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U.S. Embassy Welcomes New Consul General to Cape Town: Virginia Blaser

The U.S. Mission to South Africa is pleased to announce the arrival of the new Consul General to lead the Consulate General in Cape Town. U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Jessica Lapenn welcomed Consul General Virginia Blaser to the country on August 6, 2017. “Consul General Blaser brings extensive experience from across the continent, where she led key U.S. Embassies, promoting trade and investment, empowering women and young leaders, and supporting entrepreneurship and the creative economy. Her leadership is certain to advance relations between Americans and residents of the Cape provinces.”

Prior to her arrival in Cape Town, Consul General Blaser served over a decade as a three-time Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires in Mauritius, the Seychelles, Uganda and Tanzania. Since joining the U.S. Foreign Service in 1989, Consul General Blaser has also served in Madrid, Brussels, London, San Salvador, and Washington, and in a range of political, management and consular positions. She graduated cum laude from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, with a triple major in history, anthropology and Latin American studies. 

For more information about the activities of Consul General Blaser, please follow U.S. Consulate General Cape Town on social media @USConsulateCT or visit our website at

Distributed by APO on behalf of U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa.
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