Tragic and sad couple of weeks, building on a sad and tragic history

The sincere leadership, thoughts and actions expressed in the attached notices to be absorbed by all. My thoughts with Uyinene’s family. Their grief unimaginable. The country mourns with them and other victims of violence against women.

Remedial action required. In fact, a fresh and urgent path given the magnitude of the crisis. On many fronts, most keenly in our beliefs, attitudes and behaviours.

The Mayor, Mzukisi Mpahlwa, is leading a prayer service this morning at 11 in the City Hall.
At 12:30 the communities of Kingwood, The DSG and St Andrew’s walk and gather in solidarity at Oatlands Park.

It’s time for leadership. Not the fouled, mouldy, dirty-sock variety that excludes, divides and demonises. Starts with leadership of self and those close to us. Extends to the country and the world. Values-based, servant leadership to firmly, yet lovingly, guide us out of the dark and into the light.


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.