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Reminder:
Voting in New York City will take place
on Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Venue :
South African Consulate General
333 East 38th Street, 9th Floor
New York City 10016
   
Hours:
The Consulate will be open for voting from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm

Required Documents:

a) Green, bar-coded ID book; smartcard ID; or valid Temporary Identity Certificate; and
b) Valid South African passport or temporary passport.

Kindly spread the word.

For any enquiries relating to elections please consult the IEC on the following website: www.elections.org.za


Sharon Katz and The Peace Train

Saturday, 26 April 2014
Doors at 9:00 pm, Show at 9:30 pm
Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003

Ticket price: $18.00
Taub Box Office (212) 967-7555
General Info: (212) 539-8500

For more information and to buy tickets, please Joes' Pub.


Brotherhood of Braai:
How BBQ brings South Africans together

By Rebecca L. Weber, for CNN
17 April 2014

South Africa's braai (barbecue) culture is one of the few things that truly cuts across racial and economic lines -- just about every circle of friends here has its own "braai master."  Read full story.


South Africa.info

South Africa honors its freedom heroes

17 April 2014

Struggle stalwarts Ruth First, Dawid Kruiper and Frances Baard, top athletes Caster Semenya, Lucas Sithole and Cameron van der Burg, as well as business executives Raymond Ackerman and Chris Ball are among the list of South Africans who will receive National Orders, the country's highest civilian honour, on Freedom Day this year.

The ceremony on 27 April will be the 20th since the dawn of democracy and the inception of the new national orders system. In line with the country's 20 year celebrations, the ceremony will have the theme, "South Africa: a better place to live in", the Presidency said on Wednesday.  Read full story.


South Africa.info

More awards for South Africa's Felix

16 April 2014

South African feel-good movie Felix has added to its long list of accolades by winning three more awards at international film festivals in March and April.

The film won the youth jury prize for best film at the Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth in Vancouver, Canada, the best film award at the Kikife International Children's Film Festival in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany, and the adult jury prize for best picture at the Augsburg Children's Film Festival in Germany.  Read full story.


OFFSHORE

Majors mass to reassess South Africa's offshore plays

9 April 2014

Exploration off South Africa has entered a new era, with Total/CNR preparing to drill the country's first ultra-deepwater well in 1,450 m (4,757 ft) of water off the south coast. What was once a relative offshore backwater has become one of Africa's hot spots, with all available near-shore and frontier deepwater licenses taken up.

Among the influx of operators assessing previously untested plays are Shell and ExxonMobil, along with Anadarko, operator of the breakthrough gas discoveries in the Rovuma basin off neighboring Mozambique.  Read full story.


Charlotte Observer

‘Homeland’ to move filming from Charlotte
to South Africa for new season

By Théoden Janes
4 April 2014

The number of Claire Danes sightings in Charlotte will be way, way down this year.

After spending its first three seasons shooting primarily around here, Showtime’s popular TV series “Homeland” – which stars Danes as brilliant but troubled CIA agent Carrie Mathison – is moving for its upcoming season to South Africa, the cable television network announced Friday.  Read full story.


 

Tourism Board Recognizes Airline for its Significant and Continued Investment in Promoting South Africa to the North American Market

Fort Lauderdale, FL (April 4, 2014) – South African Airways (SAA), Africa’s most awarded airline, was once again honored as South African Tourism’s “Top Producing Airline” at the 5th Annual Ubuntu Awards in New York City on April 1st.  South African Tourism’s Ubuntu Awards recognize those travel partners that consistently invest significant resources to promoting South Africa in the North American market.  Read full press release.


Jazz Legend Hugh Masekela visits the South African Consulate General

4 April 2014

 

Left to right: Consul General George Monyemangene, birthday celebrant Hugh Masekela and South Africa's Deputy Permanent Representative at the United Nations, Adv. Doctor Mashabane.

To celebrate his 75th birthday on 4 April, the legendary South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, composer, and lyricist Hugh Masekela presents a retrospective extravaganza at Jazz at Lincoln Center ( 4- 5 April 2014) in New York City. 


