Hi dear readers,
The week started where I ended last week, at the quality department. I told you all what is going on, on that department. And I did exactly the same work this day. Have a look on all the different they check on, and helping were needed.
I had a different department on Tuesday, the cutting room department. In the cutting room starts everything with the rolls that come from the raw material store. Every step that will done in the cutting room has their own team leader. The rolls will be checked if they correspond with the list that need to be cut. The employees
On Wednesday, I had again a new department, the first part of the first floor from the manufacturing floor. That means, a lot of noise during the whole day. The people are sitting in a line behind a sewing machine. In the beginning of the line, they start with the loose pieces from the cutting room. And the end of the line, you have a garment. It goes really fast, each line produced almost 1700 shirt a day, and at the first part on first floor there are 8 lines. They all have a different order, bit they are all making school shirts.
At the beginning of the line is a sample of the order, then everyone knows how the garment need to look at the end. Every production line has their own team leader. The morning starts with checking who is there and who isn’t. There also will be checked how full the lines are. If line 8 is with more people, than line 9 that has more priority, some of the employees will change lines because of that. Every hour the team leader will check the personal scores of the employees, to see if they produce what they need to produce, so they won’t come behind. If a line has not enough people, the team leader will spring in where needed. Behind a machine or with the packaging. The team leader need to avoid problems. If there is a problem with a line, she need to find the problem. Maybe it’s a machine, a person that’s not doing her job good, or something else, she needs to take care of it.
After lunch I helped with the packaging myself. You can really feel the pressure of everyone and everything. If you don’t work hard enough the people after you don’t have work. And you will not end your order on time.
Every one of the company had a short day on Thursday, till 13.00, because of the Easter weekend. I didn’t plan a department on this day, so I just worked at my video report. After the sort working day, I helped my housewife with making the dinner for the night. We made Dutch “bitterballen”. Her family was coming over for dinner.
I really wanted a relaxed weekend, see some new things of the country, but also do some relaxing. Friday morning was really lazy, but just after lunch time I went to Canal walk. There is a big chopping centre, where you can spent a lot of time for shopping, and have a great lunch or dinner in one of the nice restaurants or fast food chains.
I wanted to go to the old biscuit mill and see the street art of Woodstock, on Saturday. I took the Uber to the biscuit mill, it really looked the same as on the pictures. It is a market with a food corner where you can try food dishes from all over the world. There is live music, and the look of the buildings on the terrain, looks like country.
I also went in to a tattoo shop, because I know what kind of tattoo I want, but I am not sure if I want to place it in Africa or when I am back in the Netherlands. When I am back, I already have an appointment for another tattoo, but there are two tattoos I really want, and they are really mean something to me. But when I am back, I just can get one tattoo, the other one has to wait, or I can place the other one while I am here. So, I am thinking of doing that, so mam and dad, if you are reading my blog…. we maybe have something to discuss.
I really didn’t want something to do on Sunday, because the weather was getting real hot. It was already 25 degrees at 10 o’clock in the morning. And it went colder than 30 degrees after 6 o’clock in the evening. I have watched some movies en series in the sun, I tried to go swimming, but the water was to cold..
The last free day, on Monday, I spend time with Lize and her family and friends. We did an egg hunting for the kids and had a nice braai, with a couple of good wines. This was a good ending of the long weekend.
I hope you all had a great long weekend, and you will see my next blog on Monday again!