e-NewsMail | Holiday Issue 2017

e-NewsMail - Holiday Issue 2017

Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry NPC



Dear Member and Stakeholder,

As the year 2017 draws to a close, we take a look back at the past 12 months.  While the business confidence index is at a low, the trade relations between SA and Germany are showing remarkable strength and resilience. Supported by a weaker ZAR, SA exports to Germany have grown in 2017 with a two digit margin, while German exports to South Africa grew in higher single digit.

We expect the trade volume to reach a new record of around 17.5 bn Euro with German exports to SA amounting to around 10 bn Euro and SA exports to Germany coming to around 7.5 bn Euro.  This is certainly good news in a situation, characterised by negative sentiment in general. 

Recent downgrades by the rating agencies seem not to have had the negative impact that we expected. However, the decisions of these agencies will have a long-term effect and make borrowing - especially for the country, provinces, municipalities and State-owned enterprises - more expensive. This will trickle down to the private sector and the consumer. We have to prepare for a challenging 2018.

The Elective Conference of the ANC, taking place on 16 and 17 December, will bring about the election of a new leadership of the ruling party. We hope that this conference will bring unity and create stability in terms of the economic policies of the ANC. This is the most urgently needed element to turn the negative sentiment into a positive outlook for 2018 and beyond. We wish the party delegates great wisdom in electing their new leadership.

The Global Business Network (GBN) has established a “Business and Co-operation Desk (BCD)” in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to support German and African companies in their cooperation and to present initiatives of the International German Development Cooperation (GIZ) for Africa.
In close cooperation with the network of the bi-lateral German Chambers abroad (AHK Network), this BCD will be an important instrument to promote trade and investment relations between German companies and their African counterparts and partners. Contacts can be made via the coordinator, Ms Linda Schraml, Business & Cooperation Desk Ethiopia, e-mail:  linda.schraml@giz.de or via the coordinator at the AHK East Africa, Mr Chris Wegener, e-mail: chris.wegner@kenya-ahk.co.ke

Upcoming Events:
The Chamber’s Back-to-Work event will take place on 18 January 2018 at the Chamber’s premises in Johannesburg. (Please click here to view the invitation)

The first Members’ Luncheon will be on 24 January 2018. Guest of Honour and Speaker will be the recently appointed Ambassador of the Germany to South Africa, Dr Martin Schaefer. (Please click here to view the invitation)

On 31 January 2018, the Chamber will host an information event on “Funding for small to medium renewable energy projects”. This event will provide valuable information for our members about opportunities to finance renewable energy projects via KFW and First. (Please click here to view the invitation)

Last, but certainly not least: on behalf of the Directorate, Senior Council and the staff of the Chamber I wish all members and friends a blessed festive season and a great fresh start into the New Year!

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

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 



Cape Town


Water Management in Zambia
Wasserwirtschaft in Sambia






Bavaria Day - 23 November

The Representatives of the Free State of Bavaria, in collaboration with Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, proudly presented the SA-Bavaria Open Day. The relaxed setting provided the opportunity for members make new contacts or deepen existing business partnerships through casual interaction with other South African based Bavarian companies. To add a little incentive, participants were tasked to actively network and exchange business cards. All participants that collect at least 5 business cards, were entered into a lucky draw. Our three winners received a traditional Bavarian souvenir:  Congratulations to Tarryn Blackburn - Senator International; Ludolf Badenhorts - Kaeser Compressors SA (Pty) Ltd; and Ralf Franke - Logcoat (Pty) Ltd. The guest entertainment included a South African  “Spitbraai”, Bavarian food, beer and music. We hope to welcome you at the next event.  


Proposal for the Establishment of an Endowment Fund for the Klaus-Jürgen Bathe Leadership Programme

Call for Applications:
Westerwelle Young Founders Programme Spring 2018

14 Jan - 17 Feb 2018
GIZ Management Training 
Renewable Energies and Water Resource Management for
South Africa

20 -21.02.2018
Africa Energy Indaba




Digitisation leads to more exports from Africa: Experiences of a South African business delegation at the 52nd BME Symposium Purchasing and Logistics

The Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCCI), in partnership with the Digital Africa Strategic Partnership and the South African Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), is organising a South African business delegation to the 52nd Symposium on Purchasing and Industry Logistics in Berlin. Click here to read the Press Release.



