n Historia - Nederlandse emigrante op Wonderfontein 1928-1969 - 'n suksesvolle mislukking onder die vaandel van stamverwantskaps- en ekonomiese motiewe

Volume 46, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0018-229X
  • Author E.S. Van Eeden
  • Source : Historia, Volume 46, Issue 1, May 2001, p. 54 - 91
  • Accreditation : Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)
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    The International Bibliography of Social Sciences (IBSS)



Die Wonderfontein immigrasieprojek in Suid-Afrika wat deur die Zuid-Afrika Stichting Moederland(ZASM) geïnisieer is, kan as suksesvol of as 'n mislukking geïnterpreteer word - afhangende van die wyse waarop die geskiedenis daarvan benader word. Individuele motiewe sedert Nederlanders se vestiging op Wonderfontein (Carletonville) in 1928 het hoofsaaklik die graad van betrokkenheid van die groepie Nederlanders bepaal. Finansiële entoesiasme en betrokkenheid in Wonderfontein van buitestaanders, hetsy die nedersetters of die ZASM, was 'n sleutelwoord tot die finale verkope van alle vorige eiendom in 1969.

Dutch emigrants on the farm Wonderfontein, 1928-1969: a successful failure under the banner of kinsman relations and economic motives The Wonderfontein immigration project in South Africa by the Dutch related company ZASM can be interpreted as a success or a failure - depending on the way the history of the Wonderfontein project is approached. Perhaps a failure regarding the original aim of developing an agricultural oriented community and economy. By being "involved" in Wonderfontein the financial outcome for the ZASM appears to have been a raving success because of the profits they made from selling land they obtained for much less. It is unlikely that a notion of preserving a kinsman relation played an important part in any vision or political motive that might have existed with Dutch or South African leaders or even the ZASM executive. Individual motives through the decades since Dutch settlement in Wonderfontein (Carletonville) in 1928, directed the degree of involvement. Financial enthusiasm was a key word in every aspect of Wonderfontein involvement up until the selling of the outstanding property in 1969.

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