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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

The date for South Africa's local government election is officially set for 3 August 2016. It is now up to the Independent Electoral Commission to prepare to host and deliver another successful election.
Celebrate Africa Month by taking a tour of the continent's best beats: classic favourites, hidden gems and contemporary hits. From west to south, Mali to Mzansi, bask in the rhythms and melodies that make Africa's heart beat proudly.
The Possible Conference held in Braamfontein last week was an opportunity for 300 creatives and content creators to learn from each other and get guidance from branding professionals.
Google is working to boost digital skills across Africa and foster the spirit of internet entrepreneurs through its online learning portal Digify Africa. The company has pledged to train a million young people across the continent.
Improving trade and investment between African countries is key to enticing greater overseas investment into the continent, according to the recent Tshwane International Trade and Infrastructure Investment Conference.
American scientists are scheduling a major trial of an experimental HIV vaccine in South Africa in 2016, "the most feasible vaccine ever developed". It will be one of largest single clinical testing processes done in South Africa.
Since the inaugural Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in 2003, speakers have been notable global leaders in their field. This year will be no different. Microsoft co-founder and global philanthropist Bill Gates will deliver the 14th annual lecture on the eve of Mandela Day.
The 2016 Quidditch World Cup is taking place in July in Germany. Uganda is the only country in Africa sending players to the tournament and money is being raised through a crowdfunding initiative to get them there. So far, the team is astounded by the support they have received.
The trailer for the film version of South African writer Can Themba's classic short story, The Suit, has been released. The film has been selected for a number of local and African film festivals. It stars Atandwa Kani, his acting legend father John Kani, and Phuti Nakene.
Pinky Zungu dreamt of becoming an airline pilot, but she has found that piloting a ship is something she could do forever. And she has done such a good job of it that Transnet National Ports Authority has appointed her its first black female deputy harbour master.
Local musicians are celebrating the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) decision to make 90% of their playlists local music. For some, this is the first step in educating South Africans about the value of copyright as well.
Legendary South African actor John Kani stars in the latest Marvel Comics movie Captain America: Civil War as the king of the fictional country, Wakanda. Kani incorporates his Xhosa mother tongue into the role. Find out the story behind this little piece of Mzansi in Hollywood.
Healthcare is a basic human right - and drives prosperity. Using technology to improve healthcare in Africa was one of the topics discussed at the 2016 World Economic Forum on Africa in Kigali, Rwanda last week. The consensus? A healthier population drives economic progress.
Positive returns on investment are almost guaranteed in the infrastructure and ICT sectors in South Africa, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa told potential investors at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Kigali, Rwanda.
The Schwab Foundation announced the winners of its Social Entrepreneurs of the Year awards at the WEF Africa conference in Kigali. This year's winners are entrepreneurs involved in computer literacy, training and socially responsible agriculture.
It is rare to find a product that is made in Africa. Despite the new technologies its one-billion people are embracing, production on the continent is achingly low. Africa's leaders are trying to change that say panellists discussing the future of production at WEF Africa 2016.
During the World Economic Forum on Africa, held in Kigali, Rwanda this week, the Village of the Future panel discussion offered some new insights on the role of technology in rural economies.
Youngsters in Kibera, one of Kenya's biggest townships are using the cut and paste method to create photocopied magazines to tell the world their stories. They highlight daily struggles but also reveal the city's unique cultural movements.
The Great Green Wall of Africa is an AU vision to create an enormous belt of trees running for 7 000 kilometres along the southern border of the Sahara, from the west coast all the way to the east. A plan to stop desertification, it's been described as a "daring endeavour in human history, a real world wonder".
Cote d'Ivoire is the best sub-Saharan African destination for investors, with South Africa in the top seven, according to Nielsen's 2016 African Prospects Indicators report.

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