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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

TRAVEL ADVISORY TO PREVENT THE IMPORTATION OF EBOLA INTO SOUTH AFRICA 

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.

 

Dear South Africans and Friends of South Africa, Nando’s has made its way to Chicago. It will have  3 locations in Chicago so we can satisfy our South African Peri Peri cravings. You want to know more about Nando’s in Chicago, then sign up at http://peri.io/saconsulate 

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ALA summer

Applications for the 2015 Global Scholars Program, at African Leadership Academy are open. The Global Scholars Program (GSP) is a 3-week leadership development program for teenagers aged 15 to 19 from all over the world led by ALA’s renowned Entrepreneurial Leadership faculty, Alumni and Educators from diverse professional backgrounds. GSP is an opportunity for young people to learn and develop entrepreneurship and leadership skills needed to become global agents of positive change, understand more about Africa and build powerful international connections.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and can be completed online. This year, participants can apply for any one of the following GSP sessions:

Session 1: Monday, 29 June – Friday, 17 July
Session 2: Monday, 13 July – Friday, 31 July
Session 3: Saturday, 25 July – Wednesday, 12 August

Your future leader can apply today

If you have any questions about GSP, you can send an email to summer@africanleadershipacademy.org and a member of the GSP Team will get back to you.

You are invited and please share this event with others!

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Conversation about Equal Rights
for Equal Minds at Home and Abroad

Featuring guest panelists
Vuyiswa Tulelo, Consul General of South Africa
Denise Ferguson, Former Director of the Advisory Council on Women at
The City of Chicago’s Commission on Human Relations
Dr. Derise Tolliver Atta, DePaul University School for New Learning
Facilitator: Dr. Ludovic Comeau, DePaul University School for New Learning

March 13, 2015
5:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m. Program
DePaul University, Loop Campus
Daley Building – 14 E. Jackson Blvd., Lower Level Theater
Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

In continuing the commemoration of Women’s History Month and Human Rights Day, the South African Consulate General in Chicago, in partnership with DePaul University School for New Learning and Mayor’s Office Chicago Commission on Human Relations, will start the conversation reflecting and exchanging views on human rights as a global issue, investigating the place and station of women’s rights in it. This day was officially declared a public holiday in 1994 following the inauguration of former President Nelson Mandela.

This national day-off is both a stark reminder of the tragic Sharpeville massacre and a celebration of South Africa’s unique constitution, which gives equal rights to all. The conversation will enable an open and frank engagement on the milestones, faultiness and possibilities to strengthen and entrench Women’s and Human Rights in both countries. It is hoped that the day will bring a diverse audience from the academia, activist communities and the citizenry of Chicago. This discussion will be led by a panel of authorities/professionals who have knowledge in this area also focusing on parallels between U.S., South Africa, and the global arena.

To register, visit:
http://bit.ly/1AGDdvh

For more information, contact:
snlevents@depaul.edu or 312 362-5193

SPONSORS:

DePaul University School for New Learning
Adult Bridge Program
Africa Diaspora Committee
Adult Men of Color Initiative
South African Consulate General: Chicago

City of Chicago’s Commission on Human Relations
City Colleges of Chicago
DePaul Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity
DePaul Women’s Center
DePaul Women’s Network
DePaul College of Law

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Saturday, February 14, 7pm & 9:30pm

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http://www.oldtownschool.org/concerts/2015/02-14-2015-ladysmith-back-mambazo-7pm/

Hugh Masekela & Vusi Mahlasela – 20 Years of Freedom Tour

Friday, February 27, 7pm & 10pm

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http://www.oldtownschool.org/concerts/2015/02-27-2015-hugh-masekela-and-vusi-mahlasela-7pm/

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News from South Africa

Former deputy international relations minister and activist Ebrahim Ebrahim has been awarded the Spanish Order of Civil Merit from the king of Spain, King Felipe VI, for an extraordinary contribution to international politics and global peace brokering.
South Africa's brightest athletes excelled against some of the best in the world at the IPC Athletics Grand Prix Final, held at London's Olympic Park, led by Hilton Langenhoven in the 200m sprint, Jonathan Ntutu, Charl du Toit and Fanie van der Merwe.
The revamped Solomon Mahlangu Freedom Square in Mamelodi, Pretoria is testament to South Africa's struggle for freedom. Mahlangu's statue is now the focal point of the public space, with further enhancements planned for the area.
The government of the Western Cape has plans to establish a R1-billion halaal agri-processing food park to capitalise on the multitrillion-dollar global halaal market. The park will be a cluster of manufacturing and service firms in the halaal industry.
Cape Town's Hotel Verde has been given its second international environmental design certification, making it the most eco-friendly hotel in the world. It offers an entirely carbon- neutral hotel stay for guests and an eco-friendly working environment for staff.
The first African-based cycling team to take part in the Tour de France caps off an impressive debut at the legendary cycle race. They finished the tough three-week race fifth overall and inspired confidence for the future of competitive cycling on the continent.
South African swimmer Chad Ho said he was over the moon after he won the country's first gold medal in the 5km open water event at the Fina World Championships, currently taking place in Russia. He narrowly edged out rival Rob Muffels thanks to a photo-finish reading.
The Department of Water Affairs has created a new online water services system for water management institutions, commercial water users, researchers and the general public. They will be able to get updated information on the status of water and sanitation in South Africa.
The South African Revenue Service has introduced a high-tech container scanner at Cape Town harbour, following the installation of such equipment in Durban port. The organisation wants to eliminate fraud and theft and help to increase duties and taxes paid into the country.
HIV infections are down, life expectancy is up; more people are living longer and infant mortality is declining. Statistics South Africa released its mid-year population estimates report, adding its weight to figures from UNAids that the country is making strides against HIV and Aids.
Stellenbosch University and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research have established two new Research Chairs - one in artificial intelligence and one in quantum, optical and atomic physics. Both are expected to boost innovation and discovery in these fields.
The Nuclear Energy Corporation, a global leader in nuclear medicine, has said it is ready and able to support South Africa's planned nuclear new build programme, using its existing facilities. There has been a call for more transparency around the controversial programme.
A painting by one of South Africa's notable artists, Irma Stern, has been discovered in a flat in London. Valued at £1-million, the painting is historically significant because it was auctioned to raise funds for the trial of Nelson Mandela and others accused of treason.
President Jacob Zuma referred to our "collective responsibility" to get the economy to perform at its full potential. South Africans can support the economy by buying a locally made products - each purchase stimulates demand and builds our industries and creates jobs.
The Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital will be completed in February 2016, when it will be handed over for fittings and finishings. It is expected to open its doors for patients towards the end of next year. Recruitment is also under way to staff the institute.
A professional photographer got lucky when he was on safari in the Kruger National Park. Arno Pietersen managed to capture a magnificent jumping kudu bull and the images have left an impression on those who have seen them.
It has been several years in the planning, but Brics' New Development Bank has opened its doors. It is headquartered in Shanghai and will focus on lending for infrastructure projects in developing nations. It has initial capital of $50-billion, provided by Brics members.
Interactive boards and mobile devices are set to replace the traditional chalkboard and notebooks for Grade 12 students in Gauteng. The provincial department of education has started a province-wide rollout of technology to create paperless classrooms.
Champion surfer Mick Fanning fought off a great white in Jeffreys Bay on the weekend. He was not the first person to escape a shark attack along the South African coast - although the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board says attacks are rare, with an average of only six incidents a year.
A destitute family has a roof over their heads - after having to rebuild their shack twice when it was destroyed by fire - thanks to the kindness of Masikhule Projects. The developer built the five-room house for the Mokgothu family to mark Mandela Day.


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