1. 20|25 concert set to celebrate South Africa and Germany’s peaceful revolutions
  2. Pieter Jordaan in action for Germany German rugby development with South African help
  3. A poster warning against the Ebola outbreak More than 5,000 German volunteers to fight Ebola

20|25 concert set to celebrate South Africa and Germany’s peaceful revolutions

The German Embassy and the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in association with Hilltop Live, are inviting you to celebrate South Africa’s 20 years of Democracy and the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in Germany. 20|25 will take place on November 9 at Moretele Park in Pretoria. On the line-up are some of Africa’s most loved artists, including the internationally-acclaimed Lira and Yvonne Chaka Chaka, one of the South Africa’s legendary musicians.

Pieter Jordaan in action for Germany

German rugby development with South African help

If you think about successful teams in rugby, Germany does not immediately come to mind. But did you know that Germany is ranked 26th in the IRB Ranking and just narrowly missed qualifying for the 2015 World Cup. All this was made possible with South African rugby expertise. Kobus Potgieter (Head coach) and Pieter Jordaan (Assistant coach) have directed the German National Team since 2013. For the GIC Africa, both gave exclusive interviews describing their lives in Germany and the state of German rugby.

A poster warning against the Ebola outbreak

More than 5,000 German volunteers to fight Ebola

The German government has decided to take additional measures in the fight against Ebola. Significantly more than 4,000 volunteers for the Bundeswehr’s Ebola Task Force have now come forward in response to an appeal made by Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen. More than 1,200 medical specialists have also volunteered. The German government has been supporting the World Health Organization (WHO) and NGOs operating in the affected areas, including Médecins Sans Frontières, since the outbreak began.

Foreign Minister Steinmeier's first Twitter interview

First Twitter interview with the Foreign Minister

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.

Group picture at the East London ELIDZ Science and Technology Park

Lower Saxony supports “Solarteur” training in East London

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).

Workshop for mathematic teachers in Lesotho

German Embassy supports two micro projects in Lesotho

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.

Ambassador Horst Freitag with South African Minister of Mineral Resources Ngoako Ramathlodi toast together German Unity Day

Address by Ambassador Freitag on the Day of German Unity

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.

Foreign Minister Steinmeier presents the Africa Award to Abdel Kader Haidara

Africa Award for saving manuscripts from Timbuktu

Abdel Kader Haidara, a librarian from Timbuktu, was awarded the German Africa Award 2014 by German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on October 6. It is thanks largely to Haidara that centuries-old manuscripts from Timbuktu were rescued from impending destruction at the hands of Islamist rebels at the end of 2012.

Participants of Afrika Kommt 2013-2015 in Berlin

Afrika Kommt “opens doors”

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!

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

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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