The Afrikaners are starving – pictures

Dutch, Flemish students visit Afrikaner squatter camp; foreign journalists increasingly interested in reporting on the growing ‘poor-white problem’ in South Africa…

AfrikanerPoor_SarieRossouw_starving to death Eagles Nest Squatter camp no food aid August 30 2010 — South Africa’s 3-million Afrikaners are in increasingly desperate straits, with nearly one-third now living in dismal squatter camps where they are denied government benefits, government food-aid and medical care –  and by law, are also denied access the job market…

Picture: Pretoria squatter camp resident Sarie Rossouw is slowly starving to death…

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Solidarity trade union’s charity Helping Hand said in a recent letter to SA President Jacob Zuma that without government subsidies and food-aid, many Afrikaners will start dying of starvation and poverty-related diseases – very soon. Reports of babies and elderly Afrikaners dying of malnutrition are alrady emerging this year, amongst others reported by Dutch investigative journalist Saskia Vredeveld in her documentary “Poor whites in South Africa’, filmed in Coronation Park near Johannesburg and screened on Dutch IKON-TV earlier this year.

Solidarity’s letter also includes a series of pictures taken of some of the more than 650,000 homeless, impoverished Afrikaners.

There is growing interest from abroad in the so-called ‘poor white’ problem. Dutch investigative journalist Saskia Vredeveld  and Australian photo-journalist Dean Saffron were only the latest of a long line of foreign journalists who have reported extensively from Afrikaner-poor camps this year. 

  And this month, a group of DutAfrikanerPoorWelcomeInnKrugersdorpSquatterCampPicPaulBennettFacebookch and Flemish students also visited the  Eagle’ s Nest-squatter camp in Pretoria North. They visited  the camp with its 100 poor residents and played a traditional Afrikaner sport called “Jukskei’ with the residents as part of the Dutch-South African Society youth-exchange programme. Dr Danie Langner, executive director of Helping Hand, said it was ‘very important for (foreign) students to be exposed to all the realities in South Africa, including the large number of Afrikaners who are now falling into permanent poverty and destitution. The students experienced at first hand the reality of the (more than 650,000) Afrikaners who have to survive without water, electricity or food-supplies each day. This squatter camp’s hundred residents live in horrific circumstances in which they are exposed to the elements each day”. The three-week visit by the Dutch-speaking students was sponsored by four universities, the Afrikaner League, the Afrikaans Language- and Cultural society, the Federation of Afrikaans Cultural Associations, Solidarity and the Foundation for the Empowerment of Afrikaans.  http://www.zuidafrikahuis.nl/node/28 

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Defenceless elderly Afrikaners slowly starving to death…

AfrikanerPoor_SarieRossouw_starving to death Eagles Nest Squatter camp no food aid

Above: Sarie Rossouw lives with her husband Hennie in a Pretoria squatter camp and is badly malnourished. She has only been visited once by a social worker this past year. Her frail husband Hennie, 70, tries to look after her as well as he can, but it’s difficult without health-care and no regular food supplies.

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Sixty-three percent of the residents in Pretoria’s 77 white squatter camps and tent-towns alone, are older than 60 years. There is only one social worker for every 4,000 South African resident. A total of 2,100 cases of dire poverty amongst whites are currently being investigated in the town Centurion by its Council for the Elderly. In Pretoria, an average 1,000 cases are reported of whites being abused and left uncared, in dismal conditions.  Yet the government’s National Youth Development Agency (the former Umsobomvu Youth Fund) still rules that disability benefits are not granted to such impoverished, elderly Afrikaners. The government’s social-welfare agencies also refuse to dispense food-stamps to destitute Afrikaners – even to the blind Mrs . Maria Schoeman, below:

Afrikaner poor Maria Schoeman elderly whites malnourished in

 

 

AfrikanerPoor_SquatterCampShacks Aug2010

Above: these squatter huts are occupied by whites – more than 96% are Afrikaans-speakers – writes Solidarity ‘s charity Helping Hand – which has 640 branches countrywide — to pres. Jacob Zuma. “Serious health problems are caused by the lack of water- and sanitation-services.”

 AfrikanerPoor More than 70 squatter camps with poor whites in Pretoria alone Aug2010

Above: For the first time since the 1930’s, poverty and homelessness has increased dramatically among white Afrikaans-speakers especially.  In greater Pretoria alone, there are more than 70 squatter camps for whites and countrywide, more than 640, housing more than 650,000 Afrikaners, reports HelpingHand.co.za charity. There are 3-million Afrikaners in South Africa.

 AfrikanerPoor Jurie_Susan Austin live in a pumphouse 2x2 Solidarity Helping Hand charity Pic Aug2010

Above: Jurie and Susan Austin live in a 2 X 2 m pump-house and beg on the streets to survive each day.

AfrikanerPoor Martin Venter Gert van Vuuren live underneath this tree Squatter camp Eagles Nest Pretoria

Above: Martin Venter and Gert van Vuuren live underneath this tree.

AfrikanerPoor Elsie Botha lives in a refitted watertank Eagles Nest Pretoria Helping Hand charity

 Above: Elsie Botha lives in this adapted water-tank.

Below: Australian photojournalist reports on Krugersdorp municipality’s attempt to forcibly-remove 400 Afrikaner squatter-camp residents to a black township:

Afrikaner Poor AustralianPhotog Dean Saffron Report 1  Afrikaner Poor AustralianPhotog Dean Saffron Report 2 Kruger Robert and Debbie

 http://www.newint.org/columns/essays/2010/01/01/afrikaners-hit-bottom/index.html

About Adriana Stuijt
Retired South African-Dutch journalist formerly Sunday Times Johannesburg

2 Responses to The Afrikaners are starving – pictures

  1. Dan-Mari says:

    I am wanting to start a charity project for these squatter camps in and around the Pretoria/Johannesburg are. I would appreciate if anyone can forward me details as to where exactly they are.

    • Ronel says:

      You can contact Solidarity’s Helping Hand. They are trying to help these people by supplying food and trying to get them jobs again. We are a handful of South African living in Dubai sending some clothing to try and help.

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