With over 2000 school children and citizens of Orlando East present, delegates from the German Embassy and German development institutions, the City of Johannesburg, the Department of Transport and the Department of Environmental Affairs opened an infrastructure pilot project in Soweto on October 23. The KfW Development Bank co-financed the project with a R 70 million grant as part of its non-motorised transport program. The aim of the program is to promote cycling and walking, as cost-effective, climate-friendly alternatives.
Non-motorised transport project in Soweto
On October 16, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier answered questions on German foreign policy from Twitter users for the very first time. With the hashtag #FragSteinmeier, the Twitter community could ask the Foreign Minister questions about German foreign policy.
Twitter interview with Minister Steinmeier
The German Federal State of Lower Saxony supports the East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ) in acquiring some PV panels and a small wind turbine which will be used for the on-going “Solarteur” training at the ELIDZ´s Science and Technology Park (STP). Lower Saxony is the partner province of the Province of the Eastern Cape. The donation is one result of an operation agreement between the ELIDZ /Master Artisan Academy and the Bundestechnologiezentrum for Electricity, Information and Energy (BfE).
Lower Saxony supports “Solarteur” training in East London
The German Embassy Pretoria financed two micro projects in the Kingdom of Lesotho in 2014. A classroom at Kingsgate Primary School in Mafeteng was constructed for R 160,448 and a workshop for mathematics teachers was financed for R 138,150.
Micro projects in Lesotho
Ambassador Horst Freitag welcomed guests at his residence to celebrate the Day of German Unity, October 3, 2014. Both the Ambassador and the honourable Minister of Mineral Resources Ngoako Ramathlodi addressed those gathered, describing the warm, long-standing and robust German-South African relationship.
Address on Day of German Unity
Experience, growth, opportunity. Afrika Kommt offers abundant opportunities to it participants. The GIC Africa caught up with recent alumni of this business and professional exchange program. They shared their rich experiences in Germany during the year-long exchange program at top international firms - from enlightening management and strategy perspectives for these companies in Africa, to the joys of teaching their hosts how to cook chicken feet!
Opportunity knocks for Alumni of Afrika Kommt!
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.
20 Years Democracy in SA/25 Years Fall of the Berlin Wall
The German-South African Binational Commission, chaired by the South African Deputy President and the German Vice Chancellor/Foreign Minister, 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.