Archive for May, 2020

Covid-19. Give, give me the good news ………10 positives to ponder.

Posted on: May 28th, 2020 by Rob Opie No Comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many of us are getting a little ‘gatvol’ of  the continued negative press narrative which surrounds Covid-19.

I’m sure you are as well, but it’s NOT all bad news out there.

Looking at it from a Durban perspective, here’s a good healthy chunk of the good news for fellow Durbanites.

Where ever you may be, I do hope it starts looking up for you as well, as we progress to Level #3.

#1. Durban will soon be gearing up for a bumper Festive season.

Covid -19 has changed the way we will do things, especially when it comes to travel and tourism.

The good news for Durban, is that people are far less likely to travel to the European ski resorts, where so many contracted Covid-19.

Durban will definitely be the place to be this December and bookings agencies are already reporting a pick up – from those who are thinking smart for the festive season.

Get ready Durbs!

#2. Durban’s M4 coastal road will soon be back in action in June.

The Umhlanga interchange came as a welcome relief for Durban traffic flow last year.

Then a section of our Umhlanga coastal M4 road got washed away in a November-19 storm.

This created a bit of havoc , but the good news is that THE ROAD will finally reopen in mid- June!

#3. Stage Three lockdown will give us some partial relief.

Things are looking up with the relaxation of the curfew restrictions.

I just hope more industries can get up and running sooner rather than later.

#StayHomeStaySafe has certainly helped us all to avoid the exponential ‘Covid Curve’ which we have seen in other parts of the world, but it’s had a devastating effect on many people’s lives.

With the liquor industry back in action next Monday, at least we can now stay home and not choke on the price off that sauvignon again.

A chance to stay home, stay safe without breaking the bank – and the law.

#4. Our Water and Electricity are looking good…….

Durban has had good rains and our water supply is in a far better situation than a few years back when our taps were turned off.

Same goes for Eskom.

Eskom CEO, Andre de Ruyter has already found not one, but a few silver bullets. Covid -19 times has afforded his team the much needed time for critical maintenance pre-winter – and the real win will come in the form of the 40 odd highly experienced ex- Eskom technicians who have volunteered their services to help our country.

Real heroes who are not even taking salaries.

Watch how good these guys are…….. .

#5. Our fuel has suddenly got a lot cheaper

With Brent Crude finding some point of stability in the mid-thirties, our petrol price has reduced significantly.

This brings with it obvious benefits for many hit hard by Covid-19 challenges.

Let’s hope that our domestic airlines will soon be back in the air – and they can certainly benefit from cheap fuel which is a major chunk of their costs.

#6. Our Durban weather has been superb.

Durban’s April & May weather has been simply superb.

With the rest of South Africa bracing itself for the onslaught of the winter cold, spare a moment for those who have to practice social distancing in very difficult winter conditions.

We’re very lucky in Durban with our magnificent winter weather. Durban#thewarmestplacetobe.

#7. Our beaches, our rivers, our national parks have been in ‘rehab’.

If you live close to the beach, you’ll have noticed how clean things are now.

It’s as if we gave all our natural resources a required break to recover in lock down.

#8. A new appreciation for live sport.

Wow, did many of us become complacent about going to the stadium and supporting THE SHARKS – and other sporting codes.

Hopefully we will all soon be back in numbers to enjoy what sport gives us in life – Entertainment, Education and Enrichment.

#9. A whole new breed of entrepreneurs is emerging.

Covid-19 is already producing a whole new breed of entrepreneurs – those who are open to playing the game in a whole new way.

Nothing is impossible when the rules of the game are changed so dramatically, and so quickly.

The podiums are empty and waiting for the winners to stand up.

Opportunity beckons.

#10. Covid-19 has made us all think more about life

Covid-19 has changed the way we will live our lives moving forward.

It’s made us become ‘human beings’ again – not the ‘human doings’ that we had become.

In a strange sort of way Covid-19 has been a blessing in disguise.

It’s made the world a better place.

It’s given us all the chance to do life better.

#HALALADURBAN

Go Great.

Rob


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Rob


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During an extended COVID-19 lockdown, be sure to guard your mental health.

Posted on: May 12th, 2020 by Rob Opie No Comments

 

 

 

 

 

”Every day, you’ve gotta stand guard of the door to your mind” Tony Robbins

 

The South African Covid-19 Command Council has chosen to prioritise health issues over economic ones.

But, are they seeing the bigger picture?

Extended lockdowns can wreck havoc with other health issues – like mental health issues.

Consider one of the most powerful universal principles of health and life:

Too much or too little of anything – for too long – will lead to a state of human imbalance.

It’s vital to live life in balance – as balance creates wellness – imbalance creates illness.

Extended lockdowns have worked to remove balance out of the health & life equations of nearly all South Africans.

Now the #1 risk is what is called “BURN OUT”.

The big picture shows that South Africans have already been pushed to the point of BURN OUT  via an economic recession – with extended periods of electricity and water outages ravaging the economy – pre-Covid.

We are now all witnessing the early stages of ‘COMBATIVE BURN OUT “– when a country ‘fights’ against its own ‘senseless’ laws.

