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TThe Afrikaans culture is as rich and diverse as the South African landscape. It is anchored in the language that developed at the most southern point in Africa with the arrival of Jan van Riebeeck from the Netherlands in 1652. The initial idea was possibly for Dutch and the European culture to seed and grow in South Africa, but it could not hold up against the strong influences of the local languages and those of the slaves who were imported to Cape Town. The result is a rich, manifold language and culture, with aspects borrowed, inherited and created from the Khoisan, and the slaves from places like the Far East, Portugal, Indonesia, Madagascar, Mozambique and Angola.
The arrival of other Europeans, like the French Huguenots and the British Settlers, had a further impact on the development of what we view today as the Afrikaans culture. During the initial development phases of Afrikaans, different varieties of the language took hold and grew, and with it different cultural aspects, for instance Kaaps and Griekwa-Afrikaans. There might be a perception that this is the language predominantly spoken by a white community in South Africa, but for a long time this has not been the case. Fewer than half of the Afrikaans mother-tongue speakers in South Africa are white.