Looking Ahead with Thanks!

Friday, December 9th, 2011

The year 2011 is nearly done!

For some, it has been a very good year; for others – well, I’m sure they hope it won’t be repeated!

2012 has been forecast by many to be a very significant year, internationally, from a business point of view.  Some years back, I read a prophetic view by Robert Kiyosaki – the author of the Rich Dad, Poor Dad books – that 2012 would bring a worldwide, major financial collapse.  There have been a number of other such prophecies subsequently, basically confirming this view – most of which have been based on the imminent ‘coming-of-age’ of the so-called ‘baby boomers’ – the generation of post-second-world-war people who are now reaching retirement age, and who will be wanting their money!

When one reads of the growing problems faced by the European community, and not least, the spiralling debt problems in the USA, then it seems like 2012 could well be very challenging indeed.

Here in South Africa we have our own issues – not least of which is probably the highest official unemployment rate in the developing world – and something which I don’t believe is going to get better.  Certainly not as long as our labour laws, and the combative stance of the trade union movement (and the foolish posturing of certain political figures), continues to alienate both local and international investors.  Business confidence has been declining for some time now.

However, before you all start passing the revolver around, it’s not all doom and gloom.  Business is really what we make of it – it’s all about people; our needs, our dreams, our relationships.  South Africans have always been innovative and great at adapting to circumstances.  I do believe that next year we’re going to have to be ‘on our toes’, if we’re going to stay ahead. And, perhaps in the few weeks ahead – the time when traditionally we take a well-earned break from all our hard work – we can give thought to some of the things we can do to be at the cutting edge of our respective industries?

It would be a good time to review what’s happened, what’s missing, and what’s next! And then start writing down some plans of action for early in the year.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank my team for all they’ve accomplished this year – there would simply be no business if it wasn’t for them.  Then, on behalf of the team, I would like to thank all our clients and suppliers for their continued support.  It’s not just about what we are able do for each other – it’s also about what we have learned to mean to each other!

I trust that each and every one of you will have a blessed and peaceful holiday season – a time with family; a time to rest and a time to reflect – and I look forward to continuing in 2012, to make it the best year yet!