German Day 2024

German Day 2024 focused on the ‘Powering Progress: The Convergence of Mining and Energy’ and took place on 6 February 2024 at Workshop 17, Cape Town. 

The event covered the following topics: 

  • New Developments in Policy and Strategy  
  • Critical Minerals and the Future of Mining
  • Empowering the Energy Transition 


  • André Lourens, Economist at the Minerals Council South Africa 

Welcome and Opening Statement 

  • Simone Pohl, Chief Executive Officer at the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry 
  • Dr Franziska Brantner, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action 

Closing Remarks 

  • Dr Volker Steinbach, Vice President at the German Federal Institute for Geoscience and Natural Resources.  

The event was organised by the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the German Mineral Resources Agency (DERA).