Stop over Cape Town

Dutch Wavemakers in Cape Town

During the stop-over of the Volvo Ocean Race, a team of Dutch Wavemakers, consisting of top athletes and students, visited Cape Town. Together, they have reached new young generations, created water awareness and make this generation enthusiastic for water related themes. Themes such as urbanization of delta’s, climate change, water quality and energy transition are addressed. Because together we can reach the SDG's and live in a water safe way. 

The Dutch Wavemakers make waves and set the world into motion to think about the importance of water. The Dutch Wavemakers reach out to 1. children and their parents and 2. students. 

1. Children

Worldwide, the Dutch Wavemakers make children water aware by organizing water labs. During the stopover in Cape Town, the Dutch Wavemakers have reached many children by visiting local primary schools, high schools and side events. For example, we were present at a Saturday School of Royal Haskoning and at a Youth Football Festival presented by the Dutch Consulate General of Cape Town to give workshops and make children water aware and -enthusiastic. Ex pro soccer players Johan Neeskens, Pierre van Hooijdonk and Anouk Hoogendijk were attending as well, together we performed magic, or was it science?

2. Students

The Dutch Wavemakers encourage students in secondary education to go for a technical and water related study.

We have organized our first Pressure Cooker session in Cape Town with students from South-Africa, The Netherlands, Germany and Norway. Fascinating conversations with team member of Team Brunel Abby Ehler, Graham van Niekerk of Wetskills and Hans Huis in 't Veld of Topsector Water. 

The Dutch Wavemakers provide an excellent platform for government bodies, cities, industry, (water) companies, young people and NGOs to create communities, share knowledge and turn promising plans into practice. 

We discuss subjects such as:

  • What challenges should organizations and students cope with on destinations?

  • Are there enough ‘golden hands & clever heads’ to face the global challenges in the future?

  • Is the current education sufficient for future vacancies?

  • How can You make the difference? 

Together with students, companies and representatives of the government we’re trying to solve issues and exploit opportunities related to water. 

Dutch Wavemakers Cape Town

Gert Jan Poortman
        Team captain

Charlotte Heijstek             Top athlete

Katja Roose

  Top athlete

Wyona Boers


An impression of our activities