We are not really in anything remotely close to a consultative democracy and the leadership continues to make decisions at its own whims and fancies regardless of the consequences for others.
Sports administrators are hardly ever consulted when it comes to the location, design and utilisation of sports facilities in this country, for the most part. The authorities impose on themselves all wisdom and knowledge in respect of the requirements for our sports facilities only to provide the sportspeople with a woefully inadequate facility one occasion after another and no one seems bothered.
The decision to utilise the Grammar School Playing Field for the Agricultural Exhibition was not done in consultation with any of the sporting bodies that utilise this facility for a very wide variety of sporting activities. There were no discussions with the schools in the vicinity who also use the facility for the conduct of their physical education classes on an almost daily basis. The conclusion must be that the leadership does not perceive them as stakeholders in the Grammar School Playing Field.
It would have hurt no one in authority to take the time to dialogue with the stakeholders on this matter. Unfortunately, it appears that we live in a society where there are too many people clamouring to be ‘Chiefs’ and too few willing to be ‘Indians’.
Perhaps it is the government’s way of signalling to the aforementioned organisations and institutions that they are not of any significance in the broad scheme of things that is considered important to the national well being.
It is all a very pathetic state of affairs.
Of some concern to all of us must be the timing of the Agricultural Exhibition. We have been taught that it is always important for the left hand to know what the right hand is doing or chaos results. That may well be the most apt description of what has taken place. Here.