Vrienden van de Stichting Zuid-Afrikahuis Nederland
- Information enquiry
- Magazine Zuid-Afrika
- Reductions ZAH Library
- Ordering books
- Departments and regional representation
Vrienden van de Stichting Zuid-Afrikahuis Nederland (formerly NZAV) is the oldest institution who concentrates its efforts on South Africa in the Netherlands, and was founded in 1881. For more than a century the intent has been to promote cultural contact between the two countries. The institution busies itself with the worlds of research, humanities and literature. The Vrienden van de Stichting Zuid-Afrikahuis Nederland has a unique archival collection, which is used by researchers from the Netherlands and other countries.
The Vrienden van de Stichting Zuid-Afrikahuis Nederland members have entry to many aspects of the South African society, by way of an enormous information and knowledge network. Organisations and associations frequently ask the Vrienden van de Stichting Zuid-Afrikahuis Nederland to help them with organizing meetings and readings, but also for programs on radio and tv. Besides this, the Vrienden van de Stichting Zuid-Afrikahuis Nederland itself is also an organizer of readings and symposia, for which they regularly invite speakers from South Africa.
The commission Exchangeprojects organizes excursions with a special theme, from and to South Africa. The previous years there were group travels, with lawyers and historians. A part of the program is the Youth Journey. On reguest the Vrienden van de Stichting Zuid-Afrikahuis Nederland could help with the organization of travel programs for commercial touroperators.
Members of the foundation receive the magazine Zuid-Afrika 10 times a year. Membership costs € 37.50 per year (students € 27.50).
The collection of the library of the South Africa House can be consulted free of charge in the reading room. To borrow materials, membership (€ 16.00 per year, students € 6.00) is required. Vrienden van de Stichting Zuid-Afrikahuis Nederland can become members to the library with a discount. Combined membership costs € 43.50 per year (students € 33.50).
Vrienden van de Stichting Zuid-Afrikahuis Nederland are kept up to date of new South African publications, fiction, as well as non-fiction. You can order these books, which are hard to come by at commercial bookstores, at good prices.
The Vrienden van de Stichting Zuid-Afrikahuis Nederland have some departments in the country which organise activities for members in the respective regions. There are departments in the cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht, as well as in the north.