19 Maart 2018 ~ 19 Kommentare

Perspective on Orania by an English-speaking South African

Geskryf deur Nigel Naylor

Nigel Naylor van Randburg het Orania onlangs met ‘n oop gemoed besoek. Hy het veral belang gestel in die manier hoe Orania die omgewing hanteer, op klimaatverandering en globaliering reageer en hoe volhoubaarheid toegepas word. Hier is sy indrukke.

What is there to like about Orania?

  1. The Lawfulness – everyone obeys the law; no need for a local police station nor traffic cops.
  2. No Crime: No burglar bars, no alarms, no security companies, no walled-off/gated suburbs, don’t have to lock everything away, no walled properties, no razor fences, no muggings, no hijacking, no intercoms – can walk the streets safely. You are not rudely awakened in the middle of the night by an alarm going off.
  3. No “blue-light brigades”
  4. No screaming sirens: police, fire nor ambulance.
  5. No hawkers, beggars, vagrants, homeless people, no refuges, no illegal immigrants, no car guards, no ‘recyclers’ with their trolleys and dumping of rubbish.
  6. No window washers, pamphlet/flyer distributors and hawkers mobbing you at intersections; no car washers hounding you at parking lots.
  7. No litter, no dumping, no trash on pavements.
  8. No potholes, no broken pavements.
  9. No illegal electricity connections.
  10. A low-cost community.
  11. Have a say over how the rates are spent: well spent and have a surplus for emergencies; do not need Rate Payers Associations to try to get you municipality to do what they are supposed to do with the money you pay them.
  12. Know your neighbours and community, know your leaders – common for strangers to greet each other and to get to know each other.
  13. Peace and quiet.
  14. Respect for everyone.
  15. Working on solving the “resilience” problems – going solar, food security, water, employment and a means of living for all inhabitants of the community.
  16. Take care of the aged within the community and they remain a respected part of the community.
  17. No fancy cars needed, no keeping up with the Jones, and no pretension: What you see is what you get.
  18. No anger and no tension. No road rage.
  19. No elites. No helicopters and other planes buzzing overhead, no speeding cars forcing you off the road or barging in.
  20. No knocked down traffic signs.
  21. Strong commitment to education. Strong technical skills development so that people are useful to the community
  22. No evidence of drug dealers.

Sounds like paradise to a South African. Is it too good to be true?

Does this come at a price?

Monetary Terms: This is much lower than you think as it is a low-cost community compared to living in a typical SA city. It is likely to be cheaper than most South African towns and you will get more value for your money.

Non-monetary Terms:

  1. Support and respect for the values and culture of Afrikaners.
  2. Speak Afrikaans in public (Many of the inhabitants will speak English to you when they find you battling).
  3. Support Christian values.

But this is easy because it is the values and behaviour expected if you want to live in a decent orderly fully functional society. It is not a wealthy society, but it is orderly and sustainable.

You will need to participate in the community if you are to function as good citizen.


It is a homogenous society and hence there is not the cultural diversity, but is this a problem? It might appear to have the small-town syndrome where everyone knows everyone’s business, but this was not evidenced. To some it might appear to be a closed society, but is this not a major advantage? Things can happen because people have common goals. There was no evidence of group think and most people in the community are intelligent and would suggest that this level is much higher than typical SA towns and cities as there is quite a lot of intellectuals in the community.

By international norms this is what people would call and “intentional community”. It is more resilient and robust that almost any other SA town or city. It is a town that is progressing and not going backwards, which is very rare in SA, especially for one that is not elitist.

Orania would also be classified as a “transition town” preparing for post peak fossil fuel. They are also implementing localism which is the international key for rebuilding strong local communities which entails local currencies, local labour and buying local whenever possible. It is on strong communities that resilience is built.

There was no evidence of any racism and right-wing politics, contrary to what people are led to believe. Of course, there are statues etc of Hendrik Verwoerd which some people might offensive if they are intolerant. The Orania residents have been sensitised to potential political criticism but one needs to reciprocate the respect, which is what every human should do.

They are building a better future and are a model for all communities around the world, especially taking this juncture in global society into account. This model has to be taken into account if you are to solve these seemingly intractable problems.

They have certainly answered the age-old question: “How much do you need in life?”, the answer to which is “Enough for your need, but not for your greed.” But of course, this answer will not suit those people who are selfish or parasitic and want to live off the sweat of other people’s brows.

