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 areas, and allow extra time to reach your destination. Remember that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  Always avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings or protests.

Province Venue Activity / Time



Johannesburg COSATU House in Braamfontein at 10h00 to City of Joburg, Department of Labour [DoL], Chamber of Mines, FNB & other Banks and the Premiers Office.

KwaZulu Natal




DinuZulu (Bothas Park) march to City Hall

Eastern Cape


East London


North End Stadium to City Hall



Freedom Square to Department of Labour [DoL]



Indoor Sports Center to Department of Labour [DoL] and Police Station

Port Elizabeth


Mangoza Jebe (Centenary Hall) to Vuyisile Mini Square



Polokwane SABC Park to Shoprite, Premiers Office and Anglo Platinum

Western Cape


Cape Town Keizerkragt PRASA, Provincial Government and National Parliament

North West


Mafikeng Montshiwa Stadium to Legislature





Nelspruit Showground to Government Complex
Emalahleni Lynville Stadium to ESKOM Park

Northern Cape


Kimberley Kemo Hotel to Premiers Office (JB Sauer Building)

Free State


Bloemfontein Batho Community Hall to Provincial Government (Lebogang Building)


For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for South Africa.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria and U.S. Consulate Generals in Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban are located at the addresses below. The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria does not have a consular section and does not provide consular services to U.S. citizens.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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U.S Embassy in Maseru, located at 254 Kingsway Avenue, Maseru, Lesotho

+266 2231-2666, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Friday.

After hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is (+266) 5888-4035