e-NewsMail | February 2018


Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry NPC



Dear Reader,

A fresh wind is blowing in South Africa, since the resignation of former President Jacob Zuma and the appointment of Cyril Ramaphosa (CR 17) as the new State President. This atmospheric change is being referred to as “Ramaphoria”.

On Monday, 26 February, President Ramaphosa, announced his first cabinet shuffle. Among the newly appointed and re-appointed ministers were many familiar names. Positive and negative sentiments balanced out.

The morning after showed a certain disenchantment. In the media, the keyword was “compromise”. While the sentiments around Ministers Nene in the Department of Finance and Gordhan in the Department of Public Works were overwhelmingly positive, the appointment of other ministers raised doubts about a new beginning and the overhaul of the SA economy. 

We will see what the future holds. The Chamber and its members wish the new cabinet under the leadership of President Ramaphosa wisdom and the ability to move South Africa forward on a path towards economic prosperity and social peace.

The Chamber and its members will continue to engage with the leadership of the country in constructive discussions on how to retain existing foreign investment in the country, and attract new investment, while creating an economic environment that promotes “a better life for all”.

In the past weeks, the Chamber showed its commitment to the positive development of the country and the southern African region.

During the Mining Indaba in Cape Town, the Chamber organised a “German Day” on 6 February, where the German Mining Network displayed the interest of German companies to partner with companies from Southern Africa.

On 13 February, the Chamber organised a seminar on recent developments in Zimbabwe. More than 60 members and friends participated in the event and discussed opportunities for partnerships in the country. The German Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Dr. Thorsten Hutter, representatives from the Zimbabwean Consulate General, and Zimbabwean businesses informed our members about the economic environment in the country.

Seminars on the “Senior Expert Service (SES)” took place in Johannesburg and Durban. The short-term experts offer great advice on the improvement of small and medium sized enterprises with a hands on approach. (Please click here for more information on SES).

The coming weeks and months will see the arrival of a number of high-ranking delegations from Germany to SA.

From 6 – 13 May, a delegation from Lower Saxony, headed by Minister President St. Weil, will visit SA, in particular Gauteng, the partner province Eastern Cape and the Western Cape.

From 1 – 10 June, a delegation of 65 from the Federal State of Bremen and Bremerhaven, headed by the President of the Senate, Carsten Sieling, will visit South Africa and Namibia.

We are looking forward to fruitful and successful discussions over the course of these visits. 
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: Cape Town
The Back to Work Lunch 2018 in Cape Town was attended by some 100 members, partners and guests of the Chamber. 
The event proved to be a fantastic networking opportunity, an excellent way to meet new potential business partners or strengthen existing working relationships. The Chamber’s CEO, Mr. Matthias Boddenberg, gave attendees a review of the Chamber’s activities in 2017 and insight into what can be expected in 2018. One of the big topics discussed during the event was the current water crisis in the Western Cape.  [Read more]

Back-To-Work: Zambia
The American, British and German Chambers of Commerce were pleased to welcome there business network for their second annual “Back-to-Work” Breakfast. Within the framework of the "Back to Work 2018 Networking Breakfast", the organising Chambers of Commerce offered a Macroeconomic Outlook for 2018. Speakers and guests of honour at this event included the likes of Gregory Smith, a Senior Economist at World Bank, who gave an introductory presentation that outlined the most important features Zambia´s current fiscal and debt situation. [Read more]

Back- To-Work 2018: Durban
Mr Boddenberg addressed the KZN members at the traditional Back To Work luncheon for 2018. This luncheon offered members a sneak preview of the Chamber’s activities for the year ahead. The members and stakeholders enjoyed a venue with a difference called the “Chairman” - a popular lounge for international guests that visit Durban. Mr Boddenberg highlighted the importance of the upcoming Hamburg Port Celebrations and encouraged the KZN members to consider participating in the coinciding business delegation being organised by SAGCCI. [Read more]


WTS South Africa (Pty) Ltd Analysis on the Budget Announcement

German Business Table “Stammtisch”

