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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.

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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News from South Africa

Government officials and business leaders met over two days at the Manufacturing Indaba to discuss challenges and solutions to boost the sector. Panel discussions included gas industrialisation strategy and the development of African trade.
In this Youth Month series we look at the class of young South Africans who are, 40 years after the 1976 Soweto uprising, making an individual impact, small or great, in forging the country's distinctive identity.
Can jazz music, like classical music, hold the key to early childhood development and inspire creativity in South African youth? Teacher Mignon van Vreden and her Bejazzled project use jazz to teach preschoolers about co-ordination, rhythm and improvisation.
The National Lotteries Commission has made a multimillion-rand commitment to sponsor Team South Africa at the highest level, ahead of the upcoming Olympic Games in Brazil. The money will also be used beyond the global tournament.
The Urban Scholar Bicycle programme provides schoolchildren with bicycles to get to school safely and on time. In turn, this boosts their academic performance. The project recently delivered several hundred bicycles to pupils in Alexandra, in north-eastern Johannesburg.
American corporation General Electric has made a significant investment in South Africa with the launch of its GE Africa Innovation Centre in Johannesburg. South Africa welcomed the multimillion-rand venture, saying it demonstrated that Africa was a viable investment destination.
In this Youth Month series we look at the class of young South Africans who are, 40 years after the 1976 Soweto uprising, making an individual impact, small or great, in forging the country's distinctive identity.
Social media is more than a means to keep in touch with friends and family. Young South Africans are using these platforms to enrich their lives to build personal brands or their business or using it for educational purposes.
Two young entrepreneurs created a platform on social media for small business owners and bloggers to engage with each other. In honour of Youth Month, they share why this community is important.
A South African musician has, for the first time, won an award at the Black Entertainment Television Awards. Nominated alongside fellow African and South African artists, Black Coffee took home the "Best International Act-Africa" accolade.
To give all eligible South Africans the opportunity to vote in the local elections on 3 August 2016, the day has been declared a public holiday. All citizens who can vote are encouraged to visit polling stations and exercise their democratic right.
The Ad Hoc Committee formed to facilitate the appointment of a new public protector has received 21 nominations from the public. Nominees' names will be made available after 24 June. The position becomes vacant when the term of Thuli Madonsela, the incumbent, ends in October.
Acclaimed South African photographer Peter Magubane has published a book of his historical photographs documenting the 1976 Soweto uprising. At the launch of the book, he remembers, 40 years later, how he strived to tell world of the darkness and brutality of apartheid.
Writing What We Like: A New Generation Speaks is a collection of essays by 24 young South Africans on their roles and the challenges they face. In honour of Youth Month, editor Yolisa Qunta explains why we need to talk more. Not less.
A South African wine has won an international award. The DeMorgenzon Chardonnay Reserve 2015 brought home a prestigious win from the acclaimed Decanter World Wine Awards. Businesswoman and wine estate owner Wendy Appelbaum was thrilled with the accolade.
A recent three-day UN summit in Tanzania brought together experts and activists from across the continent to develop specific measures to tackle discrimination and attacks on Africans with albinism.
Refentse Morake, the young South African busker who shot to fame in a viral video in 2015 showing off his Afrikaans music skills, has released his debut album to much acclaim. But with an eye on education, he has put his law degree first before he takes his music career on the road full-time.
In this Youth Month series we look at the class of young South Africans who are, 40 years after the 1976 Soweto uprising, making an individual impact, small or great, in forging the country's distinctive identity.
The United Nationals proclaimed 21 June International Day of Yoga. To observe the day, South Africans united to practise this ancient form of art and exercise. Co-ordinated by the Indian High Commission and various organisations, events were held in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg.
A bad experience made a young man give up his passion: dancing. Now choreographer Junior Ferreira explains, in honour of Youth Month, how he invested in his talents again and is now using them to uplift young people in his community.

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