Enjoy the familiar; and welcome change
At midnight on 21 September this year South Africa moved down to Level 1 of the Covid-19 lockdown. What a relief that was to all of us!
Going hand in hand with the so-called new normal, it was clear the people were excited about taking such a small step in the direction of the familiar. Everyone is once again fully enjoying the freedom and the camaraderie at social gatherings. Every possible opportunity to break away is grabbed with both hands and we enjoy the personal interaction with old friends and also relatives.
Just like we underwent constant change during the Covid-19 pandemic, we are now at the beginning of a new season, which entails change. The past winter is regarded to have been one of the coldest yet, with the lowest temperatures in eight years measured in certain areas. The prospect of summer makes us all excited … not only are we moving with the changes brought by the pandemic, but it is also the start of a new season in the summer rainfall area.
The current indications are that we can look forward to a La Niña season. Favourable rains and even possibly above-average rainfall in the biggest part of the summer-grain area are expected. After the good rainfall in the past season in the winter rainfall areas, every person involved in the grain industry cannot but be very excited about the season ahead.
We have a lot to be grateful for. Not only are we at Level 1 of the pandemic in our country, but we believe and trust that a blessed year awaits us. One thing is certain – in the course of time change will definitely also come. The wonderful part of this is our adaptability to change. So, enjoy the familiar and welcome change – it can quite probably add value to our lives.
Regards to everyone and enjoy the change!
Stefan van Staden
Council member: GOSA
Cell phone: 083 301 0262