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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.


We are expecting a representation of about fifteen South African companies with a range of products from jams and sauces to cosmetics, biltong and wine producers. These companies will be showcasing their wide array of products at the trade show.

South African Automotive Week 

Johannesburg, South Africa

13 – 17 October 2014

From October 13 to 17, the South African Consulate General participated in South Africa’s Automotive Week, the international trade show for stimulating trade and business opportunities in manufacturing and the related sector. In partnership with ten automotive companies, the Consulate brought together businesses from the automotive industry to strengthen international ties and build bilateral relations through the event.




IMG_2991The 20th World Route Development Forum

Chicago, Illinois, USA • 20 – 23 September 2014

At the 20th World Route Development Forum held in Chicago this year, the Province of KwaZulu-Natal, which will host World Routes 2015 in September next year, introduced aviation representatives and organizations to the City of Durban. A key gateway for Africa, Durban is a thriving tourist destination, an avant-garde aviation hub, and cutting-edge location for investment and business opportunities.





KwaZulu Natal Investment Opportunity Breakfast 

McCormick Place Convention Center

23 September 2014

On the occasion of the 2014 World Routes Development Forum, the South African Consulate General in Chicago, in partnership with Trade & Investment KZN, hosted a KwaZulu-Natal Investment Opportunity Breakfast.  MEC Mr. Michael Mabuyakhulu, Durban Executive Mayor Mr. James Nxumalo, and Consul Economic Donnadelliah Maluleke opened the floor for a discussion on KwaZulu-Natal Province as an enticing investment destination for Chicagoland businesses.




Wine Tasting at Blue Crane Imports

October 1st, 2014

On October 1st, 2014, Chicago-based importer and distributor Blue Crane Imports hosted a South African Wine Tasting Event. Blue Crane Imports selected six wines from South African producer Catherine Marshall”s highly acclaimed range. Ms. Marshall was also in attendance, greeting guests and speaking about her line of wines from South Africa.




Celebrating 20 Years of Democracy in South Africa: Join Us for a Book Launch and Film Screening

Date: Friday, November 14, 2014
Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Venue: Cassidy Theater at Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602

• Screening of documentary Sifuna Okwethu (We Want What’s Ours)

• Filmmaker and author, Bernadette Atuahene, will discuss her work on land reform

• Panel discussion about land reform featuring South African Consul General Vuyiswa Tulelo, Chicago Activist Prexy Nesbitt, and Northwestern Professor Doug Foster

• Presentation by Andre Guichard, creator of book cover art

• Reception catered by Yassa African Restaurant

*Free and open to the public

Dinner provided for those who RSVP

To RSVP, please click here

Co-sponsored by the South African Consulate, the IL Humanities Council, the Chicago-Kent Institute for Law and the Humanities, St. Sabina Church, and Gallery Guichard

The 4th Annual Trade and Investment Conference

Johannesburg, Gauteng 

25 – 26 November, 2014


Trade & Investment South Africa and the Provincial Investment Promotion Agencies are preparing to host the South African International Trade & Investment Conference and Exhibition, themed The African Dialogue from 25 – 26 November, 2014 to be held in Gauteng.

This event is an absolutely essential marketing tool to direct attention to the abundant lucrative business prospects in South Africa and the rest of Africa.  It will also provide an opportunity for South African and international organizations to forge relationships and form business linkages with key players and decision makers in strategically identified sectors.

The conference, exhibition and business matching meetings will serve as a platform to promote Africa as an attractive investment destination, especially in the current global economic environment. South Africa is one of the most advanced and promising emerging markets, not only on the African continent, but globally. The reason for this success is our unique combination of a highly developed economic infrastructure and a huge emerging market economy that has given rise to a strong entrepreneurial and dynamic investment environment.

Reach out to Kevin Gorey for more information at

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.

Gateway to the Nation




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.


