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‘Never again’ until next time

 15 Aug 18
In 1994, Nelson Mandela dedicated the day he was inaugurated as the first President of a free South Africa to those who sacrificed “and surrendered their lives so that we could be free”.…

No investment without property rights

 14 Aug 18
President Ramaphosa recently deployed four investment envoys with a target of raising $100bn in investments over the next five years.…

Grinding the jobless into the ground with job deprivation rules

08 Aug 18   Eustace Davie
Much is written about inequality, decrying high salaries paid by companies to their executives as being one of its main causes, while no consideration is given, or attention paid to the plight of the unemployed.…

Media release: South Africa PLUMMETS to 37th in global property rights rankings, falling behind Rwanda

08 Aug 18  
On property rights South Africa was ranked 27th overall and 1st in the African region. However, South Africa's score declined by 0.65 from 7,00 in 2017 to 6,35 in 2018. This is the largest decline by any country measured in the index.…

Capitalism is the only moral economic system ever to grace the world

07 Aug 18   Chris Hattingh
Capitalism is the only moral economic system to grace the world. It is the only moral system because it is based on individual rights and freedoms.…

Government’s ‘malicious compliance’ with socio-economic impact assessments

03 Aug 18   Ivo Vegter
Since 1 October 2015, the Cabinet of South Africa has required socio-economic impact assessments (SEIAs) to be conducted whenever Cabinet approval is required for draft policies, bills or regulations.…

Trade improves human wellbeing

02 Aug 18   James Peron
Does anyone think Americans would be richer if each of the fifty states had restrictions on trade with the other states?…

Venezuela under the socialism of the 21st century – from prosperity to misfortune

01 Aug 18   Sary Levy-Carciente
The economic collapse in Venezuela, undergone during the last two decades, is due to the presence of the ideological-political project commonly referred to as ‘Socialism of the 21st Century’.…

Freedom and prosperity for all

01 Aug 18   Ayanda Khumalo
Given the current economic situation in the country characterised by low growth, more people are coming to appreciate the sound moral, philosophical, and economic underpinnings of a free market economy.…

Will South Africa go the way of Zimbabwe?

31 Jul 18   Temba A Nolutshungu
In February 2018, the African National Congress (ANC) government of South Africa joined with the radical left-leaning Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to approve a motion in parliament to request the Constitutional Review Committee to “undertake a pro…

Die tirannie van politieke korrektheid

27 Jul 18   Temba A Nolutshungu
Vryheid van uitdrukking en individuele vryheid in die algemeen is voorvereistes vir 'n vrye, oop en gelyke samelewing soos beloof in die Grondwet, maar hierdie vryheid is altyd in 'n moeilike posisie in enige samelewing, veral in Suid-Afrika.…

Recklessly throwing taxpayer funds at court cases is unconstitutional

25 Jul 18   Martin van Staden
With unemployment and social welfare at crisis levels and an actively shrinking economy, one would expect government to spend the little funds it forcefully extracts from taxpayers on comparatively important things,…

Funding figures vital for assessing the viability of NHI

24 Jul 18   Dr Johann Serfontein
Despite Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi not wanting to commit to even a rough estimate of costs of the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme, the failure thereof will be funding.…

African judges defend Rule of Law

24 Jul 18   Gary Moore
A 1992 Treaty established the Southern African Development Community (“SADC”) to promote growth and development.…

Only established networks can handle the investments required to run a sustainable WOAN

23 Jul 18   Thabo Mofokeng
The idea of a wireless open access network – WOAN – is the central plank of government’s information and communications technologies (ICT) policy as set out in the Electronic Communications Amendment (ECA) Bill.…

Media release: Subdivision and land use laws hinder land reform and are unconstitutional

23 Jul 18   FMF Media Release
Research conducted by the Rule of Law Project has found that two Acts of Parliament dealing with land use are unconstitutional and are proving to be barriers to effective land reform.…

NHI – What is the Union Mandate?

19 Jul 18   Dr Johann Serfontein
Cosatu has been vocal in their support for NHI, even calling for the head of Aaron Motsoaledi as Minister of Health for his implementation delays.…

Did parliament intend to introduce a fake minimum wage “exemption”?

18 Jul 18   Eustace Davie
Is the exemption from the National Minimum Wage (NMW) provided for in the legislation deliberately and seditiously being torpedoed by bureaucrats, or did government all along intend to be harsh in its approach to low-income individual and small-firm…

Media release: Banks need to justify to the poor why they are bailing out SAA

18 Jul 18   FMF Media Release
The recent announcement by minister Pravin Gordhan that, at the request of state owned enterprises (SOEs), the banks will “help” SOEs with more funding and additional unspecified assistance, raises serious questions.…

How about private-run education facilities to train doctors in South Africa

18 Jul 18   Jasson Urbach
Is anyone surprised that the programme which trains South Africans as doctors in Cuba has been a catastrophic failure? According to Business Day,…

Liberty is the source of human progress

17 Jul 18   Temba A Nolutshungu
Promoting his seminal book, South Africa’s war against Capitalism, the economist Professor Walter Williams averred that “The solution to South Africa’s problems is not special programmes, it’s not affirmative action, it’s not handouts, and it’s not w…

Here’s how you lower the fuel price

10 Jul 18   Martin van Staden
The African National Congress and President Cyril Ramaphosa appear determined to lower the fuel price – in the midst of raising it – with Business Tech reporting that government is “actively seeking ways” to find a solution to the problem.…