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South Africa Germany Partnership

Agency negotiates R77m investment by German company

17th June 2011 The Western Cape investment and trade promotion agency, Wesgro, has secured a R77-million investment in the local economy – the single biggest investment negotiated by the agency in this financial year – from German printing company Rako Labels. 

SA is a preferred business destination for German companies

By: Dimakatso Motau     17th June 2011 Law firm Adams & Adams says South Africa is a preferred business destination for German companies in Africa, as it has quality roads, telecoms, harbours, banking systems, insurance and shipping infrastructure. 

Company pursues roll-out of German systems at local hospitals

By: Dimakatso Motau     17th June 2011 Systems designer, supplier and installer Distribution Network Automation (DNA) Logic reports it hopes to secure potential hospital revitalisation contracts to supply automated dispensing systems to new and existing hospitals in South Africa. 

Manufacturer to produce German products locally

By: Dimakatso Motau     17th June 2011 Abrasive tool manufacturer Lukas South Africa (LSA), which will celebrate its twenty-fifth anniversary in July, is creating capacity to locally manufacture custom-made belts at its Germiston plant. 

Pumps designed to meet EU environment laws

17th June 2011 German pump manufacturer Wilo SE says it is the first company to meet stringent new European Union (EU) environmental protection regulations governing the use of electric motors to power pumps. 

Chamber to launch CSR competence centre

By: Dimakatso Motau     17th June 2011 The Southern African–German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCCI) says it plans to launch a corporate social responsibility (CSR) competence centre, in July, in partnership with the German Technical Corporation (GIZ) and several member companies. 

German subsidiary launches local training centre

By: Dimakatso Motau     17th June 2011 Liquid dosing technology company sera DoseTech South Africa, a subsidiary of the German-based sera Group, says it is in the final preparation stages of opening a skills training centre at its Bartlett premises, in Boksburg, Gauteng, by the end of June. 

Tooling equipment manufacturer showcases lastest product range

By: Dimakatso Motau     17th June 2011 South African and global engineering firms were, earlier this month, given a glimpse of Germany-based tooling equipment manufacturer Behringer’s latest range of high-performance band saws and circular saws. 

Entrepreneurial networking platform offered

By: Dimakatso Motau     17th June 2011 The Southern African–German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCCI) hosted a business seminar, on May 24, to create a networking platform for entrepreneurs and provide an opportunity for them to learn how to further grow their businesses. 

New company to boost SA-Germany partnership

17th June 2011 With the advent of technology and marketing specialist German Industry Consulting South Africa (Gicsa), the traditionally powerful South Africa–Germany business partnership is set to strengthen. 

German technology changing the face of ore sorting in South Africa

17th June 2011 A sensor-based ore-sorting technology developed by German company CommodasUltrasort is changing the way South African miners look at sorting and the feasibility of mining projects throughout the country, the company states. 

Chamber partners to host second forum 

By: Dimakatso Motau     22nd October 2010 The Southern African German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCCI) reports that it is partnering with the German-African business association Afrika-Verein to host the second German-South African Business Forum, in Cape Town, in November. 

Second forum to strengthen business relations

By: Dimakatso Motau     22nd October 2010 The German-African business association Afrika-Verein reports that this year’s Germany South Africa Business Forum will strengthen and create more business opportunities between Germany and South Africa. 

Sortation systems contract complete

By: Dimakatso Motau     22nd October 2010 Designer and supplier of warehouse solutions Storsure reports that it has completed a sortation systems contract for courier company Fedex. 

Year-on-year growth of German FDI

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd October 2010 Business administration and management company InterGest South Africa reports that it currently administers the business affairs of 32 German companies, which have established subsidiary or branch-offices in South Africa. It has been offering this service since 2003. 

Profit turnaround for strategic 
equity partnership

22nd October 2010 Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM), a strategic equity partnership (SEP) between State-owned defence and technology company Denel and Germany’s Rheinmetall Waffe Munition (RWM), has successfully managed a profit of R89-million before interest and tax, with
R53-million cash on hand after major... 

Germans look to 
Brazil 2014

22nd October 2010 Billions of euros have been made from the 2010 FIFA World Cup with German companies among the big winners. They are now hoping that their contribution to the work on South African projects will translate into success for the Brazil 2014 project bids. 

South Africa remains significant business partner for Germany

By: Dimakatso Motau     18th June 2010 South Africa is a significant business partner for Germany and trade and investment relations are the strong backbone of this close relationship, says German ambassador Dieter Haller. 

Germany extensively involved in World Cup infrastructure 

By: Dimakatso Motau     18th June 2010 A significant number of German companies were involved in the building and engineering of the 2010 FIFA World Cup stadiums, says Southern African German Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO Matthias Boddenberg. 

