The Diplomatic Society

 
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Goodbye Blackwood, Hello Florence Ribeiro

April 18, 2016

After over 50 years in Arcadia, the German Embassy Pretoria is moving to its new premises in Groenkloof this week. The new building on Florence Ribeiro Avenue offers German Ambassador Walter Lindner and his 85 staff members a modern working environment and high tech facilities. After being spread out over several buildings in Arcadia and Hatfield, the new German Embassy will once again reunite the different departments under one roof.

“We have many fond memories of our old home in Arcadia and we will certainly miss the proximity of the Union Buildings which were just a few steps away. But as our relationship with South Africa strengthened over the past decades the building became too small for us” explains Ambassador Lindner.

Ambassador Lindner is pictured with staff of the German Embassy

The new Embassy was developed and built by SnA Architects from Pretoria in close collaboration with the architects of the German Foreign Office in Berlin. Over 46 km (roughly the distance between Pretoria and Johannesburg) of IT and telephone cable had to be installed and ten containers full of equipment arrived from Germany. The overall office space totals 3.500 sqm.

The construction of the new Embassy took 20 months. During construction 150 permanent jobs were created. A further 250 temporary workers were involved on average per month.

The new facilities are open and invite sunlight. Its water and energy efficiency is more than 50% higher than the SA National Standard. While being located within an urban environment, the Embassy is surrounded by a green belt and allows a perfect view on the CBC Groenkloof sports fields.

“We would like to thank all our South African partners and the City of Tshwane for their cooperation. The new Embassy is a shining example of South African workmanship.” compliments Ambassador Lindner. “The investment of almost 90 milion Rand in the new building, infrastructure and equipment is also an investment into the strong ties between Germany and South Africa. We believe in a bright future for South Africa. ”

The German Embassy Pretoria is the second largest German Embassy on the African continent and among the top 25 German representations in the world. Over 40 locally employed staff work together with representatives from 10 German ministries.

Due to the relocation, the visa and consular section will reopen for its customers on 20 April.

The new Embassy is located at 201 Florence Ribeiro Ave, Groenkloef, Pretoria 0081 South Africa.

German Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa

More News



2017 Gerard Sekoto award14/09/2017
article thumbnail

2017 Gerard Sekoto award 14 September 2017 On Wednesday 13 September 2017, Ambassador of France to South Africa, H.E. Mr. Christophe Farnaud attended the 2017 L’Atelier art awards in Johannesburg. [ ... ]


Celebration of the National Day of Brazil14/09/2017
article thumbnail

Celebration of the National Day of Brazil 14 September 2017 The Embassy of Brazil in Pretoria held a reception in celebration of Brazil’s National Day on September 7th. The event was attended by S [ ... ]


Seeking trade opportunities in Russia12/09/2017
article thumbnail

Seeking trade opportunities in Russia 11 September 2017 Local companies have been urged to look for trade opportunities in the Russian market. Minister Plenipotentiary at the South Africa Embassy i [ ... ]


BRICS: Stronger Partnership for a Brighter Future12/09/2017
article thumbnail

BRICS: Stronger Partnership for a Brighter Future 12 September 2017 The 9th BRICS Summit was successfully held in Xiamen, China from 3 to 5 September 2017. Chinese President Xi Jinping chaired the s [ ... ]



 

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
_________________________________________________

August 2017 Edition

 
 
_________________________________________________

Translater


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Doing Business in Sri Lanka The High Commission of Sri Lanka in Pretoria in partnership with the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) organized a trade and investment promotion... <|> Daesh defeated Daesh, the extremist group that occupied the city of Mosul in Iraq has been defeated, said Ambassador Dr Saad Jawad Kindeel of Iraq to South Africa at a press conference held at the... <|> 65th National Day of the Arab Republic of Egypt 4 August 2017 H.E. Ambassador Sherif Issa and Madame Dina Zeidan hosted a reception on the occasion of the 65th National Day of the Arab Republic of... <|> Vietnam Cuisine Week Ambassador Vu Van Dzung of Vietnam in South Africa hosted the opening of the Vietnam Cuisine Week at Saigon Restaurant in Rivonia, Johannesburg. The Embassy of Vietnam is... <|> Easing travel regulations between South Africa and Kenya 3 May 2016 South Africa and Kenya have announced measures that will make travelling between the two countries easier. South African Home... <|> The story of Diamond Lakes and the legendary Pienaar’s Pothole The story of Diamond Lakes and the legendary Pienaar’s Pothole is what intrigued Dr Navin Naidoo to go into the world of Diamonds... <|> The United Nations stands with South Africa’s women 9 August 2017 Pretoria, South Africa: The United Nations in South Africa extends its warm wishes to the women of South Africa on the... <|> UAE Embassy Women's Day initiative The staff at the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in South Africa visited the Youth for Survival shelter on Women's Day and donated goods. The donation included... <|> H.E. Ambassador-Designate Lin Songtian arrives in SA Speaking to the press upon his arrival at O.R Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, Ambassador–Designate Lin Songtian said he is back in... <|> Independence Day of Bolivia 6 August 2017 Bolivia signed its declaration of independence on August 6, 1825 and marked the first Independence Day for Bolivia. On Sunday, the Bolivian community... <|>
© copyright 2011-2017| The Diplomatic Society| All Rights Reserved.