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Rodney Gold

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Post Sat Jun 07, 2003 7:13 am

Hello from Sotuh Africa

Hi My name is Rodney Gold and I own a Co that does amongst other stuff , Signage (We make awards , badges , all manner of promotional items etc)
I found this board and think its pretty good:)
We mainly do work for the local industry and have just aquired a Soljet 540 proII allong with a hot and cold laminator
Our facilty is about 1500 m2 and we have quite a lot of other stuff namely
2x Laserpro mercury lasers , 1x Laserpro Explorer laser , 5 x Isel 1m x 500mm engravers , a large format 2.4 x 1.2 meter Tekcel 3d overhead router , a few manual engraving machines , , hot spray etchers , sandblasters , lates mills etc.
I basically undertake any job that comes my way and love doint "the impossible" .
I have a fair amount of knowledge in most of our processes and will share what I can as well as sharing from others.
On a personal basis , im 44 , married with a beautiful 6 yr old daughter and my interests range , currently Cars (I have a 67 Camaro I play with) , photography , sailing and audio (I am a jazz fanatic)
I have been in the business for 18 years , but not all of them signage realted.
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Post Sat Jun 07, 2003 9:37 am

Hi Rodney, welcome to the board.

I like your post on doming, very informative! I might even give it a try soon.

Best regards to you and your family.
Steve.
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Adrian Howard

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Post Sat Jun 07, 2003 9:47 am

welcome to the boards,
i have spent some time in Cape Town over the years my ex girlfriends brother was a cricketer, played for Cape Town and Durban he married a SA girl, she was a ballet dancer in Cape Town city ballet.
Great place i was very tempted to move at one stage especially with the pound against the financial rand so strong... miss the braais :cry:

Adrian
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Post Sat Jun 07, 2003 1:49 pm

Welcome Rodney, hope you get a lot from the board, I know I have.
My, you do a lot of very clever and interesting things!
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Rodney Gold

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Post Sat Jun 07, 2003 4:04 pm

Hi Allan
I live in Cape Town and married a Ballaet dancer from Capab - small world - lol
CT is now a major tourist destination and has changed in the last few years , to the good - Ah yep Braaivleis and Potjekos and a few 6 packs - SA's staple diet :)
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Adrian Howard

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Post Sat Jun 07, 2003 4:08 pm

Her names Janet Lindup you may know of her, she married a guy called
Jon Hardy

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Post Sat Jun 07, 2003 7:26 pm

HI THERE, AND WELCOME TO THE UKSB...
GREAT TO SEE ANOTHER FROM A DISTANT PART OF THE WORLD.

LOOK FORWARD TO MORE OF YOUR REPLIES/POSTS..
LOVED THE DOMING POST.. VERY INTERESTING! :wink:

IF YOU HAVE A PICTURE FEEL FREE TO MAIL ME IT AND ILL LOAD IT FOR YOU.. :D
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Mike Grant

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Post Sat Jun 07, 2003 9:39 pm

Hoe gaan dit Roders.

Ek woon in Karpstadt vir derteen yaar. Tafelsig!

Et het a company naamed "Mallard Signs" in Paarden Eilandd
en later in Montague Gardens.

Excuse my Afrikaans is bie slegs

BUT I TRY! :lol:

Where about are you based, I know the Cape very well and miss it a lot.
I am slowly loosing touch with all my friends out there, Its a shame really.

Oh yes and welcome to the boards! :D
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Mike Grant

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Post Sat Jun 07, 2003 9:41 pm

Oh yes I just forgot to mention, we can now also buy Castle Lager here in all the major supermarkets. I even have some in the fridge as I type :lol:

Mmmm lekker met 'n braaivleis :roll:
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Rodney Gold

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Post Sun Jun 08, 2003 3:36 am

Adrian - My wife knows Janet , danced with her and I have seen her dance , we were nver socially friendly with them.
My wife (Ruth Brown Ballet) went on to teach and become an Examiner of sorts ( I don't get that involved in that side of things apart from making a few signs and trophys for her)

Mike - Our facility is in goodwood - the afrikaans isnt bad at all :)
I live in the blouberg area
Cape Town has changed dramatically , it's a major film shoot and tourist/conference destination - Im not sure if both of you were here when the waterfront was being developed?
Mallard signs sounds familiar , I will ask my operations and sales manager and 2nd in charge about it , she used to work for Maizeys plastics (I poach my best staff from them , they are one of my suppliers and they normally bitch a bit , but generally are happy when I buy tons more stuff from them cos of it)

Signage in CT has undegone some changes , a lot of the big cos that relied on big contracts have got very small , a case of all your eggs in one basket
Tons of fly by nights and garage operators out there doing basic vinyl cutting on ABS and messing up that market.. New tech processes , print on demand and being able to turn out big volumes in very short times seem to be the market here wants. Lots of new construction requires lots of new signage and the completion of a major conference centre will require some serious digital printing , hence our installtion of a large format with a very good laminator

What sells here , and where we position ourselves , is the top quality stuff
We rather take on smaller runs and do combination type stuff (combining CNC. laser , digital etc to make stuff that others cant ) , expensive point of sale fabrication etc. Working for other sign guys is a good profit centre too , but fraught with problems.
I do no rigging , application or installation whatsoever unless pressed to do so and charge a "I hope this price frightens you away " fee to do so if the customer insists - its a lot easier to pass the job to a rigger and creates work for others. Basically we offer a sort of one stop shop - you can get your conference banners and signage done at me , get your badges , awards , promotional items , table card holders etc etc

Iv'e looked at a lot of posts on this board and perspex seems to be something ppl shy away from- we use tons of the stuff and find it an amazing material??

SAB bought out Millers in the USA - so Castle will soon be available across the pond!!
PS One thing I have never understood about the british is :How can you possibly drink warm beer ?:)
I am actually of British stock to some extent , my grandparents on my late dads side were britsh (the other side lithuanian)
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Post Sun Jun 08, 2003 3:08 pm

Hi Rod, we lived in Paarl first then moved to Pinlands when I started Mallard Signs, then we bought a house in Table View (Circle Road) not far from you, then we had a plot in Blouberg but got rid of that just before we came back to old Blighty.

We left in 93 just as the waterfront development was taking shape, and just before the bomb went off at the little cafe/theatre thing.

I would love to go back for a holiday.

I was into the sailing scean, do you sail the big boys out of The Royal Cape or are you a dingy sailor like me at Rietvei. My club was out at Vogelvlei where I was on the committe for about 10 years, spent all my free time there. I used to sail an "Extra".

Sorry Robert if this is going off the subject, just like to chin wag :roll:
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Rodney Gold

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Post Sun Jun 08, 2003 4:43 pm

I live almost on the vlei , just a little above the Milnerton aquatic club
CT has changed radically since 93 , its also cheap to holiday here
I started on a dabchick , at zeekoievlei , then an extra , then a hobie 14 , 16 , then keelboats ending up on a l34 racing a bit.
I sailed at vogelvlei If I remember correctly, Jonathan Levin is my cousin and he was friendly with the Van rijswyk family and we went there for a weekend once.,
Ive sailed most things , love it but havent been on the water for a while,
At the end we used to sail out of Royal cape and every easter and xmas sail up to langebaan and play with our toys , every boat brought something and we shared as well as having a supper club , each night it was one boats turn to cook for the rest - great days - you bring back forgotten memories - it sure is a small world.
PS I enjoyed sailing the Hobie 16 the most , on the sea. Very fast , very close to the water and trapeezing was wonderful.
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Post Sun Jun 08, 2003 9:27 pm

WELCOME :)

Cheers
Danny

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