We have reported fairly extensively at this blog on the situation with African Ideal Orgs – both those that are “done” and those waiting to be done. There is so much about this entire program that doesn’t make sense and among these is the practice of buying really expensive buildings and then doing nothing with them for years while the renovation money is raised.
If, however, the money was put in a high earning interest account and left for 7 years it would probably earn enough to buy a building and pay for the renovations. But it’s always urgent and right now.
And to be clear this is not a South African oddity where we have somehow warped the highly workable international programme. This situation goes on all over the world. Here is one example: The future ideal org of Northumbria in the UK. Purchased 7 years ago for 1.5 Million Pounds it is today a ramshackle and rundown haven for squatters and drug dealers.
Had the Church instead invested that money in a fixed interest-bearing account, they would have over 2 Million Pounds by now. (That’s very close to the entire cost of buying and renovating Pretoria org).
Instead, not only did the Church waste money by purchasing the property when they didn’t have the money in hand to immediately renovate and open it, now it’s going to cost even more to fix thanks to the damage and deterioration it has suffered while standing empty for the last 7 years. But who cares – it’s not like the Church will be coughing up the money for the unnecessary extra expenditure – it’s all going to come out of parishioners pockets. As it always does.
This sounds awfully similar to what has happened in Bulawayo.
This was the subject of a recent article by the BBC. Yet another black-PR point against the Church brought about solely by their own property mismanagement. When (and if) they do finally open this org, they are going to have to do a lot of damage control among the locals who have already voiced a dim viewpoint of the Church.
You can read the full article here.