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




The Competence Centre: Mineral Resources (CC:MR)

Mining Indaba 2018 
05-08 February

In addition, we (Competence Centre Mineral Resources) have a bilateral stand together with the German Mineral Resources Agency (DERA in BGR). Within this stand, we are going to have a half-day event to be present as the German community at the Mining Indaba. The event aims to give German companies as well as companies from the Southern African Region the opportunity to present its products and services. Furthermore, the event’s objective is to promote German technologies.

Besides representatives of the CCMR SA, there will be representatives of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and other partners of the German Mining Network.  

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/


Africa Energy Indaba

20 – 21 February 2018
Sandton Convention Centre, Sandton, South Africa

The exhibition has become a significant marketplace for African and international stakeholders doing business in Africa’s energy sector. 

The event is hosted in partnership with the NEPAD Agency, the South African National Energy Association (SANEA), the World Energy Council and the South African Electrotechnical Export Council (SAEEC).




The Competence Centre: Sustainable Energies (CC:SE)

Opportunities for energy efficiency in Namibia – focus on industry and commercial buildings

The SA-German Chamber of Commerce & Industry had the pleasure to organise a conference on the opportunities for energy efficiency in Namibia on the 24th October in Windhoek. The conference, jointly organised with Renewable Energy Academy AG (RENAC) and the Namibian Manufacturers Association (NMA), was part of the Energy Solutions Initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Economics Affairs and Energy (BMWi).  [Read the full report]

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. 


Competence Centre promotes energy efficiency awareness in Africa

The South African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Competence Centre for Sustainable Energies (CC:SE), in Cape Town, plays an important role in creating awareness and fostering exchange and business linkages between African and German stakeholders in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sector.
[Read the article]




The Competence Centre: Training and CSR

We have created an Education & Training Advisory Committee in an effort to improve our dual vocational educational programs (commercial & technical), curriculum and delivery strategies. To be effective and relevant, we believe it is critical that representatives from business and industry all have the opportunity to provide input and service on this committee. The committee is open to government and industry representatives, but also open for cooperation with technical training institutions from the government sector (TVET). The linkage between industry and training institutions is very important. 1st Project Mechatronics Dual Vocational Programme, more information on the Mechatronics Programme will be shared starting from January 2018.

CATS Programme:
It is that time of the year again! The CATS Program is currently busy with the Assessment & Interview process for the January 2018 intake!!! Kindly contact Isabella Hlabangu on cats@germanchamber.co.za if you would like to find out more about the program. You can grow and develop your own employees or you can take in new learners!!! The CATS Programme is a 2 year Dual Vocational Programme in Business Administration, that has been running since 1985 and produced +2000 Graduates in various industries. 

For more information, please contact
Ms Isabella Hlabangu at cats@germanchamber.co.za


Kutlwanong Centre
Our goal is to improve the quality of Maths and Science matric passes, enabling more black students to access bursaries, tertiary education and professional careers. Our programme is inspired by the vital roles that our beneficiaries can play in our economy after acquiring a sound education in Maths and Science. Our aim is to boost the talent pool of black professionals pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths related careers (STEM).
Please partner with us by funding one of our centres in any of the regions of our operations. 

Contact Tumelo Mabitsela, CEO on tumelo@kutlwanong.org or 011 475 7119 or 083 281 7706 or visit our website www.kutlwanong.org




KwaZulu-Natal - Durban

23 November 2017 - The year end member luncheon in Durban was an intimate affair. Mr Boddenberg gave the members feedback on the 2017 activities of the Durban office and highlighted the strategic plans for 2018. In spite of 2017 being a tough year for investments into South Africa, the overall exports to Germany increased by 12%. Although the political status of South Africa is highly volatile, and currently there is a bleak outlook for businesses, Mr Boddenberg remained optimistic about the 2018 plans for the Chamber. The layout and setting at the Durban Country Club was informal, and the members’ that attended were happy with the robust discussions that took place during the luncheon. A special thanks to former President Mr Seth Phalatse for joining the Durban members at their luncheon.

