1. Violence Prevention Through Urban Upgrading (VPUU) in the Capetonian township Khayalitsha Germany and South Africa: Partners in development
  2. Workers manufacture the C-Class Mercedes-Benz in East London South Africa: Germany’s most important economic partner in Africa
  3. Gamescom is for everyone Gaming Mecca begins in Germany
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.

Gamescom is for everyone

Gaming Mecca begins in Germany

'Ready to play': Cologne prepares for the world's largest interactive entertainment event, gamescom 2014. The metropolis on the Rhine is once again expecting hundreds of gaming fans from aroung the world between August 13-17.

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.

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.

Joseph Stiglitz at previous Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting on Economic Sciences

5th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences explores inequality

The drivers of rising inequality of income and wealth will be among the central topics debated among Nobel laureates and aspiring young economists from all over the world in Lindau. The distinguished group gathers at the 5th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences August 20-23. German Chancellor Angela Merkel will give the opening keynote address.

A team from Médecins Sans Frontières distributing gloves to the families of Ebola patients in Guinea

Supporting the fight against Ebola

The current Ebola crisis in West Africa is the worst epidemic since the virus was discovered in 1976. In view of the increasing number of Ebola cases and the danger that the disease will spread uncontrollably, the Federal Foreign Office has provided 1.3 million Euro to date to help combat the virus. This funding is supporting the work of the non-governmental organisation, Médecins Sans Frontières, and the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine.

German business delegation in front of the new shaft at Mopani copper mines

German - Zambia Business ties rekindled

Zambia this year celebrates its silver independence Jubilee and at the same time commemorates the 50th anniversary of the resumption of diplomatic relations with Germany, and the beginning of German development cooperation in the country.

Setlamorago Mashilo and his sculpture Mabu a u tswitswe

South African Art Award Ceremony 2014

The TAF & Sylt Emerging Artist Award 2014 goes to visual artist Setlamorago Mashilo. Bevan de Wet wins the 2014 ABSA L'Atelier Merit Award – South Africa's most prestigious art competition - and will spend a two-month residency on the island of Sylt in Northern Germany.

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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Germany's Africa policy


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!