South Africa $18 Billion Rail Plan Lifts Mining Reports

By Kamlesh Bhuckory and Paul Burkhardt
3 April 2014

The Shongololo is part of a 201 billion-rand ($18.8 billion) rail overhaul and expansion plan aimed at boosting exports of coal, manganese and other commodities from Africa’s biggest economy. The train, whose name means millipede in Zulu, carries 200 coal wagons, is as long as eight Eiffel Towers laid end-to-end and can haul 16,800 metric tons of coal at 80 kilometers (50 miles) an hour non-stop to the country’s main export port.  Read full story.


Briefing on Tourism

1 April 2014  

Ms. Sthu Zungu (left), South African Tourism's US country manager and Minister of Tourism Mr. Marthinus van Schalkwyk during a briefing held at the South African Consulate General on 1 April 2014.


South Africa launches first MeerKAT antenna

27 March 2014

South Africa officially launched the first of 64 antennas that will make up the MeerKAT radio telescope, the country's precursor to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), at the SKA South Africa site outside Carnarvon in the Northern Cape on Thursday.

The MeerKAT Karoo Array Processor Building, a cutting-edge data center for the MeerKAT that has been built in an underground bunker at the Karoo observatory site, was officially opened at the same time.  Read full story.


South Africa 2014 Corn Crop May Be Biggest in 33 Years, CEC Says

By Tshepiso Mokhema
27 March 2014

South Africa, the continent’s largest corn producer, raised its forecast for output of the grain this season 4.5 percent, and the harvest may be the largest since 1981, the Crop Estimates Committee said.  Read full story.


Delaware Online

DuPont opens South Africa tech center

26 March 2014

Ellen Kullman, DuPont chief executive officer, unveiled a newly expanded research facility in South Africa, the firm announced today.

The center, based in the South Africa town of Delmas, will serve as the central hub of the regional technology center, which is comprised of a network of of existing DuPont Pioneer and Pannar research facilities throughout Africa. Pioneer is DuPont's seed business, headquartered in Johnston, Iowa. 

The facility will also house Africa's first private insectary, which will raise and house insects that pose challenges to local crop protection. Read full story.


Wines of South Africa (WOSA) is celebrating 20 years of South African democracy, a record year of wine exports in 2013 and massive strides in quality and sustainability, with a bright and refreshing animated video.  Read more.


Listening Party - South African Jazz

20 March 2014, 7:00 pm
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Broadway and 60th Street
New York, NY 10019

Jazz at Lincoln Center is excited to celebrate South African Jazz in April 2014. Join host Seton Hawkins and special guests for a free Listening Party that explores the history of South African Jazz and plays some of the country’s classic records! No reservations necessary.

More information at http://jalc.org/events/av-147672 


Hugh Masekela & Larry Willis: Friends

18, 19, 20 March 2014
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
Broadway & 60th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10019

With Hugh Masekela, trumpet, and Larry Willis, piano

Hugh Masekela and Larry Willis, two giants of the jazz world, come together for this show. Masekela is a world-renowned flugelhornist, trumpeter, bandleader, composer, singer, and defiant political voice. After coming under the tutelage of Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong, Masekela went on to carve out a five-decade-long (and counting) career, releasing over 40 solo albums. His 1986 anti-apartheid anthem “Bring Him Back Home (Nelson Mandela)” became a rallying call around the world for Mandela’s release from prison.  A pianist, Willis met Masekela when they were both students at the Manhattan School of Music some 50 years ago. Since then, Willis has performed or recorded with almost every great jazz musician of the modern era, including Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Morgan, Woody Shaw, Cannonball and Nat Adderley, and Stan Getz. Don’t miss this rare chance to watch the two jazz legends (and dear friends) light up Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.

