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Placing humanity at the centre of all of our activities, in particular the provision of service to our clients, the High Commission staff subscribes to “Batho Pele” (Putting People First) and to the principles of “Ubuntu.” These are reflective of the values that a democratic South Africa upholds, as we seek to create a better South Africa for all who live in it. The High Commission in the UK serves to contribute to the creation of a better South Africa through its engagement with the government and people of the United Kingdom.

South Africa’s democracy is a robust one. While we acknowledge that we have many challenges, we are not defined by it and therefore, we endeavour to constantly highlight the successes we have achieved, as a relatively young democratic nation.

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Invitation to service providers to conduct a property valuation and conditions assessment reports on 5 (five) Official Residences owned by the South African Government in London, United Kingdom.

DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION

The South African High Commission wishes to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced service provider (in the fields of property valuation and conditions assessment) to conduct a property valuation and detailed conditions assessment of the State-Owned Residential properties in London, United Kingdom.

SPECIFICATIONS/ SCOPE OF WORK

The appointed service provider shall be required to perform and report on the condition of the property and make recommendations on the continued utilisation thereof.

Potential Service Providers must comply with all minimum requirements to qualify for the next stage of the evaluation process. Non submission will result in disqualification.

Phase 1

The minimum requirements which must be fully and comprehensively complied with are as follows: All documents must be submitted in English

Company Profile, knowledge, and experience

The service provider must submit a company profile which demonstrates a minimum 5 years of experience in preparing conditions assessments and performing valuations.

Knowledge and Experience

The project structure is expected to include at least one professional registered architect and/or one professional registered quantity surveyor with experience in property conditions assessments and valuations.

The service provider must submit a CV of each team member, clearly indicating –

a) Qualifications and proof thereof.

b) Professional registration with relevant building profession council (if applicable) and proof thereof;

c) Experience (if applicable) in performing conditions surveys.

d) Certified copy of a valid Tax Clearance certificate

e) Certified copies of registration as a professional property valuator and assessor

Phase 2

Walk-Through Survey

The prospective shortlisted service provider/s will be expected to carry out a walk-through survey with the aim of visually observing the five properties. Terms of reference regarding expectation will be released to shortlisted service providers prior to the walk-through survey.

The document on work to be conducted will be made available after the site visit/s to prospective service providers. The Terms of Reference (TOR)

Following the site visit and briefing, shortlisted service […]

14 July 2022|

Important: Passport Notice

Important developments at the Home Affairs Section of the South African High Commission in London

We are pleased to inform you that the Department of Home Affairs has outsourced passport services to VFS Global with effect from 01 June 2022. Please book your appointment on the link below:

https://passport.vfsglobal.com/ppt/en/zaf

The following services will still be rendered at the High Commission by appointment:

1. Notice of birth/ birth registration

2. 1st ID book and ID book replacement (Smart ID Cards are only issued in South Africa)

3. 1st Adult passport i.e. 15 1/2 year olds who have never been issued with an ID book/Smart Card.

4. Amendments i.e. Change of forenames / Change of Surname (NOT due to marriage or divorce).

5. Emergency Travel Certificate

6. Death registration

7. Consent for minor passport applications (For parents in different countries)

The following services are rendered strictly by post:

1. Retention of South African citizenship.

2. Renunciation of South African citizenship.

3. Determination of citizenship status

2 June 2022|

SS Mendi 105th Anniversary in Portsmouth

The South African High Commission, led by Deputy High Commissioner Charmaine Fredericks, participated in the SS Mendi 105th Anniversary in Portsmouth on 21 February 2022.

The sinking of the SS Mendi was caused by the reckless action of the captain of the SS Darro. It remains the greatest ever wartime disaster suffered by South Africa. During the First World War, there was a shortage of labourers, which, despite the draft, caused delays in moving supplies from the rear to the front lines. SS Mendi was transporting 823 men and officers of the fifth Battalion of the Native Labour Corps from Cape Town to Le Havre, via Lagos and Plymouth.

On 21 February 1917, a large cargo steamship, Darro, collided with the SS Mendi in the English Channel south of the Isle of Wight. Mendi sank killing 646 people, most of whom were black South African troops.

This tragedy is commemorated every year on 21 February.

21 February 2022|

Video Tribute to Ambassador Lindiwe Mabuza

Featuring: HE Nomatemba Tambo, The Rt Hon the Lord David Steel of Aikwood, Richard Stone, The Rt Hon the Lord Paul & Lady Janet Boateng, Teddy Coleman, John Battersby, Lela Kogbara, Brian Filling, Zeinab Badawi, Tony Dykes, The Rt Hon the Lord Peter Hain, Anne Page & Adam Glasser. Archive performances from: Tessa Uys, Sir Antony Sher, Dame Janet Suzman, Pumeza Matshikiza & Nicola Emmanuelle.

21 February 2022|

Memorial Service for Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Ambassador Lindiwe Mabuza

A Memorial Service for Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Ambassador Lindiwe Mabuza will be held at St Martin-in-the-Fields (Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JH) on Monday 21 February, 2.00 pm.

The service, which is being organised with the South African High Commission, will include tributes to the Archbishop Emeritus and the Ambassador from those who knew them, an Address from Revd Dr Sam Wells, Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields, personal memories from Clive Conway, Chair of Tutu Foundation UK, Professor Chris Mullard, Honorary Consul, and music from St Martin’s Voices. Refreshments at South Africa House will follow the service.

21 February 2022|
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