Germany (Federal Republic of)

History of Relations | Diplomatic Representation | Travel Info | Health Requirements | Climate Info | Currency Info | Trade Info | Visits and Meetings | Agreements | Interest Groups/ Organisations

History of Relations

The strong historical, political and economic links between Germany and South Africa have since 1994 developed to such an extent that the relations between the two countries could be described as a strategic partnership. Visits to Germany by former President Mandela and President Mbeki as well as the visits of former Chancellor Khöl and former Federal Presidents Herzog and Rau to South Africa in recent years have all contributed to the intensification of relations. In 1997 during the visit of then Deputy-President Mbeki the South African – German Binational Commission was launched. The BNC has become the most important instrument through which bilateral relations are conducted. It currently consists of six committees, namely; Economy, Defence, Environment, Culture, Development Cooperation and Science and Technology.

Germany has made a substantial contribution within the framework of the Development Cooperation between the two countries. Since 1994 Germany has committed approximately Euro 268 million (DM436 million) for bilateral financial and technical cooperation with South Africa.

Germany is one of the biggest investors in South Africa with more than 370 German companies present in South Africa. As one of South Africa’s main trading partners the trade balance is still very much in Germany’s favour but in recent years there has been an improvement with an increase in South African exports to Germany.

Germany as one of the leading industrial countries in the world is also a valued multilateral partner of South Africa.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Germany

H E Mr P S Sizani
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

South African Embassy

German Representation in South Africa

H E Dr M Schäfer
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Embassy of Germany

Travel Info

Visa Requirements for South Africans

For more information contact the German Embassy in Pretoria

Health Requirements

Proof of a medical insurance must be produced prior to departure from South Africa.

For further information go to Travelers' Health.

Climate Info

Germany is situated in the moderately cool Atlantic west wind zone and the eastern European continental climate. In winter the average temperature is between 1,5 degrees C in the lowland areas and –6 degrees C in the mountains. In the warmest month of the year, July, temperatures are between 18 degrees C in the low-lying regions and 20 degrees C in the sheltered valleys of the south. It rains throughout the year but mostly during the summer season.

For up-to-date weather information click here.

Currency Info

The monetary unit is the Euro. The current rate of exchange is about Euro 0,12 to the ZAR. The currency is freely convertible.

For current exchange rates click here.

State and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings

No Information

Bilateral Agreements

If you have any queries with regard to treaties please contact the Treaty Section at 012 351 0892/0742 or send an e-mail to:

Trade Info

For current information on trade statistics between South Africa and Germany, visit the web site of the Department of Trade and Industry of South Africa.

Interest Groups and Information

Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Tel: 011 486 2775

South African-German Cultural Association

Tel: 012 807 1280

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