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Germany Commits R5,89 billion for Development Cooperation to South Africa

German Ambassador to South Dr. Horst Freitag and South African Minister of Finance, Mr. Nhlanhla Nene

 

Dr Horst Freitag and Mr Nhlanhla Nene

13 June 2014

German Ambassador to South Dr. Horst Freitag and South African Minister of Finance, Mr. Nhlanhla Nene signed five agreements to the amount of 414.26 Million Euro (approximately R5,89 Billion) for Development Cooperation between South Africa and Germany.

Development cooperation between the Government of South Africa and the Federal Republic of Germany dates back to 1992. To date, the financial and technical contribution from the Government of Germany to South Africa is just over R14.4 billion, which includes the allocation from the last round of government to government negotiations held in 2012. This amount has gone towards empowering people, transfer of skills and building of institutional capabilities.

The relationship between the two partners is based on support and solidarity. Over the last 20 years, bilateral cooperation has matured into a partnership, where Germany supports South African priorities. The partnership is focused on the areas of Energy and Climate Change, HIV/AIDS Prevention and Good Governance which includes violence prevention and trilateral cooperation.


 

“Germany continues to support South Africa in meeting its mid- and long-term challenges. With these new funds, we underline our will to stand by our partners in a sustainable and predictable way. South Africa is one of our most important global development partners,” said Ambassador Freitag.

“Our development cooperation is an integral part of our broader cooperation in the political, economic, social and cultural spheres, bearing testimony to a successful partnership between countries of the Northern and Southern hemisphere in a changing world”, Ambassador Freitag added.

Minister Nene welcomed the support from the German Government and said he is looking forward to the successful implementation of the cooperation which is aligned to the priorities of South Africa as articulated in the National Development Plan.

“On behalf of the citizens of South Africa, the recipients of your support, we would like to express our gratitude for the long standing partnership with the German Government and hope to strengthen the collaboration going forward.” Minister Nene concluded.

Issued by the Finance Ministry of South Africa and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany


Project Highlights And Background Information

Innovation, Partnership, Sustainability

Innovative approaches, partnership and sustainability are the defining elements of our cooperation. Projects following this idea have turned into sustainable success stories over the last 22 years of our partnership and benefit people directly. To name just a few examples:

The “Violence Prevention Through Urban Upgrading” (VPUU) project in Khayelitsha, a Cape Town township, has reduced crime and increased the safety of all citizens. Women as the main targets of crime can now feel safer coming home from work even late at night. Through setting up a fully equipped library as well as a community centre, especially the young residents of Khayelitsha benefit from the project. After school, they can meet their friends at the community centre where they have access to the internet and can use the library to study or do their homework. Offering the youth a space and opportunities for their educational development and engaging them in community activities is the main aim of the project.

Germany has contributed an amount of R71 Mio towards the implementation of this project. And the good news is: It will not end in Khayelitsha. Due to its success and appreciation, the concept will be taken over by South Africa and be rolled out in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Gauteng Provinces to benefit even more people.

In the focal area HIV/AIDS prevention, Germany finances, for example, mobile clinics in particularly affected rural areas in the Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga, providing testing and prevention services. Within the “Activate Leadership” programme, youths undergo a three-year training programme empowering them to become role models and to initiate community projects – like the successful setting up of a tourism agency in Sharpeville. These programmes are funded to the tune of R185 Mio.

In the focal area Energy/Climate, South Africa has established and secured funding for the South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre (SARETEC). With support from Germany, SARETEC will provide renewable energy and related industry training as of 2015. It will make a major contribution to training the 5,000 qualified wind technicians who will be required by 2030.The establishment of the centre is further supported by a public-private partnerships (PPP) concluded between SAGEN, the Cape Peninsular University of Technology and the German wind turbine manufacturer NORDEX under which NORDEX will provide essential training equipment. By the end of 2013, South Africa’s first 11 qualified Wind Turbine Service Technicians and South Africa’s first 8 trainers to deliver this qualification at SARETEC have been trained.

Within the Governance focal area, one outstanding example is the support of the Amathole Economic Development Agency (ASPIRE) in the Amathole Municipality in the Eastern Cape. People living in the Mlungisi township had no safe and short way of reaching Stutterheim. Two development advisors funded by Germany assisted in drawing up business plans and the application process in drawing on the South African Neighbourhood Development Fund. The funding made the building of Cumakala bridge possible. This bridge has made life easier for both communities, shortening the distance by half and increasing economic activity both in Mlungisi and Stutterheim, where a mall and community centre were built.

Innovation, partnership, sustainability are keywords of success. They are at the heart of South African German Development Cooperation.

The five agreements that were signed are:
· Agreement between the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Government of the Republic of South Africa regarding Technical Cooperation in 2011
· Agreement between the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Government of the Republic of South Africa regarding Technical Cooperation in 2012
· Agreement between the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Government of the Republic of South Africa concerning Financial Cooperation in 2011
· Agreement between the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Government of the Republic of South Africa concerning Financial Cooperation in 2012
· Agreement between the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Government of the Republic of South Africa concerning Financial Cooperation for the project “Violence Prevention Through Urban Upgrading – Western Cape”

Embassy of Germany, Pretoria


 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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