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HE Mr Adam McCarthy – Australian High Commissioner Designate to South Africa
Welcome to the website of the Australian High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa.
The Australian High Commission is accredited to seven countries in Southern Africa – Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland – as well as the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
South Africa is Australia’s largest export market on the continent, our partner in important forums such as the G20 and Indian Ocean Rim Association, as well as our co-host of the ground-breaking Square Kilometre Array telescope.
Australia is proud of its strong historical opposition to the apartheid regime in South Africa and our bilateral relationship has flourished in the democratic era, today spanning trade, investment, education, the arts, science and tourism – not to mention our friendly rivalry on the sporting field.
Australia’s links with the broader region are also substantial and growing, particularly through increasing commercial ties, as well as through programs such as our long-standing Australia Awards scholarships.
We share an interest in a peaceful and prosperous region and are committed to working with the countries of Southern Africa as a friend and partner.
I strongly urge Australian citizens and permanent residents in Southern Africa to register with the Australian Government through www.smartraveller.gov.au. Registration has many advantages but most importantly it will help us to locate and assist you in an emergency and helps make it so much quicker for us to provide reassurance to your relatives in Australia should an event happen.
It may also be used to pass other information to you such as new Travel Advisories, notice of elections, and important information relevant to travellers and expatriates.
The South African Government will implement new immigration regulations effective 1 June 2015.
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A 100 percent of Australia Awards SA Awardees Appreciate Pre-Departure Briefing process
Results from the 2014 Australia Awards Arrival and Ongoing Awardee Surveys administered by DFAT reveal positive highlights about the Awardee experience. A total of 579 (13 per cent of all the respondents) African Development Scholarship Awardees from 28 countries participated, with 97 per cent of new arrivals satisfied with their preparation to come to Australia, and 98 per cent satisfied with the Pre Departure Briefings held prior to leaving for Australia. For those living and studying in Australia, 96 per cent of ongoing Awardees felt they had chosen the right course topic, and 91 per cent believed they had chosen the right educational institution.
For Awardees from South Africa, 100 per cent said that they found their Pre Departure Briefing very useful in preparing them for living and studying in Australia, while 100 per cent of Awardees already studying at an Australian institution felt satisfied with their ability to manage study related issues. To view more of the top level survey results, click here.
INDIAN OCEAN RIM ASSOCIATION (IORA) Working Group Heads of Mission Meeting 2015
On 24 February 2015, the Australian High Commission in collaboration with the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) hosted the 16th Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Working Group of Heads of Mission (WGHOM) meeting.
L - R: Mr Amir Radjab - Harahap (Indonesia), Mr Graham Anderson (IORA Secretariate) Mr Chris Munn (Australian Chargé d'Affaires to South Africa/Chair of the Meeting) and Mr Chris Elstoft (Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade: Assistant Secretary - South East Asia and Indian Ocean Branch)
L-R: Mr MD Daud Ali (Bangladesh), HE Mr Chamsidine Mhadjou (Comores Ambassador to South Africa), Mr Azadi (Iran), Mr Martin Owuor (Kenya) and Mrs Angela Rabozakandraina (Madagascar)
L-R: HE Mr Hamad Alhabsi (United Arab Emirates Ambassador to South Africa), HE Mr Najib Aljabobi (Yemen High Commissioner), Ms Charlotte Mantel (France Deputy High Commissioner), Mr Peter Boxer (UK Deputy High Commissioner), Ms Holly Waeger-Monster (US Embassy) and Mr Tianmin Li (China Embassy)
All Attendees of the IORA Working Group Heads of Mission Meeting
Mining Indaba 2015
Over the past few years, the Australian government has had a strong showing at Mining Indaba. This year was no different. As has become the Australian government trademark, African Mining Ministers were able to access the Ministers’ lounge at their convenience and Australian companies were able to enjoy a tailored service through the Australia Lounge. This comes to a head through the Annual Ministers' and Ambassadors Luncheon.
The Australian government hosted the BHP Billiton Ministers Lounge
The Annual Ambassadors' and Ministers' Luncheon where African Mining Ministers and Australian Mining companies have an opportunity to engage.
Australian Chargé d'Affaires to South Africa, Mr Chris Munn and HE Ms Susan Coles, Australian High Commissioner to Mauritius at the Ambassadors' and Ministers' Luncheon.
