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More financially savvy than an accountant! More thoughtful than a theorist! Able to stack his one rand coins as high as tall buildings!
Is it a nerd? Is it in vain? No! It’s OneRandMan!
The mysterious superhero known as the OneRandMan lives in Century City.
If you haven’t heard of the OneRandMan, where have you been?
His identity is being kept under wraps for good reason, since keen members of the public would crowd him out of his own home if they knew where to find him.
This month Sanlam has initiated a social experiment to coincide with July (National Savings Month).
So, if the analogy of the caped superhero is taken further, then this Superman gets his power from “Sunlam”.
His Kryptonite is debt.
The social experiment entails the OneRandMan’s entire salary being paid to him in one rand coins.
Every single expense is now being paid with a stack of one rands.
A huge pile goes to his credit card debt and another to his car payment. Seeing the sheer number of coins leaving him in droves is eye opening.

Where once he had a mountain of riches, he is now left with but a molehill.
His free time has also become rather precious.
One interview is followed by a video shoot, followed by another interview, followed by a dentist appointment.
TygerBurger contacted him just after the latter, which thankfully for the dentist, the OneRandMan’s medical aid paid.
“I must have been in at least 30 interviews this month! The media has definitely kept me way too busy,” he laughs.
Sanlam approached him because he fitted the profile of the person they would want to be the face of the experiment.
“I immediately came on board, but I never knew what I was letting myself into,” he says.
He is, nonetheless, not sorry for being part of something so memorable.
“Just last night I took my girlfriend on a date and had to pay the bill in one rand coins. The waiter’s face was priceless.”
He has learned many lessons in this adventure, the most important being that one should truly understand the value of money and realise the importance of savings.
The mysterious OneRandMan has had to come to terms with fame and responsibility. People approach him and say they recognise him as the OneRandMan.
All he can do in such a situation is smile and nod his head. His public persona will soon be just a memory, but the OneRandMan hopes that from next month he will eat less pizza and hopefully have more than R200 left five days before pay day.
If the OneRandMan can do it, so can we!
***DISCLAIMER: THIS ARTICLE WAS PUBLISHED IN TYGERBURGER, A CAPE TOWN BASED MEDIA24 COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER. IT MAY NOT BE DUPLICATED WITHOUT ACCREDITING THE SOURCE – TYGERBURGER, MEDIA24.***
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