Since opening it’s ideal doors in 2013, Pretoria org has made a valiant effort in keeping up the facade of a thriving and expanding Ideal Org. BIC published several reports which clearly revealed Pretoria to be in deep trouble long before it opened for business in its new location.
For those new to this blog, the links below will give you an idea of the history of Pretoria org.
Not that this should be surprising to anyone. Pretoria, like most orgs in South Africa, has been a small struggling concern for years.
As has been stated on this and many other blogs, the act of putting up huge lavish buildings and expecting formerly struggling orgs to suddenly expand and flourish is pure lunacy. But when you’re playing with other people’s money, anything goes.
Recent news would indicate nothing has changed for Pretoria.
Willem Jacobsz – the ED of Pretoria for many years – was sent to LA for “executive training” prior to Pretoria becoming an ideal org. This apprenticeship program is yet one more of DM’s hair-brained yet utterly failing schemes. Actual statistics worldwide indicate this has not made one iota of difference when it comes to expanding ideal orgs.
Certainly this was true for Joburg org who sent ED Albert De Beer and 4 of his execs to LA in 2011. These execs arrived back all bright-eyed and bushy tailed to expand their org and instead proceeded to violate virtually every Admin policy in existence. The result? Just two years later Joburg was the source of massive upheaval across the country resulting in OSA witch-hunts, instant SP declares (without comm-evs or any Justice Procedures being followed – covered in this article) and the top Sea Org CMO/CLO being removed from their posts overnight (covered in this article) .
And the reason for all this heavy ethics and massacre of old-timers, OT’s and long-standing Scientologists? Joburg org was in serious trouble with mounting debts, dissenting public and staff morale at an all-time low. Something drastic had to happen to halt the impending crash of the org. Of course being true to type, the REAL SP habitually selects the wrong target and so Joburg org lost it’s biggest support base overnight.
Back to Willem – the ED of Pretoria. BIC was recently informed Willem has been sent back to LA for further training. This is the acceptable truth version given to the staff. The actual truth is in all probability to address the issue of Pretoria org not doing so well (no surprise there) and Willem is getting his “SRA” (Severe Reality Adjustment). You can bet your bottom dollar that if he were in the Sea Org, he’d be headed for the RPF now.
For those not familiar with Willem and his family, here’s a little background:
Prior to Pretoria going ideal the org was really no larger than a small mission – situated in a house in the suburbs. Most staff had jobs during the day and only came on post at night – many on a part-time schedule only. The org never officially had separate DAY/FDN orgs – they were both mushed into one. From Joburg’s point of view, Pretoria was never considered a “serious org” – even in the Birthday Game they never posed a threat – none of the South African orgs did. Albert getting the trophy every year for Joburg winning the Bday Game was a bit of an inside joke.
And so, after Pretoria went Ideal Org in Feb 2013, the same “mushed up” schedule continued. But on the 18th February this year all that changed when the new CO CMO briefed Pretoria that the org was officially splitting into two orgs – Day and Foundation. (Perhaps this was done to cover up the orgs DM shut down). This probably didn’t go down too well with the staff who were used to the previous lackadaisical schedule.
In 2012 Pretoria org was in the throes of recruitment to man up their future ideal org. Both Willem’s wife (Marianna) and son (Thinus) joined staff. As Marianna had always been the breadwinner for the family, she could only be on post in the evenings – she holds the post of LC PTA. Their son Thinus was one of the GATII trainees sent off to flag to do his tech training for delivery in Pretoria. He was just 15 years old when he was recruited for staff and sent to Flag – another kid denied the right of completing his high-school education (never mind University or any other “wog” qualification). Joining SCN staff and working for a pittance in a job that will be utterly useless outside the confines of the church is “for the greater good”.
So we have dad Willem as the ED, Mum Marianna holding the post of LC and son Thinus the Word Clearer AND Course Supervisor of Pretoria org (as stated on his own facebook page).
Imagine our surprise when we received the following:
Now, we understand that English is not Thinus’ first language. However, everything he has studied in SCN has been in English. This chap did his GATII training at “the mecca of technical perfection”. One would assume it was RTC standard – as close to perfect as you can get (per DM claims). On his return he held the posts of Word Clearer AND Course Sup for over a year.
How many times has this guy read, M9’d or *rated materials with the word “qualification”? What about his Staff Status courses which involves going over the org-board with a fine tooth comb & supposedly clearing all the post definitions? This guy did the new Student Hat – twice over! And he’s been supervising the same course for more than a year now.
Yet he publicly announces that he’s now the Qualifucations secretary?
And then this:
So the “old” (LRH version) purif was not so good was it? Tech Degrades anyone? And as for the remark that this purif works deeper and better…… we’ll leave that up to our readers’ imaginations as to what this is supposed to mean.
And then this:
Thinus is the son of two Scientologists – obviously they haven’t been force-feeding him drugs or exposing him to other harmful toxins all his life. At the age of 17, he’s done the Purif twice? And the second time round took him 5 weeks to complete? There is something very, very wrong with this situation. Has anyone even tested the safety or effect of swallowing 5000 i.u. Niacin daily by a young body? What effect does this have on the liver that has to process these mega doses of Niacin and other vitamins?
As for the rest of Pretoria org, we were sent a couple of gems which we’d like to share:
First up, the DSA Pretoria Maurithius Meiring is going hell-for-leather on the Drug Free World and Youth for Human Rights campaigns. We have to give credit where it’s due – this guy is taking his mission seriously and seems to have pulled off some great products in these areas.
But then we see things like this:
The picture in the above post was taken off the official Scientology website and used to promote the event at Pretoria org.
It is actually a photo of Quando Jazz Fa Pop (When Jazz Goes Pop), performing at the Teatro Carcano in Milan and comes from an article about the United for Africa concert which took place in 2013 in Milan.
Pretoria Org have “pinched” the picture and used it to promote their own “How to prevent Xenophobia” event under the banner of Youth for Human Rights. Pinching a picture from your own group is one thing, but putting it under an entirely different banner for an entirely unrelated purpose is something else. The mixed message is a violation of the marketing & PR series – but who reads those these days? They’re old! Just like the “old” purif and the “old” Student Hat and all the other “old” technology that’s no longer valid.
And there’s that Xenophobia word again. This word is not mentioned in the YFHR booklet – this “problem” was a short-lived situation that reared it’s ugly head in April and is now over. So why is this problem still being “promoted”? Someone needs to be checked out on the Chaos Merchant policy. And this: “You get what you put your attention on”.
And talking of “pinching” pictures, here they go again with breach of trademark & copyright by using Justin Timberlake’s image for their Drug Free World fundraising dinner. We highly doubt that Mr. Timberlake or his promoters would have endorsed this.
And last but not least, this came from the Pretoria Ideal Org Facebook page:
In today’s world of having spell-check and grammar correction applications at your fingertips there is NO reason for this kind of shoddy penmanship. Whoever wrote this is obviously trying to make a point but it is totally lost when trying to read past the misspelling, weird positions of apostrophes and capitals Jumping Up In the Middle of Sentences.
It’s clear the person who wrote this hasn’t the foggiest clue about very basic English grammar rules. As a group claiming to have the ONLY workable study technology on the planet and the importance of not passing nor feeding anyone misunderstoods, this is just downright embarrassing.
We did have a chuckle at the Shermanspeak “moreover” slipped in there though.
If this is the calibre or literacy level of the best that Pretoria has to offer, then this org is headed for some serious trouble indeed.
Their knew Qualifucations’ secretary is going to have his work cut out for him.
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