or email me at Graeme@TheGrahamstownProject.com for enquiries. The tour includes the Egazini Battle Memorial Garden (Battle of Grahamstown, 22 April 1819) and St Philips Church which I visited last month with Dr Marguerite Poland**. A video – a gem including Marguerite interview – to be released in time.Grahamstown may be under siege but it remains historically and culturally significant in the context of modern South Africa. It is here – on the streets and in the hills I walk most days – that the seeds of SA’s present day problems (read Poverty, Land Expropriation without Compensation etc) were sown. The Zuma et al kleptocracy*** will be proffered by the High-Horse brigade as cause (brings my blood to boil too) but I’m afraid +200-years of colonialism / apartheid trumps the ills of recent history by some margin.
I urge all to remain steadfast. Pray and work for good governance and water. Come to Grahamstown to experience it for yourself. It is – despite the siege – a place of magic. And to locals on the West side not acquainted with Grahamstown East, take a drive across the Amatyana stream to experience the real drama.
* Google search Sarah (Saartjie) Baartman. Horrifying.
** Google search Dr Marguerite Poland. Delightful.
*** No need for Google. A broad, multi-cultural, multi-racial gang of thieves. Dreadful.
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.