Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Maseru, Lesotho (May 24, 2018)

Location:  Ladybrand, South Africa. Event:  A planned protest in Ladybrand is scheduled for May 24, 2018.  Although, the exact location and timing is not known at this time, this protest has the potential of becoming violent based on previous experiences with similar protests in the past. An official notice has been sent to Ladybrand residents ...
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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Maseru, Lesotho (May 24, 2018)

Location:  Rustenburg, Swartuggens, and Zeerust in North West Province Event:  The U.S. Embassy would like to inform U.S. citizens of ongoing protest activity in North West Province, specifically near the towns of Zeerust, Swartruggens and Rustenburg along the N4 highway.  Roads in the area have been blocked with stones and burning tires.  Residents in these ...
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Messages for U.S. Citizens From U.S. Mission South Africa

The U.S. Mission informs U.S. citizens in South Africa that the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) announced plans to embark upon a national strike on September 27, 2017 over State Capture and corruption. Planned deployments are outlined below. U.S. citizens are encouraged to monitor local media prior to travel, avoid any reported conflict ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Robberies of Passengers from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo Airport

By U.S. Mission to South Africa The U.S. Mission to South Africa advises U.S. citizens to exercise caution when arranging ground transportation from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg to hotels, guest houses, and residences.  Numerous U.S. citizens and other travelers have been robbed at gun point while traveling from OR Tambo International Airport to ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Elections Scheduled for June 3

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that Lesotho will hold a snap election on June 3.  The campaign period is already underway, marked by frequent political gatherings and rallies natiowide.  Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  Avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place and exercise caution when in ...
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Expected Political March/Rally

The U.S. Embassy in Maseru informs U.S. citizens that the Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) and local media reports indicate that a march and rally will be held on Sunday, November 27, 2016. The LMPS have granted permission for this demonstration, with an anticipated start time of 9:00 a.m. The procession will start from Setsoto ...
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Threats to Shopping Areas and Malls

The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens that the U.S. Government has received information that terrorist groups are planning to carry out near-term attacks against places where U.S. citizens congregate in South Africa, such as upscale shopping areas and malls in Johannesburg and Cape Town. This information comes against the backdrop of ...
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Worldwide Caution Update

The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Current information suggests that ISIL, al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, al-Shabaab, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions.  Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those ...
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Voting in 2016 U.S. Elections

Your vote counts! Did you know that many U.S. elections for house and senate have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters? All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt ...
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Worldwide Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens

The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats. Current information suggests that ISIL (aka Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions. These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both ...
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U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Violence Against Foreign Nationals

The following message was sent out by Mission South Africa concerning the recent incidents of violence and protest in South Africa. The Embassy recommends that you stay abreast with the current news and updates within South Africa prior to traveling there. As always exercise good personal security and vigilance when traveling outside Maseru; avoid large ...
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Travel Alert

The State Department alerts U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Lesotho to the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled for February 28, 2015. U.S. citizens are urged to exercise caution and remain abreast of the security situation throughout the electoral period. This Travel Alert expires on March 21, 2015. As a result of a political and ...
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Security/Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Shelter in Place

To the American Citizen Community: Confirmed gunfire exchange between LDF and a plain clothes LDF officer in Maseru near SADC Headquarters.  One confirmed injured LDF soldier.  The Embassy advises to shelter in place at your residence. The Embassy recommends to avoid the areas near the National Stadium, State House, SADC HQ, and Maseru Central when ...
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Security/Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Shelter in Place Lifted

The Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens continue to shelter in place until 06:00 am tomorrow morning (February 2) at which time the recommendation will be lifted if there are no further developments. U.S. citizens are advised to remain vigilant about their personal safety and to avoid large crowds and demonstrations, particularly in the run up ...
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