Orania has managed to implement LESS, which is an acronym standing for “Less Energy, Stuff and Stimulation”.

In short, a lot of decent people that you will have no problem associating with. Go and see for yourself!


19 Reaksies op “Perspective on Orania by an English-speaking South African”

  1. Scott 19 Maart 2018 at 12:15 Permalink

    Does the community accept English speaking South Africans.

    • Sebastiaan Biehl 19 Maart 2018 at 14:33 Permalink

      As individuals that can identify with Orania an its culture, speak Afrikaans in public, support the ideal etc, yes. But not if they have the idea to create a small English enclave within Orania.

      • Willem Fourie 26 Maart 2018 at 18:57 Permalink

        Geagte mnr. Biehl,
        U weet hoe moeilik dit is om ander tale te leer.

        Dalk kan ons meer geduldig met ons anderstalige kultuurgenote wees. Blootstelling en gebruik is die vinnigste manier om ‘n taal te leer, en in te pas.

        Mooi loop

  2. Glynn Erasmus 19 Maart 2018 at 12:37 Permalink

    Very interesting article and perspectives. It sounds like the answer – a homogeneous, self sufficient community. I am very keen to come and visit, and I also have an idea for a business related to tourism, that I think would work for Orania, that I would like to discuss with the community leaders.

    • Sebastiaan Biehl 19 Maart 2018 at 14:35 Permalink

      Please pay us a visit. We offer free guided tours. Business ideas are welcome.

  3. Hanno Visagie 19 Maart 2018 at 13:42 Permalink

    Staan op die waarheid dat die Afrikanervolk hoofsaaklik van Europese (hoofsaaklik Nederlandse, Duitse en Franse) afkoms is en wil bly, Christene is en Afrikaans as huistaal praat. Mense van ander etniese bevolkingsgroepe soos die Khoi-San / bruines / kleurlinge, en nie-Christene en huistaal-nie-Afrikaanssprekers was en is nie terselfdertyd ook lede van die Afrikanervolk nie.

    • Sebastiaan Biehl 19 Maart 2018 at 14:37 Permalink

      Hanno, ons het jou gehoor en ons deel die siening. Jy hoef dit nie by elke artikel te plaas nie.

      • Hanno Visagie 21 Maart 2018 at 17:22 Permalink

        Sebastiaan, jy weet mos ek plaas dit hoegenaamd nie by elke artikel nie. Nie eens naastenby nie. So moenie lieg nie asb.

  4. Bernard Odendaal 19 Maart 2018 at 13:47 Permalink

    Absoluut uitstekende & raakvat samevatting van wat ons ook ervaar het toe ons vir die 1ste keer ‘n jaar gelede daar in Orania ‘n draai gemaak het.

  5. Chris Roux 19 Maart 2018 at 14:10 Permalink

    Klink vir my soos hemel op aarde!!!!!!!!

  6. Valerie Thomson 19 Maart 2018 at 15:03 Permalink

    Gaan hulle a muur bou? Engels dame met speciale 27 jaar seun wat nie kan werk omdat hy wit is. By moet asseblief lets fisies doen. Ek kan restaurant week down. A besigheid. Ek is etdp education training and development mad 6. Specialise in cbt computer based training. Ek het baie onderfinding. Groete Valerie

  7. Andre 20 Maart 2018 at 20:12 Permalink

    Hoe wonderlik is dit nie dat die eie arbeidsaamheid konsep ook die geldgierige tentoonsteller gespuis wat so algemeen in die stede is afskrik. n Toevallige maar baie waardevolle siftings voordeel van die Orania model.

  8. Damir 23 Maart 2018 at 07:51 Permalink

    Great town! But are there any colleges? Is it able to get higher degree in Orania? Or threre are only school education in Orania?

    • Sebastiaan Biehl 23 Maart 2018 at 08:50 Permalink

      Yes, we have some tertiary education as well. Presently, there is a vocational training school for artisans (mainly construction related). There are also plans for a branch of Akademia.

  9. Dimitri Delport 26 Maart 2018 at 17:24 Permalink

    Ons Boer vir die afgelope 25 jaar in Arizona in Amerika. En ons kyk al lank hoe dinge in die Afrikaner dorp gaan. So ver as wat ons kan sien lyk dit of Orania net vooruit boer. Hou so aan my Afrikaner mense ons is trots op julle.

