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A modern-day Groot Trek

Not on ox-wagons but with Range Rovers and Stuttaford Van Lines….

The country is experiencing the modern-day equivalent of the Groot Trek, but this time in reverse. And like the first one, which lasted from 1834-1838, the current one is also having a major effect on the country’s demographics, property and jobs market.

The Groot Trek, for those who slept their way through history at school, is a term for the mass movement of mainly Dutch-speaking inhabitants who felt strongly enough about British rule over the Cape colony, that they packed their earthly goods, which included wives, children and recently-freed slaves and headed into the northern wilderness in search of land over which they could establish control and destiny.

The first Groot Trek took these hardy Boers into the areas of the Free State, Northern Cape, Natal, Transvaal and even parts of Bechuanaland, which today forms part of Botswana, where they lived relatively peacefully, with only intermittent clashes with some of the indigenous people who were making their way down from upper Africa.

But the Groot Trek was nothing like the Calvinistic-crusade as our history books and the murals on the Voortrekker Monument portray. While many were certainly driven by religious imperatives, a lot of them were very naughty and free-spirited, as portrayed by Robin Binckes and his controversial book Canvass Under the Sky (2012). Much of early trade with the indigenous people, says Binckes, was for dagga and even female entertainment.

Discovery of diamonds

Indirectly, the Groot Trek led to the discovery of diamonds in the Kimberley area in 1867. And soon thereafter, gold at the Witwatersrand in 1881, which kick-started the mining and industrial revolution that was responsible for most of the economic expansion of the 20thcentury.

Admittedly, I am skipping out historical facts for which I could be attacked, but I am simply trying to make a point.

For most of the 20th century, the great wealth in South Africa was created on the back of the mining boom. If you wanted to become rich in SA during this time, you headed to the golden dumps of Johannesburg to make your fortune in mining, mining finance and the service industry which served this large and booming industry.

In 1970, for instance, South Africa was the top producer of gold in the world, producing more than 1 000 tons.

Those days also saw the expansion of Cape-based businesses into the thriving mining and commercial headquarters of the country, with Naspers, for instance opening the Beeld newspaper in 1974 to compete with the once-mighty Perskor.

Salaries and wages, and property prices were always lower or cheaper in the Cape than in Johannesburg. Cape Town wasn’t called Slaapstad for nothing. Hell, which city elsewhere in the country, nay the world, would build a super-highway which simply ends in the middle of the city unfinished to this day?

Or a city that would allow someone to build the three ugliest buildings ever – the so-called tampon towers – right in front of one of the most recognisable natural heritage sites the world has to offer, Table Mountain? Stellenbosch, on the other hand, was a university town renowned for its wine estates, fruit and the rugby players it produced under the coaching skills of legendary Danie Craven. But it did, throughout this period, produce a business giant in the form of Anton Rupert, who built Remgro and thereafter Richemont into world-class business enterprises.

That was then and this is now.

How things have changed.

In less than 20 years, the wheels of fortune have turned, and turned some more.

What started out as a steady trickle from about the year 2000 of people from Gauteng and other parts of the country moving down south, mostly to retire, has now turned into a full-blown raging torrent of well-to-do and skilled people moving to the Cape in general and the Western Cape in particular. This movement gained further impetus when the Democratic Alliance took over the political management of first Cape Town itself and later the whole of the province in 2009.

It is indisputable that in this period the municipalities of the Western Cape have been better and more skillfully managed with less corruption and wastage, than towns and cities in other parts of the country.

The other day I went onto the website of the Drakenstein municipality (Paarl) to enquire about registering a car in my name. There was an option to send an e-mail if you had more queries, which I did (and I included my cell number). I nearly fell off my chair when I received a phone call the same day from a very friendly official asking if everything had been sorted!

Imagine that happening in the great metropolis of Johannesburg where its centralised bureaucracy has become the modern-equivalent of root canal treatment without any anesthetics.

The rich South and poor North

The time has long gone where people mainly retired and then moved to the Cape. Now an ever-increasing number of young families with school-going children are moving down to Stellenbosch, Paarl, Somerset West and Cape Town itself.

There are all kinds of numbers being thrown around. I heard from someone (who heard from someone) that about 45 000 families settled in the formal areas of the Western Cape last year. Where these numbers come from, I don’t know – but there is certainly some merit in them.

