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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.

MEDIA RELEASE                                                                            

10 November 2016

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) is making a friendly call to all international travellers who will be visiting South Africa during the festive season, or returning to South Africa after the holidays, to comply with the country’s import requirements for agricultural and related regulated products.  Compliance will assist our country in preventing and/or minimising the potential risk of introducing alien invasive species, foreign pests and diseases that could be associated with imported plants, plant products, animals, animal products and other regulated goods.

South Africa, like other countries, has a crucial mandate and sovereign right to protect its territory, biodiversity and economy against harm, thus it regulates importation of animals and animal products, liquor products, plants and plant products, honey and honey products as well as any other potentially harmful materials from other countries into its territory. This is in accordance with the country’s relevant legislation, which is aimed at preventing the introduction, establishment and spread of pests and diseases from other parts of the world. Once introduced into the country, the said elements are expensive and difficult to control, thus prevention is pertinent in this regard.

Furthermore, the importation of certain liquor products with an alcohol content of more than 1% into the county for drinking purposes is restricted, except on the authority of an import certificate issued by DAFF.

Please note that import conditions may differ according to the country of origin/ export, global pest distribution, type of products, etc. Travellers are therefore advised to contact the following DAFF offices for detailed information regarding the product/s to be imported:

  • Animals and animal products:

Tel:  +27 12 319 7514/7476

Fax:  +27 12 319 8292


  • Plants and plant products:

Tel: +27 12 319 6102/6130/6207

Fax: +27 12 319 6370


  • Liquor products:

Tel: +27 12 319 6333/ +27 78 754 4488 or +27 60 527 3622

E-mail:, or

Upon arrival in South Africa, all the imported consignments of the above mentioned regulated products must be presented to the DAFF inspectors at the port of entry for compliance inspections as per import conditions. The consignments may not be removed from the port of entry without written authorisation or before being granted entry by the DAFF inspectors.

For information on DAFF inspection services and procedures, please contact the Directorate Inspection Services at tel: +27 12 309 8701, fax: +27 12 309 8785 or

e-mail: further information and media enquiries contact:

Ms Makenosi Maroo

Chief Director: Stakeholder Relations and Communications

Tel.: (012) 319 6787

Cell: 072 475 2956


On Tuesday, September 20th at the Dusable Museum, Guests including members of the South African Consulate General in Chicago, artist Barrett Keithley and more, joined the Belvedere team for a guided art demonstration from Esther Mahlangu. Mahlangu designed the artwork in the colorful style of her Ndebele tribal art for the #MAKETHEDIFFERENCE campaign and limited edition bottle that’s also in collaboration with musician John Legend.

(BELVEDERE) RED has provided funding to 12 million days of life saving ARV drugs and the equivalent of 30,000 HIV positive women give birth to healthy babies over the past 5 years of partnership.


Left: Ms. Shakira Motan – Consul Economic: Ms. Tshepiso Matlala – Consul Political:

Mr. Terrence Tshisevhe – Consul Politcal; Mr. Brian Monare – Accountant

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The South African Ambassador to the United States , Mr Mninwa Mahlangu supported by Consul General Vuyiswa Tulelo are attending the 17th Global Automotive Summit in Chicago.  His excellency ambassador Mahlangu took the opportunity to interact with key role players of the industry . Also making part of the South African delegation were Mr Terrence Tshisevhe, Consul Political and Ms Shakira Motan, Consul Economic.



Dir. Henk Pretorius, 2013, 97 min.

Co-presented by the South African Consulate General in Chicago

Wednesday, August 17 at 6:30pm*

Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center   l

78 E. Washington St., 2nd Floor North

Free admission

This lighthearted story astutely tackles the messy, surprising, and often funny consequences of cross-cultural and unexpected romance.

After a prank to irritate their conservative families evolves into undeniable love, Dinky, a Zulu woman, and Fanie,

an Afrikaans man, must overcome cultural and familial differences, jealous ex-lovers, and even the Zulu “Lobola”

(akin to a dowry) in an effort to legitimize their feelings and bridge a fractured community. Zulu, English and Afrikaans with subtitles.

*post-screening discussion

Please arrive early. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to theater capacity.

Film is unrated. Viewer discretion is advised.






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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