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NB: Attention Applicants
Please note that when lodging applications at the South African Consulate General in New York, applicants are required to appear in person. No appointment is required.
VISA, IMMIGRATION AND PASSPORT SECTIONS ARE OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS AND INQUIRIES FROM MONDAY TO FRIDAY, EXCLUDING, BETWEEN 9:00 AM AND 1:00 PM ONLY.
TELEPHONE ENQUIRIES FROM 2:00 PM TO 4:00 PM ONLY.
New Minister of Finance: Mr. Tito Mboweni
9 October 2018
“In the wake of Mr Nene’s resignation, I have decided to appoint Mr Tito Mboweni as Minister of Finance with immediate effect. As former governor of the South African Reserve Bank and, before that, as Minister of Labour, Mr Mboweni brings to this position vast experience in the areas of finance, economic policy and governance.” - President Cyril Ramaphosa
Book of Condolences for the Late Minister Edna Molewa
The South African Consulate General has opened a book of condolences for Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa, who passed away in a Pretoria hospital on Saturday, 22 September 2018 following a short illness. She was 61 years old.Members of the public and friends of South Africa who wish to pay respects and honour the memory of Minister Molewa are welcome to sign the book at the South African Consulate General, 333 East 38th Street, 9th Floor, New York City, between the hours of 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, until Friday, 5 October 2018.
Official Memorial Service of the Late Environmental Affairs Minister, Edna Molewa
3 October 2018
President Ramaphosa concludes first UN General Assembly visit
President Cyril Ramaphosa has concluded his working visit to the United States where he participated for the first time in the General Debate of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA73), under the theme: “Making the United Nations relevant to all people: global leadership and shared responsibilities for peaceful equitable and sustainable societies”.
The President’s programme commenced with the unveiling of a life-size statue of the late struggle icon and first democratically elected president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, at the United Nations Headquarters.
South African Youth Choir
Breast Cancer Awareness Sunday
14 October 2018, 11:00 am
Brown Memorial Baptist Church
484 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11233
For more information, please call (718) 638-6121.
Country Statement by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis
26 September 2018
President of the General Assembly,
Director-General of the World Health Organization,
This first ever UN High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis is a historic opportunity that we must embrace if we are to effectively respond to a disease that has killed more people than smallpox, malaria, the plague, influenza, HIV and AIDS and Ebola combined.
Bloomberg Global Business Forum 2018
26 September 2018
Today President Cyril Ramaphosa is attending the Bloomberg Global Business Forum in New York on the sidelines of.
Address by H.E. Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa, to the United Nations General Assembly
25 September 2018
Council on Foreign Relations:
A Conversation with Cyril Ramaphosa
24 September 2018
The Council on Foreign Relations meetings convene government officials, globa
President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the Council on Foreign Relations under the theme: “Foreign Policy Choices Facing South Africa.” l business leaders and prominent members of the intelligence and foreign-policy community from around the world to discuss international issues.
United Nations Private Sector Forum – Building and Investing in Peace for All
24 September 2018
Opening Plenary of the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit
On 24 September 2018, a day before the start of the General Debate of the 73rd session of the General Assembly, the General Assembly convened the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit. The focus of the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit was on Global Peace in honour of the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela.
This Peace Summit offered the opportunity for world leaders to renew their commitment to global peace, conflict prevention, conflict resolution, peacebuilding, promotion and protection of human rights and long-term development initiatives as called for by the Secretary-General. The Peace Summit adopted a political declaration, which reaffirmed the values of Nelson Mandela.
For more information and to RSVP to the event, please visit.
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Film: Five Fingers For Marseilles
Friday, 7 September 2018
Showtimes: 1:30 pm, 4:00 pm, 6:30 pm and 9:05 pm
22 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003
Synopsis: Twenty years ago, the young 'Five Fingers' fought for the rural town of Marseilles, against brutal police oppression. Now, after fleeing in disgrace, freedom-fighter-turned-'outlaw' Tau returns to Marseilles, seeking only a peaceful pastoral life. When he finds the town under new threat, he must reluctantly fight to free it. can he free himself from his past? Will the Five Fingers stand again?
Starring: Vuyo Dabula, Zethu Dlomo, Hamilton Dlamini, Lizwi Vilakazi, Kenneth Nkosi, Mduduzi Mabaso, Aubrey Poolo, Dean Fourie, Warren Masemola, Kenneth Fok, Anthony Oseyemi, Brendon Daniels, Garth Breytenbach, Tseko Monaheng, Mosili Makuta with Jerry Mofokeng.
DIRECTOR: Michael Matthews
Uncork'd Entertainment - 120 min.
