JOHANNESBURG - Germany looks forward to building on its existing strong partnerships with South Africa and expanding cooperation in crucial fields such as vocational training to help build sustainable, inclusive growth, ambassador Martin Schäfer has said.
At an event in which he hosted economic development, trade and industry minister Ebrahim Patel in Pretoria, Schäfer said German companies from large car manufacturers to specialized engineering firms were not only in South Africa "to make a quick buck".
"They strive to contribute to the social transformation of South Africa: by creating jobs, by investing in training, local value chains and economic transformation, by being responsible corporate citizens," he said.
"We are looking forward to building on these strong partnerships, expanding our cooperation in crucial fields such as vocational training - to help build sustainable, inclusive growth in South Africa."
In 2018, the two countries traded R215 billion worth of merchandise, representing one of the most important trading relationships for South Africa.