e-NewsMail | October 2017

e-NewsMail - October 2017

Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry NPC



Dear Member and Stakeholder,

The Members’ Luncheon on 3 October  2017 saw more than 70 members discussing business and economic opportunities in Gauteng. Our Guest of Honour and main speaker was the CEO of the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA), Mr Saki Zamxaka. A concrete outcome of this event was the Chamber and GGDA’s plan to set up a task team of members and representatives of the agency to discuss ways to retain exiting and attract new German investment in the province and the country.

The Annual Event took place on 6 October 2017. More than 220 members and friends attended the event, which was a festival of great entertainment, good food and wine. The event was designed to be different from the “Annual Balls” held in the past. Feel free to have a look at the website and let us know what you thought about it. 

The SA-German Chamber, together with Renewable Energy Academy AG (RENAC), and in collaboration with the Namibian Manufacturers Association (NMA), organised a conference on opportunities for energy efficiency in industry, and commercial buildings in Namibia. This should encourage exchange and explore business opportunities in energy efficiency between Namibian and German experts, enterprises and guests.   

The conference is part of the “Energy Solutions Made in Germany” Initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Economics and Energy (BMWi).

On 27 October 2017, the Chamber will host a Members’ Luncheon on business opportunities in Botswana. Our Guest of Honour and main speaker will be the Honourable Minister Vincent T. Seretse, Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry of the Republic of Botswana.  For more info, please click on the following link:

Upcoming events in November:
South African producers will have the opportunity to present their products and services to German/ European buyers at the 52nd BME Symposium Procurement and Logistics from 6 – 10 November 2017 in Berlin. 

11 South African companies will travel to the symposium as part of a DTI outward selling mission and participate in the event with a joint exhibition booth, supported by TEDA. The mission programme will also include meetings with German producers, economic development partners, as well as a sourcing workshop in the days preceding the symposium. 

The Chamber will facilitate the cooperation between the symposium host, BME, and the South African participants, as well as assist with the overall organisation and the programme and workshop in the days preceding the event. The Chamber set up a partnership for this project with the Strategic Partnership Digital Africa, a network made up of BME, companies and associations, which is supporting the project. For further info please contact:

Frank Aletter, faletter@germanchamber.co.za, 011 486 2775
Lea Heidemann, lheidemann@germanchamber.co.za, 011 486 2775

A German business delegation will be visiting South Africa at the end of November this year. The delegation consists of about 10 members of the German wholesale trade association for housing technology – in-short, "DG Haustechnik" –, which is the official body of the German specialist wholesalers in the fields of sanitary, heating, ventilation and air conditioning: http://www.dg-haustechnik.de
The companies will have meetings in Johannesburg on 20 - 21 November. The remainder of the time will be dedicated to meet with additional potential business partners in Cape Town. The goal of this visit is to get to know the most relevant players within their market, meet with the relevant industry representatives / potential cooperation partners and gain insights into the South African sanitary, heating, ventilation and air conditioning industry. 

Best regards

Matthias Boddenberg
Chief Executive Officer






Platinum Sponsors

BASF South Africa (Pty) Ltd.

Siemens (Pty) Ltd


ThyssenKrupp Representative Office for Southern Africa

WorldNet Logistics (Pty) Ltd.

Gold Sponsors



Schauenburg (Pty) Ltd







Upcoming Chamber Events

Annual Event  - Friday, 06 October 

Thank you, dear members and friends, for coming to this year’s Annual Event, which took place at the Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg. We hope everyone thoroughly enjoyed our "unplugged" take on this event. We would also like to thank our performers and entertainers for their stunning work on the night:

  • Thank you to Ad Lib for their stunning classical and contemporary renditions.
  • Thank you to Alex van Houwelingen (aka Alex VH) for his quick and skilful sketchings.
  • Thank you to Mandla Patson Mathonsi for leading the wine tastings and keeping everyone merry.
  • Thank you to The Magic Of Larry Soffer for his mind-blowing mentalist act.
  • Thank you to Michael Lowman for treating us to his smooth, one-of-a-kind tunes.

