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Welcome!

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. 


NB: Notice of Office Closure

Kindly note that our offices will be closed from Monday, 25 December 2017 to Monday, 1 January 2018. Normal operations will resume on Tuesday, 2 January 2018. Please plan your visit accordingly.



South African Airways Vacations® Offers Post-Holiday Cyber Savings

27 November 2017

“Eastern Cape Safari Explorer” includes:

  • Round trip Economy Class air transportation from New York – JFK Airport or Washington,D.C. – Dulles Airport to Cape Town on South African Airways and domestic flights within South Africa
  • Four-nights at the 4-star Southern Sun Cullinan in Cape Town adjacent to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront inclusive of breakfast
  • Full-day Cape Peninsula tour and full-day Wine Region tour
  • Three nights on safari in the Eastern Cape at the 4-star Kariega Game Lodge
  • Most meals, all park fees, and safari activities
  • Airport transfers and meet and greet service by South African Airways Vacations representatives in South Africa

This offer is only valid for new reservations booked between 27 November 27 and 4 December 2017, for the “Eastern Cape Safari Explorer,” so travelers must book quickly by calling 1-855-359-7228. South African Airways Vacations offers air-inclusive package options for all budgets, with African Specialists on hand to ensure its clients experience the vacation of their dreams. For more vacation packages to popular destinations throughout Africa, please visit www.flysaavacations.com.

*TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Eastern Cape Safari Explorer price is per person based on double occupancy. Valid as of 27 November 2017 for departures from New York (JFK) or Washington Dulles (IAD) from 1-31 May 2018 and also 11-31 August 2018 with the same itinerary available at higher prices during other travel periods. 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.


Press Release: "The Space Between

Tuesday, 7 November 2017, 9:00 pm
Theatre Row
410 West 42nd Street, New York City 10036

CINEMATOSCAPE is proud to produce “The Space Between” stage play for United Solo in New York City. “The Space Between” is a coming of age story told through a historical and cross cultural lens. A young boy in South Africa longs to reunite with his American childhood sweetheart before the space between them separates them forever. Inspired by actual events, the play explores the universal themes of ‘distance' and ‘space'.

“The Space Between” play is written and performed by Simeon Taole, who has been called “an up and coming bona fide triple threat” (NOW Magazine) and one of the “best kept secrets within the arts and cultural scene” (North York Arts). Taole “proved himself to be an exceptional playwright, director, actor, filmmaker, and composer in less than an hour and half” (MOONEY ON THEATRE).

Taole has taken the show on tour 2016/17, and won “Best Performer” at the Atlantic Fringe Festival 2016. In review of this performance, THE COAST noted “I couldn’t take my eyes off Taole. He’s an astonishing actor; with small shifts in tone, accent and posture he can immediately create a whole new character”. Called a “Tour De Force Performance” (TWISI), this production also incorporates original music in a heartfelt and humorous show.

To request an interview, please contact Producer Danielle Ungara - danielle@cinematoscape.com.

“The Space Between”
Tuesday, 7 November 2017, 9:00 pm
Theatre Row,
410 West 42nd Street, New York City 10036

Tickets on sale through https://www.telecharge.com/Off-B…/United-Solo-Festival-2017/ Or box office at (212) 239-6200 or (800)-447-7400.

For more information, and to connect with us: www.thespacebetweenproject.com
facebook.com/thespacebtwn
twitter.com/spacebtwnstage
Instagram.com/thespacebtwn


Invited to describe a day that they will never forget, the Monologues recount the stories of young people expressing personal experiences in their own words—sometimes harrowing, sometimes uplifting, and always moving. Adapted for the stage by award-winning writers, including Lynn Nottage (Ruined, Sweat); Neil LaBute (Reasons to be Pretty, The Shape of Things); David Hare (The Blue Room, The Hours, The Reader); Tom Stoppard (The Coast of Utopia, Arcadia); Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and The Cursed Child); Laura Wade (The Riot Club, Posh), and others, the production will give audience members a powerful glimpse into a world in which young people are forced to grapple with astonishing challenges.

