This past weekend, like every other was a very busy one. Amongst all the activity, the Design Indaba was one of the coolest things I got to attend this weekend with amazing local and international talent on display.
This very cool lion was created using bajillions of beads. Mental
But it’s also one of the things that pissed me off the most.
As soon as I walked in to the CTICC, it looked a giant had eaten an Absa sandwhich and hurled all over the venue. This lead me to conclude that Absa was the main sponsor of the event. Through some people who know people who are people, I also know that this sponsorships costs around R1.2 million. That’s a lot of bank charges buddy.
If you’re not up for reading the rest of this post, I guess the short version is this:
Please fuck off from the Design Indaba. Stop spending my money on shit that doesn’t
a) have anything to do with you
b) doesn’t benefit me in any way
Seriously, no one gives a crap about whether or not you sponsor the Indaba, but we do care about the time spent waiting for your inept staff to respond to queries and resolve problems. Hell even answering a simple question seems too much for an Absa employee these days.
You want a worthy cause to spend your 1 million rand on? Create more jobs to deliver quality service, or even better, spend more time training your existing staff so that they don’t give me a coronary every time I talk to them.
The guy whose money you spent last week without asking.
P.S – your insane bank charges should fuck off too. Seriously – it’s not funny any more.”
Seeing that Absa had spent R1.2 million (and probably more) on this event seriously pissed me off. They were spending my money painting pretty pictures instead of training and upskilling staff or creating new jobs and stimulating the economy. In other words, do something useful instead of dicking around doing things they think will make them look cool.
Don’t get me wrong – I understand the value of the Design Indaba. I am at my core a creative soul and value any form of creative expression and am deeply grateful to those companies and individuals who help this happen. For example, I don’t mind seeing that Woolworths was also a major sponsor at the Indaba. When I walk in to Woolies, I get great service from well trained staff. They have their shit together. Not like Absa.
The longer I stayed at the Indaba, the more this chewed at me. made me want to change banks. But then I got to thinking – are any of the other banks out there any less crap?
What do you reckon?