Tickets available at: http://jalc.org/calendar-event-details.php?id=av-145780


Hugh Masekela: Celebrating 75 Years

4 and 5 April 2014
Jazz at Lincoln Center, Rose Theater
Broadway & 60th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10019

To celebrate his 75th birthday on April 4th, the legendary South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, composer, and lyricist Hugh Masekela presents a retrospective extravaganza. Joined by associates from various stages of his career, he explores his fascination with American jazz and his deep roots in the Zulu folkloric strains that coalesced into the mbaqanga township dance band music of his homeland, from which he was exiled between 1960 and 1990. As is Masekela's custom, personal considerations will operate in the context of his ongoing quest to document, as he puts it, "the amazing diversity and unfathomable excellence of the African diaspora's cultural heritage."

Tickets available at http://jalc.org/events/t-1531


Uhadi: All Stars of Johannesburg
featuring Sibongile Khumalo

3, 4, 5, 6 April 2014
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
Broadway & 60th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10019

With Sibongile Khumalo, vocals; Feya Faku, trumpet; McCoy Mrubata, saxophones/music director; Paul Hanmer, piano; Herbie Tsoaeli, bass; and Justin Badenhorst, drums

“…a jaw-dropping classical masterclass in vocal dexterity from Khumalo.” - The Independent (London)

Uhadi, an all-star jazz band from Johannesburg, will set Dizzy’s alight with its joyful, high-energy brand of jazz, as it celebrates 20 years of democracy in South Africa and honors the life and work of the late Nelson Mandela. Joining them on stage is “South Africa’s first lady of song,” mezzo-soprano Sibongile Khumalo. A frequent collaborator with legendary trumpeter Hugh Masekela, Khumalo has established herself as a leading lady of opera, appearing at venues like Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, and the Barbican Centre. However, Khumalo’s range is far broader than opera, as demonstrated in her award winning albums, which traverse styles from African indigenous and choral music, to Western classical and jazz. Don’t miss the U.S. debut of this monumental collaboration.

Tickets available at: http://jalc.org/calendar-event-details.php?id=av-146204


South Africa awards R50bn worth of rail contracts

17 March 2014

State company Transnet awarded contracts totalling R50-billion to two Chinese and two North American companies to build 1,064 diesel and electric locomotives, as part of a seven-year, R300-billion expansion of South Africa's railways, ports and pipelines.

Together, this amounts to the biggest locomotive supply contract in South Africa's history, and the largest single infrastructure investment ever by a South African corporate.  Read full story.


Notify the Electoral Commission South Africa of your intention to vote outside South Africa (VEC 10)

Qualified voters are reminded to submit VEC 10 online applications to IEC before midnight of 12 March 2014 (South Africa time).

Election day in South Africa as well as abroad was proclaimed in the Government Gazette on 25 February 2014.  This also means that no further registrations will be entertained.

Voting abroad will take place on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.  By law it is not possible to vote abroad on any date other than 30 April 2014, and no exceptions will be made.

Applications are now open to notify the IEC of your intention to vote abroad and where (at which mission) citizens intend to vote, by completing a VEC 10 form at http://www.elections.org.za/content/For-Voters/Notify-the-IEC-of-your-intention-to-vote-outside-South-Africa-%28VEC-10%29/

Applications need to be submitted ONLINE ONLY on the IEC website at www.elections.org.za and will close at midnight (South Africa time) on 12 March 2014.  Applicants will receive either an email or sms notification from IEC South Africa to acknowledge receipt of their application.

More information.

You may reach the Consular: Civic and Immigration Services Section at the South African Consulate General in New York City at (212) 213-4880 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. You can also contact the following numbers for enquiries on:

PASSPORTS
Tel: (212) 692-2406 or email magonan@dirco.gov.za

VISAS AND TEMPORARY RESIDENCE PERMITS
Tel: (212) 692-2404 or email mselekur@dirco.gov.za

BIRTH, MARRIAGE OR DEATH CERTIFICATES, CITIZENSHIP, PERMANENT RESIDENCE AND BIRTH REGISTRATION
Tel: (212) 692-2403 or email garciaa@dirco.gov.za

MAIL REGISTRY:
Tel: (212) 692-2451 or email motloenyar@dirco.gov.za

Due to high volume of callers, your wait time might be long. We thank you for your patience.  Alternatively, you can send an email to: consular.ny@dirco.gov.za

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 NJ State Senator Sondra Cunningham

7 March 2014

New Jersey State Senator Sondra Cunningham (right) presented a journal of condolence messages for the late President Nelson Mandela.


