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German Football Ambassador nominated

Mar 20, 2017 | Deutscher Fußball Botschafter e.V.
Horst Kriete with Roland Bischof, repesentatives of SAFA and the German Embassy

Horst Kriete has been nominated for the "German Football Ambassador". Football and development aid are parts of his life for over 35 years now. 1979 he started his international carrier in Nigeria and was responsible for the training program of the national football federation. From 1997-2002 he was technical advisor to the South African Football Association SAFA. Since then, Kriete experienced a lot and influenced football in dozens of countries.

International Women’s Day #BeBoldForChange

Mar 8, 2017 | German Embassy Pretoria
Young researcher at work in a laboratory

Many inspiring women such as Hildegard von Bingen, Maria Sibylla Merian or Marie Curie have shown the world what greatness lies within the supposedly weaker sex. However, women still today are often suppressed and do not have equal chances, rights or income as men. With the campaign theme #BeBoldForChange today’s (March 8) International Women’s Day encourages all to take action to help forge a better working environment and a more gender inclusive world.

Member of the German Bundestag Dr. Thomas Feist visits South Africa

Feb 28, 2017 | German Embassy Pretoria
Meeting with students of the TVET College Ekurhuleni East College

Dr. Thomas Feist, Member of the German Bundestag (Parliament), visited Gauteng last week to gain personal insight into South Africa’s Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system. Thanks to a programme spanning from a visit to the Ekurhuleni East College to BMW Rosslyn, Dr. Feist was able to receive a broad understanding of the higher education and TVET system in the country.

The Einstein Fellowship for out-of-the-box-thinkers

Feb 21, 2017 | Einstein Forum
A young thinker can spend time at Einstein's summer house

The Einstein Forum and the Daimler Benz Foundation are offering fellowships to support outstanding young thinkers who, in addition to producing superb work in their area of specialisation, are also open to other, interdisciplinary approaches - following the example set by Albert Einstein. Deadline for applications is April 15, 2017.

South Africa and Germany to cooperate more closely on urban development

Feb 17, 2017 | German Embassy Pretoria
State Secretary Adler and Mr. Möring, Member of German Parliament, visited Maboneng

State Secretary Adler and Karsten Möring/Member of German Parliament visited Cape Town and Johannesburg for political talks. Germany and South Africa have been working together on the topic of integrated urban development since 2013. Last week Gunther Adler, State Secretary for Building, along with his delegation, visited South Africa to expand the cooperation between the two countries.

South Africa and Germany host fuel cell bus workshop

Feb 16, 2017 | dti
A fuel-cell hybrid electric bus in Stuttgart

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) in partnership with the German Government, will host a fuel bus workshop at the South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre (SARETEC) in Bellville, Cape Town from 20 – 21 February 2017. The workshop will be held under the theme Fuel Cell Bus – Unleashing Industrial Opportunities for South Africa through a Zero Emission Choice and is part of the South African-German Energy Partnership.

SPACES Scholarships for research in the field of Earth System Management

Feb 15, 2017 | German Embassy Pretoria
Waterberg landscape in Limpopo

The SPACES Programme is offering scholarships for graduates, PhD candidates and Postdocs from Namibia and South Africa concentrating on Earth System Research. The grantees will be able to conduct a short-time research stay in Germany this year. The bursaries can include both financial as well as scientific support for individual research projects.

German Ambassador bids South Africa an unexpected farewell

Feb 14, 2017 | German Embassy Pretoria
Ambassador Lindner hosted the Stand-In show on 702 in 2016

Recently appointed German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has called on German Ambassador to South Africa Walter J. Lindner to become State Secretary of the Foreign Office. The function of State Secretary is the highest rank in the civil service of the German government. At the request of the Minister, Lindner left the country on on short notice to take up his new duties on February 14.

Steinmeier: Pragmatic, assertive, popular

Feb 13, 2017 | www.dw.com
Steinmeier was congratulated after elected as president

Frank-Walter Steinmeier is Germany’s next president. On February 12, Frank-Walter Steinmeier was elected president as the agreed-upon candidate of the CDU, CSU and SPD parties that form the German government. Judging by the overwhelming majority of votes he has received from the grand coalition in parliament, no-one can be in any doubt of the outcome.

Four South African academics go on Study Tour on Higher Education Financing to Germany

Feb 7, 2017 | German Embassy Pretoria
Participants Adv. Mabuda and Prof. Habib with German Ambassador Lindner

The #FeesMustFall movement was one of the most significant matters in South Africa in 2016. Scholars were fighting for the fees of Higher Education to fall and therewith make education more accessible to the broader nation. Consequentially, many South Africans in the education sector reflected on what can be done to decrease study fees. The German Embassy therefore wanted to contribute to the discussion by adding an international perspective and send four of South Africa’s most honorable academics on a Study Tour, organized by the Goethe-Institut. The tour took place from November 13-19, 2016 in Berlin, Germany.

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