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US Debut: Katavi Botanicals (Live Streaming)

EVINE Live's Online Show "Before and After Beauty"
Friday, 20 March 2015, 7:00 p.m.

South African company Katavi Botanicals will launch its skincare range in the US on EVINE Live's show "Before and After Beauty" on Friday, 20 March 2015.

Katavi Botanicals is an anti-aging, all-natural skincare range from South Africa based on the 'Big 5 cosmetic fruits' native to Africa (Kigelia, Baobab, Marula, Mongongo and Moringa). Katavi's range of beauty creams harnesses the power of these natural wonders and was specifically formulated to target the noticeable effects of environmental stress on skin. Live streaming can be accessed at: http://www.evine.com/OnAir/PrintProgramGuide?raw=true&stop_mobi=yes&ecid=mktgposts-_-vanity-_-programguide

For more information about Katavi Botanicals, please go to : http://www.katavibotanicals.com/.


Transnet to roll out new locomotives in July, says CEO

2 March 2015

TRANSNET will roll out new locomotives in July after General Electric (GE) completes its technical design, CEO Brian Molefe said on Monday.  Read full article.


South Africa Reviews Yellow Fever Requirements

Travelers from Zambia, Tanzania, Eritrea, Sao Tome and Principe will no longer be required to produce proof of the yellow fever certificate when coming to South Africa after they were included on the World Health Organization low risk yellow fever countries list. During the 136th session of the WHO Executive Board meeting, a review of countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and countries requiring yellow fever vaccination was conducted and based on the recommendations of the meeting, all travelers arriving into the country from above mentioned countries will NOT be required to produce proof of vaccination against yellow fever.  Read more.

Issued by the Ministry of Health
Date: 3 February 2015

Ambassador Mahlangu presents credentials to
President Barack Obama

23 February 2015

South Africa’s newly-appointed Ambassador to the United States of America, H.E. Ambassador Mninwa Mahlangu, presented his credentials to President Barack Obama during a ceremony held at the White House on Monday, 23 February 2015.

The ceremony served to reaffirm South Africa’s commitment to consolidate the existing cordial relations with the United States of America.


Budget Speech

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene will table the 2015 Budget in Parliament on Wednesday, 25 February 2015.


Panel Discussion with Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlasela

Wednesday, 18 February 2015, 12:15 pm
Queens College

Two of South Africa’s true freedom fighters and musical activists – legendary trumpeter, vocalist and composer Hugh Masekela, and vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Vusi Mahlasela – have joined forces on the 20 Years Of Freedom Tour. They will discuss the effects that the harsh political climate in South Africa had on their music, and South African music in general – and how music can uplift and raise social and political awareness. South Africa’s “struggle songs” portray the hardships and joys of living in apartheid–era South Africa.This music connects the old South Africa of discrimination and separation with the new promise for a better future and reconciliation.

The panel discussion will take place on Wednesday, 18 February 2015 at 12:15 p.m. on the campus of Queens College. 

For more information, please contact Julia del Palacio at Julia.del.palacio@qc.cuny.edu or at tel. (718) 997-3589.  


Kupferberg Presents:
20 Years of Freedom: Hugh Masekela & Vusi Mahlasela

Wednesday, 18 February 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Le Frak Concert Hall
Reeves Avenue
Flushing, NY 11367

The Kupferberg Center for the Arts and Queens College are delighted to welcome Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlasela for a concert at LeFrak Concert Hall on Wednesday, February 18th at 7:30 p.m. as a part of the College’s Year of South Africa program. As two of South Africa’s true freedom fighters and renowned musical icons, they will come together to honor twenty years since the start of democracy in South Africa and the official end of Apartheid.

Tickets $35-$55


Zip Zap Circus

Sunday, 15 February at 7:00 pm
Circus Warehouse
53-21 Vernon Boulevard
Long Island, NY 11101

Meet the amazing artists and teachers from the Zip Zap School of Circus Arts for Social Change in Cape Town, South Africa. Direct from standing-room-only performances with Cirque Phenix in Paris, José do Rego and Jacobus “Trompie” Claassen will share Gold -Clown winning talent and the magic of Zip Zap’s pioneering social circus programming.

