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June 09, 2010

Dutch Consulate announces its support for 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in Cape Town

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Cape Town Executive Mayor Alderman Dan Plato arrives in an Orange Cab. Photo courtesy Mariana Engelbrecht of Real Life Concepts

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Dutch Consul General David de Waal (left) helps Mayor Plato test the “Muffrica” vuvuzela earmuffs. Photo by Bruce Sutherland

The relationship between Holland and Cape Town began in 1652, when Jan van Riebeeck arrived in the Cape to set up business. The strength of this relationship was reaffirmed yesterday at a function at the Dutch Consulate in Strand Street.

A gigantic poster on this building has been sponsored by the Dutch Consulate and states that Holland is “proud to be in South Africa.” You will no doubt also see many bright orange football tops in Cape Town during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.

David de Waal, Dutch consul general, last night promised Cape Town’s executive mayor, Alderman Dan Plato, that the Dutch would ensure there is “gees” (spirit) in Cape Town during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.

De Waal said that Holland loves doing business with South Africa. “We hope many more business partnerships will be forged. When you think business, think Dutch,” he said with a smile. He pointed out that the grass of the Mombela Stadium in Nelspruit and the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane was laid by Holland’s Desso GrassMaster, and that Bafana Bafana has had comfortable victories in their last matches on these respective pitches.

“We [the Dutch] also like to party,” de Waal stated, announcing plans for a big party at the Grand Parade on June 24, the day Holland play Cameroon in their group match at Cape Town Stadium.

Plato thanked the Dutch Consulate for their involvement in Cape Town and promised that he would support Holland whenever Bafana Bafana weren’t playing.

Real Life Concepts, a Dutch company based in Cape Town, has invented fashionable earmuffs to block out the noise made by vuvuzelas and keep ears warm during Cape Town’s winter.  The invention, known as “Muffrica”, was presented as a gift to Plato, who was very amused.

Jordi de Looff of Real Life Concepts said he would continue to look for ways of strengthening business ties between South Africa and Holland. “We are very proud to be in Cape Town,” he said.

Another Dutch business initiative in Cape Town is the Orange Cab Cycle Project. Three cycle cabs will be based at the top of Adderley Street and local riders will take passengers to their destination for as little as R10, the full sum of which the riders take home themselves. This eco-friendly service can save you a lot of time during heavy traffic. Even Plato took the opportunity to arrive at last night’s function in one of these cabs.

In Holland, there are more bicycles than people (18-million vs 16-million), and the Dutch Consulate hopes that Capetonians will look at using bicycles more often in future to help the environment.

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A wall of the Dutch Consulate decked out for the World Cup. Photo courtesy Mariana Engelbrecht of Real Life Concepts

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