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  • Title: South African Embassy, Oslo
    Descriptive info: .. Home.. Embassy.. Consular.. Government.. Political.. Trade Investment.. Tourism.. Facts about South Africa.. Study in South Africa.. News.. Newsletter.. 2010 FIFA World Cup.. Public Holidays.. Links.. National Emblems.. Contact us.. Welcome to the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa in Oslo, Norway.. Ambassador BR Sisulu.. and staff welcome you to the official Website of the South African Embassy.. The Embassy is also accredited to the Republic of Iceland and serves as a gateway, primarily in both countries, to a large network of information about South Africa.. With this website we intend to present the holistic picture of the structure and activities of the South African Government through links to various government Departments and institutions.. In addition to providing a one-stop facility for access to online government information and services, the  ...   of development, NEPAD.. The Letter from the President is a weekly online newsletter which we strongly recommend for those wishing to follow the thoughts of the President of South Africa on current national and international issues.. Commitment to the development of Africa and the wider world.. The Embassy invites all citizens of the Republic of South Africa residing in Norway and Iceland to register with the Embassy.. The updated contact information of fellow citizens in Norway and Iceland will allow the Embassy to reach you as the occasion arises.. You can register by sending in your.. registration form.. by.. email.. or to the following address:.. South African Embassy.. PO Box 2822 Solli.. 0204 Oslo.. Pretoria, SA.. African Union.. Southern African Development.. Community.. South African Tourism.. South African World Cup bid 2010..

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  • Title: South African Embassy, Oslo
    Descriptive info: Chancery.. Address :.. Drammensveien 88C.. Hours of Opening:.. Monday-Friday.. Embassy: 08:00 16:00, closed 13.. 00 - 13.. 30.. Consular: 09:00 13:00.. Telephone, facsimile and e-mail addresses.. Phone numbers:.. Embassy:.. (47) 23 27 32 20.. Consular section (0900 - 13:00):.. (47) 23 27 32 23.. Emergencies (after-office hours):.. (47) 91 32 41 34.. Facsimile.. Fax number:.. Embassy/Consular:.. (47) 22 44 39 75.. E-mail:.. Embassy :.. oslo.. reception@dirco.. gov.. za.. Administration :.. Political :.. jacobsenp@dirco.. Communication:.. isaksenl@dirco.. Consular :.. consular@dirco.. Media enquiries:.. Officials.. Ambassador:.. Vacant.. First Secretary (Pol):.. Head of Corporate Services:.. Ms.. H.. Joubert.. Administrative Consular Attaché:.. M.. J.. Ngwenya.. Charge d Affaires  ...   Magnusson.. Postal Address :.. P.. O.. Box 462.. 121 Reykjavik.. Iceland.. Telephone, facsimile and e-mail address.. Consulate:.. 354 895 7181.. jr@mi.. is.. Public Holidays - 2012.. The Embassy will be closed on:.. 21 March: Human Rights Day (SA).. 05 April: Skjærtorsdag / Maundy Thursday (N).. 06 April: Good Friday (SA/N).. 09 April: Easter Monday (SA/N).. 01 May: Workers Day (SA).. 17 May: National Day / Ascencion Day (N).. 28 May: Whit Monday(N).. 9 August: Women s Day (SA).. 24 September: Heritage Day (SA).. (16) 17 December: Day of Reconcilation (SA).. 25 December: Christmas(SA/N).. 26 December: Day of Goodwill (SA/N).. Back to the top..

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  • Title: South African Embassy, Oslo
    Descriptive info: Consular Visa Section.. ROSA.. ( Registration of South Africans abroad).. The Department of Foreign Affairs offers a voluntary registration service for South African citizens that are travelling or residing abroad.. This service is provided in the event there is a need to contact you to offer urgent advice on a natural disaster or civil unrest or a family emergency.. The information submitted by a South African citizen via the ROSA Online Registration form may be used by the Department of Foreign Affairs: To contact South African citizens and their families; for any other reasonable purpose, as may be deemed appropriate, to ensure the protection and well-being of South African citizens abroad and in order to provide them with the necessary assistance; and with due regard to any South African citizen s right to privacy pursuant to South African law.. The Department of Foreign Affairs uses Secure Socket Layer (SSL) and firewall technology to protect your data.. For more information on Consular, Civic and Immigration services, read the South African Embassy's.. Service Delivery Charter.. Hours of Opening: Monday to Friday 09:00 to 13:00, excluding public holidays.. Telephone:.. (47) 23 27 32 23.. Facsimile: (47).. 22 44 39 75.. E-mail:.. 24-hour emergency telephone number: (47) 91 32 41 34.. Who needs to apply for a visa?.. * Norwegian and Icelandic citizens who wish to visit South Africa for tourism or commercial purposes are exempt from visa requirements for a period of 90 days maximum..  ...   requested to comply with the following procedures/ requirements:.. Forward application forms to the Embassy.. The Consular Section officials will scrutinize the application.. If additional supporting documents are required, the applicant will be informed in one of the following ways telephonically/ telefax/ e-mail.. ONLY AFTER the application forms and ALL the necessary supporting documents have been received, the Embassy/ Consular Section will contact the applicant with the request to deposit the application fee into the Embassy s Bank Account.. Kindly FAX a copy of the Bank receipt/ Bank giro to the Embassy s fax number (+47) 22 44 39 75 (Kindly INCLUDE your telephone number on the proof of payment).. After receipt of proof of payment, the Embassy will proceed with the application.. From this date, the processing period will be one (1) month.. Each application is processed on merit and therefore at times may require additional information/ documentation.. NB.. Payments will only be VALID AFTER the Consular Section has requested the applicant to make the necessary payments.. Any monies deposited in the Embassy s bank account prior to a request from the Consular Section will be returned only after six (6) months.. Processing of applications for work permits can take one (1) four (4) months.. The South African Embassy would appreciate if you could kindly complete the.. Customer Service Delivery Feedback Form.. and return it to us with your application or via.. e-mail.. Application for Visitor's Visa.. Application for a Temporary Residence Permit..

