South African contacts and con

South African contacts and connections directory in the UK

Are you looking for a South African organisation or society in the UK? Perhaps you’ve recently arrived in Britain, missing home and looking to meet other South Africans? Here are some of the key contacts to help you find your way around.

South African contacts and con


South African High Commission

Apply to retain your South African citizenship, for visas, passport renewals etc.


Local MPs
Members of Parliament (MPs) represent the interests and concerns of the UK public in the House of Commons. MPs are involved in considering and proposing new laws, and can use their position to ask government ministers questions about current issues.

Here we list some of the MPS for London areas with large numbers of South African residents. To find the MP for the area you live, visit

Wimbledon: Stephen Hammond

Southfields, Putney, Roehampton: Justine Greening

Earlsfield, Balham, Tooting, Furzedown, Graveney and Wandsworth Common: Sadiq Khan

Richmond Park and North Kingston: Zac Goldsmith

Twickenham: Vincent Cable


SA Chamber of Commerce
The SA Chamber of Commerce is an umbrella organisation and conduit for trade, community and investment into and out of South Africa. The SACC aims to bring under one concerted effort, a forum and meeting point for businesses who have an interest in both the UK and South Africa in an attempt to facilitate the development of business opportunities.

The SACC runs monthly First Wednesday speaker events, Breakfast Indaba networking sessions and the annual SA Business Awards. It facilitates trade missions, Mamba Mentors and research.


UK Trade & Investment (UKTI)
UKTI helps UK-based companies succeed in the global economy. They also help overseas companies bring their investment to the UK economy. UKTI in South Africa helps companies in Britain increase their competitiveness through overseas trade in South Africa.

Phone (Johannesburg) + 27 (0) 11 537 7000 or (UK) +44 (0)20 7215 5000

Business Council for Africa West and Southern
The Business Council for Africa West and Southern is the leading membership organisation supporting companies and entrepreneurs with business interests in Sub-Saharan Africa.

SATOA is a leading professional non-profit travel and tourism association formed in 1982. Managed by a committee in the UK on behalf of its members, SATOA promotes travel to Africa and the Indian Ocean while providing its members with a platform from which to promote their products, network and create new business opportunities.


DA Abroad
The DA is the fastest growing political party in South Africa. The DA Abroad is the Democratic Alliance’s overseas network of volunteers who aim to raise the profile of the DA and its work in government around the world.

SA LegionUK
The South African Legion of Military Veterans UK is an ex-servicemen association comprised of military veterans who have either served in South Africa’s security forces or in the British armed forces under Commonwealth and now reside in the UK.
They are dedicated to the grateful recognition and memory of South Africans who have served their country.


Africa Centre
The mission of the Africa Centre is to promote Africa’s cultural diversity seldom seen outside of the continent and to bring to the forefront, issues affecting not just Africans in Africa, but also in the Diaspora wherever they may be found.
Its objectives are to serve as the custodian of African Art and Culture in the United Kingdom, to be a voice for Africans in the Diaspora and to serve as a platform to promote African Socio-Economic and Developmental issues.

SA Youth Development
SAYD works in partnership with a wide range of public, private and voluntary sector organisations to support and improve services for young South African people living in the United Kingdom with a particular focus on youth mentoring.

School of Oriental and African studies
SOAS, University of London is the only Higher Education institution in Europe specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East. SOAS holds regular talks and events.

Royal African Society
The Royal African Society is Britain’s prime Africa organisation. Its goal is to promote Africa in business, politics, culture and academia. It is a membership society that works to foster better understanding and strong relationships between Britain, Africa and the world.


South African Tourism
South African Tourism has its London office in Wimbledon.

Brand South Africa
Brand South Africa markets and promotes South Africa to the world. Its role is to create a positive, unified image of South Africa; one that builds pride, promotes investment and tourism.
Brand South Africa aims to mobilise influential, well-placed South Africans abroad behind a programme of investment recruitment, skills identification, mentoring, skills transfer, study exchange and work experience initiatives.

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