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Holiday Hours:
The Consular section will be closed on December 24-26 & 31, as well as January 1-2.
We will be open for regular business hours December 29-30. 


Important note for all visa/permit applicants: Visa applicants must be submitted in person 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.

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.


We are expecting a representation of about fifteen South African companies with a range of products from jams and sauces to cosmetics, biltong and wine producers. These companies will be showcasing their wide array of products at the trade show.

South African Automotive Week 

Johannesburg, South Africa

13 – 17 October 2014

From October 13 to 17, the South African Consulate General participated in South Africa’s Automotive Week, the international trade show for stimulating trade and business opportunities in manufacturing and the related sector. In partnership with ten automotive companies, the Consulate brought together businesses from the automotive industry to strengthen international ties and build bilateral relations through the event.




IMG_2991The 20th World Route Development Forum

Chicago, Illinois, USA • 20 – 23 September 2014

At the 20th World Route Development Forum held in Chicago this year, the Province of KwaZulu-Natal, which will host World Routes 2015 in September next year, introduced aviation representatives and organizations to the City of Durban. A key gateway for Africa, Durban is a thriving tourist destination, an avant-garde aviation hub, and cutting-edge location for investment and business opportunities.





KwaZulu Natal Investment Opportunity Breakfast 

McCormick Place Convention Center

23 September 2014

On the occasion of the 2014 World Routes Development Forum, the South African Consulate General in Chicago, in partnership with Trade & Investment KZN, hosted a KwaZulu-Natal Investment Opportunity Breakfast.  MEC Mr. Michael Mabuyakhulu, Durban Executive Mayor Mr. James Nxumalo, and Consul Economic Donnadelliah Maluleke opened the floor for a discussion on KwaZulu-Natal Province as an enticing investment destination for Chicagoland businesses.




Wine Tasting at Blue Crane Imports

October 1st, 2014

On October 1st, 2014, Chicago-based importer and distributor Blue Crane Imports hosted a South African Wine Tasting Event. Blue Crane Imports selected six wines from South African producer Catherine Marshall”s highly acclaimed range. Ms. Marshall was also in attendance, greeting guests and speaking about her line of wines from South Africa.




Celebrating 20 Years of Democracy in South Africa: Join Us for a Book Launch and Film Screening

Date: Friday, November 14, 2014
Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Venue: Cassidy Theater at Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602

• Screening of documentary Sifuna Okwethu (We Want What’s Ours)

• Filmmaker and author, Bernadette Atuahene, will discuss her work on land reform

• Panel discussion about land reform featuring South African Consul General Vuyiswa Tulelo, Chicago Activist Prexy Nesbitt, and Northwestern Professor Doug Foster

• Presentation by Andre Guichard, creator of book cover art

• Reception catered by Yassa African Restaurant

*Free and open to the public

Dinner provided for those who RSVP

To RSVP, please click here

Co-sponsored by the South African Consulate, the IL Humanities Council, the Chicago-Kent Institute for Law and the Humanities, St. Sabina Church, and Gallery Guichard

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.

Reach out to Kevin Gorey for more information at

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News from South Africa

South Africans have been urged to give a proudly South African welcome to Rolene Strauss, the new Miss World. She is landing back home at OR Tambo International Airport on Saturday morning, and everyone is urged to be there, waving flags and blowing their vuvuzelas. Strauss is the first Miss World from a democratic South Africa.
The Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park in KwaZulu-Natal, which has one of the largest rhino populations in the world, has reportedly experienced a 92% reduction in poaching incidents during a year-long project that has included the use of South African-built drones.
Independent young South Africans are choosing to share their experiences and thoughts with followers around the world by vlogging, or blogging by using video. All you need, says creator of Gabriel Erasmus, is a camera, an internet connection and a desire to be famous...
A tender process for the building of new nuclear power stations in South Africa will soon be introduced as the government wraps up workshops with potential vendor countries, such as Russia, France, China, South Korea and the US, the Presidency said on Wednesday.
As the country battles with an erratic power supply, recent financial data from Statistics South Africa indicates increased investment by players in the electricity, gas and water supply industry, with capital expenditure rising by almost 92% to R24,3- billion in the third quarter 2014.
Remembering the pain of the past should not stop us from building a better tomorrow, President Jacob Zuma said at the opening of a "reconciliation bridge" in Dundee, KwaZulu Natal, on Tuesday.
South Africa's public holiday known as the Day of Reconciliation acknowledges the significance of 16 December to both the Afrikaner and liberation struggle traditions. A day once steeped in blood, the public holiday now marks a time for reflection and recognition of the country's rich cultural history.
Standard & Poor's and Fitch both kept their ratings of South Africa steady on Friday. They were confident that The Treasury was committed to tight fiscal discipline, but warned that weak economic growth, industrial action and persistent electricity shortages kept their outlook negative.
As we mark the first anniversary of the death of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela this December, we take time to remember his remarkable life. Find out how much you really know about the 95 years Madiba shared with us.
An estimated one billion viewers watched as Miss South Africa - 22-year-old Rolene Strauss - was crowned Miss World 2014 at the pageant's final in London on Sunday. She is the first South Africa to win the title since Anneline Kriel in 1974.
South Africa defeated New Zealand 26-17 in Port Elizabeth on Sunday, claiming a second consecutive HSBC Sevens World Series title in as many weeks. The win moves the Springboks to the top of the Sevens World Series points table.
Prompted by concerns about the effect the power outages are having on households and businesses across the country, the government has drawn up a five-point plan to deal with the electricity crisis. A war room has been set up to oversee the implementation of the plan.
"We must understand how our own attitudes and actions might perpetuate sexism and violence," Rejoice Mabudafhasi, the deputy minister of Arts and Culture, at an event in Diepsloot, Johannesburg, to mark the end of this year's 16 Days of Activism campaign.
The German company's multimillion-rand solar inverter manufacturing plant would contribute to establishing South Africa as a hub for renewable energy and other green economy industries, the Department of Trade and Industry said.
Africa loses the most from unchecked climate change. The disruption in food production and destruction of habitats and ecosystems will have the greatest impact here. Africa wants countries to "put more on the table" to find ways to cut greenhouse emissions.
In Africa, only 3% of the world's healthcare workers tend to 24% of the global disease burden. To help bridge the skills divide, the University of Cape Town offers programmes aimed at African students who want to make a difference in their home countries. Here are some of their stories.
A crop of a nicotine-free, GMO-free tobacco plant called Solaris is soon to be harvested in South Africa's Limpopo province - and turned into bio-jet fuel. Working with international partners, South African Airways plans to have its first domestic test flight using the fuel as early as next year.
The One Environmental System, which is aimed at improving the competitiveness of South Africa's mining industry by simplifying procedures for licensing, environmental authorisations and water use, came into effect this week.
The Elders, a group of global leaders brought together by Nelson Mandela, have posted a moving video tribute to their friend and founder to mark the first anniversary of his death.
South African Airways has been recognised as the Best Airline in Africa at the Premier Traveler Magazine awards, adding to the accolades received by the national carrier this year, which include the Skytrax World Airline Award for the 12th consecutive year.

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