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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.

 

Dear South Africans and Friends of South Africa, Nando’s has made its way to Chicago. It will have  3 locations in Chicago so we can satisfy our South African Peri Peri cravings. You want to know more about Nando’s in Chicago, then sign up at http://peri.io/saconsulate 

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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

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/

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News from South Africa

South Africans are urged to invest in others by buying a book for someone who cannot afford one, during National Book Week. A host of local book retailers are taking part in the #BUYABOOK campaign by selling books from R20.
In recognition of its sustainable properties, Project Solaris has received certification from Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials. It's a stamp of approval for reducing greenhouse gases, developing a rural area, and safeguarding the natural environment.
Wits University's Evolutionary Studies Institute has uncovered prehistoric secrets about the evolution of the turtle based on a 260 million-year-old fossil found in the Karoo, perhaps ending a "vigorous debate that has been going on for as long as we've had a theory of evolution".
South African Zimasa Mabela made history on 26 August when she took command of the SAS Umhloti as the first African woman to captain an active navy vessel. The Institute for Security Studies says there is a shift in gender equality in the maritime sector, with Africa leading the way.
A report revealed by Statistics South Africa has unveiled the most popular names for babies in the country for last year. Overall, the names that have made it into the top 10 list have a positive meaning. Stats SA also reported that slightly more male babies were born in the last two decades.
Doing business with the government is now quicker and the process smoother, thanks to the Central Supplier Database. Launched by the minister of finance, companies wanting to work with the state are urged to register on it. There are several benefits to being listed on the database.
Cape Town student Chaeli Mycroft is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro this week in hopes of becoming the first female quadriplegic to summit Africa's greatest peak and raise awareness of children with disabilities.
A three-year programme, launched by the minister of water and sanitation, aims to boost the number of women in the water and sanitation sector working as planners, designers and implementers of infrastructure. Just as they provided water at home, so should they do it nationally.
After a unanimous vote in New Zealand by the Commonwealth Games Federation, South Africa's city of Durban was voted as the host city for the games in 2022. It'll contribute greatly to the country's National Development Plan, and help develop young athletes.
A presidential campaign will deal with two critical challenges in South Africa: its high unemployment rate, especially among the youth, and its large water losses. Some 15 000 young people will be trained to work in the field fixing water leaks and maintaining infrastructure.
According to research by business networking service LinkedIn that identifies the top 20 countries professionals are moving to for employment, South Africa is attracting more professionals to the country compared to business talent leaving for other pastures.
Various sectors - unions, the government, and business - have come together to find a joint solution to looming job losses faced in the mining industry. Through a 10-point plan unpacked by the minister of mineral resources, they want to save as many jobs as possible.
South African businesspeople, government officials and celebrities got to together to launch Step Up 2 a Start Up, a programme that teaches schoolchildren and students about entrepreneurship and gets them to design, make and sell their own products.
In naming his chosen few, Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer said the 31-member squad that would represent South Africa in the Rugby World Cup would carry the country's hopes on their shoulders. It would be a tough tournament, he cautioned. Jean de Villiers will captain the team.
South African javelin thrower Sunette Viljoen at last banished past disappointment this weekend in the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Beijing, where she won a bronze medal. Her win brought South Africa's medal tally for the championships up to three.
Changes to the Driven Machinery Regulations have come into effect. To launch the new rules and standards, employers, company owners and safety officers attended a workshop on the requirements for the inspection and testing of driven machinery.
South African sprinter Anaso Jobodwana has won bronze in the IAAF World Athletics Championship 200m final, to share the podium with world record holder Jamaican Usain Bolt - who passed the post just fractions of a second ahead of the South African athlete.
A burial and memorial site will honour late chieftainess Makwena Matlala in Limpopo. Matlala was the first woman banished by the apartheid government for being unco-operative regarding its policies. She was sent away in 1950 and was only allowed to return in 1965.
Well wishes from South Africans poured in on the social media pages of Wayde van Niekerk after he won the gold medal in the 400m race at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing. The athlete shared his moments before and after the event.
The work of South African photographer Jo Ractliffe is being exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. It features three of her series of works, made over six years, tracking the aftermath of the Angolan Civil War and its relation to South Africa's Border War.


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