Dutch couple join Knysna mission

But are all blacks really all poor?

Theo and Jinke de Jong, a devout young Dutch couple, are selling up their handsome red-brick home in peaceful Friesland to move to a mission station where they will be administering to 13 poor black communities in Knysna.

The couple seem to have no previous experience in missionary work nor do they appear to know much about South Africa’s widely divergent, often clashing cultures: however they became inspired after attending a religious service in Leeuwarden by the mission’s Dutch fund-raisers Frans and Carly Alkema of the Immanuel Ministries.  The Alkema couple have also managed to greatly inspire the students at the local Lauwers College to raise more than €3.300 for the feeding-programme at the Oupad squatter camp – even though such poor black South Africans already receive large amounts of feeding-supplements, food-coupons and benefit payouts from the ANC-regime. At the same time the country’s estimated 800,000 (out of 3-million) poor Afrikaners are denied such benefits: also those living in the Eastern Cape area.  

OUpad squatter camp feeding programme for black children who already get food-aid from ANC regimeOUPAD

Picture left: Mr Frans Alkema takes his feeding tasks very seriously; right: the Oukamp squatter camp is also administered by the Immanuel Ministries.


Well-intentioned young couple:

However who am I, a mere mortal, to criticise this clearly very sincere young couple ‘s well-intentioned inspiration to dedicate the rest of their lives – and those of their two young sons – to this new enterprise and I do wish them the best of luck. Theo told the Friesland daily journalist Peter de Wit: “During the service God took me by the neck and said: ‘this is for you,’ said Theo in an interview in the FrieschDagblad daily.  They went on a three-month trip with the Alkema couple and travelled throughout ‘the thirteen squatter camps of Knysna’ and returned back totally overwhelmed by the ‘poverty and misery’. They came back full of plans for youth camps ‘to give youths a chance to develop themselves,’ said the couple.

‘ Wealthy of the World have their lush second homes in Knysna… ‘

Knysna was described by the couple as ‘the holiday resort where the ‘Wealthy of the World’ have their lush, second homes. The contrasts between those homes and the squatter camps really are very large’, he was quoted as saying.  Once the decision was made, the De Jong couple set to with a vengeance to make it all happen for them: first they renovated their present home in the semi-rural Frisian countryside and put it on the market for the comparatively low asking price of 274,000 Euros: a song for the overcrowded Dutch housing market. The house was put on sale since Advent: and within the first week three people have already viewed it. “We believe that this is all guided from Above,’ said Theo. “Although we realise we cannot put God before our cart. But we will be going to South Africa. The only question is not if – but when: as soon as we’ve sold the house.’

DeJong Friesland Immanuel Ministries Knysna Are all the ‘whites REALLY all rich’ and ‘all the blacks REALLY  all poor?”

Please note that despite claims above about all those ‘rich people in Knysna’ , there also are many poor Afrikaners who need food-aid, and moreover — unlike black South Africans – poor Afrikaners do not get any kind of food-aid from the ANC-regime nor any monthly benefit-payouts due to the so-named ‘black-economic-empowerment laws. In the George/Knysna region, Helpende Hand representative Ina Bekker can be contacted for more information: (tel 044) 874 2889 or 082 840 6138 inadeon@telkomsa.net to find out ways to also help the poor Afrikaners in the Eastern Cape region.

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Redes vir Afrikaner ellende: http://praag.co.za/menings-magazine-196/briewe-magazine-230/10014-redes-vir-afrikaner-ellende.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+praag+%28Pro-Afrikaanse+Aksiegroep%29

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

3 Responses to Dutch couple join Knysna mission

  1. wickedmike says:

    There is great disparity in Knysna but but no means are all blacks poor and all whites rich. Many fancy houses are holiday homes i.e. outsiders not locals. As for the abundance of white–owned B&B’s and guesthouses, occupancy rate is around 30% which means that many are so bonded they can’t truly be called owners.

    Majority of the jobs in town, from secretaries to shop clerks, are occupied by coloured and black people. Outside of Knysna, one could criticize and say but why isn’t there fair distribution of corporate jobs and ceos…but in Knysna those things are practically non-existent.

    And many people with jobs live in poor areas. A house may look poor on the outside but the inside is another story – quite bizarrely, DSTV dishes are a common site on roofs with squatter shacks in between.

    I don’t dispute poverty! I reckon that, overall, most people are unemployed and this results in a ton of issues…but i was merely adding to the issue and question in your blog.

    • Thank you for this insight into the situation in Knysna. Why are the majority of jobs in town occupied by coloured and black people? What you describe about people with jobs living in houses in poor areas which ‘look poor on the outside’ but have a great many expensive amenities inside, is a phenomenon which is also noticed in other parts of South Africa.

  2. wickedmike says:

    It works both ways. The majority of the population gets the majority of the jobs. Likewise, the majority of the population will be the majority of the unemployed.

    The only thing that will ever drag South Africa into a better place is millions more jobs. Unfortunately, the Recession continues to dig graves, especially in small towns such as ours.

    Nevertheless, we must try make things best as we can.

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