Kleinfontein Kultuurdorp...


27km van Pretoria vind jy 'n Afrikaner-enklawe. 

"We're Here to Stay": 
South Africa's White Minority Wants Recognition
 
With farm attacks becoming a widespread phenomenon in South Africa, the country's white Boer and Afrikaner minorities are looking for ways to protect themselves and to preserve their heritage. Some of them have moved to closed "Afrikaner-only" communities.

by Denis Bolotsky

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On the outside Kleinfontein looks like many other small towns in South Africa: the houses are surrounded by blooming Protea flowers, meerkats are roaming freely, just as if they were house animals. 

However, you won't find the safety features in Kleinfontein that are so popular with home owners elsewhere in the "Rainbow country" – barbed wire, military-grade alarm systems and electric fences. Residents trust each other and if there is a problem or a dispute, the locals try to deal with it in their own community first before calling the police. 

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nagevors deur ons verslaggewer op die toneel Paul Joubert (interessante maar onbekende feite rondom Die Afrikaner se Erfenis
Afrikaans as taal

Afrikaans is 'n  Ido-Europese taal wat aan die Wes-Germaanse tak van die Germaanse tale behoort. Afrikaans behoort saam met Nederlands aan die Nederfrankiese taalgroep wat van Oudnederlands afstam.

Nederfrankiese verskeidenhede word in Europa in Nederaland, die noorde van België, Frans-Vlaandere in Frankryk en die Duitse gebied langs die Ryn tussen Keulen en die grens tussen Duitsland en Nederland gepraat. Buite Europa word Nederfrankiese verskeidenhede in Suid-Afrika, Namibië, Suriname en die Nederlandse eilande in die Karibiese See gepraat.

 

This 100% Christian town outside of Pretoria is home to 1,500 Boer and Afrikaner people – the descendants of white Dutch and Belgian settlers, who have lived on this land for the past three hundred years. 

My guide is Dannie de Beer – one of the 12 directors governing the Afrikaner Cultural Town of Kleinfontein. Dannie is wearing a South Tyrolean jacket – a sign of his appreciation for the small German-speaking autonomous region in Italy. He says that just like South Tyrol, Kleinfontein is an ethnic community, struggling to survive and preserve its culture and heritage. 

The "Besieged Fortress" 

The 800-hectare "shared block" property has its own restaurant, a shop and a bank, as well as school, home for the elderly, kindergarten and town hall, which also serves as a church. Kleinfontein is closed to outsiders. Every new resident is thoroughly interviewed by de Beer and other directors – people whose role is to be the "elders of the tribe." Even outside delivery and construction crews are allowed to enter the town only with permission from the board. If an owner wants to hire such a crew, management has to check first whether there are any local Boers that could do the job, and if that's the case, it may prohibit the strangers from getting the contract. 

According to Dannie de Beer such strict rules are in place because by letting someone else in to do their work, the community is risking its independence and power. 

 Nevertheless, there are many other reasons why Afrikaners are trying to live together and not let the outside world influence their lives, and, foremost among them is simply because they don't feel safe in today's South Africa. 
"Look at how many farmers are murdered in South Africa. " – says Dannie de Beer – "The majority of farmers in South Africa are still the Afrikaners, so it's my people – it is my uncle, it is my grandfather, it is people close to me that are under threat. Our language is under threat, our way of life is under threat, our culture is under threat, our religion is under threat." 
Land of the Forefathers 
Kleinfontein was founded in the early 1990s when a group of Boers purchased 10 hectares of land around a historic landmark, considered sacred by the Afrikaner people – the valley, where the 1900 battle for Donkerhoek took place. 
In this exact spot, - now marked by a memorial, 3,000 Boer warriors fought against 33,000 British soldiers. Both the British who died in that battle and the fallen Boer heroes were laid to rest here, in this valley. 

Kleinfontein is not the only Afrikaner community in South Africa. Its sister town of Orania is a two-hour drive away from here. Teams from both communities often gather to play rugby, as well as local games – jukskei and netball. 
Unlike Orania, which is known for its farming, the people of Kleinfontein export intellectual property and provide services required both inside and outside the community. They are engineers, builders, teachers and even surgeons. 

The town's engineers are currently building a one-megawatt solar power plant, which will make it possible to supply the community with clean energy. Another source of pride for Kleinfontein is the high-speed internet line. The connection relies on long-distance wireless technology and on the use of optic fibers. 
At the end of my tour Dannie dialed someone and asked the person in Afrikaans where the animals were seen this morning. He took me on a little "safari" right on the premises, so I could take pictures of Kleinfontein's wildlife. The town has its own nature reserve, and I got to see three out of 11 species roaming free right next to Afrikaner houses – zebras, the black wildebeest and the blesbuck. The locals live in harmony with nature and make sure that these animals are safe, keeping track of the population. 
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Dirkie Uys

1823 - 1838

Gesterf by die Slag van Italeni, Natal 11.4.1838

Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori 1

(Horatius, Odae iii 2.13) 

Nou ry ons deur die noue kloof! Pas op! Van alle kante spring die Impis van die Zuluhoof!

Ons's deur 'n gillende muur omring! Die Boere storm dwars deur die muur!

Ons mans is vry! Nee wag! Piet Uys. Moet nog die enge strik verduur! Hy keer die spiese met sy vuis! Sy metgeselle jaag nou weg! Nee! Een keer t'rug om Piet te help! Dis Dirk, sy seun, deur die muur t'rug gevleg 

Om sy sterwende pa se bloed te stelp! Die dood het Dirkie ingehol! Mag ons sy edele gees tog erf. Dis aangenaam en erevol. Vir volk en vaderland te sterf. 

Die hart van elke Boerekind Sal tril en beef van trots op Dirk! 'n Vreeslose jong en trougesind: Hy't die strooi uit ons volkssiel weggevurk!

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