1. AIDS ribbons Germany supports EDCTP: A ground-breaking programme
  2. Human Rights Day 2014
  3. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier with South African President Jacob Zuma German Foreign Minister Steinmeier's visit to South Africa in Pictures
AIDS ribbons

Germany supports EDCTP: A ground-breaking programme

German State Secretary Georg Schütte travelled to Cape Town on December 1 for the launch of the second phase of the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trails Partnership programme. Germany has contributed 110 million Euro to the programme that develops improved medicines for poverty-related diseases affecting sub-Saharan Africa. Schütte also visited the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Muizenberg.

Human Rights Day 2014

December 10 is Human Rights Day. The advancement of human rights is a key objective of Germany's foreign policy. In addition to supporting the UN's 2014 campaign “Human Rights 365“, the German government's leadership in this field was recognized by the December 8 appointment of Ambassador Joachim Ruecker to serve as President of the UNHRC as of January 1, 2015.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier with South African President Jacob Zuma

German Foreign Minister Steinmeier's visit to South Africa in Pictures

From November 20-21, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited South Africa. Amongst many more, he met South African President Jacob Zuma, Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, oposition leaders and civil society representatives. Here you can find out more about his trip in pictures.

Radio telescope

Opening the African Sky

A new radio astronomical receiver project of the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy has received funding of 11 million Euro by the Max Planck Society. The MeerKAT observatory, currently under construction in South Africa, has been chosen as a host for this receiver system. It will be the most sensitive observatory of the southern hemisphere in the centimetre wavelength regime.

The future is in our hands

Climate Change Conference in Lima; the Last Stop before Paris

Today delegations from around the world will come together in Lima to discuss a defining issue of global politics today: climate change. This is the 20th COP, or Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the last major meeting before the all-important UN Climate Summit in Paris in December 2015. The German Government believes 2015 is a crucial deadline. It represents our last chance to act to keep global warming below 2 degrees.

New hotline “Working and Living in Germany”

The new "hotline working and living in Germany" started its service on December 1. Through the hotline, the German government has created the first comprehensive, multilingual counselling service on issues of immigration and integration. The number to dial is: +49 (0) 30-1815-1111.

South African Vinu Nair (middle) was one of 100 finalists of the Falling Walls competition

Berlin Report: A glimpse of Falling Walls

South African Vinu Nair was a regional winner and one of 100 finalists worldwide of the Falling Walls competition 2014 in Berlin. Like the other young scientists, professionals and emerging entrepreneurs from different disciplines, he had three minutes to present his bright ideas to a distinguished panel. The GIC Africa caught up with Vinu Nair and asked him to share his experiences and observations from this incredible event.

South African delegates in Berlin

South African parliamentarians visit Germany

Eight delegates of the South African Portfolio Committee on Energy visited Berlin and Hamburg from November 24 to 28 as part of a study trip on the famous Energiewende or energy transition – Germany’s comprehensive policy commitment to render its national power generation sustainable and climate neutral.

Ambassador Dr. Horst Freitag handed over a check worth 5 million Euro to the City of Tshwane

5 million Euro program to promote safety in Mamelodi

German Ambassador Dr. Horst Freitag handed over a check worth 5 million Euro to Acting Mayor Cllr. Terence Mashego of the City of Tshwane on November 9, to make Mamelodi East a safer place for its residents. During a concert to celebrate “20/25: 20 years fall of Apartheid, 25 years fall of the Berlin Wall” in Moretele Park in Pretoria, Ambassador Freitag took the opportunity to reconfirm Germany's support to South Africa in overcoming the legacies of the Apartheid regime.

Tourists at Brandenburg Gate

Germany knocks USA off Best Nation top spot after 5 years

Germany ranked number one in a survey of global perceptions, pushing the USA out of the top spot. In addition to “sport excellence”, the attributes of ‘honest and competent government’, ‘investment climate’, and ‘social equality’ were scored the highest. After holding the number one place since 2009, the USA has this year been pushed down to second place by Germany, which now takes the lead in the Anholt-GfK Nation Brands IndexSM (NBISM).

20/25 Fall of Apartheid and Berlin Wall

Sharing and Shaping History – 20 Years of Democracy in South Africa and 25 Years of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

The fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago inspired many South Africans, just as the end of apartheid 20 years ago inspired many Germans. Both events changed the face of the globe for the better. The German government and the German people wholeheartedly congratulate all South Africans on the 20th anniversary of the new South Africa and we invite you to join us in celebrating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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

09:00 - 15:00

Friday

09:00 - 13:00

Telephone

+27 (0)12 427 8975

Enquiries via e-mail

Further information on visas

Address

1267 Pretorius Street "Hadefields Office Park", Hatfield, Pretoria 0083

Directions

Fax:
+27 (0)12 427 8984 (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

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)21 405 3010

Enquiries via e-mail

Further information on visas

Public Holidays 2014

Public Holidays 2015

Directions to our office

Address

Physical address:

19th floor Triangle House
22 Riebeek Street
Cape Town

Postal address:

P.O. Box 4273 

Cape Town, 8000

Consular/Passport Section Pretoria

Passport Section

Online appointments (no fee)

Opening hours for applicants (appointment required):           

Monday - Friday

08:00-12:00

Passport collection (no appointment required):

Monday - Thursday

11:00-12:00

Telephone enquiries:

Monday - Thursday

13:00-15:00

Telephone

+27 (0)12 427 8976

+27 (0)12 427 8978

Public Holidays 2014

Public Holidays 2015

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

08:00-10:00 and 

13:00-16:00

Friday

08:00-10:00

Telephone

+27 (0)12 427 8977

Contact via e-mail

Comment

Parking:

There are six customer parking bays available at the "Hadefields Office Park" (first come first serve basis). For visitors with disabilities we can book a parking bay. In this case, please contact us by telephone or e-mail.

Address

1267 Pretorius Street "Hadefields Office Park", Hatfield, Pretoria 0083

Directions

Phone:
+27 (0)12 427 8977

Consular/Passport Section Cape Town

PASSPORT

Opening Hours for Applications:
Monday - Friday

09:00 - 12:00

Public Holidays 2014

Public Holidays 2015

Directions to our office

Telephone and e-mail enquiries:

Monday - Thursday only

14:00 - 16:00
Telephone
+27 (0)21 405 3052
Fax

+27 (0)21 405 3010 (South Africa)

+49 (0) 30 1817 67209 (Germany)

Enquiries via e-mail

Further information on passports

OTHER CONSULAR SERVICES

Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday

09:00 - 12:00

Public Holidays 2014

Public Holidays 2015

Directions to our office

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:

19th floor Triangle House
22 Riebeek Street
Cape Town, 8001

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, as well as the Kingdoms of Lesotho and Swaziland.

There are no public visiting hours at the Embassy. Please ensure you have an appointment with an Embassy official in order to access the premises. 

The Visa and Consular sections are not located at Blackwood Street.

Address

180 Blackwood Street, Arcadia, Pretoria

Telephone

+27 (0)12 427 8900

Fax

+27 (0)12 343 9401

Contact via e-mail

Consulate General Cape Town

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

Address

19th floor Triangle House
22 Riebeek Street
Cape Town, 8001

Telephone

+27 (0)21 405 3000

Fax

+27 (0)21 421 0400

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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