What would you do with Gautrain’s R13bn?
To put the cost of the new Gautrain development into perspective, Singhand Associates Strategic Solutions has come up with a few suggestions on what could be done with the R13bn extra the development will now cost asopposed to the initially expected R7bn.
*Instead of a train you could buy some top of the range S-class MercedesBenz 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 MercedesBenz, you could run a fleet of taxis, free of charge to commuters, fromJohannesburg 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 taxisevery 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 widefrom Johannesburgto Pretoria. We would have R400 000 left over to pay thebricklayer 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 auniversity degree for every single 19 year old Gauteng resident and askthem what to do with the money.
Source: Singh & Associates Strategic Solutions