York has long been a place where people from all over
the world came to seek their fortune or aspire for
a better way of life. Whatever the circumstances or
reasons were, the United States became a home for
many people across the world, including South Africans.
arrival, many sought out their fellow South-Africans
amongst the unfamiliarity and enormity of a first
world country, with little success. Many people do
not know that a small percentage of South-Africans,
other than those from the government or business sector,
come from rural areas in SA and often from low-income
families or communities. A large majority come on
student scholarships, cultural exchange programs,
working agencies or on their own merit, seeking to
experience the global village, advance their education
or seek a better life.
there existed social groups for South-Africans in
the United States, it did not represent the cultural
diversity of the Rainbow Nation, only a small privilege
group with likeminded social, economical and financial
interest or status in society.
South-African Culture in New York Group was founded
by the emerging South-African author Deon
L. de Jongh who grew up on the Cape Flats
of a diverse South Africa. After having lived in New
York for many years, and returning to his native Cape
Town, he now help promote and giving back to other
South Africans in NY with a place and group they can
call "YeboLand! Home away from home." ...but
SA is where the heart will always be.