Since its founding in 1992 in Cape Town, South Africa, The Zip Zap School of Circus Arts for Social Change has used the magic of circus to inspire young people and help build a new culture of peaceful coexistence in South Africa. Working with a diverse community of children from all backgrounds, Zip Zap’s programs help kids “Dare to Dream” and learn to make those dreams a reality.  Zip Zap programs are always free to the participants, with financial and material support coming from individuals, organizations, corporations, and foundations.

No tickets required, just a suggested donation of $20 at the door.

Space is limited so please RSVP asap to info@zipzapcircususa.org.  


South African Pavilion
at the 2015 Strictly Sail Miami Boatshow

12 - 16 February 2015
Miamarina, Pier C
Miami, Florida

For more information, please visit South African Pavilion at Strictly Sail Miami Boatshow


President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address

Parliament of the Republic of South Africa
12 February 2015

 


South African Handmade Collection at 2015 NY Now

1 - 4 February 2015
Booth 1371, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 West 35th Street, New York City 10001

The Cape Craft and Design Institute (CCDI) and the South African Department of Trade and Industry are proud to present the South African Handmade Collection at NY NOW 2015 this February. The collection represents some of South Africa’s finest craft and design. Read more.

The CCDI, a not for profit company based in the beautiful Western Cape province of South Africa, assists the craft and design sector with business, product and market support. The layered social histories and rich cultural life of the region are reflected in the diverse styles of product, from edgy and eclectic to ethnic and African safari to urban contemporary, sophisticated, organic, and romantic.

For inquiries, please email Ryan Rode at ryan.rode@ccdi.org.za  


Starfish Greathearts Foundation USA's
10th Anniversary Gala

Tuesday, 3 February 2015
Tribeca Rooftop
2 Desbrosses Street, 12th Floor
(between Hudson and Greenwich Streets)
New York City

Tickets: $225.00 per person at the door or purchase online.

The Starfish Greathearts Foundation USA (Starfish USA) will host its 10th Anniversary Gala to celebrate milestones achieved to annually support over 16,000 children in 35 communities to provide education, healthcare and child protection services. Join us for a fun night of African music, South African wine and bid on fabulous silent and live auction items to support a great cause.

Featured at the live auction will be renowned South African artists Greg Anderson, James Delaney, Benjamin Mitchley and Richard Scott, who have donated their artwork to support Starfish USA.

Guests also can bid on a magical trip to South Africa with luxury accommodations at Tanda Tula Safari Lodge, Ten Bompas Hotel in Johannesburg and Samara Karoo Lodge in the Eastern Cape. Winners of this auction prize will be treated to a private lunch at Mooiplaas wine estate and private nature reserve in Stellenbosch.

Corporate sponsors include Investec USA, Blackstone, Kirkland & Ellis, Sylvan/Laureate Foundation and Deloitte. 


Editors: Elias Tibane and Antonia Vermeulen
Tel: +27 12 473 0069
Email: Elias@gcis.gov.za

The Yearbook is not just as a reference work but as a record of the strides South Africa made in the political term from 2009 to 2014.

This Yearbook documents the tremendous change and progress South Africa has experienced in the past five years as government and the nation focused on the priorities of employment; the fight against crime and corruption; health, education as well as rural development and land reform.


An Evening with Mike Tolkin and Neil McMillan

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, from 6:30 p.m.
295 Madison Avenue, 47th Floor
New York City

Kick off the 2015 rugby season with the New York Rugby Business Network and U.S. Head Coach Mike Tolkin as he re-caps the 2014 season including the New Zealand Match and talks about the upcoming 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Former professional rugby player Neil McMillan will also be on hand to provide insight on life as a pro and how he made the transition from player to business entrepreneur as Co-founder of City Athlete.  Register to attend the event.


NB: Notice of Office Closure

Please note that the South African Consulate General will be closed to the public

  • on 24, 25 and 26 December 2014 and will resume
    normal operations on 29 and 30 December 2014, and  
  • on 31 December 2014 through 2 January 2015. 
    Normal operations will resume on 5 January 2015.

EMERGENCY NUMBER

The emergency number-- (917) 200-8396 -- is for South Africans in distress during natural disasters such as tornadoes, tsunamis, etc.  You may call this number only if you are in an emergency situation during non-working hours (i.e. between 5:00 pm and 9:00 am).


