1. A design by Nigerian designer Samson Soboye at the Africa Fashion Day Berlin 2014 Berlin Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2015
  2. Veg stall Berlin hosts 7th Global Forum for Food and Agriculture
  3. The German School Rio de Janeiro with its prize German International Schools: where the welcoming culture is alive
A design by Nigerian designer Samson Soboye at the Africa Fashion Day Berlin 2014

Berlin Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2015

Germany's biggest fashion event is back at the renowned Brandenburg Gate for its 16th season, January 19-22. And African designers are there in force, participating at Premium, a tradefair for high-street fashion. The young African-born designer Bobby Kolade's collection also premiered at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin.

Veg stall

Berlin hosts 7th Global Forum for Food and Agriculture

Agriculture Ministers, politicians, business representatives and academia from around the world are meeting in Berlin to discuss the future role of a sustainable, resource-efficient and climate-compatible agricultural sector. The Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA), an international conference on central issues of global agriculture and the food sector, takes place annually during the International Green Week, from January 15 – 17.

The German School Rio de Janeiro with its prize

German International Schools: where the welcoming culture is alive

Over 130 Directors of German Schools in 70 countries around the world gathered at the German Foreign Ministry's offices on January 5-7. The highlight of the event was the presentation of awards for inclusion and vocational training projects. The German School Pretoria was among the seven winners announced.

Foreign Minister Steinmeier (file photo)

German Foreign Minister Steinmeier says “No to Pegida”

Germany's Foreign Minister, along with many other leading politicians, speaks out clearly for a global-minded and tolerant Germany – and joins a large number of citizens who are taking a stand against the anti-Islam Pegida movement.

Nadine Kessler and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo were crowned the FIFA World Players of the Year

German Coaches and players honoured at Ballon D’Or

Two of Germany’s coaches, Joachim Löw and Ralf Kellermann, were awarded the World Coach of the Year awards for women’s and men’s soccer. Nadine Kessler was also crowned Women's World Player of the Year.

The Goethe-Institut's 'Onleihe to go' (© Goethe-Institut)

Onleihe – Africa's digital German library

From the comfort of your home, under your warm blanket and with a hot cup of coffee or on a sunny beach somewhere, you can choose from a wide variety of German and English media, ranging from digital books, magazines and newspapers to audio files. No matter where you are in Africa, our free service is always accessible to you.

Holocaust Memorial Berlin

Agreement reached to acknowledge needs of and assist child Holocaust survivors

The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) reached a landmark agreement with the German Finance Ministry under which the organization and the German government will jointly provide assistance to Jewish child survivors of the Holocaust. A $250 million fund has been established for this purpose.

As of January 1, 2015 a minimum wage of 8.50 Euro came into effect in Germany

Germany introduces a national minimum wage

January 1, 2015 marked a new era for German workers as a national minimum wage came into effect. An estimated 3.7 million people are expected to have increased pay packages as a result. 

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. 

Aerial view of the Lieberrose solar park, one of Germany's largest, built by the Juwi Group

SA home to largest project in the world for German renewables firm

German alternative energy company Juwi group, based in Wörrstadt, announced its South African subsidiary has won a contract that would see the firm's largest single project in the world built in the Northern Cape. Project will further German and South African ambitions for a greener economy.

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 2014

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 2014

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

Opening Hours for Applications:
Monday - Friday

09:00 - 12:00

Public Holidays 2014

Public Holidays 2015

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

Public Holidays 2015

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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