Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Zuma's visit 'an outstanding day' for Orania

This is not a dig at any one group of people or community. I do think it is good news that Zuma has visited Oranje. With only 800 members in the community, I wonder why Zuma is taking them so seriously???

I am quite mortified to hear that there are only 800 members living in Oranje. It should be 80,000 na? Where is the intellectual Big Afrikaans capital to back this up? Oranje has been going for ages, and it is working...Why have the Afrikaners ignored this noble and courageous endeavour?

Perhaps if the stain of "racism" or "laager-ism" could be removed, Oranje could be considered a viable (even progressive) alternative to life in ZA.

Even blacks like Zuma have been welcomed. Perhaps if they learnt to speak Afrikaans properly and bent themselves to a life of discipline and austerity, they would also be welcome to settle there (rest easy Ron, THAT is never gonna happen!!!)

President Jacob Zuma's visit is a "red letter day" for the Afrikaner enclave of Orania, its founder, Professor Carel Boshoff, said on Tuesday.

"We would remember it as an outstanding day."

Zuma earlier arrived in the dusty Northern Cape town in an Oryx helicopter, seemingly to renew old ties with the white-haired Orania founder.

He told a handful of journalists the meeting was a follow-up to various talks he had held with Orania representatives in the past. He referred to Orania as a community of "interesting ideas". Zuma said he was warmly welcomed by local leaders.

"And we talked."

Referring to Boshoff, Zuma said he had never stopped preaching his ideas and views of Orania, which had been his dream. The Afrikaners at Orania were prepared to live in South Africa, but wanted a place to exercise their culture, he said.

Housing problem
In a short memorandum, Boshoff asked Zuma to help with Orania's institutional status, which he said had not been finalised yet.

Orania's single biggest growth and development problem was housing. The inhabitants, about 800 of them, paid taxes. He said it would be welcomed if some of those funds could find their back to the town to address "acute shortages".

Zuma later took a tour of the town in a convey of six black BMWs -- 4x4s and sedans -- about four police cars and three cars carrying journalists. Nobody lined the gravel streets to sing or wave. One man working in his garden showed little interest.

The president visited the Elim project, housing quarters for unmarried men aged between 19 and 55. The project's manager, Willie du Plessis, said unemployed white men usually came to the centre. They were then allocated municipal or farm work to do and underwent training. At any given time there were about 40 of them.

Asked if the local municipal workers also took part in the recent nationwide public-servants' strike, Du Plessis said: "Staking? Ons ken nie daardie woord hier nie (Strike? We don't know the meaning of that word here)." -- Source M&G

2 Opinion(s):

Krokodil said...

But...but...surely this is the beginning of Ron's brave new Boer Republic! I mean, hell's bells, the reality of southern africa today is absolutely no different to how it was 100 years ago!

Sorry for the sarcasm, but don't the numbers involved (in Oranje), tell their own obvious story? That is to say, the modern world is just that: a different place from the DEFEATED Boer Reublics of 110 years ago.

I'm pro-Boer, but also a realist; the world in which we live is rapidly evolving, and desiring a return to the world of several generations ago is NOT, NOT a reality for Boer descendents. I truly believe most modern Boers would agree with that.

Self-determination for ALL tribal groups on this planet is desirable, but far from practical in so many cases - and so also the Boers.

Why did Zuma visit this place? Because it's absolutely no political threat to him and gives him a certain kudos amongst the Afrikaner population (Ron please shut your eyes at this point as I have terribly transgressed by suggesting that the Boers are Afrikaners - simply because they speak Afrikaans).

The Boers are a uniquely proud people - but then again so are the Welsh, for example, and they don't have any real self-determination either (and nor do they particularly want it).

Anonymous said...

I thought it was called Orania?