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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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South African Comedian, Trevor Noah, is coming to Chicago to perform at UP Comedy Club. As a recently hired contributor for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Trevor Noah showcases his comedic and cultural flare in everything he does. As a South African native, Trevor has hosted several awards shows and comedy festivals as well as his own late night talk show. Trevor Noah will be performing at UP comedy club from the 16-18 January 2015, with both 8:00pm and 10:30pm showings. Information on tickets can be found at: http://upcomedyclub.com/show.cfm?id=359931&cart

Join the South African Consulate as we welcome him to Chicago!

 

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Private Label Manufacturing Association (PLMA)

South African companies attending the PLMA trade show on November 16-18 brought the exotic taste of South Africa to the annual event. They exhibited South African wines, teas, jams, sauces, and skin care products and interacted with local businesses to explore transnational partnerships and exporting opportunities.

More than 2,400 exhibit booths, over 5,000 buyers and visitors, and nearly 20,000 different products are showcased at the PLMA, making it a unique opportunity for exhibitors to meet as many buyers from as many retail channels.

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News from South Africa

The Gift of the Givers has a search and rescue and a medical team in Nepal. Its trauma specialists are running seven theatres in five hospitals carrying out major surgical procedures, while the search and rescue teams comb rural areas. It is also supplying food and tents.
Six dams will either be built or expanded over the next 10 years, according to the Presidential Infrastructure Co-ordinating Commission. A more co-ordinated system across spheres of government will also get water from source to tap quicker and more efficiently.
Visitors to some of South Africa's most luxurious private lodges will soon be able to fly directly to their bush getaways thanks to the imminent acquisition of four new Cessna aircraft by independent airline SA Airlink.
South African Airways Cargo will no longer transport hunting trophies of rhino, elephant, lion and tiger around the world. The SAA freight division put the embargo in place after cargo it was transporting was misdeclared. The ban is "to curb the problem of illegal transportation of animals".
A solar-powered battery that allows home owners to go completely off-grid has been unveiled by South African-born and raised technology entrepreneur Elon Musk, who believes his company's latest innovation will help change the "entire energy infrastructure of the world".
Quality journalism enables citizens to make informed decisions about their society's development, exposing injustice, corruption, and the abuse of power, UN bosses said in a joint statement issued to mark this year's World Press Freedom Day.
The South African Premier Business Awards aim to recognise business excellence. And this year's winners once again underscore the country's reliability and attractiveness as a destination for inward investment, writes Brand South Africa chair Chichi Maponya.
The violence against foreigners that flared earlier this month had abated, said Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe. South Africa was helping to repatriate foreign nationals who wanted to return home, and was offering services to those who chose to stay.
President Jacob Zuma has sent his condolences to Nepal after Saturday's 7.9 magnitude earthquake left an estimated 5 000 dead. The Department of International Relations and Co- operation has meanwhile confirmed that all the South Africans in the region have been accounted for.
South Africa marked its 21st year of democracy on Freedom Day, with a call for radical action to transform and tackle poverty, unemployment and inequality. The consensus was that the country was in a far better position than it was during apartheid, but there was some way to still go.
The Weather Station for Schools project aims to build students' skills in computer networking and databases through a global science experiment. In addition to building a weather station, the students will learn how to write application code that logs a range of weather data.
In addition to the human cost, the recent attacks against foreign nationals in South Africa damage the country's reputation and development, and ignore migrants' contribution to our society, the government explains in a new booklet. Download it here.
Google and the Robben Island Museum have teamed up to offer online tourists an inside view of the prison colony off Cape Town where Nelson Mandela was held for almost two decades.
Overlooking the capital and facing the Voortrekker Monument, Freedom Park on Salvokop outside Pretoria tells the story of the nation, from the beginning of time to democracy. It is a place of healing and reflection, and a tribute to ordinary heroes.
South Africa exports almost R300-billion worth of goods to other African countries, sustaining tens of thousands of local jobs. If they close their markets to South African products as a result of xenophobic attacks, local workers will lose their jobs, warns the economic affairs minister.
Tributes are pouring in for John "Shoes" Moshoeu, one of the country's best-loved soccer players. He played for Kaizer Chiefs and as well as wore the Bafana Bafana jersey with style no less than 73 times, helping the national team win the Africa Cup of Nations in 1996.
South African citizens have visa-free access to no fewer than 97 of the world's 194 countries - earning the passport a ranking of 42 out of 51 on travel site GoEuro's 'Ultimate Passport' list.
A tapestry of colour surrounded the statue of Nelson Mandela in Pretoria on Tuesday when volunteers from 67 Blankets laid out more than 3 000 square metres of handmade blankets on the lawns of the Union Buildings to commemorate South Africa's 21 years of freedom.
Sere adds 100MW to the grid and will save nearly six million tons of greenhouse gas emissions over its 20-year lifespan. Each year, it will supply enough energy to power about 124 000 homes. Next on Eskom's renewables agenda is a concentrated solar power plant.
Agreement will be reached on poultry exports and anti-dumping duties, a sticking point in US and South African trade negotiations, according to Minister Rob Davies, who has been in discussions with his US counterpart over the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement and Agoa.


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