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We hope that browsing through our website will be an exciting and insightful journey for you.  We have sought to package and provide information in the most user-friendly manner, spanning the political, economic, consular and immigration and tourism spheres.  You will also find links to other websites that cover a multitude of interesting topics about South Africa and the numerous offerings we provide. Continue reading. 


Fort Lauderdale, FL (May 2, 2017) –South African Airways Vacations® has expanded their portfolio of air-inclusive vacation packages with the introduction of new programs to Senegal and Ghana in West Africa. These multi-faceted packages are designed to immerse travelers in the history, culture and traditions of these African countries to provide an enriching travel experience. From short city-stays in Dakar, Senegal and Accra, Ghana to longer itineraries throughout each country, these packages offer an extensive choice of accommodations, activities and sightseeing tours.

The city-stay packages to Dakar, Senegal or Accra, Ghana are offered from $1,799* (restrictions apply) per person and include round-trip Economy Class air transportation on South African Airways (SAA) from Washington Dulles International Airport, 2-nights hotel accommodations and airport transfers.  Optional activities and sightseeing tours are available to the top historical and cultural sites in each city.  Longer-stay packages with more extensive itineraries are offered in Senegal and Ghana, which include tours throughout the country to visit local wildlife sanctuaries and national parks.

Travelers are encouraged to contact SAA Vacations’® Africa Specialists at 1-855-FLY-SAAV or their professional travel consultant. Tailor-made itineraries are their forte and the team of Africa Specialists are standing by to assist in planning your West Africa vacation.  For additional information on the packages to Senegal and Ghana travelers are encouraged to visit:  https://www.flysaavacations.com/destinations/senegal/
https://www.flysaavacations.com/destinations/ghana/


3 - 29 May 2017

In May, the New York African Film Festival returns to the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Maysles Cinema and Brooklyn Academy of Music for its 24th edition. A special program will take place at Lehman College on 10 May, in collaboration with the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment's One Book, One New York program.

This year, the flagship festival takes on the theme, The Peoples’ Revolution, to illuminate the swell of creatives throughout Africa and its diaspora seeking reform and taking the artistic and sociopolitical actions to do so.

Tickets for Film Society of Lincoln Center will be available on Thursday, 20 April. A pre-sale to Film Society members will begin Tuesday, 18 April. BAMcinématek tickets are available now. Check out this year's festival program at http://www.africanfilmny.org/events/festival/2017.


South African Film at the 2017 New York African Film Festival

Vaya

Wednesday, 3 May 2017, 7:00 pm (Q&A with Akin Omotoso)
Friday, May 5, 2:00 pm
Film Society of Lincoln Center
165 W. 65th Street & 144 W. 65th Street
New York, NY 10023

Vaya, Akin Omotoso, South Africa, 2016, 115min.
Zulu with English subtitles

Three strangers on a train traveling from the coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal to Johannesburg are bound by interlocking destinies. Nkulu (Sibusiso Msimang), charged with retrieving his father’s remains from the capital for burial, is unaware that a whole other set of relatives have their own plans. Zanele (Zimkhitha Nyoka), chaperoning a young girl en route to reuniting with her singer mother, is given an exciting offer to appear on television that may be more than meets the eye. Nhlanhla (Sihle Xaba), excited by the prospect of getting rich quick, gets caught up in criminal activities.

Purchase VAYA tickets online.

General public: $14.00
Senior: $11.00
Student: $11.00


South African Film at the 2017 New York African Film Festival

Kalushi

Saturday, 6 May 2017, 8:30 pm (Q&A with Thabo Rametsi & Pearl Thusi)
Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 3:30 pm
Film Society of Lincoln Center
165 West 65th Street & 144 West 65th Street
New York, NY 10023

Kalushi, Mandla Dube, South Africa, 2016, 110min.

English, Afrikaans, and Tsotsi-taal with English subtitles

Kalushi is a true story about Solomon Mahlangu, a 19-year-old hawker from the streets of Mamelodi, a ghetto township outside Pretoria, South Africa. After being brutally beaten by police during the 1976 Soweto uprisings, he goes into exile and joins the liberation movement; a series of violent events lead Mahlangu on a journey that culminates in his being forced to stand trial for his life, using the courtroom as his final battlefield. A hero of the struggle against apartheid, Mahlangu would become an international icon of South Africa’s liberation.

Purchase KALUSHI tickets online.

