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Honorary Consul for South Africa, Mr. Lee Shultz, and the local South African community organized a memorial in Kansas City to remember and celebrate the life of Former South African President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela on the Day of Reconciliation, December 16, 2013.

On Friday, 28 February 2014, South African Consul General Vuyiswa Tulelo visited the United Auto Workers Local 551 Black History Month Program entitled, “Nelson Mandela and the Role of US Labor Unions in the Struggle to Free South Africa!” The Consul General shared her thoughts on the US labor movement’s participation in the liberation struggle.

2014 UAW Black History Month Program


Pictured: UAW International VP, Jimmy Settles, UAW Local 551-Ford Chicago Assembly Plant, Chairman, Coby Millender and UAW Local 551 President, Carlo Bishop

Friday, March 28, 2014  ♦  7:00 PM & 10:00 PM

4544 N Lincoln Ave ·  Old Town School of Folk

Music·Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall


  • Legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela is an innovator in the world music and jazz scene and continues to tour the world as a performer, composer, producer and activist. This iconic artist is best known for his Grammy-nominated hit single, “Grazing in the Grass,” which sold more than 4 million copies in 1968 and made him an international star. He later played an integral role in Paul Simon’s tour behind the classic album Graceland, which was one of the first pop records to introduce African music to a broader public. “…a musician of phenomenal grace and power: intricate and fiery on flugelhorn and still blessed with a voice that can strip the leaves from the trees.” - The Independent

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Election Day was officially proclaimed by the President in the Government Gazette on February 25, 2014.

 Voting abroad will take place on Wednesday, 30 APRIL 2014.  By law it is not possible to vote abroad on any date other than 30 April 2014, and no exceptions will be made.

This also means that no further registration will be entertained.

Applications are now open to notify the IEC of your intention to vote abroad and where (at which mission) citizens intend to vote, by completing a VEC10 form.  This includes ALL South Africans who are registered and whose names appear on the voters’ roll.

Applications need to be submitted ONLINE ONLY on the IEC website at and will close at midnight (SA time) on 12 March 2014.  Applicants will receive either an e-mail or sms notification to acknowledge receipt of their application.





The Media Statement (Citizens can still register to vote) issued by the Presidency on 10 February 2014 refers. Missions are advised that voter registration can continue until the date of the official proclamation of the 2014 elections by the President.  South African citizens must apply for registration on or before the day that the upcoming election date is proclaimed (published in the Government Gazette) by the President, which is expected to be before the end of February, after which the Voters’ Roll is closed for this election. As the cut-off date for out of country voter registration was set for 7 February 2014, applicants should be cautioned that the Electoral Commission cannot guarantee that their names will be included on the 2014 Election Voters’ Roll.  Keep in mind that the original REC1/OC registration forms must still reach the IEC, validity checked and captured before names will appear on the Voters’ Roll. Registration may continue during normal working hours, provided eligible voters have made the necessary arrangements with missions.  REC1/OC forms should then still be scanned and e-mailed to the IEC at, and the originals dispatched by courier following the date of proclamation as previously indicated.  Please keep proper record (Names, Surname, ID, Date of Registration) of the additional registrations received beyond the date of dispatch of your last batch to the IEC.

Attention: Important information on Out- of Country Voter Registration. Open until Friday, February 7, 2014

Published January 8, 2014


A South African citizen who is out of the country and wishes to apply for registration must be in possession of a South African identity document and a valid passport.

The process is immediately open and will take place until Friday, February 7, 2014.

Those who cannot register during working hours can enrol during two special registration weekends – January 18 and 19, and January 25 and 26.


•           South African Consulate General

200 S. Michigan Ave, Suite 600, Chicago, Illinois, 60604

Hours of Operation:

•           Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm

•           Weekend: January 18 and 19, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

•           Weekend: January 25 and 26 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

The Registration System:

•           To apply for registration, applicants must in person submit the completed application form (REC1/ OC form), together with their Green bar-coded identity document ,  valid Temporary Identity Certificate (TIC – valid for 2 months) or Smart Card and a valid passport  to the Special Registration Officer at those foreign missions where registration services will be rendered. Only South African citizens who are not on the voters’ roll are required to register, to check if you are on the voters roll go to

Additional information:

•           A registered voter in the RSA is NOT required to re-register to vote abroad. Best for such a person to check their registration status on If the person discovers that they are not registered to vote then they are advised to register to vote from abroad. Importantly, if a registered voter intends to vote outside of the RSA, that person will need to complete an online VEC 10 form (which will be available on once the President of the RSA proclaims the date of the 2014 elections and within 15 days from the proclamation date. More details in this regard are available on

•           The Electoral Amendment Act 2013 states that RSA citizens may apply in person to register to vote, and to vote from RSA Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates. The law does not provide for such opportunities outside of these locations.

