Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Minister for Economic Affairs Sigmar Gabriel opened the first “Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue” on March 26 at the Federal Foreign Office.
Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue
In view of COP 21 Climate Conference in Paris later this year, the German Embassy hosted a workshop on green topics for five South African journalists at the “Institute for the Advancement of Journalism” in Johannesburg from March 9-11, 2015.
Journalist Workshop on „Green Topics“
The German Ministry for the Environment is supporting the countries of Angola, Namibia and South Africa in their joint effort to establish sustainable managment of the Benguela Current with 8.9 million Euro.
Germany supports BCC
The monthly series Literary Crossroads continues at the Goethe Institut Johannesburg on March 12 when Ugandan writer and film maker Dilman Dila and writer, director, producer, poet and acclaimed performer Napo Masheane (from Soweto) team up to consider the many aspects of what it means to be a writer in a global and mobile age.
Literary Crossroads: ''Writers' versatile worlds''
The combined military exercise GOOD HOPE, between the German Armed Forces and the South African National Defence Force, takes place for the sixth time March 2 -27 in Simon’s Town, Cape Town, False Bay and the Overberg Test Range. The bilateral exercise facilitates the sharing of maritime expertise and strengthens military cooperation between the two countries. On March 13-14, participating ships will be open for public visitors at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.
Military exercise GOOD HOPE begins in Cape Town
South Africa enjoys some of the best sunshine in the world all year round and could be the next photovoltaic superstar. In addition, the country has substantial wind potential, especially along the coastal areas of the Western and Eastern Cape. A new National Certificate (Vocational) optional subject called Renewable Energy Technologies (RET) has been developed for the renewable energy curriculum by the Skills for Green Jobs Programme.
New renewable energy subject in national curriculum
The German system of dual vocational training is unique. State, business and social partners work in close cooperation to continually improve this training model, geared to the real needs of the economy. This enables it to make a significant contribution to guaranteeing that the need for skilled workers can be met and thus to securing Germany's high level of competitiveness and productivity. Work-based learning ensures that both vocational and social skills are developed from day one.
Vocational Education and Training
The German-South African Binational Commission is held every two years, alternating between Berlin and Pretoria. The two partner countries debate global challenges and coordinate possible collaboration in various fields of mutual interest.