The German-African Business Association (Afrika-Verein) and the Southern-African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AHK) are currently organizing the 4th German-South African Business Forum (GSABF), which will take place September 17-19, 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The GSABF is the largest platform for German-South African co-operation in the private sector. High-ranking German and South African representatives from politics and business will come together and discuss the most important economic policy developments as well as business opportunities in both countries.
German-South African Business Forum
Vinu Nair is on his way to represent young South African innovators at the Finale in Berlin, Germany on November 8, following his winning presentation on September 12 at the Falling Walls Lab in Johannesburg. The Falling Walls Lab is an annual event that provides a platform for young researchers, academics, entrepreneurs and professionals to share their breakthrough ideas, research and prototypes which have the potential to shape our society in the foreseeable future.
Falling Walls Lab 2014
The first international Climate Day was celebrated on September 9 with a panel discussion on ''Climate Change and Development'' at WITS University. The event, which has been jointly organized by the German Embassy and the British High Commission, was opened by Vice-Chancellor and Principal of WITS Professor Adam Habib.
Climate Day panel discussion at WITS
The International Climate Initiative of the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety is funding climate and biodiversity projects in developing and transition countries. Several projects in South Africa and Swaziland are making remarkable progress.
IKI in South Africa and Swaziland
SAP SE announced on August 20 a seven-year plan to up-skill local African talent and drive sustainable innovation and growth in Africa. It envisions hub anchors in South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Angola and Morocco, and plans to train the next generation of IT leaders and professionals, up to 10,000 consultants, by 2020.
SAP invests up to US $500 Million in Africa
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.