Vice President of the German Bundestag, Ulla Schmidt spoke in Cape Town on the occasion of the opening of the South African Parliament’s 2015 session at the Ambassador's residence. She noted “the importance of relations between the parliaments of our two countries offer scope for more intensive exchange.” Her speech highlighted numerous German-South African partnerships, from parliamentary exchange, military exercises, education and cultural programmes, to vocational training and conservation-oriented initiatives.
Speech on Opening of Parliament
Germany’s Bundeswehr is an army in service. Several thousand soldiers are constantly deployed abroad - on land, at sea and in the air. Here is an overview of the nine Bundeswehr missions in Africa.
Bundeswehr missions in Africa
Are you considering studying or conducting research in Germany or another European country, but just don't have the money to afford it? The Erasmus Mundus Scholarship Programme might be the right solution for you! Scholarships for academic experiences in Europe are funded for South African students. Apply now to become part of this year’s exchange.
Erasmus Mundus scholarships 2015
A funeral service and an official ceremony were held on February 11 in Berlin in memory of former German President Richard von Weizsäcker. Foreign Minister Steinmeier also spoke at the ceremony.
In memory of Richard von Weizsäcker
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 Bavarian capital was again the focus of international politics February 6-8, as key decision-makers came together at the 51st Munich Security Conference to discuss current and future issues in foreign and security policy. The Ukrainian conflict was a central issue with German chancellor Merkel and Foreign Minister Steinmeier addressing participants on the topic.
Munich Security Conference 2015
The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) reached a landmark agreement with the German Finance Ministry under which the organization and the German government will jointly provide assistance to Jewish child survivors of the Holocaust. A $250 million fund has been established for this purpose.
$250 Million Child Survivor Fund established
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.