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Holiday Hours:
The Consular section will be closed on December 24-26 & 31, as well as January 1-2.
We will be open for regular business hours December 29-30. 


Important note for all visa/permit applicants: Visa applicants must be submitted in person 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.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

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


Hugh Masekela & Vusi Mahlasela – 20 Years of Freedom Tour

Friday, February 27, 7pm & 10pm


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:

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




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.





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News from South Africa

Cape Town as performance space: Infecting The City takes over the central business district over five days with the aim of creating an outdoor venue, where art is free and accessible to everyone. The festival encourages people to engage with the town in new and different ways.
The empowerment of women and an end to child marriage is the overriding theme of the African Union summit, where South Africa is also placing emphasis on championing infrastructure development on the continent. Both are key targets in Africa's Agenda 2063.
Africa's largest mining companies and most influential industry chief executives will be in Cape Town for the Investing in African Mining Indaba. For the past two decades, the conference - in its 21st year this year - has been the top spot for deal-making in African mining.
Floating power stations - ships that are either anchored offshore or moored at quayside and transmit power through undersea cables - are proving to be a quick-fix to electricity supply problems around the world.
National Geographic Travel magazine has named South Africa's "capital of cool" in second place on its latest list of the top 10 best beach cities in the world. Cape Town pips sweet spots such as Honolulu, Miami and Rio on the list.
By replacing outdated systems with new and secure technologies, the Department of Home Affairs is confident it will reach its target of issuing smart ID cards to 1.6-million citizens by the end of the 2014/15 financial year.
"Best day of my whole life," 11-year-old Kieron Adam said after being surprised by his heroes Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander. Watch as the cricketers challenge the community of Southfield, a suburb of Cape Town, to a game of street cricket.
Even where supermarkets are an option, studies in East and Southern Africa have found that, because of a poorly patrolled chain of custody between producer and seller, milk and meat sold in supermarkets may pose a greater health threat than what is sold in traditional markets.
Cape Town's plans to become Africa's first digital city received a boost on Tuesday when it switched on its new open data portal, making public-sector information - such as the latest budget, tenders and bus station routes - easily and freely available to the city's residents.
Despite starting out strong, Bafana Bafana squandered their last chance to make it into the final eight of the 2015 African Cup of Nations tournament when they lost 2-1 to Ghana's Black Stars in Equatorial Guinea on Tuesday night.
A R9.65-billion private-public investment at Saldanha Bay, on South Africa's West Coast, aims at improve the deep-water port's ability to service to offshort oil and gas industry, the Transnet National Ports Authority announced on Monday.
South Africa leads sky-commerce with the world's first aircraft tracking and real-time payment innovation. South African Airways has developed - and installed - the Satellite Authorisation System, which will allow credit card transactions in the sky, anywhere and anytime.
Concerted safety efforts at South African mines are paying off as the industry works towards zero harm, particularly in the most dangerous aspects such as falls of ground, transportation and machinery. The number of deaths has dropped 85% over the two decades from 1993.
Wits physicists have announced a breakthrough in the study of external galaxies using the High Energy Stereoscopic System telescopes. The team has found three "extremely luminous gamma-ray sources in the Large Magellanic Cloud", a satellite dwarf galaxy of the Milky Way.
Bafana Bafana must win their final group stages match against Ghana on Tuesday night if they are to continue at the CAF Orange Africa Cup of Nations, currently under way in Equatorial Guinea. "We can make it," insists Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula.
South Africa's u20 football team beat Finland 2-1 to win the Commonwealth Cup in St Petersburg on Sunday. "These boys have tasted how sweet winning is," said coach David Notoane, saying the team would carry this spirit with them to Senegal for the CAF African Youth Tournament in March.
Team South Africa returned from the World Economic Forum after a successful round of talks. The president and his ministers, as well as South African business leaders, took part in a number of meetings at which they told the story of a country facing its challenges head on.
In 2014, 1 215 rhino were killed by poachers in South Africa. But there has been some success: the National Prosecuting Authority got a 61% conviction rate in the year against poachers, and cross-border co-operation led to arrests in Europe. The translocation programme is also a success.
It is impossible not to have strong views when it comes to the debate on Africa's rise: despite solid economic growth and progress in poverty alleviation, people's views on the region's outlook remain stubbornly polarised. Elsie Kanza, head of Africa at the World Economic Forum, shares why she remains optimistic.
Graça Machel and Tony Blair are the keynote speakers at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, now in its 20th year. As head of the Foundation for Community Development, Machel leads the sustainable development sessions. A host of other global mining leaders and economists are scheduled to speak.

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