Firstly, an observation: because I write posts every weekday, this isn’t really a fair contest. A post written in January has a lot more opportunity to be read than a post that’s written in November.
That said – most post hits take place in the first few days after publishing – so it’s not completely unreasonable.
Secondly, I’ve excluded the posts that I wrote in 2012 and 2013 (there are a few which seems to get consistent hit rates on Google – in particular, the one on overpopulation, the rent vs buy series, and curiously, a Office Politics post on mosquitoes).
This was fun to write. It includes a list of the 7 kinds of workplace bitches that can be found in Australia. And laying the blame for their existence firmly at the door of the man/woman in charge.
When a city’s population grows too quickly, you get infrastructural breakdown. That infrastructural breakdown can head in one of two directions: either you get everyone working together to become self-sufficient as a community (Harare is an example); or you get the city fracturing into sectors that fall under the protection of
warlords community leaders (Mogadishu).
And it’s particularly concerning when you look at all the African Cities that face the exact same crisis of population explosion and failing infrastructure.
Thomas Piketty’s new tome on income and wealth inequality. It’s 700 pages long. My post is shorter than that.
Small businesses are the lifeblood of the South African economy: responsible for 60% of employment and 80% of all new jobs created. They also contribute 34% to GDP – but the important part is their contribution to the livelihood of more than half the working population.
And yet they are treated like thieving, fraudulent, uncreditable, abusive miscreants.
So I wrote a letter.
When those population pyramids invert themselves, economies get stressed. And economic growth slows.
Magnus Heystek declared the failed state and suggested that everyone take their money and flee.
Only, there’s no place like home. Seriously. As in: economically speaking as well.
In my mind, home-owning is mostly popular because it’s a saving scheme that feels a lot like spending money (and consumption is always more fun than saving).
But there are other benefits. Like when home-owning is like having an insurance policy against moving too often. And also, those psychological benefits of home…
Aren’t estate agents anachronistic?
There are lots of TV shows that show you how to house-flip in America.
But it’s not so easy here in SA – mostly because we have higher transaction costs (like transfer duties and conveyancing fees), and also, we don’t really have teaser mortgages.
An analysis of how much of your total healthcare spend gets accumulated in your last year of life. And in particular, your last month…
A post of self-congratulation in calling the African Bank bailout. And addressing the haters and gloaters.
A follow-up post on African Bank ADRs.
Are all those during-the-rugby ads really what they cracked up to be?
Or are they just cracked?
Certainly, the collapse of Bridge Loans and OneLaw in the months since I wrote that post would suggest the latter…
When South Africans complain about Eskom, I think that we need to make sure that we understand how we reached this point.
Because when President Zuma blames Apartheid, he’s not altogether wrong.