1. Hoffenheim plays Kaizer Chiefs at Soccer City, Johannesburg Bundesliga players reflect on their training camps in South Africa
  2. MIAGI New Skool Orchestra at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall Young Euro Classic 2014 Concert of classical music with traditional African themes
  3. Foreign Minister Steinmeier presented the final report from Review 2014 Review 2014 – A Fresh Look at German Foreign Policy
Hoffenheim plays Kaizer Chiefs at Soccer City, Johannesburg

Bundesliga players reflect on their training camps in South Africa

In January 2015, two Bundesliga teams conducted their winter training camps in South Africa. TSG Hoffenheim , from Sinsheim, trained in Randburg, Johannesburg and played against PSL sides Tuks and Kaizer Chiefs. Second place Wolfsburg, out of the town with the same name, trained in Cape Town and played Ajax and Chippa United (in Port Elizabeth). During their stay, the GIC Africa was able to interview several players from both teams, where they shared their observations of the country and, most importantly, the football in South Africa.

MIAGI New Skool Orchestra at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall Young Euro Classic 2014

Concert of classical music with traditional African themes

While traditional African themes combined with classical music are not part of the usual musical programs, from March 4-8 in Johannesburg and the Western Cape, they will feature prominently as the MIAGI Youth Orchestra takes to the stage.  48 young musicians will perform their repertoire of classical pieces from Beethoven, Dvorak and others interwoven with distinct African themes during  three concerts as part of a national tour.

Foreign Minister Steinmeier presented the final report from Review 2014

Review 2014 – A Fresh Look at German Foreign Policy

“Crisis – Order – Europe” is the title of the final report from the year-long project Review 2014 – A Fresh Look at German Foreign Policy. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier presented the report to the German Bundestag and the public on February 25.

Frigate ''Brandenburg'' was the flagship in the anti-pirate operation ''Atalanta'' in 2014

German-South African military join forces for biannual training exercises

The combined military exercise GOOD HOPE, between the German Armed Forces and the South African National Defence Force, takes place for the sixth time March 2 -27 in Simon’s Town, Cape Town, False Bay and the Overberg Test Range. The bilateral exercise facilitates the sharing of maritime expertise and strengthens military cooperation between the two countries. On March 13-14, participating ships will be open for public visitors at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.

Thabiso Pule in "What the Hell Happened to This Planet"

Dance comes alive in Joburg during two-week festival

South Africa’s contemporary dance scene bursts to life in Johannesburg from February 26 to March 15, when the city again hosts the annual festival Dance Umbrella. The Goethe Institute is a long-time partner of the festival and this year is supporting three productions and a workshop for choreographers.

Vice-President of the German Bundestag, Ulla Schmidt

Address by the Vice President of the German Bundestag, Ulla Schmidt

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.

EU training mission in Mali

Germany's Bundeswehr - an army in service

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.

Students in Humboldt University's "Audimax" auditorium

South African, European study and research scholarships

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.

Installing a solar water heating unit on the roof of a home outside Cape Town

Contributing to the renewable energy revolution in South Africa

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.

Studierende mit Laptop

Working, training and studying in Germany

Germany is an attractive immigration destination. This country is open to qualified professionals, students and researchers moving here from all over the world. 

An apprentice workshop in Germany

Vocational Education and Training

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.

Flags of Germany, the European Union and South Africa

German-South African Binational Commission

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.

Opening hours and contact details of the German Missions

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

09:00 - 15:00

Friday

09:00 - 13:00

Telephone

+27 (0)12 427 8975

Enquiries via e-mail

Further information on visas

Address

1267 Pretorius Street "Hadefields Office Park", Hatfield, Pretoria 0083

Directions

Fax:
+27 (0)12 427 8984 (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

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)21 405 3010

Enquiries via e-mail

Further information on visas

Public Holidays 2015

Directions to our office

Address

Physical address:

19th floor Triangle House
22 Riebeek Street
Cape Town

Postal address:

P.O. Box 4273 

Cape Town, 8000

Consular/Passport Section Pretoria

Passport Section

Online appointments (no fee)

Opening hours for applicants (appointment required):           

Monday - Friday

08:00-12:00

Passport collection (no appointment required):

Monday - Thursday

11:00-12:00

Telephone enquiries:

Monday - Thursday

13:00-15:00

Telephone

+27 (0)12 427 8976

+27 (0)12 427 8978

Public Holidays 2015

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

10:00-12:00

Enquiries via telephone and e-mail: 

Monday - Thursday

08:00-10:00 and 

13:00-16:00

Friday

08:00-10:00

Telephone

+27 (0)12 427 8977

Contact via e-mail

Comment

Parking:

There are six customer parking bays available at the "Hadefields Office Park" (first come first serve basis). For visitors with disabilities we can book a parking bay. In this case, please contact us by telephone or e-mail.

Address

1267 Pretorius Street "Hadefields Office Park", Hatfield, Pretoria 0083

Directions

Phone:
+27 (0)12 427 8977

Consular/Passport Section Cape Town

Passport Section
Online appointments (no fee)
Opening hours for applicant (appointment required):
Monday - Friday
9:00 - 12:00
additionally on Thursdays
15:00 - 15:30
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)21 405 3010 (South Africa)

+49 (0) 30 1817 67209 (Germany)
Public Holidays 2015
Directions to our office
Enquiries via e-mail
Further information on passports

OTHER CONSULAR SERVICES
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:

19th floor Triangle House
22 Riebeek Street
Cape Town, 8001

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, as well as the Kingdoms of Lesotho and Swaziland.

There are no public visiting hours at the Embassy. Please ensure you have an appointment with an Embassy official in order to access the premises. 

The Visa and Consular sections are not located at Blackwood Street.

Address

180 Blackwood Street, Arcadia, Pretoria

Telephone

+27 (0)12 427 8900

Fax

+27 (0)12 343 9401

Contact via e-mail

Consulate General Cape Town

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

Address

19th floor Triangle House
22 Riebeek Street
Cape Town, 8001

Telephone

+27 (0)21 405 3000

Fax

+27 (0)21 421 0400

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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