Last (but certainly not least), we would like to thank our sponsors for making this night possible. [view the photo gallery]


DG Haustechnik

South African Business Delegation visiting the
52nd BME Symposium Procurement and Logistics

Berlin, Germany


wire & Tube
Business Luncheon

Water Management in Zambia
Wasserwirtschaft in Sambia







Informationsbroschüre Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE)
in Südafrika die Entwicklung von 2004 bis 2017

Das B-BBEE stellt dabei die gesetzliche Manifestierung der Gleichberechtigung ehemals benachteiligter Bevölkerungsgruppen in wirtschaftlichen Angelegenheiten dar. Diese Broschüre soll deutschen Unternehmern dabei helfen, ein generelles Verständnis über die Auswirkungen des B-BBEE in Bezug auf wirtschaftliche Aktivitäten mit und in Südafrika zu erhalten. >> Mehr


Deutsche Internationale
Schule Kapstadt

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Annual Golf Day
German School in Durban

Lekgotla Network: COMETSA PMS Entrepreneurship Development Network (EDN)

9th Africa Public Private  Partnership Conference
Cape Town , South Africa

Water event collaboration
Opportunity in Crisis?



Exclusive Members’ Discounts

Being a member with the SA-German Chamber just got even better! To help you make the most of your partnership with us, we are offering discounts with various hotels, airlines and car rental companies around our offices in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Maputo and Lusaka exclusively for our members. If you are a member with the SA-German Chamber and would like to take advantage of these deals or would like to give your company exposure on our list of discounts, please contact Claudia Schmidt at cschmidt@germanchamber.co.za.  >> Booklet 





On German Business delegation for housing technology visiting South Africa,
20-24 November 2017

A German business delegation will be in South Africa end of November this year. The delegation consists of about 10 members of the German wholesale trade association for housing technology – in-short, "DG Haustechnik" – which is the official body of the German specialist wholesalers in the fields of sanitary, heating, ventilation and air conditioning: http://www.dg-haustechnik.de

The companies will have meetings in Johannesburg on 20+21 November. The rest of the week they will spend in Cape Town to meet with additional potential business partners. Their visit aims at getting to know the most relevant players of their market, meet with the relevant industry representatives/ potential cooperation partners and gain insights into the South African sanitary, heating, ventilation and air conditioning industry.  [Programme]



These are the latest members that joined our network in the past two months.




The Competence Centre: Mineral Resources (CC:MR)

René Zarske, Project Manager, heads the Competence Center Mineral Resources within the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Mr. Zarske is experienced in the international markets and has been working for one of the largest banks in Germany in the world’s main financial centres Frankfurt am Main, Hong Kong, Melbourne and Shanghai. He obtained his Master of Business at the Bond University in Australia. As a German citizen, Mr. Zarske recently worked as a consultant in the finance industry in Cologne. He has overseen various projects in the field of Business Development. Mr. Zarske is fluent in German and English.

For more information, please contact
Mr Rene Zarske at rzarske@germanchamber.co.za or
Mr Christian Gevers at cgevers@germanchamber.co.za.

Web: http://resources.germanchamber.co.za/en/


Welcome René Zarske

Welcome René Zarske




The Competence Centre: Sustainable Energies (CC:SE)

The CC:SE aims to be an information, networking and advisory platform for the industry and is supported by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy.
The CC:SE is based in Cape Town. 

For more information, please contact 
Mr Jens Hauser at jhauser@germanchamber.co.za or
Mr Markus Wolf at mwolf@germanchamber.co.za.


Zimbabwe Mining Investment Conference 2017

21st - 22nd November 2017
5 Star Meikles Hotel,
Harare , Zimbabwe

Please find more information on the conference website : www.miningreport.co/zimbabwe




Western and Eastern Cape - Cape Town

Joint event with KAS and IJR 21st September

A very informative and interactive event was hosted on 21st September in Cape Town on "The Private Sector’s Role in Inclusive Development" with Jan Hofmeyr from the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, Christina Teichmann from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the SA-German Chamber’s Cape Town Office.