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  • Title: South African Embassy, Oslo
    Descriptive info: Bilateral Relations: South Africa and Norway.. Political Relations.. Memorandum of Understanding.. Economic Relations.. Trade between South Africa and Norway.. Trade Figures.. Business Contacts.. Norwegian Investments.. Development Cooperation.. Environment.. Education, Research And Technology Cooperation.. Culture.. South Africa and Norway maintain excellent relations.. Norway was a staunch supporter of the liberation movements during the struggle for democracy in South Africa.. After his release from prison in 1990, Mr Mandela visited Norway three times prior to assuming the Presidency.. These occasions included his visit to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.. As a State President, Mr Mandela paid a state visit to Norway in March 1999.. These visits have been particularly important, taking into account the importance of Norway in the struggle against apartheid.. South Africa opened a Consulate General in Oslo in September 1988 while Norway already had a Consulate General in Cape Town.. On 1 January 1992, diplomatic relations were upgraded to ambassadorial level and Norway opened an Embassy in South Africa.. In February 1996 former Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland paid an official visit to South Africa and in November 1996 the then Deputy President Mbeki visited Norway.. A State Visit to South Africa by King Harald V and Queen Sonya took place during February 1998.. During August 2001 Crown Prince Haakon visited South Africa to raise funds to combat HIV/AIDS.. The former Prime Minister of Norway, Mr Kjell Bondevik, paid an official visit to South Africa from 10 to 14 February 2000.. His delegation consisted of over 70 persons including the Minister of International Development, Ms Hilde Frafjord-Johnson, and the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Ms Harriet Berg, senior government officials, a large business delegation and media representatives.. During the visit by former Prime Minister Brundtland in February 1996 former Foreign Ministers Bjørn Tore Godal and Alfred B.. Nzo signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Relating to Joint Consultation and Decision Making in Matters of Foreign Policy.. In terms of this MOU regular meetings have taken place between 1998 and 2002 between the Heads of Department of the South African Department of Foreign Affairs and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.. In June 2000 discussions were held between Mr Bjarne Lindstrøm and Mr Nyameko Barney Pityana.. Discussions between Deputy Minister Pahad and State Secretary Mr Raymond Johansen took place on 21 November 2001.. On 13 April 2002 discussions were held between the Secretary General, Mr Bjarne Lindstrøm and the Acting Director-General, Mr Abdul S.. Minty.. During the South African Nordic Summit in Skagen, Denmark, on 8 June 2000 a successful bilateral meeting took place between President Thabo Mbeki and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg.. Prime Minister Stoltenberg expressed Norway s support for the President s global initiative for Africa and its commitment to continue its development cooperation with South Africa.. Former Prime Minister Bondevik, as the 2002 Chair of the Nordic Council, in December 2001 invited President Mbeki to Norway to attend a second South African Nordic Summit in Molde on 12 May 2002 followed by an official visit to Oslo on 13 May 2002.. Fundamental to trade relations between South Africa and Norway is the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) for the import of goods from developing countries, which was extended by Norway to South Africa on 6 May 1994.. South Africa accounted for 0.. 07% of total Norwegian trade exports in 2004, while the total South African exports to Norway over the same period made up 0.. 08% of all imports to Norway.. For the share of South African exports and imports in world trade, click.. here.. Statistics Norway indicate that from January to August 2004 the value of South Africa's exports to Norway amounted to NOK 511.. 9 million.. The amount of trade for the same period in 2005 increased by 17 % to NOK 598.. 8 million.. For the corresponding period in 2005, the South African imports from Norway amounted to NOK 263.. 7 million, a decrease of 7.. 2 % in comparison with the same period in 2004.. The value of South African imports from Norway:.. 2001 NOK 328.. 2 million.. 2002 NOK 260.. 3 million.. 2003 NOK 426.. 8 million.. South African imports from Norway include the following commodities: metalworking machinery; plastics in primary forms; tobacco and tobacco products; electrical machinery, apparatus and appliances; crude animal and vegetable materials; telecommunication and sound recording equipment; iron and steel; professional scientific and control instruments; chemical materials and products; road vehicles; leather and leather products; transport equipment; general industrial machinery and equipment; machinery specialized for particular industries.. The value of South African exports to Norway:.. 2001 NOK 527.. 2002 NOK 570.. 2003 NOK 612.. 9 million.. (Source for import and export figures:.. Statistics Norway.. ).. South African exports to Norway include the following commodities: metalliferous ores and metal scrap; beverages; cork and wood; petroleum, petroleum products and related materials; vegetables and fruit; oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; transport equipment; textile yarn, fabrics, made-up articles; telecommunication and sound recording equipment; crude animal and vegetable material; metal products; electrical machinery, apparatus and appliances; meat and meat preparations; rubber products.. The figures shown above indicate a positive trade balance in favour of South Africa.. For more details on South Africa's share in country imports, click.. Business Contacts.. A business delegation of 25 companies, including various captains of industry, visited South Africa in February 1998.. The business visit produced a number of concrete results, including decisions to open  ...   