1. The new Manyatta Primary School Constructing and rehabilitating schools in Kenya
  2. Winners of the Falling Walls Lab Finale 2014 African Winners at Falling Walls innovation competition
  3. Lira on stage Celebrating freedom: 20/25 concert in Pretoria
The new Manyatta Primary School

Constructing and rehabilitating schools in Kenya

The German government has stepped up efforts to increase access to education by supporting Kenya in constructing and rehabilitating schools in urban slums. Roughly 40 million Euro have thus far been invested with at least 15 new schools (429 classrooms) having been built and another 12 schools (347 classrooms) under construction.

Winners of the Falling Walls Lab Finale 2014

African Winners at Falling Walls innovation competition

Winning Falling Walls Young Innovators for 2014 developed exciting and relevant initiatives. Two of them, Dyllon Garth Randall and Nermeen Youssef, come from Africa. The top three ideas addressed social media for the deaf-blind, fighting type 1 diabetes with blue light and making money through water recycling.

Lira on stage

Celebrating freedom: 20/25 concert in Pretoria

A sunny and festive afternoon on November 9 in Moretele Park set the scene for South African and German artists to celebrate the anniversary of freedom in their respective countries.

Flags of Germany, the European Union and South Africa

Weekly Feature: Pretoria to host 8th Binational Commission

The German-South African Binational Commission is held every two years, alternating between Berlin and Pretoria. The two partner countries debate global challenges and coordinate possible collaboration in various fields of mutual interest. The next session, chaired by the Foreign Ministers of the two nations, will take place this week in Pretoria.

Otto, Hendricks, Wanka, Sachs at opening of the Green Economy Conference

Germany presents research agenda for a “Green Economy”

At the international Green Economy Conference in Berlin on November18, Germany presented its research agenda for innovation and sustainability. It will serve as the guide for the nation's move towards a green economy. The Research Ministry will provide 350 million Euro for the strategic research agenda.

Elephants in Botswana

East Africa regional summit to stop Poaching

The Tanzanian Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism in partnership with the ICCF Group and UNDP recently hosted the “Regional Summit to Stop Wildlife Crime and Advance Wildlife Conservation” in Arusha. Eight African nations attended. Germany further committed to supporting trans-border areas and collaboration in the region.

Ambassador Dr. Horst Freitag handed over a check worth 5 million Euro to the City of Tshwane

5 million Euro program to promote safety in South Africa

The German Ambassador to South Africa handed over a 5 million Euro check to the Acting Mayor of the City of Tshwane on November 9, to make Mamelodi East a safer place for its residents. During a concert to celebrate “20/25: 20 years fall of Apartheid, 25 years fall of the Berlin Wall” in Pretoria, Ambassador Freitag reconfirmed Germany's support to South Africa in overcoming the legacies of Apartheid.

Tariro Ruzvidzo and Jamaram

German band Jamaram in joint recording with Zimbabwe artistes

German reggae band Jamaram has joined with six Zimbabwean artistes to record an album due to hit the market next year. Tariro Ruzvidzo, a Zimbabwean artiste, who contributed a track to the upcoming album described the collaboration as “a priceless experience.”

African leading young scientists on Green Talents tour

For the sixth time, the Green Talents Award will be presented by the German research minister to 25 up-and-coming scientists. Six of the winners are from Africa. A high-ranking jury of experts selected the winners from more than 800 applications representing over 100 countries.

Four leading global firms back Venture Bus initiative

Innovation on wheels: Venture Bus gets jump start from four leading global technology companies as its major sponsors. Bus backer AMPION announced on October 17 that leading global IT, healthcare and satellite giants will support entrepreneurial talent in Africa.

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Country of the Week Profiles

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The GIC Africa's Country of the Week series features individual African nations and their relationship with Germany. In the third edition South Africa is in focus. For five days, articles covering many aspects of bilateral ties with the African nation, from culture, politics and economics to  development cooperation, are in focus on the GIC pages. Here are all articles of previous countries, amongst them Kenya and Uganda!