Visit to the South African Consulate General by P.S. 327 Students

18 December 2014


Umoja USA Tour

Special discounted price for the South African community.  For information on how to avail the discount, please contact Sduduzo Ka-Mbili at sduduzo@wbai.org.


Global Traveler Magazine names South African Airways as Best Airline in Region for 11th Consecutive Year

16 December 2014

South African Airways (SAA) has been, for the 11th consecutive year, honored by Global Traveler Magazine, as “Best Airline in Africa” in the magazine’s annual GT Tested Reader’s survey. The magazine presented the award to SAA at its award ceremony held on 15 December 2014 at the Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.  SAA was recognized by Global Traveler readers for its consistently high service that keeps it in the world-class category and best in the region year after year.  SAA also received honorable mention in this year’s survey for “Best Airline for Onboard Service,” “Best Flight Attendants” and “Best Airport Lounge.”  Read full story.


Miss South Africa crowned Miss World

By Robin Millard
14 December 2014

Miss South Africa, 22-year-old Rolene Strauss, was crowned Miss World 2014 at the contest's glitzy final in London on Sunday, with an estimated billion viewers watching on television around the globe. Read full story.


South Africa.info

SMA Solar opens state-of-the-art factory in Cape Town

11 December 2014

A multimillion-rand manufacturing facility will be opened in Cape Town by SMA Solar Technology, a German manufacturer of solar inverters, on Friday, 12 December.

The facility includes a production line and quality test center for SMA's Sunny Central inverters, warehousing, as well as the African branch of the SMA Solar Academy training center.

This is the third renewable energy manufacturing facility, supported by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), to open in the country in the past four months.  Read more.


The South African

Wouter Kellerman nabs Grammy nomination for South Africa

South African flautist, Wouter Kellerman, has been nominated for a Grammy award for best new age album of the year. Kellerman’s album, Winds of Samsara was produced in collaboration with Indian composer, Ricky Kej.

The album started as a tribute to Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi but ended up featuring 120 musicians, recorded on five continents, as a collaboration between South Africa and India.  Read more.


5 December 2014 marks the first anniversary of President Nelson Mandela’s passing.   On this day, government, working hand-in-hand with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, will hold an official ceremony to remember Madiba.

All South Africans, and the world, are urged to keep his memory alive by living his values and continuing with efforts aimed at ensuring that all humanity lives in a society where peace, tolerance, the rule of law, justice and human rights form the cornerstone of our daily lives.  On 5 December you can also share your memories on Twitter using the hashtag #RememberMandela or share your favorite Nelson Mandela moment on Facebook.


Permira Takes First African Step,
buys South African Data Firm

By Simon Clark
4 December 2014

Permira, one of Europe’s largest private-equity firms, is making its first African investment, agreeing to buy South Africa’s Teraco Data Environments, a manager of data centers, for an undisclosed amount.

Permira joins U.S. rivals including KKR & Co., Blackstone Group LP and Carlyle Group, which are expanding their operations in Africa. Read full story.

Related stories:

Permira makes first African investment in data centre firm Teraco
Reuters-Dec 4, 2014

Permira Buys Africa's Teraco Data for Undisclosed Price
Bloomberg-Dec 4, 2014


Sensational South Africa

By Catherine Dunwoody

Africa has been a bucket-list travel destination for generations - and its appeal comes naturally. The continent's Big Five species - lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino - first earned their fame in the sights of hunters' rifles, then became photo targets for hordes of Land Rover-riders from around the world.

Africa's dramatic and exotic landscapes also draw global attention. And, although history has at times been unkind to the peoples of Africa, the strength of their cultures remains a powerful draw.

South Africa offers all of these travel lures. Expect to clock hours with plenty of planes, trains and automobiles if you do make the journey to the bottom of the continent.  Read full story.


U.S. buyout firm Carlyle enters South Africa with tyre deal

By David Dolan

Carlyle Group has agreed to buy South African tyre retailer Tiger Automotive from Ethos Private Equity, Ethos said on Wednesday, the U.S. buyout firm's first deal in Africa's most developed economy.

