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Centurion – As South Africans descend on voting stations around the country to register for the upcoming elections this weekend (9 and 10 November), one group of eligible voters will have to wait a little bit longer to register.

South Africans living abroad is not able to register until the legislation governing out of country registration and voting has been approved. Only once the Electoral Amendment Bill 2013 is approved by Parliament and signed into law by the President can arrangements for registering South Africans abroad be finalised.

The Bill has been approved by the National Council of Provinces and is currently before the National Assembly. It is hoped the Bill will be approved and enacted before the end of November.

In the meantime, advance planning for the process is proceeding in conjunction with the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO). In terms of the draft legislation South Africans will have to register in person at one of South Africa’s 124 Embassies, High Commissions or Consulates-General located in 108 countries. They will need to be in possession of a valid South African ID document (either a green bar-coded South African ID book, a new smart ID card or a valid Temporary Identity Certificate) AND a valid South African passport in order to be registered.

The Bill does not require South African citizens living abroad and who are already registered as voters in South Africa to register again and they will, as previously, be able to cast a special vote in the 2014 national election. It does, however, for the first time provide for persons who are not yet registered as voters to be able to do so and have their particulars added to the national common voters roll.

The IEC will announce further details of the registration process for South Africans abroad on its website and via the media once the legislation has been enacted.

Further information regarding registration and voting by South Africans abroad subject to the enactment of the legislation and finalization of the process is attached in the fact sheet.

FACT SHEET: REGISTRATION AND VOTING BY SOUTH AFRICANS OUTSIDE OF THE COUNTRY (Based on the Electoral Amendment Bill 2013 and subject to change in line with the final Electoral Amendment Act)

How do I register abroad?

To vote in elections for the National Assembly you must be a registered voter. If you are already registered to vote in South Africa (check your registration status online at www.elections.org.za), you don’t have to re-register.

If you are not already registered:
  • You will need to visit your nearest South African Embassy, High Commission or Consulate-General; and (http://www.dirco.gov.za/foreign/sa_abroad/index.htm);
  • bring both a valid green, bar-coded South African ID book, ID smartcard or Temporary Identity Certificate (TIC) AND your valid South African passport
Registration times and procedures will be announced and published once the legislation is finalised.

How do I apply to vote abroad?

Once you have registered (either in South Africa or abroad) you must then complete an on-line VEC10 template available on www.elections.org.za. This template notifies the IEC of your intention to vote abroad and indicates at which Embassy, High Commission or Consulate-General you will vote.

The template will only be available once the election date has been proclaimed and must be completed within 15 days from the proclamation date.
Voters will receive confirmation of receipt of the VEC10 template and approval to vote abroad via SMS or email.

How do I vote abroad?

The receipt that informs you whether you qualify to vote which you will receive following the submission of your on-line VEC10 template will indicate the South African Embassy, High Commission or Consulate-General where voting will take place and the date on which voting will take place (usually a week before the election day in South Africa).

You must take your valid green, bar-coded South African ID book, ID smartcard or Temporary Identity Certificate (TIC) AND your valid South African passport with you to the diplomatic mission to vote.

Can I vote before I leave South Africa?

If you will be abroad on election day and would like to vote in South Africa on a designated day before election day, you can apply for a special vote (http://www.elections.org.za/content/For-Voters/Special-votes/) at your municipal electoral office (http://www.elections.org.za/content/About-Us/Contact/).

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For media queries: Please contact Kate Bapela on 072 236 2771
For media interviews: Please email requests to spokesperson@elections.org.za

You can also find the IEC on -
  • Facebook: www.facebook.com/IECSouthAfrica
  • Twitter:@IECSouthAfrica
  • You Tube: www.youtube.com/user/IECSouthAfrica
  • Mxit: iecsouthafrica
Mourning Period Dates in South Africa

Key dates in the mourning period for former President Nelson Mandela announced by President Jacob Zuma:

8 December: National Day of Prayer and Reflection: all synagogues, temples, churches, mosques, etc.

10 December: Official Memorial Service: FNB Stadium, Johannesburg

11 - 13 December: Former President Mandela to lie in state: Union Buildings, Pretoria

15 December : State Funeral for Former President Nelson Mandela: Qunu
Please refer your enquires to our Consul-General Mr Cyril Sibusiso Ndaba on 323 540 0109.

