1. Signing of Promotional Loan Transnet and KfW Germany supports shift in Transnet with R 2.8 billion
  2. Peter Taukobong and Ambassador Horst Freitag Re a leboga to a legend – Peter Taukobong
  3. Participants of the Climate Diplomacy Day Climate Diplomacy in action
Signing of Promotional Loan Transnet and KfW

Germany supports shift in Transnet with R 2.8 billion

On June 22, in the presence of German Ambassador Freitag, the German Development Bank KfW and South Africa's state-run logistics company Transnet signed contracts for a promotional loan for 200 million Euro (about 2.8 billion Rand). The funding contributes to the financing of the procurement of 240 electric locomotives by the company.

Peter Taukobong and Ambassador Horst Freitag

Re a leboga to a legend – Peter Taukobong

On June 19 the staff of the German Embassy bid farewell to Peter Taukobong after 46 years of loyal service. In an emotional ceremony, he received the Medal of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for his exceptional service.

Participants of the Climate Diplomacy Day

Climate Diplomacy in action

A panel discussion was organized on June 17, Climate Diplomacy Day, at the University of South Africa (UNISA) in Pretoria in the run up to the COP21 conference in Paris. COP21, the Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC), will be held in November 2015 aiming for an ambitious climate deal.

VIS - Visa Information System

New Visa Application Centre to open in Bloemfontein

Travelers from the Free State, Lesotho and surrounding areas will no longer have to travel to Pretoria for their visa application. External service provider Intergate Visalink, in conjunction with the German Missions in South Africa, will open its new centre in Bloemfontein on July 1.

The engine pod and rotor blades of a Nordex wind turbine

New wind farm illustrates the power of partnership

Germany and South Africa have a firmly established energy partnership with a key focal area being renewable energy. On June 17, German company Nordex SE announced it had completed a second wind farm in South Africa's Eastern Cape, supplying 80MW of green energy to the national grid and demonstrating the power of the private sector to deepen and strengthen this cooperation.

The international guests who have been invited to attend the Jazzahead! in Bremen

The pulse of good jazz beating strongly across Germany

South African Journalist Sam Mathe travelled to Germany recently for the Jazzahead! international jazz expo held annually in Bremen. As Editor & Publisher of Jazz Life Magazine, he has a sharp eye (or ear) for the genre and its many incarnations. Mr. Mathe has graciously shared an article he wrote with his observations of Germany, Berlin and the music that has the power to unite us all.

Participants of the postgraduate course in Taxation

German-African postgraduate tax policy and admin degree

Tax collection is a core function for every well-functioning state. Leadership in Tax Administration must be well-trained and equipped to handle today’s challenges, including tax evasion strategies. The German-African master’s degree course “Tax Policy and Tax Administration“ fills this need.

Energy-efficient street lights

Energy Efficiency in South African municipalities

In times of power shortages and rising electricity prices, energy consumers need to think of ways to cut back on their demand. Often highly indebted to begin with, many South African municipalities are forced to reduce their energy expenditures. A joint programme of the South African - German development cooperation is guiding these municipalities in the process.

The heads of the G7 states with African presidents

United by common values

Chancellor Angela Merkel described the G7 meeting in Schloss Elmau as very focused and productive. One outcome was the clear commitment to hold the increase in global average temperature below 2°C. "The G7 is a community of responsibility," Merkel said.

Studierende mit Laptop

Working, training and studying in Germany

Germany is an attractive immigration destination. This country is open to qualified professionals, students and researchers moving here from all over the world. 

An apprentice workshop in Germany

Vocational Education and Training

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.

Flags of Germany, the European Union and South Africa

German-South African Binational Commission

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.

Opening hours and contact details of the German Missions

Visa Section Pretoria

Application submissions only after prior booking online or via phone
0861 00 22 45 (Mon-Fri, 8:00-17:00).

Online Appointments

Intergate Application Centres

Cape Town

Centurion

Port Elizabeth

Opening hours Application Centres

Visa Section German Embassy
Online Appointments

Telephone and e-mail enquiries:

Monday-Thursday

09:00 - 15:00

Friday

09:00 - 13:00

Telephone

+27 (0)12 427 8975

Enquiries via e-mail

Further information on visas

Address

1267 Pretorius Street "Hadefields Office Park", Hatfield, Pretoria 0083

Directions

Fax:
+27 (0)12 427 8984 (please do not send any documents prior to application submission)

Visa Section Cape Town

Application submissions only after prior booking online or via phone
0861 00 22 45 (Mon-Fri, 8:00-17:00).

