Netherlands–South Africa relations

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Netherlands - South African relations
Map indicating locations of Netherlands and South Africa

Netherlands

South Africa

South African-Dutch relations are foreign relations between South Africa and the Netherlands. The Netherlands maintains an embassy in Pretoria, and South Africa maintains an embassy in The Hague.

History[edit]

The history of the Netherlands and its people played a strong role in the earliest of European settlements in what eventually became Cape Colony, with the Dutch East India Company initiating the settlement of many of the ancestors of today's Cape Dutch in the region in the 1600s. Eventually, control over the colony was wrested by the British away from Dutch rule beginning in 1795, and the Afrikaners, as the Dutch-speaking Calvinist residents became known, developed a distinct Boer culture as many would migrate into the Free State and Transvaal regions.[citation needed]

During the era of apartheid, the Netherlands was among a number of countries which had distanced itself from the South African government. Today, due to the mutual intelligibility of the Dutch and Afrikaans languages, a number of Dutch and Belgian companies outsource their call centers to South Africa.[1] In addition, Dutch tourists were a strong presence in South Africa during the 2010 FIFA World Cup,[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SA holds its own in global call centre industry". eProp Commercial Property News in South Africa. 
  2. ^ Lauren Frayer (Jul 11, 2010 – 1:56 AM). "South Africa Embraces Dutch Fans Despite Past". AOL News.