On 1 November 2017, the DAAD Information Center Johannesburg celebrated its 20th Birthday. The day doubled as a farewell to Ms Philina Wittke, then Director of DAAD South Africa, and as an official welcome to the new Director of DAAD South Africa, Dr Anja Hallacker.
In the morning a workshop on Doctoral Education was conducted by Professor Laetus Lategan for DAAD scholarship holders and alumni and in the afternoon important DAAD South Africa partners and guests spoke about the significance of the Information Center and its function in South Africa.
After the speeches, the DAAD South Africa team, its guests and the scholarship holders celebrated the Information Center’s birthday with the accompaniment of a live band. The German Students at the University of the Witwatersrand also performed songs in German in celebration of the Information Center's Birthday. Whilst it is very sad to see Ms Philina Wittke go, it is also very exciting to have the opportunity to get to know Dr Anja Hallacker better and to work with her here in South Africa. On our birthdays after all we do reflect on what has been, how that has informed us and where we are going...
Written by Jaco Herbst
Photos by Anwyll de Leeuw