Orania, South Africa: A Path to Survival for Western People

The settlement of Orania, situated right in the geographic center of South Africa, is the product of a handful of far-sighted Afrikaners who understood that self-determination and survival is directly linked to the ability to do their own labor and create their own community—without infringing upon anyone else’s rights.

A new video in English has now been released on the town, and can be viewed below.

Orania, located on the banks of the Orange was originally built by the “old” South Africa’s Department of Water Works to house workers on one of the river development projects of the time (the canal system from the Vanderkloof Dam).

The buildings were largely prefabricated and once the project was finished, the small village was abandoned and lay deserted for over a decade.

In 1990, a small consortium under the leadership of Professor Carel Boshoff purchased the town for what was a relatively nominal fee, and announced that they had selected the Northern Cape as a potential Afrikaner homeland, or “Volkstaat” (nation state).

The reasoning behind this area—as opposed to the large number of plans for other areas proposed at the time for an Afrikaner “Volkstaat” was simple: demographics.

Professor Boshoff, unlike all the other Afrikaner leaders of the time, understood clearly the relationship between political power and demographics. He knew that Apartheid, founded as it was upon a reliance on black labor, was the downfall of the Afrikaners, and not their salvation.

He laid down three criteria for Afrikaner survival: firstly, the need for an own area, and secondly, the absolute requirement for “own labor” (that is, Afrikaner labor — to do everything, from street sweeping to building—a concept that was completely foreign to the rest of the then white-ruled South Africa) and own institutions.

The Northern Cape, with its sparse population, presented the only area of South Africa which could effectively be colonized by Afrikaners with the least amount of disruption to the rest of the country.

In 2010, the entire Northern Cape, which includes territory which is outside the planned borders of Professor Boshoff’s Volkstaat, has only 2.3% of the country’s population. Majority Afrikaner occupation could be achieved with only half a million or so Afrikaners moving to the area.

Orania is still privately owned, and anyone who wants to buy a house in the town has to accept and abide by the ethos of the settlement, which is not to use any labor apart from Afrikaners to build anything.

 From around two dozen pioneers, many of them only part-time inhabitants of Orania, the town has now around 1,000 residents, and continues to grow each month as more people arrive. In addition, more than 10,000 people are members or supporters of the Orania Movement, and it also has foreign-based support initiatives.

Last year, tens of thousands of Afrikaners visited Orania for the first time—all with the intention of finding out more.

The town is properly incorporated as a local municipality, and is recognized by the South African government as such. It is possibly the only local authority in all South Africa which actually balanced its books last year—on a (South African Rand) R10 million budget.

The town boasts two schools, with a total pupil enrolment of well over 200, and no fewer than 70 local businesses.

The land immediately surrounding the town has also been bought up, and South Africa’s largest pecan nut farm is now owned by “Oranians,” irrigated with the water rights the town has from the Orange River.

Total investment in the town and area now amounts to over half a billion Rand.

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  1. Goeie dag ek is die ma van 4 kinders my man is nou n semi skilled welder en is n omsetter in myn gewees hy ook semi skilld riger is daar enige kanse vir ons vir oorlewing in orania

  2. Hi dan. Have you had any success with this dream of yours? Orania will take anyone determined to further and better the culture of the afrikaner. It doesnt matter what the colour of your skin is. But you could imagine what the implications could be for a black person claiming to be an afrikaner. Orania needs labourers and entrepreneurs. If you can come up with a way to create jobs you probably wouldnt have to be a street sweeper. My best advise would be to get a trade qualification on top of your degree. Learn the basics of the afrikaans language and keep at it. Im an afrikaner living in new zealand.

  3. The population of 80 when started has now grown to 1300 & growing by 12% per year. Infrastructure development is amazing over there. Wow, they really are an inspiration to the rest of the world!

  4. i just wish i was younger – i would move there asap.A wonderful video .- the place is sooo… clean & seems so peaceful – what an example & an eyeopener for the world to take note.Is there a retirement home there an what does it cost.???

  5. Why not contact them yourselves at [email protected] and find out?

    However, I must warn you: You only appreciate your own country once you've left it – that I've learned from experience during my visit to London in 2000. There's a lot of things you assume to be universal – until you leave your country and discover that it isn't. Those are the things that you miss. So, my advise to you is, before you make the big step and move to a different country, why not just visit South Africa a couple of times first? Come to Orania, see what's it like. Also see the rest of the country, because that is the context in which Orania exists. If you then decide that you would like to assimilate with us, then I see no reason why anyone would object. And no, there is no need to start with cleaning streets, but you'll probably have to set up a business that contribute to the economy. That is part of the reason I haven't moved there yet: I'm just not cut out to be an entrepreneur. Being a pioneer is no picnic, but I do believe that as the town expands, it will become easier for more and more people to move there.

    Warm regards, from Pretoria

  6. Hi, my name is Dan and i have a real interest in moving to Orania if They Will have me. I am from Minnesota, USA and Will have a history major focusing on sourthern africa and a minor in dutch for Afrikaans. I am not Afrikaner by decent, I am german and Italiaan. I would really love to move to This community and help in any way I can. I am willing to start my Life there At the bottom sweeping streets or digging ditches it does not matter to me. Any information regarding This matter would be greatly appreciatied. I truley belive in the Afrikaner people and thier history and culture has become my biggest passion in life, I am Well aware that moving to Orania Will be no vacation and Will entail a lot of hard work, but i belive I am ready. Thank you again

    Dan, a university student from Minnesota.

  7. A great video. We left South Africa in 1989-saw the writing on the wall. As usual South Africa has been the forerunner of new ideas.
    Beste Wense

  8. Orania is one of 11 ethnic homelands located within S Africa. Their creation and existence is guaranteed under the S African constitution.

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