Regional Representative for KwaZulu-Natal
Ms Yvonne Iyer
Tel:  +27 (0)31 335 1020
Fax: +27 (0)86 679 0862


Durban Year-end Lunch

Durban Year-End Lunch




Maputo Office

Business News Mozambique: Click here

Mutual Visa Exemption with Mozambique and South Africa

Germany Company Bayer AG opens in Mozambique

Global healthcare and crop science innovation company, Bayer AG, is cementing its presence in Africa following its formal announcement of the opening of a new local office in Maputo, Mozambique. The move demonstrates the company’s commitment to its growing business interests in Africa.

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



28-31 January 2018
ISM 2018

27 February - 01 March
EuroCIS 2018

04 - 07 March

13 - 15 March
Energy Storage 2018

16 - 20 April
wire & Tube

18-20 March

18-21 September

15-21 January 
imm Cologne 

20-28 January 2018


 Messe Düsseldorf







FALKE South Africa

Since 1895, the FALKE brand has been built on superlative quality and commitment to excellence.  FALKE South Africa is a proud subsidiary of the German-based global textile giant renowned for creating products that deliver optimum performance and aesthetic excellence.

For more than four decades, FALKE South Africa has been inspired by our German heritage and has continued to craft socks and legwear of exquisite quality and design, which has positioned FALKE South Africa as a local market leader.

You can now buy the entire FALKE SA collection online. 

Visit www.falke.co.za for a secure online retail experience featuring our latest sport and fashion legwear accessories.


Architectural Masterpiece in the Heart of Emmarentia

Newly build architect house in boomed area on Emmarentia Ridge, latest Solar technique, no more power outages, fibre connection, alarmsystem, beautiful designed 3 bathrooms, 3 bedrooms, 1 study, open plan lounge/dining/kitchen, open fire place, lots of light, living space 220sqm, vegetable and herb beds, 900sqm garden, separate Laundry, huge carport, parking for 5 cars. Near German School, Rosebank, Universities, the Parks,  easy to maintain. R27000 per month. Property details

Architectural Masterpiece in the Heart of Emmarentia




BASF partners with Caring4Girls to keep girls in school

  • Employee volunteering forms an integral component of BASF South Africa’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme.
  • Underprivileged girls can miss up to 50 days of school per year due to a lack of access to adequate feminine hygiene.

Johannesburg, South Africa – 06 November 2017. BASF South Africa recently presented a donation of R54 000 to the Imbumba Foundation towards their Caring4Girls sanitary towel distribution initiative. Over the last year, BASF employees at different sites collected sanitary pads for schoolgirls as part of an internal fundraising campaign. To match employees’ efforts, BASF added a cash donation of R54 000. A neighbouring township school, Tembisa West Secondary School, was identified by Imbumba Foundation to receive this donation.

You will find the longer version of the news release here.

BASF and SoloPower Launch New Roofing Solution

  • Sustainable multi-layered approach unlocks an innovative solution to harness the power of otherwise lost resources.
  • Structural focus towards sustainability, innovation and technology combined with nature will define the roof of the future.

Johannesburg, South Africa – 27 September 2017. BASF and SoloPower Systems, a photovoltaic technology company, today officially launched the seamless and multi-layered roofing system that is an interface between a building and the environment.

You will find the longer version of the news release here


Empty Trips Pty Ltd

We use an open marketplace paired with smart algorithms to better match demand and supply of cargo transport. By using smart-mapped spaces we reduce wastage on moving vehicles to offer cost-savings. This lowers transport costs, often reducing the barriers to entry of products across Africa, and inflation linked increases for consumers. Ultimately, we aim to reduce the number of empty vehicles due to better utilization, leading to lower congestion, and as such, is better for the environment. Proving new business models and innovative thinking can connect Africa and enable growth assures the investment community that we are moving Africa forward, smartly.

