1. The panellists Mr. Meckel, Prof. Habib and Dr. Ramphele “20 Years of Democracy, 25 Years of Freedom” at Wits University
  2. Prof. Goldberg during the exclusive tour with Gauteng students Germany and South Africa celebrate Mandela Day and the year of remembrance
  3. Rooftop concentrating solar cooling system Using the sun for cooling: Innovative German technology on MTN’s roof
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 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.

Prof. Goldberg during the exclusive tour with Gauteng students

Germany and South Africa celebrate Mandela Day and the year of remembrance

A series of panel discussions under the theme “20 years of democracy, 25 years of freedom – Germany and South Africa – lessons learned” was launched on July 17 at Liliesleaf farm. On Mandela Day over 200 students from Gauteng got a unique tour through the museum, followed by a presentation and Q&A with Denis Goldberg, a life-long companion of Nelson Mandela.

Rooftop concentrating solar cooling system

Using the sun for cooling: Innovative German technology on MTN’s roof

Africa’s first Concentrating Solar Cooling System, installed on the MTN headquarters in Johannesburg, was officially opened on July 9. This is the third project launched within the framework of the South African – German Energy Partnership.

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).

Participants of the DASIK Industry Workshop 2014 in Johannesburg

DASIK Industry Workshop 2014

The second DASIK Industry Workshop took place from July 22 – 23 in Johannesburg. The workshop was designed to create a knowledge transfer between key industry partners within the ICT sector and representatives from universities in Africa and Germany. This two-day workshop followed the success of the first industry workshop held in Port Elizabeth in 2012 and the second industry workshop in the “Kulturzentrum PFL” in Oldenburg, Germany in September 2013.

Bioparaffin Training Centre

New energy from used cooking oil – Bioparaffin Training Centre

German company ALENSYS in association with the North West University has installed a training centre for the production of bio paraffin from used cooking oils. The aim is to train employees in buyback collection and to offer agencies entrepreneurial opportunities in future franchise projects. Furthermore the centre informs about health risks concerning re-used cooking oil. The project is supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Falling Walls Young Innovator 2014

Falling Walls is a unique international platform for leaders from the worlds of science, business, politics, the arts and society. It was initiated on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. Inspired by this world-changing event on November 9, 1989, the question of every Falling Walls gathering is: Which walls will fall next? Falling Walls fosters discussion on research and innovation and promotes the latest scientific findings among a broad audience from all parts of society. Share your ideas with fellow young scientists and professionals.

Minister Steinmeier and Michelle Chadwick

Special German Peace Prize for "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"

The recipient of this year's German Movie Peace Prize is Justin Chadwick. He received the award for his film about South African Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela. Attached is the speech delivered by German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on the occasion of the award ceremony on July 3, 2014 in Munich.

VPUU

Germany provides over R71 million for violence prevention in the Western Cape

On June 19, 2014, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, signed a financing agreement worth just over R71 million with the German Development Bank (KfW) to extend a partnership aimed at bolstering violence prevention efforts in the province.

Signing of the agreement

Germany commits R5.89 billion for development cooperation to South Africa

On Friday, June 13th, the Minister of Finance, H.E. Nhlanhla Nene, and German Ambassador H.E. Dr. Horst Freitag signed five agreements worth 414.26 million Euro (approximately R5.89 billion) for Development Cooperation between South Africa and Germany.

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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