The situation can become an even bigger issue if corporates are allowed to play the “Covid Card’ during an extended lockdown – in laying off staff.

We will see more and more of this in coming weeks and months – if we decide to continue in lockdown.


Given the imbalance created by extended lockdown, how does one stand guard of the door to our minds in Tony Robbin’s wise words?

Here are a few insights, ideas and inspiration to help YOU to emerge from the tunnel with the least possible damage.

Think of HUMAN WELLNESS as a finite HUMAN ENERGY WELL.

It has with three vital energy buckets.

#1.Physical bucket – what we put into our bodies.
#2.Chemical bucket – what we put into our mouths & noses.  
#3.Emotional (mental) bucket – what we put into our minds.

Every day, we’re either FILLING OR DRAINING the finite human energy well.

With Stage#4 easing, it’s become a little easier to get it right with the physical and chemical  buckets, but now the real risk lies in what we do with emotional bucket – what we put into our minds.

It’s here that we are now seeing South African’s starting to default during an extended lock down.

Tony Robbins adds:

Emotion is the ultimate force

Here are three suggestions on how to navigate YOURSELF through – and out the tunnel– so YOU come out a stronger and better person.

 #1. CONTROL THE CONTROLLABLES

Right now there’s still a lot that is out of our control, but there’s also a lot that’s within our control.

It’s important to know the difference.

Change what you can and accept what you can’t change.

Use you finite energy levels to stay alert and seize any change opportunities that present themselves.

A mate of mine is 100% invested in water sports…….

Well, he’s still in total lock down now, but he’s taking this time to make the necessary changes.

He’s moving from his current retail operating space to create a new ‘’digital hub ‘for his new look business.

Another mate has taken the Covid-19 time to fix and diversify his business. His core business will no longer be his core business.

Another mate is having such a fantastic few financial  months by finding the time to invest in opportunistic things which he previously did not have the time of day for before.

Covid-19 is a time to re-look, re-position and re-imagine.

#MovingonMovingforward.

#2 TURN OFF THE TOXIC

The media are having an unprecedented field day covering Covid-19.

Ok, they are in the business of selling FEAR first and foremost – bad news sells best due to the human psyche.

Be aware to limit your news intake.

NO real Covid-19 vaccine experts have emerged to date – so why listen continuously.

Stay alert, practice proper hygiene and social distancing – and don’t allow negativity to compound in your life.

#MoreFaithLessFear.

#3. INVEST YOUR ENERGY & TIME WISELY.

Mindset matters most.

Play your own ‘Covid Card’ wisely

Don’t play VICTIM, because of Covid-19.

Play VICTOR.

By investing your energy & time wisely, YOU can and will emerge from the tunnel a stronger and better person.

Invest in yourself – and your new future game plan.

The cell phone companies are providing cheaper and faster data – now is the time to leverage the power of online.

Things are going to look a lot more digital post Covid-19.

The world has changed for a better place.

Every game has winner – every winner has game plan


 

#REOPENREIMAGINE


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Go Great.

Rob


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For Comair, Covid-19 is a blessing in disguise.

Posted on: May 7th, 2020 by Rob Opie No Comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comair is playing it right.

After taking a few unfair blows of late, Comair is using business rescue for the purpose it is intended.

What’s more, Covid-19 will turn out to be their blessing in disguise.

It’s given a proud SA company their rightful opportunity to:

RE-SIZE.RECONFIGURE.RE-IMAGINE.

My bet is that they will come out the other side of ‘Business Rescue’– with flying colours.

Through voluntary business rescue, they have given themselves ‘some time out’ to build a brand new COMAIR – a more agile, more digitised and more customer centric one.

 This is a necessary process to ensure a focused restructuring of the company takes place as quickly as possible so we can take to the skies again as a sustainable business and play our part in the county’s airline industry,” Comair’s  CEO Wrenelle Stander  

What’s required now is a focused turnaround plan – without undue pressure from creditors.

A brand new ‘RESIZED COMAIR” will emerge post Covid-19.

This will place them in a great position to take full advantage of lower fuel costs, coupled with less competition (no SAA and SA EXPRESS) in the SA skies.

South Africans have been loyal fans of the big green planes for nearly two decades.

Whether it’s flying for business or leisure, they sure would love to be back in the skies –  sooner rather than later.

Flying will be certainly be different, but I believe that Comair will be :

One of the great SA comeback stories in the second half of 2020.

Everything’s gonna be ok.

With their shares currently suspended, Comair shareholders will have to ‘VASBYT’ for a little while……..

But, they too will shortly see that Covid-19 was indeed a blessing in disguise for the team in green.

Those who bought Comair shares at the R1.00 low point, are highly likely to be receiving an early Christmas present this year –  wrapped in green.

Be sure to watch this airspace.

Go Great. Go Well.

Rob

READ MORE  : FORBES ON HOW CORONA VIRUS WILL CHANGE AIR TRAVEL.

READ MORE : BLOOMBERG ON HOW CORONA VIRUS WILL CHANGE AIRLINES AND THE WAY WE FLY .

 


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