German Foreign Minister Steinmeier on the EU referendum in the UK
Commenting on the result of the EU referendum in the UK on June 24, German Foreign Minister Steinmeier said ''we must not allow ourselves to become hysterical or paralysed by shock''. Ahead of the EU Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Luxembourg, he called for a clear message to be sent that ''while we are losing one member state, we are working to make Europe strong''. Steinmeier has invited his counterparts from France, the Netherlands, Italy, Belgium and Luxembourg to Berlin on June 25 for talks on the future of Europe.
German School Johannesburg named best International German School
The German School Johannesburg (DSJ) wins first prize at the German School Awards. The school received a 25,000 Euro cash prize, which was handed over by German Foreign Minister Steinmeier at a ceremony in Berlin today, June 8.
Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom awarded with Order of Merit
South African Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom, was awarded with the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany at the residence of the German Ambassador in Pretoria on June 2. On behalf of the German President, Ambassador Walter Lindner presented the Order of Merit to Minister Hanekom in front of 100 high-level guests.
Earlier in June, German research minister Johanna Wanka launched the ‘Seas and Oceans’- themed German Science Year 2016/17 that will run for 16 months. The Science Year features activities on marine issues and research to inform and engage the German population with what is happening in our seas.
On June, 6, German Ambassador Walter Lindner visited the Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) in Uitenhage, an industrial town located in the municipality of Nelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern Cape. Established in 1946, the subsidiary of the Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft is the largest German investment in South Africa and a major contributor to skill development and technology transfer.
In 2014, South Africa received around 70,000 asylum applications, making the country the sixth-highest recipient of asylum claims worldwide. In recognition of the global increase of forced migration, the German government has increased its support for the Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative Fund (DAFI). DAFI empowers Refugees in South Africa since 1992.
Ambassador Lindner visited the Mercedes Benz Plant in East London on Tuesday, June 7 as part of his visit to the Eastern Cape. Here he met with Mercedes CEO, Arno van der Merwe to gain insight into the production of the Mercedes Benz C-Class.
Prof. Wolfgang Diehl, deputy director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films, has been appointed Industrial Professor at the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) in Pretoria. With his appointment the good academic cooperation of many years and Prof. Diehl’s dedication as an associate professor at the TUT since 2011 is recognized.
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.