Pictures and videos are doing the rounds on social media of some attention-seekers either washing their hands with expensive whisky or cutting up banknotes and throwing them away. Apparently, this shows admiring onlookers how rich the person is. (In the Western Cape at this point, it would perhaps be forgivable to wash with whisky since there is not much water.) It is always easy to notice the clever fool who has recently come into money. Easy money, which must be flaunted for all to see. So the cash must shout out loud, thus buying attention for its grinning owner. Yet those who are really wealthy and know the value of money also know to be discreet about it. But how many people have thought of SAA as the state equivalent of the attention-seeker who will make sure to be seen wasting money? The national carrier’s only purpose is to waste scarce resources, in addition to being a reliable conduit of unearned riches for the connected few. In the 10 years since 2007, SAA has rung up a c...

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