South Africa Male
Aged 44 | Born 1974
About the Speaker
"I grew up in South Africa in a small town called Brits which was an Afrikaana type town about 60 k north of Pretoria. I am white Afrikaans. I work as a manager k in an international company based in Amsterdam, where I now live. My mother was a housewife. My father was an engineer and managed a business in town. I studied engineering. I grew up Christian, though don’t practice now. I very much associate myself with Dutch culture."
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About Brits, South Africa
Brits is a large town situated in a fertile, citrus, vegetable and grain-producing area that is irrigated by the waters of the Hartbeespoort Dam in North West Province of South Africa. It is close to the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality in Gauteng, which includes Pretoria, and it has the same dialling code as Pretoria. Mothotlung, Letlhabile, and Oukasie are the black townships, with Oukasie founded in 1931 being one of the oldest townships in South Africa. In addition to being a centre for agriculture, the town is home to several heavy industries. The town also plays an important role in the South African mining industry: 94% of South Africa’s platinum comes from the Rustenburg and Brits districts, which together produce more platinum than any other single area in the world.
South Africa is a multi-ethnic society encompassing a wide variety of cultures, languages, and religions. Its pluralistic makeup is reflected in the constitution’s recognition of 11 official languages, which is the fourth highest number in the world. Two of these languages are of European origin: Afrikaans developed from the Dutch of the early European settlers, also known as the Boers, and serves as the first language of most coloured and white South Africans; English reflects the legacy of British colonialism, and is commonly used in public and commercial life, though it is fourth-ranked as a spoken first language.
The interior of South Africa consists of a vast, in most places almost flat, plateau with an altitude of between 1,000 m (3,300 ft) and 2,100 m (6,900 ft). This plateau is surrounded by the Great Escarpment whose eastern, and highest, stretch is known as the Drakensberg.
About 80 percent of South Africans are of Sub-Saharan African ancestry, divided among a variety of ethnic groups speaking different African languages. The remaining population consists of Africa’s largest communities of European (White), Asian (Indian), and multiracial (Coloured) ancestry. In spite of its long history of violence, repression and segregation, the country is one of the few in Africa never to have had a coup d’état, and regular elections have been held for almost a century.