12-16 March
Food Delegation
Johannesburg and Cape Town

Business Breakfast and Food Product Presentation Event

Water Management in Zambia

Hamburg Port Anniversary Celebration







SAGCC Members given insight into current events in Zimbabwe at exclusive Information Event
Johannesburg, 13 February 2018 – With all the changes happening in Zimbabwe of late, the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry brought a large group of its members together for an overview of changing policies in Zimbabwe and how these policies are affecting local business and foreign investment. Given the change in investors’ attitudes toward the country, this event drew a great number of company representatives, who are curious about how to approach doing business in a changing Zim. [Read more]

Change in Presidency – German business community demands big steps in creating a positive investment climate
South African business has seen the resignation of Jacob Zuma as the president of the Republic of South Africa. Due to the political build-up over the past few days, the results have been highly anticipated and the German business community welcomes the change within the presidency. The Southern African – German Chamber of Commerce and Industry hopes this will encourage new moves on the part of the Government to boost the South African economy, in order to accelerate and realize South Africa’s full economic potential. [Read more]


Zimbabwe Mining Investment Conference 2018

Gartenfest der deutschsprachigen Gemeinde
am Kap


Start-up Night! Africa 2018

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)

German Mining Network präsentiert sich auf der Mining Indaba in Südafrika.
Auf der diesjährigen „Investing in African Mining Indaba“, die  vom 05. – 08. Februar in Kapstadt stattgefunden hat, präsentierten die Kompetenzzentren für Bergbau und Rohstoffe aus Brasilien, Chile und Südafrika im Rahmen einer Panel-Diskussion auf dem „German Day 2018“ das German Mining Network. [Mehr

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)

The National Dialogue & Zimbabwe Trade and Investment 





The Competence Centre: Sustainable Energies (CC:SE)

EUREM – European EnergyManager training – starting in Cape Town
In collaboration with the South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre (SARETEC) the SA-German Chamber of Commerce & Industry is offering the European EnergyManager training programme (EUREM). The training is held annually in Cape Town and the 2018 course will start on the 13th April.  [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. 


Sustainable Energies

EUREM – European EnergyManager training – starting in Cape Town
[Read more]




The Competence Centre: Training and CSR

It is official, SA German Training Services NPC falls and is now managed by the SA German Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Under the SA German Training Services, we are responsible for the CATS Programme ( Commercial Advancement Training Scheme) and the Mechatronics Programme and future training initiatives for our members.

The CATS Programmehis is a 2 year Dual Vocational Programme in Business Administration, Graduates of the Programme will receive a Higher Certificate NQF Level 5 in Business Administration and a DIHK European Accreditted IndustrieKaufmann Certificate. For more information on the CATS programme, please contact Isabella on cats@germanchamber.co.za

Dual Vocational Programme in Mechatronics;
We are very excited to announce that the Education & Training Advisory Committee as established in 2017 has been hard at work on implementing the Mechatronics Programme!! The Committee will be starting the recruitment phase of the potential apprentices for the programme from April 2018. If you are interested in being part of the Committee and training Apprentices in South Africa according to the South African and World standards.

These programmes will not only assist you claiming Skills Development Points as per BEE regulation. Any costs related to the learnerships/ appretinceships can be reimbursed through the SETAs, such as Merseta for technical training and Fasset for Commercial training, the National Skills Fund and Tax Rebates. Let’s create employment opportunities for the unemployed youth by training them ourselves as Companies.

For more information, please contact
Ms Isabella Hlabangu at cats@germanchamber.co.za
Web: http://csr.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

Press release - Mozambique joins the Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and Southern African States
The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the European Union and the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) became the first regional EPA in Africa to be fully operational after its implementation by Mozambique.  [Read more]

Upcoming Event: 25-26.04.2018
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 

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]

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



18-20 March
ProWein 2018

Anuga Foodtec

16 - 20 April
wire & Tube

spoga + gafa

The Tire Cologne

21-25 August

18-21 September

20-23 September

12-15 November


 Messe Düsseldorf








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.


Secure as haven, neat as a pin, energy efficient, designer house

3bedroom, 3 bathrooms, 1 study, huge open plan living 90sqm,  brand new kitchen. Fibre connection, efficient solar system, off the grid solution,  electricity bill only R 300 pm,  lovely garden, herb bed, veggie pad, good parking for 5 cars in boomed area, near Universities, Rosebank, German school.
R 24.000 per month. Property details 





Polyglot Group

Founded in 1995, Polyglot Group is a global boutique consultancy that helps businesses to expand & optimise their operations both locally & across borders, providing them with tailored solutions in  Human ResourcesRecruitment, Payroll Outsourcing, Language and Business.

