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Every year on 16 June South Africa commemorates the 1976 Soweto uprising to pay tribute to learners who stood up against...
01/06/2020

Every year on 16 June South Africa commemorates the 1976 Soweto uprising to pay tribute to learners who stood up against the apartheid government. Observed as a public holiday, the day serves as a reminder that young people in the country were at the forefront of our struggle. It also provides us all with an opportunity to take stock of the strides we have made in addressing issues facing the youth.



During this month of youth, government and its agencies such as the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) will host a number of engagements, including youth expos, dialogues and youth entrepreneur hubs to showcase opportunities available to young people.

South Africa will move to Alert Level 3 as from 1 June 2020, however international borders will remain closed with excep...
27/05/2020

South Africa will move to Alert Level 3 as from 1 June 2020, however international borders will remain closed with exceptions. The South African Embassy will not be issuing any Visas during this time.

27/05/2020
25/05/2020
25/05/2020

Celebrate Africa Day with us!

27/04/2020

Ambassador Carmen Smidt’s Freedom Day Message from Official Residence in Helsinki, Finland

Dear fellow South Africans, friends of South Africa in Finland and Estonia

On 27 April 2020, today, South Africa is commemorating 26 years since the end of apartheid.

We would normally bring our compatriots, diplomats and friends of South Africa together to celebrate our freedom. However, this year our commemoration will be different. We are swapping the traditional celebration of South African colours, music and dance, with conditions of social distancing, isolation and staying home to be safe.

Let us take a moment of silence today to remember all those across the world, and in South Africa Finland and Estonia that have succumbed to the pandemic. Our thoughts and prayers are with all suffering loss of loved ones and also those struggling in the midst of poverty and isolation.

We also know that the measures introduced here in Finland, Estonia and in South Africa, have caused immense economic hardships for many. We do however realise, as President Ramaphosa had said, whilst these measures are having a devastating effect on the economy, “it is nothing compared to the catastrophic human, social and economic cost, if the coronavirus could spread amongst our people unchecked”.

We therefore implore everyone to continue practicing good hygiene, social distancing and staying at home to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

Although most of us are confined to our houses or under conditions of restricted movement, we thought it is an important moment to reflect on what our Freedom means to each and every one of us. On 27 April 1994 in South Africa, South Africans demonstrated to the world their resilience and fortitude to overcome our differences and try to forge a better future together. Today, again we are facing challenges, which will require our collective strength, in order to overcome this.

We are overwhelmed by the incredible acts of humanity demonstrated during these times, not only in South Africa, but all over the world. I would like to echo the words of President Ramaphosa when he said, “even as we find ourselves at a moment of great peril, even as great sacrifices are demanded, even as we dare not allow our vigilance to waver, we look ahead to a better future. I have faith in the strength and resilience of ordinary South Africans, who have proven time and time again – throughout our history – that we can rise to the challenge”.

In these trying times we wish to thank Finland and Estonia for their continued acts of solidarity towards the international community. We are looking forward to continuing to work with Finland and Estonia, once this period is over, to again work in unison, strengthen our bilateral relations, work towards stronger multilateral institutions and to continue seeking solutions to the worlds’ numerous challenges. Africa will continue to need the support of the international community to overcome this crisis, now more than ever.

As individuals I would like to call on you to continue to support our compatriots here in Finland and Estonia that are trying to make a living with their various home businesses. Let us continue to support each other to help each other get back up on our feet again.

If you have the means to, please support the South African Solidarity Fund as well as NGO’s in South Africa helping the most vulnerable people.

To our Finnish and Estonian friends we would like to call on you to continue to support our education system, drink our sustainable and ethically-produced wines, buy South African products and remember to visit some of South Africa’s beautiful attractions, once we are able to travel again.

Reach out to those in your communities that may need your help, your strength or your voice of comfort in these trying times.

But today we also want to celebrate South Africa’s Freedom Day with you.

We would therefore like to challenge you to take a moment to remember what makes South Africa special for you.

Share a picture or message of what you are doing today to celebrate South Africa here in Finland and Estonia. Post your pictures posts under #2020FreedomDay.

Let’s celebrate our Freedom Day together, even if we are apart and at home.

I thank you.

27/04/2020

Freedom day message from Ambassador Carmen Smidt 27 04 2020

27/04/2020
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26/04/2020

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South African Embassy in Finland and Estonia
25/04/2020

South African Embassy in Finland and Estonia

25/04/2020
On this Freedom Day, whilst remembering the attainment of our freedom 26 years ago, let's celebrate our solidarity and t...
25/04/2020

On this Freedom Day, whilst remembering the attainment of our freedom 26 years ago, let's celebrate our solidarity and the triumph of the human spirit in these challenging times.

Remembering Oliver Tambo.
25/04/2020

Remembering Oliver Tambo.

14/04/2020
14/04/2020
Visit South Africa

Some scenes from a beautiful Cape Town to remind us what awaits.

Even with "normal" life on pause, South Africa's beauty doesn't take a day off. While we can't travel for now, we find joy in knowing there will be a day we can again invite everyone to experience this country for themselves. Take a look at these stunning sights of Cape Town, South Africa's "Mother City," captured by IG: Joshwideawake.