26 February 2014

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Contemporary South African Art Exhibition

20 - 25 February 2014
6ix Studio
1160 Broadway Avenue
New York NY 10001

View more photographs.


Can South Africa become the new blockbuster hotspot?

By Teo Kermeliotis
27 February 2014

A group of influential film executives from the United States are currently on a 10-day tour across South Africa, having been invited to explore possible set locations for movies and TV productions.

As part of their scouting expedition, leading executives from Disney, Paramount, Warner Bros and the Producers Guild will be traveling around the country until March 1, holding meetings with government representatives and industry players, as well as visiting local production houses and facilities, including a stop on the set of the new "Avengers" movie, scenes for which are currently being shot in Johannesburg.  Read full story.


2014 Budget Speech by Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan

26 February 2014

I have the honour to present the fifth and last budget of President Zuma’s first administration.

In just over two months, we will again exercise our most fundamental expression of freedom – our right to vote for a new government.

Political emancipation is just the beginning of our journey towards justice and equality. In exercising the responsibilities that flow from democratic participation, we have the opportunity to create a better future for all. As Madiba wrote on his prison calendar in 1979, “The purpose of freedom is to create it for others.”

At the outset, I want to thank all South Africans for your support, cooperation and encouragement. Ngiyabonga, ndia livhuwa, enkosi, ke a leboga....  Read full speech.


South Africa Partners 2014 Itheko

Saturday, 26 April 2014
Royal Sonesta Hotel
40 Edwin H. Land Boulevard
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142


Visit to the South African Consulate General by Middle School Students from Suffolk County

19 February 2014

The middle school students from Suffolk County were accompanied by Ms. Diane Stevens-Liotta (left).


Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will present the National Budget to the South African Parliament on Wednesday, 26 February 2014.


By Adrienne Gaffney
14 February 2014


Morgan Freeman and the Soweto Gospel Choir at the concert honoring Nelson Mandela on Thursday. Sunny Norton

Despite the icy conditions, the pews of St. Paul the Apostle were full on Thursday night for a tribute concert in honor of Nelson Mandela. Recalling that Mandela's Dec. 10 funeral was also dampened by poor weather, DJ Gareth Cliff, who hosted the evening with actor Morgan Freeman, remarked, "It's almost as if, in his humility, Madiba doesn't like too much of a fuss being made."  Read full article.


By Sonny Young
14 February 2014

People have been inspired by Lucas Sithole since he turned professional almost three years ago. Today, the 27-year-old South African is a professional tennis player and a rising African star.  Read full story.


Friday, 31 January 2014
Blackman Auditorium, Ell Hall
Northeastern University
342 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts

Boston recently gathered to celebrate the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela.  The event featured tributes to Mr. Mandela by legislative, civic and private sector leaders.  Read full story.  

Among the featured speakers was Massachusetts Governor, Deval L. Patrick, who reflected on Mr. Mandela's focus on the power of love to overcome divisions, "Today we celebrate an ambassador of peace, reconciliation and brotherly love. Nelson Mandela was a remarkable and inspiring example of resilience, persistence, determination and grace, in his time and for all time."


13 February 2014

Read full transcript of State of the Nation Address by His Excellency Jacob G. Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa, on the occasion of the Joint Sitting of Parliament.


Working Visit by KZN Delegation

12 February 2014

Left to right:  Mr. Joel Martin, MEC for Economic Development and Tourism Mr. Mike Mabuyakhulu, Mr. Welcome Msomi, Mr. Nhlanhla Ngidi and Mr. Sam Satlin.


‘Avengers 2′ Begins Production in South Africa
New Details On What Is Being Filmed

by Mike Sampson
11 February 2014

‘Avengers 2‘, one of the biggest films hitting theaters over the next few years, has officially begun filming today in Johannesburg, South Africa, where it will spend the next two weeks.  Read full story.