Celebrating 20 years of democracy: Australia’s contribution to the new South Africa
The Australian High Commission’s photographic exhibition - Celebrating 20 years of democracy: Australia’s contribution to the new South Africa – was on show at Artscape Theatre in Cape Town after having completed its month-long run in Pretoria.
The exhibition highlights Australia's strong support for the anti-apartheid movement, as well as our broad cooperation in the post-1994 democratic era.
Direct Aid Program Applications
The Direct Aid Program has recently undergone changes; these include:
1. Projects can be implemented over two financial years; eg. 2014-15/2015-2016 (note: the Australian financial year runs 1 July - 30 June).
2. The funding limit has been increased to A$ 60 000 (approximately R 570 000) per project. Funding for activities over A$ 30 000 maybe provided for in more than one tranche.
Full proposals must be submitted to the following email address: email@example.com . Applications can also be sent via fax: +27 (0) 12 342 4202; or mail: Direct Aid Program Coordinator, Australian High Commission, Private Bag, X150, Pretoria 0001, South Africa
Email submissions are preferred.
DAP Applications for 2014/2015 are now closed. Updates regarding the next call for applications will be announced in July/August 2015.
The application form can be downloaded here.
Moletsane High School Students attend G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia
The Australian High Commission had the honour of facilitating the travel of two students (Hlengiwe Moletsane and Ofentse Mahasha) from Moletsane High School, Soweto to attend the G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia 11-17 November. The students were selected to attend the Summit following an essay competition on why the G20 matters for South Africa. The girls had a full program which included meeting President Zuma and several Ministers from countries, visiting the G20 Summit venue, and participating in educational exchange with a Brisbane high school.
The initiative was designed to encourage youth engagement with important global economic issues and support the development of leadership skills.
Meeting with President Jacob Zuma
Left to right: Ms Ofentse Mahasha, President Jacob Zuma, Ms Hlengiwe Moletsane and Mr Elliot Mashinini (teacher)
Meeting with Australian Foreign Minister Hon Julie Bishop and Hon Maite Nkoana Mashabne, South African Minister for International Relations and Cooperation,
Left to right: Hon Julie Bishop, Ms Ofentse Mahasha, Ms Hlengiwe Moletsane, Hon Maite Nkoana Mashabane and Mr Elliot Mashinini
Meeting with Australian Treasuer Joe Hockey and South African Minister of Finance Hon Nhlanhla Nene
Left to right: Mr Elliot Mashinini, Hon Joe Hockey, Ms Hlengiwe Moletsane, Hon Nhlanhla Nene and Ms Ofentse Mahasha
Visit to Stretton State College (High School)
Ms Ofentse Mahasha, Mr Elliot Mashinini and Ms Hlengiwe Moletsane with students from Stretton State College
Celebrating 20 Years of Democracy: Australia’s Contribution to the New South Africa
On 15 October 2014, the Australian High Commission, in partnership with the University of Pretoria, had the honour of launching a new photographic exhibition titled; "Celebrating Twenty Years of Democracy: Australia's contribution to the New South Africa". The launch was dedicated to Australia's late High Commissioner to South Africa, HE Mr Graeme Wilson.
The exhibition highlighted Australia's strong support for the anti-apartheid movement, as well as the breadth and depth of bilateral relations in the post-1994 democratic era.
Minister in the Presidency Responsible for Women, the Hon Susan Shabangu, spoke warmly of the relations South Africa and Australia at the launch. Talk 702 Radio Talk Show Host John Robbie also paid tribute to the late Graeme Wilson.
The exhibition was on show at the University of Pretoria's Edoardo Villa Museum until 14 November. The exhibition will be on display at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town from 28 November to early February 2015.
Edoardo Villa Museum, University of Pretoria
The Pre-1994 section of the Photographic Exhibition at Edoardo Villa Museum, University of Pretoria
Minister in the Presidency Responsible for Women, the Hon Susan Shabangu speaking at the Photographic Exhibition Launch
Mr John Robbie, 702 Radio Talk Show Host paying tribute to the late Graeme Wilson
Mr John Robbie (Talk 702 Radio Talk Show Host), Professor Cheryl de la Rey (Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria), the Hon Susan Shabangu (Minister in the Presidency Responsible for Women), Mr Chris Munn (then Australian Chargé d'Affaires to South Africa.)