South Africa


The German-South African Partnering in Business with Germany Programme prepares executives from South Africa specifically for business initiation and economic cooperation with German enterprises. Each year, around 20 South African executives take part in this practical training. They come from firms which have foreign trade potential that wish to establish contacts in Germany. The focus is on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Under the motto “Partnering in Business with Germany” the participants acquire management skills, gain insights into German business practices and establish contact with German enterprises, mainly medium-sized firms. The programme is aimed at managers and future managers, and at upper and middle management levels of South African enterprises and is generally open to all industries.

A Bilateral Agreement Between the Two Countries

Since 2019, South Africa has been a Partnering in Business with Germany Programme partner country. A corresponding government agreement exists between the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). So far, 174 entrepreneurs from South Africa have participated in the programme.

Impressions from the Partnering in Business with Germany Programme with South Africa