A Book of Condolences will be open from Monday, 09 December 2013 through to Friday, 13 December 2013 from 10h00 until 16h00 at 6300 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048.

Messages of condolences should be forwarded to these e-mail address: Mdenas@dirco.gov.za, Klopperj@dirco.gov.za

Discussions on the influence of Nelson Mandela hosted by the First African Methodist Episcopal Church

Date:                    Thursday, 12 December 2013

Venue:                 Allen House
2270 S. Harvard Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90018
(across from the First AME Church)

Time:                     7.00 p.m.

Young adults, aged from 20 years onwards (no age limit) from the City of Los Angeles.  Food will be served.

Additional information about this event can be obtained from: MICHAEL ELLISON LEWIS, Tel: (323) 730-7734 or by e-mail: ellisonlewis@famechurch.org


1. The Rt. Rev. J. Jon Bruno, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, invites all.

Date: Saturday, 14 December 2013

Venue: The Cathedral Center of St. Paul

840 Echo Park Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90026

Time:  4.00 p.m.

(Directions: Just off the Hollywood (101) Freeway. Ample free parking is available on 2 garage levels and on the street)

For further information please contact the Diocesan Community Relations Office at (213) 482-2040, Ext. 240.

2. Rev. Kelvin Sauls will deliver a sermon in honour of Former President Nelson Mandela.

Date: Sunday, 15 December 2013

Venue: Holman United Methodist Church
3320 West Adams Blvd.
...........Los Angeles, CA 90018

Time: 8.00 a.m. and 11.00 a.m. Services

For further information please contact the Holman United Methodist Church at (323) 731-7285

3. The First AME Church Services in Tribute to Former President Nelson Mandela.

Date:  Sunday, 15 December 2013

Venue:  First AME Church
2270 S. Harvard Blvd.
.Los Angeles, CA 90018

Time:   8.00 a.m., 10.00 a.m. and 12 noon Services

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It has been said, “If you give a boy a fish he will eat for a day, but if you teach him to fish, he will eat for the rest of his life."Consul- General Ndaba hosted Superintendent-General Nkosinathi Sishi, Head of the Department of Education of the Province of Kwazulu –Natal on December 3rd -7th. The purpose of Dr. Sishi’s visit was to tour the Port of Los Angeles High School (POLAHS).
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What’s all the BUZZ about? There seems to have been quite a BUZZ surrounding the South African Film Industry in the last few months! Three films in particular come to mind; Darrell Roodts’ film, The Little One, which is an Oscar Nominee in the foreign language film category, Riding with Sugar, by South African Director, Sunu Gonera, and animation, Adventures in Zambezia. South Africans are truly breaking through and being heard, these films are full of passion, culture music and issues that speak loud from the heart of South Africa. Read more
Wine Tasting Event & Los Angeles Port Articles
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The Los Angeles Consulate showcased their rich variety of South African Wines in a recent Wine Tasting Event. Gazing from the rooftop of the Luxe Hotel in Beverly Hills, Ca., over 160 guests attended, enjoying optimal views, great wine and lively entertainment. Spotlighting the legacy of wine, an amazing 39 wineries were represented, pouring about 95 different brands. Attendees included Senior Editor of the Los Angeles Times, Mr Scott Kraft, Executive Vice President of Fox Home Entertainment, Mr Simon Swart, Vice President of Lionsgate and Summit, Dawn Arnone Jeffrion, and wine buyers from Whole Foods Market among others.
Director General, Jerry Matjila’s Visit to the Los Angeles Port
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On a balmy day in August, the Los Angeles Port is bustling with activity, doing business all over the world. During a recent visit to the port by Director General Jerry Matjila, his afternoon was spent researching ways to bring the cities of Durban and Los Angeles one step closer to developing a lasting relationship. The Los Angeles Port is a leading force in environmental initiatives, for example their plan for renewable energy on Terminal Island and their Clean Air Action Plan. The director was briefed on several of the port’s current proposals and plans to work closely to form an education exchange between the cities of Los Angeles & Durban. An exchange such as this will allow each city to expand capacity, secure ports and bring about technological advances.
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