FI R S T A FR IC AN H OLD IN GS NEWSLETTER S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 0 FROM THE CORNER OFFICE Hi all merry days of merely developing new they won‟t. fuel retail sites when and where you It has been a while since we have had pleased, as long as the number of In the mean time, the cladding market a newsletter. sites you operated remained within looks very attractive, for the following certain limits. Future sites required reasons: Now Spring is busy happening around licences, which was a whole new A portion of the materials are us. As always, it is the sign of good story. Then, of course, new environ- imported, so we make use things to come! mental legislation kicked in as well, of the strong Rand. (National Environmental Management The jobs are normally too com- I see the moon is waning fast, so Act, 1998). So our main customers, plicated for somebody INSIDE shortly all our Muslim colleagues will be done with their annual fast. The the fuel retailers, were going to be severely curtailed in how many new from China to undertake it, and THIS month of Ramadan, and the fasting that goes with it, is intended to teach sites they could build. Since new sites were our bread and butter, it they are large enough to war- rant us spending time on it Muslims about patience, humility, and was clear that we were in for dropping to get it right. ISSUE: spirituality. It is also intended as a sales. The construction industry gen- period of purification. Ask anybody erally works with deposits, who has been on a fast: your body In spite of this, we had a last hurrah in which means the cash gets rid of stuff it does not want in a 2004, coming from the rebranding of flow is quite good. Cotlands 2 hurry. Apparently, the first verses of Sasol & Total instead of new We get warned about the job a the Qur‟an were given to the Prophet sites. Anticipating the slowdown in bit earlier as well, so we Project Muhammad during the month of our traditional market, we tried to don‟t have the problem of Ramadan as well, so the customs diversify away from the petroleum having to guess what our associated with it goes right back to companies, with some success. The capacity should be all the the founding of Islam. We wish all our likes of Shoprite, Continental, Fo- time. Supporting 2 Muslim colleagues and their families a schini, Moneygram, Yamaha, Free- We are supremely well posi- blessed month! world Coatings, Ackermans, Steers, tioned to take advantage one another Virgin Active, Citibank and Cape of the situation, since we Back to FAH. We have literally been Town Stadium all ended up in our have all the required through the „valley of death‟. And we factory, but we never really managed infrastructure in place. are not out of it yet. Everyone‟s faith to make money from the bulk of these Business 2 has been rather severely tested by projects. Sales may have increased the experience. A bunch of our col- fairly steadily, but so did the over- Elsewhere in the newsletter you will relations leagues have departed for other heads. So the breakeven point was a see a note of appreciation from Hyun- pastures, and we wish them well. moving target, and it kept eluding us. dai Somerset West for the cladding work we did there. I think it bodes For those who have remained: Thank In retrospect, there was a couple of well for our cladding business, Baby boy for 2 you for still being here and slogging it things we could have done differently, branded as AfriClad! out with the rest of us in difficult cir- but without actually having tried that, Christian cumstances. Your patience and it is a bit hard to know if it would have Our traditional customers in signage, fortitude is really appreciated. I‟ll worked. One would have been to such as Caltex and Total, are starting happily go to war with all of you. shrink the business back down to pre- to spend some money again. Engen 2004 levels, stay in the old building, IBD is also busy expanding again. Spring 3 The good news is that we are still and only pursue the oil industry – here. The odds against that was inside and outside SA. Another would As most of you know by now, we quite big. have been to set up our own rigging have sold the paints business to and pursue maintenance work a lot Kuba. Because of our tight cash FAH’S 3 The question is: where to from here? earlier. position, we needed the rather large loan we made to that business to be got talent Maybe I should answer that by look- Any which way, there is no telling how repaid. To a large extent, this was ing at where we were: that would have panned out. What achieved, and it sure helped our cash we are facing is more imports from flow during a bad period. We wish Aerodyne Sign Technology grew China, although the buyers are now Kuba and Mario well with their solo Happy 3 steadily, if unspectacularly, for 4 discovering that signs need replace- venture. I‟m still proud of our associa- years before we bought it. We started ment parts, and not having local tion with Awlgrip, and hope to use the Clients getting pressure about BEE quite backup is rather inconvenient, at product for years to come. early, so we did a deal long before times. So expect the pendulum to most other companies. (To this day, swing back a bit. Caltex e.g. did not All told, I think we have weathered the the likes of Pick „n Pay and Shoprite go for imported signage. But the long storm, and we are in for a good All Paints and 4 has e.g. not done BEE deals term trend is for oil majors to get out year! We sure need it. yet. Makes you think, eh!?) We grew of retailing. The people who take Products mostly in the oil industry, but we knew over the sites may not be so worried Again, thanks for the patience. It will the game was going to change be- about their brands, and hence their be worth it. You‟ll see! cause of new legislation that was on signage. Then again, they may Birthdays 4 its way. The Petroleum Products be. We‟ll have to see how it pans Wynand Amendment Act of 2003 changed the out. I presume in the cities they will game