News from South Africa

From running a laboratory in Sierra Leone to diagnose suspected Ebola patients to raising more than R50-million to help fight the outbreak in West Africa, South Africa is playing its part in the international fight against the deadly viral disease.
Economic empowerment and independence are important pre-conditions to help end gender-based violence, says NGO Gender Links, which will be showcasing the achievements of more than 1 000 survivors during the 16 Days of Activism For No Violence campaign.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation is preparing for the first anniversary of Madiba's passing in December with the launch of a new-look website and a special interactive exhibition at the Centre of Memory in Johannesburg, where members of the public will be able to pay tribute to their former leader.
The South African economy grew by 1.4% in the third quarter according to data released on Tuesday by Statistics SA - and analysts say the recovery is expected to gain moderate momentum in the final quarter of 2014.
Despite having one of the highest rates of road-related deaths in the world, South African seatbelt laws have not covered children under the age of three. However, from April next year, it will be illegal for children to sit in the front seat or not be appropriately and safely restrained.
Imagine if, for 16 days, there was no rape, no child abuse. The 16 Days of Activism campaign challenges South Africans to declare a truce on violence against women and children - and, ultimately, to make it a permanent one.
South Africa's 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children has been extended to run throughout the year. With the theme, "Count me in", the focus will be on gender and child abuse, with all people encouraged to be part of the solution.
A new solar power plant in South Africa's Northern Province can produce 180 000 megawatt-hours of energy a year for South African residents, enough to power up 80 000 homes. The Jasper plant was completed two months ahead of schedule and will help the country meet its critical electricity needs.
By June 2015, the City of Cape Town plans to have connected 61 public buildings and public access hot spots with free Wi-Fi as part of its R1.3-billion seven-year broadband network strategy.
The number of rhinos killed in South Africa so far this year has hit 1 020. But South Africa is not sitting on its laurels, a number of interventions put in place to curtail rhino poaching has seen 344 alleged poachers arrested since the beginning of 2014.
The history of clay is as old as humanity. In Africa, the tradition has been pit-fired vessels, and in a move to motivate contemporary artists to draw on their African roots, Iziko Museums have curated an inspired exhibition that prompted a new series of stamps from the South African Post Office.
The theme for this year's 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children is "Count me in: Together moving a non-violent South Africa forward', a call to citizens to act as a collective to end gender-based violence and child abuse in the country.
Commemorative events of the first anniversary since the passing of Nelson Mandela will feature a music concert, cycling and marathon competitions, a cricket match between the Proteas and the Boks and of course the annual Nelson Mandela Challenge between Bafana Bafana and Ivory Coast.
The University of the Western Cape, together with local South African partners, has unveiled a 2.5Kw hydrogen fuel power generator prototype unit which can be used to produce electricity in remote areas that do not have access to the national grid.
The demographic shifts taking place in the developing world are opening a window for economic growth. In particular, countries in sub-Saharan Africa can realise an exponential 'demographic dividend' is they invest heavily in their young populations, according to the latest The State of World Population report.
The issue of infrastructure development received a lot of attention during the recent G20 Leaders' Summit in Brisbane, Australia, and the establishment of a Global Infrastructure Hub will accelerate infrastructure investment, particularly in Africa, according to Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene.
BRICS countries met on the sidelines of the G20 Leaders' Summit in Brisbane, where they agreed to set up an interim board of directors to lead the next phase of establishing the National Development Bank.
G20 leaders at the recently ended G20 Leaders' Summit in Brisbane, Australia, have agreed to step up trade and increase job creation as a way to reduce inequality and poverty. The leaders also committed to contributing more resources to curtailing the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa.
Football, rugby, cricket and cycling made it a spectacular sporting weekend for South Africa. A win over Sudan got Bafana to Afcon, the Boks beat England at Twickenham, and the Proteas trounced Australia in Perth. The Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge wrapped up the weekend in Johannesburg.
Two months after the fatal collapse of a church guesthouse in Lagos, Nigeria, the bodies of 74 of the South African victims returned home to an emotional reception ceremony at Waterkloof Airforce Base in Pretoria on Sunday.

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