Tasks and Targets

The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach.

We promote knowledge of the German language abroad and foster international cultural cooperation. We convey a comprehensive image of Germany by providing information about cultural, social and political life in our nation. Our cultural and educational programmes encourage intercultural dialogue and enable cultural involvement. They strengthen the development of structures in civil society and foster worldwide mobility.

With our network of Goethe-Instituts, Goethe Centres, cultural societies, reading rooms and exam and language learning centres, we have been the first point of contact for many with Germany for almost seventy years. Our long-lasting partnerships with leading institutions and individuals in over ninety countries create enduring trust in Germany. We are partners for all who actively engage with Germany and its culture, working independently and without political ties.

Celebrating 20 years of the Goethe-Institut Johannesburg © Palesa Motsomi / Goethe-Institut Johannesburg

The Goethe-Institut in South Africa

The Goethe-Institut in Johannesburg regulates the work in the Sub-Saharan countries including 13 institutes, seven Goethe reading/cultural centers and two connecting offices. In addition, we are working together with German embassies in countries where the Goethe-Institut is not represented. 

Our Cultural Programmes Department focuses on a variety of different artistic approaches from the visual arts to drama, dance, literature, film, and others. Our goal is to support the local cultural scenes and strengthen pan-African dialogue through the arts.

Our Language department offers German lessons in the Goethe-Institut and otherwise. It supports German teachers in the country and works closely with the South African Department of Education.

The Goethe-Institut Johannesburg's Library and Information Department works in partnership with libraries and other institutions involved in book and reading promotion in South Africa. Furthermore, we encourage exchanges between information specialists and publishers in South Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and Germany. Our library offers a broad variety of information and media on Germany. With the eLibrary service, ebooks and other digital media can be borrowed (and enjoyed) electronically.