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I often tell the story of my interview with Hugh (boss # 2) 15 years ago for the position of Pretoria Branch Manager. Much of the almost 2 hour interview was spent getting to know me and my family, and whether or not I was a beer man. Years later I realised that this was Hugh’s Eastern Cape farmer way of getting to know you and ascertaining your fit for the job position and vision for his company.
I also realised that much of what we did at MDS was “farming with bakkies” – from making our own office furniture to painting his new office walls Avocado Green because this is the colour all the leftover tins of paint created when mixed together.
Our business is our system and our system is our business – something we talk about on a daily basis but our success is our people.
From the driver who has to catch that early morning train to get to work to deliver our “pakkie” to the single mother of 3 who keeps smiling while on the phone regardless of what the circumstances are at home. Without each of our almost 300 staff members MDS would never have continued on the growth path we find ourselves on.
2017 has brought some exciting opportunities and 2018 promises to bring even more.
I would also like to thank each and every one of our many customers in MDS for their continued support and loyalty.
Each one of you are important to us, whether you are the granny sending a tin of cookies to her favourite grandson at UCT, a huge multinational sending 1000’s of “pakkies” around the country or a husband planning the perfect honeymoon for his wife doing their visas with us.