the Ministry of Environment of the Kingdom of Norway.. The objectives of this extended environmental cooperation are to continue and improve dialogue and cooperation on international and bilateral issues of mutual interest as well as to establish strategic links.. The cooperation will aim to secure peace, democracy and human rights through sustainable development that will address poverty alleviation and equitable access to environmental resources.. The cooperation focused on the following themes:.. - Climate change and energy.. - Environmental coordination and management.. - Giving effect to environmental rights and justice.. - Biodiversity and water.. - Pollution and waste.. - Strategic interaction and consultations between the two Ministries of Environment.. Letter of Intent Between the Norwegian Ministry of Environment and The South African Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism regarding future cooperation in the field of environment.. Norway has provided significant development assistance to higher education in South Africa.. This began with bursary funds to South African students in exile during the apartheid years and support to university-based NGO s fighting apartheid.. In the mid-1990 s the Norwegian Council for Higher Education s Programme for Development Research and Education (NUFU) established a special programme for South Africa with a research component and, through it, institutional cooperation was established with historically disadvantaged universities in South Africa.. Most academic cooperation projects between Norwegian and South African institutions are undertaken, on the Norwegian side, through the programme of Development Research and Education (NUFU) of the Norwegian Council for Higher Education.. NUFU projects aim to promote Norwegian cooperation with academic institutions of the South through joint research, training researchers for Masters and PhD degrees and development of new undergraduate programmes and training of technical and administrative staff.. Currently South African institutions are engaged in the following NUFU projects:.. Universities of the Western Cape and Bergen: Graduate Studies in Science, Mathematics and Technology Education GRASSMATE.. University of Kwazulu-Natal and Agricultural University of Norway: Nature Conservation and Management: Biodiversity in coastal Maputu (northern KwaZulu-Natal and southern part of Mozambique): links between geology and ecology.. Universities of Pretoria and Bergen: Productive Learning Cultures.. University of Kwazulu-Natal and Norwegian University of Science and Technology: Renewable Energy Resources and Their Development.. Medical University of Southern Africa (MEDUNSA) and University of Bergen: Research and Training in Southern Africa for the Development and Evaluation of New Childhood Vaccines.. University of the North and University of Oslo: The Psychology Co-Operation Programme.. There is a potential for increasing the student mobility between Norway and South Africa.. Currently a pilot programme is underway, which will finance scholarships for South African students enrolled in Master's degree programmes at their home institutions to take courses in Norway as part of their degree.. The cooperating Norwegian institution has to offer international courses in areas that are of interest and relevance for the South African institution, and considered to be strategically important for the cooperation between the institutions.. An equivalent number of students from the cooperating Norwegian institution will likewise take up study in South Africa.. This will be made possible by an existing agreement between NORAD and the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Higher Education (SIU) through a pilot phase of the programme for the years 2006-2007.. The total budget is NOK 3 million.. In 2000 Norway signed an agreement with the South African Department of Education to establish SANTED (the South African National Tertiary Education Development Programme).. On 22 November 2001 a Research Cooperation Agreement was signed between, on the one hand, NORAD and, on the other, the Department of Arts, Culture Science and Technology, the Department of Education and the National Treasury.. The implementing agencies of the Agreement were respectively the Research Council of Norway and the Research Foundation of South Africa.. The support for research cooperation under NUFU programme was then phased out parallel to the phasing in of the new Programme under the Agreement.. The purpose of the Programme was to establish long-term research cooperation through the joint funding of the research projects and to build sustainable collaboration beyond the end of the current development cooperation.. The main beneficiaries were researchers and staff in both South African and Norwegian higher education and research institutions; young researchers from historically disadvantaged backgrounds in South Africa; and, young women.. The Programme was based on the principle of equal partnership and involved the exchange of staff (projects) and post-graduate students, exchange of scientific and technological information and documentation; organisation of joint workshops, conferences and research training courses; provision of equipment; dissemination of research findings etc.. The programme will continue until the end of 2005.. During the visit to Norway in May 2002 by the then Minister of Arts and Culture, Science and Technology, Dr Ben Ngubane, an Agreement on Scientific and Technological Cooperation was signed.. The then Norwegian Minister of Education and Research, Ms Clement Kristin also visited South Africa in February 2004 and agreed with her South African counterpart to explore future areas of cooperation in scientific research in the Artic and the Antarctic.. A Science Workshop was held in South Africa in April 2005 to follow up on these commitments.. The cooperation between South Africa and Norway provides for a Masters Programm (scholarship).. During the visit to Norway, in June 2005, by the South African Minister of Arts and Culture, Dr.. Pallo Jordan, a.. Declaration of Intent on Cooperation in the Fields of Arts and Culture.. was signed with his counterpart Ms.. Valgerd Svarstad Haugland..