Online Appointments

Intergate Application Centres

Cape Town

Centurion

Port Elizabeth

Opening hours Application Centre

Consulate General
Online Appointments

Telephone and e-mail enquiries:

Monday - Thursday only

14:00 - 16:00

Telephone

+27 (0)21 405 3052

Fax

+27 (0)21 405 3010

Enquiries via e-mail

Further information on visas

Public Holidays 2015

Directions to our office

Address

Physical address:

19th floor Triangle House
22 Riebeek Street
Cape Town

Postal address:

P.O. Box 4273 

Cape Town, 8000

Consular/Passport Section Pretoria

Passport Section

Online appointments (no fee)

Opening hours for applicants (appointment required):           

Monday - Friday

08:00-12:00

Passport collection (no appointment required):

Monday - Thursday

11:00-12:00

Telephone enquiries:

Monday - Thursday

13:00-15:00

Telephone

+27 (0)12 427 8976

+27 (0)12 427 8978

Public Holidays 2015

Reception

Opening hours for consular matters (excluding passport and visa issues):

No appointment required for:

- Certification of signatures and copies
- Translation of drivers licenses
- "Lebensbescheinigung"

Please make an appointment for the following consular services:

- Registration of births
- Name declarations
- other civil status matters (e.g. adoption, divorce)
- Notarisation (e.g. certificate of inheritance, acknowledgement of paternity)

Monday - Friday

10:00-12:00

Enquiries via telephone and e-mail: 

Monday - Thursday

08:00-10:00 and 

13:00-16:00

Friday

08:00-10:00

Telephone

+27 (0)12 427 8977

Contact via e-mail

Comment

Parking:

There are six customer parking bays available at the "Hadefields Office Park" (first come first serve basis). For visitors with disabilities we can book a parking bay. In this case, please contact us by telephone or e-mail.

Address

1267 Pretorius Street "Hadefields Office Park", Hatfield, Pretoria 0083

Directions

Phone:
+27 (0)12 427 8977

Consular/Passport Section Cape Town

Passport Section
Online appointments (no fee)
Opening hours for applicant (appointment required):
Monday - Friday
9:00 - 12:00
additionally on Thursdays
15:00 - 15:30
Passport collection (no appointment required):
Monday - Friday
9:00 - 12:00
Telephone and email enquiries:

Monday - Thursday only

14:00 - 16:00

Telephone
+27 (0)21 405 3052
Fax

+27 (0)21 405 3010 (South Africa)

+49 (0) 30 1817 67209 (Germany)
Public Holidays 2015
Directions to our office
Enquiries via e-mail
Further information on passports

OTHER CONSULAR SERVICES
Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday       09:00 - 12:00
Telephone and e-mail enquiries:

Monday - Thursday

08:00 - 16:00
Friday
08:00 - 13:00
Telephone
+27 (0)21 405 3000
Fax

+27 (0)21 421 0400 (South Africa)

+49 (0) 30 1817 67209 (Germany)

Enquiries via e-mail

Further information on consular services

Address

Physical address:

19th floor Triangle House
22 Riebeek Street
Cape Town, 8001

Postal address:

P.O. Box 4273

Cape Town, 8000

German Missions in South Africa

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German Embassy

Consular jurisdiction: Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, North West, Mpumalanga, the Kingdoms of Lesotho and Swaziland, as well as Mauritius.

There are no public visiting hours at the Embassy. Please ensure you have an appointment with an Embassy official in order to access the premises. 

The Visa and Consular sections are not located at Blackwood Street.

Address

180 Blackwood Street, Arcadia, Pretoria

Telephone

+27 (0)12 427 8900

Fax

+27 (0)12 343 9401

Contact via e-mail

Consulate General Cape Town

Consular jurisdiction: Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Western Cape, St Helena and neighbouring islands

Address

19th floor Triangle House
22 Riebeek Street
Cape Town, 8001

Telephone

+27 (0)21 405 3000

Fax

+27 (0)21 421 0400

Contact via e-mail

Honorary Consul in Durban

Address

9 Kensington Drive, Westville, Durban 3629

Postal address

P.O. Box 1166,Westville, Durban 3630

Telephone

+27 (0)31 266 3920
Fax

+27 (0)31 266 3925

Contact via e-mail

Honorary Consul in Port Elizabeth

Address

Maritime Motor Building, Circular Way; Walmer, Port Elizabeth, 6070

Postal address

P.O.Box 211100, The Fig Tree, Port Elizabeth, 6033

Telephone

+27 (0)41 397 4700
Fax

+27 (0)41 397 4730

Contact via e-mail

Emergency Contacts

In case of emergency, please contact us as follows:

Embassy Pretoria

Mon - Thu

07:30-16:30

Friday

07:30-13:30

Telephone

+27 (0)12 427 8900

After hours:

+27 (0)83 325 2694 (also via sms)

Please note that this number should only be used by German citizens in cases of emergency, not for visa enquiries.

Consulate General Cape Town

Mon - Thu 

07:30-16:45

Friday
07:30-13:30

Telephone

+27 (0)21 405 3000

After hours

+27 (0)83 325 6513 (also via sms)

Please note that this number should only be used by German citizens in cases of emergency, not for visa enquiries.

South African emergency numbers
Police
10111
Ambulance
10177

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