The West Side Story . . .
Ed Ramsay started his first printing operation in End Street 40 years ago. He matriculated at Queens College in Queenstown in 1967 and did his apprenticeship at Metal Box in Vanderbijlpark. He attended Smit Street Tech where he received his diploma for printing, having received the highest marks in South Africa for all 3 years. He grew up on a farm in the Ficksburg area and was able to learn to speak an African language fluently. Ficksburg is well renowned for it’s Cherry Festival, he soon realised that the only “Cherries” available were on the trees. This made him move to the big city where he met his wife Elmarie. Elmarie used to do all the artwork in End Street 40 years ago. She is now responsible for our internal sales. Their two daughters, Cindy and Michelle qualified as graphic designers. Having worked at Westside for many years, both are doing exceptionally well in their own businesses. Cindy concentrates on revamping restaurants and franchises, printing her own wallpaper and wrapping cars. Michelle and her husband run a very successful construction business, they refurbish large industrial factories to be converted into domestic living homes.