ON MAR­GIN

Finweek English Edition - - Piker -

NAMIBIA’S TRUSTCO GROUP

– first on the JSE’s Africa board – is forg­ing ahead ex­pand­ing the ge­o­graphic reach of its cell­phone air­time top-up-for-free fu­neral in­sur­ance prod­uct. It’s so con­fi­dent it will get many Africans to buy the air­time and get them­selves free funer­als it’s rais­ing R200m to en­ter Botswana and Nige­ria this year.

Piker can hear CE Quin­ton van Rooyen con­vinc­ing po­ten­tial clients: “Top up and give me a call af­ter you die.”

A MAN WALKS INTO A

restau­rant with a full-grown ostrich be­hind him. The wait­ress asks them for their or­ders.

The man says: “A ham­burger, fries and a Coke.” He turns to the ostrich: “What’s yours?” “I’ll have the same,” says the ostrich. “That will be R29,40, please.” The man reaches into his pocket and pulls out the ex­act amount for pay­ment. The next day the two re­turn. “This is Fri­day night, so I’ll have a steak, baked po­tato and a salad.”

“Same,” says the ostrich. “That will be R182,62, please.” Once again the man pulls the ex­act amount from his pocket.

The wait­ress can’t hold back her cu­rios­ity any longer. “Ex­cuse me, sir. How do you man­age to al­ways come up with the ex­act amount in your pocket ev­ery time?”

“Sev­eral years ago a ge­nie of­fered me two wishes. My first wish was that if I ever had to pay for any­thing I would just put my hand in my pocket and the right amount of money would al­ways be there.”

“Whether it’s a gal­lon of milk or a Roll­sRoyce, the ex­act money is al­ways there.”

The wait­ress then asks: “What’s with the ostrich?”

The man sighs: “My sec­ond wish was for a tall chick with long legs who agrees with ev­ery­thing I say.”

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