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Information for Indians in South Africa


On behalf of the Indian consulate, we welcome you to our site and the potential travel you are enquiring with regards to South Africa.

We are here to provide the necessary information and advice you will need to travel to South Africa. Whether business or pleasure, or to capture an entirely new life and live here. Our site is going to inform you of the services carried out by the embassy here to help you. We inform you of gaining citizenship and a list of holidays you will need to be aware of.

An Introduction to South Africa

South Africa is a jewel of the African continent. Its territory hosts range of varied geographic landscaped from fertile plains to the open savannahs of Mpumalanga. You have deserts and mountainous peaks.

South Africa possesses two renowned wildlife reserves in Kgalagadi and in Kruger. There are dozens more regional parks that are opened to tourists for educational purposes. South Africa also offers pristine beaches, bountiful farmland, and vineyards.

South Africa has been home to humans for about 100,000 years, and the first known residents are the San tribe. BaNtu speakers came from Central and West Africa about 2,000 years ago, bringing with them iron smelting skills, cattle, and a pastoral lifestyle. Although it was not until the early European explorers like Diego Cao (1480) stopped hunting on the coast, later, the Dutch colonies came in 1652 and it was then that the Europeans began to influence what today is South Africa.

Although the country became independent in 1910 due to the political attitudes of 1948 (apartheid politics), democracy did not come until 1994 with the election of the first black president, Nelson Mandela.

The population of about 49 million South Africans consists of three quarters of blacks (Africans) and about 15% of whites (Europeans), the remaining 10% of mixed whites, Malaysians, blacks and Asians (mainly) Indians).

Most of Africa is made up of many different ethnic and linguistic groups, the main ones of which are the Xhosa, Zulu, Bapedi andTswana. South Africa is a very large and diverse country that offers visitors and those wishing to live in the area an almost unlimited range of activities and with it, plenty of jobs and accommodation.

What We Casino Do to Help You

Mr. Ashok Babu is Consul General of India, Cape Town, responsible for the Western Cape and Northern Cape provinces.

He is a member of the External Action Service of India and joined in 2007. His duties abroad include the post of Deputy Consul General of India, Dubai (United Arab Emirates) 2011-14 ‘Embassy of India in Cairo (Egypt), 2009 -11

At the headquarters, he was Assistant Secretary of the Department (United Nations - Politics) from 2014 to 2016, dealing with issues related to the United Nations, the Community and the Somalia Beach Piracy Contact Group (CGPCS).

From April 2016 to August 2020, he was the regional passport administrator and head of the Chennai office. During that time, the State Department conducted many community actions.

Mr. Ashok was born in Madurai, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, and is a qualified engineer at the Karaikudi Central Electrochemical Research Institute. He is married and has a son.

He speaks Surashtra, Hindi, Tamil, English and Arabic. He enjoys endurance sports, hiking, cricket and reading.

So, what do we do as a team at the Embassy and what are our Embassy services? Our role is to help you gain Visas, arrange bank accounts, help Indian nationals in times of emergency or distress, We support child birth registration, passport services and there is the registration of Indian Nationals. This information is also provided at the website.

Contacting Us for Help

Where are we located? Our Consulate address is as follows: The Terraces, 8th Floor, 34 Bree St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa.

Our offices are open Monday to Friday from 09:00 am to 5:30 pm hrs.

Your contacts include:

Mr. P. Ashok Babu

General Consul

+271 (0) 214 429 210100

[email protected]

Mrs. A. Suhdir

Vice Consul

+271 (0) 214 429 210001

[email protected]

[email protected]

Further queries and contact points include:

Commercial and logistical queries, please contact [email protected]

Consular queries, please contact = [email protected]

Visa queries, please contact = [email protected]

Events and festival queries, please contact = [email protected]

Moving to Africa or Visiting

Going abroad to travel or live requires a number of checks when obtaining a visa. For those wishing to live in South Africa will need to apply for Citizenship. Once gained, you can begin to look for work. Many Indian nationals take up IT work that is still based in India and work from home in South Africa. Sites like discuss these kinds of opportunity in more detail.

Visiting Africa for tourists still require the completion of a visa

Further Important Details

Here is a list of holidays which the consulate will be closed for service on.

New Year’s Day January 1st

Republic Holiday January 26th

Holi March 29th

Good Friday April 2nd

Mahavir Jayanti April 25th

Freedom Day April 27th

Idu’l Fitr May 14th

Buda Purnima May26th

Id-ul-Zuha July 21st

Independence Day August 15th

Janmashtami August 30th

Heritage Day September 24th

Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday October 2nd

Dussehra October 15th

Milad-Un-Nabi October 19th

Diwali November 4th

Guru Nank’s Birthday November 19th