The German Air Force recently conducted exercises with four Tornado fighter-bomber jets at the Overberg Testing Range, southwest of Cape Town. In addition to the normal military exercises, the soldiers were active in community outreach activities in the area. The German Navy and Air Force together with the South African armed forces have conducted joint exercises in previous years.
German Air Force Exercise in South Africa
The country must be willing to bear risks, and that includes helping to stabilise fragile African states, say its leaders. Is Germany shirking its responsibility for maintaining global security? Leaders of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s new Conservative-Social Democrat coalition government asked themselves this tough question at a major conference on security in Munich recently.
Pretoria News: Germany has global security role
Foreign Minister Steinmeier arrived in the capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa on March 24. On his first visit to Africa during his second term in office, Steinmeier wants to emphasise that Germany views the up-and-coming countries of Africa as partners in efforts to solve global challenges and believes that the resulting economic and social ties will bring opportunities to both sides. From March 23 to 27, the Foreign Minister will visit Ethiopia, Tanzania and Angola.
Minister Steinmeier visits Ethiopia, Tanzania, Angola
Representatives of tax administrations from 27 African countries, together with academics and international organisations, met In Johannesburg in March to prepare collective input from Africa on new rules of the global tax agenda, including a discussion on base erosion and profit shifting. The conference was supported by GIZ's Good Financial Governance (GFG) in Africa programme which is active in various African countries.
Conference on new rules of the global tax agenda
German car manufacturer BMW has officially opened a BMW SAP Competence Hub in South Africa. Approximately 80 SAP software engineers will be employed and will be rendering IT services worldwide, concentrating specifically on SAP-based production applications. The IT hub is one of only three, with the two other hubs situated in the United States and India.
BMW Group opens SAP Competence Hub in South Africa
On March 19, a 20 kW thin film solar photovoltaic (PV) plant was inaugurated at Camphill Village in the Western Cape, South Africa. German companies contributed more than 50.000 Euro to ensure the successful installation.
German companies support 20kW solar PV plant
The German-South African Binational Commission, chaired by the South African Deputy President and the German Foreign Minister, is held every two years. The two partner countries debate global challenges and coordinate possible collaboration in various fields of mutual interest.