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The 4th Annual Trade and Investment Conference

Johannesburg, Gauteng 

25 – 26 November, 2014


Trade & Investment South Africa and the Provincial Investment Promotion Agencies are preparing to host the South African International Trade & Investment Conference and Exhibition, themed The African Dialogue from 25 – 26 November, 2014 to be held in Gauteng.

This event is an absolutely essential marketing tool to direct attention to the abundant lucrative business prospects in South Africa and the rest of Africa.  It will also provide an opportunity for South African and international organizations to forge relationships and form business linkages with key players and decision makers in strategically identified sectors.

The conference, exhibition and business matching meetings will serve as a platform to promote Africa as an attractive investment destination, especially in the current global economic environment. South Africa is one of the most advanced and promising emerging markets, not only on the African continent, but globally. The reason for this success is our unique combination of a highly developed economic infrastructure and a huge emerging market economy that has given rise to a strong entrepreneurial and dynamic investment environment.

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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.


Chicago Shakespeare Theatre Presents a World’s Stage Production from South Africa!

Isango Ensemble’s The Magic Flute.

The Magic Flute will be performed 25-28 September 2014. Please click for more information.


“Homage to Nelson Mandela: Ernest Dawkins’ Memory in the Center, an Afro Jazz Opera.”

Date: Thursday, August 28

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Cost: Free


The final installment of Made in Chicago doubles as opening night of the Chicago Jazz Festival, with saxophonist Dawkins convening musicians from Chicago, South Africa and England.  “Music is a great blessing. It has the power to elevate and liberate us. It sets people free to dream. It can unite us to sing with one voice.” – Nelson Mandela


For the official opening-night show of the Chicago Jazz Festival – and the finale of this year’s Made in Chicago concert series – local composer, saxophonist and AACM veteran Ernest Khabeer Dawkins has created a work in honor of the late South African president that promises to do many of the inspiring things Mandela said music could do.


“Homage to Nelson Mandela: Ernest Dawkins’ Memory in the Center, an Afro Jazz Opera” will unite jazz musicians from Chicago, London and South Africa to celebrate their shared role in sounding the alarm against apartheid and helping energize the freedom movement. In basking in the dream of equality for all, the work will celebrate not only Mandela, great champion of human rights, but also the two heroic women in his life: Winnie Mandela, his first wife, and Graça Machel, his widow.

Their activist spirit will flow through the soulful, stirring vocals of Dee Alexander, who no doubt will also channel another woman who played an important role in the struggle, singer Miriam Makeba. Long treasured by locals, Alexander exploded into the national consciousness last year on NPR’s “JazzSet” program with her amazing tribute to James Brown and Jimi Hendrix. Her breaking of barriers certainly will resonate on this special occasion.


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August 27, 2014A Reasonable Man

A Reasonable Man

Dir. Gavin Hood

South Africa, 1999

104 mins.

Presented by the 50th Chicago International Film Festival and the South African Consulate in Chicago.

In rural Zululand, a city lawyer decides to take the case of a local herd boy who has killed a one-year-old baby in the belief that the infant was, in fact, an evil spirit. Central to the case is the boy’s unshakable faith in the tikoloshe, a creature thought to be responsible for infertility and other evils in the community. In this thrilling crime drama, writer, director, and actor Gavin Hood presents a visually splendid, complex portrait of the disparate cultures that enrich and, at times, divide the communities that make up South Africa.

**In 1999 A Reasonable Man was an Official Selection of the 35th Chicago International Film Festival.

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On 12 August 2014, the Chicago Trade Office met with Ms. Lisa Packer, the representative for the Western Cape Citrus Producers Forum. South African Citrus was being exhibited at the Midwest Produce Expo by two importers. The Consul Economic, Ms. Donnadelliah Maluleke, attended the show and met with the importers of SA products.

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 In communication with the show organizers and the Cosmetics Export Council of South Africa, the South African Consulate helped to organize the space for the 3 companies exhibiting at the show under individual EMIA funding. The companies were Lillian Terry International, Caribbean Tan, and I-Slices.