With a presence spanning over 9 time zones as well as a network of partners across the globe, our mission is to partner with businesses of all sizes and from all industries to accompany them on their growth journey.

Present in 4 continents, 6 countries & 12 cities as well as speaking a total of 28 languages, we are the ultimate global partner.

For more information please contact:

Simon Miclet  - Country Manager South Africa 
E: simon@thepolyglotgroup.com or M: +27 (0) 71 111 3629


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)  to
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 




Multi-nationals with a global policy prohibiting the parting of ownership (eg BEE) in foreign jurisdictions?

Broad Based, Black Economic Empowerment (hereinafter “BEE”), whilst not compulsory, has become a business imperative for most organisations, but is also one of the biggest threats if not understood and implemented properly. The reality of BEE in context of the broader economy is that though the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act 2003 as amended by Act 46 of 2013, is not compulsory, the inclusion or exclusion of your business in trade could be determined by your strategic action towards BEE. BEE could be the single game changer in the future as new legislation increases the impact of non-compliance.

View our Brochure here

For more information visit our website www.wts.com


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


CLICK on the image:

Annual Report 2017




General Office Administrator

Treasures4u (importer, wholesaler and retailer of general merchandise - German, Belgian & Dutch food) has an opportunity for a General Office Administrator based in Linbro Park.

We are a dynamic, growing business.
Tasks: Catalogues, Petty cash, switchboard, data capturing, ordering stationary, deliveries, adhoc duties, customer queries, vehicle maintenance and websites remain updated

Experience, Qualifications and Skills required: 2-4 Years Office Administrator & Reception Experience, German speaking advantageous), Basic accounting will be beneficial, Flexible, Driven, Committed, Accurate, Hard-Working, Organised & Efficient. Non-smoker. Computer Literate and Very good in Excel, Matric, any additional education would be beneficial. Must have own transport

Please kindly send your CV`s to general@treasures4u.co.za
Contact number: 011 579 5010



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


Deutschen Botschaft Pretoria

eine Stellenausschreibung der Deutschen Botschaft Pretoria für eine auf 6 Monate befristete Anstellung als Mitarbeiter/in für das  Büromanagement. 

die Information dieser Vakanz

Bewerbungsschluss ist der 15.04.2018.










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/ 



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Handy no. 072 607 4991.





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

For more information view our profile.

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



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




Utho Ngathi Disability Projects

Utho Ngathi Disability Projects

Utho Ngathi would like to Thank the German Chamber, Senior Council and Members for giving us the opportunity to present our vision. We work tirelessly on development and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities.

Our Christmas Story: We travelled to our Eastern Cape Villages. To see our Children developing, receiving love and care and develop little smiles in their faces is heart-warming. “Inclusion the Solution” is becoming a reality through our Inclusive Chicken Farm Macubeni supported by Evonik Industries.

We wish You a successful 2018; Let us continue making South Africa a better place for ALL; We won’t slow down to include persons with disabilities in that vision.

For more information visit our website www.uthongathi.org.za


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“Do good and talk about it”

Science Week 2018 
Science Week 2018 will be taking place from 29 May to 6 June 2018.
To create awareness of science and technology in a fun, exciting and hands-on learning environment for learners between kindergarten and grade 12 and to give previously disadvantaged learners access to state of the art science and technology leveraging the knowhow of the German schools and companies. [Read more]


You The Centurion German Shepherd club committee would be most grateful of your generosity and humbly invite you and your family, friends and colleagues for sponsorship towards the funding of the trophies for the show or any form of sponsorship in terms of food sponsors, gifts; toys etc. every sponsorship matters and is absolutely awesome. A sponsor will be entitled to display his/her ‘’brand name’’ on banners and or other marketing materials at the show.

This is for the National Show and our German Shepherd dogs are amazing. We will also have a German Judge flying out from Germany especially for this event. 

If you require any additional info. Please feel free to contact Pedro Adams; +27 82 873 6190; padams027@gmail.com


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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