In her address, Mrs Sheard made special mention of the donors, both local and others including the Owl House Foundation, the ATKV
and BASA (Business and Art South Africa) whose contributions had made the festival possible.
Certain organizations were generally benign--such as the Federasie van Afrikaanse Kultuurvereniginge (FAK) and the Afrikaanse Taal en Kultuurvereniging (ATKV
)--which sought to consolidate a version of Afrikaner heritage, codify and promote the language and foster a literary tradition.
The white speakers of Afrikaans thus obtained control over decisions about what was "acceptable", legitimate and authoritative Afrikaans (standard Afrikaans), and established its political power, with the co-operation of the Afrikaans churches, cultural bodies such as the ATKV
and the FAK, and Afrikaans dominated political parties.