And then there is the rumoured study that shows that within the next ten years, about 75% of all high-net-worth white people will be living in the Western Cape. I have tried hard to get a copy of this report but have been unsuccessful thus far.

Last year, Brenthurst Wealth held an investment seminar – together with Moneywebat the magnificent Val de Vie estate outside Paarl. More than 75% of the people present were ex-Gautengers.

Val de vie, which has just merged with Pearl Valley to become probably the largest single residential development in the country (bigger than Steyn City), is experiencing a modern-day gold rush for its available land, with record sales month after month. The most expensive stands on the so-called gentleman’s estate, ranging from R8 million to R12 million, were the ones to sell the fastest.

Despite sharp increases in the prices for land, and with very high building costs, most of the phases at Val de Vie are now sold out. And, as Martin Venter, chairman and founder of the estate told me, most of the heavy hitters are not foreigners but from Gauteng.

The same is happening in other parts of the Western Cape, with many developments selling out almost as soon as they’re launched. A new frail care centre being built next to De Zalze estate outside Stellenbosch has a waiting list of more than 140 people.

Many areas in the Western Cape come with a natural shortage of more land to develop, such as the Atlantic Seaboard.

Further inland the availability of land for development is hampered by very expensive and ever-scarcer farmland, used mainly in the production of wines and in certain areas wheat.

The average house price in the Western Cape is now 40% more expensive than average prices in Gauteng and other parts of the country, and the differential is getting bigger and bigger.

According to latest FNB residential property survey on home prices, the other eight provinces declined in the fourth quarter of 2016, not only in real terms but also in nominal terms, while prices in the Western Cape were up by more than 10%.

It is also the only province experiencing above-inflation home rental growth, according to Tenant Profile Network.

Other contributing factors

There are other factors too, I feel, that are contributing to this Great Rush to the South. The Internet is a major factor as more and more careers and jobs can be done via the Internet, which reduces the need to remain in one geographical area. You can live in the Western Cape and earn a living all over the world. As this trend increases, more and more people will choose their home based on other factors than simply the need to be close to an office.

The decline in the rand too has boosted this trend. At R7 and below, many people still consider emigrating to other countries with their families. At R14 to the USD this option has been reduced considerably for many people.

Five years ago, R50 million would have bought you just over $7.1 million. Today, it can only buy $3.5 million which, after paying a million or two for a suitable property to live in, does not leave much for living expenses. So, what are the alternatives? Semi-grating to the Cape, away from ANC-controlled and collapsing municipalities.

I speak to many other Gautengers who would like to move to the Cape, but when they realise the huge price differential between what they have now, and what they could get in the Cape, they shelve the idea. Others, however, bite the bullet and accept a reduction in home sizes as a price to pay to end up in the Cape.

How long can/will this trend continue?

This is difficult to say and at some stage, the trend will slow down, purely for statistical reasons. But I think this trend has some legs before it starts tapering off as those who could have moved have already done so. That’s why the Western Cape residential property market remains the only bright spot for local investors in what is a very gloomy rest of the country.

Magnus Heystek is investment strategist at Brenthurst Wealth. He can be reached at for ideas and suggestions



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well I wish them luck – the population of the City of Cape Town (not western cape) is FOUR MILLION!. IN 1986 IT WAS 880,000. the population of the “atlantic sea board” is 40,000 and FULL. there is a drought in w cape – with water running out in 90 days – come what may. it will take years for the damages of the drought to be over come. anyway the good news (not for me but my daughters who live in sydney) is that the house I bought for my ex-wife in edgmead for R40,000 in 1986 is now worth R1.5million!

Ah Robert – Never one to miss an opportunity to see the dark cloud in every silver lining… – Thought Magnus could do no wrong? Suppose Magnus had to find something to write about seeing that the Rand is a (slightly)stronger than he predicted it would be…

on the contrary – that house price has gone up 3750% in 30 years! so that’s good for my daughters (altho’ in aus$ becomes a year’s salary for each!)I was brought up in cape town and was climbing table mt at 15 yrs of age. was sailing most weekends – so yes cape town in my DNA! HOWEVER that does not stop me from seeing reality on what’s happening. just look at the sprawling shacks around cape town airport. as scouts we had to chop trees down to camp in that area- now – not a single tree to be seen.

