HOW DOES SOUTH AFRICA COMPARE WHEN IT COMES TO TOOTH FAIRY INFLATION?
Very few grandparents that I asked could recall how much they got paid per tooth (and neither can I). But two grandparents who did remember accurately were my mother and mother-in-law. Why? Because in the early Fifties they each got a specific coin per tooth called a ‘ticky’. This was a South African coin worth three pence – since SA wasn’t yet a republic with our own currency, the rand didn’t yet exist; however, once rands came into being, a rough rule of thumb was that three pence was equal to R0.025. Payouts in the Seventies to Eighties varied from R0.10 to R5 per tooth. Fast-track to the Nineties, when
R5 to R10 per tooth seemed to