General public: $14.00
Senior: $11.00
Student: $11.00


South African Film at the 2017 New York African Film Festival

Uprize! (U.S. Premiere)

Sunday, 7 May 2017, 4:15 pm (Q&A with Sifiso Khanyile)
Film Society of Lincoln Center
165 W. 65th Street & 144 W. 65th Street
New York, NY 10023

Uprize!, Sifiso Khanyile, South Africa, 2016, 58min.

On the morning of June 16, 1976, students gathered to protest the use of the Afrikaans language in schools. What started out as a planned peaceful march turned into a bloody confrontation with the police. The student protests spread to other parts of South Africa, causing an economic instability that rapidly plunged the country into crisis. Uprize! looks at the political, social, and cultural conditions that shaped the uprising, how those ideas we transformed into liberatory action, and how those actions helped shape the democratic society we live in today.

Purchase UPRIZE! tickets online.

General public: $14.00
Senior: $11.00
Student: $11.00


South African Film at the 2017 New York African Film Festival

Noem My Skollie (New York Premiere)

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 8:15 pm (Q&A with Daryne Joshua)
Monday, 8 May 2017, 2:00 pm Film Society of Lincoln Center
165 W. 65th Street & 144 W. 65th Street
New York, NY 10023

Noem My Skollie (Call Me Thief), Daryne Joshua, South Africa, 2016, 125min.

Afrikaans with English subtitles

Daryne Joshua’s debut feature is a portrait of life on the mean streets of Cape Town’s lawless Cape Flats in the 1960s. Barely into their teens, Abraham and his three friends form a gang, more out of self-preservation than malice. As they grow up, Abraham (now played by the intense Dann-Jacques Mouton) and his gang turn to petty thievery. After he is arrested, Abraham’s storytelling abilities protect him from the worst that prison life has to offer. Once he’s out, he hopes to reunite with his childhood sweetheart and get his stories down on paper—if, that is, his gang friends and society give him a chance. Noem My Skollie is both a tribute to the human need for stories—and storytellers—and a realistic look at youth gang behavior.

Purchase NOEM MY SKOLLIE tickets online.

General public: $14.00
Senior: $11.00
Student: $11.00


Shared Interest's Annual Event: Conversations For Change

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Columbia University Low
Columbia University Low Memorial Library Rotunda

An evening of provocative and lively conversation with South African and U.S. thought leaders hosted by Shared Interest.

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT:
10% off tickets (use code: C4C10) ONLY UNTIL MARCH 31st

Attire: Cocktail

Register at http://www.sharedinterest.org/c4c

Conversations for Change


International Rugby Match: USA v Ireland

Saturday, 10 June 2017, 4:00 pm
Red Bull Arena
600 Cape May Street, Harrison, NJ 07029

  • Ireland's first match in the USA since defeating the all mighty All Blacks for the first time in the team's 111 year history
  • Currently ranked 4th in the Rugby World Rankings
  • 13 time Six Nations Champions

  • 1st place in the 2017 Americas Rugby Championship
  • Rugby is the fastest growing team sport - 52% growth between 2012 - 2015
  • First meeting of the USA and Ireland since 2013


South African Airways and Hawaiian Airlines Launch New Interline Partnership

Say “Aloha” to Seamless Connections Between Hawaii and Destinations Throughout Africa

Fort Lauderdale, FL (Apr. 25, 2017) – South African Airways (SAA), the national carrier of South Africa and Hawaiian Airlines,  Hawaii’s largest and longest serving carrier, announced today that they have established a new interline agreement, that provides new and convenient flight options for both SAA and Hawaiian customers traveling between the Hawaiian Islands and Southern Africa.  With immediate effect, customers will be able to purchase a single itinerary for travel on flights of both carriers in one simple transaction and enjoy convenient connections via New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport between Hawaiian Airlines’ neighbour island network in Hawaii and over 75 destinations in Africa served by SAA. Read full press release.  


The Jazz Epistles: 
Featuring Abdullah Ibrahim, Ekaya and Hugh Masekela

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 8:00pm
The Town Hall
123 West 43rd Street
New York City

Jazz Epistles

Legends of South African music reunite for a historic concert to tell the story of The Jazz Epistles, arguably the most important jazz album ever recorded in its country’s history. Abdullah Ibrahim welcomes special guest musicians from his youth, and from the original Jazz Epistles band — superstar trumpeter Hugh Masekela — to reimagine music for his Ekaya Chamber Ensemble. This music was almost lost forever -- only 500 copies were made in 1959, buried, and rediscovered decades later after the tyranny of apartheid. These giants of South African jazz tell their story at this extremely rare concert at The Town Hall in New York City.