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  • Title: South African Embassy, Oslo
    Descriptive info: Why Invest in South Africa.. South Africa today is one of the most sophisticated and promising emerging markets globally.. The unique combination of a highly developed first-world economic infrastructure and a huge emergent market economy has given rise to a strong entrepreneurial and dynamic investment environmen.. t.. Macro Economic Stability.. The success of.. the first democratic election in 1994 put the economy on a growth path and created a conducive environment for both domestic and foreign investment.. During the latter half of 1997 the world economy and especially emerging markets were negatively affected by the East Asian financial crisis.. South Africa's economy was no exception and the economy grew by only 0.. 8 per cent in 1998 compared to 2.. 6 per cent in the previous year.. The economy recovered quite robustly after 1998 before world economic conditions began to deteriorate towards the end of 2000.. The weakening of the international economy resulted in a slowdown in growth in South Africa during the first quarter of 2001 but the domestic economy picked up again in the second quarter of 2001.. Exactly how the effects of the events of 11 September will impact on growth in the near future, remains to be determined.. Much will depend on events in the US economy.. However, South African trade is diversified across a range of products and markets, and has weathered adverse international conditions fairly well so far.. Read more at the Department of Trade and Industry website.. Market Opportunity.. One of the greatest reasons why South Africa has become one of the most popular trade and investment destinations in the world is because we make sure that we can meet your specific trade and investment requirements.. There are many lucrative possibilities arising from South Africa's wealth of natural resources and almost unlimited export and import opportunities..  ...   business amenities that have a world class standard.. Skills.. South Africa possesses a large resource base of skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled labour.. The South African government has introduced wide-ranging legislation to promote training and skills development and to fast-track the building of world-class skill and competence.. A strong network of universities and other tertiary education institutions is home to a host of leading international academics and researchers, with the majority of research and development in South Africa undertaken at the country's universities.. Infrastructure.. :.. a.. Financial.. South Africa is one of the world's favorite emerging markets, offering investors sophisticated financial infrastructures and exceptional investment opportunities.. The SA Reserve Bank (SARB) oversees the banking services industry in SA.. The non-banking financial services industry is governed by the Financial Service Board (FSB).. SA has three principle financial service markets:.. The JSE Securities Exchange SA (JSE).. The SA Futures Exchange (Safex).. The Bond Exchange of SA (BESA).. The JSE is governed and licensed externally by the Stock Exchange Control Act of 1985.. The Safex and BESA markets are governed by the Financial Marketers Control Act of 1989.. The markets are self regulated internally.. b.. Transport and Logistics.. South Africa boasts one of the most modern and extensive transport infrastructures in Africa.. This infrastructure plays a crucial role in the country's economy and is depended on by many neighbouring states.. Public company Transnet (a parastatal) is SA's main transport operator and is the holding company for SAA (airways), Spoornet (rail transport), Autonet (road transport), Petronet (liquid petroleum), Portnet (port authority) and Fast Forwards (container shipments).. Natural Resources.. South Africa has huge mineral resources as follows:.. 80% of the world's reserves of manganese ore.. 56% of the world's reserves of platinum group minerals.. 35% of the world's reserves of gold and.. 68% of the world's reserves of chromium..

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  • Title: South African Embassy, Oslo
    Descriptive info: Tswelopele Newsletter 2012.. Edition 1 January to March 2012.. In this yearâ s first newsletter, you can read more about Diambars, an organisation that uses football as a driving force for education.. You can also read about Stavanger Offshore Technical College (SOTS), which has been working on a bicycle aid-project in South Africa this spring, the Missionâ s new First Political Secretary, Mr Booysen Dombo, as well as the Karobu foundation.. Finally, we would like to congratulate Ambassador Beryl Rose Sisulu and the Embassyâ s Head of Corporate Services, Hanlie Joubert, who both tied the knot with their respective spouses in South Africa this spring.. Tswelopele Newsletter 2011.. Edition 4 October to December 2011.. In this year's fourth newsletter, you can read more about the successful wine tasting events the Embassy has organised.. You can also read about the fantastic concert held at Ronningen Folkehøgskole, SAIH's 50th anniversary, the commemoration of the 1961 Nobel Peace Prize to Chief Albert Luthui and Dag Hammarskjöld and the PAWA Conference in Oslo.. In this edition you can also read more about Ms Astrid Stabell's dedication to a South African project called Endlovini.. Edition 3 July to September 2011.. In our third newsletter in 2011, you can read about Mandela Day in Oslo and Soweto Kliptown Youth, who participated in this yearâ s Norway Cup.. You can also read about President Zumaâ s State Visit to Norway in the end of August, hosted by Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja.. The newsletter also features an article on Norwegians who make a difference in South Africa, and in this edition you can learn more about actress Mari Maurstadâ s organisation Zulufadder.. Edition 2 April to June 2011.. In this year's second newsletter, you can read more about how the Embassy celebrated Freedom Day.. You can also read about the two former South African Presidents, Mr Thabo Mbeki and Mr FW de Klerk, who visited Oslo in May 2011.. We have also written about the Litterature Festival in Lillehammer, where South African writer André Brink, was the main speaker.. Other stories include the launch of the Marimba Funky Jazz Festival at the Oslo Mission and a visit to Oslo by the Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Marius Fransman.. Edition 1 January to March 2011.. In this year's first newsletter, you can read  ...   