The more than a hundred years of Greek presence in Bloemfontein should, once again, be divided into two periods with regard to their personal relations. As repeatedly pointed out in this study, throughout the first period (until the end of 1950s), when the community consisted of only about ten families, relations were excellent. Perhaps their indignation over the fact that arrogant Afrikaners made them feel like second-class citizens and their small population number caused them to develop such close bonds of friendship.
The beginning of the 1960s was characterised by the influx of new immigrants from Greece and the Community’s acquisition of the church, as well as the hall. The newcomers thirsted for work, but perhaps also for “get-rich-quick schemes”. Conflicts amongst the Community’s leaders during this period concerning who should lead should not be underestimated, as well as problems with a few inefficient priests and teachers.
Unfortunately, these were minor problems compared to information on the illegal activities of a very small group of Greeks in Bloemfontein, mainly pertaining to cases of receiving stolen goods. Nevertheless, only one Greek has ever been tried and convicted of a criminal offence in all these years.
Bloemfontein-born Greeks, who belong to the third and fourth generations of immigrants, are striving to find their own identity within Hellenism – so necessary in our modern, impersonal times. They are turning away from “old men vendettas” and are making a fresh start.