1. The gala concert was hosted at the House of World Cultures Berlin celebrates South African democracy
  2. East Side Gallery in Berlin The Berlin Wall in the world
  3. Opening panel discussion: Solana, Burkhalter, Kleber and Steinmeier (from left to right) Ambassadors Conference 2014
The gala concert was hosted at the House of World Cultures

Berlin celebrates South African democracy

Berlin was host to a grand celebration on Thursday, August 28, in honour of South Africa's 20 years of democracy. A concert by Hugh Masekela launched four days of activities in the German capital featuring the rich art and vibrant creative spirit that defines South Africa today. Germany's Foreign Office and the South African Embassy in Berlin are jointly presenting a series of cultural events that opened on Thursday with the gala concert at the House of World Cultures. Speaking at the official opening was writer and prominent figure in South Africa's literary landscape, Njabulo S. Ndebele.

East Side Gallery in Berlin

The Berlin Wall in the world

After the fall of the Wall, people in Germany couldn’t wait to get rid of its remains. As a result, the Wall, which divided East and West for over 28 years after its construction began on August 13, 1961, has largely disappeared from Berlin. When the realisation came that commemoration requires a location, it was almost too late. Only a few fragments still remain, such as the East Side Gallery, and these have now been linked into a tangible memorial landscape.

Opening panel discussion: Solana, Burkhalter, Kleber and Steinmeier (from left to right)

Ambassadors Conference 2014

The heads of Germany’s missions abroad meet once a year to discuss current foreign policy issues. The focus of this year’s Ambassadors Conference is “A Fresh Look at German Foreign Policy”. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier opened the conference together with the former High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union Javier Solana and Swiss President Didier Burkhalter.

Johannesburg, South Africa, leading commerical centre of the continent

SAP to accelerate innovation and growth in Africa

SAP SE announced on August 20 a seven-year plan to up-skill local African talent and drive sustainable innovation and growth in Africa. It envisions hub anchors in South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Angola and Morocco, and plans to train the next generation of IT leaders and professionals, up to 10,000 consultants, by 2020.

Freitag and Gordhan

Distinguished panel discusses how to move “Towards a Better Africa”

Germany’s Ambassador to South Africa, Horst Freitag, joined a lively, interactive discussion forum on August 14 at Stellenbosch University. The event was hosted by the Stellenbosch Political Science Association and addressed the topic “Towards a Better Africa.”

Chancellor of the University of Pretoria Prof Wiseman Nkuhlu

20/25: Discussion at the University of Pretoria

On August 18, the German Embassy invited German language students as well as German exchange students from the University of Pretoria to an open discussion themed „20 years of democracy in South Africa and 25 years Fall of the Berlin Wall”.

A reason to smile

Sports equipment donated to Moretele Primary School

On August 19, The German Embassy in South Africa donated sports equipment worth 1000 Euro to Moretele Primary School in Mamelodi near Pretoria. Representatives of the Embassy and the German School Pretoria (DSP) handed over two football goals, five footballs and an air pump. They agreed with school officials to intensify their cooperation in the future.

An appliance label identifying energy efficiency levels

Germany #1 in International Energy Efficiency Ranking

Germany came in first in a new energy efficiency ranking of the world's major economies, followed by Italy, the European Union as a whole, China, and France, according to the 2014 International Energy Efficiency Scorecard published by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

The panellists Mr. Meckel, Prof. Habib and Dr. Ramphele

“20 Years of Democracy, 25 Years of Freedom” at Wits University

On July 22, the final panel discussion of the “20 Years of Democracy, 25 Years of Freedom – Germany and South Africa – Lessons Learned” series was held at the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg. Political activist Dr. Mamphela Ramphele, Prof. Adam Habib and last GDR Foreign Minister and longtime member of the German Bundestag Markus Meckel discussed the parallels in both countries' history.

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, 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.

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

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

Please note that the passport fees can be paid with credit card or cash, unfortunately all other services at the consular section must be paid in cash.

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

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

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

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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