HISTORY

1975
FMF founded to promote and foster a society based on classical liberal principles.

1978
Michael O'Dowd, one of the intellectual driving forces of anti-apartheid classical liberalism in South Africa, becomes Chairman of the FMF board - a position he holds until 2005.

1980
Symond Fiske awarded Free Market Award.

1981
Prof Brian Kantor awarded Free Market Award.

1982
Prof Johannes Gildenhuys awarded Free Market Award.

1983
Prof Geert de Wet awarded Free Market Award.

1984
Prof Nic Swart & Terry Markman awarded Free Market Award.

1985
Dr Sam Motsuenyane awarded Free Market Award.

1986
Ian Hetherington awarded Free Market Award.

South Africa: The Solution co-authored by Leon Louw and Frances Kendall.

1987
Marc Swanepoel awarded Free Market Award.

Dakar Conference, regarded as having made a decisive contribution to the abolition of apartheid, attended by Leon Louw.

1988
Lawrence Mavundla awarded Free Market Award.

1989
Jan Buter awarded Free Market Award.

1990
Prof Duncan Reekie awarded Free Market Award.

1991
Nonia Ramphomane awarded Free Market Award.

1992
Nils Dittmer awarded Free Market Award.

1993
Prof Louise Tager awarded Free Market Award.

1994
Prof Eckart Kassier awarded Free Market Award.

1995
Dr John Ledger awarded Free Market Award.

1996
Nigel Bruce awarded Free Market Award.

Evidence led by FMF in the Constitutional Court on two of the issues to which it had objected: property and socio-economic rights – both of which had to be argued on the basis of whether or not the specific clauses complied with the constitutional principles stipulated in the Interim Constitution. It emphasised two aspects in respect of property rights and compensation. The first related to the absence in the draft constitution of a clause entrenching the fundamental right to acquire and hold property. The second to the provision that the amount, timing and manner of payment of compensation should reflect an equitable balance between the public interest and the interests of those affected, having regard to all relevant factors including “the purpose of the expropriation”.

1997
Michael Jwambi awarded Free Market Award.

1998
Pikkie van den Heever awarded Free Market Award.

1999
Johann Rupert awarded Free Market Award.

2000
Sir Ketumile Masire awarded Free Market Award.

2002
Derek Hanekom awarded Free Market Award.

Reserve Bank visit: Eustace Davie wrote to then Governor of the Reserve Bank, Mr Tito Mboweni, expressing concern about the rapid increase in the base money supply (M0). As a result, Dr Richard Grant was brought to South Africa from the United Arab Emirates and spent two days in the Reserve Bank, during which he gave two presentations and had one-on-one discussions with several officials. As a result the bank regained control of increases in the money supply to the extent that the year-on-year increase in M0 to the end of February 2003 was 3.26% compared to 30.51% at the end of February 2002.

2003
Jacob Makwetla awarded Free Market Award.

2004
Herman Mashaba awarded Free Market Award.

2006
Habits of highly effective countries: Lessons for South Africa by Leon Louw.

2009
The Zimbabwe papers: A positive agenda for Zimbabwean renewal presented to Morgan Tsvangirai prior to his meeting with President Obama. The Papers we drawn up by eight of Africa’s most respected think tanks. Commissioners of the papers included Temba Nolutshungu and Leon Louw.

Templeton Freedom Award winner in the category Free market solutions to poverty was Eustace Davie book Jobs for the jobless: Special exemption certificates for the unemployed, which proposes a workable solution to South Africa’s mass unemployment problem. One of the judges had this to say about Jobs for the jobless: “One single idea can be much more powerful than one thousand actions and this is a perfect example”.

2010
Freda Utley Award winner.

2017
Africa Liberty Forum co-hosted by Atlas Network and Free Market Foundation.


WHO WE ARE

The Free Market Foundation is an independent public benefit organisation to promote and foster an open society, as well as the rule of law and other values


WHY YOU SHOULD SUPPORT US

The Free Market Foundation plays a crucial role in South Africa. It is a civil society voice that takes up causes that individuals and companies do not have the time or specialised skills to deal with effectively themselves


BOARD OF NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

The Board of Non-Executive Directors of the Free Market Foundation


PRESIDENT, ACADEMIC ADVISORS, RULE OF LAW ADVISORY BOARD

The Presidents, Academic Advisors, Rule of Law Advisory Board


LUMINARY AWARD

The FMF wishes to identify those unique individuals who inspire others in a particular sphere of life. These individuals are elected as FMF Luminaries to memorialise their achievements as an example to all