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...Germany was South Africa's most important trading partner in 2008 with a trade volume of about 160 billion Rand?

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10. Football-Website:
The FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa is about to begin. On the new bilingual website users will find useful and interesting information about South Africa, Germany and the upcoming World Cup: tips and advice for fans and travellers, information on the many German projects to support SouthAfrica, people of the host country and the World Cup.

...Germany is the second most important destination for South
African wine? ...the total of German direct investments in South Africa was about 50 billion Rand in 2007? ...about 600 German companies have set up operations in South Africa and employ a total of over 88,000 SouthAfricans? ...the Embassy has at its disposal a microproject fund to assist poverty reduction and self-help endeavours? ...there are 92 German-South African university partnerships up and running? .....the German Embassy in 2008 issued more than 23,000 visas and more than 3,600 passports? ...Germany invests annually more than 1 billion Rand in its partnership with SouthAfrica? ...30 to 40 start-up research projects are jointly funded annually by Germany and SouthAfrica? ...the German government currently supports eight bilateral research projects with funds totaling 350 million Rand? ...the International Climate Change Protection Initiative of the German government currently supports five projects in the areas of climate change and renewable energy worth approximately10 million Rand? ... there are four German Schools in South Africa, where learners have the opportunity to pass the Combined National Senior Certificate and German InternationalAbitur? ...each year Germany awards scholarships to about 700 students and researchers studying in Germany and South Africa amounting to more than 30 million Rand?

Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier launched the 'Schools: Partners for the Future'-Initiative in 2007. Its goal is to build up a worldwide network of more than 1,000 partner schools through which to awaken young people's interest in and enthusiasm for modern-day Germany and German society. In South Africa, the "Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA)", the Goethe-Institut, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Educational Exchange Service (PAD) were able to implement multiple measures to provide more South African learners in schools all over the country with high quality German lessons and, subsequently, internationally recognized exams.

This is What We Do
A dozen examples of German engagement in South Africa

12. DAAD Centres of Excellence
In the framework of an initiative taken by Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier 'Aktion Afrika' to systematically expand academic and cultural relations with our partners on the African continent, the South African-German Centres for Developmental Research and Criminal Justice have been established at the University of the Western Cape. These Centres of Excellence, in collaboration with the Humboldt University of Berlin and the Ruhr University of Bochum, represent two of more than 90 academic partnerships between South Africa and Germany. They allow students and faculty from both countries to grow stronger jointly as partners on equal footing.

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1. Host Cities' project for World Cup preparations:
Germany supports South Africa's preparation for the upcoming FIFA World Cup with a programme pairing the host cities of the 2006 World Cup in Germany with South Africa's host cities in 2010. Wherever needed and requested, experts from the German host cities come to South Africa to share experience and knowledge with their South African counterparts. Typical areas for knowledge transfer are public transportation, logistics beyond the soccer stadiums, security, event management and city marketing, public viewing and local tourism.

August 2009 as one of the highlights of the intense musical exchange between South Africa and Germany. In the aftermath of the German tour of MIAGI, the German National Youth Orchestra and the German National Jazz Orchestra toured South Africa in August and September 2009. Not only did the orchestras in Germany and South Africa meet with enthusiastic audiences, it was also a fine example of the cultural partnership between the two countries. Once more, the universal language of music assisted in bridging cultural gaps and creating common ground and understanding.

7. Communal Waterhouse Project, Eastern Cape:
The Communal Water House (CWH) in Ikwezi Municipality (Eastern Cape) is a pilot project which demonstrates that modern technologies can help to overcome water shortages and energy problems in rural areas. In the Eastern Cape each drop of water makes a difference in everyday life. The CWH, which is jointly supported by the German and South African Government, is a modular system consisting of seperate components for water cleaning, drinking water preparation, water recycling, solar air and water heating, solar driven water pumping, power production by photo voltaic, as well as sanitation and constructed wetlands for sewage water cleaning. Up to 500 residents of Ikwezi Municipality use the Waterhouse each day.

5. Khayelitsha Project:
Germany is contributing to violence prevention through urban upgrading in Khayelitsha Township, Cape Town with funds amounting to 120 million Rand. This concept involves setting up sports facilities, urban parks, community facilities as well as lit public walkways that provide 'safe nodes' in previous crime hot spots of the township. Thus, Germany helps to provide a better living for poor and disadvantaged South Africans. The project serves as a role model for other townships.

2. Deutsches Haus 2010:
The German Federal State BadenWürttemberg and the initiative Germany-Land of Ideas present the 'Deutsches Haus 2010' on the campus of the Deutsche Internationale Schule Johannesburg. The firmly established tradition of a 'German House' during the Olympic Games is now making its premiere at a Football World Cup. Being a major venue for representatives from sports, industry, politics and media, the 'Deutsches Haus' will not only be the major centre of German activities in South Africa during the World Cup, but will also provide a platform to maintain and deepen German-South African cooperation in the fields of economy, science, education, culture and sports.

8. Good Hope:
For the fourth time, the military exercise GOOD HOPE will take place in February and March 2010 in the Western Cape. Approximately 1,000 soldiers of the German armed forces with several aircrafts and planes will be deployed to Simonstown and the Overberg Test Range. There they practice with their colleagues from the South African Navy and Air Force. The main objective is the intensive interaction of German and South African military forces, thereby improving tactics and procedures for the deployment to international peace keeping missions and to strengthen the friendship between both sides.

6. CATS - Partnership in vocational training and professional development :
The 'South African-German Training Services' is an initiative of the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industrie (SAGCCI). It aims to bundle the training activities of its members in the commercial and technical sector. The Commercial Advancement Training (CATS) strives to provide skilled workers to industry through the integration of practical and theoretical training. Successful learners receive the South African certificate of 'Commercial Clerk' as well as the German (and European) certificate of Business Administrator. Since 1985, more than 1,600 young South Africans have graduated and easily found adequate jobs. The Technical Builders Training Centre (BTC) offers training in the areas of Bricklaying, Plastering, Plumbing, Roofmaking and Paving. Since 1993, the BTC has trained more than 2,000 young South Africans, including 780 last year. For Engineering students, SAGCCI offers a high tech 'Automation Training' for technical controlling by computers and robot regulation. Up to now, 160 engineering students in their third year have already been trained.

3. Trilateral Cooperation in Southern Sudan
Since Germany's double presidency of the EU and G8 in 2007, Germany has expanded its cooperation with African countries with a renewed focus on the support of African efforts to promote peace and security. In 2008, the German Federal Foreign Office supported South African initiatives to strengthen peace and security in Africa with over 24 million Rand. One of these initiatives is the project 'Capacity Building for the Government of Southern Sudan', a trilateral project of the German Federal Foreign Office in cooperation with South African institutions and the Government of Southern Sudan.

9. German Information Centre Pretoria (GIC):
The GIC Pretoria was launched in 2008 as part of a global network of nine GICs in key regions for Germany's foreign policy. It is designed to enhance the flow of information to those in Africa interested in Germany. The GIC presents today's modern, innovative Germany with its multi-faceted and close links to Africa. The website offers English-language stories with a German-African angle, covering business, education, research, politics, sports and German culture. At present, a special theme featured on its pages is the Fall of the Berlin Wall 20 years ago and the 60th

4. MIAGI and the German Youth Orchestra:
Welcoming the renowned 'Music Is A Great Investment' Youth Orchestra during the young.euro.classic Festival in Berlin in

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