Welcome to the official website of the South African Embassy in Argentina, which is intended for those who want to learn more about the work and activities of the Embassy and of the Government and people of South Africa. Through this website we will try to regularly provide current information that you might find interesting and useful, consular notifications and announcements of cultural and other events.

The Mission is committed to inculcating the spirit of Ubuntu (the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity “I am what I am because of who we all are”) and “Batho Pele” (People First) principles, in the provision of its services; which is reflective of our country’s values of putting humanity central to all that we do.

The South African Embassy in Argentina will continue to work to advance the cordial bilateral relations between South Africa and Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. We will place particular emphasis on strengthening the economic co-operation between South Africa and accredited countries, but will also work to enhance the people-to-people contact between our countries.

South Africa is one of the most sophisticated, diverse and promising emerging markets globally. Strategically located at the tip of the African continent, South Africa is a key investment location, both for the market opportunities that lie within its borders and as a gateway to the rest of the continent, a market of approximately one billion people.

South Africa is one the economic powerhouses of Africa and forms part of the BRICS group of countries with Brazil, Russia, India and China. It has a favourable demographic profile and its rapidly expanding middle class has growing spending power.

South Africa is open for business! In terms of economic potential, South Africa has a relatively diversified economic base. We have an economy that offers world class business services in areas such as ICT, infrastructure and financial services. South Africa is becoming a frontier for new sectors of Foreign Direct Investment such as the green economy, oil and gas and ocean economy. South Africa has also been investing in energy to contribute to economic growth.

Have a prosperous 2019!


H.E. Phumelele Gwala

Ambassador, Argentina


Remembering Nelson Mandela’s first steps of freedom

On 11 February 1990

Millions watched as Nelson Mandela took his first steps of freedom.

Frederik Willem de Klerk and Nelson Mandela at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos in 1992. (Image: World Economic Forum, via Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
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Nelson Mandela walked through the gates of Victor Verster Prison because he insisted on doing so.

South Africans championing human rights

Besides the late Nelson Mandela, many other South Africans have stood up for human rights. Among their names, we can count people like Desmond Tutu and Miriam Makeba. They have all devoted their time and talents to improving the lives of all people.

Leading Women Summit

The rise of robots, and opportunities for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, were some of the topics that were discussed at the annual Leading Women Summit in Johannesburg

President Jacob Zuma attended the Summit of the Indian Ocean Rim Association Business Forum and Leaders’ Summit to undertake a State Visit at the invitation of President Joko Widodo

The IORA Summit has been convened under the theme “Strengthening Maritime Cooperation for a Peaceful, Stable and Prosperous Indian Ocean” to commemorate 20 years of the Association’s existence.  South Africa and Indonesia are both founding members of the IORA, which consists of twenty one coastal Member States bordering the Indian Ocean, stretching from South Africa in the west, running up the eastern coast of Africa, along the Gulf to South and Southeast Asia, ending with Australia in the east.

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