The town of Orania in South Africa has set the world standard and example through which Europeans can survive the current political dispensation, and supporting them is supporting the cause of Western Civilization itself.
Here follows the full text of the December 2017 newsletter from the Orania Movement in South Africa to its English-speaking supporters around the world.
Orania: December 2017
South Africa: Cyril Ramaphosa elected as new ANC leader
After months of speculation and being the main theme in South African politics, finally the governing ANC (African National Congress) concluded its conference with the election of a new leadership. President Zuma, the ANC-leader since 2005, had to stand down after two terms. Zuma tried to promote his ex-wife, dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, as his successor, and there was strong lobbying for her among Zuma-supporters. Zuma is the head of a network of corruption and Dlamini-Zuma, as ANC leader and most likely successor as South African president, would leave him untouched. Zuma is still president of South Africa for another year and a half, but an ANC leader that is serious in fighting corruption could make things unpleasant for Zuma and could also recall him as president.
Of the several candidates for ANC-leader, it came down to two top tier candidates, Dlamini-Zuma and Cyril Ramaphosa. Dlamini-Zuma represents the left wing of the ANC, with a strong populist focus on socialist enforced “racial equality”, meaning even more discrimination against whites in the economy and in public life. Ramaphosa represents the more moderate and business friendly wing of the ANC, but one should not make the mistake of considering him a friend of the free market economy and of minorities. Ramaphosa was Zuma’s vice-president, is a long-standing ANC-member and supports its policy.
The outcome of the leadership election was quite close, with Ramaphosa obtaining 2440 votes, and Dlamini-Zuma 2261. The split of the ANC into two camps is nearly complete, with 3 of the top 6 ANC’s officials being loyal to Zuma. Geographically, there is also a clear split, with Kwazulu-Natal (the Zumas home province), Mpumalanga, Free State and North West firmly supporting Zuma and Dlamini-Zuma, while Gauteng, Western Cape, Northern Cape, Limpopo and Eastern Cape are in the Ramaphosa camp. The ANC’s Women’s League also, unsurprisingly, supports Dlamini-Zuma, while the trade union federation Cosatu supports Ramaphosa, himself a former trade union leader. The split and the strong positions that Zuma supporters retained will make the chances of a fight against corruption and the drying out of the Zuma-Gupta corruption swamp, or a recall of Zuma as president, unlikely. Zuma’s grip on the ANC is lessened, but not broken. The infighting is likely to continue and meaningful reforms to kick-start the economy will most likely not get off the ground soon.
For the moment, there is a lot of enthusiasm about the Ramaphosa leadership and the Rand firmed against other currencies and the stock markets rose. There certainly is a feeling of some fresh wind and hope for a change for the better.
The Orania Movement congratulates the new ANC president and wishes him wisdom and perseverance to address South Africa’s many problems like crime, ethnic conflict, unemployment and a weak economy. However, Orania’s viewpoint is and always has been to focus on locally based empowerment of the Afrikaners and of other communities and that neither a strong, welfare state approach nor a capitalist, individualist approach is the solution.
Orania Movement Youth Tour
The Orania Movement’s Youth Wing had a successful tour to several places in South Africa with the aim to empower and expose the Afrikaner Youth regarding its culture, history, and identity, and to learn skills with debating, media, strategic planning and liaison with other Afrikaner organizations and activists. This is a regular event, and there are also youth activities in Orania like debate competitions and youth conferences to form future leaders to take the Orania ideal forward.
Orania Youth members with Dr. Pieter Mulder
The youth tour from 4 to 8 December went first to Bloemfontein, where they visited the National Women’s Memorial and Museum. This monument is dedicated to the about 30 000 women and children that died in the concentration camps during the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902), with the museum explaining all about the war. The next stop was Pretoria, where the youth stayed at a private Afrikaner student hostel, supported by the Afrikaner organization, Afriforum. The Oranians discussed the onslaught against Afrikaans and against Afrikaner traditions on campuses with students. The University of Pretoria was once the largest Afrikaans University, now it is predominantly English, with the plan to get rid of Afrikaans altogether.
