Please note that the Chicago Consulate will be closed starting
Friday – December 22nd at 12Noon
and will reopen
Tuesday – January 2nd at 9:00 am Consular Hours
It is unbelievable how time flies when one is having fun. Like all good things, my tour of duty has come to the end in the Mid-West of this very U.SI have thought long and hard what the appropriate parting message must say or sound like, but I have come to this conclusion, the heat speaking clearer than any words.So I share with you the feelings of and from my heart:
- Over the last 5 and a half years, I have crisscrossed the Mid-West.
- I have conversed with the many faces representing this Mid-West.
- I have walked the State Fair Grounds from Missouri to Arkansas.
- I have shared meals from North Dakota to Nebraska.
- I have seen the beauty of this land from Wisconsin to Ohio and everything in between.
- I have been welcomed with open arms in every one of the 14 States I covered.
Thank you Mid-West, thank for allowing me to enrich and expand my horizons in your streets. Thank you for allowing me to grow as I search for opportunities to improve the lives of my people.
Thank you for opening your hearts and wallets to enable our people to interact with each other.
I shared an observation I made a few times now:
My tour has been like harvesting and onion. The food was not immediately visible and available to me . But with your help, your encouragement, I kept peeling, and finally I found the food .
I found the food just in time for me to move to new learning environments.
I pray that as I step out of the spotlight, the incoming Consul General , will be received with the same love and warmth I received .
I hold firm that good bye is not a word in my vocabulary.
I know our paths will cross again, until than may the Good Lord carry us, protect us and keep us in His hand as we continue to strengthen the relationship between the U.S and South Africa through service .
Respectfully yours in service
Smile it’s the best make up kit you will ever own
GOOD BUSINESS / LAZY SUSAN
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
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.