On 3rd October, the Chamber hosted a reception in Cape Town on behalf of the Minister for Science, Research and the Arts of the State of Baden-Württemberg,
Mrs. Theresia Bauer and her delegation. The theme of the event was “Science meets Business”.  Fruitful discussions and networking took place between the representatives of business and academia from the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg and the Western Cape. 

Media Release: More than half a billion investment boosts East London Port
Please find latest developments from the Port of East London.

Regional Representative for the Western and Eastern Cape:
Ms Anja Tambusso-Ferraz

Tel. +27 (0)21 422-5577
Fax. +27(0)21 424-3136 


Joint event with KAS and IJR

Joint event with KAS and IJR





Maputo Office

Business News Mozambique: Click here

The Packaging and Compliance Mozambique Conference 1-day Only – Johannesburg

Mozambique is clearly a huge growth market.  However, bottlenecks exist in the distribution network.  Recently, the government of Mozambique has enacted labelling laws, which don’t allow for a grace period. Imported goods in the following categories must immediately be compliant: foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals, alcohol, tobacco products and general non-foodstuffs.

On the 30 November in Johannesburg, we will look exclusively at and discuss the following programme. [more information]

Representative in Mozambique: Dr. Friedrich Kaufmann
Tel: +258 2149 3260
Fax:+258 2149 3258


About Schengen visa

Please allow a minimum of six weeks to book your appointment and apply for your Schengen visa if you are a non-EU citizen. Online appointment booking system: Tel: 0861 00 22 45 or www.visa-germany.co.za. Please note that your personalised trade fair visitor entrance ticket and your proof of payment serves as your “invitation letter” when applying for your visa, if you are a South African citizen.




Lusaka Office 

Market Exploration Delegation of the Export Initiative Environmental Technologies as part of the SME market development programme 22 - 26 January 2018

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES: International donors have secured the finance of several water projects in Zambia, with projects focusing on the capital, Lusaka. The planned measures are the first step of implementation of the three-part masterplan, which includes drinking water, sewage and drainage. The other implementation parts of the masterplan should provide new orders, as well. In addition, investment can be found in the copperbelt area, a mineral-rich region along the border with the DR Congo. The Zambian water sector therefore provides numerous business opportunities for German companies.  [Read more]

Representative in Zambia: Mr Johannes Kurt
Tel: +260(0) 97 42 52 091


 Messe Berlin





The “Why, Where, When and How” to Exhibit…with the support of The Chamber:

If used correctly, a trade show can be one of the most effective marketing tools available to your company. Your targeted customers visit you, in large numbers, to experience your product in action and meet you face-to face.

For more information contact, Ms Innocentia Mazindo on tradefairs@germanchamber.co.za



Trade Fair Calendar



07-10 November

12-18 November

13-16 November

13-16 November

27 February - 01 March
EuroCIS 2018

04 - 07 March

13 - 15 March
Energy Storage 2018 


 Messe Düsseldorf






Lufthansa PartnerPlusBenefit

Are you a business traveller who wants the most out of your travel?
Then take the opportunity to register your company for the free Lufthansa PartnerPlusBenefit programme, designed for corporates to ensure they get the most out of their business travel. 

As a member of the German Chamber Council, Lufthansa is exclusively offering all new registrations on our PartnerPlusBenefit program- a complimentary Business class lounge voucher as well as a Flynet voucher, for use with your first flight taken on Lufthansa.

In addition to this exclusive offer, you will receive triple PartnerPlusBenefit points with every ticket flown from South Africa on Lufthansa flights to any destination worldwide.

This promotion is valid for all flights flown from 01 September 2017 until 30 November 2017.

To find out more about PartnerPlusBenefit please  visit www.partnerplusbenefit.com or send an email to PartnerPlusBenefit once you have registered.

