Competence Centre: Mineral Resources

The German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy has appointed the Southern African – German Chamber of Commerce and Industry to establish and run a Competence Centre Mineral Resources (CC:MR). The Centre is supported by the Ministry and aims to be an information and networking platform for the industry. It is aligned with the Resource Strategy of the Federal Republic of Germany.

As the South African market is one of its focus areas, the Centre is based in Johannesburg. However, other countries of the SADC region will be covered, specifically Zambia, Zimbabwe and the DRC. 

The main tasks of the Centre include:

  • Gather, structure, analyse and provide market information
  • Be a platform for networking and communication
  • Offer services needed to the industry
  • Promote German technology in the market

Further information is provided by the fact sheet that can be downloaded here.

The Southern African – German Chamber of Commerce and Industry appoints regional coordinator

The Southern African – German Chamber of Commerce and Industry appoints regional coordinator

The Southern African – German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCC) represents German Industry in Southern Africa. The Chamber supports the work of over 600 member companies in the region.

Established in 1952, the Chamber’s Head Office is located in Johannesburg. Two branch offices in Cape Town and Durban and two offices in Lusaka (Zambia) and Maputo (Mozambique) offer member companies and clients a network of business partners covering the Southern African region.

Competence Centres, which specialise in Sustainable Energy, Mineral Resources, and CSR and Training complement the service offering of the Chamber. These service offerings are marketed under the umbrella brand of the German Chamber worldwide network, DEinternational.

The Chamber offers a wide range of services to support German and Southern African companies in their endeavour to connect to potential partners, such as:

  • General business connections,
  • Market reports,
  • Individual business partner searches,
  • Business delegations,
  • Trade fair participation,
  • Networking events.

In order to coordinate the work of the offices of the Chamber with affiliated and associated institutions in the region more efficiently, the Chamber has appointed a regional coordinator, Ms Lea Heidemann, who will be taking up the post as from 1 July 2017.

Ms Lea Heidemann has been working for the Southern African – German Chamber since 2012. In her previous position with the Chamber, she has served as the Deputy Head of the Business Development Department. Besides the coordination and implementation of the Chambers’ services, she has been responsible for the Competence Centre for Mineral Resources.

Ms Heidemann has extensive work experience in Germany, as well as in Southern Africa. She conducted her Master Studies in International Management at the University of Applied Sciences in Münster, Germany.

We congratulate Ms Heidemann on her appointment and are looking forward to good cooperation with her!



René Zarske

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F: +27 (0)86 685 3729

Christian Gevers

T: +27 (0)11 486 2775
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