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Packing for…. Perthfontein

Perth Location

A view of Perth

Night in Perth

After the end of apartheid, the violence and racism against the afrikaners increased, to avoid that situation of opression thousands of bóer-afrikaners leave South Africa seeking for more safe and prosperous places. One of that places is in West Austrália – Perth

Perth is the capital and major city of western Austrália. With 1,87 Million People, Perth one of the biggest cities in australia and one of the most isolated metropolis in the world(The nearest city wih more than 1 million residents is Adelaide 2104 away of perth)

Perth was founded in 1829 by captain James Stirling, it was built 20km distance from sea. In 1856, Queen Victoria granted the status of city to Perth. Perth began to develop a high level starting 1917 after the discovery of gold mines in West Australia and completion of railway communication routes.

Although isolated, Perth is economically important to Australia, has a very active port will export for gold, nickel, iron and aluminum. Most people are employed in the tertiary sector. Another part of the labor force is concentrated in agricuture and resources industry.

In the 80s began arriving white Zimbabweans due to rising power of ZANU-PF and Robert Mugabe and the consequent increase in violence against whites. In 90 years, also due also to increased violence against the white minority in South Africa so many came to Perth mostly Afrikaners. More than half of the South African Australians arrived following the election of Nelson Mandela in 1994.

Today, there are near 19 000 south africans residents in Perth, mostly afrikaners.

Actually we can found in Perth afrikaner doctors, teachers, lawyers, engineers, afrikaner restaurants, clubs, schools(at least 2) and many reformed churches where many afrikaners gather.

Afrikaans is 2nd lmost spoken language in North Perth. Many cal to this city Perthfontein in reference tot he amount of cities in South Africa which end in fontein(ex: Bloemfontein, Kleinfontein etc)

According to a study by the Commonwealth, 70.1 per cent of the South Africa-born(Afrikaner community probably will not be far from it as it represents a good portion of South Africans living in Australia) aged 15 years and over had some form of higher non-school qualifications compared to 55.9 per cent of the Australian population.
Of the 92 511 South Africa-born who were employed, 63 per cent were employed in either a skilled managerial, professional or trade occupation.

The reasons for Perth being one of the top destinations is related to the slightly warmer climate compared to other large Australian cities, vast amount of area and space and closeness to Africa.

According to Challenger Institute of Technology lecturer Johan Dreyer who settled permantly in Perth: ”Many [South Africans] choose Perth because they want a place as similar to South Africa as possible, a place that would feel familiar without the constraints of race being a constant factor for the socio-economic standard and political order”

Business analyst Claire May another South africa and afrikaner emigrant refers to Perth as ”home” and says:
“It’s just like South Africa except without all the negative elements.”
Claire May also notes that have no intention to go back to South Africa aside from the ocasional visit.

A restaurant in Perth specialized in Biltong - a popular and typical boer-afrikaner food

A restaurant in Perth specialized in Biltong – a popular and typical boer-afrikaner food

Book written by Fred de Vries about afrikaner emigrants in Australia

Book written by Fred de Vries about afrikaner emigrants in Australia

With 249m or 817ft

With 249m or 817ft

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The South African Border War

 

     The South African Border War was a conflict in the South West Africa, in what is now Namibia and also in Angola between the South African forces and it’s allies and the Angolan forces, before the independence MPLA, the SWAPO and it’s allies. The conflict was not a current conflict but consisted in some attacks by the SWAPO and some battles between the two forces. Officially the war began in 1966 but since the First World War some conflicts had been occurring because of the occupation of the former German colony of the Süd West Afrika (South West Africa) by South African forces under the command of General Louis Botha.

     In 1966 the conflict officially began. The black population of Namibia had since the beginning of the 60 decade, a greater opposition against the Apartheid policies in that territory. That organised in a people’s liberation front with is armed section the SWAPO plotting against the South African government that had bases on neighbouring Zambia. At Omugulugwombashe the South African Forces batted a rebellion of the SWAPO members but the police were unable of defending and military action was needed which led to the start of the military conflict. Those events in Omugulugwombashe led also to the development of the South African Defence Forces, and elite military squad with the objective of protecting the South Africans and it’s regime of the terrorist attacks.  In the end of the 60 decade was created a new organization, the Koevoet (Crowbar) responsible for working alongside with the SADF against the SWAPO forces. That led to the end of the operations of the SAP in the Border War and in the 70 decade they were very successful because they forced the SWAPO forces to flee to Angola where the South Africans continued to pursuit them.

