Tebogo Kola

First Secretary, Public Diplomacy, South African Embassy, Washington, D.C.

Tebogo Kola

Tebogo Kola, was born November 28, 1972 in Ga-Rankuwa, a township in the north of the City of Tshwane (Pretoria). He spent most of his school years in what was formerly a homeland of Bophuthatswana until graduating from high school in 1990.

In 1991, Tebogo registered with the University of Kwazulu/Natal (formerly the University of Durban Westville) where he completed his junior degree in Politics. In 1995 he joined the University of Pretoria where he earned an Honours degree in International Politics at the end of 1996.

He joined the Department of International Relations and Cooperation in 1999 as an Assistant Foreign Service Officer. After completing his diplomatic training course he went for his first posting abroad to Switzerland. He was stationed in the capital, Berne from 2001 until 2005. On completion of his tour of duty he worked on the Middle East division responsible for Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Iraq.

In 2007, Tebogo spent a short period at the South African Embassy in Tokyo, Japan as a First Secretary responsible for political issues. From July 2008 to date he has been working at the South African Embassy in Washington DC as First Secretary responsible for Public Diplomacy.

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