By Reon Janse van Rensburg
“Look for what is good and noble in the past, and build the future on it” – Paul Kruger, former President of the Zuid-Afrikaanse Republiek of 1883 to 1900
Free, safe and prosperous! – We are here to #BuildToStay
Today is not just Paul Kruger’s birthday. It is not the day the rains will come, as superstition has it. Today is the day of planting in the knowledge that the rain will come and that there is hope for a free, safe and prosperous future!
The Solidarity Movement today hosted a summit for the future where, among other things, plans were announced that would take us up to 2030.
The summit, which focuses on planning and creating a future for the next generation of young Afrikaners and Afrikaans-speaking young people, provides answers to the questions young people are asking out of uncertainty and despair. The questions being asked are not strange questions, but questions that must be heard and for which the Solidarity Movement wants to offer answers.
“What are you doing?” This question is a question so many people – young and old – are asking right now while they feel alienated in a country where government is currently deciding their future on their behalf. However, it does not mean that we long for the past because we live for today, but we want to plan and work for the future.
It is a fact that there are obstacles and that many people are currently looking for other opportunities abroad, but that is precisely why the Solidarity Movement is developing a network which every person can join through institutions such as Solidarity’s NetWork of Work, AfriForum’s fight-and-build plan and through other institutions such as Helping Hand which is creating opportunity for young students through its Study Fund Centre. The network also includes world-class training and education institutions such as Akademia and Sol-Tech offering quality instruction in Afrikaans, and the Schools’ Support Centre with its 30 independent schools that will have been established in anchor towns in South Africa by 2030. And so one cannot but believe that where there is a will there is a way!
Flip Buys, chairperson of the Solidarity Movement, made a point of emphasising that the Movement’s plans consist of self-reliance and self-management.
“Plans should not depend on government but should depend on ourselves – otherwise it would merely be a wish list.” – Flip Buys, chairperson of the Solidarity Movement
While Flip Buys openly criticised government for the failures of the past 25 years, he also raises serious questions about why in 2019 countries that were previously much poorer than a previously thriving South Africa are in a much better economic position than South Africa. The unemployment rate of a small country like Mauritius has decreased by 65% over the past few years. Buys also mentioned that a poor country like Ethiopia is faring better than South Africa, pointing out that that country’s national airline is currently the best airline in Africa, while the once proud SAA is struggling. There is even talk of Ethiopian Airlines wanting to buy part of SAA.
Those countries also have problems, but the difference is that they are working on solutions. The South African government is doing the opposite by looking for problems where solutions exist.
The Solidarity Movement is part of this very solution and offers more through self-management and self-reliance, all of it without the help or interference from the state. The less government the better the solution!
Why are we doing what we are doing?
Perhaps you have children, or you care about children and young people, or you are worried about friends and family, or the children of fellow South Africans because you care and because we all form part of a community where there is a need to create a future in which our children can safely grow up and where they can create a future for themselves.
“The Afrikaner has a history of resilience. After each crisis the Afrikaner has bounced back. Will we be the first generation that does not bounce back? A generation that does not have a sense of calling? One that does not realise that the Lord has given us a specific task for a specific time and at a specific time?” – Dirk Hermann, Solidarity COO
The Solidarity NetWork must see to it that Solidarity’s community of members, the Afrikaner cultural community and the Afrikaans language community are free, safe and prosperous in the workplace.
Anyone who wants to work should be able to!
The 2030 plan in a nutshell
- The major challenge for Afrikaners is not their small numbers but their sparse distribution. Greater concentration is necessary. Thirty towns have been identified to which Afrikaners are moving in a natural way.
- Concentration in places and institutions is making it possible to come up with community solutions for schools, training, safety, work, culture, social and municipal services and much more.
- The Fourth Industrial Revolution and the resilience of Afrikaans young people will bring answers to questions for which answers were not available previously.
- Solidarity will continue to protect its members in general but will focus specifically on race bullies. It is envisaged to again make submissions to the UN. The new trend of false allegations of racism will be combatted.
- The lawful tax protest campaign, and also the fight against the abuse of pension money and the National Health Insurance, will be intensified.
