The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Pretoria will be open on the 15th of March 2017 from 7:30 AM to 15:00 PM for submission of ballots. The Consulate in Cape Town will be able to receive ballots up to and including 12:00 AM on the 14th of March 2017.
Through centuries the Netherlands has gained a lot of innovative knowledge about water security, resilience and governance, as about two-thirds of the Netherlands is vulnerable to flooding. The Netherlands wants to continue sharing its knowledge of water.
The Dutch agri & food sector has further strengthened its leading position in the world market. In 2016, Agri & Food exports totalled almost 94 billion euros, compared to 90 billion in 2015. Agricultural products accounted for 85 billion euros and agricultural materials, knowledge and technology accounted for 9 billion: a new record. This means the agri & food sector now comprises 22% of total exports. This is shown by provisional figures from Statistics Netherlands (CBS) and Wageningen Economic Research. Minister for Agriculture Martijn van Dam announced these figures during the opening of International Green Week in Berlin, the largest international agricultural trade exhibition in the world.
5 Importation of agricultural and regulated products into the Republic of South Africa during the festive season
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) is making a friendly call to all international travellers who will be visiting South Africa during the festive season, or returning to South Africa after the holidays, to comply with the country’s import requirements for agricultural and related regulated products. Compliance will assist our country in preventing and/or minimising the potential risk of introducing alien invasive species, foreign pests and diseases that could be associated with imported plants, plant products, animals, animal products and other regulated goods.
The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) promote capacity building by providing training and education for professionals. The NFP was initiated and is fully funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the budget for development cooperation. EP-Nuffic is responsible for the management of the NFP.
This morning the families of the victims of the MH17 disaster were briefed by the Joint Investigation Team on the initial findings of the criminal investigation into the downing of flight MH17. These findings concern the weapon used to down flight MH17, the location from which it was fired and the Buk missile system’s route of transport.
This year #cocreateSA aims to use the art form of RAP and the spoken word to offer a platform that voices the concerns of the youth, by the youth. By bringing together South African and Dutch spoken word artists, the popular poets will explore mutual challenges through the art of rap and poetry. The Dutch Consulate General has partnered with Open Book Festival and Tuin van Digters to foster these collaborations between popular poets from South Africa and the Netherlands hoping to build bridges between our two nations through youth empowerment.
The Kingdom of the Netherlands and its partners created Orange Corners - a place where South African and Dutch entrepreneurs can connect, work together and expand their businesses. This is the mission of Orange Corners, a network of collaborative workspaces in multiple venues, starting on the 15th September 2016 in Maboneng, Braamfontein and Diepsloot.
CAPE TOWN – Transport Month October 2016 will kick off with the Mobility Indaba #cocreate2MOVE. This five day event will take place at Kenilworth Racecourse from 6- 10 October 2016. The event aims to rethink the way people move in the City of Cape Town and co-creating a way forward that focuses on mobility as a key driver of inclusive economic growth, sustainable development and societal transformation. The Mobility Indaba is an event of the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Cape Town in collaboration with the City of Cape Town, Transport for Cape Town, WESGRO and Accelerate Cape Town.