The confirmation last week by South Africa’s super telescope, of the distance of the latest supernova found by Chile last year at 3.8 billion light years away is confusing. As the speed of light travels a little over 1 billion kilometers an hour, it is just a very long way away.
More down to earth figures of Citibank withdrawing SAA’s line of credit of R250m, I can get my head around. Even the universities needing an extra R3billion at a minimum is understandable, and probably R30 billion. The cost of the drought at untold billions, and then what about South Africa’s nuclear plans? Estimates were a trillion Rand, but since the Rand has crashed that has probably increased in cost by a couple of hundred billion or more. A billion here, a billion there, the numbers just don’t seem to be really understood by anybody. Even a Presidential jet at R4billion is a sort of understandable figure.