The Helpmekaar Movement

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Afrikaners’ historical self-empowerment – Ernst van Zyl

The South African political discourse revolves around poverty, inequality, and unemployment. While the narrative of state intervention is popular, history reveals Afrikaners’ self-empowerment initiatives. The Helpmekaar Movement, born in 1915, fostered community support and upliftment. Churches, women, and children contributed, laying foundations for institutions like Santam and ABSA. Despite economic challenges, a spirit of self-reliance thrived, inspiring cultural and economic progress, demonstrating the power of community-driven initiatives for prosperity.

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