- White pioneers who highlight a ‘growing hatred’ against White people in South Africa seek to form Whites-only town
- Dubbed ‘The Eden Project’, it is planned for a remote 5,700 acre site in the Eastern Cape
- 167 families have already bought plots of land where up to 30,000 people could live
- Unapologetic leader says return to segregated living ‘is the only way to preserve Afrikaner culture’
- One prospective resident said: ‘Apartheid didn’t end, just reversed what we had before’
- Enclave plans two schools, administration block, rugby pitch and a hospital
- Project highlights the deep anti-white animus in South Africa more than two decades after end of apartheid
A sprawling ‘whites-only’ settlement dubbed ‘Project Eden’ is being set up on the edge of the South African desert by pioneers who are victims of anti-white discrimination & violence.
The community will house up to 30,000 residents and is modeled on the ‘Orania’ enclave where Afrikaners live apart from black people and even have their own currency.
Jacqui Gradwell, leader of the new area under construction cites ‘the murder of 88,000 Whites’ since the first free vote of 1994 as evidence of ‘a genocide against our people’.
A return to the old way – when whites and non-white South Africans lived apart – ‘is the only way to preserve Afrikaner culture’, he insists.
Pictured: The six children and 13 children of Joey Groenewald , who hope to live at The Eden Project.
Pictured: Purchased plots that have yet to be built on.
Pictured: Plots of land to be developed.
Gradwell claims that qualification to be part of Die Eden Projek – the Eden Project in Afrikaans – is based on race.
‘They must be White because all the murders and all the violence in this country is perpetrated by black people,’ the 55-year-old farmer says firmly without apology.
‘They must also be Christians and we intend to stick to that principle, we want to bring safety back to our own people.’
The married father-of-six, whose beard is styled on those worn by his early settler ancestors, receives multiple calls every day from White pioneers seeking refuge from South Africa’s political volatility, endemic corruption and high rates of violent crime.
He is convinced that the current level of violence will soon bring the ‘Rainbow Nation’ to the brink of civil war.
Pictured: With her fiancé Eberhard Oelmann, Joey Groenewald, a grandmother-of-13, will visit Eden for the first time this week and will be the first of what she hopes will be many family members to set up home among ‘people who share our culture and beliefs’.
Pictured: An undeveloped area near a lake.
Some prospective residents said they wanted to live in a Whites-only community because they were victims of violence.
Barry Kieser, 56, has been robbed at gunpoint 12 times in the last two years in what he believes is a ‘rising tide of hatred against Whites’ in South Africa.
Fearful for his safety, he is now planning a move to the new community.
Many prospective Eden pioneers closely monitor the deliberate targeting of the White population, via social media under a #StopWhiteGenocideInSA hashtag.
The purchase of the £400,000 site is being met by the purchase of shares by interested pioneers in a registered non-profit company. Those who move to Eden will have to construct their own homes, without relying on ‘black labour’.
The project will not be the first Whites-only community in South Africa – the town of Orania, which was set up after the end of apartheid, has its own currency, flag and a population of 1100.