Technical experts flown in from Germany to help businesses and Eskom

Technical experts flown in from Germany to help businesses and Eskom

- The South African government will be getting a boost in the form of industry experts from Germany

- Technical experts are being flown in from Germany to assist the recovery of the South African economy

- The experts will provide essential services to local German businesses as well as some state entities like Eskom

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A team of German technical experts is expected to touch down in South Africa on Thursday to provide essential services to local German businesses and local entities, such as struggling power utility Eskom.

This follows an agreement between the International Relations and Cooperation Minister Naledi Pandor and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, supported by the efforts of the South-African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Party to the agreement are Lufthansa and the German Embassy, together with the other relevant South African authorities.

Steffen Scholz, spokesperson of the German Embassy in South Africa, said the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in many businesses coming to a halt in South Africa.

Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Naledi Pandor's department has negotiated a deal that will see Eskom benefit from international experts. Image: Getty Images

Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Naledi Pandor's department has negotiated a deal that will see Eskom benefit from international experts. Image: Getty Images
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Scholtz said:

"With the easing of the lockdown in certain sectors, companies have resumed their operations, albeit on a reduced level. They are now preparing for a further ramp-up of their operations while tackling critical maintenance or important upgrading projects.
"Many of these projects require special expert knowledge that is not available on the ground."

News24 reported that a special Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt in Germany is expected to arrive at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on Thursday morning.

Scholtz said the flight is bringing engineers, technicians and other experts whose skills are needed to help the South African economy going again.

Recently, the Gauteng government received a R76 million boost from BMW SA and the German government in its Covid-19 response

Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that over 2.5 million citizens found themselves unemployed between February and April due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

This is according to a study which found the women had taken the biggest knock. The study found that the pandemic has served to exacerbate social inequalities.

While 17 million people were employed at the beginning of the survey, by April it had dropped to 14 million citizens.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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