Tlale makes solo debut at NYFW

by Nadia Neophytou

JOHANNESBURG - South African designer David Tlale has showcased his first solo runway collection at New York Fashion Week (NYFW).

Tlale presented his autumn/winter 2014 collection called ‘Elementary Metropolis’ at NYFW, one of the fashion world’s most highly anticipated events.  Read full article.

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South Africa to move ahead with shale gas exploration

By Rodger Bosch
4 February 2014

South Africa will move ahead "decisively" with the exploration of shale gas, the country's minerals minister said in Cape Town on Tuesday.

Minerals Minister Susan Shabangu said that "geology indicates" a potential for 485 trillion cubic feet of shale gas trapped in the formations of South Africa's arid Karoo region.  Read full story.


Visit to the South African Consulate General by the Nelson Mandela School Choir of Berlin, Germany

3 February 2014


SAA Vacations Introduces "Sommelier's Choice"
Wine-Themed Package for the Most Ardent Oenophiles

Wine and Culinary Vacation Focuses Exclusively on the Cape Wine Region and Provides Experiences with Celebrated Winemakers; 8-Day Package Priced Starting at Just $3,450 (restrictions apply)

Fort Lauderdale, FL (February 3, 2014) - South African Airways Vacations® (SAA Vacations) has developed a wine and culinary-themed package designed to satisfy the most ardent oenophile. Priced starting at just $3,450* (restrictions apply), the 8-day “Sommelier’s Choice” air-inclusive vacation package immerses wine lovers deep into the Cape Wine region and behind the scenes of a master winemaker’s creative process. The package was created by region experts and for those who truly love wine and wish to study its origins and development. The experience will meld the beauty of South Africa’s Western Cape and its celebrated wine region with an education in wine that only celebrated wine masters can provide.

For more information on the Sommelier’s Choice package, call South African Airways Vacations at 855-FLY-SAAV, or visit http://www.flysaavacations.com/south-africa-travel/sommeliers-choice/.


Africa 'committed to tackling trade bottlenecks'

3 February 2014

African heads of state are committed to tackling the infrastructure bottlenecks blocking intra-Africa trade and investment, South African President Jacob Zuma told the Bloomberg "Africa: Economic Outlook and Opportunities" conference in Johannesburg.  Read full article.


The Dawn

Brangelina to move to
South Africa for new film

31 January 2014

JOHANNESBURG: Hollywood's royal couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie will move to South Africa this year while he works on a new film, local media reported on Friday, 31 January 2014. Read full story.


Carnegie Hall Plans South Africa Festival This Fall

30 January 2014

A three-week festival of the music and arts of South Africa will be among the highlights of Carnegie Hall’s 2014-15 season.  Ubuntu: Music and Arts of South Africa, will run from Oct. 10 through Nov. 5 and feature the music of Hugh Masekela, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Abdullah Ibrahim and others as well as a program featuring films by the visual artist William Kentridge with the music of Philip Miller, a South African composer. Read full story.


Media Release
For Immediate Release

South African Airways Announces Resumption of
Non-stop Flights between Johannesburg and New York

Ft. Lauderdale, FL – January 29, 2014 - South African Airways (SAA), Africa’s most awarded airline, has announced that it is resuming its popular non-stop flights between Johannesburg, South Africa, and New York – JFK International Airport.  The non-stop flight will resume on March 9th, nearly three weeks ahead of its original schedule of March 28th.

While SAA’s New York-Johannesburg flight has continued to operate on a non-stop daily basis, the return flight has been temporarily making a 1-hr refuelling stop in Dakar, Senegal, due in part to lower travel demand during the winter months. The non-stop flight will be timed to arrive in New York in the early morning, allowing customers to quickly connect on flights to points throughout North America.

The nonstop flight schedule is as follows (all times are local):

  • Flight SA203 departs Johannesburg at 8:25 pm, arrives New York JFK at 6:40 am the next day
  • Flight SA204 departs New York JFK at 11:15 am, arrives Johannesburg at 8:00 am the next day

“We’re pleased to be able to resume the northbound non-stop flight ahead of schedule,” said Marc Cavaliere, executive vice president, North America for South African Airways. “Over the years, this service has become exceptionally popular, with our customers praising the combination of its schedule, the ease of connections both throughout the African continent and in the United States, as well as the unique South African hospitality on board.”

