WE are all very quick to complain about the upkeep of our little city. The fact is that it takes money to maintain buildings and facilities.
Yes, we believe much money gets wasted and misappropriated, but I believe there just is not enough of it circulating in our region and I think I know why.
Being a businessman in Port Elizabeth, I have experienced first-hand how difficult it is to make an honest profit in Port Elizabeth. (How the supply chain is squeezed is for a different letter.)
What I would like to vent about is how and why we as Port Elizabethans will so readily spend our budgets in other regions and support the businesses that adopt these practices.
Why am I so disgruntled? I have recently taken on a new business venture and as expected have tried to pitch for the business of some of what I believed were Port Elizabeth's more affluent companies. To my amazement almost all of these concerns told me that their budgets were spent in Cape Town or Johannesburg.
When confronted, their excuses were: centralising was more cost effective, Port Elizabeth lacked the expertise, blah, blah, blah. The effect?
Let's look at Port Elizabeth and the money in circulation as a pot full of clams. Every time a business spends money outside of our region our pot gets emptier.
To counter this we need businesses outside of our region to spend money here. Or we need the local businesses to support each other and in so doing keep our pot full.
Businesses that expect our support but spend their budgets elsewhere shouldn't be rewarded with our support. If you are a culprit, imagine your business without local patronage. Scary isn't it?
Kevin Grey, Port Elizabeth