The combined military exercise GOOD HOPE, between the German Armed Forces and the South African National Defence Force, takes place for the sixth time March 2 -27 in Simon’s Town, Cape Town, False Bay and the Overberg Test Range. The bilateral exercise facilitates the sharing of maritime expertise and strengthens military cooperation between the two countries. On March 13-14, participating ships will be open for public visitors at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.
Military exercise GOOD HOPE begins in Cape Town
South Africa’s contemporary dance scene bursts to life in Johannesburg from February 26 to March 15, when the city again hosts the annual festival Dance Umbrella. The Goethe Institute is a long-time partner of the festival and this year is supporting three productions and a workshop for choreographers.
Johannesburg Dance Umbrella 2015
Vice President of the German Bundestag, Ulla Schmidt spoke in Cape Town on the occasion of the opening of the South African Parliament’s 2015 session at the Ambassador's residence. She noted “the importance of relations between the parliaments of our two countries offer scope for more intensive exchange.” Her speech highlighted numerous German-South African partnerships, from parliamentary exchange, military exercises, education and cultural programmes, to vocational training and conservation-oriented initiatives.
Speech on Opening of Parliament
Germany’s Bundeswehr is an army in service. Several thousand soldiers are constantly deployed abroad - on land, at sea and in the air. Here is an overview of the nine Bundeswehr missions in Africa.
Bundeswehr missions in Africa
Are you considering studying or conducting research in Germany or another European country, but just don't have the money to afford it? The Erasmus Mundus Scholarship Programme might be the right solution for you! Scholarships for academic experiences in Europe are funded for South African students. Apply now to become part of this year’s exchange.
Erasmus Mundus scholarships 2015
South Africa enjoys some of the best sunshine in the world all year round and could be the next photovoltaic superstar. In addition, the country has substantial wind potential, especially along the coastal areas of the Western and Eastern Cape. A new National Certificate (Vocational) optional subject called Renewable Energy Technologies (RET) has been developed for the renewable energy curriculum by the Skills for Green Jobs Programme.
New renewable energy subject in national curriculum
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.