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The South African High Commission in london will be closed for the Festive Season on Thursday 23 December at 10h00 until Tuesday 03 January 2023 at 09h00.

Thank you for visiting the official website of the South African High Commission in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK). Whether you are planning to visit South Africa, are keen to pursue economic interests in South Africa or are interested in the activities of the High Commission, we hope that you find the information useful.

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.

South Africa remains a premier tourism destination characterised by youthfulness, beautiful wildlife, pristine beaches and breath-taking scenery, vibrant cultural and heritage offerings, unique cuisine, exciting adventure, an amazing climate and, a people collectively invested in providing you with your best experience yet.

South Africa is also open for business! As an emerging market economy, we boast world-class infrastructure, a highly developed and sophisticated banking system, an independent judiciary, the largest ports on the African continent and, our greatest asset – our highly resourceful people – who are ready to get to work and get the job done.

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Following the announcement of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on Monday 19th September 2022, The High Commission will observe the bank holiday. Services at 15 Whitehall will resume on Tuesday 20 September 2022.

15 September 2022|

Vacancy at the South African High Commission for a Cleaner

Starting Salary:
£16,993 – £19,581
(Salary notch dependent on schooling and previous work experience)

Working hours: Monday to Thursday from 06h00 – 14h45
with lunch from 13h00 – 13h45
Fridays from 06h00 – 13h00
No lunch
A copy of the Duty Sheet for this position will be
forwarded to interested applicants on receipt of an
email addressed to joubertam@dirco.gov.za

A minimum of 5 years schooling PLUS (1) one year cleaning experience

Supporting Documents:
Applicants are required to submit their full Curriculum Vitae (with a daytime contact number), accompanied by a covering letter, confirming their working status in the UK (right to work in the UK) and original or certified copies of their schooling certificates and further educational certificates (if any) and work references (letters from previous employers)

All supporting documents to be submitted. Applications with no certified copies of schooling certificates and letters of work references will not receive attention.
The appointment of the successful candidate is subject to the submission of the mentioned original schooling certificates and letters of work experience.


* Energetic and confident person who can work under pressure, is a team player and has excellent public relations skills

• Good interpersonal skills

• Knowledge of South Africa an advantage

• Proficiency in English (spoken and written)

• Ability to work independently

All the applications should be forwarded to Ms M Mabaso, Third Secretary (Administration), South African High Commission, Trafalgar Square, LONDON, WC2N 5DP.

Queries to Ms M Mabaso, mabasom@dirco.gov.za and copied to Mr S R S Makgabo, makgabos@dirco@gov.za

The High Commission is only able to appoint applicants who are permitted to work in the UK. This excludes those on Commonwealth and Student Visas.

Closing date: Monday, 28 October 2022

31 August 2022|

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.



Invitation to service providers to submit 5-year property

management proposals for the management of the 6 Official

Residences of the South African High Commission situated in


CLOSING DATE: 11h00 on 20 October 2022


The High Commission of the Republic of South Africa to the United Kingdom wishes

to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced multi-disciplinary property

management service provider, to operate, maintain and manage the state-owned

residential properties for a period of 5 years.


The South African Government owns the properties that are used as residence for

the officials representing South Africa to the United Kingdom. The properties are

listed below:

1) South Africa House, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DP

2) Highveld, 71 Campden Hill Road, London, W8 7AG

3) 21 Cavendish Close, London, NW8 9JB

4) Flat 7, 24 Great Cumberland Place, London W1H 7DJ.

5) 51 Alexandra Park Road, London, N10 2DG

6) 20 Lower Merton Rise, London, W1H 7DJ

The High Commission of South Africa to the United Kingdom intends to maintain

these properties in a good, functional, and serviceable condition. To this end, the

South African High Commission wishes to appoint a service provider who will

provide property management services.


3.1 The High Commission shall provide to the successful service provider with access to

the properties as well as access to the relevant documentation that might assist

service provider to execute their duties.

3.2 All information and documentation provided to the service provider should be

treated as confidential and may not be shared with any person or entity not directly

responsible for the execution of this project.

3.3 All information and documentation prepared by the service provider shall become

the intellectual property of the High Commission of South Africa to the United



The appointed service provider will be required to assess and report on the condition of the

property and its building systems, develop a […]

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:


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|
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