South African Ambassador to the United States

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The position of South African ambassador to the United States is the most prestigious and top diplomatic post in South Africa. The position was first held in March 1949, following the upgrade of South Africa's diplomatic mission to an embassy. The post has been held by many important politicians and is currently held by Ebrahim Rasool.

South African Embassy
# Picture Name Term of office Prime Minister/President(s) served under Ref
1 Harry Thomson Andrews 1 March 1949- 26 September 1949 Daniel François Malan (NP) [1]
2 Gerhardus Petrus Jooste 26 September 1949- 26 August 1954 [1]
3 John Edward Holloway 26 August 1954- 7 August 1956 Johannes Gerhardus Strijdom (NP) [1]
4 Wentzel Christoffel du Plessis [2] 7 August 1956- 13 September 1960 Johannes Gerhardus Strijdom (NP)
Hendrik Verwoerd (NP)
[1]
5 Willem Christiaan Naude 13 September 1960- 9 February 1965 Hendrik Verwoerd (NP) [1]
6 Harald Langmead Taylor Taswell [3] 9 February 1965- 18 August 1971 B. J. Vorster (NP) [1]
7 Johan Samuel Frederick Botha 18 August 1971- 30 July 1975 [1]
8 Pik Botha 30 July 1975- 11 May 1977 [1]
9 Donald Bell Sole 11 May 1977- 4 June 1982 Pieter Willem Botha (NP) [1]
10 Bernardus Gerhardus Fourie 4 June 1982- 23 September 1985 [1]
11 Johannes Albertus Hermanus Beukes 23 September 1985- 1 May 1987 [1]
12 Piet Koornhof 1 May 1987- 6 March 1991 Pieter Willem Botha (NP)
Frederik Willem de Klerk (NP)
[1]
13 HSchwarz.JPG Harry Schwarz 6 March 1991- 12 January 1995 Frederik Willem de Klerk (NP)
Nelson Mandela (ANC)
[1]
14 Franklin A. Sonn 12 January 1995- 8 March 1999 Nelson Mandela (ANC) [1]
15 Sheila Sisulu 8 March 1999- 28 August 2003 Thabo Mbeki (ANC) [1]
16 Barbara Masekela 28 August 2003- 14 August 2007 [1]
17 Welile Nhlapo 14 August 2007- 4 August 2010 [1]
Kgalema Motlanthe (ANC)
Jacob Zuma (ANC)
18 Ebrahim Rasool at the Pentagon July 25, 2012.jpg Ebrahim Rasool
current
4 August 2010- present Jacob Zuma (ANC) [1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Diplomatic Representation for South Africa. Foreign Embassies in the U.S. and Their Ambassadors". U.S. State Department. 2007. Retrieved 2009-05-09. 
  2. ^ Wentzel Christoffel du Plessis b. 5 March 1906; m. Marie During 1934; one d. ed. Transvaal Univ. Coll. In Dept. of Lands 1924-1927, Dept. of External Affairs 1927- 1945; Admin. Sec. SA Del. to Imperial Conf. From 1 December 1963 to 1 November 1968: List of colonial heads of Namibia (South-West Africa)
  3. ^ Harald Langmead Taylor Taswell b. 14 Feb. 1910, Cape Town; s. of Stephen Taswell and Helen Simkins; m. Vera Blytt 1940; three d.; ed. Christian Brothers Coll.