Germany has committed to provide nearly ZAR 1bn to South Africa for various joint projects, the German embassy reports. “A total of € 72.5m, nearly ZAR 1bn, were committed by Germany to the government of South Africa for development co-operation,” said embassy spokesperson Rainer Breul. A further €38.5m was promised for financial co-operation programmes and €34m for technical co-operation programmes. A bi-national commission, chaired by Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his South African counterpart Maite Nkoane-Mashabane, finished on Friday.
A number of other government officials, public sector leaders, representatives from civil society organisations and academia, and artists attended the talks.A wide-ranging set of topics was discussed including the Ebola epidemic, the political situation in South Sudan, and “troubling developments in the Great Lakes region”. The countries confirmed their focus on co-operation on HIV/Aids prevention, governance and public administration, and energy and climate issues – in particular, South Africa’s transition to a green economy.
“Further co-operation will take place… on the topic of introducing a national minimum wage, including an exchange of information and technical discussions,” Breul said.