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The ANC’s business arm – the Progressive Business Forum (PBF),  was invited by the President and Founder of the Rainbow Push Coalition, Rev. Jesse Jackson, to attend the 43rd anniversary conference of the Rainbow Coalition and the Citizenship Education Fund, to be held in Chicago, USA. In conjunction with their participation at the event, the Chicago Office took the lead and developed a day program for 1 July for the SA businesses which included a networking session and a seminar by the founder of the Cycle of Success Institute, Mr. John Mautner.




The South African Consulate helped arrange a national pavilion at IBIO in San Diego, where 10 South African Companies were featured and attended week long seminars on the industry. The National Pavilion showcased South African products/technology to key industry players in the 1



The South African Consulate in partnership with the Metropolitan Club of Chicago and Wines of South Africa hosted a special seminar at the Metropolitan Club of Chicago on 5 June 2014 showcasing South African Wine! This Wines of South Africa Masterclass was led by a special guest, Mr. Jim Clark of Wines of South Africa (




Gateway to the Nation




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.


News from South Africa

South Africa is lobbying the leaders of the US Senate and House of Representatives to extend the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa). Agoa gives qualifying countries like South Africa duty-free market access to the US.
South Africa is tackling threats to its large citrus export market, aiming to keep the country's R6-billion citrus industry export competitive.
In his 2014 Medium Term Budget, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has announced across-the- board budget cuts, job freezes and tax increases to try and curtail run-away government spending and revive sluggish economic growth.
Some 108 children got their chance to speak truth to power as members of the Nelson Mandela Children's Parliament this week, calling for stricter policing of child right's violations.
Tackling youth unemployment is top of the agenda for the South African government as it tries to eradicate the triple challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality, said Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene at an IMF discussion session
Africa's current economic growth is providing impetus for South African financial services provider FirstRand to invest in real property across the continent.
The organisers of the first Cape Town Fringe festival say the attendance figures for the 11-day festival of theatre, music and dance have set them on the same growth path as other festivals they've studied - particularly their World Fringe Alliance partner festivals in Amsterdam, Prague and New York.
South African Nicholas "Fink' Haysom brings plenty of conflict resolution experience to his new job as chief of UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. But challenges lie ahead, including brokering peace between the new government and the Taliban.
The designation of the Durban-based Dube TradePort as an industrial development zone opens up opportunities for the project to target local and foreign investment.
Tackling international cybercrime, human trafficking and gender-based violence the 35th annual Crime Stoppers International Conference helps law enforcement share crime-fighting tactics and tips.
The Johannesburg Stock Exchange, the largest and most liquid on the continent, has listed three African currencies on a new foreign exchange futures platform on Friday. The JSE said this would offer investors exposure to African economies in a relatively risk-free manner.
South Africa's banking sector compares favourably with those of industrialised nations. It is also leaping ahead on the continent, playing a role in key deals in its mining and metals, oil and gas, and power and infrastructure sectors.
The current deputy governor of the South African Reserve Bank (Sarb), Lesetja Kganyago, will take over from Gill Marcus as governor of the bank as from 9 November 2014.
A unique clinical innovation developed by South African non-profit PowerFree Education Technology aimed at helping to curb high rates of infant mortality across Africa is being fine tuned and commercialised through a partnership with global technology firm Royal Philips.
Drawing on the recent surge in the performance of the African economy, the South African government-owned Public Investment Corporation is planning to invest billions on the rest of the continent.
If you want to be serious about Africa, do your homework, Alec Erwin, South Africa's former trade and industry minister, reportedly told a gathering of more than 100 top chief executives, economists and political leaders from South Africa and Italy, gathered in Cape Town to discuss investment opportunities.
Transferring staff and administrative functions attached to South Africa's superior courts to the Office of the Chief Justice is a move aimed at enhancing the judiciary's institutional independence, Justice Minister Michael Masutha announced this week.
Tax compliance is crucial if South Africa is to effectively serve the interests of its people - and Thomas Swabihi Moyane, newly appointed commissioner of SARS, promises that he will be working with the team to close up any existing loopholes abused by tax dodgers.
South African companies can donate cash to the Ebola Response Fund or offer goods and services to help fight the spread of Ebola in East Africa.
A special economic zone is to be established in the Rustenburg platinum belt in the North West to help develop industries that use the precious metal, such as jewellery, catalytic converters and fuel-cell technology, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies announced ​last week.

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