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Diplomatic Representation for South Africa

Foreign Embassies in the U.S. and Their Ambassadors
Office of the Chief of Protocol
August 10, 2010




November 5, 1929LEGATION OPENED
November 5, 1929Eric Hendrik Louw, E.E. and M.P.
January 31, 1934Ralph William Close, E.E. and M.P.
March 13, 1944Dr. S. F. N. Gie, Appt. E.E. and M.P.
April 2, 1944E.E. and M.P.
(DIED - April 9, 1945)
May 7, 1945J. R. Jordaan, Charge d'Affaires a.i.
July 4, 1945H. T. Andrews, Appt. E.E. and M.P.
August 10, 1945E.E. and M.P.
February 29, 1949H. T. Andrews, Appt. Amb. E. and P.
March 3, 1949Amb. E. and P.
September 26, 1949G. P. Jooste, Appt. Amb. E. and P.
September 28, 1949Amb. E. and P.
August 26, 1954John Edward Holloway, Appt. Amb. E. and P.
October 18, 1954Amb. E. and P.
August 7, 1956W. C. du Plessis, Appt. Amb. E. and P.
September 7, 1956Amb. E. and P.
September 13, 1960Willem Christiaan Naude, Appt. Amb. E. and P.
October 6, 1960Amb. E. and P.
February 9, 1965Harald L. T. Taswell, Appt. Amb. E. and P.
February 24, 1965Amb. E. and P.
August 18, 1971Johan Samuel Frederick Botha, Appt. Amb. E&P
September 21, 1971Amb. E. and P.
July 18, 1975Jeremy B. Shearer, Charge d'Affaires ad interim
July 30, 1975Roelof Frederik Botha, Appt. Amb. E. and P.
September 3, 1975Amb. E. and P.
March 27, 1977Jeremy B. Shearar, Minister, Charge d'Affaires ad interim
May 11, 1977Donald Bell Sole, Apptd. Amb. E. and P.
May 16, 1977Amb. E. and P
June 4, 1982Bernardus Gerhardus "Brand" Fourie, Apptd. Amb. E. and P.
July 29, 1982Amb. E. and P.
September 23, 1985Johannes Albertus Hermanus "Herb" Beukes, Appt
November 5, 1985Amb E and P.
May 1, 1987Pieter G. J. Koornhof, Appt
May 11, 1987Amb E and P.
March 6, 1991Harry Heinz Schwarz, Appt
April 11, 1991Amb. E. and P.
January 12, 1995Franklin A. Sonn (First Ambassador from Democratic SA)
(copies of credentials)
March 20, 1995Amb. E. and P. (WH Credentials)
March 8, 1999Sheila Sisulu, Appt.
April 19, 1999Amb. E. and P.
August 28, 2003Barbara Masekela, Appt.
September 8, 2003Amb. E. and P.
August 14, 2007Welile Nhlapo, Appt.
September 18, 2007Amb. E. and P.
August 4, 2010Ebrahim Rasool, Appt.
August 10, 2010Amb. E. and P.


Special Terms*
[Amb.] E.E. and M.P.= Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary
[Charge d'Affaires] a.i.= ad interim
Amb. E. & P. = Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

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