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Information about the partnership

Partner country since 2019

Participants in the programme to date: 212 executives

Political partner for the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action: Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) of the Republic of South Africa

South Africa’s holds considerable economic potential: the country has large resources of base metals, gold and coal, its own plant manufacturers and a well-established agricultural sector. Compared with other African countries, South Africa also has well-developed infrastructure. The country’s energy generation continues to be dominated by coal. Green technologies are being rolled out only slowly. There is intensive contact with Germany in the context of the national hydrogen strategy. South Africa continues to be Germany’s most important trading partner in Africa, with Germany mainly importing metals, ores, coal and agricultural products. German exports to South Africa are dominated by motorised vehicles and motorised vehicle parts, machinery and chemicals. For several years now, Germany has had a large trade deficit with South Africa.

Partnering in Business with Germany is open to managers from all sectors. The largest group of managers taking part in the programme work in manufacturing and the services sector. The focus is on the areas of mechanical engineering, the food industry, automotive, healthcare, IT and logistics.

Since December 2023, programme alumni have been able to join the South African Association of Managers Forum (SAAMF).


Your contact in South Africa

Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) of the Republic of South Africa
Contact person:
Solomon Engelbrecht, Export Business Development Manager

Your contact to former participants of the programme

South African Association of Managers Forum (SAAMF)
Contact person:
Paula de Azevedo
Doran Subiah

How to contact us

Contact person:
Verena Freynik
+49 228 4460 1553
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 32+36 53113 Bonn

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