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Government land is central to land reform

22 Mar 17
With politicians spewing anti-property rights rhetoric, we could but wonder what exactly sets the democratic government apart from the former apartheid regime.…

Media release: To nationalise or compromise? Minister Cwele’s dilemma on ICT policy

22 Mar 17
To borrow from Shakespeare, nationalisation by any other name is still nationalisation, and government taking assets held in private hands without consent or compensation is still expropriation.…

Media release: NHI Demarcations Regulations – Two million people set to lose medical insurance overnight

19 Mar 17   Free Market Foundation
The Department of Health has requested that the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) grant a limited two-year exemption period for primary healthcare providers who submit themselves to regulation under the Medical Schemes Act ...…

Taxi drivers call for higher consumer prices

15 Mar 17   Chris Hattingh
On 10 March, the metered taxi drivers took to the streets of Johannesburg and severely impacted traffic to and from O R Tambo International Airport.…

Media release: Impact Assessments keep politicians honest – perhaps why ministers avoid them?

13 Mar 17   Free Market Foundation
Socio Economic Impact Assessments (SEIAs) should be high on the news agenda.…

Business Day column: Difficult times do not turn a bad budget into a good one

08 Mar 17   Leon Louw
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan addresses a briefing ahead of his budget speech.…

Anguish over low wages but no pity for the 9 million who earn zero

08 Mar 17   Eustace Davie
The proponents of the compulsory National Minimum Wage (NMW) admit that some people at the lowest level of the income scale will lose their jobs.…

Media release: We cannot afford to experiment with our future

06 Mar 17   Free Market Foundation
“Data is the new currency” * said Chuck Robbins, CEO Cisco Systems and continued, “Data growth is fueling economies, sparking innovation and unleashing waves of creativity.”…

Predicted Tax Freedom Day 2017 in light of budget speech

01 Mar 17   Garth Zietsman
Tax Freedom Day, this year, will be on 23 May – two days later than last year.…

Media release: Time allowed for public participation on ICC withdrawal inadequate

28 Feb 17   Free Market Foundation
The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development invited public comment on government’s intention to withdraw from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court on 14 February 2017, with the deadline for comment set at 8 March 2017.…

Telecoms Industry under threat: What the media and public need to know

27 Feb 17   Free Market Foundation
This document aims to provide a background and context on the National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper, for the media to understand what is at stake, inform the public and other stakeholders and ask the right questions of government…

Media release: Minister Cwele is disingenuous about telecoms industry consultation

27 Feb 17   Free Market Foundation
On February 17, Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) Minister Cwele held his second engagement with the telecommunications industry known as the ICT or information and communications technology sector.…

Why SA should take a leaf out of Egypt’s book on drug approvals

Many problems beset healthcare in South Africa. A most frustrating one is the inability of the drug regulator, the Medicines Control Council, to approve medicines in a timely manner.…

‘Social solidarity’ stopped actuaries devising policies to suit low-income earners

22 Feb 17   Jasson Urbach
The final demarcation regulations drawing the line between medical insurance products and medical schemes was gazetted by the Treasury in December.…

The inviolable sanctity of individual liberty

22 Feb 17   Temba A Nolutshungu
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others” Nelson Mandela.…

Business Day column: Hate speech law may well curb all manner of freedoms

22 Feb 17   Leon Louw
Beware — if the hateful hate speech bill is enacted, telling someone that they induce the episodic levator ani syndrome variant of proctalgia funaxal sacrococcygeal distress in your pubococcygeus could have you jailed for a whole three years.…

Protectionist drugs policy will hurt region

21 Feb 17   Jasson Urbach
Governments of the East African Community (EAC) have made a fatal error.…

New SA criminalising hate-speech bill goes too far

17 Feb 17   Gary Moore
The Department of Justice has invited the public to comment on a draft parliamentary bill containing a clause that would create an offence of "hate speech".…

Traditional leadership as a basis for local government and coexistence

16 Feb 17   Temba A Nolutshungu
Throughout the country, especially in and around metropolitan areas, spontaneous service delivery protests are happening with increasing frequency.…

Ever expanding governments breed corruption

15 Feb 17   Rex van Schalkwyk
Publius Cornelius Tacitus, who lived during the first century AD, gave this warning: “The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws”.…

Three most-overlooked provisions of the Constitution

08 Feb 17   Martin van Staden
The Constitution exists in the abstract to most people. They know there is a document, somewhere, with a list of principles and values which protects them from… something, but what it actually says and how it is set out, is not known to most.…

Business Day column: Oxfam pulling the wool over eyes on real world wealth

08 Feb 17  
The cellular phones of half the world’s population are worth more than the combined wealth of the world’s billionaires.…