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An agreement between Afrikaner cultural separatist town Orania and a Xhosa community in the Eastern Cape aimed at promoting greater co-operation will be signed. File photo by Boxer Ngwenya

Northern Cape - An agreement between Afrikaner cultural separatist town Orania and a Xhosa community in the Eastern Cape aimed at promoting greater co-operation will be signed next week, Beeld reported.

The agreement hopes to encourage greater co-operation between communities wanting to be more independent, according to Jaco Kleynhans, spokesman for the Orania movement.

He told Beeld that the agreement with the Mnyameni community would involve co-operation in education, economics and agriculture.

The content of the agreement would be revealed when it was signed on December 11, by Carel Boshoff, president of the Orania movement, and chief Siphiwe Mdledle, Kleynhans said.

Mnyameni first approached Orania to discuss a possible agreement that would develop co-operation between the two communities.

Kleynhans said Orania had never intended to exist in isolation, and had always strived for good relationships with other communities and cultural groups.

“We'd like to establish a network of independent communities,” he said. - Sapa


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