completely. Gone were the spend on it, and in the rural areas Casual Day 5 PAGE 2 COTLANDS PROJECT I have a lot of new school in the new to enter our anything to donate in the art material for children as lives and homes. next 2 weeks, please let I had a business in that line me know and we can find and want to clean up my I know times are tough for a place to store it before braairoom that has been a all of us, but apart from handing it over. “storeroom” for the past showing gratitude for what few years. I made contact we do have and helping Ciske, Shaakiera and I will with Cotlands and re- people less fortunate than also be doing a creative ceived a “wishlist” of ourselves, we could also activity with the kids on things that they need. use this opportunity for a the 27th of September I believe that clutter bit of media coverage if we 2010 during their holiday just causes blockages in as a company donate programme. our lives and if we start whatever we can put to- decluttering and give gether and even consider Thanking everybody who away things like bed- challenging other compa- will be contributing to this ding, etc, that we don’t nies to do the same in a project in advance. use and that just take local newspaper. up space and have no Mariëtte real resell value, we I will circulate Cotlands’ make space and invite wishlist and if you have Supporting one another After the rush of the department, Production Green Point Stadium and Jeremy's new rig- of cash, and it of- “We need to contract, it is actually a ging team (partly the ten stops us from doing support one pleasure to work with a result of the Green Point our job. We do not have another and client like Total, where at Stadium installation we much control over that. least the scope of works have done). We also We do however have appreciate remains more or less the look forward to the control over our atti- each small same from day to day. Capitec rollout, produc- tude towards it. We success.” Not saying that there are tion in September and need everyone to do no challenges there. installation in October. everything we can do, Wolf from Hyundai better than we nor- Helderberg is a happy With regards to the our mally would. We need client despite the fact current financial situa- to support one another that that job was also a tion I would like to point and appreciate each continuous on-site de- out the following. Yes, small success. sign and re-design. we are strug- Thanks to the Technical gling because of the lack Van Heerden JAPANESE BUSINESS RELATIONS on the beach Baby boy for Christian During Toshi’s visit a lot of new strategies were dis- Congratulations to Christian and his family. cussed. More about Africlad / Alpolic Seminar @ Nitida in the next issue. Photographer: Theuns NEWSLETTER SPRING by Shaakiera No PAGE 3 And each flower and herb on Everything is blooming most Earth's dark breast matter recklessly; if it rose from the dreams of its were voices in- wintry rest. how long ..if we did stead of colors, ~Percy Bysshe Shelley, "The there would be Sensitive Plant" the winter, not some- an unbelievable times shrieking into Yesterday the twig was brown spring is taste of the heart of the and bare; night. ~Rainer To-day the glint of green is sure to adversity, If we had no winter, the spring Maria Rilke, Let- there; would not be so pleasant; if we prosper- ters of Rainer Tomorrow will be leaflets did not sometimes taste of ad- ity would Maria Rilke spare; follow. versity, prosperity would not be not be so I know no thing so wondrous so welcome. ~Anne Bradstreet And Spring arose fair, welcome. on the garden No miracle so strangely rare. ~Proverb No matter how long the fair, I wonder what will next be winter, spring is sure to Like the Spirit there! follow. ~Proverb of Love felt everywhere; ~L.H. Bailey FAH’s GOT TALENT A musical not to be missed. Michael will be featuring as Jacob and as The Baker. Wishing Michael loads of fun. Tickets are available from Michael. Happy clients... “Hi Wynand Just a note of apprecia- tion to you and your staff for the excellent work you all did for us at Hyundai. I must compli- ment you on the level of professionalism dis- played by all your people, their general neatness and courtesy that went along with it. It was great Seattle Light boxes having them here. illumination. HYUNDAI Another satisfied cus- This letter was received Best wishes tomer. from Wolf Kreft of Hyandai, Somerset West. Wolf “ Gerrit PAGE 4 All Paints and Products First African Paints – Now our final finances in place but be warned, we are trading as All Paints and till the Deeds Office is operating a lean and Products working again, Customs mean operation, mainly have not been clearing on the road visiting cli- First African Sgns has shipments, and hence the ents, advising on jobs, “..we will sold its majority share long wait for Total Or- looking for new work! As continue holding in APAP, as we ange! Richard Branson says “ are now known. Kuba is There is no time to sit in working the 100% shareholder Mario is now employed an office, in this competi- together on the now, but this will change by the new company; as tive age”! As one com- projects where in due course. Wynand soon as the final finances mentator commented, are through he will not be spoken like a true virgin! FAH is using has stepped down as a director, now leaving around at FAH anymore. AWLGRIP, Kuba and Michael as di- I must thank all at FAS/ hopefully for rectors of the new entity. The good news is that we FAH for a great ride, we lots and lots of will continue working to- have had some great We are now in new prem- gether on the projects times, some real good new projects – ises in Epping, much where FAH is using AWL- laughs, some real good positive waves closer to our main client GRIP, hopefully for lots headbutts – thanks gals here please! “ base, which makes life a and lots of new projects – and guys. lot easier. The Civil Ser- positive waves here vants strike has impacted please! 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