'Everything will be alright’ - At least, this is what most of us here in South Africa aspire to. A hope for a better future. For all.
In 2017, the Rijks Museum in Amsterdam hosted an exhibition on South Africa. More specifically, about the relationship between South Africa and the Netherlands between 1600 and 2017. The exhibition was entitled ‘Good Hope’ reflecting the expectation of the first settlers who arrived in South Africa. But as history has shown, hopes and dreams in our country have both been shattered and realised. Which begs the question, have we really been living in a ‘Cape of Good Hope’ so to speak? And to what extent has the relationship between SA and the Netherlands harboured this kind of ‘good hope’?
Martine Gosselink - head of the history department at the Rijks Museum and head curator of this exhibition - sheds light on this question in an in-depth interview for the South African television station KykNET (full programme available at https://goo.gl/4n9hyV)
Here, a behind the scenes insert of this interview.