- Jan 22, 2005
People of colour welcome in Orania, if willing to assimilate
https://www.enca.com/news/orania-says-black-people-can-live-there-if-they-assimilateORANIA - The eNCA election bus is in Orania in the Northern Cape.
The team spoke to residents of the controversial town on their public position and what they expect from this year's elections.
Orania officially opened its doors in 1996.
Their public position is that the town is formed to preserve the Afrikaner culture.
In a previous interview with eNCA, Orania Movement spokesperson James Kemp said anyone who is willing to integrate into that -- regardless of skin colour -- will be welcome in Orania.
Orania Movement CEO Pieter Krige said the town is the realisation of an old idea.
"This started in 1947 when the South African Bureau of Race Relations realised we have this tumultuous history in South Africa of a diversity of people living together.
"Many times there were struggles and fights, what we realised [is] the Afrikaner is also part of this."