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03. May 2013

Mission Celebrates Successful German-South African Year of Science 2012/2013

On Monday 15 April 2013 the Embassy of the Republic of South African in Berlin hosted a reception in celebration of the successful closure of the German-South African Year of Science 2012/2013. The SA-German Year of Science, which was launched in Cape Town on 16 April 2012 by both the German Ministry of Education and Research and the South African Ministry of Science and Technology, has seen the realisation of 41 Science projects which were jointly funded by both countries in the fields as diverse as Astronomy, Bioeconomy, Social Science & Humanities, Human Capital Development, Health Innovation, Climate Change and Urbanisation/Megacities. The function at the Berlin Mission was attended by South Africa's Minister of Science & Technology Mr Derek Hanekom, who led a delegation of 20 people from the Ministry and different Science institutions and University Rectors to Berlin. Minister Hanekom emphasised the importance of Science cooperation with Germany, especially in involvement of students which he said was a major contribution in developing and attracting youth into science career. He also emphasized that although this joint Year of Science was now coming to an end, the cooperation between the two countries had experienced a boost and would intensify in the future.

On 16 April 2013, the German-South African Year of Science 2012/2013 was then officially concluded in Berlin by Ministers Prof. Johanna Wanka from the German Ministry of Education and Research and Minister Hanekom. The official ceremony took place at Technology Museum in Berlin and was officiated by both Ministers. 

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