Review 2010 to 2014
On 12th December 2014 a delegation of 14 embassy members headed by Minister Horst Brammer was in Seiffen. In addition to a visit to the traditional company Saico GmbH and a visit to a show workshop for Erzgebirge wood art, talks were held with District Administrator Frank Vogel and Mayor Dr. Laub instead.
On 19th June 2014 the traditional South Africa Day took place at the Waldhotel am Reiterhof in Seelitz, near Rochlitz. The event was opened and led together with the Minister of the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa, Horst Brammer. There were about 100 guests from industry, politics, art and culture present. A special highlight was the fashion show by South African designer Mosa Mokuena.
From 17th until 20th September 2013 a delegation from the South African province of Free State headed by the Minister of Police, Roads and Transport, Mr Komphela in Saxony. The Honorary Consulate arranged and accompanied discussions (inter alia: Fraunhofer Institute for Transport and Infrastructure Systems IVI, Saxon State Ministry of Economics, Labor and Transport).
On 4th June 2013 Honorary Consul Prof. Dr. Scharff invited representatives of the South African Embassy to Dresden for a sightseeing tour. With the horse-drawn carriage the historic old town was passed. Subsequently, the delegation was received in the porcelain manufactory Reichenbach in Thuringia.
During the period from May 12th until 22nd May 2013 Mr. Max Makhubalo, Director of the Training Center for Bank Employees and Managers in South Africa, and a 20-member delegation of senior education providers and bank officials from various institutions, were looked after during their stay in Germany. The Honorary Consulate arranged and accompanied discussions at various educational institutions (Bildungswerk Sachsen, Glauchau Academy of Studies, SAP and Frankfurt School of Finance).
The aim of this delegation trip was to prepare for the introduction of an efficient, dual training system in South African banking.
From 2nd until 9th December 2012 a delegation trip to South Africa took place with representatives of the Magdeburg zoo to prepare for the acquisition and import of African elephants. These were o. a. Talks with the managing director of National Zoological Gardens of South Africa, a representative of SANParks, and the senior professor of the Center for Wildlife Management at the University of Pretoria.
During the period from 25th November until 1st December 2012 Mr. Max Makhubalo, Director of the Training Center for Bank Employees and Managers in South Africa, was looked after during his stay in Germany. The Honorary Consulate arranged and accompanied discussions at various educational institutions (Bildungswerk Sachsen, Glauchau Academy of Studies, SAP and Frankfurt School of Finance).
The purpose of his visit was to prepare a 20-member delegation, consisting of senior education providers and bankers from various institutions, with the aim of establishing an efficient dual education system in South African banking.
On 27th June 2012 the "South Africa Day 2012" took place in Dresden, which is organized jointly by the South African Honorary Consulate in Saxony, the South African Embassy and the Wirtschaftsförderung Sachsen GmbH. The event was opened by the ambassadors of the Embassy, Ms. Mbuyane-Mokone and Honorary Consul Prof. Dr. Scharff. A total of 120 guests from business, science, politics and culture as well as representatives of the diplomatic corps were present. During a quiz around South Africa, guests were able to test their general knowledge and prove their skill in the course on the Segway.
The South Africa Day was held this year under the motto "Efficient use of material resources in South Africa". For this reason special workshops took place in Jena and Dresden on the day before and after the event. A small South African delegation consisting of Mr Magagula (Economic Development of the country), Mr Ramadikela (Segodiso Steelworks and Construction Ltd), Ms Liebenberg (Conservative Conservative at the South African Consulate General) and Mr Schmeding (Economic Department of the South African Embassy) met with representatives of local companies Geology, raw material extraction and processing and held talks with representatives of IHK Gera, TU Bergakademie Freiberg and the Saxony Economic Development Corporation.
On 03rd December 2011 Prof. Dr. Scharff invited Ambassador Rev. Makhenkesi A. Stofile and representatives of the South African Embassy to a tour of wintery Dresden. The delegation's program included: a sightseeing tour and a visit to the oldest Christmas market in Germany, the Striezelmarkt.
On 27th December 2011 a dinner together with the Consul General of the Russian Federation, Mr. Vyacheslav Logutov and his staff took place. High above Leipzig in the Panorama Tower, the atmospheric atmosphere was used to get to know each other and exchange experiences.
From 29th until 31st July 2011 the honorary consuls Prof. Dr. Wolfram Scharff and Ekkehart H. Eymer invited the traditional trip with His Excellency, Ambassador Rev. Makhenkesi A. Stofile and representatives of the South African Embassy. On the program was a. o. a visit to the porcelain manufactory in Reichenbach, participation in the opening of the permanent exhibition "Nelson Mandela" by the photographer George Hallet and a city tour of Erfurt.
From 30th January until 2nd February 2011 Honorary Consul Prof. Dr. Wolfram Scharff together with a political delegation from Magdeburg South Africa. The delegation of the city of Magdeburg, consisting of deputies of the department (Mr. Holger Platz, Mr. Rainer Nitsche), the chairman of the city council (Mrs. Beate Wübbenhorst), the chairman of the city council fraction, (Mr. Wigbert Schwenke), the deputy Chairman of the City Council (Mr. Oliver Müller) and a representative of the International Bureau for Economic Development (Dr. Gundula Henkel).
On 5th October 2010 a consultation with representatives of the Economic Development of the Free State (FDC), South Africa took place in Dresden. Topics of the consultation were a. o. concrete measures for the planned art exhibition of the Free State province in Dresden, Germany. Furthermore, the date for the planned student exchange was set.
During a stay of Honorary Consul Prof. Dr. Scharff in South Africa in May 2010 a conversation took place with the ministers of the Free State Province, South Africa in Bloemfontein. Focal points here were a planned art exhibition of the Free State Province, South Africa in Dresden, Germany. Furthermore, the possibility of a student exchange was discussed.
Already for the 5th time the traditional Stammtisch South Africa took place on the 11th June 2010. This time the event was marked by the football World Cup 2010 and took place in the adapted framework in the City Beach Dresden. Around 100 representatives from the worlds of business, politics and culture jointly watched the opening match - South Africa vs. Mexico.
We would like to thank all participants for this nice evening.
On 8th May 2010 Prof. Dr. Scharff, Honorary Consul of the Republic of South Africa, invited representatives of the South African Embassy to a tour of Lutherstadt Wittenberg. The delegation's program included a reception at the Lord Mayor of Lutherstadt Wittenberg, a city tour, a trip on the Elbe, a knight's meal and a brief outline of Wittenberg's history of Wittenberg's reformation.