Interview to John Strydom, member of the Orania community

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How do you characterize the growing of the Orania community along the years?

Orania was bought in 1990 and officially opened in 1991. It was bought from the Department of Water Affairs who built and used it as a construction camp for a canal system of about 200 km out of the Vanderkloof (PK le Roux dam). The area was decided on after extensive research by SABRA (SA Bureau of Racial Affairs) and dictated three principles:

1.    An area where Afrikaners can be a majority.

2.    Own labour

3.    Own institutions.

Since 1991 growth was initially slow but constant. The town started of as an abandoned, empty town that was badly neglected during the seven years it was uninhabited. Over the last 3-4 years growth has increased to the point where we are growing at more than 9% per annum with about 600 new stands being planned at present. We presently have about 1 000 inhabitants.

How do you see the current wave of anti-white crime in South Africa ? Do you think that has contributed to the fast growing of Orania?

Government insists that crime is not based on race in South Africa . Statistics however indicate that farm murders claim about 130 victims per 100 000 population. That is more than the number of policemen murdered in the RSA and these farmers are mostly white. This situation increases the interest in Orania but we have a focus based more on positive interest on the Afrikaner culture than on negative external factors.

What is the dominant opinion about Orania among the South African media? 

That it is “backward”, gun-slinging radicals and racists that populate Orania. This changes drastically as soon as they physically visit Orania.

Which region of South Africa you think that is the best to a future Volkstaat/Boerstaat? Do you think that the area surrounding Orania is suitable to that?

Yes. Based on the research by SABRA as well as present demography and tendencies there is simply no other area in the RSA where the Afrikaner (or even Europeans for that matter) will ever be a dominant group.

This year, a delegation of Orania visited Europe and was received by some parties. What is their opinion about Orania?

Europe has excellent arrangements with minorities and we would feel happy to be treated like, for example, the Germans in South-Tyrol (part of Italy ) or the German minority in Belgium . The need to respect minorities is becoming increasingly apparent worldwide and we hope to be part of that tendency.

Does  Anyone who wants to live  Orania prove with a document that they are actually Boer-afrikaner?

No. That would be virtually impossible. We rely on people’s own decision on whether they actually would choose to be part of an Afrikaner town, and to take responsibility for themselves and their families. We do require admission interviews and go to great lengths to explain Orania and what is expected of them.

Orania is undoubtedly exceed expectations and it’s a success community. It is possible that the Orania Movement supports the creation of” new oranias”.,new communities Boer-Afrikaners, in other parts of South Africa ?

Our experience is that it is much better and easier to grow “organically” from where we are. To develop “satellites” is much more difficult. We are however looking at developing ties with communities that think along the same lines.

Are there any foreigners visiting Orania?

Yes, we are regularly visited by interested parties, academics and journalists from all over the world. We took a decision to be open, transparent and law-abiding, but taking a firm stand on our rights.

 

 

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