Magnus and moi talk long term. yes the us$ has weakened not only against the sa rand but also aus$ – which annoys me as I have been moving funds into us$. I will take a rain check on this discussion until after your budget and this year’s rating decisions

Good for you Robert – A prince among men – May all the hardship you wish for SA return to you 10 fold.

Why do you take such an intense interest in a country you clearly hate.

I notice you mentioned an ex-wife, I wondered about that, you such a negative fellow you must have been hell to live with.

R40000 to R1.5 Million in 31 years is around 12.4% per annum compounded. Hardly amazing…

Indeed, he started with ONE house and 31 years later ended with ONE very old house. How is that a great investment?

Erm. You’re wrong Bob.

The population of Cape Town as measured by today’s measure in 1985 was 1,925,000 where in 2015 it was 3,660,000.

In 1985 the growth rate was 20%. This is not something new.

By comparison, Johannesburg was 3,446,000 in 1985 and was 9,399,000 in 2015.

Time to get over your move Bob. Comment on a Sydney site. You’re wasting your time here and just getting people to hate you.

Robert, you are a moron… CAGR my man, look it up.

Well, now that 2 of the 3 Gauteng Metros are in DA control and we can hope that the same will happen in 2 years when it’s national and provincial election time, the trend might stop, or even possibly reverse somewhat, sooner than expected.

I live in Joburg and I have not seen a single improvement since the DA came to power!
So I am not so sure about the DA being the knight in shining armour when it comes to running municipalities.
I voted for DA but I am not sure whether Mashaba can deliver. Anyways we’ll see by end Aug if after 1 year there has been an improvement BUT my gut feel tells me Mashaba will not deliver and just blame the ANC.

The DA has densified Cape Town (in particular the southern suburbs) as part of their Integrated Development Plan, with the purpose of getting more rates, and with social engineering thrown in….

Result is the worst traffic jams in SA, with roads built in the 1940’s having to cope with millions of newly-arrived cars. There is simply no space to widen roads.

The much-vaunted Integrated Rapid Transit System (MyCiti bus) is a joke. It merely provides better-than-taxi transport for informal settlements and has not alleviated the traffic nightmare one iota.

The dams have run out of water, due to mass migration into the City & surrounds, and don’t for a minute believe that it is just due to lack of rainfall…

The DA offer free electricity & water (up to a limit) to each and every qualifying shack/household, thus encouraging further influx.

22 years of rapid mass destruction is not going to be fixed in 6 months or 1 year.

It is not going to be possible in such a short time to change the mindset of corruption that anc has inculcated into it’s employees. It is obviously going to take longer.

The best that we can hope for is some demonstrable improvement before the 2019 general elections.

Have a little faith.

Trump and the UK Conservatives faces the same problem: 75 years of at first creeping socialism then rampant socialism will not be cured within even 2 government terms. The socialists will stop at nothing to prevent a success by Trump or May.

The tide is turning though.

Hey rock…………….just how has the DA densified CT?


The DA has allowed developers (such as Rawson Developers etc) to buy up free-standing houses in old, established leafy residential areas, and erect 7 storey monstrosities.

Where there were 4 to 6 houses, you now have 80 to 160 flatlets. There have been public outcries by existing residents in these areas, but they were laughed off publicly by the developers, who cited the City of Cape Town (DA) who is encouraging these types of developments.

Of course, getting 160 rates payments is a lot better for the DA than 4 rates payments from the original houses isn’t it?

Mashaba cannot reverse 22 years of ANC rot in one year.May not even do it in his first 5 year term.

Magnus, I had a good laugh at your description of the painful process to get a car registered by the Jo’burg authorities. I could almost feel the intense and drawn out pain.

Result – good capital growth in property values and better income growth.

Before 1994 black people worked at the Witwatersrand and went to the homelands during weekends and holidays. Now whites work in Johburg and move to their “homeland”, called the Western Cape, whenever they can afford to.

The interesting reality is that the ANC merely changed an apartheid system based on race, to an apartheid system based on ethics and efficiency. The ANC did not move their supporters out of the bantustan, they brought the bantustan (poverty,feudal system, inefficiencies and corruption) to all municipalities under their control. All of the country outside of the Western Cape is now a bantustan.

