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Having been married to someone who was half Afrikaans, half English (not just English-speaking, but English-English) — and who grew up in one of the most right-wing areas of the country — I can attest to the fact that the divide can be a big one.
Culture is blurring so much today that in many respects he was much more like an Afrikaner than the stereotypical blue-light-under-the-car-an-all character portrayed by comedians; if anything, the major obstacle to be overcome was the fact that he drove a double cab, and I have hated double cabs and their drivers, on principle, for eons. I sometimes wonder whether the gulf between English- and Afrikaans-speaking South Africans is wider than it is between individuals of different race groups.
But generally — and I speak from experience — it’s not something that attracts the kind of hostility it might have even 10 years ago.
My first foray into interracial dating was a while before that, with an Iranian — yes, I know Iranians are the original Aryans — who told me his family had made sure they’d be classified white before they moved here during the 80s.
If you can’t handle your other half working long hours or loving the office more than you, forget it.
This has probably destroyed more relationships than any other factor except, possibly, money. I know of a marriage that ended for exactly this reason.
Could you stay married to someone who disagreed fundamentally with you on pretty much everything, or who expressed views you found distasteful? There are probably a hundred more factors, but race isn’t the be all and end all that it once was.