News Articles
Current Articles


Sort Date Author Title

Public health is in critical condition, and the NHI cannot save it

26 Apr 17
The recent revelations by the Office of Health Standards Compliance (OHSC) in their 2015-16 inspection report, which was presented in Parliament recently, has raised alarm about the state of the public healthcare system.…

Time for South Africans to live and let live

26 Apr 17
The country’s economic junk status is a direct result of policy intransigence.…

Government’s NHI plan is based on squeezing out private healthcare

20 Apr 17   Jasson Urbach
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has been tasked with an important aspect of the "radical economic transformation" agenda, and that is to nationalise healthcare in SA.…

The National Minimum Wage will deepen South Africa’s unemployment crisis

19 Apr 17   David Ansara
The proposed National Minimum Wage (NMW), due to come into force on 1 May 2018, is a quick fix to a systemic problem that will artificially increase salaries for those who already have a job, rather than create more jobs.…

Business Day column: Racists do not trust black people with full land ownership

19 Apr 17   Leon Louw
To understand what the trendy left racists who dominate land policy discourse have in mind, imagine a post-apartheid mixed marriage couple who buy neighbouring properties.…

Business Day column: Zuma: a terrorist to some, beyond reproach according to others

13 Apr 17   Leon Louw
Is President Jacob Zuma a terrorist? Maybe, according to legal expert Ivan Herselman.…

Media release: Free Market Foundation joins with global think tank alliance to call on policymakers to support global trade

13 Apr 17   Jasson Urbach
JOHANNESBURG – The Free Market Foundation (FMF) today joined with other members of the Global Trade and Innovation Policy Alliance to call on the Zuma administration and policymakers worldwide to defend and support the global trading system,…

Lipservice or participatory democracy?

12 Apr 17   Martin van Staden
The subjugation of black South Africans to arbitrary, discretionary rule by officialdom and the whims of politicians was one of the hallmarks of apartheid.…

South Africa’s Rule of Quasi-Law

05 Apr 17   Martin van Staden
Quasi-law has become the norm in South Africa, with Parliament acting as a delegator of powers rather than the representative law-making body it is supposed to be.…

Liberated minds, liberated people

29 Mar 17   Chris Hattingh
On 21 March, South Africans celebrated Human Rights Day, enjoying a day off work and reflecting on what progress the country has made since the fall of the Apartheid government and our first democratic elections in 1994.…

Business Day column: ICT policy matters because the internet will be everything

28 Mar 17   Leon Louw
Spats about facts can be confusing. Communications Minister Siyabonga Cwele, for instance, accused me of being "wrong" about the formulation of incredibly important telecommunications policy.…

Government can and should lower data prices but not by strangling the industry

25 Mar 17   Martin van Staden
President Jacob Zuma’s announcement in his State of the Nation Address – directed to “the youth,” no less – that government has prioritised the lowering of data prices, should immediately have raised our scepticism about the viability of his claim.…

Government land is central to land reform

22 Mar 17   Martin van Staden
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   Free Market Foundation
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.…

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.…

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.…

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.…