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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

Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown says she is confident that construction of South Africa's new coal-fired power plant, the 4 764 MW Medupi power station in Limpopo province, will be completed by December.
State logistics company Transnet officially opened a R30-million wagon refurbishment facility in De Aar in South Africa's Northern Cape province on Monday, bringing new jobs and training opportunities to the small rural town.
The United States is to set up centres to train Africa's next generation of political and economic leaders - starting next year with centres in Senegal, Ghana, South Africa and Kenya - as it moves to expand US President Barack Obama's Young African Leaders Initiative.
South Africa returned to the top of the ICC test cricket rankings on Monday with a hard-fought draw in the second test against Sri Lanka in Colombo, securing only their second series win in the island nation. The Proteas previously triumphed in Sri Lanka in 1993.
South Africa will push for the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) to be extended for a 15-year period when African trade ministers meet with US Trade Representative Michael Froman ahead of next week's United States-Africa Leaders' Summit, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.
South Africa added four more golds to the country's medals tally at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Monday as lawn bowls delivered a third title - and the country's first black bowls medallist in an international competition.
South Africa's Tim Clark captured the PGA Tour's RBC Canadian Open on Sunday, storming to the title by carding five birdies on an inward nine of 30 to take a one-shot victory over third-round leader Jim Furyk.
KWV's 12 year Barrel Select Brandy was named Worldwide Best Brandy, winning the 2014 Worldwide Brandy Trophy Award at the prestigious International Wine & Spirit Competition awards ceremony in London on Monday.
Scientists have uncovered tens of thousands of Earlier Stone Age artifacts at a site in South Africa's Northern Cape province, revealing an extraordinarily rich archaeological deposit whose full extent has yet to be determined - but which is threatened by modern development.
Seven companies with committed investments totalling over R3-billion have projects under construction at the Coega industrial development zone in the Eastern Cape, providing contruction-related jobs to over 1 800 residents of Nelson Mandela Bay.
A South African business delegation arrived in Bangkok on Sunday on the first leg of a trade and investment mission to Thailand and Taiwan, with representatives of 18 companies ready to introduce their products and services directly to buyers in the two high-growth Asian markets.
The Springbok Women departed for the IRB Women's Rugby World Cup in France on Sunday with high hopes of achieving their best ever finish in the tournament following months of preparation and specialist skills training.
South Africa claimed five gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on the weekend - in lawn bowls, judo, swimming and sevens rugby. With five silvers and eight bronzes also in the bag, the team moved up to seventh place on the medals table.
Ephraim "Shakes" Mashaba has been named the new Bafana Bafana coach, more than 20 years after he first took the reigns of the South African national football team. His first assignment will be an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sudan, scheduled to take place in Khartoum in September.
Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has announced a range of measures - including the extension of technical and vocational colleges, and the establishment of a new category of "community colleges" - to help transform South Africa's post-school system.
South Korean electronics and technology giant Samsung is set to invest $20-million (nearly R220-million) in a new television factory at the Dube TradePort in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province, in order to take advantage of rising demand for consumer goods in Africa.
Until recently, many children in Mvezo village in the Eastern Cape, the birthplace of Nelson Mandela, had to drop out of school after Grade 9. The Mandela School of Science and Technology, which opened its doors earlier this year, is changing all that - and more.
The Springbok Women's rugby team leaves for Paris on Sunday for the IRB Women's World Cup, where they will meet hosts France, Australia and Wales in a very tough group. Captain Mandisa Williams says the mood in the squad is "electric".
French multinational Total has begun drilling for South Africa's first deep-water well, south of Mossel Bay, giving fresh impetus to the country's nascent oil and gas industry at a time when the eyes of investors in the sector are shifting further down Africa's coastline.
Team South African bagged two medals on the opening day of the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Thursday, with Richard Murray claiming bronze in the triathlon and Siyabulela Mabulu also winning bronze in the men's judo competition.

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