The heads of Germany’s missions abroad meet once a year to discuss current foreign policy issues. The focus of this year’s Ambassadors Conference is “A Fresh Look at German Foreign Policy”. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier opened the conference together with the former High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union Javier Solana and Swiss President Didier Burkhalter.
13th Ambassadors Conference
SAP SE announced on August 20 a seven-year plan to up-skill local African talent and drive sustainable innovation and growth in Africa. It envisions hub anchors in South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Angola and Morocco, and plans to train the next generation of IT leaders and professionals, up to 10,000 consultants, by 2020.
SAP invests up to US $500 Million in Africa
Germany’s Ambassador to South Africa, Horst Freitag, joined a lively, interactive discussion forum on August 14 at Stellenbosch University. The event was hosted by the Stellenbosch Political Science Association and addressed the topic “Towards a Better Africa.”
Stellenbosch hosts distinguished panel discussion
On August 18, the German Embassy invited German language students as well as German exchange students from the University of Pretoria to an open discussion themed „20 years of democracy in South Africa and 25 years Fall of the Berlin Wall”.
Discussion with students
On August 19, The German Embassy in South Africa donated sports equipment worth 1000 Euro to Moretele Primary School in Mamelodi near Pretoria. Representatives of the Embassy and the German School Pretoria (DSP) handed over two football goals, five footballs and an air pump. They agreed with school officials to intensify their cooperation in the future.
Donation for Moretele Primary School
Germany came in first in a new energy efficiency ranking of the world's major economies, followed by Italy, the European Union as a whole, China, and France, according to the 2014 International Energy Efficiency Scorecard published by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
Energy Efficiency Ranking
The fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago inspired many South Africans, just as the end of apartheid 20 years ago inspired many Germans. Both events changed the face of the globe for the better. The German government and the German people wholeheartedly congratulate all South Africans on the 20th anniversary of the new South Africa and we invite you to join us in celebrating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
20 Years Democracy in SA/25 Years Fall of the Berlin Wall
The German-South African Binational Commission, chaired by the South African Deputy President and the German Vice Chancellor/Foreign Minister, 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.