On the 19th February we posted an article “Panic at Joburg North” about an email doing the rounds which can be seen here.
In this email, Ian Hammond (ED Joburg North) stated “We are at a turning point with the purchase of our Ideal Org building. We have reached the halfway mark with our fundraising. There are other interested parties in our building, putting offers in. We need to make a move and do it fast!!
So confident was Ian that the purchase of the property was an imminent event, he proudly announced that he had personally “raised a bond on some property for R2million for the Ideal Org campaign”.
Exactly 3 months later, it’s evident the “imminent” purchase of a building is still “at a turning point” – this is one seriously large corner – apparently with no purchase of a building in sight.
In the meantime, Ian has personally committed himself to a R2 Million bond, meaning he must be paying back this loan by now – out of his own pocket. You can be sure the Church is not making good on these payments.
In commemoration of Ian’s benevolence (some would call it foolishness), he and Cristina get to announce they are now Gold Humanitarians – with their own little poem to boot, including the line that “without Joburg North, Gauteng would be like a two-legged potjie” (for our overseas readers, this is a traditional cast-iron pot used to cook food over an open fire). What is this analogy even supposed to mean? We already have two failing Ideal Orgs – do we REALLY need another one thrown into the pot? (Sorry, couldn’t help the pun).
This would be funny if it wasn’t so sad. Poems about Potjies and Tricycles with two proud people all dressed up in traditional Nigerian garb – dress that is not even indigenous to South Africa – talk about a mixed message.
Despite the hoopla there remains no Joburg North building. How long people? How long do you trot along with this?