Remembering Sandy Grant

Sandy Grant at Swaneng Hill School anniversary in 2014
Sandy Grant at Swaneng Hill School anniversary in 2014

Sandy Grant died over the weekend. You may not have heard of him: he was 83 when he died.

He had two points of contact with Maru-a-Pula (MaP): his son, Alex, did A levels here in 2009 and in 1969 Sandy Grant waged a vigorous and principled battle to stop MaP from being set up. Maybe those two actions appear contradictory: the fact is that Grant mellowed towards MaP over the years. He was much impressed with the part that Maitisong played in opening MaP to the community and this may have made him happy to send Alex here.

Grant’s objection to MaP in the late 1960s came from his distaste for the idea of an exclusive school in one of the world’s 10 poorest countries that would cater for the privileged few who could afford the fees. He was a typical member of the powerful socialist or communist movement of those times and hoped that the new country, Botswana, would, after independence, not entrench the elitist system of Britain or neighbouring apartheid South Africa but work for a more equal, socialist society.

Editor's Comment
Happy Independence!

We are 56 years old and what do we have to show for it? Looking at where Botswana started and where it is today, there are a lot of developments, but whether the developments match the number of years we have enjoyed as a country is a topic for another day.The fact that cannot be denied is we have seen major developments, but we are still lacking in several pertinent areas.Our beautiful country imports almost everything. We import fuel, food,...

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