Arrival of German technical experts to South Africa

17 July 2020

During the lockdown in SA, many businesses had come to a halt. With the easing of the lockdown in certain sectors companies have resumed their operations, albeit on a reduced level. They are now preparing for a further ramp-up of their operations while tackling critical maintenance for important upgrading projects. Many of these projects require special expert knowledge that is not available on the ground.

In close cooperation the Foreign Ministers Naledi Pandor and Heiko Maas supported the efforts of the South-African – German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Lufthansa and the German Embassy together with the relevant South African authorities to enable a solution of the most pressing needs. On Thursday, July 16, a special Lufthansa flight is arrived from Frankfurt/Germany in Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport. On board were engineers, technicians and other experts whose skills are urgently needed to help get the economy going and South African exports rolling again.

Mandela Day: Germany supports food drive of football legends Delron Buckley and Sibusiso Zuma in KZN

17 July 2020

On this year’s Mandela Day the German Embassy partners with Bundesliga legends Delron Buckley and Sibusiso Zuma to honour the legacy of Madiba.

In times of the Covid19 crisis the Embassy decided to support a food drive in Ndwedwe and Hammersdale in KwaZulu-Natal. Together with the former Bafana Bafana stars a small team of the Embassy will distribute over 1000 food parcels and 2000 cloth masks to community members in need in the two townships.

“We hope that we can contribute in the fight against Covid-19 and the negative effects the crisis has on South Africa’s people. We are very proud to support Delron and Sibusiso in their efforts, because we can only overcome the crisis if we work together. What better way to honour Madiba’s legacy than to help the home communities of two of the most famous South African football Ambassadors and celebrate the great friendship of our two countries”, said German Ambassador Martin Schäfer.

Azerbaijani servicemen killed

17 July 2020

On July 12, the armed forces of Armenia attempted to attack, using artillery, in order to seize positions in the direction of Tovuz district along the state border between Azerbaijan and Armenia.

The attack of the enemy forces was prevented by retaliatory measures. As a result of the combat, three servicemen of the Azerbaijani army were killed and four were injured.

This provocative act of the Armenian armed forces should be seen as a continuation of the recent actions and statements of the leadership of aggressor state Armenia, which serve to increase tensions in the region.

Armenia, which has reflected its aggressive policy in the country's national security strategy, openly demonstrates that it aims to seize new positions and increase tensions in the region instead of eliminating the consequences of the conflict and withdrawing its occupying forces from the internationally recognized territories of Azerbaijan.

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