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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.


GOOD BUSINESS – Dir. Rob Schermbrucker, South Africa, 2015, 25 min.

LAZY SUSAN – Dir. Stephen Abbott, South Africa, 2015, 11 min.

Co-presented by South African Consulate General in Chicago

Wednesday, August 16 at 6:30pm

Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center   ●   78 E. Washington St., 2nd Floor North

Free admission

 Good Business introduces us to Raymond Ackerman, the man behind South African grocery giant Pick N Pay, who challenged the rule of Apartheid, giving all men and women equal opportunity to shop and work together. Acclaimed short Lazy Susan follows a hardworking waitress in a Cape Town diner, who maintains her positive attitude despite her customers’ behavior. As her shift comes to an end, one event will turn her humdrum day upside down.


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.


The Chicago Council of Global Affairs hosted a Forum on Global Cities from 7 -9 June 2017  in Chicago.  As part of this prestigious event, Consul Political Tshepiso Matlala attended the Private Mayoral Round-Table in which the Chicago Consular Corps and the Mayors from 16 mega cities around the world participated. This exclusive event was held on June 7, 2017 at the Prudential Plaza in Chicago. Mayor Patricia DeLille of Cape Town. South Africa was among the leaders present.  The discussions focused on the problems and solutions for climate change, urbanization and financing of cities among other issues.

The South African Consulate General was invited to participate in Ogden Interntional’s Cultural Week.

22 Countries were represented at this event.  The Mission created a beautiful display that was admired by all.

Ms. Matlala Tshepiso – Consul Political was accompanied by Ms. Nada Senic and Mrs. Esther Lundquist.

On 25th May 2017 The Consulate General of the Republic of South Africa in Chicago hosted the Africa Day celebrations . Africa Day is celebrated throughout the world to commemorate the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), now African Union in 1963. The celebrations, among others reinforce African solidarity, unity in diversity, challenges and successes, and the economic potential of the African continent and its people. Most importantly, the year 2017 also marks the centenary of the late Oliver Reginald Tambo, who played an integral role in the liberation of South Africa. He dedicated his life to the pursuit of equality and justice for all South Africans and was one of the founding fathers of our constitutional democracy. The Consul General in Chicago saw ithe importance to take this opportunity and promote dialogue, African unity and awareness among people of African descent and local people.  The Consulate hosted a seminar reflecting on the sacrifices that were made for the unity of the African continent and the liberation we enjoy today, more especially in South Africa. Professor Clement Adibe from DuPaul University was the moderator of a panel discussion the panel consisted of Consul General Vuyiswa Tulelo, a local community activist Mr Joseph Harrington and Mr Olivier Kamanzi President and CEO of Africa Global Chamber of Commerce.  The conversation inspired and encouraged continuous work towards achieving an Africa we want and which our forefathers (Oliver Tambo, Nelson Mandela, Nkwame Nkuruma, etc, )fought for.

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10 November 2016

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) is making a friendly call to all international travellers who will be visiting South Africa during the festive season, or returning to South Africa after the holidays, to comply with the country’s import requirements for agricultural and related regulated products.  Compliance will assist our country in preventing and/or minimising the potential risk of introducing alien invasive species, foreign pests and diseases that could be associated with imported plants, plant products, animals, animal products and other regulated goods.

South Africa, like other countries, has a crucial mandate and sovereign right to protect its territory, biodiversity and economy against harm, thus it regulates importation of animals and animal products, liquor products, plants and plant products, honey and honey products as well as any other potentially harmful materials from other countries into its territory. This is in accordance with the country’s relevant legislation, which is aimed at preventing the introduction, establishment and spread of pests and diseases from other parts of the world. Once introduced into the country, the said elements are expensive and difficult to control, thus prevention is pertinent in this regard.

Furthermore, the importation of certain liquor products with an alcohol content of more than 1% into the county for drinking purposes is restricted, except on the authority of an import certificate issued by DAFF.

Please note that import conditions may differ according to the country of origin/ export, global pest distribution, type of products, etc. Travellers are therefore advised to contact the following DAFF offices for detailed information regarding the product/s to be imported:

  • Animals and animal products:

Tel:  +27 12 319 7514/7476

Fax:  +27 12 319 8292


  • Plants and plant products:

Tel: +27 12 319 6102/6130/6207

Fax: +27 12 319 6370


  • Liquor products:

Tel: +27 12 319 6333/ +27 78 754 4488 or +27 60 527 3622

E-mail:, or

Upon arrival in South Africa, all the imported consignments of the above mentioned regulated products must be presented to the DAFF inspectors at the port of entry for compliance inspections as per import conditions. The consignments may not be removed from the port of entry without written authorisation or before being granted entry by the DAFF inspectors.

For information on DAFF inspection services and procedures, please contact the Directorate Inspection Services at tel: +27 12 309 8701, fax: +27 12 309 8785 or

e-mail: further information and media enquiries contact:

Ms Makenosi Maroo

Chief Director: Stakeholder Relations and Communications

Tel.: (012) 319 6787

Cell: 072 475 2956


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.






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