1. Minister Steinmeier walking in Johannesburg with his delegation and guests German Foreign Minister in Pretoria for 8th Binational Commission
  2. Ambassador Dr. Horst Freitag handed over a check worth 5 million Euro to the City of Tshwane 5 million Euro program to promote safety in Mamelodi
  3. Lira on stage Celebrating freedom: 20/25 concert in Pretoria
Minister Steinmeier walking in Johannesburg with his delegation and guests

German Foreign Minister in Pretoria for 8th Binational Commission

Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is in South Africa for the 2014 Binational Commission meetings, November 20-21. The commission will be jointly chaired by the South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and Minister Steinmeier. The Minister will meet with President Zuma as part of his visit.

Ambassador Dr. Horst Freitag handed over a check worth 5 million Euro to the City of Tshwane

5 million Euro program to promote safety in Mamelodi

German Ambassador Dr. Horst Freitag handed over a check worth 5 million Euro to Acting Mayor Cllr. Terence Mashego of the City of Tshwane on November 9, to make Mamelodi East a safer place for its residents. During a concert to celebrate “20/25: 20 years fall of Apartheid, 25 years fall of the Berlin Wall” in Moretele Park in Pretoria, Ambassador Freitag took the opportunity to reconfirm Germany's support to South Africa in overcoming the legacies of the Apartheid regime.

Lira on stage

Celebrating freedom: 20/25 concert in Pretoria

A sunny and festive afternoon on November 9 in Moretele Park set the scene for South African and German artists to celebrate the anniversary of freedom in their respective countries.

South African scientist Kerry Bobbins with German Research Manager Johanna Wanka

German Research Minister honours South African scientist in Berlin

Germany's Research Minister Wanka recently honoured South African scientist Kerry Bobbins during a ceremony in Berlin. Bobbins is one of only 25 young researchers selected as “Green Talents 2014” for her practical experience and trans-disciplinary work on the interface between science and policy.

Tourists at Brandenburg Gate

Germany knocks USA off Best Nation top spot after 5 years

Germany ranked number one in a survey of global perceptions, pushing the USA out of the top spot. In addition to “sport excellence”, the attributes of ‘honest and competent government’, ‘investment climate’, and ‘social equality’ were scored the highest. After holding the number one place since 2009, the USA has this year been pushed down to second place by Germany, which now takes the lead in the Anholt-GfK Nation Brands IndexSM (NBISM).

Ralf Gum

“I hope that the 20/25 concert brings people a bit closer together”

Leading South African and German artists take to the stage in Pretoria on November 9 for the 20/25 concert. Celebrating the Fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago and 20 years of democracy in South Africa, the planned concert allowed the GIC Africa the opportunity to discuss the relevance of these historic events with the artists performing there. Read house music force Ralf Gum's interview here.

Konrad Küchenmeister

“This is how I learned to believe in a dream and fight for it”

German musician Konrad Küchenmeister will be in South Africa to perform at the 20|25 concert in Pretoria on November 9. He shared with the GIC Africa his personal experience of the end of the Apartheid and the fall of the Berlin Wall, describing in his own words why the 20|25 concert holds such significance.

Yvonne Chaka Chaka

“Freedom is here; do not take it for granted”

A special concert will take place in Pretoria on November 9 to celebrate 20 years of democracy in South Africa and the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in Germany. Performing at "20|25", among others, is Yvone Chaka Chaka. The GIC Africa asked the star her impressions of these historic events and the impact it has had on her personally and on her music.

Winning teams of the friendly competition

Football tournament at the Deutsche Schule Pretoria

Twelve teams from Mamelodi, Eesterust and the Deutsche Schule Pretoria faced off at a tournament held on the DSP grounds on November 1. Victory went to Motheo Primary School. The event was jointly sponsored by the school and the German Embassy Pretoria.

The delegation from BMBF travelled to the project region

BMBF delegation visits water resource management project

As part of the second phase of the Middle Olifants South Africa (MOSA) project, which should establish a pilot wastewater treatment plant in the region of the Middle Olifants river, a delegation of the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) visited South Africa from October 20 – 25 for a status workshop, project site visit and to discuss further cooperation in the field of water resource management with South African partners.

Launching of the project in Orlando

Non-motorised transport project in Soweto

With over 2000 school children and citizens of Orlando East present, delegates from the German Embassy and German development institutions, the City of Johannesburg, the Department of Transport and the Department of Environmental Affairs opened an infrastructure pilot project in Soweto on October 23. The KfW Development Bank co-financed the project with a R 70 million grant as part of its non-motorised transport program. The aim of the program is to promote cycling and walking, as cost-effective, climate-friendly alternatives.

20/25 Fall of Apartheid and Berlin Wall

Sharing and Shaping History – 20 Years of Democracy in South Africa and 25 Years of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

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.

Flags of Germany, the European Union and South Africa

German-South African Binational Commission

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.

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 2014

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 2014

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

Opening Hours for Applications:
Monday - Friday

09:00 - 12:00

Public Holidays 2014

Directions to our office

Telephone and e-mail 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)

Enquiries via e-mail

Further information on passports

OTHER CONSULAR SERVICES

Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday

09:00 - 12:00

Public Holidays 2014

Directions to our office

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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