      At the same time in the Portuguese Colony of Angola, bordering to South West Africa, the liberation movements begin the fight against the liberation of that territory in a war that was know as the Colonial War and that extended to Mozambique and Guinea- Bissau two other Portuguese colonies in Africa. Those movements were the FNLA, the UNITA and the MPLA. After 13 years of war, from 1961 to 1974, the Carnation Revolution in Portugal end to the dictatorship government in Portugal and led to the independence of Angola and the other Portuguese colonies in Africa. The MPLA took the power in Angola which led to a civil war and started to help the SWAPO movements against the South African Forces. Because the UNITA were a rival of the MPLA they started to help indirectly the South African Forces in the south of Angola and north of Namibia.  In that moment the War became affected by the international Cold War because the communist countries started to help the SWAPO and Angola against the south African forces specially Cuba and the USSR that already had sent weapons and military to the MPLA in the time of the Colonial War in Angola. In that period the United Nations had called the administration of Namibia by South Africa illegal. The United States helped UNITA with weapons since the Colonial War in an effort to stop the communism that the MPLA, helped by USSR and Cuba, could bring to Angola.

        In the 80 decade a new force, the ANC joined to the war against the South African forces because they wanted to end with the Apartheid. They made a series of terrorist attacks and also were evolved with the SWAPO. The South African forces specially the SADF were successful in there battles against the SWAPO because of the very good preparation and trainee that they had. Unlike some people think, the SADF have not only Afrikaners or whites but also soldieries of coloured, Indian and black origin.  The most condecorated soldier of the SADF was a Portuguese from Angola, Daniel Rouxo that was a former Portuguese soldier that after the independence of Angola continued the war against them in the SADF.     

       From November 1987 to March 1988 took place the biggest battle of the Border War at Cuito Cuanavale in Angola but also part of the Civil War in Angola. The roots of the battle are traced to Mavinga were the Angolan governmental forces, ex-MPLA, attacked a base with UNITA forces which had some SADF reinforcements because the South African government wanted Angola, a neighbour country, to be a capitalist and not a communist state. Mavinga was a great defeated to the Angolan-Cuban forces that had to retreat to Cuito Cuanavale. The Cubans sent more reinforcements to Angola and both forces enfrented in Cuito Cuanavale where despite heavy losses from the Angolan-Cuban side the SADF and UNITA forces cannot conquest Cuito Cuanavale with the UNITA forces suffering also a great amount of deaths. Because of that both sides had reclaimed victory the Angolans because they were successful in protecting Cuito Cuanavale and the South Africans because they stop the communism of spreading out. The truth is that the losses were bigger in the Angolan-Cuban side that in the South Africans side in which the vast majority of deaths were UNITA operational.  After this battle the Angolan-Cuban forces slowly progressed towards the Namibian border and the Cuban MIG-23 ended with the South African superiority. That led to the return of the South African forces to the peace negotiations which led to the withdrawal of foreign forces in Angola and to the independence of Namibia and together with the international pressure and the ANC opposition and their attacks contributed to the end of the Apartheid regime.

 

     In the end 715 soldiers give there lives protecting bravely is country against the enemy that carry the communism with them.

     This video and song of Bok van Blerk, Die Kaplyn, is in memory of the Border War and for all the soldiers that protect South Africa in that war. 

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Bobotie: A typical boer food

 

 

The cuisine serves an important role in the characterization of any culture, as it could not be a Boer-Afrikaner culture also has a dish associated to culture – The Bobotie
The Bobotie consists of spicy minced meat with egg bathed. Initially it was made ​​with a mixture of mutton and pork but is now also made ​​with beef or lamb. You can also take other ingredients such as dried fruit, raisins, lemon.
The first recipe for Bobotie is dated 1609 and was taken by the Dutch settlers and developed over time. There are so many variants and Bobotie recipes found Boer settlers in various countries such as Argentina (Chubut), Zambia, Botswana, Kenya etc.

Here there is one of dozens récipes of Bobotie:

http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/bobotie-503

 

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Only afrikaners allowed on farm settlement

The people of Kleinfontein, near Pretoria, have vowed that only Afrikaners will be allowed to live in their farming settlement, The Times, reported on Wednesday.

Everyone living there, from the security guards at the gate to the gardeners, was Afrikaans, the newspaper reported.

