Chairman’s message: January 2021

We hope that you had a peaceful and healthy festive season, despite all the restrictions. Being barred from visiting the beaches and purchasing alcohol during the main holiday season was a first in our country’s history.

The return to Level 3 means more hardship for many sectors of the economy, which has a knock-on effect on everyone.

shop-sa will try to assess how our industry is affected – especially by the delayed back-to-school season.

However, judging by global feedback, the stationery and office products industry is showing resilience – and in some markets even growth.
The second wave arrived with a vengeance and as expected the lockdown was extended.

shop-sa will keep you informed of developments in our weekly and monthly newsletters.

Please let us know if you are not on the mailing list. Contact Wendy on to be added.

Now, more than ever, it is important to stay safe and maintain all protocols in the workplace and at home.

Finally, in this issue we pay tribute to a doyen in our industry, Brian Taylor, who turned 80 in December and is still general manager at Forms Media Independent Africa in Johannesburg.

Hans Servas

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