Rapportryers, noun

Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, rapport despatch + ryers riders. See Stengel quotation 1990.
A service organization for Afrikaans men who are prominent in business and cultural affairs; as plural, its members collectively. Also attributive.
1960 E.G. Malherbe in H. Spottiswoode S. Afr.: Rd Ahead (1960) 148The Voortrekkers hived off from the Boy Scouts, and the Noodhulpliga hived off from the Red Cross, and latterly the Rapportryers are going to break away from Rotary.
1970 Cape Argus 3 Oct. 4A party which remains dominated by sectional organisations, the Broederbond and Rapportryers, both of which deny rights of membership to English-speaking South Africans.
1972 Sunday Times 8 Oct. 3The Broederbond’s concern about membership of the Rapportryers arises from the fact that the Rapportryers are one of the Bond’s front organisations and can be said to be controlled and dominated by the Broederbond.
1976 E. Prov. Herald 2 Oct. 6The Rapportryers, an organisation of hard-core Afrikaner nationalists whose object in life is to uphold and promote Afrikanerdom.
1980 Cape Times 18 Jan. 7The Federation of Rapportryers wants blacks excluded from any future constitutional development and believes that their needs are met through existing independent bantustan policy.
1981 Sunday Times 14 June (Mag. Sect.) 9If..Napier seems like the proverbial sleepy village, to its inhabitants it’s a humming hive of activity. If it’s not a Rapportryer evening, it’s the Women’s Agricultural Union afternoon.
1990 R. Stengel January Sun 150The Rapportryers, an organization of Afrikaner businessmen..are a kind of training ground for the Broederbond...In the Anglo-Boer War, there were thirty people who carried messages back and forth between commanders. They rode on horseback and ‘rapportryer’ is the word for the rider who carried these vital dispatches. The organization was founded to support business among Afrikaners.
1990 D. Van Heerden in Sunday Times 17 June 12The Broederbond..tried gamely to prepare its membership elite for the new South Africa...Its long-time front, the Rapportryers, diminished in influence as the rifts in Afrikanderdom grew bigger.
A service organization for Afrikaans men who are prominent in business and cultural affairs; as plural, its members collectively. Also attributive.

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