•           The Electoral Amendment Act 2013 makes provision for voters abroad to vote in the national election only, and not provincial elections.

Eligibility to Register:

To be eligible to register abroad, a person must:

a)     Be a South African citizen;

b)    Be 16 years of age or older;

c)     Possess a valid green bar-coded identity document, a valid Temporary Identity Certificate(valid for 2 months) or Smart Card;

d)    Possess a valid South African passport and

e)     Submit in person the application form, the identity document and a valid passport to a Special Registration Officer appointed by the Commission for that purpose.

Please note: Only a green bar-coded ID, a valid Temporary Identification Certificate or a Smart Card are accepted for registration purposes. . No other document must be accepted.


Gateway to the Nation



News from South Africa

As many South Africans prepare to head off to holiday destinations for the Easter long weekend, the SA National Roads Agency's Elna Fourie offers a few tips on how to get there - and back - safely.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation has released a rare photograph of Nelson Mandela to mark the 50th anniversary of his famous Rivonia Trial speech, in which he declared that he was prepared to die for a free South Africa.
The aQuelle Tour Durban, one of KwaZulu-Natal's and South Africa's premier road cycling races, is a tough enough challenge for the average participant, but for David Kleynhans this year's race will be part of an epic 3 300km journey to raise funds and awareness for the elderly.
The England Lions, England's A team, will play two four-day test matches and five limited overs matches against South Africa A in January and February next year, Cricket South Africa and the England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Wednesday. South Africa A will tour England in 2017.
Five of South Africa's top sports stars - athlete Caster Semenya, swimmer Cameron van der Burgh, Paralympic standout Fanie van der Merwe, wheelchair tennis ace Lucas Sithole, and footballing great Jomo Sono - will receive the country's highest civilian honours on Freedom Day.
As South Africa celebrates 20 years of democracy, 56 men and women who made - and are continuing to make - exceptional contributions to the country will receive their National Orders, South Africa's highest civilian honour. The awards will be presented by President Jacob Zuma at a Freedom Day ceremony next Sunday.
The 6 000 students of the Rural Youth Corps, a four-year skills development programme designed to help transform young job-seekers into job-creators in South Africa's rural areas, graduated this week. "My life has changed for the better," 29-year-old Colbert Mabasa said before the ceremony.
A bold new arts festival modelled on the world's most popular fringe festivals will be held in Cape Town in September, Tony Lankester, the chief executive of the National Arts Festival, announced on Tuesday. A spin-off of the South Africa's premier festival, it will be run in partnership with the City of Cape Town.
With every puppet in the award-winning stage production War Horse designed and handcrafted in Cape Town by the Handspring Puppet Company, it is only fitting that the production returns to the country to be enjoyed by South African audiences, says producer Chris Harper.
The City of Johannesburg plans to give residents access to its R1-billion broadband network when it installs 1 000 wi-fi hotspots throughout the city, mayor Parks Tau said in his state of the city address on Monday.
The South African Fed Cup team is well prepared for the tough Euro Africa Group 2 tournament in Lithuania, Earl Grainger, the team's captain said. South Africa will face Bosnia and Herzegovina in their first match on Wednesday. Other teams in Pool B are Georgia and Egypt.
South Africa's cricket team has finished the year as the number one test team in the world, being awarded the prestigious Reliance ICC Test Championship mace on Tuesday. It is the second time since the ranking system was introduced in 2003 that the Proteas have finished at the top of the table.
South African feel-good movie Felix has added to its long list of accolades by winning three more awards at international film festivals in March and April, bringing to 13 the number of awards the film has scooped so far.
South Africa's Department of Energy is to increase the amount of energy it will be procuring under the third window of its renewable energy programme for independent producers, adding further to the 3 900 MW of wind and solar power that is already set to be added to the country's energy mix.
South African wheelchair tennis players Kgothatso "KG" Montjane and Evans Maripa, back home following strong performances in the United States, are feeling upbeat ahead of two major international tournaments taking place in Johannesburg.
South Africa's women's football team, Banyana Banyana, showed plenty of character to come from behind to draw 2-2 with Zimbabwe in an entertaining friendly international played in Soweto on the weekend.
Last week was one of the busiest on record for anti-poaching units in South Africa's Kruger National Park, with three heavily armed groups of suspected rhino poachers being detected and eight arrests being made.
South Africa and Guinea are set to deepen their long-standing bilateral relations, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said at the 2nd Joint Commission for Cooperation between the two countries in Pretoria on Monday.
South Africa has sent condolences to the government and people of Nigeria, and reiterated its condemnation "of all forms and manner of terrorism", following a bomb attack at a bus station on the outskirts of Abuja on Monday which reportedly claimed over 70 lives.
The police, defence force, and departments of State Security and Home Affairs have taken stringent measures to ensure that South Africa's upcoming elections - coinciding with the country's 20th year of freedom - are fully free and fair, says Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

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