1. South Africa and Germany: Partners in science, technology and research
  2. Violence Prevention Through Urban Upgrading (VPUU) in the Capetonian township Khayalitsha Germany and South Africa: Partners in development
  3. Workers manufacture the C-Class Mercedes-Benz in East London South Africa: Germany’s most important economic partner in Africa

South Africa and Germany: Partners in science, technology and research

Established and respected academic and research institutions are key features in both Germany and South Africa, making for a strong relationship between the two nations in academic exchange, university partnerships, vocational training programs and scientific agreements.

Violence Prevention Through Urban Upgrading (VPUU) in the Capetonian township Khayalitsha

Germany and South Africa: Partners in development

Development cooperation is a key part of Germany's bilateral relationship with South Africa. These important ties existed long before 1994 and they intensified during the subsequent democratization process. Today's development cooperation is based on three pillars: energy and climate, governance and public administration, and HIV/AIDS prevention and control.

Workers manufacture the C-Class Mercedes-Benz in East London

South Africa: Germany’s most important economic partner in Africa

South Africa is Germany´s most important economic partner in Africa. It is integrated into global trade, has a highly developed financial, legal, communications and transport infrastructure, and its markets offer substantial opportunities for German companies. There are 600 German firms in South Africa, providing over 90,000 direct jobs and possessing some of the most modern production facilities in the country. Germany is the principal foreign investor in South Africa’s manufacturing sector.

Country of the Week: Political ties between South Africa and Germany

Bilateral political relations between Germany and South Africa are strong and close. South Africa is Germany’s most important partner in sub-Saharan Africa. Through high-level interaction, such as the long-standing Binational Commission, or parliamentary and ministerial visits, as well as through cooperation with multilateral channels such as the AU and SADC, Germany's political ties with the Rainbow Nation are robust, positive and thriving.

Bundesliga match between Bayern Munich and Werder Bremen

Deutsche Welle: Featuring stars from the Bundesliga

Together with the German Football League (DFL), Deutsche Welle (DW) has kicked off a special program just in time for the start of the Bundesliga season. DW will broadcast worldwide short statements made by selected international players for the Bundesliga.

Deputy Ambassador Friedo Sielemann at the signing of the agreement with Patricia Mande Nyaundi, Secretary of the KNCHR

Germany and Kenya sign agreement for human rights protection

The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNHCR) and German Deputy Ambassador Friedo Sielemann signed an agreement on August 26 that will enhance the protection of human rights defenders in Kenya. Germany contributes more than 132,000 Euro to projects aimed at preventing cases of violence, intimidation or harassment of human rights defenders across the country.

Chancellor Merkel addressed participants in Lindau

Chancellor Merkel: Economic Sciences build bridges from theory to practice

German Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the 5th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences on August 20 with a speech on economic policy. In front of an audience of 17 participating Nobel Laureates in Economic Sciences and more than 450 young economic scientists from over 80 countries, the Chancellor emphasised the importance of policy counselling by scientific experts.

East Side Gallery in Berlin

The Berlin Wall in the world

After the fall of the Wall, people in Germany couldn’t wait to get rid of its remains. They wanted the time of division – including all its symbols – to become a thing of the past. As a result, the Wall, which divided East and West for over 28 years after its construction began on 13 August 1961, has largely disappeared from Berlin. When the realisation came that commemoration requires a location, it was almost too late. Only a few fragments still remain, such as the East Side Gallery, and these have now been linked into a tangible memorial landscape.

Programme participants with PS Ministry of Finance and National Planning, Felix Nkulukusa, after his keynote address

Germany supports Southern Africa's access to international climate funds

Germany has established a “Climate Finance Readiness Programme” intended to support developing countries and emerging economies access funds for climate change adaptation and mitigation measures. Zambia, Namibia, Tanzania and Uganda all benefit from this support. Recently, a two-day “Climate Finance Readiness Leadership Programme” took place in Lusaka as part of this initiative.

The future is in our hands

Hendricks sees positive impetus for new international climate agreement

The German Environment Minister is confident about the adoption of a new climate agreement, noting the Petersberg Climate Dialogue showed the international community's willingness to negotiate a comprehensive climate agreement over the next 16 months "has increased tangibly." The upcoming special UN Climate Summit on September 23, hosted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, will provide more momentum to the process.

Afrika kommt! participants in Berlin, Germany

German industry initiative for African professionals open for applicants

It's good news for young professionals in Africa: Germany's exciting initiative to promote exchange between African future leaders and German Industry, Afrika Kommt!, will take place again 2014-2016. This will be the third consecutive session of the programme since it was launched in 2008, offering professional training for young, future managers from sub-Saharan Africa.

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Africa is a special focus of German foreign policy. Germany's policy towards Africa is value-based; its principles are respect for human rights, democracy, and the rule of law and peaceful resolution of conflicts.

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!

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