Norway's biggest South African Wine tasting, where more than 30 world-class South African wine houses were represented.. Edition 2 April to June 2010.. Our spring edition includes a news story on the Embassy's Freedom Day Celebrations, followed by a press seminar to brief journalists on the World Cup.. We also met three Norwegians who planned to drive to South Africa from Norway and attended the opening of the new SA Peace Laureates exhibition at the Nobel Center.. The World Cup events at the Embassy have also been covered.. Edition 1 January to March 2010.. In our first 2010 newsletter edition, you can read about the premiere screening of Clint Eastwood's latest film Invictus, a South African Film Festival in Lillehammer, a seminar focusing on the rights of Lesbian, Gays, Bisexual and Trans gender (LGBT) persons, a seminar commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Sharpeville massacre, as well as the Amandus Film Festival in Lillehammer.. Tswelopele Newsletter 2009.. Edition 1 January to March 2009.. In this year's first newsletter, read more about South Africa's first female Ambassador to Norway, Ms B R Sisulu, the International Tourism and Travel Trade Fair 2009, Africa Day and Food Evening at Oslo International School.. Edition 2 April to June 2009.. In our second newsletter, read more about the Embassy's celebration of Freedom Day, South Africa's Professor Mzamane's visit to Oslo, the hugely successful South African Wine Tasting Evening at the Embassy and Ambassador Sisulu's visits to the Norwegian cities of Tromsà ¸ and Tà ¸nsberg, as well as her visit to Iceland to celebrate the Saga Island's national day.. Edition 3 July to September 2009.. In this summer edition, read more about football and the Embassy's South African Experience stand at Norway Cup, a new photo festival launch which kicked off with a South African theme, this year's Woman's Day celebrations, Ambassador Sisulu's first visit to Trondheim, and finally, Oslo Handelsgymnasium's South Africa evening and its fantastic fund raising project.. Edition 4 October to December 2009.. In the autumn edition of our newsletter, you can read about South African football royalty visiting Oslo, the soccer match between Norway and South Africa and Trevor Manuel's visit to Norway in October to take part in a conference on Poverty and Development.. We have also included a news story with pictures on the hugely successful State Visit to South Africa..

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  • Title: South African Embassy, Oslo
    Descriptive info: National Holidays in South Africa - 2012.. 1 January.. New Year s Day.. 21 March.. Human Rights Day.. 06 April.. Good Friday (Friday before Easter Sunday).. 09 April.. Easter Monday.. 27 April.. Freedom Day.. 1 May.. Workers Day.. 16 June.. Youth Day.. 9 August.. Women s Day.. 24 September.. Heritage Day.. (16) 17 December.. Day of Reconciliation.. 25 December.. Christmas Day.. 26 December.. Day of Goodwill.. 21 March - Human Rights Day.. The.. Bill of Rights.. contained in the.. Constitution.. is the cornerstone of democracy in South Africa.. The Constitution further provides for the establishment of the South African Human Rights Commission (.. SAHRC.. ) the aim of which is to promote respect for human rights, promote the protection, development and attainment of human rights, and to monitor and assess the observance of human rights in SA.. The SAHRC was launched on 21 March 1996, 35 years after the fateful events of 21 March 1960 when demonstrators were gunned down by police:.. The Native Laws Amendment Act of 1952 extended Government control over the movement of Africans to urban areas and abolished the use of the Pass Book (a document which Africans were required to carry on them to prove that they were allowed to enter a white area ) in favour of a reference book which had to be carried at all times by all Africans.. Failure to produce the reference book on demand by the police, was a punishable offence.. The PAC proposed an anti-Pass campaign to start on 21 March 1960.. All African men were to take part in the campaign without their passes and present themselves for arrest.. Campaigners gathered at police stations in townships near Johannesburg where they were dispersed by police.. At the Sharpeville police station a scuffle broke out.. Part of a wire fence was trampled, allowing the crowd to move forward.. The police opened fire, apparently without having been given a prior order to do so.. Sixty-nine people were killed and 180 wounded.. In apartheid South Africa this day became known as Sharpeville Day and although not part of the official calendar of public holidays the event was commemorated among anti-apartheid movements.. 27 April - Freedom Day.. Commemoration of the first democratic elections held in South Africa on 27 April 1994, ie an election when all adults could vote irrespective of their race, and the day in 1997 when the new constitution took effect.. 16 June - Youth Day.. Previously known as Soweto Day.. In 1975 protests started in African schools after a directive from the apartheid state's Bantu Education Department that Afrikaans had to be used on an equal basis with English as a language of instruction in secondary schools.. The issue however, was not so much Afrikaans as the whole system of Bantu education which was characterised by  ...   wild life and scenic parks, sites of scientific or historical importance, national monuments, historic buildings, works of art, literature and music, oral traditions and museum collections together with their documentation.. ".. (.. Statement.. issued by the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology, 17 September 1996).. In an.. address.. marking Heritage Day in 1996, (former) President Mandela stated:.. "When our first democratically-elected government decided to make Heritage Day one of our national days, we did so because we knew that our rich and varied cultural heritage has a profound power to help build our new nation.. We did so knowing that the struggles against the injustices and inequities of the past are part of our national identity; they are part of our culture.. We knew that, if indeed our nation has to rise like the proverbial phoenix from the ashes of division and conflict, we had to acknowledge those whose selfless efforts and talents were dedicated to this goal of non-racial democracy.. ".. Government determines a theme for each year s celebrations.. 