PR Series 10-1: PRO Area Control:
“The extent of one’s PRO area control can be measured at once by counting up the points one is not controlling from the company or org viewpoint and the points one IS controlling.”
Joburg Org – the continental headquarters of Scientology in Africa, has been situated in it’s ideal premises in the suburb of Kensington since November 2003.
For a brief period before and after Joburg reached St Hill size in 2005, the org was involved in many community activities – Drug Free marches and other 3D campaigns were active – VM’s, WTH, Gung-Ho groups etc. The field & org staff had a great sense of camaraderie and enthusiasm in undertaking these projects. At that time, the church was recognised and appreciated for the role it took in community development and betterment.
But it was not to last.
As has been reported previously, by the time the basics were launched in 2007, Joburg org was all but bankrupt – both financially and terms of support from the field who were running for cover from the relentless regging and never-ending fundraising. With the emphasis on money, money and more money the community projects died a natural death. For the field, the org became an unfriendly place to be if one was not willing to constantly part with heaps of money.
By 2010 Joburg org’s community involvement had come to a standstill. Not only that, but they had seriously blotted their copy book with key community OL’s. The annual Kensington Spring Fair organizers were scathing of the Church for demanding they be allowed to book a stand at the fair at the last minute – year in and year out. Vicky Sampson – famous South African entertainer who personally performed her beautiful rendition of “My African Dream” at the 2003 opening was so badly handled by Church management she forbade the church from playing her music (not that this was ever heeded by the Church who continues playing the song she sang at the opening with arrogant impunity). Carol Milner, Joburg City Councillor who spoke at the 2003 opening event also ended up at loggerheads with church management for constant violation of building codes during renovations of the SO berthing. A Way to Happiness project involving local police stations around Kensington & Joburg ended in utter disaster with misappropriation of funds, 1000’s of booklets (paid for by parishioners) being dumped and TV’s placed in Police Stations for looping WTH announcements either destroyed, stolen or purloined for some other purpose. The VM cavalcades folded their tents and disappeared years ago. CCHR is non-existent. Criminon is hanging on by a thread. Narconon Joburg closed it doors years ago and despite rumours about new premises being bought miles away from Joburg org, nothing much seems to be happening on this front either.
Some excerpts from PR Series 41 “Creating Overwhelming Popularity”:
“PR is totally built on ARC” …… “A favourable operating climate in which a Scientology organization can exist and expand is something you have to work for. It is not a passive thing which simply exists – that you are there has nothing guaranteed about at all. Simply being there is no guarantee of success. The organization has to add reality and affinity and then it can be there and communicate and raise its ARC with the environment out the roof.”
“One has to find out what would make the org valuable to the local community. This brings us to the subject of exchange. What does an organization offer the town or country? There must be a high value in having an organization there. And it must be a truth.”
With the above in mind, it would stand to reason that Joburg org (or any org for that matter) would be hard at work in (a) safeguarding & improving the environment in which it is operating and (b) exchanging with the community. This is, after all one of the tenets of WTH and any org worth its salt should be able to prove that they are actively doing this. If the church claims to have “the only road out” and to be in possession of “the only workable solution for mankind’s ills” then surely they should be able to show at least some improvement in the immediate surrounds of an org after 12 years of being in the area?
So let’s take a look at how Joburg org is doing in terms of it’s PRO Area Control:
With the org heavily promoting its “good works” such as hundred of thousands of WTH booklets distributed, drug-free programs hosted and other community projects they’ve been involved in, one would minimally expect a decrease in crime and an increase in moral standards in the area.
The following graphs from Crime Stats South Africa show the crime statistics in the three police precincts immediately surrounding Joburg Org (Cleveland, Jeppe & Bedfordview). These are for the last 3 years.
We selected the above 3 crimes specifically as they are all supposed to be “handled” using Scientology programs – Drug Free World, Way to Happiness, Criminon and Narconon.
12 years on and it seems Joburg org has made ZERO impact whatsoever in establishing a safe environment for SCN to expand in Joburg – let alone the rest of the country or Africa for that matter.
Next up: It is a well known fact that the church is notorious for its fixation on the subject of SEX. Thousands of Sea Org staff hit the RPF because of it. Masturbation is a BIG no-no in the Sea Org – as is heavy petting or any other kind of sexual activity if one is not married. As a result, divorce & remarriage within the SO is rampant. OT levels are denied because of perceived “sexually perverted conduct”. Homosexuality is heavily frowned upon and anyone so engaged is deemed a miscreant by the church (regardless of their “PR” to the contrary). The famed Joburg sec-check is peppered with 2D questions – including the now utterly defunct issue of multi-racial relationships. Staff and SO are expected to offer up every sexual act they’ve engaged in since birth in life histories – these are kept on file and ARE used against one – executive or HCO & CMO posts are denied for those deemed to be “promiscuous”. And if you speak out against the church, that life history can and in many cases has been publicized by the church. The list goes on.
Bearing the church’s stance on this subject, it was with some shock when in 2011 a rather small, discreet sex shop called “Pleasuredome” opened just down the road from Joburg org. This was cause for much consternation and at the time mutterings were made (particularly by then LC JBG Sandra de Beer) about organising some kind of activity to rail against this most unwelcome incursion of depravity into the org’s area. This of course went nowhere as the org was utterly preoccupied with its MAIN activity – fundraising.
It was with some amusement then that we received the following photographs from one of our BIC correspondents:
Yep, just 350 meters down the road from Joburg org, there are now TWO sex-shops open for business – literally across the road from each other.
In the last few weeks, Luv Land (formerly a large video store) opened its doors for business. Our correspondent did a little legwork in the area and spoke to some locals – all of them report this establishment offers both products as well as “services”. As can be seen from the sheer size of the premises, this would certainly seem to be an “ideal” sex shop.
And to add insult to injury, just down the road in Bez Valley (3 kms from the org) is yet another popular sex shop which has now expanded its business to an online shop offering courier & postal deliveries throughout South Africa.
And there you have it.
To end, we leave you with this:
PR Series 11R:
PR AREA CONTROL – THREE GRADES OF PR
There are the three grades of PR:
Perfect PR: GOOD WORKS WELL PUBLICIZED
Inadequate PR: GOOD WORKS WHICH SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES.
Enemy PR: BAD WORKS FALSELY PUBLICIZED.