On October 14, German Ambassador Walter Lindner and Councillor Kgosientso Ramokgopa, Executive Mayor of Pretoria, jointly launched the new programme “Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading” in Mamelodi East, Pretoria. The programme is financed through the German development bank KfW on behalf of the German government and implemented by its partner municipality the City of Tshwane.
Violence prevention programme in Mamelodi
In 2015, the United Nations is celebrating a twofold 70th anniversary. On June 26, 1945, the Charter of the United Nations was signed by 50 states during the San Francisco Conference. On October 24 that same year, the Charter entered into force – and the United Nations was born. To this day, it remains essential to peace, the cornerstone of the international order. Germany was admitted to the United Nations as a full member on September 18, 1973.
70th Anniversary of the United Nations
Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) and Munich Airport Group have signed a strategic sister agreement on October 26. Africa's leading airports management company and Munich Airport Group have jointly agreed on areas of strategic co-operation and information sharing. The agreement will allow employees from both organisations to learn from each other's knowledge, skills and unique regional experience.
German Munich Airport Group and ACSA
The German Embassy Pretoria supports the East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ) by granting nearly ZAR 190.000 for the equipment of the Solarteur trainings centre, ELIDZ’s competence centre for renewable energies.
German Ambassador Walter Lindner participated at the official launch of the new Export Incubator Programme for small and medium-sized enterprises held at the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) House. The programme is jointly implemented by the German development agency GIZ, the JCCI and Standard Bank. Other speakers included Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr. Rob Davies, and the Premier of Gauteng, David Makhura.
Germany supports launch of Export Incubator Programme
From October 4-7, the the first International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC) on African soil was held in Cape Town. Read German Ambassador Walter Lindner's opening remarks.
Speech at the SAIREC 2015 conference
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.