Local company aims to expand its international footprint

By: Dimakatso Motau     18th June 2010 Spartan-based minerals processing equipment and consumables supplier Multotec aims to expand its international footprint through its wide range of products. 

Data centres receive energy efficiency certification

18th June 2010 Provider of business software SAP reports that two of its data centres have been certified in Germany, for energy efficiency by TUV Rheinland, a global provider of technical, safety and certification services aimed at establishing sustainability in social and industrial development.  

Institute strives to bring Internet connectivity to rural Africa

18th June 2010 A new German initiative, using an interconnected web of robust radio networks and innovative technology, to bring the benefits of Internet connectivity to people living in rural areas across Africa, was launched earlier this year. 

Colour pigments supplied for Soccer City

18th June 2010 German chemicals company Lanxess reports that it has supplied colour pigments for the outer shell of the Soccer City stadium,
south-west of Johannesburg. 

Investment made in 
laser-cutting machine from Germany 

By: Dimakatso Motau     18th June 2010 Supplier and installer of quality products to the building industry Aluglass has recently invested in a R350 000 laser-cutting machine from Germany. 

Acquisition strengthens 
supply base

18th June 2010 As part of the Becker Group’s international strategy to supply energy distribution products to the mining sector, Walter Becker South Africa, a subsidiary of the German organisation, Walter Becker GM BH Group, has acquired local electrical equipment specialist, EMIS Sales 2002. 

Company growth 
necessitates R4bn 
investment in two years

By: Dimakatso Motau     18th June 2010 Volkwagen of South Africa (VWSA), a whollyowned subsidiary of Volkswagen Aktiengessellschaft in Germany that represents one of the largest German investments in South Africa, reports that it is invested about R4-billion over the past two years, to enhance the growth of the company locally. 

German company 
celebrates 150 years in SA

18th June 2010 This year marks the 150th year that German company Siemens has been operating in South Africa. The company reports that, having proved that it is indeed a sustainable business, it recently once again hosted the totally integrated automation (TIA) user forums for customers during the month of May.  

Shipping company takes on global economic crisis

By: Beth Shirley     19th June 2009 Shipping company Macs Maritime Carrier Shipping (Macs) has reduced its fleet by 20%, as a result of the effects of the global economic crisis. 

Germany focused on business partnerships in South Africa’s renewable-energy sector

By: Beth Shirley     19th June 2009 Industry association the Southern African-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce is focused on forming business partnerships in renewable energy, says Chamber CEO Matthias Boddenberg. 

New centre to provide training for future sub-Saharan African leaders

By: Beth Shirley     19th June 2009 The South African German Centre for Development Research and Criminal Justice, launched at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), aims to provide research-orientated training for future public leaders of Sub-Saharan African countries. 

South Africa maintains German investor confidence

By: Beth Shirley     19th June 2009 South Africa is an attractive environment for German investors, because it is perceived as the gateway to Africa, as well as having relatively stable political and economic conditions, says credit trade solutions company Coface marketing manager Natasha Hardy. 

Germans assist with preparations for 2010 FIFA World Cup

By: Beth Shirley     19th June 2009 Germany is significantly assisting in South Africa’s preparations for the 2010 FIFA World Cup through a number of initiatives, German Ambassador to South Africa Dieter Haller tells Engineering News.  

Cultural institute commemorates Berlin Wall collapse, SA democracy

By: Beth Shirley     19th June 2009 German cultural institution the Goethe-Institut, has plans to demolish the surrounding walls of its premises in Johannesburg, to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, as well as 15 years of democracy in South Africa. 

Polyurethane company expects significant growth

By: Beth Shirley     19th June 2009 Polyurethane company Elastogran South Africa expects significant growth this year, says Elastogran MD Andrew Bailey. 

Exchange rate presents challenges for German investors

By: Beth Shirley     19th June 2009 The Euro-Rand exchange rate, with its high levels of fluctuation, have proven a formidable challenge for German investors in South Africa, says investment organisation Germany Trade and Invest (GTAI) analyst Carsten Ehlers. 

Company establishes HIV/Aids relief programme

By: Beth Shirley     19th June 2009 Thermal insulation contractors Kaefer-Thermal South Africa has established an HIV/Aids Relief Programme, known as Karp, which is jointly funded by Kaefer’s German parent company. 

Investors look beyond the financial crisis

By: Beth Shirley     19th June 2009 Germany Trade and Invest (GTAI) reports that the outlook for global foreign direct investment (FDI) is more positive than what was previously predicted. 

Engineering company experiances growth trend

By: Jonathan Faurie     19th September 2008 Increased business efficiency and clearer lines of communications have provided local engineering company Clifford Welding Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of German engineering company Ideal Werk, with a springboard for the significant growth that the company is currently experiencing. 

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