1. Staff of the German Embassy bids farewell to Ambassador Lindner German Ambassador bids South Africa an unexpected farewell
  2. Joachim Gauck (l) is replaced by Steinmeier after serving one term as president Steinmeier is new president elect
  3. Frank-Walter Steinmeier welcomes Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on his arrival at the German Foreign Office Sigmar Gabriel is Germany’s new Foreign Minister
Staff of the German Embassy bids farewell to Ambassador Lindner

German Ambassador bids South Africa an unexpected farewell

Recently appointed German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has called on German Ambassador to South Africa Walter J. Lindner to become State Secretary of the Foreign Office.

Joachim Gauck (l) is replaced by Steinmeier after serving one term as president

Steinmeier is new president elect

Frank-Walter Steinmeier is Germany’s next president. On February 12, Frank-Walter Steinmeier was elected president as the agreed-upon candidate of the CDU, CSU and SPD parties that form the German government.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier welcomes Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on his arrival at the German Foreign Office

Sigmar Gabriel is Germany’s new Foreign Minister

On January 27, outgoing Foreign Minister Frank‑Walter Steinmeier handed over to his successor, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, at a ceremony at the German Foreign Office. After receiving their letters of appointment and discharge from German President Gauck in Schloss Bellevue, Steinmeier and Gabriel gave speeches to ministry staff and a large number of guests in the packed Weltsaal at the German Foreign Office.

A fuel-cell hybrid electric bus in Stuttgart

South Africa and Germany host fuel cell bus workshop

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) in partnership with the German Government, will host a fuel bus workshop at the South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre (SARETEC) in Bellville, Cape Town from 20 – 21 February 2017. The workshop will be held under the theme Fuel Cell Bus – Unleashing Industrial Opportunities for South Africa through a Zero Emission Choice and is part of the South African-German Energy Partnership.

Meeting with students of the TVET College Ekurhuleni East College

Member of the German Bundestag Dr. Thomas Feist visits South Africa

Dr. Thomas Feist, Member of the German Bundestag (Parliament), visited Gauteng last week to gain personal insight into South Africa’s Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system. Thanks to a programme spanning from a visit to the Ekurhuleni East College to BMW Rosslyn, Dr. Feist was able to receive a broad understanding of the higher education and TVET system in the country.

State Secretary Adler and Mr. Möring, Member of German Parliament, visited Maboneng

South Africa and Germany to cooperate more closely on urban development

State Secretary Adler and Karsten Möring/Member of German Parliament visited Cape Town and Johannesburg for political talks. Germany and South Africa have been working together on the topic of integrated urban development since 2013. Last week Gunther Adler, State Secretary for Building, along with his delegation, visited South Africa to expand the cooperation between the two countries.

Group photo G-20 Agriculture Ministers 2017

G20 Meeting of Agriculture Ministers and Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) in Berlin

South African Minister of Agriculture Zokwana attended the G20 Agriculture Ministers meeting and the 9th Berlin Agriculture Ministers' Conference the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) in Berlin. The German Minister of Agriculture has invited his fellow agriculture ministers to Berlin on January 22. The G20 Meeting of Agriculture Ministers was the first ministerial meeting under the German G20 Presidency.

German-Ghanaian footballer Weidlich

German-Ghanaian Footballer in South Africa’s PSL

Denis Papa Danso Weidlich was born in Germany to Ghanaian parents. Before the kick-off of the current PSL season he moved from Germany to South Africa to defend for Maritzburg United. The GIC Africa did an exclusive interview with the 30-year-old about his experiences in Mzansi.

University of Kassel

Short guide to studying in Germany

Looking for a place to study? If so, a German university could be a great choice. Whether you are looking for part-time, full-time or by distance learning studies, Germany offers great academic training and an international atmosphere that will make your student days unforgettable. A few conditions such as receiving a school or university diploma recognition, or having enough money to live and study in Germany must be regarded. These and further necessary conditions will be presented in the following.

Make it in Germany

The portal for international qualified professionals www.make-it-in-germany.com

www.make-it-in-germany.com is the official multilingual online portal for international qualified professionals. It helps them find out how to make a success of coming to Germany – from preparations in their home countries to arriving and getting settled in.

Opening hours, appointments and contact details

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

08:00 - 14:00

Friday

08:00 - 13:00

Telephone

+27 (0)12 427 8900

Enquiries via e-mail

Further information on visas

Address

201 Florence Ribeiro Avenue, Groenkloof, Pretoria 0181

Fax:
+27 (0)12 427 8982 (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

Further information

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)21 421 0400

Enquiries via e-mail

Further information on visas

Public Holidays 2016

Directions to our office

Address

Physical address:

Roeland Park / e-tv Building

4 Stirling Street

Entrance: top end of Stirling Street

Zonnebloem 7925 (District Six)

Postal address:

P.O. Box 4273 

Cape Town, 8000

Consular/Passport Section Pretoria

Passport Section

Online appointments (no fee)

Appointment required for application          

Passport collection (no appointment required):

Monday - Friday

08:00-11:30

Telephone enquiries:

Monday - Thursday

08:00-14:00

Friday
08:00-13:00

Telephone

+27 (0)12 427 8900

Public Holidays 2017

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

08:00-11:30

Enquiries via telephone and e-mail: 

Monday - Thursday

08:00-14:00

Friday

08:00-13:00

Telephone

+27 (0)12 427 8900

Contact via e-mail

Address

201 Florence Ribeiro Avenue, Groenkloof, Pretoria 0181

Phone:
+27 (0)12 427 8900

Consular/Passport Section Cape Town

On 21.04.2017 the passport and visa section is closed due to IT-works. Other consular services can only be carried out to a limited extent. Credit card payments will unfortunately not be possible.

Further information

Passport Section
Online appointments (no fee)
Application by appointment only
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)21 421 0400 (South Africa)

+49 (0) 30 1817 67209 (Germany)
Public Holidays 2016
Directions to our office
Enquiries via e-mail
Further information on passports

OTHER CONSULAR SERVICES (No passport or visa

applications)

No appointment required for:

- Certification of signatures and copies

- Name declarations

- Registration of births or marriages in Germany

- Translation of drivers licenses

- "Lebensbescheinigungen"

- Confirmation of residence

Please make an appointment for the following

consular services:

- Citizenship matters (e.g. retention of German citizenship,

  naturalisation, determination of German citizenship)

- other civil status matters (e.g. adoption, divorce)

- notarisation )e.g. certificate of inheritance, acknowledge-

  ment of paternity)

Please make the appointment via e-mail

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:

Roeland Park / e-tv Building

4 Stirling Street

Entrance: top end of Stirling Street

Zonnebloem 7925 (District Six)

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.

Address

201 Florence Ribeiro Avenue, Groenkloof, Pretoria 0181

Telephone

+27 (0)12 427 8900

Fax

+27 (0)12 427 8969

Contact via e-mail

Consulate General Cape Town

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

Address

Roeland Park / e-tv Building

4 Stirling Street

Entrance: top end of Stirling Street

Zonnebloem 7925
Telephone

+27 (0)21 405 3000

Fax

+27 (0)21 405 3010

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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