Orania - Home of the Afrikaner
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Orania is an Afrikaner town located on the banks of the Orange River in the beautiful Upper-Karoo. In 1991 a group of Afrikaner pioneers bought an old and derilict town constructed in the 60's by the Dept. of Water Affairs. Since then the settlement has been reconstructed and has grown to a town in it's own right, with around 1 000 permanent residents and more than 10 000 "uitwoners", i.e. people that haven't permanently settled in Orania yet but who are part of the community by being members of Orania Movement.
Orania is in every aspect a "green town" with friendly locals, excellent schools and facilities, interesting tourist attractions and a growing number of businesses that cater for most needs. However, there is a lot of opportunities for entrepreneurs in our community.
Orania is known for its clean surroundings and hospitible people, but the town is unique due to the fact that all labour is done by Afrikaners - from the bank manager to the builder, all work in Orania is done by Afrikaners!
From the moment that an ethnic minority can rely on its own labour, it no longer depends on majority groups for the day to day functioning of its society. Such a community then manages itself and is no longer subject to ideologies and policies foreign to them. Therefore, the pressure of having to integrate with a society that doesn't promote the best interests of such a minority no longer exists.
In Orania one notices that self sufficiency walks hand in hand with being self relient and that the entire community can enjoy the benefits as a result. Little to no crime, good governance, low unemployment, reliable service delivery and a productive society - these are a few of the benefits that are the result of us making use of our own labour.
A Green Community
Orania takes nature conservation very seriously and cares about its clean surroundings. All households in Orania divide their refuse in 5 separate categories: non recycable, paper, plastic, glass and metal. Recycling therefore begins at the source, which means that everybody is doing their bit to fight polution.
Solar geysers are compulsory for all new houses built in Orania, while electric geysers are systematically being replaced in the older houses in town. Interesting green architecture can be seen throughout the town, where buildings have been errected making use of materials such as stone, wood and hay. This eco-friendly approach to construction offers a lot of practical as well as aesthetic benefits.
More than 30 000 trees have been planted in Orania while the beautiful Orange River and the surrounding farmlands all contrabute to the town's image as a green oasis in the Karoo.
Research done by the South African Bureau of Racial Affairs (SABRA) indicated as early as the 1950's that the Afrikaner portion of the South African population will continuously decrease.
There is no region in southern Africa where Afrikaners form an outright majority and the fact that a minority cannot indefinitely rule over a majority resulted in Afrikaners handing over South Africa's government to the African National Congress (ANC) in 1994. As a result, Afrikaners gradually lost self determination of its own institutions (e.g. the defence force, universities, hospitals etc.) and even most of its cultural establishments such as museums and monuments. Most of these institutions and establishments now run by the ANC have been subject to unprecedented malmanagement and corruption to the extent of becoming near obsolete.
SABRA and the Afrikaner Freedom Establishment (AVSTIG) argued since the 1980's that the sparsely populated north western portion of South Africa is the only region that offers enough resources for Afrikaners become a sustainable majority. For Afrikaners to reestablish their right to self determination, it is non-negotiable that this community must form a clear majority in a clearly identifiable territory.
In order to reach this goal Afrikaners must use their own labour to errect new towns in the north western Cape, which they will de facto manage themselves. Orania, located in the north western Cape, was established in 1991 as the blue print for more Afrikaner towns to be built in future between the Upper-Karoo and the West Coast.
Even though this undertaking represents a great challenge, these modern pioneers have proven over the past two decades that Afrikaners are indeed capable of rebuilding their own institutions and establishments with their own labour, which results in them being able to gradually reestablish self determination in their own territory.
The goal is to peacefully restore Afrikaners' freedom in an independent Republic between Orania and the West Coast. Our goal not only adheres to internationally accepted guidelines relating to self determination, but also to the economic realities that must be in place for a people to become independent.
A cultural group's right to self determination in a territorial entity also forms part of the South African Constitution (section 235). The ideal to restore the Afrikaner peoples' freedom, as being implemented in Orania, is therefore legal and feasible in all aspects. It is now a case of not only spreading this message, but also to physically create a reality that cannot be denied.
Each generation is responsible for the times it lives in. Afrikaners that support this ideal are entering a positive future that is not only in their best interest, but also in the best interest of Africa. Let all those who are born in Africa, live peacefully in Africa and be free to rule themselves in their part of our inspiring continent.