Germany came in first in a new energy efficiency ranking of the world's major economies, followed by Italy, the European Union as a whole, China, and France, according to the 2014 International Energy Efficiency Scorecard published by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
Energy Efficiency Ranking
German company ALENSYS in association with the North West University has installed a training centre for the production of bio paraffin from used cooking oils. The aim is to train employees in buyback collection and to offer agencies entrepreneurial opportunities in future franchise projects. Furthermore the centre informs about health risks concerning re-used cooking oil. The project is supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Bioparaffin Training Centre
GoetheonMain is a non-commercial, artist-run project space developed by the Goethe-Institut South Africa at Arts on Main in Johannesburg. A call for proposals has been announced for applications to exhibit there. Application deadline is August 15, 2014 for exhibitions for the period January - December, 2015.
Open call for proposals: GoetheonMain 2015
The recipient of this year's German Movie Peace Prize is Justin Chadwick. He received the award for his film about South African Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela. Attached is the speech delivered by German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on the occasion of the award ceremony on July 3, 2014 in Munich.
German Movie Peace Prize to Mandela biopic
On June 19, 2014, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, signed a financing agreement worth just over R71 million with the German Development Bank (KfW) to extend a partnership aimed at bolstering violence prevention efforts in the province.
Germany commits to violence prevention
Shared research interests and collaborative networking between African and German scientists are at the very heart of the “Africa Strategy” of Germany's Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). On June 20, The German Education Minister and Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology at the AU approved the Strategy as a framework for a sustainable cooperation between Africa and Germany.
Germany and AU approve new research strategy
On Friday, June 13th, the Minister of Finance, H.E. Nhlanhla Nene, and German Ambassador H.E. Dr. Horst Freitag signed five agreements worth 414.26 million Euro (approximately R5.89 billion) for Development Cooperation between South Africa and Germany.
Ambassador Freitag: We stand by our partners
The fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago inspired many South Africans, just as the end of apartheid 20 years ago inspired many Germans. Both events changed the face of the globe for the better. The German government and the German people wholeheartedly congratulate all South Africans on the 20th anniversary of the new South Africa and we invite you to join us in celebrating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
20 Years Democracy in SA/25 Years Fall of the Berlin Wall
The German-South African Binational Commission, chaired by the South African Deputy President and the German Vice Chancellor/Foreign Minister, 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.