Abdullah Ibrahim – piano
Hugh Masekela – flugelhorn, trumpet, vocals
Noah Jackson - bass, cello
Will Terrill – drums
Cleave Guyton Jr.– alto saxophone, flute, clarinet, piccolo
Lance Bryant – tenor saxophone
Andrae Murchison - trombone, trumpet
Marshall McDonald – baritone saxophone

This unique performance will be captured for Jazz Night In America on NPR and The Checkout produced by WBGO. For more information and to purchase tickets, please go to http://thetownhall.org/event/thejazzepistles.


Sharon Katz & The Peace Train:
Celebrating South Africa's Freedom Day

30 April 2017, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater
425 Lafayette Avenue
New York City, NY 10003

Tickets at $20.

For more information, please visit: http://sharonkatz.com/event/sharon-katz-the-peace-train-return-to-joes-pub-new-york-city/.


Empowers Africa Annual Event: 
Black Mambas Anti-Poaching Unit

Thursday, 20 April 2017
The Explorers Club
46 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021

6:30 pm Cocktails
8:00 pm Dinner

Tickets $250 – $7,500

For more information please contact event@empowersafrica.org or call (917) 328-1611. Purchase tickets online.

Black Mambas


NB: Office Closure

Please note that our offices will be closed on Friday, 14 April 2017 and will resume normal operations on Tuesday, 18 April 2017.


Cape Town Youth Choir at Carnegie: Songs of Loss and Hope

Monday, 3 April 2017, 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Zankel Hall, West 57th Street & 7th Avenuey
New York, NY 10019

Cape Town Youth Choir

More information about the event.


Step Afrika!

Saturday, 1 April 2017 at 8:00 pm
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College
2900 Avenue H, Brooklyn, NY 11210

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2016-17 season with the much-anticipated return of Step Afrika! on Saturday, 1 April 2017 at 8:00 pm. Holding the distinction of the first professional company in the world dedicated to the art of stepping, the company will conduct a three-day residency that includes not only a public performance but also a free after-school stepping masterclass on Thursday, March 30 at 3:30 pm and three educational shows for schoolchildren.

Tickets for Saturday evening are $25 and can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tuesday-Saturday, 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm).

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts' presentation of Step Afrika! is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by TD Bank and the Mertz-Gilmore Foundation.


Media Statement

President Zuma declares a Special Official Funeral for Mr Ahmed Kathrada

28 March 2017

President Jacob Zuma has declared a Special Official Funeral for the late Rivonia Treason Trialist and stalwart of the liberation struggle for a free and democratic South Africa, Mr Ahmed Kathy” Kathrada, who sadly passed away in hospital this morning.

"Uncle Kathy" was tried and sentenced to life imprisonment on Robben Island prison along former President Nelson Mandela and Mr Walter Sisulu. He was one of the longest serving political prisoners in the country.

The African National Congress bestowed its highest honour, Isithwalandwe/Seaparankoe on Mr Kathrada in 1992 for his selfless dedication to the struggle for a free democratic non-racial and non-sexist South Africa.

The President has instructed that the National Flag fly at half-mast at every station in the country from today, 28 March until the evening of the official memorial service.

President Zuma sends his deepest condolences to his wife, former minister of Public Enterprises Ms Barbara Hogan, the Kathrada family and his political home, the African National Congress, which Uncle Kathy served selflessly throughout his adult life.

The family has requested a private funeral ceremony and the details will be announced by the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation.

An official memorial service will be organized and the details will be announced in due course.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will lead the send-off of the much-loved stalwart within government.

Enquiries: Dr Bongani Ngqulunga on 082 308 9373 or bongani@presidency.gov.za

Issued by: The Presidency
Pretoria

www.thepresidency.gov.za


US Release of the Musical Album "The Journey"

Saturday, 25 March 2017, 7:30pm
Jalopy Theatre
315 Columbia Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231

The Ukes and Kids songwriting project gives kids in South Africa the opportunity to meet, collaborate, create, play music, write songs and learn from each other and a host of local and international volunteer performing artists, educators, and mentors.

