The Goethe-Institut e.V. is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany. We promote the 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. 

The Goethe-Institut South Africa is looking to employ

A Driver

as of 15.11.2019 (or later). This is a full-time position (100%) of 40 hours per week. Regular working hours are Monday to Thursday from 08:30–18:00 and Friday from 08:30–14:30.
The remuneration is based on the remuneration scheme for local employees of the Goethe-Institut South Africa.


  • Driving the company car according to the requirements of the Goethe-Institut
  • Providing safe, reliable and punctual service at all times
  • Ensuring the vehicle log books are accurate, completed and kept up to date
  • Running errands for the Institute
  • Deliveries and collections
  • Collecting and transporting guests and staff to and from their various destinations in a safe manner, including the willingness to work on weekends and after hours
  • Ensuring at all times that traffic regulations are obeyed and that any problems with the company vehicles are reported immediately
  • Maintaining, cleaning and washing the motor vehicle of the Goethe-Institut by one’s own hand
  • Ensuring vehicle has enough fuel at all times, license disk is always up to date and car is sent for regular checks
  • Performing other duties as directed and when not driving:
  • Maintenance of premises and parking areas
  • Cleaning of the premises and waste disposal
  • Occasionally monitoring the work of external handymen
  • Setting up and technical support before and on exam days
  • Lock-up service
  • Supporting the organisation, preparation and coordination of events at the institute
  • Occasionally covering of reception
  • Helping with general duties in the house as directed


  • Valid Code EB driver’s license and minimum four years’ experience as Code EB driver
  • Very good English language skills
  • Reliability, honesty and punctuality
  • Respectful behaviour, well-spoken and well presented
  • Confident and able to deal with guests, clients, suppliers, colleagues and others
  • Strong ability to work unsupervised, promptly and always professionally
  • Following procedures outlined by superiors and suppliers (e.g. collection of deliveries)
  • Very good knowledge of various routes in and around Johannesburg and Pretoria
  • Initiative within the framework of responsibilities and skills
  • Team and communication skills
  • Willingness to work flexible hours after hours and on weekends if required
  • Clear criminal record and clear accident record
  • Contactable references
  • Must be computer literate
  • PDP advantageous
  • German advantageous
  • South African work permit compulsory


To apply, please email your CV, a short letter of motivation and references by e-mail with the subject "Driver“ to Arnd Saretzki (, Administration Manager. Application deadline is 08.11.2019. Please consider your application unsuccessful if you did not hear back from us by 12.11.2019.

Johannesburg, 08.10.2019

Goethe-Institut Südafrika
119 Jan Smuts Avenue,
Parkwood, 2193
Johannesburg, Südafrika
Tel.: +27 (11) 442 32 32