Over the last week or so, I have been somewhat preoccupied, trying to help a friend sort out the bureaucratic snafu, I told you about here, and mused about whether a GoFundMe campaign was something to think about.
Well, since then, there have been some developments:
At the beginning of last week friends with premises and a licence came to the party – so to speak – agreeing that my friend could move her business into another licensed premises – rent free – until such time as the bungle had been dealt with.
So the week started on a positive and hopeful note. But, as the cliché goes, it was too good to be true. For various reasons the licencee, because of the death of his business partner (I wrote about it here), whose estate has not been wound up, cannot legally “add” Q to that licence.
News which arrived only after she had cleaned, tidied the garden and moved stock and furniture into the “new” premises. So, after a week of no trade, she had to start exploring even more options.
To no avail.
The only glimmer of light, which we hope is the end of the tunnel, rather than the proverbial train, is that an industry watchdog has referred her to a deputy director in the licencing body. However, by the close of business on Friday, she’d had no reply to her email, and the person’s direct line was permanently engaged.
In the meantime, and after Monday’s news, The Godmother swung into action. The GoFundMe campaign has been launched and is here. In addition to the chronology of events which I outlined in my previous post, it outlines the implications for Q if snafu is not sorted. And yes, in case you are wondering, the Godmother only swung into action with her full knowledge.
Please feel free to visit the campaign and share it as far and wide as you possibly can.
All income from this post will be donated to the campaign, so please upvote and resteem. I will keep you posted about developments.
Finally, in anticipation, and as a token of thanks, here is our garden’s first tea rose of the season
There it is – until next time
The Sandbag House
McGregor, South Africa
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