So in 2018, I started the blog and I was all fire to create additional content. Then work happened and things were taking a turn for the worst at the office during this time. There was also a lot of personal challenges and hardship. Not gonna bore anyone with the details.
Long story short, a lot have changed in the last two years. Dynamics at the office also changed and my position changed to IT Manager and Senior Technician. A lot more to do, all things I love doing of course. But in turn, it also limits my time to create content and play with the machines…
Then came along 2020… What a year it has been. Of course one of my bigger challenges was, with limited resources, to keep some of the company staff members connected and able to work remotely. During this difficult time, all one could do is pray for a positive outcome. With the company doors shut for the Level 5 lockdown, the concern was that the income will fall away and people will lose their jobs. Some did, unfortunately. Salaries were cut to try and keep the company afloat. Also, some close friends (not the same company) lost their jobs in the process. Thankfully, Level 4 brought some light at the end of the tunnel. There was some hope. We could return to the office (limited quantity of staff) and the hope was there to start bringing in some sales. Sales were not what we needed it to be but, at the end of the day, we were just so thankful for the sales we got and the fact that so many of us were still able to keep our jobs and income. In my opinion, so many staff members do not realise what they have. They assume a job and a salary as a ‘given’. That it is a right to get a paycheck. They do not realise how lucky they are.
The unemployment rate in South Africa (at the time I am writing this post) is just shy of 30%. For me (and so many others) it is a privilege to just have a job and a salary. If only the other staff members can realise how lucky they are to have a job and get a salary at the end of the month.
During Level 5, I was doing a lot of research and online training. With salaries being cut, everyone jumped to fill the gaps any which way they can. Expenses got looked at, unnecessary things cancelled. With restaurants closed, the expense of take-outs was at least limited which for us, not in the hospitality industry, was a saving, but so many of our favourite restaurants had to close down as they could not afford this. So many people lost their jobs in this industry just because of the period the restaurants could not trade. Of course, with this research came a lot of information, some of which I still do not know exactly how to use. Other ideas came to mind for alternative sources of income, some ideas might work and some ideas, as soon as you start to plan and think where it needs to go, just go out the same way they came in. One have to wonder, I still have a job, how must it be for one that is without a job? Where do you even start? You are used to your salary, being able to pay for your bills, now, all of a sudden you are handed a letter and you are sitting without a job, without a salary. No way to pay your bills, rent, car or anything else for that matter. It is a terrifying feeling.
So where to from here? With South Africa back to Level 3, the fear of stricter lockdown protocols still loom and it is just because people are irresponsible. There are the ones in our communities that they are untouchable and the virus will not affect them. There are the ones that like spreading rumours and conspiracy theories about the vaccines. Not considering the hours put into not only for the research by doctors, scientists and epidemiologists but also the care for sick patients by every health care worker out there.
Talking only for myself here, but I will continue learning as much as possible and looking at safe ways to bring in an additional income. That being said, we have so much to be thankful for. And, to be perfectly honest with you, I am also guilty for not saying a prayer regularly and thanking our Lord for all the blessings and the fact that I have a roof over my head, a job and a salary, a loving wife and so much more.
Looking forward to do some additional ‘blogging’, product reviews and more in the future.
Stay safe and healthy.