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.
Green Talents 2014 awarded in Berlin
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).
Germany scores first in Nation Brands Index
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.
Interview with German artist Ralf Gum
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.
20|25 concert: interview with Konrad Küchenmeister
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.
GIC Africa Interview with Yvonne Chaka Chaka
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.
German Embassy, DSP host tournament
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.
BMBF delegation visits MOSA
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.
Non-motorised transport project in Soweto
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.
20 Years Democracy in SA/25 Years Fall of the Berlin Wall
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.