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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

TRAVEL ADVISORY TO PREVENT THE IMPORTATION OF EBOLA INTO SOUTH AFRICA 

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.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SOUTH AFRICAN CONSULATE GENERAL WILL BE CLOSED
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2015 – AND WILL REOPEN MONDAY, JANUARY 4, 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 http://peri.io/saconsulate 

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Ahead of the Mining Indaba, Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane emphasised that despite labour, revenue and social challenges in the industry, the future of mining in South Africa was still bright. Progress had been made to save jobs and address transformation, he said.
South African photographer and filmmaker Chris Saunders has spent the last six years documenting the evolution of pantsula dancing. His images have been seen around the world, outlining the dance's history as well as its significance as a positive African youth culture.
There was a need for a multi-pronged approach to deal with racism in South Africa, said Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa at the launch Anti-Racism Week, an initiative announced by the newly established Anti-Racism Network South Africa.
South Africa has ranked moderately in a report showcasing how domestic policy can foster global innovation. South Africa came in at 30 out of 56 countries. Kenya was the only other African country to be featured in the rankings.
Sonwabile Ndamase, the man behind the famous Madiba shirts worn by Nelson Mandela, is taking his style and knowledge to the streets, giving the young people of Eastern Cape the opportunity to learn all about fashion through his South African Fashion Designers Agency.
South Africa's plans for the annual State of the Nation address started last year and they are on track. In his speech, which officially opens Parliament, the President will speak to the nation on the performance of the country. It is also a chance to announce plans going forward.
Next week the South African cricket team walk out on to the Wanderers field to take on England, not in their traditional green and gold, but in pink as part of the team's and the sport's ongoing support of the PinkDrive to raise awareness of and funds for breast cancer research.
Africa is making strides in the fight against malaria. While there is still work to be done, and the battle continues, countries were honoured for what they have done so far. And South Africa was one of the 14 to have been awarded for its work to eradicate the deadly disease.
South Africa's Lucas Sithole won the wheelchair tennis quad doubles title at this week's Australian Open tennis tournament, his second Grand Slam title. Now he has his eye on the single's finals and then next up on his agenda is a gold medal at the Rio Olympics later this year.
In the final between Team South Africa and Team USA in the International Schools Moot Court competition, it was South Africa that walked away victorious. The competition took place in The Hague in Holland, seat of the International Criminal Court.
A South African start-up, referred to as the Uber of professional cleaning services, has secured R10-million in venture capital funding from the entrepreneurship incubator, the Vumela Fund, and First National Bank. It's not the first time SweepSouth has caught the eye of investors.
Foodie and chef Siba Mtongana continues to fly the South African flag high. After leaving her mark internationally on fusion cuisine, she has launched her debut cookbook, My Table. And readers are able to watch her prepare a few of her delicious signature dishes.
South Africa's ranking in the 2015 Corruption Perceptions Index drawn up by the international organisation, Transparency International, has shifted favourably compared to 2014, moving from 67 to 61. But there is still work to be done to eradicate corruption for good.
Senegalese-American singer and philanthropist Akon has partnered with a British clean-tech startup in a remarkable renewable energy project in Lagos, Nigeria: a soccer venue powered by football players' energy. The possibilities stretch to powering whole villages.
While Africa is one of the new frontiers for global automakers and automotive industry investors, there are a number of local car companies - some new, some more established - which are getting attention for building quality motor vehicles for local and global markets.
Klaus Schwab, the founder of the World Economic Forum, saw Mafikizolo perform in Cape Town in 2015 and was impressed. He was so impressed, in fact, that he asked the duo to perform at the gala dinner to mark the closing of the international gathering in snowy Switzerland.
The Johannesburg Stock Exchange is expanding. Long based in the financial hub of Johannesburg, it is opening an office in South Africa's second main economic hub of Cape Town. The new premises will allow the exchange to provide more accessible support in the Mother City.
There is growing international interest in the potential of South Africa's cultural and creative industries to drive sustainable development and create inclusive job opportunities.
South Africa has enormous potential as an investment destination, offering a unique combination of highly developed first world economic infrastructure with a vibrant emerging market economy.
Looking for deeper insight into South Africa? Here are snap reviews of classic South African reads covering non-fiction, fiction and poetry and featuring a range of the country's greatest novelists, poets, journalists and historians.


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