1. German Ambassador Lindner awarded the Order of the Merit Science Minister Naledi Pandor awarded with Grand Cross of Merit
  2. Ironman World Champion Frodeno German School Cape Town alumnus wins action sportsman award
  3. Ambassador Lindner with the German Embassy Team Goodbye Blackwood, Hello Florence Ribeiro
German Ambassador Lindner awarded the Order of the Merit

Science Minister Naledi Pandor awarded with Grand Cross of Merit

South African Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, was awarded with the Grand Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany at the residence of the German Ambassador in Pretoria on April 22, 2016. On behalf of the German President, Ambassador Walter Lindner presented the Order to Minister Pandor in front of over 100 high-level guests.

Ironman World Champion Frodeno

German School Cape Town alumnus wins action sportsman award

German triathlete Jan Frodeno won action sportsman of the year on April 18 in Berlin at the Laureus World Sports Awards, which celebrate outstanding achievements of athletes from around the globe. In October 2015 Frodeno became the first triathlete to win both the Olympic triathlon gold and the Ironman World Championship title in Hawaii. Frodeno grew up in Cape Town, South Africa and is a proud alumnus of the German International School Cape Town.

Ambassador Lindner with the German Embassy Team

Goodbye Blackwood, Hello Florence Ribeiro

After over 50 years in Arcadia, the German Embassy Pretoria moved to its new premises in Groenkloof this week. The new building on Florence Ribeiro Avenue offers German Ambassador Walter Lindner and his 85 staff members a modern working environment and high tech facilities. After being spread out over several buildings in Arcadia and Hatfield, the new German Embassy will once again reunite the different departments under one roof.

Minister of State Böhmer with South African Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Horst Brammer

Freedom Day 2016 celebrations in Berlin

On April 27, Freedom Day, Minister of State Böhmer was a guest of honour at the South African Embassy in Berlin. In her speech on South Africa’s National Day, she called to mind the year 1990, which brought freedom for Nelson Mandela and the fall of the Wall in Germany. Minister of State Böhmer underscored the close ties between Germany and South Africa and the tremendous importance of freedom.

European refugee crisis 2016

Asylum in Germany in perspective

2015 saw an unprecedented peak in migration to Germany. According to the official statistics of the German government a total of 476,649 asylum applications were submitted. This is 135 percent more than in the previous year. The majority of asylum seekers came from Syria, 34 percent of the applications. Here an overview on #RumoursAboutGermany.

Ambassador Lindner opened the Green Housing Project

German Ambassador Lindner visits green housing project

On April 25, the German Ambassador Walter Lindner visited the green housing project in Boksburg, Johannesburg. The Ravenswood housing complex forms part of the support of the German government supports for energy-efficient housing in South Africa. The German government support of R 267 million will enable the nationwide construction of 5,000 green housing units for recipients of low and middle incomes in the coming months.

Barbara Hendricks signs the Paris Agreement in New York

Germany and South Africa sign Paris Agreement in New York

In New York, 175 states have signed the UN’s Paris Climate Agreement. It is the first agreement of its sort that imposes obligations on all countries. The next step must be for enough countries to ratify the agreement. German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks reported that the EU and Germany intend to ratify the agreement as swiftly as possible.

European Film Festival 2016

European Film Festival in South Africa

The third South African edition of the European Film Festival presents eleven internationally acclaimed films from Europe from May 6 - 15. All eleven films will be screened for the first time in South African cities, and deal in different ways with the theme of the Festival - diversity in Europe. The European Film Festival 2016 sees the introduction of documentary films, with three non-fiction offerings on the programme and Germany's official film submission for the 2016 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, ''Labyrinth of Lies''.

The German Embassy moves

The German Embassy finally has a new home - here a few photographic impressions of the move and the new building.

German Embassy in Groenkloof, Pretoria

German Embassy in Groenkloof, Pretoria

Ambassador Lindner with the German Embassy Team

Ambassador Lindner with the German Embassy Team

Farewell from Arcadia building

Farewell from Arcadia building

Entrance German Embassy Pretoria

Entrance German Embassy Pretoria

German Embassy in Groenkloof, Pretoria

German Embassy in Groenkloof, Pretoria

Farewell from the Consular building in Hatfield

Farewell from the Consular building in Hatfield

German Embassy in Groenkloof, Pretoria

German Embassy in Groenkloof, Pretoria

German Embassy in Groenkloof, Pretoria

German Embassy in Groenkloof, Pretoria

German Embassy in Groenkloof, Pretoria

German Embassy in Groenkloof, Pretoria

German Embassy in Groenkloof, Pretoria

German Embassy in Groenkloof, Pretoria

German Embassy in Groenkloof, Pretoria

German Embassy in Groenkloof, Pretoria

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Working, training and studying in Germany

Germany is an attractive immigration destination. This country is open to qualified professionals, students and researchers moving here from all over the world. 

An apprentice workshop in Germany

Vocational Education and Training

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.

Flags of Germany, the European Union and South Africa

German-South African Binational Commission

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.

Opening hours and contact details of the German Missions

Visa Section Pretoria

Application submissions only after prior booking online or via phone
0861 00 22 45 (Mon-Fri, 8:00-17:00).

