About the SAVCC
The South African Vampyre Culture Center was founded on 23 January 2012 in order to create a more open, honest, to-the-point, public and free information resource referring to South African Vampyre culture, which has existed in this country for quite some time, albeit in the shadows.
Intended primarily for use by awakening or solitary Vampyres seeking the local community, the resource also caters for use by Shinai (Mundanes) and other non-Vampyres curious about Vampyre nature and Vampyre culture in South Africa.
While numerous international resources exist in a variety of languages (including English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Norwegian, Icelandic, Italian, Greek, and even Japanese) each of these resources frequently caters more for the geographically located community in which they are based, rather than for those from other parts who stumble across them and find it difficult to connect or understand the culture from a foreign perspective. Since our community and its community bodies have developed independently from external communities over time, it has also been an abiding consensus that the South African VC should be unique and South African – and proud of our ubiquitous diversity.
Building External Relations:
Our community views friendship as being vital to cooperation, development and growth, and as such we extend a hand of friendship to any and all individuals, communities, social groups and sub-cultures who express interest in interacting with us in friendly discourse, mutual projects and/or miscellaneous matters of support.
Dispelling Stereotypes & Propaganda By Means Of Education:
One of the main aims of this information resource is to refer seekers to the community, and also to dispel misconceptions maintained by Shinai – both hostile and ignorant alike – and general critics who are ignorant of Vampyres, what we are, what we do – what is true and what is false, in order to distinguish fact from fallacy, truth from propaganda – and to get a better picture of the ins and outs of our culture.
Another important aim of the Center is to provide educational material to seekers of enlightenment in order to encourage safe interaction and to limit the risks prevalent in “underground” communities or subcultures such as ours, which are largely the result of ignorance and manipulation at the hands of charlatans intent on taking advantage of positions of trust in such communities. As such, the Vampyre Academy, South African Vampyre Alliance (SAVA) and South African Vampyre community undertake to ascribe to accepted international norms pertaining to cult-awareness, and other community guidelines and safety standards.
Surveys And Statistics:
One of the functions of the Culture Center is to keep statistics and to archive results of various community surveys, in order to keep track of trends in our developing community. As such, we initiated The Vampyre & Vampyric Donor Focus Group Survey (VVDFGS):