16 December - Day of Reconciliation.. During the earlier part of the 19th century, many Afrikaner farmers left the eastern cape and moved inland.. Among them was the Voortrekkers, a group of Afrikaners protesting British colonialism and seeking independent republics on what was reputedly empty land.. But the land was not empty and clashes between these Afrikaners and indigenous peoples were inevitable.. Late in 1837 one of the Voortrekker leaders, Piet Retief, entered into negotiations for land with Dingane, the Zulu king.. In terms of the negotiations Dingane promised the Voortrekkers land on condition they returned cattle to him stolen by Sekonyela (the Tlokwa chief).. This Retief did and apparently he and Dingane signed a treaty on 6 February 1838.. During the ceremony Dingane had Retief and his entourage murdered - an event which was witnessed by Francis Owen, a missionary who described the scene in his diary.. In ensuing battles between Zulus and Voortrekkers over the next few months numerous lives were lost on both sides.. On 16 December 1838 about 10 00 troops under the command of Dambuza (Nzobo) and Nhlela attacked the Voortrekkers, but the 470 Voortrekkers, with the advantage of gun powder, warded them off.. Only three Voortrekkers were wounded, but more than 3 000 Zulus were killed during the battle.. In apartheid South Africa 16 December was known as Day of the Vow, as the Voortrekkers in preparation for the battle took a Vow before God that they would build a church and that they and their descendants would observe the day as a day of thanksgiving should they be granted victory.. With the advent of democracy in South Africa 16 December retained its status as a public holiday, however, this time with the purpose of fostering reconciliation and national unity..

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  • Title: South African Embassy, Oslo
    Descriptive info: South African Links.. Search Engine.. Ananzi.. NGOs.. ACCORD.. The African Center for the Constructive Resolution of Conflicts.. AISA.. Africa Institute of South Africa.. IDASA.. Insitute for Democracy in South Africa.. SAIIA.. The South African Institute of International Affairs.. SANGONeT.. Linking Civil Societies through ICTs.. Links by Topic.. Government politics.. Africa.. Arts and culture.. Business, finance and economy.. Constitutional legal affairs.. Development.. Education, training skills development.. Health.. Housing.. Human and social issues.. Labour relations.. Library and information services.. Mining, minerals energy.. News and media.. Research, science technology.. Sport recreation.. Tourism and travel.. Transport..

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  • Title: South African Embassy, Oslo
    Descriptive info: Calendar of Events.. Service Delivery Charter for the Consular Section at the South African Embassy in Oslo, Norway.. 1.. Who are we?.. 2.. Where can we be found?.. 3.. The services we provide.. 1.. Consular and Agency Services.. 2 Civic and Immigration Services.. 4.. Our service standards.. We are the Consular Section at the South African Embassy in Oslo, Norway.. Where can we be found?.. The South African.. Embassy.. is situated at Drammensveien 88C, 0271 Oslo, Norway.. The Consular Section works in close collaboration with the Chief Directorate Consular and Agency Services at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Pretoria, the Department of Home Affairs and other Government Departments not represented abroad.. The services listed are often performed in conjunction with this Chief Directorate.. The responsible consular official in Pretoria is Ms Karien van der Vyver and can be contacted at telephone number +27 12 351 1294.. Emergency consular services are available on a 24-hour basis.. A consular official will be available to provide specialised guidance and assistance after hours and over weekends.. Our after hours emergency telephone number is +47 91 32 41 34.. The services we provide:.. We have two areas of specialisation, namely:.. Consular Agency Services, including emergency consular assistance;.. Immigration and Civic Services.. In brief, Consular and Agency Services describe the services and assistance the.. is able to provide for South African citizens abroad.. Our services are available on weekdays, Monday Friday (excluding public holidays) during consular office hours 9:00 13:00.. After hours services will only be rendered in the case of an emergency.. Emergency consular services describe services rendered in the case of distress, serious illness or death of a South African citizen abroad, natural disasters and evacuation where South African citizens are involved.. It excludes any enquiries of a general nature.. Immigration and Civic Services are services rendered on behalf of the Department of Home Affairs and include all matters relating to births, deaths, marriages, passport applications, immigration and residency.. For an overview of the services provided by the Consular Section, the two areas of specialisation will be discussed separately.. 1.. Consular and Agency Services:.. We provide the following services:.. Protection and Assistance to South African citizens abroad.. :.. We respond to emergencies (all situations involving health, safety, security and wellbeing of South African citizens abroad).. This includes providing a support service in hostage cases as well as assistance in evacuation planning of South African citizens abroad in cases of political turmoil or natural disasters);.. In the event of an emergency, we communicate on behalf of family and/or friends in South Africa with South African citizens abroad and vice versa;.. We provide logistical support and non-financial assistance for repatriation and urgently needed medical or professional attention.. Professional attention includes information regarding legal services available in the event of detention or threat of detention;.. We notify the next of kin in the event of death: The consular official will immediately notify the consular officer at the Directorate: Consular and Agency Services who will notify the next of kin via the official channels;.. We assist in the search for missing persons abroad and/or determination of the whereabouts of South African citizens abroad;.. We assist South African citizens in distress by facilitating the payment of funds to these citizens deposited by family members or friends in South Africa.. If family members are unable to assist, we provide assistance to apply for refundable, limited, financial assistance at the Department of Home Affairs;.. Child Custody, including abductions and adoptions: We provide advice, guidance and support to a custodial parent/guardian.. Where there is evidence that the health and safety of the child is in jeopardy, the matter is treated as an emergency;.. Kidnapping and hostage taking covers forcible restrictions on the freedom of movement of all persons.. All instances