Message from the Chairman – April 2022

First the big news: as explained in our newsflash last week, the board, together with IT-Online, has decided to reintegrate My Office into shop-sa as of 1 May. To inject new ideas and focus, we have contracted Mrs. Hanlie Delport as COO. We are sure that with your support the association will continue to prosper.

The result of the 21/22 back-to-school survey will be released shortly, providing you, our members, with useful insights following the move back to the classroom.

April, with its many public holidays, caused serious disruptions for business. Add to this the fuel price hikes, the continuing war between Russia and the Ukraine, and the recent flooding in KZN and you have a recipe for negative numbers.

However, with the COVID-19 infections still at manageable levels, we have seen some return to “what was” before the pandemic – and we have several members participating in a consumer show early next month. The Hobby-X Expo is back at Kyalami, and we wish all our participating members a very good show! We will also be focussing on crafts and hobbies in May in our communication, and invite members to share news about products, workshops and other information on offer to crafters and hobbyists.

In May we also celebrate Mother’s Day, and we are looking for interesting gifting ideas that we can share with the market. With shop-sa bringing the magazine and newsletters back home, so to speak, there is also going to be changes in the format of the magazine and newsletters. As they say, watch this space!

 

 

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