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.
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
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: ErnestP@daff.gov.zaFor 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
This gallery contains 12 photos.
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.
FANIE FOURIE’S LOBOLA
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
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.
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 www.peacex.org | www.facebook.com/ThePeaceExchange
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.