The Gauteng legislature’s portfolio committee on community safety was reportedly told last year that black police officers were not being allowed inside the enclave.

Its controlling body’s chairperson Jan Groenewald told ,The Times, that a resident had to be “an Afrikaner with Voortrekker heritage, a Protestant Christian and abide by the Blood River covenant”.

‘Culture’

“We do not think in terms of race, we think in terms of culture… [but] you cannot ignore the fact that we have different races. That is the reality,” he was quoted as saying.

Its residents included the leaders of several rightwing groups, but they were kept in line by the community’s directors, he reportedly said.

“We do not fly the South African flag because [South Africa] is a unitary state – the reason we find ourselves in this situation.”

According to The Times, Groenewald said the community would lobby the Tshwane municipality for the settlement to be declared independent.

“Eventually, the African National Congress government will have to approve what we are doing here.”

 

 

Commentary

 

     The small settlement of Kleinfontein is one of the two Afrikaner settlements in South Africa, the other is Orania. We think that this kind of places are important to protect and to develop the Afrikaner culture and the Afrikaner people that are in risk in today’s South Africa. However we think that the fact of only Afrikaners with Voortrekker heritage and other conditions, being allowed in the settlement could be a pass too far for the reputation of Kleinfontein and for the developing of the Afrikaner resistance. Definitely a place like Kleinfontein should have conditions to the people that want to live there and is also normal that people of some groups don’t want to live there. But the fact of the resident have to be an Afrikaner with Voortrekker heritage, a Protestant Christian and abide by the Blood River covenant is not positive in our opinion because could split and divide the Afrikaner people and the whites in general and in this difficult times of difficulties internal divisions in the Afrikaner group is not really what we need to fight for our own state and freedom. Some others whites alongside with that the obey to the rules defined by the Kleinfontein settlement could also want to live there and being prevented by this lists of rules will in our opinion create a split in the patriotic Afrikaner groups and lower the reputation of Kleinfontein in South Africa. We also do not agree with the fact of black policies last year were prevented of entering in the enclave. We know that the South African policy is ridiculous and represents a political power that all of us don’t agree with, but preventing those policies to enter the enclave, and being this true, is in our opinion not positive because despite of all, Kleinfontein is an enclave in South Africa and this could led to some critics about racism which is a thing that probably don’t exist in Kleinfontein but measures like that could led to that kind of critics which are not good to it’s reputation. 

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Interview to Ernst Roets – Deputy CEO of Afriforum

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Today we have our first interview of your project. we had the pleasure of interviewing the wellknown deputy CEO afriforum – Ernst Roets.

First of all, AfriForum is a non-governmental organisation, registered as a non-profit company, with the aim of protecting the rights of minorities. While the organisation functions on the internationally recognised principle of the protection of minorities, AfriForum has a specific focus on the rights of Afrikaners as a community living on the southern tip of the African continent.

Ernst Roets was born in Pretoria and has a bachelor in law in the university of this city with another course in international law. In the university he was member of the of student representative council later he was national chairman of solidarity youth(a trade union that protects the rights of workers with connections to the afrikaners) and national chairman of Afriforum jeug(youth afriforum) .

Afrikaner Way(AW): First we like to thank you for conceding this interview to us

Ernst Roets(ER) Thank you for the opportunity.

(AW) You are Deputy CEO for afriforum, what exactly do you do?

(ER) I am in charge of communications, training and youth affairs. My job includes coordinating of these functions with the various sub departments, which are: media liaison, marketing, electronic media, video production, AfriForum Youth and training. Other than these responsibilities, I am also a spokesperson for the organization and coordinator for some of our campaigns, which include the campaigns against farm murders and for the promotion of media freedom

(AW)When you joined afriforum youth?

(ER) I joined Solidarity Youth in 2005 when I helped with the establishment of the Solidarity Youth branch at the University of Pretoria. Solidarity is a trade union that functions as an affiliate of AfriForum. AfriForum was founded in 2006. In 2007 I became the national chairperson of Solidarity Youth and in 2008 a joint decision was taken that Solidarity Youth should be re-launched as AfriForum Youth, because of the fact that our project was more aimed at civil rights than labor related issues. I thus became national chairperson of AfriForum Youth in 2008. In 2010 I was promoted to deputy CEO of AfriForum.

(AW)Afriforum  members are only afrikaners or could be of other origins?

