Merkel said reform of the UN was still an uphill battle. At the same time, she was encouraged by SA’s commitment to multilateralism.
The economy also loomed large in the talks.
Ramaphosa conceded that the economy was not growing fast enough and the country was unable to create jobs.
“We hope to find and explore ways our economic relationship can be strengthened,” he said.
There are about 600 German businesses operating in SA.
Merkel is accompanied on this trip by business people in an effort to foster economic ties between the two countries.
A business dialogue is scheduled for Thursday afternoon.
SA is Germany’s largest trading partner in Africa and the European country is the third-largest source of overseas visitors to SA.
Total trade reached R235bn during the 12 months to the end of November 2019, while South African exports (at R108bn) exceeded R100bn for the first time, narrowing the trade deficit.