Dear Cape Town Tourism Member
Re: The security message to US travellers in South Africa from the US Embassy and Consulates in South Africa issued on 04 June 2016
We assure visitors and all other interested parties that our local law enforcement, intelligence and security agencies provide world-class safety measures when it comes to the protection of citizens and visitors alike.
All threats to security in Cape Town and South Africa are assessed by the South African Police Services (SAPS) and intelligence agencies in order to deploy appropriate resources and take necessary action.
We would like to encourage locals and visitors to be vigilant at all times, especially in public places and on transportation; crime in all its forms is an unfortunate reality in any big city destination.
We wish all of our visitors well and our Muslim friends a peaceful Ramadan.
Statement from V&A Waterfront:
The V&A Waterfront security team meets regularly, and co-operates with the SAPS, national and regional intelligence. In response to the notification of a threat, SAPS has increased their presence and vigilance at the V&A Waterfront.
Full statement and contact details for US Embassy and consulates below:
Statement from US Embassy and Consulates in South Africa
June 04 2016
The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens that the U.S. Government has received information that terrorist groups are planning to carry out near-term attacks against places where U.S. citizens congregate in South Africa, such as upscale shopping areas and malls in Johannesburg and Cape Town. This information comes against the backdrop of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant's public call for its adherents to carry out terrorist attacks globally during the upcoming month of Ramadan.
For further information:
See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for South Africa.
Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria and U.S. Consulate Generals in Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban are located at the addresses below. The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria does not have a consular section and does not provide consular services to U.S. citizens.
Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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