e-NewsMail | January 2018


Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry NPC



Dear Reader,

On behalf of the Directorate, Senior Council and staff of the Chamber, I wish all our members and friends a happy, healthy and successful year 2018!

The year started with a fresh wind and positive energy after the changes in the ruling party, ANC, early in December 2017. It soon became clear that local and international markets still have strong confidence in the future developments in South Africa. The Rand gained against most major currencies, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange crossed the 60,000 mark, and in general, a lot of cleaning up and clearing out started in the first weeks of the year.

The Chamber and its members sincerely wish for the new leadership to continue to apply a determined approach to fight corruption, favouritism and nepotism and to apply a sustainable economic and fiscal policy to promote economic growth!

The Chamber’s year started with the Back-to-Work event in Johannesburg on January 18. More than 120 members attended the event, where we discussed the plans for the Chamber’s work during the year. (Please click here to see some photos)

On January 23, the Chamber hosted a member of the executive board of the Deutsche Bundesbank, Dr Andreas Dombret. 

Dr Dombret elaborated on the monetary situation in the Eurozone in general and Germany in particular. All indicators for economic development, growth and employment are pointing in the right, positive direction. (Please click here to view a photo)

On January 24, the Chamber welcomed the new German Ambassador to South Africa, Dr Martin Schäfer. At the January Member’s Luncheon, Dr Schäfer was the Guest of Honour and main speaker. Many of our members will remember the Soccer World Cup of 2010, during which Dr Schäfer served at the German Embassy as Head of the Press Department. In his speech, he expressed his wish for even better relations between the two countries and his intention to contribute to this on all levels of society. 

In the coming weeks, the Chamber will arrange for a number of delegations and events. Please go to our website (www.germanchamber.co.za) to check them out. Of particular interest will be the workshop on the situation, developments and opportunities in Zimbabwe on February 13.

Last but not least: 
The Chamber and its members congratulate Mr Aaron Daniel Mminele, Deputy Governor of the SA Reserve Bank, on being awarded the Great Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany! (Please click here to view a photo of the bestowal ceremony)  

Best regards

Matthias Boddenberg
Chief Executive Officer






Platinum Sponsors

BASF South Africa (Pty) Ltd.

Siemens (Pty) Ltd


ThyssenKrupp Representative Office for Southern Africa


Gold Sponsors




Schauenburg (Pty) Ltd







Upcoming Chamber Events

Back-To-Work: Johannesburg
The Chamber kicked off 2018 with its ever-popular Back-To-Work, bringing together members, colleagues and friends to network and connect after the holiday season. Chamber CEO, Matthias Boddenberg, gave an overview on the progress made in SA-German trade over the last year and introduced the Chamber’s overall goals for the year, while Lea Heidemann, the Chamber’s Regional Coordinator, spoke on plans for cooperation within the German Chamber network in the Sub-Saharan region. Head of the Competence Centre: CSR, Isabella Hlabangu, gave an overview of the Commercial Advancement Training Scheme (CATS) and the Competence Centre’s mechatronics working group, and Head of the Competence Centre: Mineral Resources, René Zarske, provided an insight into the Competence Centre’s efforts in the mining and mineral resources sectors. As always, this event left participants feeling positive and invigorated for the year ahead.

Dr Dombret exclusive lunch
We were pleased to welcome Dr Andreas Dombret, a member of the Executive Board for the Deutsche Bundesbank. Dr Dombret addressed some of our members on the economic situation in Europe and Germany and the positive developments taking place there.


Back-to-Work (Members only)
Cape Town


Senior Expert Service

GET FiT Zambia Launch and Pre-Bid Meeting

Back-to-Work (Members only)

Information Session on Zimbabwe







Aaron Daniel Mminele receives Order of Merit
Ambassador Martin Schäfer honoured Aaron Daniel Mminele, Dep Governor of the South African Reserve Bank, with the great Order of Merit for the Federal Republic of Germany (i.e. the “Bundesverdienstkreuz”). In his speech, Ambassador Schäfer praised Mr Mminele’s great contribution to South African-German relations. Dr Andreas Dombret also spoke at this event, where he pointed out the merits of Mr Mminele's efforts in the cooperation between the South African Reserve Bank and Deutsche Bundesbank.

