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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.

ALA summer

Applications for the 2015 Global Scholars Program, at African Leadership Academy are open. The Global Scholars Program (GSP) is a 3-week leadership development program for teenagers aged 15 to 19 from all over the world led by ALA’s renowned Entrepreneurial Leadership faculty, Alumni and Educators from diverse professional backgrounds. GSP is an opportunity for young people to learn and develop entrepreneurship and leadership skills needed to become global agents of positive change, understand more about Africa and build powerful international connections.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and can be completed online. This year, participants can apply for any one of the following GSP sessions:

Session 1: Monday, 29 June – Friday, 17 July
Session 2: Monday, 13 July – Friday, 31 July
Session 3: Saturday, 25 July – Wednesday, 12 August

Your future leader can apply today

If you have any questions about GSP, you can send an email to summer@africanleadershipacademy.org and a member of the GSP Team will get back to you.

You are invited and please share this event with others!

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Conversation about Equal Rights
for Equal Minds at Home and Abroad

Featuring guest panelists
Vuyiswa Tulelo, Consul General of South Africa
Denise Ferguson, Former Director of the Advisory Council on Women at
The City of Chicago’s Commission on Human Relations
Dr. Derise Tolliver Atta, DePaul University School for New Learning
Facilitator: Dr. Ludovic Comeau, DePaul University School for New Learning

March 13, 2015
5:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m. Program
DePaul University, Loop Campus
Daley Building – 14 E. Jackson Blvd., Lower Level Theater
Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

In continuing the commemoration of Women’s History Month and Human Rights Day, the South African Consulate General in Chicago, in partnership with DePaul University School for New Learning and Mayor’s Office Chicago Commission on Human Relations, will start the conversation reflecting and exchanging views on human rights as a global issue, investigating the place and station of women’s rights in it. This day was officially declared a public holiday in 1994 following the inauguration of former President Nelson Mandela.

This national day-off is both a stark reminder of the tragic Sharpeville massacre and a celebration of South Africa’s unique constitution, which gives equal rights to all. The conversation will enable an open and frank engagement on the milestones, faultiness and possibilities to strengthen and entrench Women’s and Human Rights in both countries. It is hoped that the day will bring a diverse audience from the academia, activist communities and the citizenry of Chicago. This discussion will be led by a panel of authorities/professionals who have knowledge in this area also focusing on parallels between U.S., South Africa, and the global arena.

To register, visit:
http://bit.ly/1AGDdvh

For more information, contact:
snlevents@depaul.edu or 312 362-5193

SPONSORS:

DePaul University School for New Learning
Adult Bridge Program
Africa Diaspora Committee
Adult Men of Color Initiative
South African Consulate General: Chicago

City of Chicago’s Commission on Human Relations
City Colleges of Chicago
DePaul Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity
DePaul Women’s Center
DePaul Women’s Network
DePaul College of Law

Please note that the Mission will no longer issue Visitors Visas as of today                

26 February 2015 until further notice. Only permits will still be issued

Kindly contact the following missions to arrange for visa applications

 

 

  • Los Angeles,
    (323) 651-0902
    Fax: (323) 651-5969

Email:consular.la@dirco.gov.za

 

  • Washington,
    Tel: (202) 232-4400, 202-274-7994 and 202-274-7985
    Fax: (202) 265-1607

Email:consular.wa@dirco.gov.za

 

 

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Saturday, February 14, 7pm & 9:30pm

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http://www.oldtownschool.org/concerts/2015/02-14-2015-ladysmith-back-mambazo-7pm/

Hugh Masekela & Vusi Mahlasela – 20 Years of Freedom Tour

Friday, February 27, 7pm & 10pm

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http://www.oldtownschool.org/concerts/2015/02-27-2015-hugh-masekela-and-vusi-mahlasela-7pm/

Trevor Noah, South Africa’s most famous stand-up comedian, performed at the UP Comedy Show on January 16-18, 2015. His effortless sense of humor left us all with laughter. Thank you for coming to Chicago!

Photos by Angelica Diaz 

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South African Comedian, Trevor Noah, is coming to Chicago to perform at UP Comedy Club. As a recently hired contributor for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Trevor Noah showcases his comedic and cultural flare in everything he does. As a South African native, Trevor has hosted several awards shows and comedy festivals as well as his own late night talk show. Trevor Noah will be performing at UP comedy club from the 16-18 January 2015, with both 8:00pm and 10:30pm showings. Information on tickets can be found at: http://upcomedyclub.com/show.cfm?id=359931&cart

Join the South African Consulate as we welcome him to Chicago!