All proceeds from this one-night-only presentation go to jointly support Dramatic Need and Carnegie Hall

Tickets available at Carnegie Hall.


Film: Asinamali

Monday, 30 October 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Maysles Cinema
343 Malcolm X Boulevard New York, NY 10027

New York Opening Night Film and Reception
Pembroke Taparellli Arts and Film Festival

Adapted from Mbongeni Ngema's Broadway production of Asinamali. On the prison yard, a man named Nelson Mandela told Msizi Dube "Go and do it for all of us, for all our people. So one day we may join you in a free South Africa." After Msizi Dube was released residents of Lamontville Township, with anger and passion in their hearts, demonstrated against proposed rent increases, and led the crowds with a cry of ASINAMALI - We have no money. Dube was later gunned down but his cause and mission had touched the hearts of millions who still believe and follow in what he said. Our story takes place, ten years later in a prison, where a group of inmates are asked to create and perform a stage play for the governor and his associates for a celebration at the prison. These seven inmates, crammed together in a small cell, use their free time at night, after a hard days work, creating the stage play as a way of escaping the reality of where they are.

Tickets available at Pembroke Taparellli Arts and Film Festival.


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

18 October 2017

SECRETARY

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

JOB TITLE: Secretary
JOB PURPOSE: To perform secretarial duties and provide technical support to Political Staff on Research.
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 travel arrangements, conferences, meetings, and social functions.
  Make and record appointments, prepare agenda or programmes for meetings and conferences.
  Provide support to Political Officers for drafting briefing concept notes.
  Assist the Political Section to compile minutes in meetings and reports at conferences.
  Provide support to Political Officers in doing research on Peace and Security issues, particularly in Africa.
  Monitor developments and reforms related to Peace and Security and provide information to Political Staff.
APPLICATIONS: Kindly e-mail your application to Ms. CM Mmekoe, email address mmekoem@dirco.gov.za or Ms. TF 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.
  Hand-delivered applications can be submitted to 333 East 38th Street, 9th Floor, New York NY 10016.
CLOSING DATE: 25 October 2017
ENQUIRIES: Ms. Cathy Mmekoe/ Ms. Tandi Zondo, Tel. no. (212) 692-2491/2466.

 


Stimela The Musical

Sunday, 8 October 2017, 4:00 pm
Concert Hall, Lehman Center for the Performing Arts
250 Bedford Park Boulevard
West Bronx, NY 10468

Two dynamic dance companies, the Gumboots and Pantsula Dance, share the stage for a pulsating, rhythm-filled evening of urban street dance.

Stimela the Musical is loosely linked by an old man’s reminiscences of his days in the mines, to which many men were drawn from the townships, the dance routines and the songs tell of the miners back breaking work, their longing for home and the way in which their songs and dances eased the pain.

From the author and director of internationally acclaimed theater production, Spirit and Bones, Thapelo Motloung produces yet another masterpiece that must be seen at the Lehman Center.

Tickets available at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts.


USA Album Release: Kathleen Tagg + Andre Petersen
Where Worlds Collide

Monday, 2 October 2017
Yamaha Artist Salon
689 5th Avenue #3
New York, NY 10022

6:30 pm: Wine Reception
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Concert

For more information, please visit http://www.taggpetersenduo.com/.


On 16 September, South African Tourism and Citi Bike will host a Block Party in Tribeca, where Citi Bike riders can enjoy a taste of South Africa. There will be a pop-up food truck, face painting, music and more! This event is open to the public from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm at the Citi Bike station at the corner of Varick Street and West Broadway where you can also see a new, original mural paying homage to world-renowned South African artist, Esther Mahlangu.

In celebration, South African Airways Vacations has created a special vacation package that will allow travelers to experience the culture of Johannesburg and historic Soweto by bicycle, followed by two nights on safari.

We hope to see you there!


