South Africa: Course set for further cooperation

Within the framework of the German-South African Binational Commission on 19 June, the working group on economy and energy met. Ms Borak, Deputy Head of Bilateral and Regional Climate and Energy Cooperation, Sub-Saharan Africa at the BMWK, also discussed the Manager Training Programme, in which South Africa has been a partner country since 2019. Continue reading

“We got recognized globally after the programme”

"Gaining new strength through cooperation" – this was the motto of the first alumni event on 11 and 12 May in Cape Town, South Africa. The theme was not only on paper but was lived by the former Programme participants on both days. The focus was on networking among themselves as well as on cooperation with German institutions.

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Wine and friends make a great blend

Lesego Holzapfel und Ezanne Gouws-du Toit

Ezanne and Lesego got to know each other during the Virtual Manager Training Programme in 2020. Then they met each other in real life and became friends. At one of their get-togethers, they hit on the idea of creating their own wine range. And that was the beginning of “Khai Wines”. Khai means “rise up”, and the brand represents the passion the two entrepreneurs have for their home country South Africa.
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Successful change management even in a crisis

New technologies, new competitors and changing customer behaviour are among the many challenges that companies are facing during the Covid-19 pandemic in particular. As part of the Virtual Manager Training Programme, a group of South African participants learned the essentials of managing change at an online seminar at the start of the year. Continue reading

Full Steam Ahead into the Future

Despite the severe economic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, Max Mabuti looks positively into the future. He set the right course for his firm at the right time. And that is paying off now: His turnover will double in this “corona year”. Among other things, the new partnership with a steam boiler manufacturer in Germany is also contributing to his success.
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New Impulses for South African Entrepreneurs

Germany welcomed the first group of South African MP participants in October 2019. A varied programme gave executives from middle and upper management opportunities to get to know manufacturing companies in the SME sector, attend trade fairs related to their industries, and advance their business ideas with German partners. During their four-week stay in Germany, the 20 participants intensively explored innovation and international project management and took a look behind the scenes at a number of German companies.
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