Monday in Grahamstown

The collective madness continues. Never in the history of humanity has so little destroyed so much. From the richest to the poorest, Covid-19 has touched us all.

While the affluent pick through the pieces of their former wealth, those (economically) less fortunate pick for pieces of bread to fill their tummies.

It’s at times like these when heroes emerge. While we continue to wait for heroes to emerge in the political sphere there are many in the community of Grahamstown who have responded to the needs of our people. My friends Given and Asakhe Faxi are such people.

Given is our partner looking after Oatlands Park. While the park remains clean and Given continues his work as a petrol attendant, he and Asakhe are feeding 40 people a day from the Soup Kitchen at their home in Joza Extension 10.
They are appealing for food donations and / or financial assistance.

The Farm Butchery (Adelaide) and The Grahamstown Project (partners in Buck in a Box) are donating a 25kg Box of Venison.

Country Fresh Foods has generously donated a R3,000 voucher every month for fruit and vegetables.

Thank you to Keith Morgan and Elke Stone, respectively. If others would like to make a contribution please contact me or Given directly on 072 118 5504.

Photo credits: Given Faxi.


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.