During the visit, the delegation of State Minister Florian Herrmann met experts from the Justice and Violence Prevention Program at the Institute for Security Studies, one of our partner institutions in Pretoria, for a detailed briefing on the situation in South Africa and the work in a variety of promising projects.
In Cape Town, State Minister Florian Herrmann met several ministers and other political decision makers, visited civil society projects and signed a comprehensive joint action plan with premier Alan Winde. In Johannesburg, Premier David Makhura mentioned the economy and education as future cornerstones of the cooperation, in a meeting which included the MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi.
During the visit in Cape Town, we also celebrated the opening of a soccer pitch in Monwabisi Park in Khayelitsha. We are grateful to the Bavarian State Chancellery for their support, to State Minister Herrmann for his commitment, and to Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading (VPUU) and the City of Cape Town for the fantastic partnership. Together, we can build opportunities - all partners agreed, and the soccer pitch is a beautiful example of how cooperationcan make a real difference in the lives of people.
In Johannesburg, a reception at the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry offered great opportunities for representatives of government, business and civil society from the two countries to meet and engage.
We truly appreciate the hospitality the Western Cape and Gauteng have shown during the visit of State Minister Florian Herrmann and his delegation this week. Now, the partnerships shall be filled with life. We as the HSF are looking forward to contributing, together with our partners.