Beginning June 6, 2013, the German Embassy in Pretoria and the German Consulate General in Cape Town will start working with the Visa Information System (VIS). ALL APPLICANTS MUST APPLY IN PERSON, so that the necessary biometric data – ten fingerprints – can be collected.
Visa Information System (VIS)
Germany will host the world’s largest and most significant vocational education event in Leipzig, which is commonly known as the “World Championships for Crafts and Occupations”. This year’s WorldSkills brings together more than 3.000 competitors and experts on vocational education and training. From July 2-7, 2013 thousands of young professionals under the age of 22 from more than 60 countries will compete in the world championships of skills in 46 different categories.
German language was the topic of the Pretoria Girls High School assembly on May 24. The coordinator for German schools abroad, Iris Wagner, handed out the book “Es war einmal…” (Once upon a time...) to 20 students in grade 11. The book is a collection of fairy tales written by German language learners in South Africa.
Students as authors of fairy tales
The Minister of Brandenburg for Economics and European Affairs Ralf Christoffer visited South Africa in mid-May accompanied by a delegation of 45 representatives from 22 companies, two universities, two scientific institutes and three economic support agencies. The delegation had talks and presentations in the Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng provinces.
Minister of Brandenburg visits South Africa
German Agriculture Minister Ilse Aigner visited South Africa and Ethiopia from May 5-11, 2013. Alongside political discussions with ministerial colleagues, the trip focused on the Ministry's active commitment to improving food security in important African regions. On the occassion of her visit, an opinion piece of Minister Aigner was published in the South African Farmer's Weekly.
Minister Aigner visits South Africa, Ethiopia
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.