Maybe it is time for all to move out of the feudal mindset and support the DA or IFP for their free-market policies.

Excellent comment Sensei.

What needs to happen now is that the Western Cape must rapidly and thoroughly investigate the practical possibility of ceding from RSA.

Start with a strengths and weaknesses assessment then work from there


If the Zuma faction is successful in taking control of the Treasury, the Western Cape will have no choice but to cede from the hyper-inflationary disaster.

You probably mean the DA and UDM! Bantu Holomisa has a FAR better record for fighting corruption than Buthelezi can ever hope for! Read history!

Phew! That’s some journalism:

1. “There are all kinds of numbers being thrown around…”
2. “I heard from someone (who heard from someone)…”
3. “Where these numbers come from, I don’t know…”
4. “And then there is the rumoured study…”
5. “I have tried hard to get a copy of this report but have been unsuccessful thus far…”

And another one:

“don’t shoot the messenger”

just for you.

Phew! That’s some journalism:

1. “There are all kinds of numbers being thrown around…”
2. “I heard from someone (who heard from someone)…”
3. “Where these numbers come from, I don’t know…”
4. “And then there is the rumoured study…”
5. “I have tried hard to get a copy of this report…”

they came to CT thinking things would be better!!! How wrong they were – crappy weather, high crime rate, worst traffic in SA, vastly overpriced property, no water, overpriced public schools etc

….and don’t forget the traffic! Cape Town has been rated by TomTom as the most congested city in South Africa (and 47th in the world), whereas Jhb is ranked 77th in the world.

Properties are way overpriced and much smaller rand-for-rand than in other parts of SA.

Crime has “followed the money” to the WC….

Add to that the crappy employment prospects and pathetic remuneration compared to Gauteng, and one does wonder why people still flock to the WC….

Go back to eTOLLS and CRIME!

All that’s missing in CT are the summer thunder storms. There’s not a single “Beware for Your Safety” sign beside the roads like in Jhb/Pta. Many houses don’t even have a fence, let alone high walls, electric fences, alarm systems, etc
Crime (gang-related) is mostly rife on the Cape Flats – the rest like Fish Hoek is a sleepy village. Gauteng, no thanks, ANC local government, no thanks!

“Where these numbers come from, I don’t know – but there is certainly some merit in them.” – No Comment.


Rumours of a groot trek to CT is greatly exaggerated

Yes, many people move(d) there, but not in the numbers you heard from someone (from someone – – – )

Been there – done that – decided to rather spend my time mainly in Lnd and Jhb

Investment – good indeed – my Atlantic seaboard house stand open – not for sale but doubled in value.

But the superior attitude of the people – who have good qualifications, but sh.tty attitudes and no real experience make CT a dangerous place for business. More and more Londoners love the place but pity the lack of business acumen down there.

Experienced Gautengers can only succeed down there – unless caught up in the “we know better” attitude prevailing in CT.

All the big names living in CT do very little business down there – mostly global – I meet them on BA every week when they fly to London or EU

You seem to have property there – curious why you do not move there permanently. Your business is, after all, done mainly via computer and video conf and tel??

Anyway – I enjoyed your article and the (non)facts you quoted made for good reading.

Greetings – at least the weather must be better down there!!

Illphil your own attitude of “business is everything and everything is business” is why you do not fit here in CT.

Illphil your own attitude of “business is everything and everything is business” is why you cannot adapt here in CT.

not sure if this is your intention – but if you read your one liner response carefully, you will find that you agree with me about CT
I could not say it better – – thank you!

Wow ham – good job of completely missing the point and then reinforcing the point.
Slaapstad indeed.

I was travelling down to Cape Town late afternoon end of last week (for pleasure) and I was struck by the dominant profile of the passengers – white men aged 35-60, striped shirts and laptop laden. These were clearly the migrant labourers returning home from their week time jobs in the big city – what a price to pay…

it is a lifestyle choice and quality of life where you want to be. Gauteng is a work province not a living province. myself having a lock up and go town house for weekdays in gauteng and weekend and holidays back at home at the seaside. spending a hour in an airplane or hour on the road to work make no difference.