of kidnapping in the Kingdom of Norway and the Republic of Iceland will be reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs Operations Room immediately.. We provide guidance and advice to affected citizens and their families;.. We provide non-financial assistance and support to defrauded South African citizens and we report scams and other fraudulent activities to the South African Police Service;.. We provide invigilation services to foreigners and South African citizens to write exams with registered South African academic institutions (i.. e.. UNISA exams).. We maintain a register of South African citizens residing in the Kingdom of Norway and the Republic of Iceland.. This register is kept to enable the Embassy to communicate with its citizens when necessary.. You are encouraged to register with our office by completing the registration form online at.. saemboslo.. no.. or by requesting a registration form to be forwarded to you.. 2.. Assistance to South African citizens in detention.. We establish and maintain contact with arrested South African citizens abroad with due observance of the law and regulations of the arresting State.. This service is rendered to ensure that South Africans who have been arrested, detained or imprisoned under foreign jurisdictions understand their rights and the services that can be provided by the South African Government.. Prisoners are defined as persons who have been tried, convicted and sentenced.. Depending on specific circumstances, contact will be in person, in writing, by telephone or through appropriate intermediaries;.. We endeavour to visit South African citizens in prison once every three months.. However, distance, logistics and local circumstances will play a role;.. We assist South African citizens in prison abroad by facilitating the payment of funds paid by family members or friends in South Africa;.. We facilitate the delivery of letters and/or medication to South African prisoners abroad, sent by family and/or friends from South Africa, subject to the provisions and prevailing fees of the Department of Foreign Affairs as may be amended from time to time and also in compliance with the laws and regulations of the country of arrest/imprisonment.. 3.. Information South Africa.. We provide information and advice to South Africans and foreigners on subjects regarding South Africa for which there are frequent requests.. These subjects include but are not limited to customs regulations, civil aviation, taxation, pensions, social legal services, travel, banking and education.. The information and advice will be of a general nature.. This office is not in a position to provide specialised advice.. The information will often be in the form of directives for the enquirer to the relevant department or institution.. No private company will be favoured.. 4.. Information Local.. We provide information and advice to South African citizens on subjects regarding the Kingdom of Norway and the Republic of Iceland for which there are frequent requests.. These subjects  ...   and value for money) and will indicate to you as our customers what you can expect from us with regard to service delivery standards.. The services listed in the Schedules are meant to be generic and the listing is not intended as a definitive itemisation of the range of requests that consular staff are expected to respond to.. The listings will be reviewed from time to time in order to keep it current with changing conditions.. The reaction times provided in the minimum operational standards are targets based on best efforts and existing conditions.. Our ability to meet the stated times in the Service Delivery Standards are, in many instances, governed by factors that are beyond our control.. Notwithstanding, we will make every effort to meet the stated standard.. When it is not possible to do so, we will explain to our customers the reasons for not being able to meet the required standards.. It is very important to note that during times of emergencies and disasters these matters will receive preference.. During such periods all other consular services rendered may be limited and the timeframes set out in the standards may not be met.. 1 We have set the following minimum professional standards for the level and quality of services we provide:.. We serve all customers in an unbiased, polite, helpful and impartial manner;.. We dress appropriately and professionally, respecting our customers;.. All members of the public are treated as customers who are entitled to receive high standards of service;.. We are punctual in the execution of our duties and are committed to timely service;.. We co-operate fully with other employees to advance the public interest.. We share information, work as a team to maintain the standards and to achieve our objectives;.. We execute all reasonable instructions by persons officially assigned to issue them;.. We execute our duties in a professional, competent and accountable manner;.. We honour the confidentiality of matters, documents and discussions;.. We take responsibility for our own work and the work and workflow of the.. as a whole;.. All services rendered shall be communicated to customers in English or the official language(s) of the Kingdom of Norway and the Republic of Iceland.. If a South African customerwishes to be served in any of the other official languages, every attempt will be made to find an employee in the Embassy to assist in customer s language of choice;.. All effort is made to avoid error.. Accuracy of at least 90% is guaranteed;.. The Consular Section is in continuous consultation with relevant role-players to ensure that information provided to the public is correct and up to date.. Information provided by this section is reliable subject only to the accuracy and timeousness of data received from outside agencies;.. In order to provide the best possible service to our customers, an employee deal with one customer /case/telephone enquiry at a time, giving the customer his/her full attention during this period;.. Our consular hours are from 9:00 to 13:00, Mondays to Fridays (excluding public holidays).. These restricted hours do not apply to South Africans requiring emergency services.. Members of the consular staff will respond to persons telephoning the emergency telephone number requesting emergency services, regardless of the time;.. The Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 1963 includes corporate customers within its ambit.. As such, South African corporate legal entities are entitled to consular services in the same manner as individuals, exclusive of intervention in commercial, civil or criminal disputes where recourse to recognised legal recourse is available.. 