In 2009 a 54 page glossy magazine was produced to outline the strategy and planning for ideal orgs in Africa. This was titled “Ideal Organizations Africa Volume One”
In the first article written as a “Message from the Editor”, by Ken Krieger CO CLO AF several statements were made about Ideal Orgs.
“For the first time ever and in advance of the rest of the Scientology world, AFRICA is on the cusp of this momentous achievement – ALL ORGS BECOMING IDEAL ORGS!”
In the 4 years since this magazine was produced only one new Ideal Org has opened – Pretoria. All the others remain empty while desperate attempts are made to raise enough money to renovate. The statement that we are on the “cusp” therefore is tragically inaccurate. The word means “a point or pointed end” and is used here to mean we are very close.
With 6 more orgs to open it is plain to see how far from the cusp this operation is.
“We have purchased all our buildings – first continent done! We have all the space planning done! We have purchased the premises for our new Advanced Org the Kyalami Castle – first AO building purchased in over 25 years!”
This statement was shouted loudly at the time. Africa was the first continent to have purchased all Ideal Org buildings. Firstly it was inaccurate. Joburg North did not have a building purchased (and still does not). Secondly when this statement is viewed in 2013 we see that the only accomplishment here is that 6 buildings have been kept empty for an additional four years with an additional one completely demolished (Durban).
In the case of Port Elizabeth the field have asked for the building to be sold since it’s in the CBD which is run down and promises major parking problems.
When it comes to the AO building, the Castle on the Hill, the church found itself in the rather peculiar arrangement of paying the conferencing company tenant about R60,000 every time a Scientology event was held there. So the church would pay to hold an event in its own building.
“The Church of Scientology in Johannesburg North is also soon becoming an Ideal Org – the second one in Johannesburg.”
This statement contradicts the earlier statement that “all orgs are done”. Viewed in retrospect this statement is sad and untrue. There is still no building for Joburg North despite regular (almost weekly) fundraising events being held. The scandal as far as Joburg North goes is this: Although Pretoria Ideal Org opened in February it was horribly over budget and was not paid in full. Money being raised for Joburg North is being used to pay the shortfall in Pretoria
As with “cusp” the word “soon” is hopelessly misplaced.
“As you read through the pages of this magazine you will see what is being done to provide the executive structures of trained and competent personnel, how we are building our delivery resources for no-wait delivery of the entire bridge to Clear for every org in Africa….”
In 2005 Joburg org had 100+ staff – this went down to about 50 by 2009, picked up slightly in 2011/2012 and crashed again shortly after. As recently as August it was reported that on some mornings musters at Joburg org were being attended by 15 staff – and this is the “Continental, Ideal Org, Saint Hill Size Joburg Org”. And as for training, none of the 3 execs (HES, OES and PES) on post at Joburg org are fully hatted.
Being relatively young as an Ideal Org it is entirely possible that the staff situation at Pretoria is better than Joburg – but time will tell. Perhaps someone close to the action in Pretoria can give us an update.
As for the no-wait delivery: Not a single clear has been produced by any org in Africa since this bold statement was made. Yes, a few have been audited through NED who then went to an AO for CCRD at great expense. As of today not one org in Africa can produce a single clear.
It has become a characteristic of the Scientology system that there is always a big thing coming that will ensure planetary clearing or fast training or speed up the bridge. There is always the hope that the next big thing will resolve all ills. Ideal Orgs has been such a promise. It is the statements above viewed against the reality that has created such a great number of disillusioned Scientologists – far more than those on the “inside” realise.