In early January, the German triathlon national team held a training camp in Potchefstroom. The 13 athletes will be in South Africa until February 5, preparing for the 2016 season. The national team competes in the Olympic distance: 1,5 km swimming, 40 km bicycle race and 10 km running. This year’s season highlight will be the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. National coach Dan Lorang prepared a busy schedule for his team, to improve everyone’s basic endurance.
German triathlon training camp in South Africa
South African Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan and German Ambassador Walter Lindner signed two agreements worth R 1.3 billion for development cooperation between South Africa and Germany. About half of the allocated sum will be used to develop green energy in South Africa.
R1.3 billion for development cooperation in South Africa
On February 2, the Department of Environmental Affairs, the German Government and the German Development Bank KfW launched the second phase of their Non-Motorized Transport Programme (NMT) in Pretoria. The German government has committed an additional R 86 million grant funding for the programme doubling the initial grant for the first phase that was committed in 2010 during the FIFA World Cup. The Programme aims at reducing carbon emissions, improving air quality and advocating behavioural change towards a cleaner more healthy lifestyle.
Second phase of the KfW's Non-Motorized Transport Programme launched
German Ambassador Lindner says he is no ordinary diplomat and has broken away from the "protocolish" script and expected diplomatic behaviour very often. He is one of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s trusted men: a troubleshooter of some sort. Read the Business Day's profile on Ambassador Lindner.
Business Day profile on Ambassador Lindner
The micro-project scheme is part of Germany's overall development co-operation that contributes to poverty alleviation and improvement of living standards. This micro-project scheme also aims to cover the basic needs of the poorest social classes, especially in rural areas. Here is an overview of the projects funded by the German Embassy in the Kingdom of Swaziland in 2015.
Mirco-projects in Swaziland 2015
The German system of dual vocational training is unique. State, business and social partners work in close cooperation to continually improve this training model, geared to the real needs of the economy. This enables it to make a significant contribution to guaranteeing that the need for skilled workers can be met and thus to securing Germany's high level of competitiveness and productivity. Work-based learning ensures that both vocational and social skills are developed from day one.
Vocational Education and Training
The German-South African Binational Commission is held every two years, alternating between Berlin and Pretoria. The two partner countries debate global challenges and coordinate possible collaboration in various fields of mutual interest.