The tides of change: The Netherlands and South Africa

Nelson Mandela & Queen Beatrix in Middelburg in 2002 (©Pinterest)

Time has brought about enormous change in relations between the Netherlands and South Africa: from the days when Dutch settlers founded Cape Town and formed the Boer community to the days of Afrikaner political domination, when a Dutch word, “apartheid”, came to represent racist suppression and led to intense political protest and resistance in the Netherlands. The once cozy, clannish understanding between Dutch society and white South Africans of Dutch descent was radically transformed in a process that affected Dutch trade, emigration, the political debate and even Radio Netherlands.

Producer: Marijke van der Meer

Broadcast: July 7, 2000