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Boers, a nationality in South Africa. In the main, they are descendants of 17th-century Dutch settlers; their origins can also be traced to French and German colonists. They live primarily in provinces of the Republic of South Africa—Transvaal, the Cape, and the Orange Free State—and also in Namibia and Southern Rhodesia. They total about 2.5 million (1965); their language is Afrikaans.

Most Afrikaners belong to the Dutch Reformed Church. They reside on individual farms and engage mainly in farming and raising livestock. Since the early 20th century a process of material and social stratification has intensified among the Afrikaners. Large farmers have plantations with dozens and hundreds of African laborers. Strict patriarchal Puritan traditions have been maintained in the families of the farmers. An Afrikaner industrial and commercial bourgeoisie has been forming in the cities. The reactionary Nationalist Party, which holds power in the Republic of South Africa at the present time, finds its chief support in the Afrikaner bourgeoisie of the city and countryside. It carries out a policy of racial discrimination and segregation with respect to Africans, Indians, and those of mixed ancestry.


Narody Afriki. Moscow, 1954.
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Once the appropriate analyses and risk assessments have been undertaken, the counsellee may be offered a molecular genetic test, including testing for the Afrikaner founder mutations as a first-line testing option (prices range from approximately ZAR1 600 to ZAR3 500).
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Today the empowerment of the Afrikaner is complete.
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By Boshoff's reckoning, exploiting blacks to build their society was the critical mistake the Afrikaners made.
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Tijdens de Anglo-Boerenoorlog hadden de Afrikaners uit noord (de voormalige Boerenrepublieken Transvaal en Oranje-Vrijstaat) en zuid (Kaapkolonie) ervaren dat ze, hoewel ze ver uit elkaar woonden en door staatkundige grenzen van elkaar werden gescheiden, toch tot een en dezelfde natie behoorden.
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This migration of Dutch colonists, who would later become known as Afrikaners, from the British-ruled Cape Colony to the interior of South Africa had been driven by political and economic factors.
This is the last bastion of apartheid, a settlement where 800 proud Afrikaners have turned their backs on today's South Africa to keep racial segregation alive.
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