On Saturday, March 25, 7:30pm, Ukes and Kids in collaboration with Jalopy Theatre present the album release of “THE JOURNEY” – an audio diary with music and songs chronicling the journey of the kids’ relationship to music, what they want to do as they grow up, how music has changed their lives and how they hope music can be an agent for social change. The evening features performances by Robbi Kumalo, Abraham Mennen and Zwelahke-Duma Bell Le Pere, The Ukuladies, and Timbila. Also part of the evening will be light fare from the South African restaurant, Madiba, and an open marketplace with South African goods for sale by Art Aids Art.

Admission:  $15 general and $10 for students and seniors, children: free

Tickets available at https://shop.jalopy.biz/product-p/sh-032517.htm


Human Rights Day: 21 March

Internationally, the 21st of March is observed annually as the ”International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination”. The democratic South African government declared March 21 as national Human Rights Day to commemorate and honor those who fought for our liberation and the rights we enjoy today. Among those who fought relentlessly for the freedom we enjoy today, the longest serving president in the history of the ruling party, was Oliver Reginald Kaizana Tambo. It is almost incomprehensible to imagine the freedom enjoyed today without the efforts OR Tambo made from years ago.


Journey From Johannesburg

Sunday, 5 March 2017, 2:00 pm
Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center
100 Crescent Beach Road
Glen Cove New York

South African Toby Tobias shares his story of hope during a time of war and upheaval across three continents...from Johannesburg to Jerusalem, then here.

Suggested donation: $10.00

Space is limited. RSVP in advance to Deborah Lom (516) 571-8040 or to dlom@hmtcli.org.

For more information about Toby Tobias, please visit tobytoby.com.


Sharon Katz and the Peace Train

March 14, 15 Middleburgh Film & Concert Series
Middleburgh Library
Middleburgh, New York
   
April 22 Screening & Concert
First United Methodist Church of Germantown (FUMCOG)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
   
April 27, 28 Screening & Performance, Lessons from South Africa
8th Annual Arts & Health Conference
Lesley University
Cambridge, Massachusetts
   
April 30 Celebrating South Africa's Freedom Day
Joe's Public Theater
New York City, New York
   
May 2-13 The Peace Train's West Coast Initiative
Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, Santa Cruz, San Francisco
California
   
May 20 Camp Jam in the Pines
Pine Barrens, New Jersey
   
May 26-28 Virginia Women's Music Festival
located between Richmond and Charlottesville, Virginia

For more information, please visit www.sharonkatz.com.


In celebration of Ghana’s 60th anniversary of independence, South African Airways (SAA), Africa’s most awarded airline, is offering a special sale fare of $679.00* round-trip (restrictions apply) from Washington Dulles International Airport to Accra, Ghana. Travel on this fare is applicable from February 20 to March 30, 2017, to allow travelers to spend the Independence Day holiday period with family and friends in Ghana.  Tickets must be purchased by February 10, 2017, so travelers should hurry and book by visiting www.flysaa.com or calling SAA Reservations at 1-(800) 722-9675.


Breaking Walls: Celebrating Our Global Family

Monday, 30 January 2017, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
330 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011

Join breaking walls for a wonderful night.

Celebrate with our Brooklyn Artists and Ambassadors as we welcome:

  • Consul General of the Republic of Poland in New York, and
  • Consul (Political) of the South African Consulate General.

Honoring 2017 Mentor-of-the-Year: Dr. Sheryl Simmons.

Suggested contribution: $50.

For more information and to buy tickets, please follow this link.


Advertisement of Vacant Posts at the Permanent Mission of South Africa to the United Nations

26 January 2017

The Permanent Mission of South Africa to the United Nations invites applications for the below-mentioned vacancies. 

JOB TITLE: Secretary (2)
JOB PURPOSE: To perform secretarial duties.
   
REQUIREMENTS: Diploma or Certificate or equivalent qualifications plus a minimum of 3 years’ experience as a secretary, typist or performing administration duties and must be computer literate.
   
DUTIES: Receive and process incoming and outgoing mail, draft letters for the Mission.
  Organise business itineraries, travel arrangement, conference, meetings, and social functions.
  Operate office equipment, such as photocopiers, facsimile machine and computers.
  Make and record appointments, prepare agenda or programmes for meetings.
  Attend and take minutes in meetings.
  Liaise with service providers for procurement purposes.
  Assist with preparations and payment of claims
   
JOB TITLE: Administrative Clerk (1)
JOB PURPOSE: To render administrative duties
   
REQUIREMENTS: Degree or Diploma or equivalent qualifications plus a minimum of 3 years’ experience with the administrative environment and must be computer literate.
DUTIES: Assist in facilitating application of UN accreditation.
  Assist in facilitating protocol matters with UN and the host country.
  Assist in handling transport in the Mission.
  Assist with preparations and payment of claims
  Liaise with service providers for procurement purposes.
   