Customers with questions about the flight schedule or connecting flights should contact South African Airways’ North America Reservations Center at (800) 722-9675. For travel professionals, the new non-stop flight schedule is available for booking via the GDS.

For more information, call 1-800-722-9675, or visit www.flysaa.com.


Video:  Cape Town: World Design Capital for 2014

Cape Town's reign as World Design Capital for 2014 focuses on the problem-solving potential of design: an approach that’s more gritty than pretty. As South Africa celebrates 20 years of independence, Gillian Dobias explores the city's design-for-social-change agenda.

 


Bruce Springsteen Kicks Off 2014 "High Hopes" Tour in South Africa

By Andy Greene
27 January 2014

"Good evening, South Africa!" Bruce Springsteen said after taking the stage in front of 10,000 screaming South African fans at Cape Town's Bellville Velodrome. "So glad to be in your beautiful city!" With that, the E Street Band launched into a rollicking cover of the Special A.K.A.'s "Free Nelson Mandela," kicking off their 2014 High Hopes tour in a country that Springsteen has never previously played.   Read full story.

 


South Africa's Ladysmith Black Mambazo Win Fourth Grammy

27 January 2014

Traditional acapella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo have won the Grammy Award for Best World Album for Live: Singing for Peace around the World - sharing the award with the flamenco fusion artists the Gipsy Kings, who were nominated for a sixth time and won for the first time.  Read full story.


Rugby

South Africa deny NZ in Las Vegas final

27 January 2014

A Las Vegas title remains elusive for the All Blacks Sevens after South Africa beat them 14-7 to claim the fourth leg of the sevens rugby world series.

It is South Africa's second successive win in the series after claiming their home tournament in Port Elizabeth last month. They have leap-frogged New Zealand at the top of the standings and now have 78 points, one ahead of the defending champions followed by Fiji (56) and England (53).   Read full story.


Doing Business in South Africa Seminar

23 January 2014

A business seminar on exciting business opportunities that exist in varied sectors in South Africa, such as; Automotive, BPO, Chemicals, Energy, Financial Services, Healthcare, Infrastructure, Manufacturing, Tourism and others, was jointly hosted by the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce and the South African Consulate General on Thursday, 23 January 2014.

Left to right: Mr. Simon Barber, Country Manager of Brand South Africa; Mr. Mark Jaffe, CEO of Greater New York Chamber of Commerce; Mr. Frank Savage CEO of Savage Holdings and Consul General George Monyemangene. View more photographs.


Floyd Mayweather
DANCING MACHINE ... On South Africa Trip 

20 January 2014

Floyd Mayweather got down with the locals during his trip to South Africa -- busting out an impromptu dance session to live African music ... and TMZ Sports has the footage. View video.


Due to inclement weather, the event

Celebration of the Remarkable Life of Nelson Mandela

scheduled today, Tuesday, 21 January 2014
at New York Law School
185 West Broadway (at Leonard Street)
New York, NY 10013

has been postponed until further notice.


South Africa moves to grow bio-economy

15 January 2014

The government has launched an updated bio-economy strategy that seeks to harness partnerships with industry and academia in order to accelerate the development of bio-based services, products and innovations in South Africa.

The science-based Bio-Economy Strategy, approved by the Cabinet in November and launched by Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom on Tuesday, positions bio-innovation as essential to the achievement of the country's industrial and social development goals.  Read full story.


South Africa: Record Year for South African Wine Exports

15 January 2014

The South African wine industry topped its previous export record in 2013, with volumes sold reaching 525.7-million liters, a 26% increase on the previous high achieved in 2012, Wines of South Africa (Wosa) said in a statement on Monday, 13 January 2014.

Strong year-on-year growth occurred in established and newer markets. Read full story.


