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Welcome Message by Ambassador Zindziswa Nobutho Mandela

Dear South Africans and friends of South Africa,

Compliments of the New Season!

As you are aware, the year 2018- 2019 is dedicated to Centenary celebrations of Tata Nelson Mandela and Mama Albertina Sisulu. I have observed and participated in activities that sought to honour and celebrate them notably, but not exclusively, as they were part of a greater movement and struggle for the emancipation of our people. Together with their fellow comrades, alliance partners, opposition parties and civic society, we carry the motto/hashtag (#BeTheLegacy), as we continue to strive for the values of patriotism and Ubuntu to be espoused in all of us as we carry the mandate of the country forward.

In celebration of 25 years of democracy in South Africa this year, we also plan to reflect and mark  our historical relations with Denmark later this year.

South Africa assumed Non-Permanent Seat on the United Nations Security Council

On the 1st January 2019, together with Germany, Belgium, Indonesia and The Dominican Republic, South Africa officially assumed its seat as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the period 2019-2020. We look forward to assuming the primary task of the UNSC in the continual establishment and restoration of international peacekeeping operations and security.  As the Presidency of the UN Security Council is held in turn by both permanent and non-permanent members, South Africa will assume Presidency of the Council in October 2019.

South Africa was overwhelmingly elected to serve on the Council by the United Nations General Assembly on 8 June 2018. As President Cyril Ramaphosa reflected at the time: “This will be the third time that South Africa will be serving in the Security Council since the dawn of democracy in 1994. We are humbled and honoured by the confidence the international community has demonstrated in our capability to contribute to the resolution of global challenges."

South Africa’s tenure in the Security Council takes note of and will be greatly defined by the legacy of Madiba and Mama Sisulu, whose values and commitment to peace and security are being commemorated since last year when the centennial tributes were launched. We also see South Africa’s term in the UN Security Council as an African representation, and we shall therefore take the opportunity to further the mandate of the African Union’s goal of “Silencing the Guns” on the Continent by 2020.

South Africa Elections

South African elections are scheduled to take in place in May 2019. A special two-day voter registration event for South African citizens living abroad took place at South Africa’s 120 foreign Missions, including High Commissions, Embassies and Consulates worldwide from 1 to 4 February 2019.

All South Africa citizens aged 16 and older and in possession of an official South African identity document (either a green barcoded ID book, a smartcard ID or a temporary ID certificate) are eligible to register as voters. But only those who are at least 18 on voting day can vote.

Citizens who live abroad must present themselves in person at their nearest South African mission in order to register as voters. In order to apply for registration they will require both their South African identity document as well as a valid South African passport.

Citizens living abroad who are already registered to vote – either on the national or international segment of the voters’ roll – need not re-register but will be required to inform the Electoral Commission of their intention to vote outside of the country.

They do so by completing an online form (Notification and Application to CEO for Special Votes Abroad) indicating the mission at which they intend voting. This form will be available on the website at from the date the 2019 national election is proclaimed for a 15-day period. The Electoral Commission will issue a notice to this effect after proclamation. For updates on the process to apply to vote abroad please follow the Electoral Commission on social media (@IECSouthAfrica on Twitter and Facebook) or visit the website

I encourage you to visit the South African Embassy Facebook page/website more often to keep up with developments around voter registration and elections for South African citizens living abroad.

We remain committed to keeping you updated with relevant links from the South African government Ministries and other related organisations and entities for your convenience. 

As we continue to learn and improve our communication platforms, we welcome your feedback and kindly request you to send your comments to

On behalf of staff at the Embassy, allow me to pass our greatest appreciation to our past and present partners, friends of and fellow South Africans for your incredible support, cooperation and collaboration. I trust that 2019 will be a good and fruitful one for all of us.



Ambassador Z.N. Mandela

Voting Abroad in the 2019 National Elections – 27 April 2019 [PDF]
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