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.
Max Planck Institute builds new receiver for MeerKAT telescope in South Africa
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.
Climate Change Conference in Lima
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.
New phone consultation services on immigration to Germany
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.
Falling Walls finalist shares observations from Berlin
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.
Portfolio Committee on Energy on study tour in Germany
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.
Germany and City of Tshwane join hands to make Mamelodi safer
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).
Germany scores first in Nation Brands Index
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 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.