1. Yvonne Chaka Chaka “Freedom is here; do not take it for granted”
  2. Steinmeier and Fabius with Nigerian Foreign Minister Aminu Wali German and French Foreign Ministers travel to Nigeria
  3. Amb. Finke meets Kaunda, 2014 Zambia celebrates 50 years of independence
Yvonne Chaka Chaka

“Freedom is here; do not take it for granted”

A special concert will take place in Pretoria on November 9 to celebrate 20 years of democracy in South Africa and the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in Germany. Performing at „20/25“, among others, is Yvone Chaka Chaka. The GIC Africa asked the star her impressions of these historic events and the impact it has had on her personally and on her music.

Steinmeier and Fabius with Nigerian Foreign Minister Aminu Wali

German and French Foreign Ministers travel to Nigeria

On October 27, the third joint trip embarked on by Foreign Ministers Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Laurent Fabius took them to talks in the Nigerian capital, Abuja. Steinmeier stressed that the trip was a sign of the Franco-German friendship and showed the importance of the country for Africa and the world. Moreover, the aim of the joint visit was to talk to the Nigerian Government about urgent problems in the region which “affect us in Europe as well”. With their counterpart Aminu Bashir Wali, Steinmeier and Fabius agreed a German-French-Nigerian Partnership against Ebola which, as a start, would provide the framework for up to 200 auxiliary medical personnel to be trained.

Amb. Finke meets Kaunda, 2014

Zambia celebrates 50 years of independence

Today, October 24, is Zambia’s Independence Day, and a very special one at that. In 2014, Zambia celebrates its 50th independence anniversary. At the same time, the 50th anniversary of the resumption of German-Zambian diplomatic relations will also be celebrated. In many ways, Zambia has become a model or best practice case for the rest of Africa - even for the rest of the world.

Students celebrate their diplomas in Bonn

Weekly Feature: Studying in Germany as an international student

If you want to study abroad, Germany might just be the place for you. With over 300 universities and higher education institutes and over 17.000 courses of study, Germany has something in store for almost everybody. But before you start off your studies at a German university, there are some things to be considered and choices to be made.

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.

Celebration concert of 20|25 anniversaries

 2014 marks 20 years of democracy in South Africa and the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in Germany. To celebrate these two remarkable events, the German Embassy and Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry will hold a 20|25 concert in Pretoria on November 9.

Conference at the Ministry of Sports and Youth

German sports delegation visits Southern Africa

A delegation of the Sports Committee of the German Parliament visited Zambia, South Africa and Namibia October 20-26, to meet with high-ranking government officials, representatives of the national sports governing bodies and stakeholders from civil society. The main objective was to engage in inter-parliamentarian exchange, learn about developments in the sports sector in southern Africa and enhance bilateral cooperation within the individual countries.

Pieter Jordaan in action for Germany

German rugby development with South African help

If you think about successful teams in rugby, Germany does not immediately come to mind. But did you know that Germany is ranked 26th in the IRB Ranking and just narrowly missed qualifying for the 2015 World Cup. All this was made possible with South African rugby expertise. Kobus Potgieter (Head coach) and Pieter Jordaan (Assistant coach) have directed the German National Team since 2013. For the GIC Africa, both gave exclusive interviews describing their lives in Germany and the state of German rugby.

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.

German Education Ministry steps up research on Ebola

The German Education and Research Ministry is making additional funding of over five million Euro available for research on Ebola. German support for research on neglected, poverty-related diseases is thus being further intensified, recognizing the urgent need for reliable methods for diagnosis and treatment.

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DAAD, Ugandan Germany alumni hold e-resources workshop

In a partnership between the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Association of Uganda German Alumni (AUGA), a train-the-trainer workshop entitled “Tapping into E-resources” was recently held in Kampala. The course equipped scholars and alumni with skills on how to use electronic resources and reference management tools.

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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!

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