05 Jan

2015 Message

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For a surprisingly small group of our country 2014 will be remembered as a year in which strikes ravaged our economy and stock exchange, where state owned enterprises teetered on the brink of collapse with rolling black outs almost becoming the norm and two high level court cases that seem to have been bungled by the SA justice system. There were also positives such as the creation of the South African Small and Medium Enterprises Federation and the Ministry of Small Business Development, Miss South Africa won the Miss World title, we opened the biggest solar plant on the continent and an unemployed South African came 36th in the London Marathon (thank you to the Daily Maverick for some of these highlights).


But for the majority of the people in our land 2014 will be remembered the same as the years before – a day to day struggle for survival without much chance to change their circumstance.


One of the biggest regrets of my life is that I was totally ignorant to what was happening around me during my school, varsity and early career years. I cannot claim any credentials in the fight against apartheid. To some extent I benefited from the system: I was brought up in a middle class home, went to good schools and studied part time at night while I did my articles during the day. The fact that I am white gave me more opportunities including a job and the beginning of a good life. To be honest, I did not pay attention to politics. 


It was only after 1992 that I woke up. I woke up to the fact that I was asleep and not paying attention to the situation in our country for so many years. That troubles me as an individual as I am a compassionate man. So how is it that I did nothing about it? The most obvious answer is, what could I as an individual do?


Caban was thought of and created on the 1st of May in 2012. It was officially launched on the 1st of March 2013. I am very proud of our achievements to date. Our biggest achievement as a collective is that we all have a passion to make a difference. As Cabanites, we have a burning desire to change the status quo. We say that the only way to solve the economic apartheid that is strangling the development of South Africa is by creating jobs. Jobs are created by assisting entrepreneurs and that's what we do. We help entrepreneurs. Male or female, black or white, it does not matter to us. 


What does matter is that we pledge to make a difference. No more will we sit back and say that we can't change things – because we know we can. We will change things one entrepreneur at a time, one community at a time.  We will join forces with companies that share the same vision. We will assist initiatives that stand up and say enough is enough. We must band together and stop the plundering of our resources. Stop the plundering of our institutions. Let the population be. Private enterprise will pave the way. 2015 is the start of the elimination of economic apartheid and we will set the framework of COETSA. Let's work together and make a difference.


I wish you a powerful and purposeful 2015.




Dave Romero

Group CEO

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