Members' Luncheon with Ambassador Dr Martin Schaefer 

At our eagerly anticipated first Members’ Lunch of 2018, we had the pleasure of introducing Ambassador Martin Schäfer as our speaker and guest of honour. The ambassador gave a thorough overview of current events taking place in Germany and expressed great enthusiasm at the prospect of future cooperation South Africa.


Mining Indaba 2018
Cape Town, South Africa

20 -21.02.2018
Africa Energy Indaba
Johannesburg, South Africa

Meetings Africa 2018
Johannesburg, South Africa

Zimbabwe Mining Investment Conference 2018
Harare, Zimbabwe

Evonik Charity Golf Day
Centurion Golf Estate and
Country Club 




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 



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




The Competence Centre: Mineral Resources (CC:MR)

2018 German Day
The German Mineral Resources Agency and The Competence Centre for Mineral Resources have partnered to increase German company presence at the world renowned Investing in African Mining Indaba this year. Collectively,  the Competence Centre for Mineral resources will host a stand at the Indaba, as well has host a German Day during the conference. The underlying theme will be to explore Win-Win Scenarios for Southern African-German Cooperation within the Raw Materials Sector. We invite all our partners and interested companies to come and greet us at our stand and reserve a seat for the German day. [Flyer]

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/


The Competence Centre: Mineral Resources (CC:MR)

Mining Indaba 2018
Cape Town, South Africa





The Competence Centre: Sustainable Energies (CC:SE)

Promoting SHIP on South African Energy Efficiency Convention
Communication is key to raise awareness about the benefits of solar thermal technologies for industries in South Africa. So far only seven Solar Heat for Industrial (SHIP) plants are up and running in this sun rich country. Solar Payback partner, Markus Wolf, Project Manager at the Competence Centre Sustainable Energies at the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry took the chance to promote SHIP on the South African Energy Efficiency Convention (SAEEC) in Johannesburg at mid-November (see photo: SAEEC) and on the Industrial Efficiency Conference in Cape Town at mid September.  [Read more]

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. 


The Competence Centre: Sustainable Energies (CC:SE)

20 -21.02.2018
Africa Energy Indaba
Johannesburg, South Africa




The Competence Centre: Training and CSR

Mobile Library to underprivileged school
Aim of Competence Centre: Corporate Social Responsibility?
It is sometimes overwhelming realising just how many people need help and it is heart-breaking to to see how much has to be accomplished to make a difference to a world in need, the Competence Centre:  Corporate Social Responsibility decided to aim its focus on the education of the vulnerable, impoverished and needy children in society.

The Competence Centre:  Corporate Social Responsibility, and its members, believes that although one can unfortunately not assist all of Africa’s half a billion children in need, it is our social mission to start closer to home and to unite as a business community to assist schools with their ever increasing social and educational tasks.  It is believed that supporting underprivileged schools with time, books or other reading and writing material will enable children to break free from the bonds of poverty and illiteracy. 

In 2017 with the support of Mercedes Benz South Africa, Competence Centre: CSR identified and sponsored Tarlton Farm School.

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


Bavarian Representation in
South Africa

Since 2007, South Africa has been active in marketing Bavarian industry, with the aim of supporting South African companies in their market entry into Bavaria. Meanwhile, the Bavarian representative office in Johannesburg also supports Bavarian companies with their expansion plans in southern Africa and in networking with local business partners.

Do you have any questions about Bavaria as an investment location?
Please contact 
Matthias Boddenberg.

Visit the website here.




Maputo Office

Business News Mozambique: Click here

Mozambique: Three new ministers announced
Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi appointed three new ministers: José Pacheco, former minister of Agriculture is Foreign Minister, replacing Oldemiro Balói on the post. Ernesto Max Tonela, former minister of Industry and Trade, is Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, replacing Letícia Klemens on the post. Higino Francisco Marrule is the new Agriculture Minister, replacing José Pacheco on the post. The post of the Minister of Trade and Industry is still vacant (Zitamar).