Start earning points for your company now and save up to 30%
on your travel expenses.


Apartment for rental available in Hyde Park preferable to German company, ideal for executives or managers on contract:

163 qm, quiet flat on 2nd floor opposite Hyde Park shopping center, 3 bed, modern renovated 2 bathrooms, renovated modern kitchen, dining room, large living room, balcony, squash court, swimming pool, under cover garage parking, 24 h security. Available from 01.08.2017.

Contact the Chamber 




Nspire Strategic and Management Solutions

When to consider a change management initiative

We are living in an age of constant change and complexity, where we need to be in a permanent state of alertness.

Most of us would agree that change is good, but sometimes it can have a very negative impact on our organisations. Stakeholder relationships, profitability and market positioning are affected by change and the way we respond to it. This presents both risks and opportunities, and how we address such organisational change determines whether the outcome will be positive or disastrous.

Some change can be managed internally, but there are times when it becomes necessary to call on the professional change management consultants. We have highlighted the 10 most frequent change scenarios where it is recommended to implement a change management initiative. You will find them listed on our website by clicking here

For more information visit our website: www.nspiresolutions.co.za



View Studios offers 15 beautifully furnished duplex self-catering Townhouses 

Each unit compromises of
1 Bedroom, Bathroom, Study/2nd Bedroom,   Kitchen, Lounge, Dinning Room and mature private garden

Services include daily onsite laundry/cleaning, DSTV, WIFI Internet access, secure parking

Complex has 24hr Security guards




BASF South Africa and BASF West Africa receive
Top Employer 2018 Accreditation

  • BASF South Africa recognized as a Top Employer for the sixth consecutive year.
  • BASF West Africa accredited as Top Employer Nigeria.

Johannesburg, South Africa – 13 October 2017: At a gala ceremony held at the Sandton Convention Center on Thursday 12 October 2017, the Top Employers Institute has for the sixth consecutive year, certified BASF South Africa as one of the top employers in the South Africa. The company was also placed first in the Chemicals sector. At the same event, BASF West Africareceived its third certification as Top Employer Nigeria for its outstandingemployee offerings within the African category.

You will find the long version of the news release here



Maritime Logistics and Port Management

The first international Online Degree Programme for the worldwide maritime logistics sector [learn more]


Schauenburg International -
Africa Group certified as one of the Top Employers South Africa 2018

Kempton Park, JHB, Date: 13 October 2017

Schauenburg International - Africa Group is proud to announce that it has been officially certified by the Top Employers Institute for its exceptional employee offerings.

The annual international research undertaken by the Top Employers Institute recognises leading employers around the world: those that provide excellent employee conditions, nurture and develop talent throughout all levels of the organisation, and which strive to continuously optimise employment practices. Schauenburg International - Africa Group has been awarded the exclusive Top Employers South Africa 2018 certification. [Read more]






Help to keep us moving!

St Luke’s Hospice in Cape Town, South Africa urgently needs your help!  We currently care for over 800 patients suffering from life-limiting illnesses every month, many of whom receive this care within their own homes in highly impoverished, high risk areas.  The economic downturn has had a dire impact on our resources and we are in critical need of replacing some of our vehicles to ensure the safety of our nursing staff.  To find out how you can help to keep us moving, please e-mail Sandi Westgarth-Taylor at sandiw@stlukes.co.za or
call +27 83 458 2508.



TOPS at SPAR Bierfest –South Africa’s Original Oktoberfest is Back!

From 3 to 4 November, the TOPS at SPAR Bierfest will be parking its massive brauhaus, biers, bands, eisbeins and beautiful frauleins at GrandWest Sun Park.

True to its name and time-honoured tradition, the TOPS at SPAR Bierfest takes great pride in bringing local Bierfestarians the best of Bavarian bier culture and with its very own, especially brewed Oktoberfest bier (brewed once a year just for this very occasion), the TOPS at SPAR Bierfest 2017isan event not to be missed.

Tickets start at R115 and can be booked online through www.quicket.co.za.