Tickets available at.
SA GOOD NEWS:
South African First: SAA’s First International Flight with All-Female Crew
Leading carrier in the Sub-Saharan Africa region, South African Airways (SAA), saluted women in a unique way in August with an SAA first – an all-female flight deck, cabin and ops crew, embarking on an international flight, from OR Tambo to São Paulo, Brazil, in honour of Women’s Month.
As per our published list of observed holidays for 2018, please note that the South African Consulate General in New York will be closed on Monday, 3 September 2018 for the observation of Labor Day. The Consulate will resume normal duty on Tuesday, 4 September 2018.
Book of Condolences for Mrs. Zondeni Veronica Sobukwe
It is with deep sadness that the South African Consulate General informs the public of the passing of Mrs. Zondeni Veronica Sobukwe, the wife of the late Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) founder Mr. Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe, and recipient of The Order of Luthuli in Silver, on Wednesday, 15 August 2018.
A book of condolences is open at the South African Consulate General, 333 East 38th Street, 9th Floor, New York City until Friday, 24 August 2018 between the hours of 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.
Members of the public and friends of South Africa who wish to pay their respects and honour the memory of Mrs. Sobukwe are welcome to visit the Consulate General to sign the book.
President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Statement on the Passing of Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan
UN Photo/Evan Schneider
On behalf of the Government and People of the Republic of South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed sincere condolences on the sad passing of the former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan of Ghana.
President Ramaphosa Declares a Special Official Funeral for the Late Mme. Sobukwe
Pretoria - President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared a Special Official Funeral Category 2 for the late Mrs. Zondeni Veronica Sobukwe, the wife of the late Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) founder Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe.
Mme. Sobukwe passed aged 91 on Wednesday, 15 August 2018 at home in Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape Province
Mme. Sobukwe received The Order of Luthuli in Silver for her tenacious call for freedom of the people and steadfast support of incarcerated freedom fighters. Independent of her husband Sobukwe, she challenged the injustices metered out against the large population of South Africans.
A Special Official Funeral Category 2 are reserved for distinguished persons specifically designated by the President of South Africa on request by the Premier of a province.
The President has instructed that the national flag fly at half-mast at every station in the country for the late Mme Sobukwe from the day of the announcement until the evening of the funeral service as a mark of respect to her.
The details of the funeral will be announced in due course by the Eastern Cape Province.
Enquiries: Khusela Diko: Spokesperson to the President on 072 854 5707
ISSUED BY THE PRESIDENCY OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA
5th Annual International Day of Friendship
Sunday, 5 August 2018 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
209 Joralemon, Brooklyn NY
South Africa commemorates Women’s Month in August as a tribute to the thousands of women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 in protest against the extension of Pass Laws to women.
South Africa, as Chair of BRICS, will host the Johannesburg Summit at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg from 25 to 27 July 2018.
The theme for the summit is: The summit will be preceded by the BRICS Business Council Forum on 25 July 2018 and the Meeting of BRICS Finance Deputies also on 25 July 2018. Both these meetings will take place in Johannesburg.
Barack Obama Delivers Nelson Mandela Centenary Address In Johannesburg
17 July 2018
One World Trade Center Lighting for Nelson Mandela Centenary
On 18 July 2018, the tallest building in the United States, the One World Trade Center in New York City, will commemorate Mandela Day and the Nelson Mandela Centenary by lighting the tower’s spire with the colors of the South African flag.
Photo Credit: Sandy Ching
AngloGold Ashanti Limited at the New York Stock Exchange
12 July 2018
The New York Stock Exchange welcomed executives and guests of AngloGold Ashanti Limited, celebrating their 20th Anniversary of Listing. To honor the occasion, Sipho M. Pityana, Chairman of the Board, rang the NYSE Closing Bell.
Monday, July 9, 2018 | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
2537 Broadway New York, NY 10025
PEN America, is a leading free expression organization that stands at the intersection between literature and human rights to protect creative expression in the United States and worldwide, championing the freedom to write through public programs, advocacy campaigns, and much more.
PEN America has partnered with W. W. Norton and Symphony Space, along with sister centers in London, Los Angeles, and Cape Town, to produce a global tribute to Nelson Mandela on the occasion of his centennial birthday. This tribute also coincides with the publication of The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela, a new collection of largely unpublished letters, which paint an intimate and inspiring portrait of Mr. Mandela.
Co-presented with PEN America and Liveright. In collaboration with The New York Times.
