+geocacher_coza Posted August 14, 2011 Share Posted August 14, 2011 (edited) This is in reference to my post in another thread. I have this concern that geocaching in South Africa, as we know it, is coming to an end. Gone are the days that someone could voice their opinion about the wonderful sport that we all enjoy. It seems like there are a select few that aggressively react to anything said and done that is not according to their own agenda. Speaking about agenda.... the select few I'm talking about is slowly but surely starting a takeover bid to ensure that their views and ways of doing things are the only ones that count. You just have to look at the replies to some of the treads in this forum to see that they oppose anything and anybody that is going to stand in their way. Even on Facebook they have taken over the Geocaching SA page. A while back someone started another forum page about geocaching for South Africa. He was quickly told that it is not needed and that the only site is the official one and that GOSA does not approve of it. Other people were silenced on the Facebook page by banning them from the page. Hardy a fair way of running the business. Below is the quote from the geocacher SA page. It seems like they think that their website that they will have must be the only one. I like the statement "represent Geocachers in South Africa and form part of the mechanism for GoSA - the legal entity of Geocachers of South Africa." The person that posted that statement forgot to say that it only represents a small portion of the cachers out there. Hello - Just to let you know that we will be setting up a website that will represent Geocachers in South Africa and form part of the mechanism for GoSA - the legal entity of Geocachers of South Africa. We needed to set up this legal entity for the MEGA Event, but we will not limit it to that. The main thing is to promote geocaching in South Africa and the MEGA will just be one of the tasks. Speaking about GOSA.... At first I thought it was a good idea. Then I started digging. Who are these people? Who appointed them? Did every member of geocaching community in South Africa get the chance to vote for representation? No I do not think so. Now they want to force this entity onto us! I feel that whoever signs the constitution should first have been nominated by the entire geocaching community and then we should have all had the opportunity to vote for our preferred candidates. This opportunity was not given to us. As someone else said in another thread, but the current format/purpose just does not seem plausable. I ask the question to this select few........ Why are you doing this? What is the real reason? Is it personal financial gain or is it just in your nature to bully and be in charge? Maybe I missed it but nowhere is the names of all the officials etc. Only one name is mentioned and that is of the Western Cape Representative. May I also asked how this person was voted into power? When asked questions on the GOSA thread the standard answer is-- "send me a PM" Then I have a problem with the following in the constitution. The selected few choose them self to be in all the positions of this organization so now they can decide who can become members as well! This is exactly what they doing with the facebook geocaching SA page. Worked themselves into the admin position and when someone gets to vocal against them he is out! Conditions and Criteria: The Board of Directors may determine the conditions and criteria for membership. Applications for membership that do not comply with such conditions and criteria may be refused by the Board of Directors. I'm sorry if I'm stepping on a few toes here but someone has to stand up and say something. I for one have had numerous emails from people that feel the same way as me but are not saying it in the open. Let's rather use our energy and do some constructive geocaching. Let's get geocaching back to a sport where the whole family can go out and enjoy a good find. Let's teach the fellow cachers the true meaning of geocaching! We have a beautiful country. We have place some of the best cache areas in the world but, no we choose to flood the areas with micros that mean nothing other than getting numbers up. I stand by my statement and if anybody would like to speak to me personally or get into a dialog about it feel free to send me a PM. Any abuse please keep it here on the tread so that the geocaching community can see what you made off... Edited August 14, 2011 by geocacher_coza Quote Link to comment
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