Mozambique Mining Oil & Gas and Energy Conference and Exhibition

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 

Postponement - German Water Management Delegation visiting Zambia, January 2018. Due to the current cholera outbreak in Zambia and Lusaka especially, the upcoming German Water Management Delegation visiting Zambia, has to be postponed.  [Read more]

Water Management in Zambia
Market Exploration Delegation of the Export Initiative Environmental Technologies as part of the SME market development programme
16 – 20 April 2018. [Read more]

GET FiT Zambia Launch and Pre-Bid Meeting
On behalf of the KfW Banking Group, we would like to invite you to participate in the GET FiT Zambia Launch and Pre-Bid Meeting that will take place on 7 February 2018 in Lusaka, Zambia.  [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



27 February - 01 March
EuroCIS 2018

04 - 07 March

13 - 15 March
Energy Storage 

16 - 20 April
wire & Tube


18-21 September


 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




Introduction to Hotel Hope & Partnership Opportunities

We are a fully registered South African charity, making the country better in 3 key areas since 2008:

Children in Need
2 children's homes in Melville (and a 3rd one opening soon in Westdene), currently 21 kids under the age of 8, and 89 kids since inception in 2011. 68 of our children have been adopted locally or internationally. 5 of our kids now live in Holland, 1 in Austria, 3 in Finland, 2 in Norway etc. etc.

Mothers in Crisis Pregnancy Situations
We work through 5 high schools in Alexandra and help pregnant learners make wise decisions around pregnancy, child birth and child care. Involved in several thousand teenage crisis pregnancies since 2008

Social Entrepreneurship
2 Charity Shops in Melville providing training opportunities for disadvantaged people groups and an income for the charity as well as an amazing carpentry workshop where we upcycle broken industrial pallets into storage boxes and children's furniture.

For more information visit our website: www.hotelhopeministries.org


Douglasdale/Sandton (Johannesburg)

From time to time we have vacancies and can offer
accommodation in houses ranging in size from

2 bed, 1 bath, single garage (130 sq.m, incl garage)
3 bed, 2 bathrooms, double garage (178 sq.m, incl garage)
Life-Right Prices from R1,6m

Further details available from
Manfred Schütte  011 704 5370 
e: peltrust@mweb.co.za






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. It is most famously known as the site where more than 3 000 people attended what became known as the Congress of the People in 1955 to adopt the Freedom Charter. Today you can experience township elegance at the first 4-star hotel, centrally located at the Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication, one of South Africa’s national heritage sites. The hotel offers an eclectic fusion of history and culture with a contemporary urban vibe. From here explore the Kliptown Open Air Museum, walk or cycle through the neighbourhood and immerse yourself in local township life.

For more information visit our website www.sowetohotel.co.za


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.  Register here



Spartan is 36-year-old Non-Bank Finance Company, which is focused on financing Small & Mid-sized businesses. Spartan provides Growth Finance; Bridging Finance; Specialized Asset Finance as alternative finance solutions, when compared to traditional funders. We also provide Supply Chain Finance programs within corporate businesses - where Spartan pays suppliers earlier whilst allowing the corporate to extend their creditor payments. Furthermore, given Spartan’s inherent focus on financing SMEs we have harnessed this natural alignment with B-BBEE to, in turn, create niche B-BBEE solutions for large corporates.

For more information visit our website www.spartan.co.za


Annual Report 2017




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. 

For further information kindly visit our website www.worldnetlogistics.com/careers.

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). 



Mozambique Mining Oil & Gas and Energy Conference and Exhibition

Die “Mozambique Mining, Oil & Gas and Energy (MMEC) Conference & Exhibition” ist ein Format welches seit 2008 in Maputo/Mosambik stattfindet. Es spielt eine bedeutende Rolle dabei Mosambiks Rohstoffpotential einem größeren Kreis bekannt zu machen. [Mehr]

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


Cognia Law ist ein Legal Process Outsourcing Unternehmen mit Standorten in Johannesburg, Kapstadt und London.

Mehr finden Sie unter www.cognialaw.com

Wir suchen gerade einen deutschsprachigen (Voll-) Juristen fuer unser Buero in Kapstadt.









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 special German-speaking show-event!







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

DIHK International Aktuell - "Quo Vadis Südafrika? Cyril Ramaphosa neuer Vorsitzender des African National Congress (ANC)" 

Cyril Ramaphosa wurde im Rahmen der 54. Nationalkonferenz der südafrikanischen Regierungspartei African National Congress (ANC) zum neuen Parteivorsitzenden gewählt. [Mehr]


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





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