Tickets are available at:
Briefing for South African Exhibitors at the 2018 Summer Fancy Food Show
28 June 2018
Book of Condolences for the late Ambassador Billy Modise
It is with deep sadness that the South African Consulate General informs the public of the passing of Ambassador Billy Modise, former Chief of State Protocol of the Republic of South Africa, on Thursday, 20 June 2018.
A book of condolences is open at the South African Consulate General, 333 East 38th Street, 9th Floor, New York City from Tuesday, 26th June to Thursday, 28th June 2018, between the hours of 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.
Members of the public and friends of South Africa who wish to pay their respects and honour the memory of Ambassador Billy Modise are welcome to visit the Consulate General to pay their last respects and to sign the book.
President Ramaphosa Declares a Special Official Funeral for the late Ambassador Modise
President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared a Special Official Funeral Category 1 for South Africa’s former Chief of State Protocol and recipient of the National Order of Luthuli, Ambassador Billy Modise, who passed on earlier this week at the age of 87.
A Special Official Funeral Category 1 entails elements of military ceremonial honours and is declared, in line with the Presidency’s State, Official and Provincial Official Funeral Policy, for persons of extraordinary credentials specifically designated by the President of the Republic of South Africa.
“The late Ambassador Modise served our country selflessly and diligently and deserves this honour for his exceptional contribution to the achievement of a South Africa free of racial oppression and to the building of a non-racial, non-sexist and democratic country,” said President Ramaphosa.
The President has directed that the National Flag be flown at half-mast at every flag station in the country until Thursday, 28 June 2018, the day of the funeral.
Further details will be announced as arrangements are finalised in consultations between government and the Modise Family.
President Ramaphosa has once again expressed his deep condolences to the family of Ambassador Modise and members of the diplomatic corps.
Media enquiries: Khusela Diko: Spokesperson to the President on 072 854 5707
Issued by: The Presidency, Pretoria
June is Youth Month
Every year, on the 16th of June, South Africa commemorates the 1976 youth who stood up against the apartheid government and laid down their lives fighting for freedom and the right to equal education.
Briefing for University of Pretoria Students
31 May 2018
DanceAfrica Festival 2018: Remembrance, Reconciliation, Renewal
25–28 May 2018
Peter Jay Sharp Building
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217
The nation’s largest African dance festival returns to BAM for its 41st year, under the leadership of artistic director Abdel R. Salaam. This year’s performance offers a taste of the rhythm and spirit of South Africa, acknowledging Nelson Mandela’s centennial birthday and the contributions of freedom fighters past and present.
South African supergroup Ingoma KwaZulu-Natal Dance Company brings traditional movement idioms alongside the contemporary stylings of Durban-based Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre. They are joined by the BAM/Restoration Dance Youth Ensemble and, together, rejoice in the transcendent power of movement and music in a range of forms and traditions. This year’s performance draws parallels between South African anti-apartheid and American civil rights movements, portraying the struggles for justice and, ultimately, serving up triumphant celebrations of culture.
Lighting & Scenic Design by Al Crawford
Sound Design by David Margolin Lawson
Produced by BAM
RUN TIME: Approx. 2hr with intermission
For performance schedule and to purchase tickets, please visit.
NB: Notice of Early Closure: 25 May 2018
Please note that the South African Consulate General in New York will be closed to the public from 11:00 am on Friday, 25 May 2018. Normal operations will resume on Tuesday, 29 May 2018. Please plan your visit accordingly.
25th New York African Film Festival Opening Night
16 May 2018
South African actors and filmmakers, Salamina Mosese (Actress, Baby Mamas), John Barker (Director, Wonder Boy for President), Atandwa Kani (Actor, Black Panther, The Suit) and Stephina Zwane (Director, Baby Mamas).
South Africa Votes: 2019
Out of Country Registration
To all eligible South Africans resident in the United States of America
We are pleased to announce that registration to vote out of country will soon take place at all Embassies, Consulates-General and High Commissions, as designated on the website of the Department of International Relations & Cooperation:.
In 2018 South Africa will mark the centenary of the life Albertina Sisulu, a fearless champion of democracy and human rights. The centenary celebrations will run for the entire year and will be marked by a series of commemorative events.
The theme for the centenary is: Albertina Sisulu “A woman of fortitude” in recognition of her courage, discipline, integrity and love for her country.
Ma Sisulu was truly a woman of fortitude. Her strength, resilience and the will to carry on shone like a beacon in the darkest days of apartheid.
Albertina Sisulu dedicated her life to her country and its people. She will forever be remembered as a fearless leader in the struggle and a mother to the nation. She worked tirelessly towards creating a better and more equitable South Africa.
Throughout her life she worked to ensure that all people in South Africa should enjoy the benefits of freedom and democracy.
