Monday, December 8th, 2014

It’s almost the end of another year, which has blown by at a furious rate. (And I don’t think it’s just because I’m getting older either!) The global information overload which roars at us daily, seems to crowd out every ‘normal’ thought, and so it takes a great deal of effort to make time to park off, rest and gather one’s wits. I, for one, have found that I need to get away from the internet and switch my phone off from time to time, just so I can breathe again. Sometimes I’d like to recapture what it used to be like just 20 years ago!

Well, if things don’t improve at Eskom – and personally, I think we’re seeing the tip of the iceberg with the current load shedding – we may not have to worry about the internet and computers at all! I’ve tried to imagine my office working as I used to when I was an article clerk in the early 70’s – hand-operated adding machines, Kalamazoo cash books, columnar paper and lots of pencils and erasers! Eish! – Too horrible to contemplate!

If one thinks about the possible consequences of the national grid going down – which is certainly not out of the realms of probability (we almost had a stage 3 shut down on Saturday here in Montagu.) – it will apparently take weeks to come back on again. Can you imagine the chaos? And, there’re noticeably no comments coming from the erstwhile minister of energy – Ms Joemat-Petersen – or his royal showerheadedness, JZ, – on the matter. I have a sinking feeling the problem is a lot worse than we’re being led to believe!

This has been a tough year for many in business. The effects of all the protracted strike-action have also taken its toll and affected everyone.

Anyway, enough gloom!

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our clients and friends a very blessed and peaceful holiday season, and like you – I’m sure – let’s look forward to a much more prosperous and productive year in 2015.

Kind regards from our whole team