German Law/German Passport
I first of all want to say that you seem to be one of the most helpful and knowledgable people on the internet about German law.
Here goes my question:
My father was born in Germany, to German parents.
He left Germany when he was about 19 years old.
He gave up citizenship around 1969, but definitely before I was born.
Given the fact that my sibling qualifies for a German passport as he was born before my father gave up citizenship also adding the fact that my Father's side of the family all still reside in Germany and are German citizens would there be any way for me to apply for a German passport as well?
From what I have read on the internet it seems unlikely.
thank you for your compliment!
As your father gave up German citizenship before your birth, he couldn't pass it on to you.
So your only chance of obtaining German citizenship would be to apply for naturalization. There is a theoretical chance to do so while living abroad (§ 14 StAG - more on this under no. 8 of these FAQ: https://andreasmoser.wordpress.com/2013/09/26/naturalization-in-germany-from-abroad/ ). But this naturalization is only granted by discretion, so you need to present an overwhelming case. The minimum requirement is fluency in German and then you need to show very close ties to Germany, e.g. working for a German company, studying German literature, regular business activities in Germany or similar things. Basically, you would need to show that despite living in South Africa, you are closer connected to Germany than to South Africa.
As you said, these hurdles are very high and without meeting all the requirements, it's unlikely to succeed. Unfortunately.