For more information visit our website www.emptytrips.com




Schauenburg Builds Two New Classrooms for Cresslawn Primary School

Schauenburg Systems, as part of the Schauenburg International–Africa Group, acknowledges Corporate Social Responsibility as an important component of its corporate citizenship and as such believes in the sustainable development of previously disadvantaged individuals and communities in South Africa. Their main focus is on projects and initiatives in the areas of education, training and skills development.

This year, Schauenburg Systems approached Cresslawn Primary School, situated in Kempton Park to assist with their skills development needs. After discussions, Schauenburg agreed to assist the school with the following project for children with Severe Intellectual Disabilities. [More]


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 20 January. Register here


A reading of Dr Khulu Mbatha's book "Unmasked"

28 November 2017, Johannesburg – Members were invited to a reading of Dr Khulu Mbatha’s insightful – if not a little controversial - book, Unmasked – Why the ANC failed to govern, which is sure to cause a stir within the governing party. Dr Khulu Mbatha is an ANC veteran, having served more than 40 years, many of which were spent in exile. He is perhaps best known for his tenure as former President Kgalema Motlanthe’s special advisor. In his book, he seeks to give a historical perspective on the ANC’s current challenges in government and inside the party. He suggests that the party was not ready to govern when it came to power in the early 90s, and had no specific plans for the country’s economy, while the party was still operating in exile. The evening was a great success with many attendees, who left surprised and intrigued by the revelations in Dr Mabtha’s book.  


A reading of Dr Khulu Mbatha's book





German Route Development Manager

We believe that employees who are engaged are key to delivering the highest standards in the industry.  


is currently looking for an individual to develop the trade lane between Germany and South Africa through new business development. 

Please find here the link to the job description / requirements: http://www.worldnetlogistics.com/careers/

Applications can either be completed on careers24.com (follow the link) or can be sent to recruitment@worldnetlogistics.com (Copy of ID, CV and motivational letter). 


Rental House in Auckland Park, Johannesburg

From 1 March 2018: Beautiful two bedroom house to rent in Auckland Park Nestled in Auckland Park on 950 sqm stand this neat and characterful two  bedroom(mes) two bathroom home has all the attributes that is so unique to this part of the lovely city of Johannesburg. It oozes old world charm with pressed ceilings and wooden floors mixed with modern accents such as a cheerful red kitchen with screed floors. The spacious main bedroom is bright with high windows and double doors opening onto the garden. Many built in cupboards and two lovely en-suite bathrooms. Outside you find a well-established, low maintenance, spacious garden that is pet friendly; double carport and one bedroom cottage with en-suite bathroom. Security consists of electric fence; automated access gate, beams in the garden and alarm system. For further information, please refer to:  view the property

Deutsche Internationale Schule Johannesburg
111th Annual Schulbasar: Saturday 26 May 2018

The Deutsche Internationale Schule Johannesburg will host its annual Schulbasar on Saturday 26 May 2018. The school made history this year as the Basar became the first completely cashless school event. In 2018 we want to continue growing with the aim of becoming a commercially viable and professional event in Johannesburg. With this in mind, we would like to offer German corporates the opportunity to showcase their brand using the Schulbasar as a platform to promote themselves. If you are interested in being a part of this exciting project, please contact Savo Ceprnich on ceprnichs@dsjmail.co.za or 011 726 6220/1


Ausschreibung am Goethe-Institut Südafrika
Projektassistent/in zur regionalen Implementierung des Sprachkurs- und Prüfungsverwaltungssystems OSKA auf Honorarbasis vom
1. Februar 2018 bis zum 31.  Dezember 2018 mit Option auf Verlängerung.

Die Region Subsahara-Afrika sucht vom 1.02.2018 bis 31.12.2018 eine/n Projektmitarbeiter/in zur regionalen Implementierung
des Sprachkurs- und Prüfungsverwaltungssystems OSKA. Das Auftragsvolumen beträgt 40 Stunden pro Woche.