- Working people are also going to be organised according to occupational guilds. Guilds are going to help young people to enter the market, to form networks, to help with training and to stand up for the interests of the occupation. By 2030 a huge network of occupational guilds will have been established around Solidarity.
- The Schools Support Centre with partners will have to ensure that there will still be world-class affordable Afrikaans education by 2030. AfriForum will help to protect the rights of schools. Projects such as Think or Sink promote the development of children’s critical thinking.
- Solidarity Youth is helping young people to be ready and prepared for entering the labour market and to be placed in the market. AfriForum Youth wants to counter alienation and offer a place where young people feel like first-class citizens.
- Akademia is going to expand its study centres countrywide and wants to accredit between 30 and 40 new degrees. A new campus to accommodate 6 000 students is going to be erected at a cost of more than R1,5 billion. The first students to attend lectures on campus will be able to do so on an interim campus as early as 2021.
- Sol-Tech already has 1 200 students in the various phases of training, providing for seven trades at this stage. A new campus and residences are going to be erected at a cost of R300 million. Sol-Tech is going to double its capacity and expand its training offering.
- These huge building projects will be undertaken by the new property development company, Kanton. Kanton is building living spaces for Afrikaans and is creating a partnership between culture and capital. Investors are going to get good cultural and financial returns.
- Safety is a major issue and will remain so until 2030. New technology is bringing new answers for safety. AfriForum is developing a comprehensive safety solution. By 2030, the number of neighbourhood watches is going to reach 200, and the number of registered neighbourhood watch members will grow to 20 000. A new security company is going to be established.
- By 2030 the number of Helping Hand branches will have increased from 150 to 190. Supporters are going to increase from 40 000 to 60 000. The number of Helping Hand shops will grow from 50 to 80. The number of social workers is going to increase from 10 to 30.
- Cultural confidence is critically important to the Solidarity Movement. In this regard the Federasie vir Afrikaanse Kultuurvereniginge (FAK) is playing a vital part. A balanced version of the Afrikaner’s history is presented. It is not being romanticised, but neither is it being criminalised.
- Sound race relations and mutual recognition and respect for each other are decisive. Reaching out to other communities such as the Nkandla community and co-operation with the Zulu king will be further expanded.
- S-leer is responsible for lifelong learning. It is putting people at the cutting edge of the knowledge wave. It is envisaged to offer a hundred courses in various skills by 2030.
- An amount of R8 billion will be mobilised in the next 10 years to finance all the major projects of the 2030 plan to stay right here.
- AfriForum’s environmental affairs is assuming responsibility to realise the right to a clean and healthy environment. This includes acting as watchdog for water quality and to assist with sewage purification works and refuse management.
- The plan is a community plan. The more community and the less state, the more freedom. Self-responsibility means the future is your responsibility. It is liberating.
- International liaison by the Solidarity Movement will be taken to a new level. Great success has been achieved in Europe, the USA and Australia during the past five years. The focus is on canvassing support and raising funds.
The Solidarity 2030 plan to stay is a community plan. All the institutions involved are merely vehicles. It is the community that has to drive those vehicles. The strength of the Solidarity Movement lies in being connected to one another.
This is why the Solidarity Movement is advising you to get involved at several levels and to contribute – even just a little bit. Be a volunteer, join, start your own patrol or neighbourhood watch with the assistance and training provided by AfriForum.
Other ways to become involved include establishing a study fund where you can guide the future of South Africa in the right direction, taking out a Virseker policy or investing your hard-earned money with Kanton.
You can be a friend or an ambassador! Recruit your friends, read Maroela Media and listen to your community radio station.
Take part in conversations, even if it is on social media. Criticise where it is necessary, but also give credit where it is due. Don’t throw mud, rather build bridges to other communities in South Africa. Learn to speak the language of fellow citizens and make a difference!
The Solidarity Movement is going to stay, but we are not going to keep quiet. We believe in autonomy and self-reliance. Our future need not be determined by the state, because the power of the community is stronger than the power of the state!
Join us in building a future where the Afrikaner cultural community and the Afrikaans language community are free, safe and prosperous. Let us build to stay!
SMS the word BOU to 34802 to help build a bright future for your children or visit the following link for more information – http://boufonds.solidariteit.co.za/bou-om-te-bly/