Zuma ‘interested in Orania model’

2010-09-14 07:17

President Jacob Zuma will visit the Afrikaner community of Orania in the Northern Cape today.

Zuma would meet Professor Carel Boshoff, the founder of Orania, as well as community leaders, and view a few areas there, the presidency said.

Spokesperson of the Orania Movement Jaco Kleynhans said Zuma indicated in the past that he intended to visit Orania to see how the community managed independent development.

“The way in which local government was managed as well as the model of locally generated economy has interested President Zuma.”

Kleynhans said Zuma wished in particular to meet Boshoff, who had been experiencing health problems.

“He and President Zuma have known each other for at least two decades and the president has scheduled the visit as a goodwill gesture.”

Kleynhans said the leadership of Orania welcomed the opportunity to host Zuma.

The president would meet the leadership of Orania, visit Boshoff and then tour the town to see how education, training, labour, housing and industries such as agriculture and tourism operate in Orania.

Orania is an independent Afrikaner community striving for Afrikaner self-determination.

The community’s population has increased from 700 to 820 inhabitants since 2009 and the two local schools educate more than 200 pupils.

The town has its own currency, the Ora, as a medium of exchange.

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