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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/

Trevor Noah, South Africa’s most famous stand-up comedian, performed at the UP Comedy Show on January 16-18, 2015. His effortless sense of humor left us all with laughter. Thank you for coming to Chicago!

Photos by Angelica Diaz 

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Costs have been reduced and operational efficiency is improving at SAA, while a new business model "better suited to the changing postal services environment" has been drawn up for the South African Post Office, says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Emerging cities are making positive gains in the Global Cities Index, and in the latest iteration of the report, Johannesburg, at number 55, and Cape Town, at number 69, showed the biggest improvements in the ranking, driven by political engagement and human capital.
Dr Wayne Kleintjes has pioneered a ground-breaking technique to graft skin - quickly and cost- effectively - that is expected to have far-reaching benefits for burn victims. As well as being affordable, it uses the patient's own skin cells and so does not run a rejection risk.
An eight-year-old girl has raised funds through making and selling chocolates for efforts to save rhinos from poachers. Her efforts bore fruit when, working with the Sanparks Honorary Rangers, two trained sniffer dogs were given to the Ranger Corps in Marakele National Park.
Fresh from a series victory over Argentina, the Junior Springbok squad are on their way to Italy for the World Rugby Under-20 Championship. "The boys are rearing to go and we have a great team spirit," says coach Dawie Theron ahead of the three-week long tournament.
Living conditions in South Africa have improved over the past 12 years, according to the General Household Services. More households have access to improved sanitation - flush or pit toilets - piped water and electricity, says Statistics South Africa.
Gross domestic product growth slowed in the first quarter of the year, according to Statistics South Africa. Contributors to the increase included mining, finance and business services sectors. It also said the unemployment rate rose to 26.4% from 24.3% in the last quarter of 2014.
Almost 80% of the country's people will live in its cities and towns by 2050. A framework is being drawn up to contain this growth, to build "liveable, safe, efficient cities that are socially integrated, economically inclusive places where residents participate actively in urban life".
Project Isizwe is rolling out wi-fi in deeply rural Eastern Cape. In its pilot project, it will bring wi- fi to Ingwe College's Mount Frere and Lusikisiki campuses. The plan is to offer free connectivity on campus and for surrounding communities. Deployment begins in mid-June.
A researcher at Stellenbosch University has discovered lantibiotics in fynbos soil. They have the same function as strong antibiotics and work to kill disease-causing bacteria, including Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. They could be an alternative to traditional treatments.
With a total installed capacity of 82.5MW, the Pulida solar power plant near Kimberley will be able to generate more than 150 gigawatt hours per year once fully operational - or about the annual energy consumption of nearly 50 000 households. It is Enel's second plant in South Africa.
There have been some challenges and new visa rules need to be taken on board, but the World Travel and Tourism Council expects the sector to expand this year well above the 2% growth predicted for the broader economy. Employment levels are also expected to rise.
Named to honour Mandela's legacy, they update the UN's rules on the treatment of prisoners, and protect prisoners from torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment - they "probably represent one of the most significant human rights advances in recent years".
South Africans must remember and understand that they are African, says African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. "We are one continent, one people and one destiny," she told people at official Africa Day celebrations in Pretoria.
The Springboks have launched their 2015 Rugby World Cup campaign with the release of a goosebump-inducing video, capturing all the emotions that give 'the Springboks #HomeGroundAdvantage ... anywhere in the world'. The World Cup kicks off in the UK on 18 September. Watch it here.
The continent's diversity is celebrated in its arts and culture this Africa Day, on 25 May. South Africa is celebrating the day with a month-long celebration of what it means to be African. And in Johannesburg, the fourth Pan-African Cultural Congress will look at harnessing cultural diversity.
A market of over 600 million people with a combined gross domestic product of more than $1- trillion will be created with the launch of the Tripartite Free Trade Area in June. It will link consumers across Africa, from Egypt to South Africa.
The three orphaned lion cubs at Addo Elephant National Park are now nine months old and have been moved from their protected boma to a camp where they can start hunting and fending for themselves. Rangers will keep a watchful eye as they return to the wild.
South Africa will not meet the international deadline to migrate from analogue, but it will begin with an awareness campaign and roll out set top boxes to five million poor homes over the next two years. It is also signing agreements on frequency interference with neighbouring nations.
Portia Modise should be celebrated. She was the first African footballer to score more than 100 goals in international competition. She has announced her retirement from playing to take up coaching after a career in which she was the country's top goal scorer, male and female.


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