Thank you for your patience, as mentioned there will be a few changes. The current platform is too cumbersome and too complex for some for what we wanted to achieve.
We will be exiting our "renovation" mode with the following changes:
The community will be temporary housed at a new domain (khoi.biz). This will most likely be the case for community to convene for the next year 12-18 months. We estimate our new platform will be up in September 2021 it might be sooner or later. Members can then decide whether they want to join the new platform or not while this community will cease to exist in its current format.
All current members will be refunded their membership fee in full and granted "Vendor" status on khoi.biz for the remainder of the membership they had left. To sell on khoi.biz will be R100 per month as well. We thought of making it free, but as our platform always charged to sell (and will continue to in future), when we get to our new platform, we don't want to create an expectation of free among new members. So we would rather charge from the beginning. We will stop taking Vendors on this community a month before our new platform launches so Vendors get their money's worth.
Businesses, International Trade and Listings will be spun out into the new platform in future. However the current platform will be accommodating Vendors who can place listings in a designated (Marketplace Offers) area as well as respond to people looking for products and services.
We will be opening the community up to new members with less restrictions than before, we will be allowing non-vendors to post in the main community and not just business leads. We will be adding third party advertising to compensate for the extra work and server requirements. Remember in the past the community was just auxiliary to the overall platform of facilitating trade between serious buyer and seller, with a more open community things will change a bit, bear in mind this is not a permanent situation. If things get too out of hand we will simply tighten things up and restrict membership again. Remember we were always a serious B2B platform where business got done and not a place to waste time chit-chatting. As per usual keep your business in the PM's.
I am also asking you a big favour in future all threads need to have a tag and suffix, but as this was not the case in the past please to go into your post history and add a prefix to identify what that post was, I know it's a big ask for some with a lot of content but we want to add some structure as we have removed individual categories. Let me know if you are too busy and I will sort it out for you. Please prefix content as following:
Question: You ask a question that you need answered. In this thread people were to answer your question and stay on topic.
Discussion: You start a discussion point where everyone in the community can partake in
Wanted: You are looking for a product or service to pay for (begging will also not be allowed as it goes against our beliefs).
Offer: This is for Vendors only looking to sell a product or service.
News: This is to share industry news.
If possible please also add a tag to the thread, that way people will be able to find a business via tag like "food business" if you talking about food.
Please also move all your listings into the Marketplace Offers section as listings will be shut down in the next week.
One more thing: please also change your location to the following format: Town, City or Province + postal code.
New information will be made available as is provided to me. As per usual PM me with any queries you may have.
P.S. The move went somewhat smoothly with the exception of two threads I accidentally deleted, incidentally from South Africa's International Trade section, they are the following: