

Deadline for Entries

Entries must be received no later than 5pm, Friday 15th December 2017


Sponsorship Opportunities


Each sponsor is unique and has a different set of requirements, therefore we prefer to develop our packages around what you value the most. With a strong focus on ROI and whats important to you as supporter, the GSA account management team will work closely with you to develop a package that will get your brand and people in front of your ideal audience.

Contact us at to find out more or call +44(0)207 292 8680 



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