The Southern African - German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Johannesburg has been facilitating the establishment of business links between South Africa and Germany more than fifty years. Since 1997 the Chamber has extended its activities to the neighbouring countries in the SADC region.
The Afrika-Verein der deutschen Wirtschaft - German-African Business Association - represents more than 650 German companies with business interests in Africa. These include the leading multinationals and a large number of smaller and medium-sized companies. The Afrika-Verein is a well-established and respected institution (it celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2009) with an unparalleled network of contacts in government, business and institutions in Germany with an interest in Africa.
The Sub-Saharan Africa Initiative of German Business (SAFRI) was founded in 1996 by the German-African Business Association (Afrika-Verein), the Federation of German Industries (BDI) and the German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK). It is aimed at focusing attention on the economic potential of the region and further promoting German business activities in Southern Africa.