Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

Please click the following for more information about the Embassy and the contact details of the divisions.

  • Political Department

    The Political Department promotes bilateral relations between Germany and South Africa through a continuing dialogue with the South African Government, the Parliament, political parties and civil society covering a wide range of political issues. 

    The observation and analysis of South Africa´s foreign and domestic policies, the preparation and management of high level visits of political decision makers, as well as the coordinaton of policies in multilateral bodies are other important activities. The division also covers the Kingdom of Lesotho and the Kingdom of Swaziland.

    The Political Division

    Head of Division

    Joost Schmallenbach

    Regional and Security Politics

    Thomas Hofmann

    Secretary

    Heike Fresberg

    Contact the Political Section

    Phone:
    +27 (0) 12 427 8925
    Fax:
    +27 (0)12 427 8969
  • Press and Public Affairs Division

    The Press Division is responsible for press work and public affairs with the aim of presenting German domestic and foreign policy to the South African public. It maintains close contact with local media outlets and journalists and is a prime source of information for German correspondents working in South Africa. 

    Head of the Press Section and Spokesperson of the Embassy, Rainer Breul Enlarge image Head of the Press Section and Spokesperson of the Embassy, Rainer Breul (© German Embassy Pretoria) Also, it analyzes the South African media landscape and reports on media-related develpoments in the country. The Press Division works closely together with the virtual German Information Centre (www.gicafrica.diplo.de).

    Contact the Press Section

    German Information Centre

    Organization
    Head of Section and Spokesperson of the Embassy: Rainer Breul
    Assistant: Nicole Harms; Secretariat: Melanie Chopra
    Phone:
    +27 (0)12 427 8937
    Fax:
    +27 (0)12 427 8969
  • German Information Centre

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    Meet modern Germany, be informed and enjoy stories about Germany and Africa. The German Information Centre Pretoria (GIC) is online under www.gicafrica.diplo.de. To stay updated you can subscribe to the GIC RSS-feeds, the newsletter or join the GIC fans on Facebook.

    Contact the GIC Pretoria

    Website of the GIC

    GIC's Facebook page

    Organization
    Director: Rainer Breul
    Editors: Jessica Foli, Steffen Scholz, Helen Crafford
    Phone:
    +27 (0)12 427 8953/50
    Fax:
    +27 (0)12 427 8969
  • Labour and Social Affairs Section

    This section represents the portofolio of the German Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and the Ministry of Health, and faciltates the bilateral relations with South African counterparts in these fields. 

    Welder Enlarge image Welder (© www.colourbox.com) The section also maintains strong relations with the South African trade unions, reaching the level of companies, namely in the metal and automotive industry as some major German companies have been established in South Africa for decades.

    Contact the Labour and Social Affairs Section

    Read more about labour and social affairs

    Organization
    Head of Section: Dr. Thomas Metz
    Assistant: Marcus Hennig
    Phone:
    + 27 (0)12 427 8924
    Fax:
    +27 (0)12 427 8969
  • Cultural Section

    Cultural and educational affairs, as well as sports, play an important role in Germany`s foreign policy. The Cultural Section of the German Embassy in Pretoria is dedicated, together with other German and German-South African cultural institutions, to promote contact, co-operation and understanding between the people of Germany and South Africa.

    Contact the Cultural Section

    More information on German-South African cultural relations

    Organization
    Section Head: Herbert Behrendt
    Cultural Attaché: Gunter Schmid; Assistant: Nicole Harms; Secretary for Cultural Affairs: Heike Fresberg
    Phone:
    +27 (0)12 427 8925
    Fax:
    +27 (0)12 427 8969
  • Legal and Consular Section

    Visa Enlarge image (© dpa / picture-alliance) The Legal and Consular section offers many services to our customers, be it visa, passports, answering questions of German citizenship, or other consular services.

    Please check our list of services and on how to make an appointment
    here

    Organization
    Head of Section: Kirsten Hardt
    Phone:
    012-427 8977
    Fax:
    012-427 8982
  • Department for Economic and Global Issues

    The Department for Economic and Global Issues is comprised of the following divisions:

    - Economy

    - Energy, Climate and Environment

    - Development Cooperation

    - Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection

    - Research, Science and Technology

    Made in Germany Enlarge image Made in Germany (© picture-alliance/ dpa) We offer information and provide contacts with the leading players in Germany and South Africa on the crucial issues facing our global future: From climate change to food security, from cutting-edge technology to helping overcome inequality. The department also closely follows developments in the major international economic fora.

    Department for Economic and Global Issues

    Deputy Head of Mission and Head of Department

    Klaus Streicher

    Telephone

    +27 (0)12 427 8952

    Secretariat

    Esther-Sharon Bartsch

    Telephone

    +27 (0)12 427 8922

    Fax

    +27 (0)12 427 8969


    The Economic Division

    The Economic Division offers information about the economy in South Africa, about Germany as a business location as well as initiatives of foreign trade promotion through the Federal Foreign Office Berlin. 

    The Division also promotes German interests in the economic, commercial, financial, agricultural, technological, research and environmental sectors in South Africa and serves as a point of contact for Germany-related economic questions. It works with, among other organizations, the South African - German Chambers of Commerce and the representative of German trade and invest. 