– township elegance!
Soweto Hotel and Conference Centre is located in Kliptown , Soweto. Kliptown, one of the oldest districts in Soweto, is an area steeped in history – violent, restorative, sad and uplifting. 


















Portal.Afrika http://www.portalafrika.de/

Auf der Website Portal.Afrika berichten Germany Trade & Invest und die Deutsche Industrie- und Handelskammer für das südliche Afrika (AHK Südliches Afrika) in einem gemeinsamen Projekt über Wirtschaft und Märkte in Subsahara-Afrika. Portal.Afrika betrachtet branchen- und länderspezifisch das Wirtschaftsgeschehen im  Subsahara-Afrikaraum, liefert Marktprognosen und detaillierte Fakten über Projekte und Ausschreibungen, informiert über Veranstaltungen sowie über wirtschaftliche Hintergründe.






Deutschkurse in Pretoria

German Language courses: Now also in Pretoria! We’ve extended our course programme and you can now learn German at the premises of Alliance Française in Sunnyside, Pretoria. Choose from weekly Beginner’s courses on Tuesday or Wednesday mornings. Course fee is R 3.600. Next term starts on 3 October. Register here







“Do good and talk about it”


4th Newsletter German Cooperation with SADC

Please find enclosed the fourth edition of the Newsletter German Development Cooperation with SADC (Southern African Development Community). With this Newsletter, the German Embassy Gaborone aims to inform and update twice a year on activities on our German Development Cooperation with SADC. [Read more]

AHK Annual Report 2016

This annual report, summarizing the 2016 activities of the worldwide network of the German Chambers of Commerce Abroad, delegations and representatives of German business (AHK), is the first of its kind. From now on such a report will be published annually. [Read more]

Markets International - Ausgabe 5/2017

Unsere Afrika-Korrespondenten sind überzeugt: Der Kontinent bietet jetzt viele Chancen. Drei Wirtschaftssektoren und Branchen sind besonders vielversprechend für deutsche Unternehmen: die Energiewirtschaft in Westafrika, der private Konsum mit den damit verbundenen Arbeitsplätzen in Ostafrika und der Gesundheitssektor im südlichen Afrika. In Markets International berichten unsere Korrespondenten über Chancen, Herausforderungen und erfolgreiche Beispiele dieser Sektoren. [Mehr]


Potsdam’s leading highschool choir sings for Germany in South Africa
Looking for travel cost-sponsors to the 10th World Choir Games in July 2018

Representing Germany, the famous choir of the 280 years old  Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Gymnasium (www.helmholtzschule.de) in Potsdam will attend the first World Choir Games taking place on the African continent in July 2018. The Helmholtz-choir was placed second 2016 in Sotchi and 2014 in Riga in their category. In 2018, 45 young singers reach for gold!

This means a great effort for school and parents. The city council of Potsdam and the school’s friends' association support the travel financially. Even so, there are still a few thousand Euros of travel costs missing. It would be great to enable all singers to come, so please help with your sponsorship under www.leetchi.com/c/helmholtzchorsuedafrika.

Please contact Mr. Helgert Weber, music teacher and conductor of the choir per Email under helgert_weber@web.de or per telephone +49-(0)176-416 217 43 for any further requests or watch the choir at www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUCcNTp0WyY. Many thanks in advance for all donnations, little or generous! The singers look forward to meeting you in Tshwane.






Search for opportunities in Germany, Frankfurt/Mannheim

I am interested in English or French speaking job, however I am also learning German. At the present I hold position of the First Secretary of the Trade and Investment Promotion Section of the Embassy in Pretoria. My responsibilities include developing business links and trade exchange between South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, Mauritius, Swaziland, Seychelles, Madagascar, Democratic Rep. of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe and Poland. Organizing trade missions, business visits, B2B meetings, trade shows, promoting Polish trade and investment opportunities through seminars and conferences.”

Contact me on:
Tel. +27 638269142
Or: +48 660062722










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