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    Orania

    http://www.orania.co.za/default_eng.asp

    From ghost-town to dream village - that is the story behind Orania. But where did it all begin?

    When the Department of Water Affairs embarked on the building of the Vanderkloof dam and irrigation canals, they found it necessary to build a village to accommodate their labour force. That is how, in 1963, the village came to be built halfway between Hopetown and Petrusville on the banks of the Orange River. At first the village was known as Vluytjeskraal, that being the name of the farm on which the development took place. However, the local engineer, Norman Landsdell, organised a competition for the selection of a suitable name, and Orania came out on top.

    The village was developed from scratch with pre-fab houses, but with large plots and broad side-walks. A multi-purpose community hall, a large swimming pool, tennis courts and a squash court provided adequate sporting facilities. Orania became the best developed village hereabouts once the post office, a guest house, a clinic, a shop, a church building and a school were added.
    But about twenty years later when the work had been completed the Water Affairs labour force moved elsewhere. The village slowly deteriorated. The gardens were taken over by weeds and vandals broke window-panes, took out built-in cupboards and began to remove whatever could be removed. The houses became derelict shells in overgrown gardens. Then some of the pre-fab structures were sold by tender leaving only the concrete foundations.

    The difference between the houses as they were when taken over, and what some of them look like now:

    In 1990 the government decided to sell what remained of the village as a single entity. Members of Afstig (the Afrikaner Freedom Movement) saw the advertisement in Landbouweekblad and decided to tender. They collected a group of shareholders and not long afterwards Orania was bought by the newly developed Orania Bestuursdienste (OBD) for R1,5 million. The village took on a new lease in life.

    On 11 April 1991 Orania was officially opened.. Houses were offered for sale at prices between R31,000 and R41,000. In August 1991 the neighbouring farm Vluytjekraal 272 (approximately 2,300 hectare) was bought for a further R480,000 thus providing for agricultural development. The town council came into being and took over the management of the village from OBD. The first mayor was Andre van den Berg who also developed Kenweb.

    Today, ten years later, Orania is a flourishing little town. The houses have been repaired and the gardens have been tidied up. Various undertakings have come into being to serve the community, and there are now two schools with pupils from grade 1 to matric. The community has come alive again.
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    Re: Orania

    I am deeply impressed by this community and it shows great promise for the foundation of other extra-territorial communities who wish to preserve heritage and folk.

    I will fire them off an email I think.
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    Re: Orania

    Orania o Orania, I personally think that the entire Orania idea is a joke, and according to my resources and circle of friends it is sneered upon by most of the Afrikaans speaking community in South Africa.

    A bunch of racists clinging to the Apartheid ideology, have no future in the new South Africa.

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    Re: Orania

    Quote Originally Posted by gabriel View Post
    Orania o Orania, I personally think that the entire Orania idea is a joke, and according to my resources and circle of friends it is sneered upon by most of the Afrikaans speaking community in South Africa.

    A bunch of racists clinging to the Apartheid ideology, have no future in the new South Africa.
    Who does have a future in "the new South Africa"? Rapists and mongrels?

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    Re: Orania

    Quote Originally Posted by gabriel View Post
    Orania o Orania, I personally think that the entire Orania idea is a joke, and according to my resources and circle of friends it is sneered upon by most of the Afrikaans speaking community in South Africa.

    A bunch of racists clinging to the Apartheid ideology, have no future in the new South Africa.
    So what would be the alternative? Embracing multiculturalism & miscegenation?

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    Re: Orania

    Quote Originally Posted by gabriel View Post
    Orania o Orania, I personally think that the entire Orania idea is a joke, and according to my resources and circle of friends it is sneered upon by most of the Afrikaans speaking community in South Africa.

    A bunch of racists clinging to the Apartheid ideology, have no future in the new South Africa
    You're either not living in SA or smoking crack...
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    In light of more recent comments on Orania in other threads, those unfamiliar with the details about Orania might want to start with the wikipedia page,

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orania,_Northern_Cape

    before moving on to the Orania home page given in the first post.

    On a pesonal note, I think their accomplishments are admirable, and I like about half of their ideas. Two things I dislike: Firstly, their community is (implicitly) exclusively Christian. Secondly, it's a dumb flag...

    Worst. Flag. Ever.

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    I think Orania is quite an insperation to most Afrikaners in South Africa and the world, but I don't think it will stand the test of time, with only 600 families, interbreeding will come about sooner or later, and thus need Afrikaner blood would have to be found somewhere else, which, by that time, would be scarce, and the community would slowly break up..
    On the flag, I have to agree with Stormraaf, aweful, but it's better than no flag.

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    I'm sceptical about Orania.

    It's a Broederbond project (who are a secretive special interests group not exactly known for its undying loyalty to Afrikaner / Boer causes), they have instituted rather rigid "morality" laws and it's isolated (a recipe for inbreeding). We need something a lot bigger and not under the control of a mafia with questionable motives and practices.

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