Student Name

Student Name: K Mhlongo
Student Number: 62737198

Step 1
1. State your proposed act as a maxim:
”I will take ZAR 260 000 000.00(A) when I’ve done year’s work (C) in order to get
really, really rich (E).”
2. Restate this maxim as a universal law;
“All people (7 billion of them) will take ZAR 620 000 000.00 when they’ve done a
year’s work in order to get really, really rich.
3. Ask whether your maxim is conceivable in a world ruled by the universal law;
and finally
Truthful the maxim is not conceivable in the way it is ruled by the universal law,
imagine if all people (7 billion of them) earn R620 000 000.00, how will be the
world be like? I believe that people will spend on unnecessary things and it will
lead to collapse of the economy, because many people don’t know how to
manage money.
4. Ask whether you would rationally act on your maxim in such a world.
I will act maxim because I will able to afford everything I want. I will able to able
to help poor and children who don’t afford universities and fund the struggling
businesses.

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Step 2

? What would Kant probably have said about Whitey Basson (or you) earning
ZAR 620,000,000.00? (You might want to do a bit of research into the
nature of Whitey Basson’s 2010 earnings).

o Kant’s would have gone against Whitey Basson’s salary because it goes
against his formula of universal law. It is morally unacceptable in Whitey
Basson’s scenario that the act stops at stage 3, so kant would have probably
said that is total wrong.
? What do you think about Whitey Basson (or you) earning ZAR
620,000,000.00?

o It’s a good thing seeing him earning this kind of money because he put the
hard work and effort he put on Shoprite, and he believe that the company
will continue to grow consistently and sustainably. But I think he should
donate the money, create jobs and increase his employees’ salaries.

? Why do you think this?

o I do believe he deserves a lot of money, seeing that he has come a long way
and worked hard through the years. He led the Shoprite and Checkers from
small beginnings to one of the greatest companies in the continent’s and
creates jobs in doing so. But R620 000 000, sound ridiculously enormous, if
he’s earning this kind of money does his employees also earn suitable
salary? I doubt.