APPLICATIONS: Kindly e-mail your application to Ms. C.M. Mmekoe, email address mmekoem@dirco.gov.za, or Ms. T.F. Zondo, email address zondot@dirco.gov,za.
   
  Please quote the post name in the subject line of the e-mail in order to receive an acknowledgement.
   
CLOSING DATE: 03 February 2017
   
ENQUIRIES: Ms. Cathy Mmekoe/ Ms. Tandi Zondo
Tel no. (212) 692-2491/2466


Save Rhinos with Rugby Star and Conservationist Joe Pietersen

Friday, 27 January 2017, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EST
The Australian NYC
20 West 38th Street
New York, NY 10018

Space is limited, so please buy your tickets in advance.

Ticket Price includes: 2 hours of free-flow beer and wine, light nibbles and a tax-deductible donation for rhino conservation.

For more information and to buy tickets, please follow this link.


Celebrate the New Year with South African Airways Vacations®

Cape Town & Safari Package for $2,017* (Restrictions Apply)

South African Airways Vacations® (SAA Vacations®) is inviting travelers to visit South Africa in the new year with its special, "South Africa Safari 2017" package that offers Cape Town and a luxury African safari, starting at just $2,017 * (restrictions apply) per person. This package is designed to provide an affordable opportunity to immerse visitors in the magnificence that consistently ranks Cape Town as one of the most beautiful cities in the world by leading consumer travel publications and combines a game safari to view spectacular wildlife, including Africa's Big 5.

The "South Africa Safari 2017" package includes round-trip air transportation from New York-JFK International Airport or Washington Dulles International Airport to Cape Town on South African Airways, Africa's most awarded airline, 4-nights hotel accommodations at the SunSquare Hotel in Cape Town, 2-nights accommodations at the Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge, adjacent to South Africa's Pilanesberg National Park, all airport transfers and meet & greet service by SAA Vacations® representatives. Also included is a full-day Cape Peninsula tour to enjoy the rugged beauty of Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope, and half-day Cape Winelands tour to visit some of South Africa's award-winning wineries.

**Terms & Conditions – South Africa Safari 2017 Price is per person based on double occupancy and limited to availability. Prices valid as of January 1, 2017 for departures from New York (JFK) or Washington, DC (Dulles) between the dates of April 01 & May 31, 2017, with the same itinerary available at higher prices during other travel periods. Package must be booked by January 31, 2017. Other departure points and domestic flights within the U.S. can be booked. Price for other departure cities and/or travel dates may vary. Subject to availability and currency exchange rate fluctuations. Prices are valid for new bookings only, are not retroactive and may change without notice. Package includes all government and airline imposed taxes and fees. Baggage and optional service fees, cancellation charges and other restrictions may apply.



NB: Notice of Office Closures

Please be advised that our offices will be closed:

- on Friday, 16 December 2016 in observance of Day of Reconciliation, resuming normal operations on Monday, 18 December 2016, and

- from noontime on Friday, 23 December 2016, resuming normal operations on Tuesday, 3 January 2017.

Please plan your visit accordingly.


South African Airways (SAA), the national carrier of South Africa and Africa's most awarded airline, is offering special fares from the U.S. to destinations in Africa for travel in early 2017. The fares are offered from SAA's gateways at New York-JFK International Airport and Washington, DC-Dulles International Airport to Johannesburg, South Africa; Accra, Ghana and Dakar, Senegal starting at just $660.00* (restrictions apply) round-trip.  Travel on these fares is applicable for an extended period between January 15 and May 31, 2017, with tickets purchased by December 26, 2016.

These special holiday fares are available for 7-days only, so travelers must hurry to unwrap this gift and purchase tickets by visiting www.flysaa.com or calling SAA reservations at 1 (800) 722-9675.


Reception in Celebration of the Life of Nelson Rohlihlahla Mandela

Saturday, 10 December 2016
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
at the South African Consulate General
333 East 38th Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10016

Space is limited. RSVP is required.
RSVP online at https://southafricacommunityreception2016.eventbrite.com/.

NB: This event is for South African nationals only.


Rev. Tuesday, 02-May-2017 4:03 PM