Share your innovative idea at the Falling Walls Lab in Johannesburg, win a scholarship and travel in November 2015 to the finals in Berlin! The deadline for the Falling Walls Lab in Johannesburg is August 14, 2015. It was initiated on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. Inspired by this world-changing event on November 9, 1989, the question of every Falling Walls gathering is: Which walls will fall next?
Falling Walls Lab 2015
The German cultural centre, the Goethe-Institut, has released a unique online language phrasebook covering 51 African languages. Available as an android app, users can find 150 terms and phrases in each language and listen to the audio version for proper pronunciation.
Online language app with 51 African languages
Travelers from the Free State, Lesotho and surrounding areas will no longer have to travel to Pretoria for their visa application. External service provider Intergate Visalink, in conjunction with the German Missions in South Africa, will open its new centre in Bloemfontein on July 1.
New Visa Application Centre to open in Bloemfontein
Germany and South Africa have a firmly established energy partnership with a key focal area being renewable energy. On June 17, German company Nordex SE announced it had completed a second wind farm in South Africa's Eastern Cape, supplying 80MW of green energy to the national grid and demonstrating the power of the private sector to deepen and strengthen this cooperation.
Private sector projects key to energy initiative
Tax collection is a core function for every well-functioning state. Leadership in Tax Administration must be well-trained and equipped to handle today’s challenges, including tax evasion strategies. The German-African master’s degree course “Tax Policy and Tax Administration“ fills this need.
German Support for African Tax Experts
In times of power shortages and rising electricity prices, energy consumers need to think of ways to cut back on their demand. Often highly indebted to begin with, many South African municipalities are forced to reduce their energy expenditures. A joint programme of the South African - German development cooperation is guiding these municipalities in the process.
Saving electricity with German support
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.
Vocational Education and Training
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.