The Year 1999

 Tribute to Jack Goldin1999 has just flown by
So much has happened it’s no wonder why
A year of promotions, moves and changes
Category swaps and adjustments to ranges

There has been plenty of ups and a couple of downs
I’ve seen laughter and tears and yes a few frowns
Some new faces have arrived and some did go
Our results have been excellent –the balance sheet did show
You’re a great bunch of people so where do I start
I think its best with “Thank You “ from the bottom of my heart


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Andreas Karl Hans or “Goebs” to some

Deputy Merchandise Director he has become
This was the result of his commitment and drive
Ensuring that Toiletries continues to strive








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“Deputy “ was removed from Richard Mac’s chest
Who now guarantees Cosmetics being better than the rest
He got rid of old systems and brought in some new
He even swapped the old bakkie and for a new BMW



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Craig, our young Turk, who in Sea Point does live

Had his business card changed from Buyer to Deputy Executive
No longer does he sit beneath my spread wing
As he’s definitely dethroned me as the Confectionery King




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Roseanne, Astrid, Christian, Gabor and Natalie,

New Trainee Buyers on the block have now filled our nursery
Your future is in your hands on where you would like to be
So come on lets see you climb that career path tree.


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Melanie now leads our new Spice Girl team
And we wait in anticipation for that new Homewares theme
Her fire re-kindled, her passion will last
She tells her people “lets look to the future and forget about the past”
Commitment and task she does with the simplest of ease
In 2000 I would like to see a few hugs…. Please.





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Jerome or Rooch or sometimes called Rutch
Whatever you throw at him is never too much
Loyal and hardworking and he’s travelled a lot
Maybe now he can spend more time on his wonderful plot
The changes he will enjoy so we all wait and see
Can he get passionate over jewellery?




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Now big Jono did move from pots and pans
To a huge variety of aerosol cans
Apprehensive he was and we all understand
So remember, my friend, there are people around you who are willing to lend a hand







Claire / Clive with whom he did swap
Is already wanting to discontinue the mop
Her energy levels are  at an all time high
I know for sure that Kitchenwares will fly


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Our Category champion in 1999
Was Matteo as Medicinal he did make shine
Sales were huge and his margin did soar
Just watch in 2000 as it grows even more







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Hair specialist indeed is the name of his game
Grant, a shark supporter, what a terrible shame
Scottworks Negotiation Course he has just done
Haircare he now says will become No 1.





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His partner on the course was young David Card
A loner, deep thinker who always tries hard
Enthusiastic and motivated and raring to go
His new taught skills he is eager to show





Victorious or Victor who always gives of his best
Has recently returned from a wonderful rest
His battery recharged, it’s very plain to see
That his new-found energy will go into D & P


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Down the aisle did our big David S take his beautiful bride
As he found there were no more places where he could hide
In toiletries now settled he’s become quite the negotiator
His sights are now set on climbing the ladder




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From Merchandising to Nappies in one giant leap
In the brown stuff Gerald landed and yes, very deep
Now to become a true Babies Champion and to remove that troubled frown
You must go out there, find that wife and finally settle down




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There have been so many changes to Trevor Andrew Moseley
It can only be one thing, love, obviously
My concern is that with the grey beard and spiked gelled hair
When he plays Santa Claus the children will scare
His beard is suddenly  gone and it’s now very obvious to me
That very recently he went at least 10 rounds with Mohamed Ali


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Cosmetics enjoyed a successful year
But only half as good as 2000, so I hear
Encouraging words indeed , it’s Rene and Maggie that we must thank
As they go out to dominate colour and put plenty of notes into the bank




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Her happiest moment undoubtedly, is talking on the phone
Or banging away with emails ensuring she’s not alone
Intelligent and well read is our young Susan B
That true potential now is what I would very much like to see




A little happier and motivated, or so it does now seem
Are Zelda and Theresa, the remaining members of the Spice Girl Team
Some stressful times indeed, 1999 has definitely been
Forgotten now as in 2000 they are going to turn red lights into green


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Our systems man, RAS, has had a busy year indeed
As it’s him all our problems that we continually do feed
Alone he conquered Merchandise Planning and may I add just in time
Tony, it’s great having you at the end of the Helpline





Now let’s not forget about all our Assistants and Clerks
To me they deserve at least a 100 marks
As it’s them who complete this truly magnificent team
Known in the market place as the absolute cream

There were a few more highlights that I think I need  mention
Jubayda had a son and now believes she’s in heaven
Rose went on and retired and Max turned that magical fifty
Who in the world  would believe that she’s now also a granny

To Richard and Paul and the remainder of your team
Forgotten sometimes it must definitely seem
Unfortunately huge distances do get in the way
So therefore a very special ” Thank You “ I need to say

Now there’s one more I need to thank and I’m thrilled she’s going to stay
Although not with me but marketing ,and that’s Tanya my reliable PA
Nothings too much – she does everything at a pace
The end of the “Year book” I know brought a smile to her happy face

In summary 1999 has been an excellent year
Unfortunately our margin budget we missed although we came pretty near
I know for sure that in our new category teams we can put this back on track
Then at least I can smile and more importantly get Raymond off my back
So in 2000 I would like to see that service champions we have become
Thus ensuring that this buying team remains as No 1

I would like to wish you and your families everything of the absolute best
And to those taking leave a wonderful and relaxing rest
May your Christmas and New Year be very special indeed
And may you all return safely and in one piece ……..  agreed?
Dave Stewart (33 Years Service)


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About mc1a

Matteo joined the Clicks Brand in 1974 as a Trainee Manager and spent the first nine years of his career in operational management roles within stores. In 1983 he was promoted to the role of Buyer and joined the Merchandise Division. During the following twenty seven years, he applied his extensive buying expertise to various categories and assisted the business in growing from a small retailer to the national household name that it is today. Matteo has not only gained the respect of his many colleagues through the years, but also with the many suppliers that he has dealt with.
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