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Liberator Germaniae
Wednesday, October 11th, 2006, 08:33 AM
Empowerment for Afrikaners in Namibia

A group of Afrikaners has founded the `Netwerk´-initiative with the aim of empowering Afrikaner people in small business ownerships and other ventures. The organisation’s chairman, Mr Nico Tromp, said at the founding meeting in Windhoek last week, that the objectives of empowering Afrikaners will not be achieved at the cost of other people and communities in Namibia.

Mr Tromp is the executive chairman of the Windhoek-based Namibian furniture seller Nictus.

Read report in the "Namibian" from October 10, 2006:

Afrikaners into 'BEE'- AAE?


WITH most empowerment initiatives aimed at people from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, a group of Afrikaners recently took it upon themselves to form an organisation representing their interests.

'Netwerk', as the initiative is known, was launched in Windhoek last week with the goal of empowering Afrikaner people in small business ownership and other ventures.

Thirty-one people who attended the organisation's founding meeting last week signed up for membership, in a move that they argue will benefit all Namibian communities in the long run.

"The objectives will not be achieved at the cost of other people and communities of this country," Chairperson Nico Tromp said during the organisation's launch.

"We (Afrikaners) are normally on the 'give' end of society, but we just feel like we can be worth a lot more to the country if we organise our initiatives," the organisation's spokesperson, Koos Keyser, said yesterday.

He stressed that the organisation was not started with the intent of providing benefits to members, but rather to see members contribute their time and capital to the organisation's success.

"We have the same goal as the State, to see the country go forward.

Only we're starting from two different angles," Keyser said.

The organisation will leave issues such as language, youth development and culture to other Afrikaner organisations like the Voortrekkers and the ATKV (Afrikaanse Taal- en Kultuurvereniging), which have been working in these fields for many decades.

Source: http://www.namibian.com.na/

Dr. Solar Wolff
Wednesday, October 11th, 2006, 08:41 AM
What about Namibia? Wasn't this once German SouthWest Africa? Could there be a place for Afrikaners there?

Liberator Germaniae
Wednesday, October 11th, 2006, 09:14 AM
Some Afrikaners resided in South Western Africa before it became a German protectorate in 1884. When troops of the Union of South Africa conquered the meanwhile prospering German colony in 1915, increasing numbers of Afrikaners entered the territory. In the 1920´s the Union government as mandatory power of the League of Nations resettled large numbers of mostly illiterate “Dorslandtrekkers” (Thurstlandtrekkers) from Angola there, especially in the area east of Windhoek and in the south of the country.

The Administration of South West Africa became increasingly Afrikaans. After WW II large numbers of mostly Afrikaans South African war veterans (South Africa had declared war against Germany in September 1939 and not vice versa) were settled on state land, such as the former properties of the Liebig´s Extract of Meat Company (west of Windhoek, east of Okahandja and in the Gobabis area). This explains also why Afrikaners in Namibia are actually not pro-German, and during the course of the 20th century a strong anti-Afrikaans sentiment developed among Germans in SWA.

Afrikaners played a dominant administrative, political and military role until UN-resolution 435 was implemented in SWA in 1989. However, many had already left in the late 1970´s when political change seemed imminent.

Afrikaans is also the mother tongue of three other ethnic groups (Cape Coloureds, Rehoboth Basters, Nama) and remains the lingua franca of the country, as it is spoken by 80-90% of the total population.

Please also refer to my contributions to the thread “Million whites leave South Africa - study”, where I tried to explain German-Afrikaans relations in SWA/Namibia, and how Germans nevertheless had no problem with their acquired South African identity: http://forums.skadi.net/showthread.php?t=68508&page=3