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The Western Cape, and Cape Town in particular, have been inextricably linked with Holland since 1652, when Jan van Riebeeck landed in the Cape of Good Hope. Last week, the Cape experienced its second Dutch invasion, as fans of "Die Oranje" took the opportunity to explore their historical connection to South Africa.
The Dutch national football squad, which is based in Johannesburg for the duration of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, has left a lasting legacy in Johannesburg - an Orange Cruyff Court football pitch in Hillbrow.
Their outfits were bright, mesmerising and went perfectly with their sunny disposition ... the Dutch fans invaded Durban on the weekend, both to support their team in a 2010 Fifa World Cup match and to soak up the the wonderful weather and atmosphere that the city has to offer.
Hundreds of Dutch football fans braved the chilly Pretoria weather on Monday, gathering at the Centurion Fan Park to watch the Netherlands take on Denmark in a Fifa World Cup Group E clash.
Dutch pension fund manager Algemene Pensioen Groep has committed US$250-million of equity capital to resources group Pallinghurst for investments in mining, $200-million of which has been earmarked for South Africa.
A number of prominent European communities within South Africa - in particular the Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, English and Greek communities - plan to give their teams a welcome that will make them feel right at home during the 2010 Fifa World Cup.
Jeroen Bleekemolen of the Netherlands and Neel Jani of Switzerland secured victories in the sprint and feature races of the South African A1GP at Kyalami on Sunday. Unfortunately for the home fans, luck was not with Adrian Zaugg and Team South Africa.
A Dutch organisation called PUM Netherlands Senior Experts is offering to help small and medium enterprises in South Africa, by providing the free services of retired managers willing to transfer their knowledge and experience to local entrepreneurs.
The Netherlands has contributed about R70-million towards a five-year literacy and numeracy research programme in South Africa.