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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.

On Tuesday, September 20th at the Dusable Museum, Guests including members of the South African Consulate General in Chicago, artist Barrett Keithley and more, joined the Belvedere team for a guided art demonstration from Esther Mahlangu. Mahlangu designed the artwork in the colorful style of her Ndebele tribal art for the #MAKETHEDIFFERENCE campaign and limited edition bottle that’s also in collaboration with musician John Legend.

(BELVEDERE) RED has provided funding to 12 million days of life saving ARV drugs and the equivalent of 30,000 HIV positive women give birth to healthy babies over the past 5 years of partnership.


Left: Ms. Shakira Motan – Consul Economic: Ms. Tshepiso Matlala – Consul Political:

Mr. Terrence Tshisevhe – Consul Politcal; Mr. Brian Monare – Accountant

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The South African Ambassador to the United States , Mr Mninwa Mahlangu supported by Consul General Vuyiswa Tulelo are attending the 17th Global Automotive Summit in Chicago.  His excellency ambassador Mahlangu took the opportunity to interact with key role players of the industry . Also making part of the South African delegation were Mr Terrence Tshisevhe, Consul Political and Ms Shakira Motan, Consul Economic.



Dir. Henk Pretorius, 2013, 97 min.

Co-presented by the South African Consulate General in Chicago

Wednesday, August 17 at 6:30pm*

Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center   l

78 E. Washington St., 2nd Floor North

Free admission

This lighthearted story astutely tackles the messy, surprising, and often funny consequences of cross-cultural and unexpected romance.

After a prank to irritate their conservative families evolves into undeniable love, Dinky, a Zulu woman, and Fanie,

an Afrikaans man, must overcome cultural and familial differences, jealous ex-lovers, and even the Zulu “Lobola”

(akin to a dowry) in an effort to legitimize their feelings and bridge a fractured community. Zulu, English and Afrikaans with subtitles.

*post-screening discussion

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.






On Saturday May 7th 2016, The Consulate General of South Africa in Chicago visited the Peace Builders students in the west-side suburbs of Chicago. Representing the Consulate were Consuls Political, Ms. Tshepiso Matlala and Mr Karabo Letlaka. The Peace Builders are part of a program called the Peace Exchange which is an innovative leadership development program for young adults committed to nurturing peace and nonviolence in their West and Southwest Side communities. The group will be travelling to South Africa from June 15 to July 2 2016 as part of their study program to learn and exchange knowledge with community organizers, student leaders, and peace activist in the country. To follow them on their journey and experiences you can do so on |

Please be aware that the Chicago Consulate General will be closed on
January 18th, 2016, in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King’s holiday.
The office will resume on Tuesday, January 19th, 2016.


Gateway to the Nation



News from South Africa

A total of 90 female-owned companies have been identified by the Department of Water and Sanitation to be part of a three-year programme that supports and empowers entrepreneurs.
An entrepreneur in Ghana is turning bamboo into bicycles, while creating youth employment opportunities and saving the environment. And as the bikes become more gain traction at home and abroad, another factory is being added to boost production.
The sixth annual Film Africa festival begins in London on 28 October 2016. This year, the Royal African Society showcase for African film features more than 50 features, short films and documentaries from 22 countries. There will also be discussions and exhibitions.
In tabling the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS), Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan revised South Africa's economy growth for 2016 down to 0.5%, citing various reasons for his prediction. However, he said he expected it to rise to 1.7% next year.
At a time of slow global growth, Minister Pravin Gordhan's Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) highlights the importance of funding development and transformation.
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivered the country's Medium Term Budget Policy Statement - the mini budget - on Wednesday, 26 October. If you missed it, you can read the full speech here.
Finding and implementing workable alternative energy solutions is an important part of sustainable development in Africa. Read about five companies that are making renewable energy inroads on the continent.
The acclaimed South African film Noem my Skollie is about more than just Cape Flats gangster culture and Pollsmoor prison life, says the film's writer John W Fredericks. It's also about friendship, the redemption of the human spirit and his own life story.
Millions of South Africans are online, which the country is exploiting to bring local government closer to the people. Residents can communicate directly with officials through a new digital platform, which allows them to send instant messages to ward councillors.
Hyperion Development, an online South African education portal, aims to teach the majority of its students for free. From impoverished households, they can access courses via cell phone or a personal computer.
A unused communication tower in Troyeville, Johannesburg is being transformed into a permanent public art installation, with the help of the community and informal waste collectors.
An American technology company and the Rwandan government have teamed up to deliver medical supplies to rural areas using drone technology. The "instant delivery system allows medicine to be delivered on-demand and at low-cost, anywhere".
The annual BRICS bloc summit took place in India and wrapped up on 16 October. It brought together the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, and concluded with the Goa Declaration.
The internet should be open, neutral, resilient, interoperable and responsive to the growth needs of all. This was the message Dr Siyabonga Cwele, South Africa's telecoms minister, brought to the fifth annual meeting of the African Internet Governance Forum this week.
A participant at the South Africa-China exhibition showcased how indigenous knowledge can lead to manufacturing products to create jobs. This three day event was hosted to enhance collaboration efforts between the two countries.
South Africa has the most powerful passport on the African continent, with its citizens able to enter a full 90 countries across the world without a visa, and able to gain a visa on arrival at a further 31 countries.
Meet the "Oyinbo Princess", a talented British actress with a love of Nigerian culture and an excellent command of the language, who is making waves in the Nollywood film business.
The obscure but fun sport of fistball - one of the world's oldest sports - is gaining small, grassroots support among a diverse group of Capetonians. The city hosts the sport's World Cup this weekend.
Universities have a large but not impossible task: eradicating the legacy of apartheid, imagining a future society and finding innovative solutions to the problems of unemployment, inequality, poverty and failures in governance.
The Public Protector was set up in terms of South Africa's Constitution to investigate complaints against government agencies or officials. Find out how the process works, who and what the Public Protector can investigate, and how to lay a complaint.

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