September is Heritage Month

Heritage Month is celebrated annually from 1 to 30 September. It recognizes aspects of South African culture which are both tangible and intangible: creative expression such as music and performances, our historical inheritance, language, the food we eat as well as the popular memory.


Download the application form.

David Kau #liveinnewyork

Sunday, 27 August 2017, 7:30 pm
Carolines on Broadway
1626 Broadway
New York, NY 10019

Tickets available at Carolines on Broadway.


NB: Notice of Office Closure

Kindly note that our offices will be closed on Wednesday, 9 August 2017 and will resume normal operations on Thursday, 10 August 2017. Please plan your visit accordingly.


4th Annual International Day of Friendship

Sunday, 6 August 2017, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Brooklyn Borough Hall and Columbus Park
209 Joralemon Street

For more information, please call (718) 802-3530 or email programs@brooklynbp.nyc.gov.

South Africa commemorates Womens Month in August

On 9 August 1956, about 20,000 women of all races marched to the Union Buildings to protest against the discriminatory pass laws which had restricted the movement of black people in the country. This march has been celebrated since 1995 as Women’s Day, to recognize the important and significant role that political activism by women played during the struggle for liberation against colonization and apartheid. This year’s celebration coincides with the centenary of struggle icon OR Tambo and will be commemorated under the theme: “The Year of OR Tambo: Women United in Moving South Africa Forward”.

During the Month of August, a number of activities aimed at creating awareness and promoting understanding of women issues will be held throughout the country.


Nelson Mandela International Day Volunteer Activity:
Sorted with GOOD+ Foundation

Thursday, 20 July 2017
Fashion District, Manhattan

Nelson Mandela International Day volunteers helped sort donations received by GOOD+ Foundation.

GOOD+ Foundation (formerly Baby Buggy) was founded in 2001 by Jessica Seinfeld shortly after the birth of her first child. 16 years later, the foundation has donated almost 35 million items to a national network of over 155 antipoverty programs.

 


Nelson Mandela International Day Volunteer Activity:
Assisted the City Harvest Mobile Market

Thursday, 20 July 2017
Queens, New York

Nelson Mandela International Day volunteers assisted at the City Harvest Mobile Market in Queens.

City Harvest operates in New York City through food rescue and distribution and education. Since 1982, City Harvest has rescued more than 500 million pounds of food. On average, City Harvest rescues some 150,000 pounds of food each day, with more than 50% of rescued food being fresh produce. City Harvest provides food to 500 community food programs throughout New York City.

 


Nelson Mandela International Day Volunteer Activity:
Sorted donated clothes at Housing Works

Wednesday, 19 July 2017
Queens, New York

Nelson Mandela International Day volunteers helped sort donations received by Housing Works.

Housing Works is a New York City based non-profit fighting the twin crises of AIDS and homelessness. In 1990, five members of the famous AIDS activist group ACT UP—Keith Cylar, Charles King, Gerri Wells, Eric Sawyer and Virginia Shubert—decided to dedicate themselves to serving one of New York City’s most neglected populations: the tens of thousands of homeless men, women, and children in New York City living with HIV and AIDS. The activists called their new group Housing Works because they believed that stable housing was the key to helping HIV-positive people live healthy and fulfilling lives and to prevent the further spread of the virus. The charity is well known for its operations, which have recently included outreach to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.

 


Nelson Mandela International Day Volunteer Activity:
Assisted the City Harvest Mobile Market

Wednesday, 19 July 2017
Bed-Stuy Brooklyn, New York

Nelson Mandela International Day volunteers assisted at the City Harvest Mobile Market in Brooklyn.

City Harvest operates in New York City through food rescue and distribution and education. Since 1982, City Harvest has rescued more than 500 million pounds of food. On average, City Harvest rescues some 150,000 pounds of food each day, with more than 50% of rescued food being fresh produce. City Harvest provides food to 500 community food programs throughout New York City.

