1. VW production in Uitenhage, Port Elizabeth German car manufacturer Volkswagen to invest R4.5 billion in South Africa
  2. South African President Zuma with Ambassador Lindner German Ambassador Lindner handed over his credentials to President Zuma
  3. Intergate staff with German Embassy representative during ribbon-cutting New Visa Application Centre in Bloemfontein opens
VW production in Uitenhage, Port Elizabeth

German car manufacturer Volkswagen to invest R4.5 billion in South Africa

On August 27, Volkswagen Group South Africa announced plans to invest over R4.5 billion for new models to be produced at the Uitenhage factory by 2017. At a media briefing in Sandton Mr Thomas Schaefer Managing Director of Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) announced the next phase of major new investments in the factory in Uitenage, its supplier base and the training of employees for the next generation of products to be manufactured in South Africa.

South African President Zuma with Ambassador Lindner

German Ambassador Lindner handed over his credentials to President Zuma

On August 11, German Ambassador to South Africa, Walter Lindner handed over his credentials to South African President Jacob Zuma in an official ceremony at the Presidential guest house.

Intergate staff with German Embassy representative during ribbon-cutting

New Visa Application Centre in Bloemfontein opens

On August 6, a new visa application centre for the German Embassy was officially opened in Bloemfontein. Travellers from the Free State, Lesotho and surrounding areas will no longer be required to travel to Pretoria to submit applications. The convenience of the location will also facilitate the application process for the many businesses with ties to Germany.

Greeting by German Ambassador Designate Walter Lindner

Greeting by German Ambassador Designate Walter Lindner

Traveling minor

Note: Report of birth to obtain German citizenship abroad

Affected are those who were born outside of the limits of the Federal Republic of Germany and whose parents were also born abroad after the December 31st of 1999, if their habitual residence is not Germany. Children with these characteristics will not automatically obtain German nationality by birth anymore. Exceptions to this general rule are possible in cases of imminent statelessness.

Siyamcela Willem (22) and Mentor Phuthi Mphahlele (CAADP - Programm)

TVET Work Base Experience for Students

Over half of South Africa’s population is under the age of 25. The ability to provide these young people with adequate skills and work opportunities will be decisive for the country’s future. Germany supports South Africa in its efforts to turn this situation around. Vocational education and training and skills development is one of the focal areas within the South African-German development cooperation.

Minister Steinmeier shared his perspective on current pressing issues in German foreign policy

Conference explores the future of Germany’s foreign policy

Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier opened the annual Ambassadors Conference on August 24 in Berlin. The conference is being held for the 14th time and addresses the many crises around the globe, threats to the traditional structures of the world order and what a future or new order holds for Germany.

German unity jigsaw puzzle

The German Foreign Office has invited creative people around the world to design large-format puzzle pieces. Under the title “Together for Unity” the pieces will be fitted together to form maps of reunited Germany. In South Africa the jigsaw pieces will be designed by various partner organizations and children from German schools and South African partner schools.

A young German constructing turbines

Germany has lowest youth unemployment in EU

The number of 15-24 year-old citizens in Germany who are neither working nor in training is the lowest in the EU, official data for 2014 show. German companies have recently launched the pan-European 'InCharge' initiative to motivate and enable unemployed young Europeans to train and find a job in Germany.

researchers

Call for Draft Proposals of German-African Cooperation Projects in Infectiology

The German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) has launched a call for proposals of joint research projects between scientists in Germany and Africa investigating infectious diseases and their social implications. Deadline for submissions is December 15, 2015.

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

Please note that the Passport Section will be closed on October 2.

Passport Section

Online appointments (no fee)

Opening hours for applicants (appointment required):           

Monday - Friday

08:00-12:00

Passport collection (no appointment required):

Monday - Friday

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, the Kingdoms of Lesotho and Swaziland, as well as Mauritius.

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

Employment opportunity at the German Embassy Pretoria

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There is currently a part-time position available at the German Embassy Pretoria. Please download the following description for further information.

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