German-South African Binational Commission

The biannual Binational Commission was formed on the occasion of the state visit of Nelson Mandela to Germany in 1996. It is the key forum of bilateral cooperation.

Flags of Germany, the European Union and South Africa Enlarge image Flags of Germany, the European Union and South Africa (© photothek/Th.Trutschel) On November 15 and 16 high-ranking delegates from South Africa and Germany will meet in Berlin to debate global challenges and coordinate their cooperation in the fields of foreign policy and security, economics, environment, development cooperation, education, science, technology, culture, as well as labor and social affairs.

In the coming days we will publish a series of articles about the highlights of the Binational Commission 2016.

South African Foreign Minister Nkoana-Mashabane and her German counterpart Steinmeier

Enhanced cooperation through the German-South African Binational Commission 2016

On November 16, the ninth session of the German-South African Binational Commission took place in Berlin. The delegations were headed by South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Several ministers and high-ranking officials came together in eight working groups to strengthen their cooperation and lay out common plans for the future.

Vocational Training

Bilateral cooperation in vocational education and training

With the ninth Binational Commission from November 15-16 in Berlin, Germany and South Africa would like to broaden their bilateral cooperation in various subject fields. Cooperation in the field of vocational education and training (TVET) is a significant item on the BNC agenda. The many successful projects are the result of this excellent, longstanding bilateral cooperation.

Drakensberg in Mpumalanga

Germany and South Africa: Common strategy against climate change and poaching

Germany and South Africa have been strategic partners in fighting climate change for many years. Germany and South Africa have been strategic partners in fighting climate change for many years. Common projects and objectives in environmental affairs will be discussed by representatives of both countries during the Binational Commission on November 15 and 16 in Berlin.

South African – German Development Cooperation

Germany provided funds of more than one billion Euro of bilateral development aid since 1994 for South Africa. Joint programmes under four focal areas “governance and public administration”, “green economy”, “technical and vocational education and training (TVET) and skills development” and “HIV and AIDS prevention” will be discussed at the government to government negotiations and the Binational Commission taking place on November 14, 15 and 16 in Berlin.

Photovoltaic panels with sunflower

Germany and South Africa: common action for green energy

Since 2013, Germany and South Africa have been closely working together in the framework of an energy partnership to enhance the production of renewable energies. Energy policy is therefore a central topic at the Binational Commission taking place on November 15 and 16 in Berlin.

Chancellor Merkel recently inaugurated the ''Julius Nyerere Peace and Security Building'' in Ethiopia

Common action in the area of foreign and security policy

Germany and South Africa will meet at the Binational Commission (BNC) on November 15 and 16 in Berlin. For the nineth time both countries will debate about global challenges and coordinate their cooperation. Germany and South Africa share a common strategic interest in this and other areas, such as renewable energies, climate change, professional education and economic cooperation. This article gives an overview of the bilateral cooperation in the field foreign and security policy.

Binational Commission

Minister Steinmeier and Minister Nkoana-Mashabane open the 8th Binational Commission, Pretoria