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.  http://www.portalafrika.de/

Special Reports:

Africa Automation Fair 2017

Post Show Final Report

AHK Annual Report 2016



A wonderful and centrally located 4 bedroom family home has become available to rent from       1 January 2018 and includes the following features:

4 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms (plus guest Bathroom) | Kitchen
Dining Room | Living Room | Sun Room | Chill Room and Office | Double Garage | 2 Room Cottage
Pool | Pond | Fire Place | Egoli Gas | Pet Friendly

Security Features: Alarm, Electric Gates and Fence, Beams

Rental: R32 000 per month
For more information about this opportunity please contact
Kerstin on 0792760192




Milestone Consulting Services (Germany)

Craig McCall started his career as a Cargo Inspector in South African and Iraq before moving to Tanzania to move into the direction of X-Ray Cargo Scanning Technologies. He is experienced with the setup and management of X-Ray Cargo Scanners and has been in the Customs and Logistics field in Tanzania and Zambia combined for 10 years. Mr. McCall has gathered experience in Project and Process Management over the years and used his experience in his consulting career. He has completed several missions across Africa and Europe to help improving the security and speediness of cargo clearance.

Craig started Milestone Consulting Services where he managed a Market Research Operation for a Tobacco Company and conducted various Site Acceptance Certification for X-Ray Cargo Scanning projects.

He is always looking for opportunities to use his experience from Africa and Europe and become a valued part of an organization to further build relations between all continents and countries. With the experience  working in a number of countries he is able to use his knowledge based on the working culture of a number of countries.

Mr. McCall is fluent in English and busy improving his German.

For more information, please contact
Mr Craig McCall at craigmccall73@gmail.com

Craig McCall


Logistics expert (strategic and operative) looking for an executive position as
vice president / Director or comparable within SCM or logistics in South Africa


    * Logistics expert (strategic and operative) for all modes of transport (sea, air and land)
    * Leadership experience national / international, cross cultural teams
    * Four year posting with Volkswagen AG in South Africa
    * Standard and special projects as well as time critical ad hoc-measures
    * Industry experience: Automotive, Shipping & Transport
    * Multi divisional experience - interfaces towards production, production units, procurement & sales
    * Bachelor of business administration with many years’ experience as self-employed managing partner
    * Handling of all business tools from portfolio analysis, marketing planning, revenue planning, human resources, etc.

Contact via chiffre  Heidel Bekker on hbekker@germanchamber.co.za




Longevity - The Salvation Army

They say time flies when you’re having fun, but the reality is that in today’s world so many organisations are transient, coming and going without anybody noticing their passage. The Salvation Army, on the other hand, has been around for more than 150 years – 152 this year to be precise. That’s more than a century and a half of caring for the needy, the destitute, the homeless, and those members of society that we often pretend don’t exist.

Our management structure, as our name suggests, is somewhat militaristic in nature, although instead of shooting people we save them. The highest rank is the General, who is based at the heart of The Salvation Army at the International Head Quarters. The General appoints each and every single Territorial Commander within our organisation’s 128 countries globally.  

What have we done right for the past 150 years, and perhaps more importantly, will we survive another 150 in the future?

We certainly do believe that we will and with your help and support we will be stronger each and every day. www.salvationarmy.org.za


Looking for job opportunities – mining or other areas:

Professional (16 years experience) with roles spanning across diamond exploration, mineral resource management, project management and techno-economic analysis. Possesses advanced process mapping and optimization skills, well-trained natural flair for strategic and operational business management. Developed and mentored staff. Has consistently proven ability to add exceptional value within roles requiring strong technical competency, business skills, critical thinking and teamwork. Very proficient; excellent organisational skills. Fluent in German, English, French. German citizen living in Johannesburg (5 years); eligible for critical skills visa (IBASA, SACNASP member). Worked in Canada and southern Africa.  Contact: +27834066505 or birgit_rameseder@hotmail.com




“Do good and talk about it”

Proposal for the Establishment of an Endowment Fund for the Klaus-Jürgen Bathe Leadership Programme

The Klaus-Jürgen Bathe Leadership Programme was established at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 2014, through a gift donated by Professor Klaus-Jürgen Bathe of Massachusetts (USA). The primary goal of the Programme is to produce graduates with outstanding leadership qualities and a strong sense of social justice, who will go on to play leading and significant roles in business, government, industry and civil society in South Africa and on the African continent. The initiative focuses on nurturing promising students towards becoming excellent future leaders of South Africa and the African continent. The key components of the Programme are two leadership course electives and a 6-week leadership internship. [Read more

