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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.


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.

Dear Friends,

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:

  1. Over the last 5 and a half years, I have crisscrossed the Mid-West.
  2. I have conversed with the many faces representing this Mid-West.
  3. I have walked the State Fair Grounds from Missouri to Arkansas.
  4. I have shared meals from North Dakota to Nebraska.
  5. I have seen the beauty of this land from Wisconsin to Ohio and everything in between.
  6. 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 .

Until later

Respectfully yours in service

Vuyiswa Tulelo

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GSA Global Sourcing Summit 2018

We are delighted to announce that the GSA Global Summit & Awards 2018 in partnership with BPESA will be taking place on 14th – 16th March with additional “Africa Only Days” on the 13th and 16th March, in Cape Town, South Africa and will attract 400+ professionals, a significant portion of which will be buyers of sourcing services.

Clearing the path to strategic sourcing success, this inaugural Summit & Awards will showcase the most ground-breaking case studies and influential speakers from around the world. We will be taking delegates on a tour of the global sourcing landscape, discussing and debating the very latest trends and predictions effecting organisations today.​

Aimed to inform and educate procurement professionals/strategic sourcing teams, the two-day conference will provide tangible insights into subject areas such as Customer Experience, Robotics Process Automation, Managing Outsourcing Relationships, Digital Transformation, Innovation and Exit Management.


Cape Town International Convention Centre, South Africa

Day One Agenda:

Half Day Conference  12pm – 5pm

Day Two Agenda:

Full Day Conference  9.30am – 5pm

GSA Global Sourcing Awards  7pm – late

Ticket registrations will be opened to the industry soon.

GSA Global Sourcing Awards 2018

The GSA Global Sourcing Awards will take place at the same time as the 2-day GSA Global Sourcing Summit on 14th – 16th March 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa.

This event will bring together the world’s leading strategic sourcing suppliers, support providers and buyers. Best practice will be rewarded and celebrated, and the efforts of companies and individuals who have demonstrated excellence in the strategic sourcing world in 2017/18 will be recognised at the GSA Global Sourcing Awards.

Organisations have 20 different categories to choose from:


01 – BPO Contract of the Year

02 – IT Outsourcing Project of the Year

03 – Automation Project of the Year

04 – Service Provider of the Year

05 – Law Firm of the Year

06 – Consultancy of the Year

07 – Partner Collaboration Project of the Year

08 – Digital Transformation Project of the Year

09 – Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility

10 – Innovation Project of the Year

11 – Global Destination of the Year

12 – Shared Service Centre of the Year

13 – Customer Experience Provider of the Year

14 – Buyer of Strategic Sourcing Services of the Year

15 – Award for Delivering Business Value in Global Strategic Sourcing

16 – Excellence in Skills Development

17 – Software Vendor/Business Partner of the Year

18 – African Delivery Destination of the Year

19 – African Service Provider of the Year

20 – African Outsourcing Project of the Year

For details on how to enter and the categories available, please view the Entry Pack

Deadline for Entries

Entries must be received no later than 5pm, Friday 15th December 2017


Sponsorship Opportunities


Each sponsor is unique and has a different set of requirements, therefore we prefer to develop our packages around what you value the most. With a strong focus on ROI and whats important to you as supporter, the GSA account management team will work closely with you to develop a package that will get your brand and people in front of your ideal audience.

Contact us at to find out more or call +44(0)207 292 8680 



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

Free admission

 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.

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