Scientology working its grift on a continent where it's the last thing they need - 2018-06-10
South African Scientologists are being pelted with news that the Advanced Org Africa will be opening soon. It could be true this time, but Scientology has been announcing the new AO for almost 10 years. The massive Castle Kyalami near Johannesburg was built in 1992 by Greek millionaire Demos Dinopoulos, who lived in it until 2001.
After the builder departed, the castle operated as a hotel until it was purchased by Scientology in 2008. It's a wacky Arthurian fantasy castle completely out of place in South Africa, but Scientology loves wacky castles. L. Ron Hubbard built one at Saint Hill, Cine Castle is home to a film studio at Gold Base, the Super Power building in Clearwater has Mediterranean Revival castle-like turrets, and several Ideal Orgs have elaborate arched entries, turrets or grand staircases. They remind one of Hubbard's unpublished book Excalibur, the precursor book to Dianetics. Arthurian themes are common in Scientology and each Ideal Orgs has a ceremonial longsword for special occasions.