Shaan Padayachy
Shaan Padayachy

 

Germany is committed to numerous water sustainability projects in Africa, and is one of the biggest bilateral donors worldwide. According to Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, former Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development in Germany, 40% of the more than €450-million allocated to countries in need of aid every year goes to Africa.
“Our services are dedicated to opening new markets and accessing opportunities in Africa and beyond,” says Shaan Padayachy, Assistant Trade Fairs Services, Southern-African German Chamber of Commerce. According to Padayachy, exports from South Africa to Germany have increased by over 11% from €3.94-billion in 2009, to €4.38-billion by October/November 2010. Imports from Germany to South Africa have also grown by over 12% from €5.70-billion in 2009, to €6.55-billion according to the October/November 2010 figures.
German companies are active in Kenya, Tanzania, Congo and others, in trans-border water management and sewage systems construction. The Congo catchment, which has an area of 3 700 000 km2, is a lifeline to nine countries but grossly underdeveloped. This is one example of the many growth opportunities available in Africa.
As well as showcasing the latest technologies and innovations that German exhibitors have to offer, the German pavilion is aligned to the objectives of the German Water Partnership (GWP). GWP’s aim is to contribute to achieving water-related UN Millennium Development Goals. One of these goals is to halve the number of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water by 2015.
A wide variety of products from Germany will also be showcased at the exhibition, including RITZ, which has been manufacturing pumps for more than 130 years.
The show takes place from 7 to 9 June at Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa.