Orania, Xhosa community to ink deal

2012-12-05 10:13

Johannesburg - An agreement between Afrikaner cultural separatist town Orania and a Xhosa community in the Eastern Cape aimed at promoting greater co-operation will be signed next week, Beeld reported on Wednesday.

The agreement hopes to encourage greater co-operation between communities wanting to be more independent, according to Jaco Kleynhans, spokesperson for the Orania movement.

He told Beeld that the agreement with the Mnyameni community would involve co-operation in education, economics and agriculture.

The content of the agreement would be revealed when it was signed on 11 December, by Carel Boshoff, president of the Orania movement, and chief Siphiwe Mdledle, Kleynhans said.

Mnyameni first approached Orania to discuss a possible agreement that would develop co-operation between the two communities.

Kleynhans said Orania had never intended to exist in isolation, and had always strived for good relationships with other communities and cultural groups.

"We'd like to establish a network of independent communities," he said.

  • bernard.nienaber - 2012-12-05 10:24

    nice one Orania........ i think

      Suzanne Viljoen - 2012-12-05 10:37

      Why not? Good idea! Try something new and show SA the way to go

      nicolelovelock - 2012-12-05 13:45

      technically it was Mnyameni who approached Orania, but thats splitting hairs

  • koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-12-05 10:41

    Anyone remember the story of Piet Retief?

      rupesh.hari.7 - 2012-12-05 11:18

      yep, wasn't it one of the reasons that his descendents brought about apartheid.

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-12-05 12:18

      @Rupeshhari: Nope, now go read what happened after the Piet Retief incident. Only a fool would disregard history and the lessons it holds.

      jacoenmagdaleen - 2012-12-05 12:50

      Koos. Two things. You underestimate the leadership of Orania and you clearly don't understand this community. Piet Retief was killed nearly 200 years ago by a brutal Zulu leader. Orania are working with a well intentioned Xhosa community who strive to be more self-reliant. There's a huge difference! Jaco Kleynhans (Orania)

  • JanGrimbeek - 2012-12-05 10:42

    Only problem here is that the person that signed on the dotted line for the xhosa community does not have signing authority, that signature will mean nothing now and in future.

      darryn.havenga - 2012-12-05 11:26

      neither does Orania have any legal rights so the same applies - but this is not about territory and legal rights it is about co-operation, enhancement of existence - it is a return to the bygone days when communities bartered with one another for what was lacking between each... a good initiative

  • Kwajo.m - 2012-12-05 11:42

    I won't waste time reading this Out of order fools.

      jacoenmagdaleen - 2012-12-05 12:01

      And why will that be? Jaco Kleynhans (spokesperson of Orania)

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-12-05 12:20

      Out of order? By who's judgment? Yours?

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-12-05 12:24

      @Kwajo.m I am not 100% up to date with what Orania do, but if another community can also use the idea of self upliftment/more self supporting than it can only be a good idea. It can have such a snowball effect that hungry people can eventually go to bed with food in their tummies. Money in their pockets. Self pride. Send children for education. Become good farmers in own right. Having work. Less or no crime. This can become a community system that can eventually join hands with other. Is this not what the country should strive for?

  • angela.nair.3 - 2012-12-05 12:44

    Any town or community that wants to uplift themselves should be commended. Working together instead of sitting and waiting for handouts - as Michael Jackson sang "Does'nt matter if your Black or White (or Orange)! Go for it - I wont slag it - who knows one day it may be a place to run to......

  • quintin.diederichs - 2012-12-06 17:54

    Finally - an African success story! My wife and I have been living in Orania for more than two years now. The simple fact is that we are completely happy here, same as chief Mdledle and his folk are content to live in Mnyameni. We choose to live in Orania because we are proud Africans and refuse to live anywhere else but Africa. As Afrikaners we obviously prefer to be part of our own society where our culture, language and labour are empowered within our own territory - same as the folks in Mnyameni, Nkandla or Swaziland for that matter. That's what freedom is all about. Be proud of who you are, respect others and make Africa a better place. We all can learn something from Mnyameni and Orania's leaders.

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