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.
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
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.
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.
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.