Ok, so spare the firing squad. Archaic. But the parties must talk, jointly resolve their problems and chart a visionary path forward. In need, beetle up the coast to uMhlanga together and consume the UIP case study. In its entirety.
There’s a final group for a literary bullet. Bring out Corporate South Africa. Their ever-so-bright corporate colours sprouting from the muck. PEP, ABSA, Spar, Capitec, Shoprite, whoever the dickens owns Nasti, a long list of others. Do their leaders know about the filth of PSJ? Denigration of their brands, I say. Do they care a jot for PSJ and a thousand other little towns sprinkled across the continent? Or do they greedily gorge at the trough and giveth not? Gouging short-term corporate profits from afar they turn a blind eye to rural problems. Block their noses to the stench. Not good enough. Time for Corporate South Africa to extract hands from pockets and contribute to resolving local issues.
I fervently hope PSJ can rescue itself from the brink, for when it sparkles it is heaven. My life would be the poorer for its demise. Surely (all) those who live in PSJ share the sentiment. I look forward to next visit soon. Grahamstonians take heed.
Before moving back to Grahamstown in Oct 2017, Graeme was a bank executive based in the big smoke and craziness of Joburg. He has 20 years’ experience in the Payments Industry. He is a Chartered Accountant, has a Masters in Management by Research (MMR) from Wits Business School, and attended an Advanced Management Programme (AMP) offered by INSEAD (The Business School for the World!) in France.
Graeme is the founder of The Grahamstown Project. It’s simple. He says, “Grahamstown is a microcosm of South Africa. If we can’t get this place to function properly then the whole country is stuffed. Many of the troubles we experience as a country today have their roots here in Grahamstown. it is here where black and white people first engaged in conflict on the African continent. It is here where 9 wars of dispossession over 100 years took place and virtually destroyed the amaXhosa nation. But we are where we are. I don’t have a British passport and the boat-trip back to where my ancestors came from is exorbitantly expensive. Furthermore, this is my home. I am a son of Africa. We must work together to redress the injustices of the past and move as one into a brighter future.”
Graeme is an avid historian, writer, vlogger and public speaker. Like and follow the Facebook page. Join him on a tour. Contact him. He would love that.