The DAAD Information Centre Johannesburg is located at the University of the Witwatersrand. We offer advice and information to all South Africans on study and research in Germany and coordinate academic exchange between South Africa and Germany.

Dr Anja Hallacker, Director


Availability: Mondays – Thursdays ,  10:00 – 16:00.

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Dr Anja Hallacker has been the director of the DAAD Information Centre Johannesburg and a lecturer in the German Department of the University of the Witwatersrand since November 2017. She has worked in higher education systems all her life and takes pleasure and pride in supporting young students and researchers. From 2009 until 2014 she was the director of the DAAD Information Centre Pune in India and from 2014 – 2017 she served as managing director of the world-renowned Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School for Literary Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. She enjoys engaging with scholarship holders, students, researchers and DAAD South Africa partners and to promote internationalisation in the South African higher education system.

Responsible for: Consultation for research co-operations and university partnerships – Information sessions/events on the German research landscape – Consultation with doctoral candidates about doctoral education in Germany; Alumni Network and Alumni Events; DAAD Southern Africa Networking – German Institutions in South Africa Networking; Reports –  Finances – Team Management

Jaco Herbst, Programme Advisor


Availability: 7h30 – 16h00

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Jaco Herbst completed his Bachelor’s degree with a triple major in English, German and French with Distinction at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2016.  Jaco has been working in the office since June 2017 and enjoys consultation sessions with South African students and researchers who are interested in study and research in Germany.

Responsible for: Consultations – Consultation Appointments – Information sessions/events – Science Fairs and Conferences; Website – Social Media – Newsletter; Statistics – Reports – Research for reports; Finances

Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 7h30 – 16h00

Gontse Scholz, Information Coordinator


Availability: Mondays – Fridays , 07:00 – 15:00.

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Gontse Scholz completed her postgraduate studies in Educational Management at the University of South Africa (UNISA) in 2015. She joined the DAAD Information Center Johannesburg team in July 2019. She is responsible for social media, study abroad fairs and the annual Falling Walls Lab Johannesburg event.

Office Closure 2021

The DAAD Information Centre Johannesburg will be closed over the following days in 2021:

  • Monday 22 March (Human Rights Day)
  • Friday 2 April – Monday 5 April (Easter holiday)
  • Tuesday 27 April (Freedom Day)
  • Friday 11 June – Friday 18 June