Water supply will continue to be a problem as the river systems are virtually exploited to capacity as things stand. The City of CT will have to start thinking about alternative sources. To just try to manage the consumption side is not a long term solution. If you want to market the city as a nice place to stay and a tourist attraction, green gardens are a plus – not wastage of water. Desalination of seawater?

Two points:
City of Joburg is changing, but it’ll take time to clean up the mess. An indicator: I messed up internet banking settings so utilities payments set for “pay at future date” did not go through for two months.

Phone call from Lewis at CoJ: We see that you have not paid for two months. Is there a problem we do not know about? Have your payments maybe gone to the wrong account? Do you need to dispute the amounts? If there’s another kind of problem, please let us know so we can work out a payment schedule.”

Then, when proof of payment was sent, Lewis replied: “Thank you, it is very much appreciated.”

It starts with these little things that cost nothing. He could easily have behaved the way they all do on debt collection calls.

Second, my mother has lived in Cape Town since 1980. Lovely place. Know my way around there. Love to visit. Unlikely I’ll want to live there, though. Snobbish, clique-y, unfriendly to foreigners from Gauteng (unless you have serious money). It was like that when I first went there in 1970 and it’s much the same now.

Emigrate or semi-grate, you soon find out how much of your discontent with life is inside you, irrespective of where you live.

Yeah I agree. The discontentment people feel in life, is inside them and they take it with them wherever they go. Relocation does hardly ever solves your own personal issues.

I moved to C.T from Jo’burg in 2006. I have never encountered the snobbish,cliquey etc because most of my neighbours are ‘foreigners’ including real ones from Australia!

This is a bit comical, though a lot of people have moved to CT but they instantly regret it and within a year or so moved back to where they came from. Reason being its not all roses and sunshine as they believed.

It is difficult to survive in CT nowadays, salaries & wages are really poor and not at all on scale and monthly expenses are soaring high. Not even to mention the property prices.

I’ve lived year for almost all my life and I truly love the place.

My advice – before making a considerable change to your lifestyle, just do a bit of homework.

the cape is nice to visit , but to live there is another story :
bad service in the restaurants
tundra vegetation
a LONG way from the bushveldt
wind that drives sand into every crack
the only friends one makes are not original capetonians
full of useless ”trustnicks” living on old money
IF the anc cabal abolishes the provincial system- there goes your efficiency

You forgot the traffic congestion…

If this is all it takes to get published on MoneyWeb then please provide me with the email address I can send my submission to.

What is this drivel?

This is an opinion piece that if uttered around a braai would have been shut down with a simple:
Not Magnus: “Where did you hear that?” *turns the snoek*
Magnus: “From a mate of a mate.” *sips overpriced wine*
Not Magnus: “So someone’s uninformed opinion?” *looks at the snoek and wishes it was steak*
Magnus: “Yes but it has merit.” *another sip of overpriced wine – wishing it was beer or vodka*
Not Magnus: “Ag hou op k*k praat. Everyoen likes the Cape until they are here and then they miss home. We left the cape for a good reason. That’s why this is my holiday home sure but nothing beats Pretoria in summer.” *resolves to never braai snoek again and dust off the Blue Bulls jersey in memory of Joost.
Magnus: *sips the last of the grape juice*

it is easy to get an article published- just advertise with the publishers in question LOL

I think Magnus leaves a lot of room for doubt…
Finding prime-property for rental in JNB is like the proverbial “hens-teeth”!
A more diverse working environment in JNB I have not found. Then again if you want to laager yourself then Cape Town is the place to be..
As for me, give me my Joeys and you keep your Cape Town!

the management being better in western cape compared to Gauteng is a misconception.

Gauteng is seeing 5 new cities being built, highways expanded, Gautrain and other crucial improvements in infrastructure.

Western cape is much the same. House prices are climbing due to lack of housing stock. This will result in property rates rising. Good for coffers bad for consumers.

On vehicle registrations, systems are fairly automated in Gauteng. Takes 5 minutes to do renewals at post office. Not sure what the case is in Western Cape. but noted that it was very professional of them to return your call.

What a waste of time and energy – a L-O-N-G article and a stream of insulting comments all about what constitutes HERD mentality. Like chasing the markets – by the time you hear something’s a good thing it’s too late.