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Memorial Service for Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
Friday, 13 April 2018 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
UN Trusteeship Council
United Nations Headquarters
New York, NY 10017
In order to facilitate special passes to access the venue at the United Nations Headquarters, please submit your name and surname as reflected in your government provided identification to and, no later than 2:00 pm, Thursday, 12 April 2018.
Please take note of the following:
- On the day of the memorial service, bring your government provided identification.
- Please collect your passes at the entrance on 1st Avenue and 46th Street.
- Passes will be issued from 9:30 am - 11:00 am (no passes will be issued after 11:00 am).
Celebration of Life: Winifred Madikizela-Mandela
Thursday, 12 April 2018, 6:30 pm
The Abyssinian Baptist Church
132 Odell Clark Place
New York, NY 10030
In Memoriam: Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
The South African Consulate General in New York City is saddened by the passing of Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on 2 April 2018, after a long illness.
“Even at the darkest moments of our struggle for liberation, Mam’ Winnie was an abiding symbol of the desire of our people to be free. In the midst of repression, she was a voice of defiance and resistance. In the face of exploitation, she was a champion of justice and equality. …. Let us draw inspiration from the struggles that she fought and the dream of a better society to which she dedicated her life.” - President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Ms. Madikizela-Mandela was 81 years old.
A book of condolences will be open to the public at the South African Consulate General from Wednesday, 4 April 2018, to Saturday, 14 April 2018, between 2:00 pm and 4:30 pm.
NB: Notice of Office Closure
27 March 2018
Please note that the Consular Section will be closing at 11:00 am on Thursday, 29 March 2018 in observance of Easter Weekend.
The office will be closed from Friday, 30 March 2018 until Monday, 2 April 2018 (Family Day). Normal operations will resume on Tuesday, 3 April 2018.
In case of an emergency, please call (917) 200-8396.
Notice of Early Office Closure
21 March 2018
Please note that due to inclement weather, our office will close at 10:00 am today. We are sorry for any inconvenience this might cause.
Courtesy Visit by Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal
13 March 2018
Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN) is a South African trade and inward investment promotion agency, established to promote the province of KwaZulu-Natal as an investment destination and to facilitate trade by assisting local companies’ access international markets.
Message from Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women's Executive Director, on International Women's Day
8 March 2018
This year, International Women’s Day comes on the heels of unprecedented global movement for women’s rights, equality and justice. Sexual harassment, violence and discrimination against women has captured headlines and public discourse, propelled by a rising determination for change.
International Women’s Day 2018 is an opportunity to transform this momentum into action, to empower women in all settings, rural and urban, and celebrate the activists who are working relentlessly to claim women’s rights and realize their full potential.
Wits Business School (WBS) Briefing
6 March 2018
Students from Wits Business School were given a briefing by Consul General Mathula Nkosi, Consul Gavin du Preez and Consul Dion van Tonder on Tuesday, 6 March 2018.
Due to an increased demand to understand the culture and business models of developed markets, a group of 18 students and 2 lead academics traveled to New York as part of their curriculum.
WBS is one of the leading business schools in Africa and is the only business school on the continent which is a member of PIM (Partnership in International Management). This is an association of over 50 international business schools who promote student and faculty exchanges. WBS strategy involves greater initiatives to enhance the knowledge and networking base of their senior executives on the African continent.
Courtesy Visit: Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters
27 February 2018
President Ramaphosa Announces Changes to the National Executive
26 February 2018
Fellow South Africans,
I have decided to make certain changes in the composition of the National Executive. These changes are intended to ensure that national government is better equipped to implement the mandate of this administration and specifically the tasks identified in the State of the Nation Address.
In making these changes, I have been conscious of the need to balance continuity and stability with the need for renewal, economic recovery and accelerated transformation. As indicated in the State of the Nation Address, we have begun a review of the configuration, size and number of national Ministries and Departments.
2018 State of the Nation Address
The State of the Nation Address (SoNA) will be delivered during a joint sitting of the two Houses of Parliament (National Assembly and National Council of Provinces) on 16 February 2018 at 19h00.
The 2018 theme is: “Making your future work better – Learning from Madiba”.
The State of the Nation Address will be broadcast live on: DStv Channel 408, SABC TV, eNCA, ANN7, SABC radio stations and Parliament’s YouTube Channel.
President-Elect Cyril Ramaphosa to be sworn In by Chief Justice
15 February 2018
Following his election by the National Assembly today, Thursday 15 February 2018, President-Elect Cyril Ramaphosa will be sworn in at 5:00 pm today by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.
