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Welile Nhlapo
Welile Nhlapo

South Africa

Welile Nhlapo South African Ambassador to the United States

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Created: 2nd Jul 2008
Modified: 2nd Jul 2008
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Welile Nhlapo
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Gender: male
Place of Origin: South Africa

Mr. Welile Nhlapo takes up the position of South African Ambassador to the United States after having served as South Africa’s Ambassador to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the Organization of African Unity and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa since 1995. During his term in Addis Ababa, he also served as South Africa’s Non-Resident Ambassador to Djibouti, Eritrea and Sudan. In 1997 he was appointed as South Africa’s Special Envoy on Burundi.

Mr. Nhlapo was born in Johannesburg. He was active in the South African Students Organization where, together with the late Steve Biko and Tebogo Mafole, he co-authored the publication, “Black Review” on the activities of black organizations at the time.

After a banning order was served on him in 1973, he went into exile to Botswana in 1974 where he joined the ANC which he served in various capacities. From 1978 to 1981, he was deputy editor of Sechaba, the official mouthpiece of the ANC and later headed the Youth Section from 1982 to 1987, hereafter he was appointed to the Regional Political Committee of the ANC until 1990.

He also served as the ANC Chief Representative in Botswana from 1991 to 1993 before being appointed as Head of the Political Section in the ANC Secretary-General’s office in Shell House. He later joined the ANC International Affairs Department. In 1994 he joined the Department of Foreign Affairs. He was part of the South African delegation to the United Nations General Assembly in New York when South Africa was readmitted to the world body in 1994.

Most recently he served as Director in the Africa Division in the Department of Political Affairs at the United Nations.

He is married to Sissy and they have two daughters, Manini and Edna and one son, Makhosini.



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