The principle is simple – settle where YOU feel most comfortable and accept that others will probably feel differently about what your reasons are / were.

Reminds me of the packing for Perth trend and the inevitable trickle (flood?) back home.

This is a good story but I think SA needs to broaden it’s resources and invest in other provinces such as EC, Limpopo, North West and Free State. It’s time to tap new markets and grow the GDP of this country and not going to the obvious places.

The “green with envy” in these comments from Gauteng is palpable. Never mind, just dodge a pothole or two and feel better. For us, our daily walk on Hout Bay beach with our Labrador and Alaskan Malamute is worth more than gold (and certainly better than anything robertinsydney has to offer).

we all know about the crime rate in Hout Bay. A doccie was even made about it.

hout bay wld be LAST place I wld live in western cape!

hout bay wld be LAST place I wld live in western cape!

@jonty123 – didn’t know I was offering anything!!! there are lots of beautiful places in the world – most of which do not have the HIGHEST crime rates in the world attached to them!

Hout Bay residents are the laughing stock.

Back in the 80’s they proudly printed these tongue-in-cheek (well I hope they were) “Hout Bay passports”, in effect seceding from the rest of Apartheid South Africa. Pretty much the “snobbish” Cape Town attitude mentioned by another comment.

Then along came the squatters, who have filled the mountain slopes at the entrance to Hout Bay like a low-albedo avelanche. Your “pleasant” drive into Hout Bay includes the sights of freely roaming goats and cattle, prostitutes, delinquents and worse. Oh and the shacks are really as picturesque as depicted in those township art works on sale at the nearest robot.

A walk on Hout Bay Beach (as on most CT beaches) includes being sand blasted by the never-ending howling South Easter. Of course, Capetonians (original or new residents) don’t mention this when bragging about their over-priced seaside properties…

Yeah and to mention the squatter settlement oops “informal settlement”, just to ease your conscience!

CT is overpriced & overrated.Any property in the rain-shadow needs heavy maintenance.And rates are a cash-cow for the council.

People who stream into Cape Town from the Eastern Cape get their free electricity and plenty extra owing to their unwillingness to pay for it as a result of their illegal connections. Same applies to rates and water.

“The first Groot Trek took these hardy Boers into the areas of the Free State, Northern Cape, Natal, Transvaal and even parts of Bechuanaland, which today forms part of Botswana, where they lived relatively peacefully, with only intermittent clashes with some of the indigenous people who were making their way down from upper Africa.”

South Africa’s own terra nullius claim causally slipped into this article by Magnus. While there is little doubt based on linguistic evidence that South African blacks (apart from the Khoisan) moved south at some point, the idea that they happened to do so at exactly the same time as whites moved north, seems awfully convenient for the whites. It seems most historic evidence puts the move south as hundreds of years before white settlement, but regardless, the inclusion of this tidbit speaks volumes.

Yes. It’s an absolutely cr@p story that came out of the Afrikaner groot trekkers and their later offspring nationalists. Fabricated bullsh!t.

of course I am far too late for MAGNUS to notice this post … but what I would enjoy reading is an analysis that transposes the theme in this article with other macro themes – like for eg the high household debt levels.

I doubt all the movers to the WC are so well off that the differential in cost is irrelevant. so are people moving despite the costs ? what will happen in 20-30 years when these people are in retirement and poorer than they intended. and what are the corresponding stats for WC locals who traditionally have been less wealthy than those in JHB.

I guess my request is for a proper analysis of the personal wealth implications of this “groot trek”.


I truly think the one and most important aspect of this article is truly overlooked. just like Magnus stated in the article the “Groot trek” was mainly to escape the then Dutch oppression. The Trek Boers although split was in an identity, independents and self determination search, that led to the Transvaal and Orang Free state – Boer Republics.

Just as the exodus to the from the north to the “Cape Colony” today, this is again the main driving force, not a view of Table Mountain, or an overprices plot on the wine routes. This “trek” is definitely not about an address, but mostly a sense of belonging. The white “Gautengers” is currently a totally displaced and distanced society, with burglar-proof, 10ft high security, barbwire, CCTV , private security.

