Afrikaners are descended from 17th century Dutch, German, and French settlers to South Africa. The word ‘Afrikaans’ in Dutch means African.
Their vernacular language Afrikaans is one of South Africa’s 11 official languages and a large section of the population speaks Afrikaans as either their first or second language. This language was once used for teaching in schools with many text books published in the language.
Afrikaans people are characterised by a deep love of the outdoors, and especially the activity of braaiing. Boerwors (Farmer’s sausage) is the favourite food to cook and eat at braais.