(Press pass supplied by Cape Jewish Chronicle)

10/04/2020

SAA Flight Scheduled from Frankfurt, Germany to Johannesburg on 16 April 2020

Dear South African Citizens in Finland and Estonia

Kindly be informed that South African Airways (SAA) has arranged a flight on the 16th April 2020 to transport South Africans from Europe to Johannesburg. According to the information received, the flight will be departing from Frankfurt on 16 April 2020 at 11h25 arriving in Johannesburg at 22h05.

This may be the last passenger flight out of Europe to RSA for the period of the charter flights until normal commercial flights have resumed.

If you are a South African in distress in Finland and Estonia and you have the means to pay for the flight tickets, we encourage you to urgently contact the Embassy and start looking at the best available means to reach Frankfurt before 16 April 2020 to catch the flight to Johannesburg.

SA nationals must not yet make any flight commitments as we need to coordinate the number of passengers. SA nationals who are able to fly to Frankfurt must remain on standby.

Please be informed that all passengers will be subjected to medical screening prior to boarding in line with the local health regulations. There will be compulsory 14 days quarantine upon arrival in South Africa.

The Government indicated that no one will be allowed to board the flight without being cleared as a citizen by the Department of Home Affairs and Consular confirming the passenger list with SAA.

Following details of the SAA flight to transport South African Nationals on Thursday, 16th April 2020 from Frankfurt - Johannesburg:

* Flight Number: SA4261

Departure Time (local time) in Frankfurt: 11h25Arrival Time (local time) in Johannesburg: 22h05Departure Airport: Frankfurt International Airport, Terminal 1, Hall BSAA Check in Counters: Terminal 1, Hall B, Check-in Counter no: 670-671 (subject to change)

Passengers should be at the airport 3 to 5 hours before departure at 09h00 (local time).

Cost per passenger: ZAR 11,994 (converted to 612 EUR) payable in cash prior to departure. Unfortunately no credit cards are allowed.

At the airport cash payments are also limited due to check-in procedures and time constraints.

Should you require assistance in order to register for this flight (please note that spaces are limited and availability needs to be confirmed through the Embassy and DIRCO by 12 April 2020 at the latest.

Enquiries on the above matter could be directed at the South African Embassy in Helsinki to Ms S Ndlazi, e-mail: [email protected] and copied to [email protected] or Tel: + 358 40 0605 890.

SOUTH AFRICAN EMBASSY TEAM

Solidarity Fund
01/04/2020

Solidarity Fund

When 57 million people play their part, #ThatsSolidarity.
Visit solidarityfund.co.za to see how you can play your part.
The Solidarity Fund – Unity in Action
#Covid19SA
#21daysLockdownSA
#SafeAtHome #FlattenTheCurve

#StayHomeSA day 4
30/03/2020

#StayHomeSA day 4

30/03/2020
Official Brand South Africa

Official Brand South Africa

It takes every citizen to save a Nation.
#PlayYourPartSA #COVID19SA #StayatHome 🇿🇦

30/03/2020

#StayHomeSA follow the 21 day challenge.

28/03/2020
28/03/2020
28/03/2020
28/03/2020

Dear citizens

Due to the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic the Embassy is closed until further notice and can not receive any visitors.

All foreign travel to South Africa has been restricted until at least 16 April 2020 or until further notice. No Visas will be issued during this time.

South African citizens in need of urgent assistance please contact: +358 40 0605 890. For other consular enquiries please email: [email protected]

For general enquiries or registration of South African citizens, please e-mail: [email protected]

South African Embassy in Finland and Estonia's cover photo
27/03/2020

South African Embassy in Finland and Estonia's cover photo

27/03/2020
Love South Africa

Don’t travel now, so you can travel later. A message from South African Tourism.

For us all to travel tomorrow. We have to stay home today. We WILL make it through this because however long the night may last… joy always comes in the morning. #SAWillTravelAgain

25/03/2020
Pick n Pay

A great and catchy reminder not to panick buy. Like only Mzansi can.

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10163126668885287&id=203502530286

Now more than ever, we need to look after each other. But some shoppers are still stockpiling unnecessarily, leaving empty shelves for others in need. That’s why friends don’t let friends panic buy! Check out some of SA’s musos reminding you that no one likes ‘that guy’. 🎵 Zolani Mahola, Karen Zoid, Majozi, Arno Carstens, Ard Matthews, Theo Crous, Francois van Coke, Kahn Morbee, LIRA, Loyiso, Jack Parow & Early B

24/03/2020
World Tuberculosis (TB) Day is commemorated annually on the 24th of March.  The event commemorates the date, in 1882, wh...
24/03/2020

World Tuberculosis (TB) Day is commemorated annually on the 24th of March. The event commemorates the date, in 1882, when Dr Robert Koch announced his discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacillus that causes tuberculosis. World TB Day is aimed at educating the public about the impact of TB around the world as well as raise awareness with respect to efforts to prevent the spread of the epidemic and the treatment thereof.

It was not until 1982, a hundred years after Dr Koch’s announcement, that World TB Day began to be commemorated by the United Nations agencies and global community in recognition of the increase in TB infections and the ravaging effects of the disease.

Commemorations of World TB Day are framed by the global theme determined annually by the World Health Organisation in line with the priorities at the time. Like the theme for 2019, the global theme for 2020 World TB Day is “It’s Time”, in line with the drive to end TB as a public health threat by the year 2030 as set out in the Sustainable Development Goals. Following from this, the South African theme is “Cheka Impilo: It’s Time to End TB”.

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