Review 2015 until now
On 10th September 2020, the Honorary Consulate celebrated the traditional South Africa Day for the 14th time.
More than 150 people interested in South Africa from politics, business, industry, sport and culture met in the Dreiseithof in Sohra to exchange experiences and information about South Africa. The opening addresses were given by S. E. Stone Sizani - Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa in Berlin and Minister of State Thomas Schmidt - Saxon State Minister for Regional Development.
On 24th October 2019 some trees were planted in the new water park "Rulantica" in Rust. With the participation of honorary consul and owner of the Europa-Park Rust Mr. Michael Mack as well as other official representatives, Prof. Dr. Wolfram Scharff accompanied the action personally and actively supported.
On 25th September 2019 received the Lord Mayor of Leipzig, Mr. Burkhardt Jung, S.E. Ambassador Sizani on the occasion of entry in the Golden Book of the City of Leipzig.
On 20th June 2019 the traditional South Africa Day took place as a "summer party". In the usual, typically South African, informal environment met next to each other the Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Stone Sizani, Consul General of the Czech Republic, Mrs. Markéta Meissnerová with husband and children, Consul of the Russian Federation Mr. Alexander Pikalev with spouse, the Consul of the United States of America Mrs. Emily Norris with partner as well as numerous members of the Consular Corps a total of 140 guests at the Dreiseithof Sohra.
To the New Year's reception of the Magdeburg Zoo on 23rd January 2018 the managing director Dr. Kai Perret was handing over a white porcelain elephant. On the occasion of the opening of the new elephant plant last year. Currently, efforts continue to bring African elephants to Magdeburg.
On 7th September 2017 the 11th South Africa Day took place. More than 150 people interested in South Africa from politics, business, industry, sports and culture met at the Dreiseithof in Sohra to exchange experiences and information about South Africa.
The opening speeches were given by Mr. Jacob Moatshe - Consul General of the Consulate General South Africa in Munich, Dr. Boitshoko Ntshabele - Council of Agriculture Ministers of the Embassy of South Africa in Brussels and Mr Volker Haupt - Mayor of Bobritzsch-Hilbersdorf.
From 4th to 9th April 2017 a business delegation with Wirtschaftsförderung Sachsen GmbH, under the auspices of the Saxon Minister of Economic Affairs, Martin Dulig, traveled to South Africa to re-establish and intensify relations with South African companies, especially in the mining sector. Energy and environmental technology, mechanical engineering and equipment as well as company-related services.
The political delegation was accompanied by representatives from 12 Saxon companies. The agenda included a tour of the AHK Johannesburg, a visit to B. Braun Medical (Pty) Limited, a visit to the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA), and the KwaZulu Natal trade and investment in Durban, among several B2B discussions
On 3rd April 2016 the Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa HE Sizani met with the Saxon Minister of Economic Affairs, Martin Dulig. It was the first visit of His Excellency in the Free State of Saxony and one of the topics of the meeting was, among other things, the upcoming delegation visit to South Africa.
On 29th September 2016 a contract was signed between the Free State Provincial Government and the Chamber of Chemnitz for the training of 12 South Africans in the trades vehicle mechatronics, electronics, metal construction and sanitary engineering in Germany. The training starts in September 2017 at the craft enterprises in Saxony. Afterwards, the craftsmen have the opportunity to complete a master training.
On 1st September 2016 this year's South Africa Day took place on the Dreiseithof Sohra near Freiberg. The event was this time under the motto "International Education Exchange in Vocational Education and Training and Studies". After the official opening together with Dr. Lothar Beier (Deputy District Administrator of Central Saxony) and Chargé d'Affair Minister Horst Brammer of the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa were lectures held by Mr. Dietmar Mothes (President of the Chamber of Chemnitz) and Dr. Boitshoko Ntshabele (Embassy of Agriculture, Embassy of the Republic of South Africa in Brussels). Subsequently, South African students reported on their experiences during a study abroad at the TU Bergadademie Freiberg.
On 19th April 2016, a student project day for class 7 took place at the Annenschule in Chemnitz. In a lecture, the country South Africa was presented with all its facets. After an open question and answer session, typical South African dishes were cooked and tasted together.
On 24 September 2015 in continuation of the visit of the premier delegation in July, a meeting was held with the rector of the TU Chemnitz, Prof. van Zyl and the president as well as managing director of the Chamber of Chemnitz. Mothes and Mr. Markus Winkelströter take place. On the part of the TU Chemnitz, Prof. von Zyl agreed to start a group of 20 - 25 persons for a Master or Phd education in the new academic year beginning on October 1, 2016. Concerning a cooperation with the Chamber of Crafts Chemnitz, the Free State intends to send a group of 48 undergraduates (4 classes of 12 persons each).
On 17th September 2015 this year's South Africa Day took place against the backdrop of the mutual exchange of experience in building a nature-friendly, efficient use of agricultural resources at the Dreiseithof Sohra near Freiberg.
In addition to lectures given by MEC Tate Makgoe (Minister of Education of the Free State Province), Boitshoko Ntshabele (Minister of Agriculture of the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa in Belgium) and Christoph Scheibert (JENA-GEOS®-Ingenieurbüro GmbH) held numerous talks and a lively exchange of experiences.
On 23rd June 2015 a farewell dinner with Counselor Counselor Mrs. Potgieter and Mrs. Mbavhi Manenzhe took place in Berlin.
We wish you all the best for the future
On 3rd June 2015 a debriefing with the participants of the Saxon business trip to South Africa from March took place. The counseling serves the clarification of questions or problems as well as to support with the initiation of business relations/contacts to South Africa.