Catherine van Giesbergen from Afrishade Canvas Manufacturing scams every supplier she has dealings with, every customer who gives her business, mostly her employees. How she is still in business and not being investigated for reckless trading is dumbfounding. Her modis operadi is deposit fraud with suppliers, she will say she has paid for items to be couriered / delivered and sends them a payment from the bank, this payment is a batch payment which has not gone through all the autorizations. The suppliers send the goods, and have not received actual payment, by the time they pick it up, it is too late. One supplier has threatened to lay fraud charges but never did. She is even bold enough to send these batch payments to lawyers when suppliers have handed her over.
Customers pay 50% - 60% deposits for manufacturing - let it be blinds, pool covers, tarpaulins, steel structures, the value of these jobs vary, the customers then wait months on months for the job to be complete as the deposits get used elsewhere and Afrishade is unable to purchase the material.
With regards to her employees, she pays them what she wants, when she wants and has a running total of the money she owes them. If a fortnight comes and she feels like only paying them R1 000 for the fortnight, she would do so.
Yet she has a fancy home in PE along the beachfront as well as a holiday home in St Francis Bay, The holiday home gets rented out for huge amounts especially during the December holiday, yet the company pays the bonds.
Catherine van Giesbergen or Catherine Dickson as she mostly always uses her maiden name, as she says the company is registered in her maiden name, somehow managers to find private lenders and borrows from them. She has even tried to go to the extend of double financing machinery. Machinery might be paid up, yet she will try to finance it again.
SARS - how they have not clamped down on her I do not know. She has not submitted or paid a Vat / PAYE return in 3 financial years. she continues to deduct PAYE from her employees but does not pay it over.
So be warned before attempting to do business with Afrishade Canvas Manufacturing / Catherine Dickson / Catherine van Giesbergen.