52 Places to Go in 2014

#1. Cape Town, South Africa

By Sarah Khan

A place to meditate on freedom, and the creative life that followed.

When Nelson Mandela was incarcerated at Robben Island prison, he found inspiration in Cape Town. “We often looked across Table Bay at the magnificent silhouette of Table Mountain,” he said in a speech. “To us on Robben Island, Table Mountain was a beacon of hope. It represented the mainland to which we knew we would one day return.”   Read full article.


Important information on Out-of-Country Voter Registration

10 January 2014

A South African citizen who is out of the country and wishes to apply for registration must be in possession of a South African identity document and a valid South African passport.

Registration ends on Friday, 7 February 2014.

Those who cannot register during working hours can enroll during two special registration weekends – 18-19 January and 25-26 January 2014.

Venue:

South African Consulate General
333 East 38th Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10016

Hours of Operation:

Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Weekend: January 18 and 19, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Weekend: January 25 and 26, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

The Registration System:

To apply for registration, applicants must, in person, submit the completed application form (REC1/ OC form), together with their Green bar-coded identity document, valid Temporary Identity Certificate (TIC – valid for 2 months) or Smart Card and a valid South African passport to the Special Registration Officer at those foreign missions where registration services will be rendered.  Only South African citizens who are not on the voters’ roll are required to register.

Download the Application Form REC1/OC - To expedite your registration process, please fill up the form on-screen, print and bring with you along with the required documents.

Additional information:

A registered voter in the RSA is NOT required to re-register to vote abroad. It is best for such a person to check his/her registration status on www.elections.org.za  If the person discovers that he/she is not registered to vote then that person is advised to register to vote from abroad.  Importantly, if a registered voter intends to vote outside of the RSA, that person will need to complete an online VEC 10 form (which will be available on www.elections.org.za) once the President of the RSA proclaims the date of the 2014 elections and within 15 days from the proclamation date. More details in this regard are available on www.elections.org.za

The Electoral Amendment Act 2013 states that RSA citizens may apply in person to register to vote, and to vote from RSA Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates. The law does not provide for such opportunities outside of these locations.

The Electoral Amendment Act 2013 makes provision for voters abroad to vote in the national election only, and not provincial elections.

Eligibility to Register:

To be eligible to register abroad, a person must:

  1. Be a South African citizen;
  2. Be 16 years of age or older;
  3. Possess a valid green bar-coded identity document, a valid Temporary Identity Certificate (valid for 2 months) or Smart Card;
  4. Possess a valid South African passport and 
  5. Submit in person the application form, the identity document and a valid South African passport to a Special Registration Officer appointed by the Commission for that purpose.

Download the Application Form REC1/OC - To expedite your registration process, please fill up the form on-screen, print and bring with you along with the required documents.

Please note: Only a green bar-coded ID, a valid Temporary Identification Certificate or a Smart Card are accepted for registration purposes. No other document will be accepted.


Mayweather Jr. to Visit South Africa

By GERALD IMRAY AP Sports Writer

Forget world's best fighter, Floyd Mayweather Jr. was rated by the South African government as the world's greatest athlete and backed him to turn around boxing in the country.

The sports ministry announced Mayweather will arrive on Wednesday , 15 January 2014 for a near-weeklong visit — his first to Africa and a triumph for the country which finally got its man after trying to lure the 36-year-old superstar as guest of honor at the national sports awards last year.

The Ministry of Sport and Recreation also said on Tuesday that the boxer nicknamed "Money" had not been paid any fee to come. Read full story.


South Africa's First Smartphone to Hit Shelves in 2014

Peter Cox
December 19, 2013

JOHANNESBURG — Smartphones are growing in popularity in South Africa, but their expense and the cost of contracts have meant only a fraction of the population can afford them.

One South African plans to change that by introducing the first indigenously designed and manufactured smart phone, aimed at attracting lower middle class consumers.

South Africans love their mobile phones. According to a recent Afrobarometer report, 93 percent of South Africans have one.

But 80 percent of these phones are feature phones, simple handsets with a number keypad, which can be used to dial numbers and send text messages.  Read full article.


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