Carlyle - like other private investors - has been targeting rapid economic growth and growing consumer spending in sub-Saharan Africa. Until now, the firm has focused its $700 million fund elsewhere on the continent. Read full story.


Steinhoff to Buy Pepkor for $5.7 Billion

Furniture retailer Steinhoff International Holdings Ltd. is acquiring fellow South African retailer Pepkor Holdings Proprietary Ltd. for 62.8 billion South African rand ($5.7 billion), as it aims to expand into markets for low-price furniture and garments across Europe and Africa.  Read more.


South Africa opens its biggest solar plant

24 November 2014

The new 96 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic solar power project in South Africa's Northern Cape province is now online and will help the country meet its critical electricity needs.

The Jasper plant, near Kimberly, is the largest on the continent and can produce 180,000 megawatt-hours of energy a year for South African residents, enough to power up 80,000 homes.

The project was completed two months ahead of schedule and is fully operational, SolarReserve, the developer, announced on 11 November.  Read full article.


African Diaspora Film Festival (ADIFF)
Film Showing: New York Premiere: Between Friends

By Zuzo Nodada
Tuesday, 2 December 2014, 6:00 pm
Riverside Theatre
91 Claremont Avenue (at 120th Street)
New York, NY 10027

Launch of the SOUTH AFRICA: 20 YEARS OF DEMOCRACY program presented in collaboration with the South African Department of Arts and Culture, the National Film and Video Foundation of South Africa and the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission. Key note speaker Dr. Molefi Kete Asante.

VIP Reception at 6:00 pm. Keynote speaker and screening at 7:30 pm. Q&A with director Zuko Nodada after the screening.

Other short films at the African Diaspora Film Festival's South Africa: 20 Years of Democracy program


South African Delegation to the 2014 International Emmys

21 November 2014


Orientation on South Africa

18 November 2014


Where are the world's best hotels?

By CNN Staff
12 November 2014

Global hotel booking site Agoda.com has just released the results of its Travel Smarts study, which looks at destinations with the highest-rated hotels in the world based on nearly 7 million customer reviews.

Overall, the site says Cape Town, South Africa, is number one, scoring an average of 8.43 out of a possible 10.  Read full article.


Exhibit: Kgalalelo Gaitate:
"Timeless Identity: The Cultural Affinity"

Friday, 14 November 2014
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Kalahari Gallery
1103 Fulton St, New York, NY 11238
Tel: (718) 908-8775

A native of Johannesburg, Gaitate’s passions are embedded within the fashions of the world. From the tender age of 3, Gaitate was rooted with a creative nature encouraged by her parents and crèche teachers. Self-taught, she drew inspiration from cartoons, coloring books, magazines and actual people. Eventually she began honing her skill at the National School of the Arts High School in South Africa. Possessing an incredible eye for detail, Gaitate works through the braided mediums of pen, oil pastels, and acrylic, depicting South African natives in traditional attire. Seemingly decorative, once taken out of their original context and presented to an audience in the western hemisphere, her works offer a palate of potential for cross cultural dialogues and new meanings to take place.


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7 Must-Have Experiences in South Africa

By Tausha Cowan
2 November 2014

South Africa is one of those places that, once visited, sticks to you long after you've left, leaving its mark in ways you had not anticipated. Whether it's the people, the culture, the scenery or some combination of all of the above, there is something about the country that compels you to want to explore more.  Read full story.

Achilles International (South Africa)


South African Project Book Investment Opportunities

The Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission (PICC) was established in 2011 to develop a plan for the future development of infrastructure in the country. The National Infrastructure Plan was developed, with 18 Strategic Integrated Projects (SIPs) identified. These SIPs cover infrastructure needs in specific geographical areas, or focus on the development of a specific type of infrastructure across the whole country.

Major public infrastructure projects to the value of USD360 billion for implementation up to 2023 are under consideration. 79% of this value is in the electricity generation and transport sectors. Projects at the conceptual, pre-feasibility and feasibility stages represent 48% of the total in value terms.

Apart from the direct investment expected to be generated by the infrastructure projects themselves, these investments will be used as a springboard for the redevelopment of South Africa’s industrial base. As such, prospects for the local production of inputs into these projects are being investigated which will provide a myriad of opportunities for private investors.  View full document (Acrobat).