Germany commits 78 million Euro for development cooperation to South Africa
Just before the summer recess Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan and German Ambassador Walter Lindner signed two agreements worth 78 million Euro for new commitments for development cooperation between South Africa and Germany. About half of the allocated sum will be used to develop green energy in SA. The other half of the contribution will flow into HIV/Aids prevention, vocational and educational training as well as violence prevention and good governance.
Worker cleaning a solar panel on a house near Cape Town
Ambassador Lindner stresses that these agreements reflect the strategic partnership of South Africa and Germany:
''The South African – German development cooperation is geared towards our joint contribution to the most pressing global challenges, focusing on our individual strengths. For example, South Africa has one of the most favorable conditions for renewable energy. With German expertise and support for projects in SA, we aim to make a sizeable contribution to the international fight against climate change.''
South Africa and Germany share a vibrant strategic partnership that embraces the political, economic, cultural and social spheres. The South African National Development Plan (NDP) is the essential guideline for South African-German development cooperation. The projects are primarily implemented by the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the German Development Bank (KfW). The focal areas of development cooperation are energy and climate, good governance, HIV/Aids prevention and vocational and educational training.
Germany has committed more than 1 billion Euro in bilateral Official Development Assistance (ODA) since 1994. The assistance is designed to empower people, to build institutional capabilities and to invest proceeds of natural resources in people and value-added industries. Furthermore Germany supports South Africa through the EU and other multilateral channels like the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.