Germany commits almost R1bn to SA


Transform SA online has learnt from the Germany Embassy that Germany has committed to provide nearly R1bn to South Africa for various joint projects.

In a statement, embassy spokesperson Rainer Breul, said:  “A total of €72.5m, nearly R1bn, were committed by Germany to the government of South Africa for development co-operation.”

A further €38.5m was promised for financial co-operation programmes and €34m for technical co-operation programmes.

During a bi-national commission meeting chaired by Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his South African counterpart Maite Nkoane-Mashabane, a  number of topics were discussed including the Ebola epidemic, the political situation in South Sudan, and “troubling developments in the Great Lakes region”.

The countries confirmed their focus on co-operation on HIV/Aids prevention, governance and public administration, and energy and climate issues – in particular, South Africa’s transition to a green economy.

According to Breul, the other areas that are to be looked into in future include introducing a national minimum wage, as well as exchange of information and technical discussions.

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