Germany and South Africa - a close partnership

South Africa is one of Germany's most important partners in Subsaharan-Africa. The cordial relations are intensiv and versatile. The Binational Commission (with its joint committees in the areas of economy, trade and investment, science and technology, development cooperation, defence, social and labour affairs, culture and environment) – created on the occasion of the state visit of Nelson Mandela to Germany in 1996 – is the key forum of bilateral cooperation. The last session of the Binational Commission took place in Pretoria on November 21, 2014 and was co-chaired by German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

Common foreign policy interests in peace and security

German Foreign Minister Steinmeier with DA opposition leader Musi Maimane Enlarge image German Foreign Minister Steinmeier with DA opposition leader Musi Maimane (© Ute Grabowsky / photothek.net) The German-South African Partnership is an important component of the EU-Africa-Partnership for the formation of the One World. Germany is committed - both nationally and within the EU-framework - to contributing to the efforts of the African Union and the African regional organisations, including SADC (the Southern African Development Community), to fulfil their mandate in the areas of conflict prevention, peaceful conflict resolution, good governance, respect of human rights and social and economical development.

The Federal Government's „Peace and Security in Africa“ programme is aimed at improving African capacities in the field of peace and security with the perspective of enabling Africa to prevent or resolve crises itself – if necessary by deploying peacekeeping troops.

Bilateral support and multilateral measures for Africa are funded through the „Peace and Security in Africa“ programme. It focuses on building up African standby forces, strengthening the African Union, enhancing police work in Africa, combating the causes of conflict as well as on mediation.

The German Government's Peace and Security in Africa Programme

Germany and South Africa - a close partnership

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