Afrikaner Nationalist Town of Orania Continues to Expand

The remarkable Afrikaner nationalist settlement of Orania in South Africa continues to expand and will soon have the region’s leading shopping center, doctor’s surgery, dentist, and eye specialist—and there is no truth to an internet-based rumor that the town has been outlawed, according to an official spokesman.
The claim that the town has been “outlawed” was started on a blog called the “Diversity Times”—which said that a South African Supreme Court ruling had ordered the town to admit black residents.

“There has been no such court case, and no such ruling,” an Orania spokesman responded on Facebook. “The story is a total fabrication,” he continued, adding that there was in any event no “rule” in Orania about who could live there.

Furthermore, he said, it is illegal in terms of the South African constitution to have any sort of racial segregation, and the town adheres to the law of the land—meaning that there would never have been any basis for such a court case in the first place.

“The story is a malicious lie, put around by someone who seeks to undermine the progress Orania has recently made in becoming the beacon for Afrikaner survival,” the spokesman added.

Recent advances in the town, located in the center of South Africa in the Northern Cape, include the construction of the region’s first new shopping center, the creation of a doctor’s surgery, dentist practice, and optometrist for the growing number of residents of the town.

There are officially over 1,000 permanent residents in the town, although it continues to grow by a few dozen each month as increasing numbers of Afrikaners realize that Orania offers the only viable alternative to maintain their identity and culture in the face of mass demographic swamping.

Orania has grown dramatically over the last ten years, by more than 72 percent, and this exponential growth continues, according to the movement’s official blog.

“Orania’s growth is almost completely due to new arrivals, and not by natural reproduction, as the birth and death figures are relatively balanced. As far as the age spread goes, Orania looks very healthy,” the blog continued.

“There are enough children, but the largest group of people is to be found in the economically active ages of between 20 and 60. There are of course also elderly people present, but contrary to the outside perception, they are a small percentage when compared to the age profile of Afrikaners in general, or with other Western nations.”

The Orania blog added that there are more men than women—60 percent to 40 percent—which it says, is “not unusual for a pioneer community and a town whose core industries are agriculture and construction. As the service industries continue to grow, the gender balance will correct itself.”

As far as the surrounding area goes, the Orania blog pointed out, the demographics of the nearby farms are increasingly better due to the continuing process of urbanization which affects the colored population as well, as “mechanization has decreased the need for farm laborers.”

Nonetheless, the Orania blog adds, the demographics mean that the strategy of the Orania Movement must remain focused on building Orania into a small city, rather than trying to take over towns in the region. In this regard, the blog points out, the nearest small town of Strydenburg needs at least 3,000 Afrikaners in order to form a majority there.

“The ongoing purchase of farms is a strategy which is well worthwhile as they increasingly become depopulated and food security becomes an ever-more important issue,” the blog says, concluding by adding that Orania “already owns a large number of surrounding farms.”
A shortage of rental housing in Orania—caused by the dramatic growth in the town’s residents—has created an opportunity for developers, as can be seen in this range of ultra-modern houses being built in the Robyn Lane part of the town.
] New housing in Orania.
Orania’s “Stokkiesdraai Shopping Center and Adventure Park” has recently had its first on-site management meeting. In this picture, developer Sarel Roets consults with the shop-owners. Enterprises to be housed in the center include, among others, a blacksmith, a framing shop, a restaurant, a clothing shop, and a conference center.
Building work proceeds at the Stokkiesdraai Shopping Center and Adventure Park.
A model of the final construction of the Stokkiesdraai Shopping Center and Adventure Park.
Building work proceeds at the Stokkiesdraai Shopping Center and Adventure Park.
One of the classes at the Orania Akadamie (“Academy”) which uses a unique and in-house computer-based learning program which allows pupils to study at their own pace.
A class of the CVO-Skool Orania—part of a country-wide “Christian Own Education” schooling system set up after the end of white rule in 1994. This is a more traditional education system. CVO schools from around South Africa have their own national cultural and sporting events, at which pupils from all the schools can participate.
The Technical Center of one of Orania’s schools is currently under construction. Only Afrikaner labor is used in the town.
The official opening of the new Orania information center, built to cope with the hundreds of thousands of visitors the town attracts each year. Free guided tours are now offered from this center, which also serves as the head office of the Orania Movement.
The Orania Post Office.
Orania’s attractive location on the banks of the Orange River—the largest river in South Africa—has made it an ideal holiday location. The Orania resort is a modern chalet-style development.
A chalet at the Orania Resort.
The Orania resort.
One of the latest developments in Orania is the Ou-Karooplaas (“Old Karoo Farm”) shopping center, currently still under construction. Designed using a unique steel frame system, the shopping center will become a regional landmark.
 The building of the Ou-Karooplaas shopping center. Only Afrikaner labor is used.

The Ou-Karooplaas shopping center gets its roof—the view from the passing national road. Note the Orania flag flying from the roof, a tradition in South African building.
The existing shopping center in Orania.