Uncertain times often also offer opportunities
Today I would really have liked to look back on the GOSA Symposium that was to have taken place in March 2020, but Covid-19 and the panic around it brought the country and many industries to a standstill. We as South Africans never thought a day would come when we had to greet each other through masks and would not be allowed to shake hands, braai together and talk about sport, the weather and politics – and not be allowed to visit our parents, children and other loved ones.
Over the past 20 years we have already experienced so much that – according to the experts– could have meant the end of the world: Y2K, anthrax and viruses like SARS, E. coli, bird flu, Ebola, and now Covid-19 are only a few examples. One thing is certain: uncertain times often also offer opportunities.
As an organisation that serves agriculture, GOSA, like most industries in the sector, is grateful that we could continue placing food on the tables of millions of people in challenging times. During the lockdown the harvest commenced, producing one of the biggest maize crops ever. Thank you to every role player who went out of their way to make this possible under very difficult conditions.
Every role player had to think differently and make adjustments to comply with legislation in terms of Covid-19. New opportunities and new schools of thought can and will change the grain industry permanently. Things we took for granted in the past should bring new challenges in the future.
All the best and peace to all during this period.
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