As a matter of interest....
thing is harder work than I thought!
Just to get the
time to update the site is incredibly difficult and fraught
with procrastination. Since I am not one to make excuses, I
wish to offer my apologies and get on with all that’s been
on my mind.
I would like to
brag about our new fleet. The response from customers and
the public has been fantastic. We have had numerous
compliments about the visual aspect of our sign writing.
Unfortunately, a few people who commented about the unique
appearance of our vehicles in a positive way also complained
about our staff’s driving at the time. This, I consider to
be a positive issue, since it gives me the opportunity to
address the matter with the particular staff member
immediately and place it on record. In the long term it will
improve the general behaviour of all our staff.
The beginning of
the year brought unusually high rainfall, which caused havoc
with the production of raw milk. We went from surplus to
shortage in a matter of ten weeks. At least 30 dairy farmers
were forced to close down every month and the supply of milk
dwindled. Prices began rocketing.
Then followed an
unexpected cold start to winter that affected the production
of raw milk negatively again. Prices began rocketing.
Along came the
price hikes in fuel that affected the prices of plastic
packaging and bottling negatively. Prices began rocketing.
Now, we are in the
midst of an ever-weakening Rand with the prospect of
interest rate hikes looming month-on month. Dairy producers
who had to import goods such as butter and cheeses are now
forced to pay higher prices to land the products than it is
for them to produce that same product here. Prices will
We are still short
of milk and with producers now reluctant to import at a
higher price, the situation is said to worsen without any
relief before the end of the year.
On a good note
though, the majority of our prices are currently cheaper
than they were three years ago. Go figure.
Until the next
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