Online Appointments

Intergate Application Centres

Cape Town

Centurion

Port Elizabeth

Opening hours Application Centres

Visa Section German Embassy
Online Appointments

Telephone and e-mail enquiries:

Monday-Thursday

08:00 - 14:00

Friday

08:00 - 13:00

Telephone

+27 (0)12 427 8900

Enquiries via e-mail

Further information on visas

Address

201 Florence Ribeiro Avenue, Groenkloof, Pretoria 0181

Fax:
+27 (0)12 427 8982 (please do not send any documents prior to application submission)

Visa Section Cape Town

Application submissions only after prior booking online or via phone
0861 00 22 45 (Mon-Fri, 8:00-17:00).

Online Appointments

Intergate Application Centres

Cape Town

Centurion

Port Elizabeth

Opening hours Application Centre

Further information

Consulate General
Online Appointments

Telephone and e-mail enquiries:

Monday - Thursday only

14:00 - 16:00

Telephone

+27 (0)21 405 3052

Fax

+27 (0)21 421 0400

Enquiries via e-mail

Further information on visas

Public Holidays 2016

Directions to our office

Address

Physical address:

Roeland Park / e-tv Building

4 Stirling Street

Entrance: top end of Stirling Street

Zonnebloem 7925 (District Six)

Postal address:

P.O. Box 4273 

Cape Town, 8000

Consular/Passport Section Pretoria

Passport Section

Online appointments (no fee)

Appointment required for application          

Passport collection (no appointment required):

Monday - Friday

11:00-12:00

Telephone enquiries:

Monday - Thursday

08:00-14:00

Friday
08:00-13:00

Telephone

+27 (0)12 427 8900

Public Holidays 2016

Reception

Opening hours for consular matters (excluding passport and visa issues):

No appointment required for:

- Certification of signatures and copies
- Translation of drivers licenses
- "Lebensbescheinigung"

Please make an appointment for the following consular services:

- Registration of births
- Name declarations
- other civil status matters (e.g. adoption, divorce)
- Notarisation (e.g. certificate of inheritance, acknowledgement of paternity)

Monday - Friday

10:00-12:00

Enquiries via telephone and e-mail: 

Monday - Thursday

08:00-14:00

Friday

08:00-13:00

Telephone

+27 (0)12 427 8900

Contact via e-mail

Address

201 Florence Ribeiro Avenue, Groenkloof, Pretoria 0181

Phone:
+27 (0)12 427 8900

Consular/Passport Section Cape Town

Further information

Passport Section
Online appointments (no fee)
Opening hours for applicant (appointment required):
Monday - Friday
9:00 - 12:00
additionally on Thursdays
15:00 - 15:30
Passport collection (no appointment required):
Monday - Friday
9:00 - 12:00
Telephone and email enquiries:

Monday - Thursday only

14:00 - 16:00

Telephone
+27 (0)21 405 3052
Fax

+27 (0)21 421 0400 (South Africa)

+49 (0) 30 1817 67209 (Germany)
Public Holidays 2016
Directions to our office
Enquiries via e-mail
Further information on passports

OTHER CONSULAR SERVICES
Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday       09:00 - 12:00
Telephone and e-mail enquiries:

Monday - Thursday

08:00 - 16:00
Friday
08:00 - 13:00
Telephone
+27 (0)21 405 3000
Fax

+27 (0)21 421 0400 (South Africa)

+49 (0) 30 1817 67209 (Germany)

Enquiries via e-mail

Further information on consular services

Address

Physical address:

Roeland Park / e-tv Building

4 Stirling Street

Entrance: top end of Stirling Street

Zonnebloem 7925 (District Six)

Postal address:

P.O. Box 4273

Cape Town, 8000

German Missions in South Africa

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German Embassy

Consular jurisdiction: Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, North West, Mpumalanga, the Kingdoms of Lesotho and Swaziland, as well as Mauritius.

Address

201 Florence Ribeiro Avenue, Groenkloof, Pretoria 0181

Telephone

+27 (0)12 427 8900

Fax

+27 (0)12 427 8969

Contact via e-mail

Consulate General Cape Town

Consular jurisdiction: Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Western Cape, St Helena and neighbouring islands

Address

Roeland Park / e-tv Building

4 Stirling Street

Entrance: top end of Stirling Street

Zonnebloem 7925
Telephone

+27 (0)21 405 3000

Fax

+27 (0)21 405 3010

Contact via e-mail

Honorary Consul in Durban

Address

9 Kensington Drive, Westville, Durban 3629

Postal address

P.O. Box 1166,Westville, Durban 3630

Telephone

+27 (0)31 266 3920
Fax

+27 (0)31 266 3925

Contact via e-mail

Honorary Consul in Port Elizabeth

Address

Maritime Motor Building, Circular Way; Walmer, Port Elizabeth, 6070

Postal address

P.O.Box 211100, The Fig Tree, Port Elizabeth, 6033

Telephone

+27 (0)41 397 4700
Fax

+27 (0)41 397 4730

Contact via e-mail

Emergency Contacts

In case of emergency, please contact us as follows:

Embassy Pretoria

Mon - Thu

07:30-16:30

Friday

07:30-13:30

Telephone

+27 (0)12 427 8900

After hours:

+27 (0)83 325 2694 (also via sms)

Please note that this number should only be used by German citizens in cases of emergency, not for visa enquiries.

Consulate General Cape Town

Mon - Thu 

07:30-16:45

Friday
07:30-13:30

Telephone

+27 (0)21 405 3000

After hours

+27 (0)83 325 6513 (also via sms)

Please note that this number should only be used by German citizens in cases of emergency, not for visa enquiries.

South African emergency numbers
Police
10111
Ambulance
10177

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