“A GRAND OPENING WITH A DIFFERENCE”
Keynote Address at the Grand Opening of the Church of Scientology Johannesburg
Mr. David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board Religious Technology Center:
Let there be no doubt — it is truly my privilege to be here today. Because, unlike your Master of Ceremonies and other distinguished speakers, this is my first time on the continent and your great nation of South Africa.
In that regard, today also represents the fulfillment of a dream. Yes, your many executives have corresponded for years. So, too, have many South African Scientology dignitaries holding leadership positions around the world. And each one in turn has heard me say, "I can't wait to go to South Africa." And while the photo calendars and books, sent annually, can give me a "picture," while the steady supply of Roibos tea can give a "flavor," along with every Wilbur Smith book for the "history," I can assure you none are a replacement for the real thing.
But lest anyone think the motivation or dream was purely personal and it was in part, the real meaning behind it all is both the historic role you represent in the world of Scientology, and the greater one you play in the future of this planet.
For that reason it is my honor to address you, to walk in a land where L. Ron Hubbard laid so many milestones and on this, your milestone day. And for the greater meaning of just why this is a milestone day, in fact, an historic one, it follows from the history of Scientology in Africa.
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