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.
South African-German bilateral relations
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.
The Berlin Wall in the world
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.
Inequality – A Key Issue of Economic Research
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.
Supporting the fight against Ebola
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.
German - Zambia Business ties rekindled
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.
South African Art Awards
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.
Afrika Kommt! 2014-2016