Dutch missions in, South Africa

Doing business

One of the core tasks of the Embassy in Pretoria (Tshwane) and the Consulate General in Cape Town is to promote economic and trade relations between South Africa and the Netherlands. We offer active support to Dutch companies already present in South Africa and those starting to explore the South African market. We also provide advice to South African companies interested in trade and investment  in the Netherlands. We provide more detailed information about opportunities in sectors with high potential, where the Netherlands offers specific added–value: water, agriculture, energy, transport & logistics and  healthcare.  More detailed information about these sectors, is available on request.

How can we support your business?
The Embassy and Consulate-General work closely together with the Dutch government agency for supporting trade and investment, the Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (RVO). Together we offer the following services to companies that want to enter the South African market:

Information about doing business in South Africa
We provide information on opportunities, promising sectors and potential business partners in South Africa. We also provide information about South African rules and regulations for doing business, including the establishment of a legal entity. Where needed the Embassy/Consulate-General can refer you to the relevant (government) organisations or specialised service providers for more in-depth assistance. Review the detailed information on :

Trade enquiries

E-mail a trade enquiry to the Embassy/Consulate-General via pre-trade@minbuza.nl or send a request via the Holland Trade website on http://www.hollandtrade.com/matchmaking/tradeenquiry.asp

 T: (+31)(0)88 602 80 60  

Request tailor-made information ('Informatie op Maat') from RVO. This service follows an intake conversation with RVO and provides you with a tailor-made overview of opportunities in the product market you are interested in South Africa.

Business Partner Scan
Request a Business Partner Scan (Zakenpartnerscan) from RVO in cooperation with the Embassy. The Business Partner Scan will provide you with a detailed overview of potential business partners in South Africa. This service requires an intake conversation with RVO in which the profile of the potential business partners will be discussed in-depth.  The Embassy will contact these potential business partners to verify whether they are interested. This extensive service carries a fee of 500 Euro.

Contact:  Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland

Monitoring business opportunities
The Embassy and Consulate-General are constantly scanning for business opportunities, particularly in the priority sectors. Relevant leads, including tenders and policy developments, are published on the country page South Africa of  RVO,  but can also be sent directly to your company at your request.

Information about support from the Dutch government 

Supporting trade missions and visits to South Africa
We regularly support – or organize in cooperation with RVO  – incoming and outgoing trade missions between South Africa and the Netherlands. Information about such missions is published via the Embassy website and here or through third parties which may organize such missions (e.g. SANEC). We also support individual businesses traveling to South Africa in setting up contacts with public or private sector parties.

Networking opportunities
The Embassy and Consulate-General regularly organise networking events for Dutch businesses with South African counterparts. These can be general receptions or events (often in cooperation with parties such as SANEC) or seminars or functions linked to a specific incoming mission. The aim is to provide a platform to share best practices and explore business opportunities with potential partners.


Consultants on Doing Business in South Africa

An important partner in growing your business between South Africa and the Netherlands is the Southern Africa – Netherlands Chamber of Commerce (SANEC). This not-for-profit organisation offers a range of services to businesses looking for trade and investment opportunities in both countries. These services include matchmaking and individual advice and support. SANEC also organizes network events, trade missions and seminars. Contact: info@sanec.co.za or info@sanec.nl.


Advance International Business Development

Advance International Business Development provides business and management consulting services to Nordic, European and South African companies and organisations for the development and implementation of their international business and export strategy.

Offering foreign market assistance to companies, to advance and grow through exports, international trade and business development.

Management of this company, originally from Sweden, has many years of personal and professional experience from working with international business throughout Europe, in Africa, and for the larger part and most recently, in southern Africa, with Johannesburg being the home of our company. Contact Mrs. Eva Shaw at mailto:eva.shaw@advanceinternational.co.za

For more information regarding the services offered by Advance International Business Development, click here.


PSPS Consultants

PSPS consultants supports Dutch and foreign companies in international marketing including the establishment of sales and distribution in the new country.

PSPS is active on behalf of foreign regions looking to attract Dutch investors, with the aim to economically stimulate the region and create new jobs. The searching and finding of new Dutch investors is often called “lead generation”.

PSPS is a one-stop shop for Germany, the German speaking countries like Austria and Switzerland, France, Belgium, the UK, Spain and Italy. We work together with local partner offices. This means: one Dutch contact person for several countries, combined with in-market contacts, means the best of both worlds.  Contact: Peter or Monika Sanders on info@pspsconsultants.nl.


Zurcom International (Pty) Ltd

Zurcom International (Pty) Ltd is a trade facilitation and trade investment advisory services company. The firm benefits clients through information gleaned from the market as well as direct facilitation and representation to companies and governments.

Zurcom assists companies to enter the sub-Saharan Africa and Indian Ocean islands markets successfully.

Zurcom International excels in promoting of trade opportunities globally in both importing and exporting . Encouraging full participation in regional opportunities and providing a level of confidence to company representatives, keeping in mind our ultimate goal – the generation of sales. Key services include:

•Agent / distributor qualified searches

•Market research

•Finance sourcing

•Investment assistance

•Trade Missions

•Trade and Investment Exhibitions and Events

Contact: zurcom@zurcom.net



IBN Business & Immigration Solutions

IBN Business & Immigration Solutions assists international mid-sized companies as well as private clients with their engagement in South Africa.

IBN offers assistance in matters relating to company set up, tax registrations, immigration, BBBEE, government grants, licenses as well as the recruitment of qualified local staff.

IBN has offices in Cape Town, Stellenbosch and Johannesburg. For contact details, click here.


Alliance Experts

Alliance experts brings you to new markets. Their internationally experienced specialists are nearby in your home country and well acquainted in the country where you want to go. They can introduce you to the right business partners or represent your company.

Alliance experts offers export advice and find you the right agents, distributors and joint venture partners internationally. They can structure the partnership and advise you on the most suitable contract and can help implement your strategy and develop your sales.

Contact Mrs. Daleen du Plessis at the Pretoria office for more information.