(ER) AfriForum is a civil rights organization that places emphasis on the protection of minority rights. Coming from an Afrikaner background, we do place a particular focus on the protection of Afrikaners to the extent that such protection doesn’t amount to infringement of the rights of others. We are however not an exclusive organization and anyone who agrees with the content of our civil rights charter is encouraged to join.

(AW) Until today, which do you consider the greatest achievement of afriforum?

(ER) We have been blessed to achieve many successes in the last couple of years. The greatest would probably the winning of the hate speech court case against former ANC youth leader, Julius Malema for singing “shoot the Boer” at public gatherings (“Boer” referring to Afrikaners). After the court case, Malema and the ANC filed an appeal, but the matter was resolved when the ANC settled to refrain from singing the song again. We have also had large successes against the Zimbabwean government’s violating of the rights of South African citizens farming Zimbabwe and have prevented the government from changing the name of South Africa’s capitol city, Pretoria. AfriForum Youth also participates in student council elections on more than one campus and has won every election in which it participated.

(AW)How the afriforum youth sees the today anti-white and mainly anti-afrikaner attacks? Do you think that could be worse after the dead of Nelson Mandela?

(ER) We do experience an increase in racism in South Africa. To a large extent, this can be traced back to irresponsible statements of prominent leaders in the governing ANC. The classic example is that of Malema stating on the campaign trail that “all whites are criminals and should be treated as such”. He said that, while the state president sat right next to him. He was never disciplined for this statement and it was never condemned by the ANC. It is reasonable to believe that racial tension will continue to increase after the death of Mandela, as has happened since the start of the presidency of Jacob Zuma.

(AW)There is space for the Boere Afrikaner nation in South Africa?

(ER) Afrikaners do not view themselves as Europeans and have made South Africa their home, the same way that various so-called “African” peoples who have emigrated from countries north of South Africa to this country. We are just as “African” as any other group living in this country, despite the fact that our former state president, Thabo Mbeki as referred to Afrikaners as “colonialists of a special type”.

(AW)According to the letter of United Nations(UN) on self-determination all nations have the right to sovereignty and self-government without external influence. Do you agree? What is the position of afriforum on the idea of volkstaat?

(ER) Self-determination is a basic international law and is even entrenched in the South African constitution. Our position is that it would be premature to campaign for the de jure recognition of a territorial state for any grouping if such a de facto territory didn’t exist. Also, AfriForum’s members live in South Africa and are confronted with South African realities on a daily basis. Therefore, our focus is on addressing these realities by standing up for the rights of our members.

(AW)Do you think that the Affirmative action promotes racism?

(ER) Affirmative action could work if the way it is implemented actually addresses poverty. AA, as it is implemented in South African undoubtedly promotes racism, as it creates a climate in which it is acceptable to categorize people according to their race and the treat different races in different manners. The court case of Renate Barnard, the police woman who have been denied promotion on the base of her race is evident thereof. The current policy makes no reference to social economic circumstances and simply states that black Africans should receive preferential treatment (by implication not even considering that the black person receiving preferential treatment might be a member of the black elite, while the white person who is discriminated against might be homeless).

(AW) Afriforum is looking for the eradication of hate speech against minority groups, Can we consider the afriforum a anti-racist organization?

(ER) The hate speech campaign is only one of the many campaigns that we are involved with. We regard it as a compliment if we are described as such.

(AW)Do you think that begins to exist by some European and European parties some support for the situation of Afrikaners and other whites in South Africa?

(ER) I have visited a few countries in the last couple of years and my impression is clearly that there is a growing realization that the ANC of today is not compatible with the iconic image of Nelson Mandela. Also, that there is a growing tendency to consider the concerns of Afrikaners with more gravity.

(AW)How can afrikaners living abroad or foreigners help the afriforum ?

(ER) There are three steps that Afrikaners living abroad (or anyone for that matter) can support AfriForum:

  1. Subscribe to our Hot-mail weekly      newsletter and forward it to your contacts.
  2. Follow us on Twitter (we tweet mostly in      Afrikaans, but do make a point to tweet in English as well).
  3. Write to your local media institution      about the situation in South Africa

(AW) Do you Believe that instills in whites and Afrikaners a guilt for apartheid?

(ER) Young Afrikaners are increasingly saying that they are not prepared to “apologize” for apartheid, because it is a political system with which they had nothing to do. I believe the the question of white guild is becoming less relevant the further we move away from 1994, the year in which Mandela was elected president. The children who were born in 1994 are now at university and can certainly not be blamed for the “wrongs of the past”. Also, it is becoming increasingly difficult to justify discriminatory affirmative action policies enforced on people who have lived their entire lives in the new South Africa.

