The end of an era

The end of an era

The Mayan Calendar marked 21 December 2012 to be the end of the world as we know it. But the day came and passed as quite an ordinary day. While a lot of people are still trying to figure out the meaning of this rather inaccurate prediction, many people weren’t particularly bothered by it in the first place.
So 2013 started with a big ‘disappointment’ in a sense, to some, especially those who were really prepared for the clock to stop in 2012. To others it feels the same as the start of any other year.
But for us in Sutherland, many changes are taking place in 2013, and I am secretly wondering how many people will actually notice…
It is the end of an era, as the quaint little coffee shop ‘around the corner’, closes its doors. Oudag se Winkel sang its swan song last week and I am not sure if everyone is aware of this ‘happening’. I still remember how anyone and everyone attended the opening of this exciting new venture, and now it has quietly closed down. Its insides are more or less being moved to a shop in the informal settlement. The idea of the shop’s move is to offer the service of a budget shop to the community, as well as affordable take-aways (on a small scale). Gone are all the sentimental, days of old feel and all the bits and bobs visitors so loved to buy. But most of all, gone is the most delicious coffee in town – and I may be a tiny bit biased when I say this, but I honestly think the coffee was that good.
The shop is not closing down due to debt or any major issues, the main problem is the seasonality of the tourism industry and the shop became too reliant on outside visitors. The long term viability therefore came into question, and an important decision had to be made.
So with this, the first blog of 2013, I would like to pay special tribute to Oudag se Winkel, it came, it saw and it conquered… in its own way. Hopefully the closing of these doors, will open new windows of opportunities elsewhere.

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By: Jolene du Plessis | Published: 22/01/2013


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