 


New York Cares Volunteer Orientation

17 July 2017

 


2017 Nelson Mandela International Day Volunteering Opportunities

This year, the South African Consulate General partnered with New York Cares for the following volunteering opportunities in New York City:

  • Assist the City Harvest Mobile Market - Bed-Stuy
    Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 8:45 a.m.

  • Sort Clothing with Housing Works - Queens
    Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 1:00 p.m.

  • Assist the City Harvest Mobile Market - Queens
    Thursday, 20 July 2017, 8:45 a.m.

  • Sort with GOOD+ Foundation - Manhattan
    Thursday, 20 July 2017, 3:00 p.m.

There are limited volunteer slots per event and RSVPs will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. Register by emailing alo-villarealb@dirco.gov.za.

In addition to the above projects, a one-hour orientation will be held by NY Cares on Monday, 17 July 2017 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the South African Consulate General, 333 East 38th Street, New York, NY 10016. Photo ID is required to gain access to the building. After this orientation, you will be able to choose from thousands of volunteer projects through NY Cares that benefit children, adults, and the community.


DIRECTIONS: Take the 2 or 5 train to Freeman Street stop (venue is a short walk from the train stop).


Across Southern Africa, specialty foods companies use the highest-quality, all-natural ingredients from local farmers to prepare highly original products that the world is now discovering. Be among the first to taste exceptional products. Africa Fine Foods is proud to introduce the best of the companies, many led by dynamic women entrepreneurs, whose businesses not only provide new taste experiences, but improve livelihoods with every product sold. Meet these new and exciting companies in New York City as they bring the latest of what is new out of Africa.

For questions on companies and trade enquiries, please contact Ms. Bing Alo-Villareal Tel. (212) 692-2455, Email Alo-villarealb@dirco.gov.za.


South African Youth Day Celebration

Saturday, 17 June 2017, 11:00 am to 8:00 pm
Seaside Park Bandshell
Bridgeport, CT 06604


NB: Notice of Office Closure

Kindly note that our office will be closed on Friday, 16 June 2017 and will resume normal operations on Monday, 19 June 2017. Please plan your visit accordingly.


June is celebrated as Youth Month in South Africa, with a specific focus on 16 June, which is also known as Youth Day. Youth Month pays tribute to the school pupils who lost their lives during the 16 June 1976 uprising in Soweto.

This year marks the 41st anniversary of the Soweto uprisings.


Twenty-third (23rd) Edition
(Originally published as South Africa Official Yearbook)

The South Africa Yearbook (SAYB) is compiled and edited by the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS). The editorial staff has taken all reasonable care to ensure correctness of facts and statistics. However, any person requiring formal confirmation of any data in the SAYB, or more detailed specific information, should consult the sources as indicated. The information is also available on Government Online (www.gov.za). Unless otherwise specified, the information contained in this book was the latest available in October 2016.

Archive of older Yearbooks


June is Youth Month

June is celebrated as Youth Month in South Africa, with a specific focus on 16 June, which is also known as Youth Day. Youth Month pays tribute to the school pupils who lost their lives during the 16 June 1976 uprising in Soweto.

This year marks the 41st anniversary of the Soweto uprisings.

On 16 June 1976, more than 15,000 students gathered at Orlando West Secondary School with the intention of participating in a peaceful march to the nearby Orlando Stadium.

The demonstration had been planned in protest against the use of Afrikaans as the medium of instruction at schools.

However, the police and armed forces responded to the protest violently and the first fatality of the day was Hector Pieterson, a 12 year old pupil who was shot by the police. It is believed that 175 others were also killed that day.

This violent backlash to what was meant to be a peaceful march caught the attention of the international community. After this event, many countries imposed sanctions on South Africa in an attempt to force the apartheid government to ease its repressive rule.


NB: Notice of Office Closure

Kindly note that our offices will be closed on Monday, 29 May 2017 and will resume normal operations on Tuesday, 30 May 2017. Please plan your visit accordingly.


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


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


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


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. Thursday, 14-Dec-2017 12:22 PM