South Africa as a strategic partner for Germany?

Perspectives of the German-South African Cooperation

Germany and South Africa cooperate on a bilateral and increasingly on a multilateral level. As currently holding the presidency of the EU and AU, the last few months both governments prepared the summit of the two regional organizations originally scheduled for autumn 2020. As non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council they have collaborated to assess and resolve conflict-ridden situations. Will South Africa continue to be an important partner for Germany in solving future challenges at the global and continental level and in strengthening multilateralism?


The discussion, which will be held in English, aims to provide insights into the goals and experiences of political cooperation at the global and continental level from a strategic perspective. In addition, the reorientation of development cooperation envisaged by the BMZ as well as the potentials and limits in other fields of cooperation between the two countries will be analysed and discussed from this specific perspective. The following aspects are to be the main focus of attention:

  • What role do Germany and South Africa, as important actors of the EU and the AU respectively, play in providing political solutions for future challenges at continental and international level?
  • Which interests of the two countries or which interests of other - external and internal - actors need to be taken into account for a stronger political-strategic cooperation?
  • Which tangible approaches/promising fields of cooperation and which actors could make a strategic partnership between the two countries successful even outside of governments (private sector, science, culture, civil society)?

Representatives of ministries and think tanks of both countries will give short presentations on their assessments and experiences in the context of a digital discussion and discuss them in a concluding panel discussion with the participation of the guests present and connected virtually to the event.

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18:00h Welcoming remarks Hans-Werner Bussmann | Chairman DeSaFor e.V.

Inputs and contributions by:

  • S.E. Phumelele Stone Sizani | Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa to Germany
  • Dr. Melanie Müller ​​​​​​​| Senior Policy Advisor, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP)
  • Dr. Stefan Oswald | Head of Department "Marshall Plan with Africa, Refuge and Migration", German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
  • Elizabeth Sidiropoulos | Chief Executive, South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA)


18:40h Panel discussion

... including questions and comments provided by participants via ZOOM (facilitated by Tilmann Feltes, Policy Advisor Southern Africa, KAS)


19:20h Closing Remarks

... by Dr. Stefan Friedrich | Head of Department for Sub-Saharan Africa, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung



... by Henning Suhr | Head of South Africa Office, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
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