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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.
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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
On Tuesday, 29 April 2014, the South African Consulate celebrated Freedom Day in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The program, taking place at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, featured Provost Johannes Britz and Consul General Vuyiswa Tulelo as panellists. The discussion was moderated by the honorable Alderman Joe Davis.
The South African Consul General, Vuyiswa Tulelo, recently visited the offices of National Public Radio in Milwaukee for a one-on-one interview with host, Bonnie North. A recording of their conversation can be found here.
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.
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 www.elections.org.za
• 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 www.elections.org.za 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 www.elections.org.za) 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 www.elections.org.za
• 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.
On 12 September 2013, Consul General Tulelo made an official visit to Indiana University in Bloomington. This visit included a visit to the University’s Mathers Museum of World Cultures and meetings with Indiana University leadership.
On 18 July 2013, the South African Consulate General in partnership with a coalition of interfaith leaders held a service at the Chicago State University in honor of Nelson Mandela Day.