Ms Phumzile Mazibuko
Consul General, South African Consulate in Chicago
As of January 2018, Ms Phumzile Mazibuko is the Consul General of South Africa in Chicago, where she is responsible for the overall management of the Consulate General. The Consul General will promote trade and investments, enhance people to people cooperation in the field of arts, culture, education, and effectively render consular services to South Africans in 14 states in the Midwest region of the United States. The Consul General’s consular jurisdiction includes the following states, Illinois, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, Indiana, Oklahoma, Ohio, Michigan, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas and Arkansas.
Ms Mazibuko has served in different capacities within both the national and provincial government in South Africa including as the Chief of Staff in the Ministry of International Relations & Cooperation and as a Senior Manager for Communication in the Department of Housing and Local Government in Limpopo.
Ms Mazibuko is a career diplomat having served abroad at the South African High Commission in New Delhi, India. She has also served as a Desk Officer at the Greater China Desk, within the Department of International relations of South Africa.
She is a graduate of the University of Johannesburg (UJ), formerly known as the Rand Afrikaans University (RAU), completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Humanitarian Law & Refugee Law. She is currently studying towards her Masters in Diplomatic Studies with the University of Pretoria.
It is unbelievable how time flies when one is having fun. Like all good things, my tour of duty has come to the end in the Mid-West of this very U.SI have thought long and hard what the appropriate parting message must say or sound like, but I have come to this conclusion, the heat speaking clearer than any words.So I share with you the feelings of and from my heart:
- Over the last 5 and a half years, I have crisscrossed the Mid-West.
- I have conversed with the many faces representing this Mid-West.
- I have walked the State Fair Grounds from Missouri to Arkansas.
- I have shared meals from North Dakota to Nebraska.
- I have seen the beauty of this land from Wisconsin to Ohio and everything in between.
- I have been welcomed with open arms in every one of the 14 States I covered.
Thank you Mid-West, thank for allowing me to enrich and expand my horizons in your streets. Thank you for allowing me to grow as I search for opportunities to improve the lives of my people.
Thank you for opening your hearts and wallets to enable our people to interact with each other.
I shared an observation I made a few times now:
My tour has been like harvesting and onion. The food was not immediately visible and available to me . But with your help, your encouragement, I kept peeling, and finally I found the food .
I found the food just in time for me to move to new learning environments.
I pray that as I step out of the spotlight, the incoming Consul General , will be received with the same love and warmth I received .
I hold firm that good bye is not a word in my vocabulary.
I know our paths will cross again, until than may the Good Lord carry us, protect us and keep us in His hand as we continue to strengthen the relationship between the U.S and South Africa through service .
Respectfully yours in service
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GOOD BUSINESS / LAZY SUSAN
GOOD BUSINESS – Dir. Rob Schermbrucker, South Africa, 2015, 25 min.
LAZY SUSAN – Dir. Stephen Abbott, South Africa, 2015, 11 min.
Co-presented by South African Consulate General in Chicago
Wednesday, August 16 at 6:30pm
Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center ● 78 E. Washington St., 2nd Floor North
Good Business introduces us to Raymond Ackerman, the man behind South African grocery giant Pick N Pay, who challenged the rule of Apartheid, giving all men and women equal opportunity to shop and work together. Acclaimed short Lazy Susan follows a hardworking waitress in a Cape Town diner, who maintains her positive attitude despite her customers’ behavior. As her shift comes to an end, one event will turn her humdrum day upside down.
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.
The Chicago Council of Global Affairs hosted a Forum on Global Cities from 7 -9 June 2017 in Chicago. As part of this prestigious event, Consul Political Tshepiso Matlala attended the Private Mayoral Round-Table in which the Chicago Consular Corps and the Mayors from 16 mega cities around the world participated. This exclusive event was held on June 7, 2017 at the Prudential Plaza in Chicago. Mayor Patricia DeLille of Cape Town. South Africa was among the leaders present. The discussions focused on the problems and solutions for climate change, urbanization and financing of cities among other issues.
The South African Consulate General was invited to participate in Ogden Interntional’s Cultural Week.
22 Countries were represented at this event. The Mission created a beautiful display that was admired by all.
Ms. Matlala Tshepiso – Consul Political was accompanied by Ms. Nada Senic and Mrs. Esther Lundquist.