  10. Willem Fourie 26 Maart 2018 at 18:50 Permalink

    Thank you for this honest perspective

    How can anyone be offended by Dr. Verwoerd? He studied (and applied) social sciences out of concern for people.

    But let’s address “apartheid”.

    The Boer Republics and Cape Colony were included into the rest of South Africa in 1910 under the English. The land act of 1913, revised in 1936 under English rule surveyed the regions native to the black nations.

    It was this land act that was used in the separate development initiatives to modernise these homelands at massive taxpayer expense. These TBVC regions were well on their way to independence (like Lesotho and Swaziland).

    Strong independence movements were not only present among the Afrikaners, but also in these regions, who also wanted independence as it was prior to the union (a mere 38 years before the National Party victory in 1948). Ciskei was self-governing, kwaZulu had a strong nationalistic movement, Bophuthatswana was staunchly independent, etc.

    Of course we all know the history of the “New” union and its perpetuation of the same foreign intervention (sien asb. die Hoekverslag) that led to the wars of independence (which the Republics did not lose), the coup d’état on Dr. Verwoerd’s assassination (3rd attempt), and the Mandela government groomed in England.

    How convenient to blame Dr. Verwoerd ??

  11. Oom Harry 27 Maart 2018 at 20:18 Permalink

    Aan Dimitri Delport, Wil julle nie vir ons Afrikaners n gastehuis in
    Arizona skep nie? Ons wil ook graag sien hoe lyk die anderkant van die
    wereld. Ons is verheug dat julle ons nuusbrief daar in Amerika ook onder oee kry.

  12. Erick Scholtz 10 April 2018 at 10:12 Permalink

    As kind het ek wondelike tye beleef, ek was natuurlik ook baie stout,BAIE STOUT.
    Maar dit is nie die wonderlike tye wat my gevorm het nie, dit was die seer en moeilike tye wat my mens gemaak het. Ja, gelukkige tye is belangrik maar dit is die tye wat maklik kan bederf en n mens n wan indruk van die lewe kan gee.
    So is dit dan ook in die lewe van enige volk, nasie, taal of ras.
    Die verhaal van die Afrikaner is ook dan geen uitsondering nie. Ons het wonderlike tye, hardseer tye, oorlog tye en alles wat die lewe na ons kon gooi gehad. Ek is trots op al die tye want ek weet dit het die Afrikaner gevorm.
    Wat ons wel moet besef is dat dit n verskriklike groot verantwoordelikheid is om jouself te verbind met n volk.
    Demokrasie is n soortgelyke verantwoordelikheid, om te stem gee jou geen snaakse “regte” nie. Dit gee geen persoon die reg tot n ander se lewe, eiendom, grond of kennis nie. Dit gee jou eindlik net n hoop verantwoordelikhede.
    Orania is stadig besig om die “huis” van die Afrikaner kultuur te word, miskien bewustelik, miskien onbewustelik maar dit bring die ongelooflikste verantwoordelikheid heens die Afrikaner volk. Hier kan ons gerus vir al die leiers van Orania geluk se sover. Asseblief ek beweer nie vir een oomblik dat enige persoon in Orania perfek is nie.
    Maar die leiers besef dat die verantwoordelikheid verantwoordbaar is en ek dink hulle doen baie goed tot nou toe. Daar is geen, maar geen, stadsraad of dorpsraad in die land buite Orania met die sin van verantwoordbaarheid soos binne Orania nie.
    Maar dit bly ook die plig van elke inwoner, uitwoner en Afrikaner om die leiers tot verandwoording te roep. Ja Professor, Doktor, Dokter, mevrou, meneer, kind, skolier, afgetrede, dit is en bly jou plig. Wees dus waaksaam en pas die leiers op met positiewe bydraes maar moet nie bang wees om hulle vas te vat nie.

    Bly TROTS en VERANDWOORDBAAR heens jou verantwoordlikheid.

    Groete uit n VIESLIKE Johannesburg.

    Erick Scholtz (Uitwoner, met eiendom in Orania, vanaf 2010)

  13. Roger Bryssinck 11 April 2018 at 09:44 Permalink

    Orania lijkt wel hemel op aarde. Bent u zeker dat zwarte naijver jullie zal blijven gedogen? Gelukgewenst!

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