    The Economic Division

    Head of Division

    Dr. Falk Bömeke

    Telephone

    +27 (0)12 427 8935

    Secretariat

    Esther-Sharon Bartsch

    Telephone

    +27 (0)12 427 8922

    Fax

    +27 (0)12 427 8969

    Contact the Economic Division
    Read more about German-South African business relations
  • Development Cooperation

    The Economic Cooperation and Development Section is responsible for the central coordination of development policy-related activities between the Federal Republic of Germany and the Republic of South Africa (diplomatic accreditation extends to the Kingdom of Lesotho). 

    Girl with YDF footballs Enlarge image Girl with YDF footballs (© GIZ/YDF) This means ensuring that there is a continuous exchange of ideas between all parties involved, and steering of the governmental implementing organisations (in conjunction with the BMZ, German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the AA, German Foreign Office).

    The Embassy is tasked with coordinating the preparation and implementation of the annual bilateral government negotiations and consultations. The Embassy is also an important development policy partner to the South African government and cooperates closely with the National Treasury, as well as with various ministries and government departments. It also administers a micro project fund through which local organisations can obtain financial support.

    Contact the Economic Development Cooperation Section

    Read more about development cooperation

    Organization
    Head of Section: Volker Oel
    German skills programmes, micro projects and NGOs: Marc Seemann
    Phone:
    +27 (0)12 427 8915
    Fax:
    +27 (0)12 427 8969
  • Energy, Climate and the Environment Section

    Wind farm Enlarge image (© picture-alliance/dpa)

    The task of the recently established Energy, Climate and Environment Section is to coordinate the many different activities Germany is involved with in support of South Africa's transition towards a "Green Economy". It promotes  bilateral cooperation between South Africa and Germany on global environmental issues such as climate protection and sustainable development. Moreover, it assists in the planning and implementation of development projects in the fields of renewable engergy, energy efficiency and climate protection, and acts as a point of contact for German corporates wishing to invest in those sectors.

    Organization
    Head of Section: Anita Ohl-Meyer
    Attachée: Laura Matten, Secretary: Melanie Chopra
    Phone:
    +27 (0)12 427 8925
    Fax:
    +27 (0)12 427 8969
  • Food and Agriculture

    This section represents the German Ministry for Food and Agriculture (BMEL). 

    Harvester at an agricultural exposition Enlarge image Harvester at an agricultural exposition (© picture-alliance / dpa)

    The department has regional responsibilities and is in charge for South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe und Swaziland.

    The most important partner in Sub-Saharan Africa is the Republic of South Africa, a major emerging economy and the gateway to the entire Southern African region. The objectives of the cooperation include an exchange on global food policy.

    Food security remains a key challenge on the African continent, thus the cooperation with partner countries focuses on supporting the set-up of sustainable agricultural production.

    Read more about Food, Agriculture and Consumer Affairs

    Contact the Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection Section

    Organization
    Head of Section: Erik Schneider
    Administrator: Hans Georg Velten; Secretary: Marcus Hennig
    Phone:
    +27 (0)12 427 8929
    Fax:
    +27 (0)12 427 8969
  • Research, Science and Technology Section

    Nanotechnology Enlarge image Researchers conducting nanotechnology experiments (© picture-alliance/dpa) South Africa is Germany´s main cooperation partner in Africa when it comes to science and technology. 

    Common research takes place in the areas of advanced manufacturing, climate change, energy, astronomy, biodiversity, geosciences, sustainability research and sustainable land management.

    Contact the Research, Science and Technology Section

    Read more about Research, Science and Technology

    Organization
    Head of Section: Eva Ziegert
    Phone:
    +27 (0)12 427 8934
    Fax:
    +27 (0)12 427 8969
  • Defence Attaché

    The Defence Attaché and his deputy are representatives for the German Armed Forces in South Africa. In addition to South Africa, their area of responsibility includes Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and the Kingdom of Lesotho. 

    The Defence Attaché advises the Ambassador on military and security matters, as well as on relevant policy developments in the regions for which he is accredited. Another responsibility is the facilitation of cooperation between the German Federal Ministry of Defence and the Ministries of the Defence of the above-mentioned Southern African countries.

    His tasks include:

    • Advising the Ambassador in matters relating to defence and military capabilities
    • Informing the German Government of developments of the South African security and defence policies, Armed Forces and armament
    • Informing the South African government authorities and NGO’s about topics of German defence policies, Armed Forces and armament
    • Coordinating of bilateral cooperation and education programmes between German and South African National Defence Forces
    • Informing the public about military questions concerning the whole spectrum of the German Federal Armed Forces.

    The Defence Attaché's Office

    Defence Attaché

    Captain (Navy) Gerald Koch

    Deputy Defence Attaché

    Commander s.g. Kai Brand

    Assistant Defence Attaché

    Warrant Officer I Michael Lörcher

    Foreign Language Assistant

    Marcus Hennig

    Contact the Defence Attaché's Office

    Phone:
    +27 (0)12 427 8909
    Fax:
    +27 (0)12 427 8969

Embassy Divisions

German Embassy