Red Apple progress update

We have been back in the country now for two and a half weeks. We took a couple of days off just to get back into things but we have been giving our new venture most of our attention for the last week and a half.

Although we had some serious shocks, I have to say that I’m very pleased with how things have gone so far.

We now have a much clearer idea of what exactly we are going to do and how much it is going to cost us. There is still some fine tuning to do but it is now beginning to feel more like a project with a budget that we can manage. This in itself is a really big step.

Our infrastructure is also now functional. We have an office and all our communication channels (phone, email, fax & ‘net) are now open. It sounds so trivial, but it is really tough to function without these things and it takes real effort to get to this stage.

We also initiated a lot of admin type things that hopefully we’ll finalise this week. It is a lot of work though so it might take until next week.

Lene has also been a star with initiating dialogue with potential product & service providers. This is something that I trust her far more than I do myself. She knows exactly what she wants and that is worth GOLD!

We are going to have to work hard over the next three months, but if we can maintain the current momentum I’m confident that we’ll be opening up the best farmstall and coffee shop this side of the equator come December!

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Online at Last

I am finally back online with an acceptable (albeit expensive) connection. I did manage to send a few emails and to update my blog once, but all of that was done through my parents’ 56K modem with the good ol’e tone and all!

ADSL in SA is insanely expensive. Our 1MB that is capped at 3GB/month works us out at around about R800/month. That equates to about ú60/month in the UK. In the UK you can get 10MB uncapped Internet at around about ú15/month. As most other things in SA is much cheaper than in the UK we should be paying much less for Internet, but at least we have now got something. All we need now is some free market forces to be allowed to do their thing.

Back in the RSA!

Boesmansrivier from Heunis HomeWe’ll we’ve been back in the good old Republic of South-Africa now for a couple of days. It is winter but after some good rains in the first couple of days we have had some fantastic weather. The photo is of the Boesmansrivier (Bushman’s River), from my parents’ house. Remember this is winter!

I must say it is strange thinking of this as “home” again after being in London for 7 years. It definitely hasn’t sunk in yet. The fact that we are presently living in my parents’ home and I don’t have my own PC, telephone line, cellphone or ‘net access yet doesn’t help either. Our utmost priority is to get these things sorted out.

The business proposition, probably the main reason we moved back at the time we did, still looks as good as it did three months ago. As you’d expect there are some things we’re not entirely happy about, but there are other things that we’re really delighted about.

One thing is for sure; there is a lot of work to be done. I think this is a good thing though. It should help us to adapt to the different way things work around here. We just can’t wait to get started!

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