Development Cooperation with South Africa
Since 1994 South Africa has received funds of more than 550 million Euro of bilateral development aid from Germany. In line with the promised strengthening of Africa by the G8-countries, this is also a sign of appreciation of South Africa as an anchor of stability for the entire continent.
Therefore one focus lies on regional integration: the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the political forum for regional economic and social development (NEPAD), the reciprocal “peer review” process for democratic and human rightsoriented state management (APRM: African Peer Review Mechanism), and projects for the promotion of regional infrastructure are all being supported.
Read more about the history of German-South African Development Cooperation
Service delivery is still a thorny issue in South Africa and so-called service delivery protests are symptomatic of the discrepancy between citizens' expectations and the services rendered by local government structures. The reasons for this discrepancy are manifold.
In South Africa about 5.7 million people are infected with HIV. Worldwide this is the highest number of people in a single country. Several factors contribute to the high HIV prevalence.
HIV & AIDS
The micro-project scheme is part of Germany's overall development co-operation that contributes to poverty alleviation and improvement of living standards, to cover the basic needs of the poorest social classes, especially in rural areas.
Limited access to quality education and training means that South Africa has a large number of unskilled workers, who struggle to find employment, especially in the formal sector. Through various projects supported by Germany it is hoped that more and more people will have access to skills development and subsequently find employment.
South Africa is an important partner in international dialogue on climate change. However the country continues to rely on its coal resources for electricity generation, because it is relatively affordable.
Energy and Climate