I had a loooong message typed out but decided to delete most of it as it's not really aviation thread related.
Thanks Guys, really appreciate it.
So after our twins were born in 2018, my wife and I decided it's best she stops working to look after the 3 kids. Whilst we had to cut on certain "lekker" things we still lived comfortably on just my salary(I also have 3 rental properties as an extra income). The intention was for her to stay off work until the kids started primary school(twins will start Gr1 in 2025) and then get something small to keep herself busy. But that had to be moved forward to now. So she is working again which at the moment is making up the shortfall from my vastly reduced salary here. Then that allowed me to start taking all my leave and look into other ideas. My Dad retired from here(SAAT) in August 2018 and he has plenty work/jobs at his house that he is prepared to pay me to help with. Between him, my boet and myself we have about 10 unfinished car projects. We going to basically each keep one car and flog the rest but with that does come some work and fortunately some of the stuff has already paid some income and there is interest in some of the other stuff, especially the V8 parts. Then my uncle owns a E-Waste recycling company operating out of Ballito and he is wanting to get a branch up and running here in Joburg. I am going to probably take a small roll there with him dealing with the clients up here as he doesn't want to fly up here all the time himself or fly one of his current Durban employees up here. It's not 8 hours a day for 5 days a week worth of work so it will allow me to basically do multiple things at once and have some flexibility with the kids if my wife is busy.
I have a lot to be grateful for from SAAT, my Dad started here in 1977 after spending 2 years in the army. 42 years later he retired at 63, They were good to him. I started here as a contractor in August 2007 then in April 2008 I got a permanent contract and I can without even giving a seconds thought say that I was treated well. I have no regrets about applying for and getting a job at SAAT. I learnt a lot and enjoyed my time here.
If you want to chat more about the goings on here inside SAAT, DM me and we can exchange phone numbers and chat on whatsapp(for those of you that aren't already doing that) as I don't want to leave too much out here on a public forum.