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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.

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.



Dear South Africans and Friends of South Africa, Nando’s has made its way to Chicago. It will have  3 locations in Chicago so we can satisfy our South African Peri Peri cravings. You want to know more about Nando’s in Chicago, then sign up at 

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South Africa's 67 Blankets for Mandela charity has claimed the record for the world's largest blanket this month‚ creating a collaborative blanket large enough to cover two-and-a-half rugby fields - with the help of people around the globe and prisoners across the country.
The Time 100 is an annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, including academics, politicians, cultural personalities and philanthropists. A number of Africans and Africa-related events feature this year.
To mark 22 years of freedom, three South African artists have created a six-metre statue of Nelson Mandela in Ramallah, Palestine. The project was funded by the City of Johannesburg as a symbol of commitment to lasting peace in the Middle East, said Joburg mayor Parks Tau.
South Africa will award the 2016 National Orders today to citizens, living and deceased, for their political, cultural and social contributions to democracy. The awards are given as part of the country's annual Freedom Day commemorations.
South Africa, along with the rest of the world, observed World Malaria Day yesterday. While significant progress has been made in combating and treating the disease, work is ongoing to reach the goal of zero infections of malaria in Africa and around the globe.
The king of rumba rock, Congolese music star Papa Wemba, died after he collapsed during a performance in Ivory Coast. As one of Africa's best known musical ambassadors, Wemba popularised the distinctive sounds of soukous-rumba dance music across the globe.
In nod to the level of excellence of South Africa's advertising agencies, a South African has been selected for the radio and audio jury at the London International Awards. Working for Ogilvy & Mather, Mariana O'Kelly has over 18 years' experience in the industry.
World Book and Copyright Day is observed on 23 April to acknowledge books and writers, and to encourage everyone to discover the pleasure of reading. Local novelist Cynthia Jele used the opportunity to speak about her experiences as a writer.
One of Johannesburg's most recognised historic buildings, the old post office in Rissik Street, is being refurbished, the city has announced. It was built in 1897 and was declared a national monument in 1978. In November 2009, it was wrecked by a fire.
A Stellenbosch technology company has devised a unique system that could be a workable solution to combating online piracy, which is threatening to derail the media industry. The groundbreaking response begins with Bitcoin technology.
The city of Joburg honoured two of its greatest residents, giving them the Freedom of the City. George Bizos and Andrew Mlangeni received the honour for their role in contributing to South Africa's freedom - "one a defender and the other a member of the defending legal team".
Demo Africa connects Africa's start-ups with governments, information technology buyers and local investors, among others. The annual conference will be held in Johannesburg later this year, the first time it is being hosted in South Africa.
An award-winning science research project by two Cape Town matric pupils is hoping to fast- track the eradication of toxins in maize crops that can cause growth stunting in children and cancers, and potentially save thousands of lives.
South Africa's Gauteng department of health is merging technology with patient care to improve overall delivery in its hospitals. After a successful trial phase, the Electronic Bed Management System was officially launched in Pretoria on 19 April 2016.
Freedom Park in Tshwane took part in International Day of Monuments and Sites, which fell on 18 April. Under the theme "The Heritage of Sport", schools participated by getting learners to prepare presentations that highlighted the importance of cultural heritage institutions.
To commemorate Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday, a special edition of the famous Krugerrand is released. With only 260 coins available, it has a unique feature reading "QEII 90" on the reverse side of the coin, above the iconic springbok.
A 17 year-old South African learner from Somerset West has been named the best mathematics student in the world in the International Cambridge University Examinations, scoring the maximum marks in the advanced mathematics and chemistry exams.
Cape Town was voted the favourite city in the world and South Africa the third favourite country in the Telegraph newspaper's annual travel survey. It is the fourth consecutive year that the Mother City has taken the top honour in the British newspaper's popular poll.
It was a proud weekend in South African sports with sprinter Caster Semenya winning three titles in a matter of four hours. Other South African athletes, such as Wayde van Niekerk, Alyssa Conley, Stephen Mokoka, and Ruswahl Samaai, also scooped titles.
With April marking the 22nd anniversary of South Africa's freedom, Media Club South Africa showcases 22 monuments that pay homage to those who made this country great.

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