Distanced from the neighbours and the rest of the suburbs, with the only social outside connections the “braai buddy” coming over on Saturday for Rugby. The complexity of cultures, religions, race, and languages forcing the ordinary white person to always be “political correct” in his every day live. The constant bombardment of this “political correct” behaviour on the population, by employers, society,government, churches, schools, universities and Radio, TV and magazines has robbed the once proud identity of the white population.

As nationalism is starting to be more evident all over the world, – US election, Le Penn in France, a Right uprising in Germany, it is evident that people and in general want to associate with their own and protect their own. Its not to be racist, or self-centred on race, language or religion. But purely on the basis of patriotism, nationalism and association al based on respect for all people.

The minority is in longing for a place to belong again, within a social structure and environment. Gauteng do not offer this opportunities, yes we earn a living here, Braai behind the high walls, go to Loftus, Harties, and all, but its all for a mere distant memory of how it used to be. Living in the North is just not as it used to be – midnight window shopping in kerkstreet after a movie at Sterland, picnic at the union buildings, watch Pretoria lights from Ford Klapperkop, and a “kuier at Fountans”,and kids playing in the streets.

Its what is lost, the longing of how it used to be, – “TO BELONG”, that’s what make the “Modern Day Groot Trek”.

Disagree….Many Afrikaners are living wonderfully in Gauteng. There is no guarantee about their identity and safety in the Western Cape…if anything they are more at war with themselves there.
Assimilation and integration in Gauteng shows the way forward and I always look forward to meeting my fellow South African in the form of the Afrikaner…I speak their language and we need to reach out to each other rather then build artificial walls of shame…

Well you could always trek to Port Alfred on the Sunshine Coast. You’ll still get a mansion for a pittance. We have three shopping centres and a Woolies Food Hall, a fantastic hospital where you can have a knee or shoulder replaced; we have a Royal golf course; golden beaches that stretch for kilometres; an there is the amazing Royal Alfred Marina.
And you can still walk around at night, even after an evening at the movies – yes we get four latest movies each week and a there’s a fabulous Spur right opposit the cinemas.There’s only one traffic light in town and our roads are being paved with bricks. Kids here can ride around on their bikes and walk to and from school.
This place is a fisherman’s paradise – go out to sea or more than 20km up the Kowie River.
And it’s not a town of just old dodderers. 43 Air School has more than 200 plots in training and Stenden Hospitality University boats more than 200 students from all over the world.
Visitors who come here are always struck by how friendly the locals are.
If you really want to live a lot longer, head for the Eastern Cape and Port Alfred in particular.
‘Nuff said.

…been there seen that done that. Port Alfred is a dump . takes a year to repair a road washed away by rain, municipality run by thieves
thousands of empty stands at Traille estates that nobody wants to build on and cannot sell- restaurants suck.

Spur! …….Ugh

Been on holiday there once. Will never go back. The rap water stinks.

E.C. …the worst run ANC province with its people fleeing to the W.C.

Magnus, I fully agree with your article! Were you however not the winner of a free Ferrari given by the developers of Val de Vie for buying a property on the estate? Maybe this should be disclosed as it does slightly affect the objectivity of the article.

The Ferrari in question was a prize to be won by means of a public lucky-draw in front of a large audience and controlled by the auditors of Val de Vie. It was open to all buyers of the 60 units in the Polo Village of the greater Val de Vie development.
I made reference to the Ferrari in my draft article but it was left out in the published article.

also the fact that you recently purchased a V&A property! anyway I have no issues with your forward planning on finding a safe place to live out your lives. I myself over 30 years ago decided to relocate to what I believed wld be a safer place (sydney)- didn’t realise that we wld end up owning property in one of the most expensive real estate areas of the world (hong kong being #1). in America one can buy entry “survival communities” – have a look here –

“The average house price in the Western Cape is now 40% more expensive than average prices in Gauteng and other parts of the country, and the differential is getting bigger and bigger.”

In the southern suburbs of C.T. it is 100 to 150% higher than similar homes in the northern suburbs of Jo’burg.

I recently sold in Kenilworth. 90% of the interested parties were from Jo’burg. The buyer swapped the proceeds from his Dainfern mansion for my 3 bedroom cluster.

One of the most important reasons is that the GDP of the Western Cape is growing by 6% versus the 1% average for the whole country. W.C. exports to the rest of Africa mow exceed its exports to Europe.

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