The swearing-in ceremony will take place in the Media Centre of The Presidency precinct at Tuynhuys, Cape Town.
Enquiries: Tyrone Seale
(Acting Spokesperson for the President-Elect)
Cell: 083 575 7440
Color Me Africa Fine Arts at the 2018 Harlem Fine Arts Show
15 - 18 February 2018
Historic Riverside Church
91 Claremont Avenue
New York NY 10027
Between 120th and 121st Streets
The four-day traveling exhibition and sale of contemporary paintings, sculpture and photography is the largest of its kind featuring art from the African Diaspora. The exhibition will feature a South African Art Exhibition and sale of works of fourteen South African Artists:• Bongekile Z.M. Bengu • Caelyn Robertson • Izak Fourie • John Adams • Joy Meyers • Leila Flaherty Fanner • Lioda Conrad • Lisette Forsyth • Ndabuko Julukani Ntuli
• Phulani Liebenberg • Sharon Berry-Ellis • Vanessa Berlein • Edith Schmidt • Wilhem Schmidt
The theme of this year’s annual HFAS multi-city tour, “The Healing Power of Art,” will showcase and celebrate African Americans in the medical field and raise awareness about medicine as a career choice for young people.
Admission is, with varying prices for special events. Follow the Harlem Fine Arts Show on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags
For more information about the event, please visit:.
The Africa-USA Unity Music Concerts
The Harlem Salvation Army Temple
540 Lenox Avenue, New York, New York
Saturday 17 March 2018, 6:00 pm
New Hope Baptist Church
12 Aaron B. Samuels Boulevard, Danbury, CT 06810
Friday, 23 March 2018, 6.00 pm – 9:00 pm
Brought to the US by the World Missions Organization, a tax exempt nonprofit organization with tax deductible donations, these concerts mark the rare coming together of a remarkable mix of American and South African artists with the purpose of raising funds to benefit:
- El-Zabad Academy Christian School, serving poor communities near Sharpeville in the Gauteng Province, South Africa, and
- The Siyazigabisa Home, an orphanage in Tembisa, Gauteng, South Africa
Musicians from South Africa include Mahalia Buchanan, Xolani Mdlalose, Phindile Phewa and Mpho Mngomezulu.
Local musicians include Ntombikhona Dlamini, Pastor Chaka Ngwenya, Sipho Hlongwane, and SAHAVO (South African Harlem Voices). Music Director Jimmy Mngwadi.
Tickets: Early Bird per person and at the door.
For more information please visit Purchase tickets online at
Father of South African jazz, Mr. Hugh Ramapolo Masekela, has passed away. The musician had been battling prostate cancer since 2008. May his soul rest in peace. #RIPHughMasekela.
Hugh Masekela Heritage Park
Friday, 26 January 2018 to Thursday, 1 February 2018
10:00 am to 6:00 pm daily
Hugh Masekela Heritage Park
Zoo Lake, Parkview, Johannesburg
Heitada Alex! –Going Home
Friday, 26 January 2018, 1:00 pm
Sankopano Community Centre
Corner 12th Avenue and Selborne Street
Hugh Masekela Musical Memorial
Sunday, 28 January 2018, 12:00 noon
University of Johannesburg
Chris Hani Road, Soweto
Chief of staff to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Harlem leader, and a key strategist behind civil rights protests in the 1960s
The Reverend Wyatt Tee Walker has been a long-time friend of South Africa. He helped supervise South Africa's first fully representative elections in 1994, when Nelson Mandela's rise to power ushered in the end of the apartheid regime. One of Nelson Mandela's stops in New York City as President of South Africa was the worship service at Canaan Baptist Church of Christ.
In 1999, The Rev. Tee Walker was instrumental in establishing the Sisulu-Walker Charter School (named for Dr. Walker and the South African anti-apartheid leader Walter Sisulu).
South African actor london John Kani, star of Marvel Comic's movie, "Black Panther," in New York City
24 January 2018
Wesgro, in partnership with South African Tourism and South African Airways, hosted veteran South African actor John Kani who stars in Marvel Comic's "Black Panther."
Photo credit: Andrei Jackamets
Photo credit: Andrei Jackamets
Among actors appearing with John Kani in the movie are Oscar winners Lupita Nyong’o and Forest Whitaker, Winston Duke, Sterling K. Brown and a few South Africans.
isiXhosa is one of the official languages used in the movie.
Black Panther premieres on 16 February 2018.
Consul General Mathula Nkosi and South African actor John Kani. Photo credit: Andrei Jackamets
Pocket Guide to South Africa 2016/17
Editor: Elias Tibane
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An Evening with Brand SA CEO
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