An extraordinary morning in the Oatlands Park

Brimming with activity – 4 chaps exercising, Crosby on his morning litter-prowl, and the local herd feeding the compost. All set in the splendour of the freshly decorated Bins standing proud in a clean, lush park.

Thank you Gabby Richards, Juli-Anne Norton (Art Teachers) and the immensely talented SAC/DSG artists. Your creative flair and giving-spirit appreciated. Crosby describes your work, “The children were in our park yesterday. What they have done is beautiful.” I love the proteas and the Shweshwe prints, movingly apt for the Eastern Cape.

Happy Wednesday all, wherever you may be. If you around pop in and enjoy Oatlands Park.


PS. Crosby would appreciate a can of beans / chili-pilchards and a size 9 pair of shoes. His looking most tired. ❤️👍🏼🙏
PPS. Thank you Given Faxa and team – and all made possible by Makana Revive! Thank you Ron, Ingrid, Trustees and Contributors.
PPPS. Some photo credits to Gabby Richards. 🙏

St Andrew’s College
The Diocesan School for Girls – Senior School


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.