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A little biography of Koos De la Rey

Die leeu van die wes transvaal
A portrait of Koos de La Rey

A portrait of Koos de La Rey

Jacobus Hercules (Koos) De la Rey was a boer man and general that is remembered for being one of the strongest boer leaders in the 2nd Boer War. He was born in 1847 at his family farm in Doornfontein in the district of Winburg, Oranje Vry Staat. He was a Boer of Spanish, Hugenot French and Dutch descendent. As a young he has many other boers received very little formal education. His family moved to Kimberley because of the finding of diamonds there, and young De la Rey worked as a transport rider. De la Rey then married Jacoba Elizabeth Greeff and then the couple had 12 children and cared for other 6 children whose progenitors had died. He was a deeply religious man, rarely didn’t have a small Bible with him. He began is military live fighting in the Basotho War in 1865, in Sekhukune’s War in 1876 and also has a field cornet under the command of General Piet Cronjé in the First Boer War. He became a member of the Transvaal Volksraad in 1883 and was then a supporter of the Piet Joubert faction that opposed Paul Kruger’s politics in relation to the foreigners arriving to the Transvaal searching for gold. In the Second Boer War he was put as one of the generals under the commando of Piet Cronjé. In the begin of the War he have some victors and defeats against the british troops but was in the Battle of Magersfontein that he became famous inflicting a large defeat to the British troops in a week that was called for them Balck Week because they also are defeated in Colenso and in Spion Kop. However with massive reinforcements all over the empire the british captured Bloemfontein and Pretoria, capitals of Oranje Vry Staat and the Transvaal with Paul Kruger fleeing to Mozambique. Because of that general De la Rey, general Botha and general De Wet and others make and agreement for the Boer resistance that will be made using a technique of Guerrilla War.  Koos de la Rey was very successful in that kind of war with is attacks on british troops being highly successful. Is mobile campaign won battles in Moedwil, Nooitgedacht, Driefontein, Donkerhoek and Tweebosch. In Tweebosch he even captured british general Methuen and some of his troops but in an act of chivalry he released the british troops because he had no means to treat them. In the period of the Union of South Africa he continued is political live. After a trip to Europe to raise funds to the Boer cause he was in 1907 elected to new Transvaal parliament. In 1914 with the begin of the First World War the british sent troops to conquer German South West Africa, now Namibia, under the command of General Louis Botha. De la Rey always opposed to the war and many boers were sympathetic with the German cause and many had also German ancestry. They looked for a great leader and De la Rey ,who was in doubt, decided to join the rebels, many of them old comrade of arms. De la Rey was in is way to meet some rebel generals when we was killed by mistake by a road patrol.

General Koos De la Rey is one of the greatest Boer-Afrikaner patriots of the history. He is an example to all of us because in difficult times for the Boer Volk he give all, including is live, to keep his people free, fighting bravely against a stronger opponent. In his personal live he also showed a great character and moral.

The lion of the west transvaal

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Siener Van Rensburg

       Siener Van Rensburg had also made important prophecies about recent events in South Africa. He had previewed that a black will, near the end of the XX century get into power in South Africa with will lead to the marginalisation of the Boer-Afrikaner. The blacks now in the government will persecute whites, especially the Afrikaners and that persecution will had is more dramatic point after a death of a great black leader in a event that Siener called the night of the long knives in which thousands of Boer-Afrikaners will be killed. We only can think of that as an event that will occur after the death of Nelson Mandela which as we know is near. If this Siener’s prophecy happens to be truth like so many others we need to defend ourselves and prepare to the worst that could happen which is the death of thousands of Boer-Afrikaners. However from the repression and the death of many Boers we will fight back and according to Siener’s prophecy a new Boer-Afrikaner nation will be created and the leader of the Boers will be not a born-Boer but a spiritual Boer, born in another country but with the other characteristics that make the Boer man. When people asked Siener for dates he simple said that this will be happening when ice starts to melt which make us think that this could happen in a near future. In that moment the Vierkleur will stand again!

      Given the high accuracy of Siener’s visions and the difficult situation that Afrikaners face now, this is the time to see those visions and prepare ourselves to fight for our nation, for our people and for our freedom. 

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