South Africa has 11 official languages making it impossible for the ANC government to properly support and service all of these diverse languages, communities and cultures via their national broadcaster.
Afrikaans is the 3rd most spoken language in South Africa after Zulu and Xhosa, with English being only 4th, yet the Afrikaans language, community and culture is receiving no direct government support and is being actively persecuted and removed by the government.
We started setting up an alternative media platform in Afrikaans, (web
, social media
, etc.), five years ago, using the Afrikaans name of the public broadcaster, "SAUK". As proof and an indication of the SA government's disregard for Afrikaans, they have not officially used the Afrikaans version of the name in two decades! Instead they use the English version, "SABC", even in Afrikaans broadcasts as can be seen in this pic ("nuus" is Afrikaans for "news"):
Unfortunately the Afrikaner Boer community in South Africa have been left behind and excluded for 25 years now, whilst all resources, assets and funding are diverted to the "previously disadvantaged" african majority. Government education officials have publicly stated they want to replace Afrikaans in schools and force them to adopt other languages. They have already removed it from most universities. Ironically, the KhoiSan, the oldest race known to man, also speak Afrikaans... but mainstream media underplay this.
As a result the afrikaner community do not have the fund or resources to donate to and fund their own platform - believe me we have tried. (Advertisers prefer English or the mass market African languages). (I have previously founded and run a mass market weekly newspaper in Xhosa and English in 1992, and had no problems finding corporate advertisers even though the distribution area was the townships of the Western Cape!)
As part of our path towards eventually broadcasting in the traditional sense, we would like to start a daily news bulletin on video to be distributed via a network of 100's of thousands. We have a studio lined up but need to get some equipment and also the required people. Once we have a steady reliable daily news offering, plus ancillary services, it will be easier to convince Afrikaans speaking people to switch off their TV and rather than pay a licence fee which all goes to funding other languages, to rather pay us a subscription. At the moment traditional government broadcasts are their only source of information, which does not bode well for the future of Afrikaans as these broadcasts have been systematically reduced, forcing them to switch to english or xhosa or zulu.
This GoFundMe is designed to get us going for about 3 months by which time we should be start being self sustainable with community and voluntary support.
Alternatively you can support us with a monthly amount via Patreon
or if in South Africa, with an EFT direct to:
Bank: Standard Bank
Acc. Number: 020934602
Branch: Carnival Mall 2042
In order to prevent government interference, we are based in Europe and plan to set up an NGO from here for this organisation as South African NGOs require 60% of donations to go to africans! We welcome any assistance & voluntary offers of help. Feel free to contact us via the contact us button above.
Help us preserve our language, heritage and culture!
THANK YOU (Baie Dankie)