COP23: Africa makes itself heard

As the COP23 climate change summit kicks off, African participants are working to ensure their voices are heard, amid fears that the so-called "Trump effect" could make matters worse for developing states. [Read more]

Five African countries, one nature reserve, many tourists

In southern Africa, five countries maintain the largest cross-border nature conservation area in the world. The German development bank KfW has supported the joint project to conserve wildlife and involve locals to profit from further tourism in the region. [Read more]

Inaugural Achievement Ceremony for the AIMS ESMT Industry Immersion Program

1 DECEMBER 2017, CAPE TOWN - Twenty-five AIMS students from eight African countries received their certificates for completing the AIMS ESMT Industry Immersion Program (IIP). [Full Press Release]

Are you interested in market development or the establishment of new companies or subsidiaries in Africa? Perhaps you need help with restructuring companies or business units? Or, you might need assistance with market and product research, benchmarking and developing business contacts on the Continent. We can help you bridge the gap between your vision for growth into emerging markets in Africa and the reality on the ground.

Reduce your risk and control the cost spiral by working with professionals who have knowledge and experience of doing business in Africa.  We have over 30 years of industry and business leadership experience, cross-industry and pan-African, with 20 years’ experience in South Africa.

We offer the following services on project work, as a consultant or as an interim manager:

  • Location analysis, company set up – from strategy to operational start up
  • Resource strategy and sourcing
  • Development and alignment of German-African staff / teams
  • Good access to networks of German lawyers / auditors
  • Crisis management
  • Marketing and sales strategy and implementation 

We are based in Johannesburg, South Africa, but are active throughout Africa.  Contact: afrika1@mweb.co.za


A German engineer (Dipl. Ing (FH) & M.Eng) is searching for Automotive NVH  challenges in South Africa

A motivated  and accomplished German acoustic engineer (30 years old) with six years of experience in the automotive sector in Bavaria is searching for an employment opportunity in South Africa. Providing professional knowledge and well experienced methods in technical acoustic and automotive NVH issues. Successful academic record leading to the achievement of a Diplom Ingenieur degree in mechanical engineering  in 2010 and following a  Master of Engineering degree in automotive development in 2011. I speak, read and write in German and English. My focus is to gain first experience in an English-speaking country and set of new horizons.

For more information, please contact Heidel Bekker on hbekker@germanchamber.co.za


In search for sponsoring: German journalists to South Africa

In February 2018 a group of 12 German journalists will come to South Africa for a research trip. The focus of the trip lies on health, sustainability and the fight against poverty. We will mainly stay in and around Cape Town and Johannesburg. Mainly funded by the New Venture Fund (Gates Foundation) journalists.network is still looking for local partners - both for additional funding and also to visit interesting projects related to the trip’s focus.

Our participants work for media like Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, DER SPIEGEL, Süddeutsche Zeitung or the German Public Broadcasting like Deutschlandfunk or ARD and for regional media as well. For over 20 years journalists.network has organized research trips for young journalists abroad. Among others former sponsors have been Lufthansa, Allianz, Metro, Siemens but also the Konrad Adenauer Foundation or the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 


For more information visit  journalists-network or 
contact Ms Charlotte Horn charlotte.horn@posteo.de
German cell phone: 0049 160 9344 9796


Fellowship Programme AFRIKA KOMMT! - 7th intake - Open for Applications

We would like to inform you about the new intake of AFRIKA KOMMT! - An Initiative of German Industry for Future Leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa.
At the heart of the one-year programme is an eight-month internship in one of the participating companies in Germany, giving the African young professionals the great opportunity to gain first-hands experience in management practice in a leading German company.
Currently, suitable candidates are invited to apply to the seventh programme cycle of AFRIKA KOMMT! running from 2018 – 2020. Applications can be submitted until 19.01.2018 only through the website www.afrika-kommt.de.




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