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

22 Feb 17
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
“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.…

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.…

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”.…

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.…

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.…

Property rights our most important fight in South Africa

01 Feb 17   Chris Hattingh
For South Africans to buiald their communities, increase their wealth and make better lives for their children, their private property rights have to be secure, free from interference by others and any political force.…

Media release: Radical government plans for mobile networks will harm users

01 Feb 17   FMF Media Release
Everyone who uses the Internet via mobile devices should pay attention to what is happening in the mobile communications sector.…

Media release: New Hate Speech Bill turns petty insults into a crime with 3 years in jail

31 Jan 17   FMF Media Release
Saying, “All politicians are thieving liars” or “All lawyers are blood-sucking parasites”, may land you in jail for up to three years if the proposed Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill is passed into law.…

Business Day column: How can Friedman be so obtuse about free market group?

25 Jan 17   Leon Louw
If you hang us, hang us for crimes we committed, is my response to Prof Steven Friedman’s diatribe against Herman Mashaba and the Free Market Foundation (FMF). It is virtually all nonsense.…

Don’t take government bullying lying down

25 Jan 17   Martin van Staden
Through both apathy and fear, South Africa’s businessmen and women have allowed local law making to become hopelessly inconsistent with the doctrine of ‘the rule of law’, a principle that underpins our entire Constitution.…

Media release: National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper

19 Jan 17   FMF Media Release
The South African media and public need to pay close attention to the progress of the National Integrated Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Policy White Paper.…

The rainbow nation

19 Jan 17   Rex van Schalkwyk
What has happened to Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s “Rainbow Nation of God”?…

Consumers are the ultimate winners in competition between service providers

13 Jan 17   Chris Hattingh
It has taken a while to reach South Africa, but, at last, it has finally arrived; Netflix and the disruption it causes.…

Without economic growth, you can’t end poverty

22 Dec 16   James Peron
The world is full of clichés. One to question proclaims that “economic growth is only good if it benefits everyone.” Really?…

South Africa’s schooling crisis

21 Dec 16   Eustace Davie
Nine million people are unemployed in South Africa.…

Why RDP housing is keeping people poor

21 Dec 16   Martin van Staden
Most people would agree that racial discrimination characterised apartheid.…

Business Day column: Let us bust the myths and not believe the nonsense in 2017

20 Dec 16   Leon Louw
Since this is my last 2016 column, I was asked by the government to wish readers a joyless festive season and unhappy new year.…