Catching up with customers: Plaza Board Centre

Catching up with customers: Plaza Board Centre

It was lovely to once again see Nazeer Dadabhay and the team from Plaza Board Centre at the KAP sani2c event in May this year. Nazeer leads the supply chain team out of the Plaza Board Centre operations in Vereeniging, where the company has been trading since 1994. Plaza Board Centre has 10 branches across South Africa and prides itself on offering precision and expertise, always working toward continued growth, development and strengthening of the business, its product range and capacity.

“We really value the relationship we have built with Plaza Board Centre over the years, and we look forward to continuing to partner with them into the future,” says Samandy Reddy, Regional Sales Manager for Gauteng at PG Bison.

Plaza Board Centre operates according to the philosophy that any successful business depends on fully understanding the market, as well as the individual customer. The team seeks to strike a balance between customer needs, a quality product and competitive pricing, as well as delivering superior quality products, competitive pricing and exceptional customer service.

The Plaza Boards Centre sani2c adventure

Nazeer has been riding the KAP sani2c since 2017. “In 2017, there was a cancellation on a team and I thought ‘how difficult could this be?’ and so challenged myself to do it,” he says. “It’s an unexplainable feeling that nothing in the city surrounds can really prepare you for. Everything is breath-taking.”

He says he has many favourite memories from the event over the years. “Every sani2c is a true adventure with endless tales to tell and memories forged forever, but if I really need to pick a favourite, it would be from my first sani2c on day three in Vernon Crookes Reserve,” he reminisces. “The conditions were cold, wet and muddy and my derailer had snapped after water point 1 towards the reserve. The sweeper that day was Paul from Ixopo and he said, ‘Sorry bud, you’re just gonna have to walk it up a couple of kilometres until we can get some help’. I must have walked treacherously in the rain about five-odd km when lo and behold I see a wagon with a flag in the distance. As the minutes go by, it’s getting closer. At first, I thought I was hallucinating and it seemed like something from a movie of an Everest rescue mission. There was this quad bike pulling a chariot with a tall South African flag above and the driver of this vehicle was wearing an old army helmet like from the early 1900s. I hopped onto the chariot with my bike and he pulled me out to the top of the reserve where the Sanparks rangers took me in.”

Appreciating opportunities for camaraderie

While many people ride to beat their best time or prove themselves physically, Nazeer says that for him, it’s about not leaving anyone behind and motivating everyone along the way. “Baseline fitness saw me through my first sani2c, and not knowing what to expect was the best part of the adventure,” he says.

“My first sani2c, I used my son’s mountain bike, which he used for afternoon commuting, which was like an entry-level R3 500 bike and it’s seen me through, so there’s no excuse for someone to think it’s all about the fancy bike. A mid-level mountain bike is sufficient for a beginner. Just get as many hours of ride time in a single day as you can before your actual sani2c Adventure. These days, after doing four sani2c events, I would say that a mountain bike with tubeless tyres is advantageous and if you can afford a soft tail bike, that would be great for your bum! Just enter the event and then you’re committed to preparing and training to experience a phenomenal sani2c adventure.”

Nazeer says he commends KAP, Farmer Glen and the sani2c team for the event. “The whole effort from the sani2c community during the event is an unexplainable effort of Ubuntu and really many lessons could be learnt by other communities from them,” he enthuses. “A big thank you to KAP and Farmer Glen.”

We loved catching up with Nazeer and hearing his thoughts on the value of the race (where PG Bison sponsors the famous floating bridge), and we hope to see the Plaza Board Centre team at many sani2c events to come.