1. Powerlines stretch across KwaZulu Natal R 4 billion for "green" electricity network in South Africa
  2. Portrait of Günter Grass (1927 - 2015) Foreign Minister Steinmeier on the death of Günter Grass
  3. Turbines at the Baltic 1 wind farm German KfW IPEX Bank grants R 2.1 billion for wind farm in Eastern Cape
Powerlines stretch across KwaZulu Natal

R 4 billion for "green" electricity network in South Africa

The German government has committed 4 billion Rand to connecting renewable energy sources to South Africa's power grid and for modernising and strengthening the interconnected grid. The network integration of renewable energy sources will facilitate an annual reduction of CO2 emissions of up to 5.5 million tonnes.

Portrait of Günter Grass (1927 - 2015)

Foreign Minister Steinmeier on the death of Günter Grass

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier issued a statement on April 13 in response to the death of the Nobel-winning German novelist Günter Grass. ''In Günter Grass, Germany has lost one of its true greats today. Grass was a father figure for philosophy and literature as our country grew to maturity.''

Turbines at the Baltic 1 wind farm

German KfW IPEX Bank grants R 2.1 billion for wind farm in Eastern Cape

On March 30, the KfW IPEX Bank, the export finance unit of Germany's Development Bank KfW signed a R 2.1 billion loan with Enel Green Power RSA for the building of an off-shore wind farm.

Green Talents

Green Talents Competition 2015 now open

Applications are now being accepted from young researchers interested in taking part in the Green Talents Competition 2015. The competition offers 25 winners the opportunity to promote their research in Germany and gain exclusive access to its sustainable development hotspots.

Min. Schmidt officially opens the German-Zambia Agricultural Knowledge and Technology Centre in Chisamba

Minister's visit highlights cooperation in Zambia's agricultural sector

Germany's Food and Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt visited Zambia April 15-17, highlighting the bilateral collaboration that has given a boost to Zambia’s agricultural sector. While there, the Minister launched the new Agricultural Knowledge and Technology Centre and attended the opening of Zambia's largest business platform for the agricultural sector, the AGRITECH Expo.

Member of the Executive Board of the Deutsche Bundesbank, Dr. Andreas Dombret

SA Reserve Bank welcomes Deutsche Bundesbank executive for consultations

Dr. Andreas Dombret, Member of the Executive Board of the Deutsche Bundesbank is on a visit to South Africa from April 9-10, at the invitation of South Africa’s Reserve Bank. Dr. Dombret spoke at two venues in Johannesburg as part of his visit.

Children of Diepsloot in the vegetable garden

Green paths out of poverty

Diepsloot is a densely populated township in northern Johannesburg. The non-profit organization “Afrika Tikkun” has taken on the task of helping the people of that area out of poverty and reducing their lack of prospects. The German Embassy Pretoria is proud to support “Afrika Tikkun” with 80,000 Rand in a unique and creative project. The finances were used to set up an organic vegetable garden.

Africa

Why Africa matters to Germany

Ambassador Georg Schmidt, Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa and the Sahel in Germany's Foreign Office, recently visited Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. The German Information Centre Africa had the opportunity to interview Ambassador Schmidt during his stay on the continent.

Plane crashes in southern France

Chancellor Angela Merkel has expressed her shock at the news that a plane belonging to a German airline has crashed on Tuesday, March 24. Her deepest sympathy, she says, goes to the loved ones of those who have lost their lives. Angela Merkel will be visiting the crash site herself on March 25.

The Benguela Current is unique in terms of ecological and economical potential

Protecting the "current of plenty"

The German Ministry for the Environment is supporting the countries of Angola, Namibia and South Africa in their joint effort to establish sustainable managment of the Benguela Current with 8.9 million Euro.

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.

Employment opportunity at the German Embassy Pretoria

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There are currently two positions available at the German Embassy Pretoria. Please download the following description for further information.

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, 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

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