Tag: economics

SA Minister of Communications – Reading the Tea Leaves

Arthur Goldstuck has written a thoughtful piece on the newly appointed South African Minister of Communications, Siphiwe Nyanda, and his new deputy Dina Pule.  He does a good job of highlighting their key strengths and weaknesses. Based on their lack...

/ 11 May 2009

Mobiles in Africa – We Need The Eggs

At the end of the movie Annie Hall, Woody Allen says, this guy goes to a psychiatrist and says, ‘Doc, uh, my brother’s crazy, he thinks he’s a chicken,’ and uh, the doctor says, ‘well why don’t you turn him...

/ 29 April 2009

More on the 1 Cent SMS

Problem solved. You’ll be happy to know that the cost of an SMS has come down to 1 US cent….. if you live in the Philippines.  But the news is even better.  According to this article, the price of SMSes...

/ 26 March 2009

In Praise of Taking Things Apart

The Economic Value of Taking Things Apart In the Concise Encyclopedia of Economics, Paul Romer writes: “Economic growth occurs whenever people take resources and rearrange them in ways that are more valuable. A useful metaphor for production in an economy...

/ 24 March 2008