One of our eagle-eyes happened to be in a local printing shop around the corner from Joburg org and spotted this printing in progress – literally hot off the press!As a reminder, Ian Hammond is the ED of Joburg North. On the 19th February, we posted an article about Ian having personally raised a R2 Million bond against property owned by him which he had donated towards the purchase of a building for Joburg North. In this article, Ian 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!! “
That article can be viewed here.
3 months later, on the 20th May, we posted an update on this story “Joburg North ….going nowhere slowly”. An email had been sent out proudly announcing Ian & his wife Cristina as Gold Humanitarians. Not a word was said about the progress of the purchase of the building mentioned in February. That article can be seen here.
And now this. Platinum Humanitarians. And still no announcement of a building being purchased. It’s almost guaranteed the building Ian spoke of back in February has been sold to someone else by now. In the meantime, it’s been almost 5 months since Ian raised that bond which he is now repaying. It’s simply mind-boggling that there seems to be no end to lengths people will go to curry favour with “Command Intention”.
Another glaring outpoint is that the Continental Ideal Org (Joburg) org is having to out-source the printing of these certificates in the first place.
In 2011 when Joburg Org got it’s multi-million Rand face-lift, Dissem was fully kitted out with everything they needed to produce all the org’s printing needs, including posters, certificates, flyers, org magazines and the like. This included a plotter capable of printing up to A0. The value of this outfit was $18,700 (R180,000.00). Either they have run out of ink or the machinery is no longer in working order and they cannot afford to get it fixed/serviced. We suspect both.
The next time you receive an email headed “what your donations buy”, you are welcome to use the pic below in your reply: