In August this year, Joburg Org sent out an email encouraging public to “secure” their seats for GATII.
Public were encouraged to obtain their training before the release. This is the classic “buy now!”
Here it is:
The org was promising GATII services at “today’s prices”. Anyone reading this would believe if they paid now, they would receive the new GATII services AT THAT PRICE.
A number of people took advantage of this offer – we received reports of elated staff getting decent pay for the first time in a while. One staff member reported getting almost R1,000 in a week – and this person was not an exec, so we can only surmise the pay was REALLY good. Org GI was up. Everyone was happy!
But now the bubble has burst. And here’s the scoop:
All previous training packages are broken. If someone paid for their training package up to Grad V a year ago, a month ago or when the above “special” was being offered, that package no longer exists. The best you’ll get is the amount you paid will be credited against the cost of a new Grad V training package – at the new GATII prices. This applies to all training.
We have heard multiple stories of org public being told to pay in more money.
In one case a public who has been on TRs & Objectives for over 3 years was told that before they could continue, they will have to pay in an additional R9000.
In another case, a public bought 3 Purifs on this “buy now” basis before the price increase kicked in – only to be told the Monday following the event that an additional R21,000 needs to be coughed up.
In addition, no meter other than the new Ultra VIII may be used for auditing. If you bought a meter before that you have never used, you’ll have to buy another.
It is going to be interesting to see how many people acquiesce and agree to pay up after having been so duped.
It is going to be equally interesting to see how many people refuse to pay up, and will wake up instead. We are hearing that most are furious. We can only hope this is a further catalyst for such people to look a little deeper.