Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Current Read

Mind the Gap was really a good read, Graham referred to "The Seven day Weekend" in his book quite a bit, so I decided to read that next. I am only a few chapters in, but already intrigued by Ricardo's life strategy, its well worth reading.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

What would you do with Gautrans R13BN?

TO put the cost of the new Gautrain development into perspective, Singh and Associates Strategic Solutions has come up with a few suggestions on what could be done with the R13bn extra the development will now cost (as opposed to the initially expected R7bn).

  • Instead of a train you could buy some top of the range S-class Mercedes Benz and park them nose to tail to form a "train" that would be long enough to go around the world.
  • Since most South Africans use minibus taxis instead of S-Class Mercedes Benz, you could run a fleet of taxis, free of charge to commuters, from Johannesburg to Pretoria with a taxi leaving each town every two minutes, maintain them at the AA rate of R2.50 per km, replace all the taxis every month and you would only run out of money after 50 years.
  • You could add 44 more lanes to the M1 highway.
  • If you prefer to walk, a good bricklayer, if he made little brick tiles using stacks of 30 R100 notes, could lay a blue paved walkway, 1m wide from Johannesburg to Pretoria. We would have R400 000 left over to pay the bricklayer for his work, which should only take half as long to finish as the Gautrain.
  • Or if you want smart people to figure this out you could pay for a university degree for every single 19 year old Gauteng resident and ask them what to do with the money.

Source: Singh & Associates Strategic Solutions