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South Africa Public Announcement

Issued by US Department of State

Jun 04, 2007

This Public Announcement is being issued to alert U.S. citizens to the potential for a large-scale strike throughout South Africa scheduled to begin June 1, 2007. U.S. citizens are encouraged to consider the potential impact of strike-related activities before traveling to or within South Africa at this time. This Public Announcement expires on August 1, 2007.

Seeking higher wages, public sector trade unions representing nurses, teachers, doctors and other medical personnel, police, prison wardens, court officials and other government officials have declared an indefinite strike to begin on June 1. In addition to work stoppages, strike activities may include work slowdowns, picketing, demonstrations, and protests. While airlines and airports are expected to continue operating, Immigration and Customs services at airports may be affected, resulting in potential delays for travelers. Private hospitals will operate normally but may face increased demand for their services because unions have warned that public hospitals will be staffed at only minimal service levels. Many public schools are expected to be closed at least during the initial days of the strike.

Unions are currently trying to define at what levels their members will staff essential services. The South African government has warned that essential service employees not reporting for work may face dismissal. Any escalation in the labor action that results in extensive firings would likely produce a greater disruption.

U.S. citizens are reminded that demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. U.S. citizens traveling in South Africa are therefore urged to monitor the news and press, avoid areas where demonstrations are planned and to exercise caution when in the vicinity of any protest. In light of the current circumstances, U.S. citizens are advised to consider the potential impact of strike-related activities before traveling to or within South Africa at this time.

All Americans in South Africa are urged to register either online at https://travelregistration.state.gov or by phone or in person directly with the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria or the Consulates General in Johannesburg, Cape Town, or Durban. Registering gives U.S. citizens access to updated information on travel and security within South Africa and makes it easier for the Embassy to contact citizens in case of emergency.

The U.S. Embassy is located at 877 Pretorius Street, Arcadia in Pretoria, telephone (27-12) 431-4000 (from South Africa 012-431-4000), fax (27-12) 431-5504 (from South Africa 012-431-5504). The U.S. Embassy web site is http://usembassy.state.gov/pretoria/.

The U.S. Consulates General are at the following locations:

The Consulate General in Johannesburg, which provides consular services for Americans in both Johannesburg and Pretoria, is located at No. 1 River Street (corner of River and Riviera Roads), Killarney, Johannesburg telephone (27-11) 644-8000 (from South Africa 011-644-8000), fax (27-11) 646-6916 (from South Africa (011-646-6916). Its consular jurisdiction includes Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, North West, and Free State provinces.

The Consulate General in Cape Town is located at 2 Reddam Avenue, Westlake, Cape Town, telephone (27-21) 702-7300 (from South Africa 021-702-7300), fax (27-21) 702-7493 (from South Africa 021-702-7493). Its consular jurisdiction includes Western Cape, Eastern Cape, and Northern Cape provinces.

The Consulate General in Durban is located at the Old Mutual Building, 31st floor, 303 West Street, telephone (27-31) 305-7600 (from South Africa 031-305-7600), fax (27-31) 305-7691 (from South Africa 031-305-7691). Its consular jurisdiction includes KwaZulu-Natal Province.

As the Department continues to develop information on any potential security threats to U.S. citizens overseas, it shares credible threat information through its consular information program documents, available on the Internet at http://travel.state.gov. In addition to information on the Internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada, or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.

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