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South African Consulate of Chicago to host Mandela Day Celebration, Friday, July 18


Chicago, IL – July 10, 2014 – The South African Consulate of Chicago will honour the legacy of Nelson Mandela by hosting an all-day “Mandela Day” celebration.  The event will carry the theme “Service, Sacrifice & Leadership” and be held on Friday July 18 with activities from 10am until 9pm.

“Mandela Day” will be divided into three components throughout the day with activities for all-ages highlighting education, service and celebration of Nelson Mandela’s legacy.

The evening celebration is scheduled from 6pm – 9pm and will be hosted by WVON’s Cliff Kelley.  Deputy Chief of Mission of the South African Embassy in Washington D.C., Ms. Nowetu Luti will give the keynote address, and the evening will also feature several choral groups performing musical tributes to Mandela.

Event Details


Youth Event (Youth, Under 18)

Time:  10:00am – 1:00pm

Location: Johnny Miller Centre- 2622 West Jackson Boulevard Chicago, IL 60612

Details: The youth event will consist of a screening of two Mandela based movies, along with discussions and a pledge for action by the youth.


Community Peace Walk (All Ages)

Time: 1:30pm – 3:01pm

Location:  The Peace Walk will start at the Johnny Miller Centre and cover 8 square blocks.  We will be walking  North on California Ave  to Madison St, then East on Madison to Rockwell St, then South on Rockwell St to Jackson St. Peace walk from Johnny Miller Centre covering surrounding blocks.

Details: Youth and adults will be engaging neighborhood residents and spreading the good word of Nelson Mandela and a message of peace through printed materials.


Evening Event (Adult, 21+)

Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Location: Malcom X College- 1900 w. Van Buren St Chicago, IL 60612

Details: Reception will be held at 6pm, with the evening program beginning promptly at 6:30pm.

About International Mandela Day

On November 10, 2009, the UN unanimously adopted as “Nelson Mandela International Day”. The overarching objective of Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good. Ultimately it seeks to empower communities everywhere.


Contact: Tshepiso Matlala

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Chicago, Illinois

The South African Consulate is promoting this movie  to show support for  the global nature of the problem that is violence against women, and the need for further attention and dialogue that needs to take place.


Kansas Aviation Consul General Vuyiswa Tulelo and Trade Commissioner Donnadelliah Maluleke

Some of Wichita’s aviation businesses spent Monday afternoon learning about trade opportunities with South Africa.

“It’s big in opportunities that exist,” Donnadelliah Maluleke, a trade commissioner with the South African Consulate General in Chicago, said in a presentation about the country.

Maluleke and Vuyiswa Tulelo, the consul general, gave presentations and held roundtable discussions and one-on-one meetings with business representatives attending.

The visit was hosted by Kansas Global Trade Services, a nonprofit trade advisory firm. It was held at the Wichita State University Metropolitan Complex.

“South Africa is one of the best markets for Kansas products, including aviation,” said Karyn Page, president and CEO of Kansas Global Trade Services. “South Africa, we consider a friendly nation. They’re easy to do business with.”

John Potts, corporate administrator for RedGuard, a Wichita company that makes blast-resistant buildings and portable storage containers, attended to explore new business possibilities.

“We’re opening the doors and looking for any new opportunity we can find,” he said.

RedGuard does business on a worldwide basis, Potts said. It currently has relationships with some companies in South Africa.

“We’re investigating what our opportunities are,” he said. “We want to further the relationships.”

Brian Middleton, president of D&O Engineering Co., came to explore opportunities as well.

“I want to see if there’s a company from South Africa that I could sell for,” Middleton said. “There are good people who sell airplane parts. Could we sell those in the Midwest?”

Specifically, the South African delegates came to promote the Africa Aerospace & Defence trade, exhibition and airshow, which will be held Sept. 17-21 in South Africa.

Maluleke and Tulelo are working to recruit five Wichita aviation companies to attend the show, which is held every other year. Expenses will be paid for representatives from the five companies to attend.

Those selected to attend the show will also attend meetings with others in the aviation, defense and aviation research industries there.

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MONDAY, JUNE 16 @ 6:30pm The African Cypher – Chicago Premiere

Where: Facets Cinematheque, 1517 W. Fullerton Ave.

