Official names of South Africa The name "South Africa" is derived from the country's geographic location at the southern tip of Africa. Upon formation, the country was named the Union of South Africa in English, reflecting its origin from the unification of four formerly separate British colonies. Sincethe long form name in English has been the "Republic of South Africa".
South African farmer wants to move to Russia, change name to Ivan Published time: It is an attack on our people. His family is descended from French Huguenots, who settled in the Western Cape in the 17th century.
But for all acknowledgements of the white-led unfairness of apartheid, he says that the black majority rule means that he can barely consider the place he grew up a home.
But now, daily, there are protests. They break everything, set fire to hospitals and police stations. We used to live there in safety, but that was a different time. Today, that time is gone. He mentions the legislation passed by new South African government, led by President Cyril Ramaphosa, earlier this pledges to return lands owned by white farmers since the 17th century to the black population - without compensation.
Du Toit himself first left the country in to emigrate to France, his ancestral homeland, where he says he has been working in communications — but the pivotal moment in his life was when he met a Russian woman, Darya Vahrusheva, three years ago.
In the face of this commitment, the bureaucratic barrier seems trivial — the lack of a legal document that shows that du Toit has no criminal record.
So far, efforts to contact the South African authorities through letters have been met with no response.
Now, du Toit hopes that attention from Russia, South Africa, or maybe an NGO — he has already been helped by some Christian organizations, with which he connected on the basis of his avowed faith — will transform his fate.
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“The hostility, the injustice I’m living through, it is to do with the South African government. It is an attack on our people. They don’t want us to feel comfortable in our own country.
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