Netherlands PM Mark Rutte to visit SA next month

Mark Rutte will be in SA leading one of the country’s largest ever trade delegations to a foreign country.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte arrives to take part in a European Union (EU) summit dominated by the migration crisis at the European Council in Brussels, on 15 October, 2015. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte will be in South Africa next month, leading one of the country's largest ever trade delegations to a foreign country.

Rutte will be meeting with the government to seal agreements relating to political cooperation and trade.

Sectors that will be in the spotlight during the visit include agriculture, health, port logistics and water security.

The Netherlands' government is currently hosting journalists from South Africa to showcase what the country has to offer.

With a quarter of their country below sea level and 60 percent of it prone to flooding, managing water has been a Dutch speciality since the 12th century.

The Netherlands' Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, Henk Ovink, will be part of the delegation visiting South Africa next month.

He says the country has a duty to share its expertise.

"There is definitely an obligation on us to ensure the world is safer. Collaboration, so much at the heart of the Dutch culture of living with water, has to be strengthened all around the world".

Ovink's team will be meeting with Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane and the Western Cape Government to discuss joint projects.