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This is the physicality of the dance; the awe of a body flowing through space, flipping, spinning, and snaking as if giving birth to a new means of self-expression. Across South African cities and townships, dance has long been a mirror of the community, replaying allegorical stories that both educate and entertain. The film harnesses the energy of the unique and diverse performance styles of isiPantsula and sBhujwa to Krump and B-boy. Crime and poverty may be a challenging reality in township life, but the dancers featured describe how their art has enriched their lives with new avenues, and pay it forward by engaging with youth through mentorship and dance training that breaks the cycle of crime and offers hope.
Directed by Bryan Litlle, 2012, 88 min., South Africa, Documentary, Zulu/ Xhosa/Afrikaans/ English subt.

June 16 is Youth Day in South Africa.
Come discuss comtemporary South Africa with Mr. Karabo Letlaka, Consul Political, South African Consulate General 

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News from South Africa

South African activist, politician and businessman Tokyo Sexwale was joined by former president Thabo Mbeki, former cricket administrator Ali Bacher and Comrades Marathon legend Bruce Fordyce at the Johannesburg launch of a new global initiative to tackle discrimination in sport on Monday.
President Jacob Zuma is to send a delegation to Israel to convey South Africa's concerns over the mounting loss of civilian lives through Israel's invasion of the Gaza strip, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane announced on Tuesday.
South Africa's Durban International Film Festival initiated a world first on Monday as it began broadcasting a full week of African documentary films to television audiences across sub-Saharan Africa.
South African delegates, led by Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula, made an impassioned plea for Durban to be named host of the 2022 Games at the Commonwealth Games Federation's general assembly in Glasgow on Monday.
The Department of Labour is set to launch a major investigation into the possibility of introducing of a national minimum wage in order to bring down levels of inequality in the country, says Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant.
Improved market access for South African exports of wine, sugar, ethanol and some fruit products are among the benefits set to flow from the trade deal recently concluded between the European Union and seven southern African countries, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.
South Africa's Chanelle Scheepers came up just short of winning the second WTA title of her career on the weekend when she went down to Mona Barthel in the final of the Swedish Open in Bastad.
Teams of representatives from the government, business, labour, civil society and academia have begun working on plans to unlock the economic potential of South Africa's oceans, in the first activation of a new initiative, dubbed Operation Phakisa, that was launched by President Jacob Zuma on the weekend.
While the government thanked those South Africans who dedicated 67 minutes of their time to cleaning up their surroundings on Friday, the Nelson Mandela Foundation thanked all those from around the world who turned out in support of the first Mandela Day since Mandela's passing.
The Sharks will continue to fly the South African flag in the Super Rugby playoffs after they qualified for the semi-finals following a hard-fought 31-27 victory over the Highlanders in Durban on Saturday evening.
Reigning ASP world champion, Mick Fanning of Australia, took a giant step towards a fourth world title when he defeated compatriot Joel Parkinson in the final of the J-Bay Open in sensational waves in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa on the weekend.
Hashim Amla began his career as South Africa's test captain on a high note when he led the Proteas to a 153-run victory over Sri Lanka in the first test in Galle on Sunday. Bowler Dale Steyn received the man of the match award after finishing with overall figures of 9 for 99.
The sixth episode of Brand South Africa's Play Your Part TV series, which airs on SABC 2 at 9pm on Sunday, features pioneering South Africans who are pushing the boundaries of technology, the environment and space.
Some 170 volunteers from Brand South Africa, the Methodist Church of Southern Africa and the Nelson Mandela Foundation got their hands dirty renovating classrooms at Simunye High School in Bekkersdal, west of Johannesburg on Mandela Day.
Thirty-year-old Sibusiso Bhengu, an offender serving his sentence at Leeuwkop Correctional Centre in Johannesburg, says he is glad he had an opportunity to interact with the outside world on Mandela Day.
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa rolled up his sleeves on Friday to paint one of the rooms of the Mahikeng Provincial Hospital in North West province, before leading a clean-up campaign at two local taxi ranks in the Mahikeng CBD.
Cricket South Africa marked Mandela Day by turning an unused storage container into a mobile library for the kids at SOS Children's Villages' Mamelodi branch on Friday - then hosted a cricket clinic with SOS children and staff, followed by a mini-cricket festival with kids from the area.
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown handed out blankets and food parcels to her "favourite people", namely pensioners, in Hout Bay, Cape Town on Friday before joining in to help clean up the streets of Imizamo Yethu township.
The South African Mint Company on Friday marked the first Mandela Day since Madiba's passing by unveiling the second edition of its Protea Life of a Legend coin series: a pure gold R25, pure gold R5 and sterling silver R1 coin themed around Mandela's dedication to lifelong learning.
The new Brics development bank, through its Africa branch in South Africa, will mobilise resources for "transformational" infrastructure development projects that will boost the continent's integration, says Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene.

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