The group also paid a visit to the FAK (Federation of Afrikaans Cultural Organizations) and to Afriforum, an activist movement for all that concerns Afrikaners. They also had the privilege to visit the Voortrekker Monument, which commemorates the Great Trek, and the battle of Blood River (1838), one of the founding events of the Afrikaner people. Dr. Pieter Mulder, a former Member of Parliament and former leader of the Freedom Front party, and an expert on Afrikaner history, was the guide.
Another place that was visited in Pretoria was Willem Prinsloo Agricultural Museum, where the youngsters learned more about the traditional way of farming of the pioneer Boers, and could also show their skills with milking a cow, cracking a whip, grinding grain and riding a horse.
Day of the Vow 16 December
The Afrikaners national day, Geloftedag (Day of the Vow), is celebrated each year on 16 December. It commemorates the Battle of Blood River, when about 450 Voortrekkers defeated a Zulu army of about 15 000 warriors. It was an epic battle with all the odds against the Voortrekkers, but the Voortrekkers trusted in God and made a vow to commemorate this day each year like a Sunday, to build a church, and to tell their descendants about it.
Proudly presenting Voortrekker attire at the Day of the Vow Celebration
This vow was kept and Day of the Vow is celebrated each year since, always with a church service and a speech, and also a social gathering. Many towns have special Day of the Vow services, the main one at the Voortrekkermonument in Pretoria, which was erected to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Blood River. Attendance of the Day of the Vow celebrations is increasing in the last couple of years, due to a re-awakening of Afrikaner’s self-awareness and pride as a reaction to marginalization.
Orania is also one of the centers of the Afrikaners and the Day of the Vow Celebration is a yearly highlight. It is not held in a church, but in the open air at the lush “Aan die Oewer” Holiday Resort at the banks of the Orange River.
This year’s sermon was held by dr. Stephan Hoffman and the speech by dr. Pieter Mulder, former leader of the Freedom Front Party. Some people attended in traditional Voortrekker clothes (see picture). The day before, on 15 December, a horse rider commando with traditional flags rode through town to commemorate the preparation for the battle the next day.
Christmas Party for Orania’s Children
Father Christmas visited the Orania suburb of Kleingeluk early in December and made the children happy by giving presents to everyone. He and his entourage arrived by quad bike and were welcomed enthusiastically by the children, who also sung Christmas carols and heard the Christmas story.
Father Christmas at the Kuierstoep in Orania.
This is an initiative from Orania Social Council that does fundraising for all kinds of social projects. Father Christmas’s visit to the children of Orania has become a yearly event and made many children’s heart happy. Some of the children come from less well-off families that do not have money for Christmas presents.
Orania Movement reaches milestone with 5000 members/New electronic Voorgrond
The Orania Movement recently passed the mark of 5000 paid-up members. Especially 2017 was a very successful year regarding the recruitment of new members, with a growth of about 1500 members. This was reason enough to celebrate with champagne and treats.
This year, the office of the Orania Movement has been greatly improved and re-done, to fulfil the requirements of a purpose driven, dynamic organization serving its ideal even better. A new open office, called the “Oorlogskamer” (war room) was established, and also a call-center for in-house member recruitment by telephone, which greatly helped to reach a new high in members. In line with the Orania Movement’s new look is better and quicker communication. The magazine Voorgrond’s most recent issue was sent to all members electronically. Members still have the option to receive the Voorgrond as printed version and everybody was asked to choose either option. Most chose the electronic option, also due to slow and unreliable postal services.
The Orania Movement’s staff also had its Christmas Celebration in the beautiful garden adjacent to the office. We all look back with gratefulness to a blessed year.
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The Orania Movement staff wishes you a blessed Christmas!