 

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Private Label Manufacturing Association (PLMA)

South African companies attending the PLMA trade show on November 16-18 brought the exotic taste of South Africa to the annual event. They exhibited South African wines, teas, jams, sauces, and skin care products and interacted with local businesses to explore transnational partnerships and exporting opportunities.

More than 2,400 exhibit booths, over 5,000 buyers and visitors, and nearly 20,000 different products are showcased at the PLMA, making it a unique opportunity for exhibitors to meet as many buyers from as many retail channels.

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News from South Africa

A R1-billion government incentive scheme aimed at developing black industrialists will help South Africa achieve radical transformation of its economy, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said at the Black Industrialists Indaba held in Midrand this week.
A summit for all stakeholders - government, business and civil society - will be held to find solutions to the electricity constraints in South Africa, according to the deputy president. He said progress had been made in the president's five-point plan to assist Eskom.
Part of Langa will be car-free when the Cape Town township opens its streets to pedestrians, cyclists, skaters and others on Sunday, 29 March. Open Streets gets people to interact with their city in new ways - like a giant game of Scrabble on the road, for example.
Construction at the university in Kimberley is meeting its milestones and will be ready for its 2016 student intake. The central campus is part of this phase, it will encompass six of eight multi-storey buildings at an estimated cost of over R900-million.
We need to be extremely radical in our determination to save our children, the Department of Basic Education said when it announced the implementation of its teacher development plan that is at improving the teaching of maths in South African schools.
"We play to make a difference in our country back home," said an emotional Proteas captain AB de Villiers after his team lost in the final over to New Zealand in the ICC World Cup semifinal at Eden Park on Tuesday.
The third and final nuclear vendor parade workshop will take place with Canada and Japan this month. South Africa is looking at pressurised water reactor nuclear technology, similar to what it has safely used at Koeberg for the past 30 years.
With South Africa having the third highest incidence of TB in the world, the government's latest campaign aimed at encouraging South Africans - particularly those in mining communities, early childhood development centres, and inmates in correctional facilities - to be screened and tested for TB.
Almost 7 000 rental units in Cape Town have been refurbished, as Human Rights Month draws to a close. The city says it is investing in the maintenance of infrastructure in previously under- invested areas and in improving the lives of its more vulnerable residents.
Nineteen black rhino have been released at an undisclosed location in South Africa under WWF South Africa's Black Rhino Range Expansion Project to create a new breeding population of the critically endangered animals.
Groot Constantia's 2013 Chardonnay beat more than 800 other entrants from around the world to be judged the best overall chardonnay at the 22nd annual Chardonnay du Monde competition held recently in France.
More than two decades ago, Safari-1 was the first nuclear research reactor in the world to turn its back on weapons grade fuel. Leading the Atoms for Peace charge, South Africa is the only country to give up nuclear weapons in favour of science. Safari-1 turned 50 this month.
New Zealand may be entering Tuesday's ICC World Cup semifinal match as favourites, but the result will depend on which team can absorb the most pressure during the key moments, says South African middle-order batsman David Miller.
Justice Minister Michael Masutha called on communities to end the xenophobic looting of shops and property of foreign nationals in South Africa at an official government event held in Uithenhage to commemorate Human Rights Day.
The death of Collins Chabane should prompt South Africans to think carefully about road safety, President Zuma said at his funeral. The public service and administration minister received an official state funeral on Human Rights Day.
Paying tribute to the late Collins Chabane on Thursday, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said the compassionate and humble Public Service Minister had been genuinely committed to improving the lives of all South Africans.
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, which offers visitors many unusual experiences and showcases the diverse Cape Floral kingdom in a very accessible way, has been named as Garden of the Year at the 2015 International Garden Tourism awards.
On Salvokop, overlooking the capital and facing the Voortrekker Monument, Freedom Park tells the story of Africa, from the creation myths to South Africa's struggle against oppression. It is a place of healing and reflection, and a tribute to ordinary heroes.
Sunbird Energy, an Australian listed energy company, has signed a 15-year gas sales term sheet which will see it supplying gas to Eskom. South Africa's national energy utility plans to use gas rather than costly diesel to power its generators.
Thousands of jobs have been created through the New Build Programme of parastatals - particularly by Eskom and Transnet. The agencies are investing heavily in infrastructure, which will have a knock on effect on private sector investment and economic growth.


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