2 We have set the following minimum operational standards for the level and quality of services we provide in terms of.. SERVICE.. TIME.. Consular Protection Assistance:.. Respond to emergencies.. Immediately.. Communications with family and/or friends in the event of an emergency.. 12 Hours.. Assistance for repatriation, urgently required medical or professional attention.. 24 Hours.. Notification of next of kin in the event of death (through Head Office).. Notification of next of kin in the event of life-threatening illness or injury.. Assist in search for missing persons.. Facilitating financial transfers and/or applications for financial assistance.. Provide advice guidance regarding child custody, abduction adoption.. Reporting of and providing guidance support regarding kidnapping.. Reporting of and providing of assistance and support to defrauded citizens.. Provide invigilation services for South African exams.. As required.. Maintain a register of South African citizens in the Kingdom of Norway and the Republic of Iceland.. Continuous.. Prisoners:.. Contact with prisoners.. (This service varies from country to country depending on needs and conditions).. Mission prescript.. Facilitate the payment of funds paid by family/friends in South Africa.. Facilitate the delivery of letters and/or medication to prisoners.. Information (South Africa) Requests for information advice on:.. Customs regulations.. 72 Hours.. Civil aviation.. Taxation.. Pensions.. Social and legal services.. Travel.. Banking.. Education.. Information (Local) Requests for information advice on:.. Transmit documents in private legal matters.. Act as a Commissioner of Oaths.. By appointment.. Legalisation: Authenticate signatures of Foreign Ministry officials.. Facilitate Services of Process and Maintenance Orders.. Facilitate other legal processes.. Ad hoc Consular Support Services.. Time refers to initial response time during working days and may be subject to factors beyond our control.. Each consular case develops according to its own dynamics and complexity.. We facilitate the process but the exact timeframe for completing a case cannot be pre-determined.. 3 We have set the following minimum operational standards for the level and quality of services we provide in terms of.. Civic and Immigration Services.. Civic Services:.. Receive process applications for birth, marriage and death certificates.. Apply for Letters of No Impediment.. Receive, process and issue emergency passports.. Receive, process and forward applications for ID documents and passports.. Refer other Home Affairs applications to the Department.. Process applications for temporary residence permits.. 10 Days.. Process applications for permanent residence permits.. 30 Days.. Time refers to response time in working days and may be subject to factors beyond our control.. 4.. Our performance against our standards:.. A record is kept of the number of documents and cases processed each day, the number of errors and complaints received.. Corrective measures will be taken.. A complaints/suggestion box has been placed at Reception.. Alternatively the customer can contact the Head of Management at e-mail address.. admin@saemboslo.. or telephonically at +47 23 37 32 20.. We will respond to all complaints and suggestions received within one week of receipt thereof.. We welcome comments and suggestions on our service and its quality.. In return we expect the public to be civil and courteous and to respect the dignity of our officials at all times.. Back to Consular Information Main..

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  • Title: South African Embassy, Oslo
    Descriptive info: Application for a visitor s visa.. The completed BI-84 form must be completed in BLACK INK and returned with the following:.. Application form BI-84 (For more information, please see Department of Home Affairs website.. http://home-affairs.. pwv.. Two (2) recent passport photographs.. Proof of funds (e.. g.. Signed and stamped copy of Bank Statement or confirmation from the bank).. If financed or sponsored by a company/ institution a confirmation letter should be submitted.. Travel insurance or medical insurance is compulsory.. For a period of 365 days an open/ return ticket is required.. For a period longer than 365 days, a deposit of NOK 8000 is required.. Medical certificate in respect of the applicant and all members accompanying the applicant.. Radiological report (A radiological report should not be required in respect of children under the age of 12 years or pregnant women).. Birth certificate (unabridged) where relevant to prove parenthood.. Marriage certificate where applicable.. Police clearance certificates in respect of all applicants 18 years and older, in  ...   South Africa and from the company/ institution which the applicant represents).. If the purpose of application is for vacation the applicant must submit all possible contact details (e.. Contact details of person(s), telephone numbers/ addresses or whereabouts in South Africa).. Applicants must please indicate whether the passport will be collected from the Embassy.. If the passport is to be returned by mail (registered mail) the applicant is requested to forward a self addressed stamped registered envelope.. Please forward a separate envelope for each passport.. The postage fee per passport is NOK 120.. If you have any further queries, kindly contact the Consular Section on telephone (+47) 23 27 32 20, fax (+47) 22 44 39 75 or e-mail:.. Complete set of documents forms to be submitted with completed application form:.. Documents are in.. pdf format.. To download, right click and save link target as.. Application for temporary residence permit.. (.. document BI 1738.. pdf format ).. Visa Application Form.. (document BI 84).. Medical Certificate.. Radiological Report..

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  • Title: South African Embassy, Oslo
    Descriptive info: Select the category of permit being applied for and the prescribed application form BI-1738 must be completed in BLACK INK.. The following documents must be submitted:.. Application form BI-1738.. Select category of permit being applied for.. (For more information, please see Department of Home Affairs website.. Supporting documents as stated in item 12.. 1 of the application form BI-1738.. Supporting documents in respect of the category of permit being applied for.. Complete set of documents forms to be submitted with completed visa application form:.. Visa Application Form.. document BI 84.. )..

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