shop-sa held its AGM via Zoom on 28 October 2020, due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Chairman Hans Servas opened the meeting with a welcome, apologies and confirmation of last year’s minutes.
He outlined the achievements of the association during the challenging Covid-19 and Level 5 lockdown that ensued. The stationery industry was hard-hit until Level 3, as it was not classified as “essential”.
Achievements in this period included:
- How to access UIF funding
- Solidarity funding
- Labour matters
- No work, no pay
- An attempt to lobby Government to change stationery to an essential category
- The first Industry Survey in June, dealing with the effects of Covid-19
- An in-depth Webinar hosted in conjunction with Labour Net to answer questions, of which there were many
- On-going up-dates on the do’s and don’ts during the different levels were published
Finances of shop-sa also took strain, with reduced income; a large drop in advertising revenue versus increased expenses; a potential SARS debt as well as the writing off of unpaid Membership fees resulted in funds dropping accordingly.
This year’s OPI report was put on hold due to to the effects of Covid-19 on the statistics acquired by OPI. When the revised report is available, it will be disseminated in a Webinar format.
The board remains as last year.
Ryan Bidgood of Office National offered to sit in on a few board meetings to bring a fresh perspective to the Association.
Rob Matthews of IT-Online outlined the growth of the shop-sa publications – My Office News, My Tech News and shop-sa Trade News.
The meeting was closed and guest speaker David Shapiro took the floor to discuss the impact of Covid-19 on the world economy and the markets.