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Business Day column: Best way for the state to deal with spectrum is to get out of the way

 13 Dec 17
Data must fall. Not because regulators and do-gooders say so, but because of "market forces".…

Tomorrow it is likely to be your turn to have a freedom you value curtailed

 13 Dec 17
In a democratic society, can government collude with citizens to abuse and undermine the freedoms ordinary South Africans died to ensure? Unfortunately, it can.…

Business Day column: Catastrophic jobless rate warrants institution of state of emergency

13 Dec 17   Leon Louw
SA’s unemployment rate is so catastrophic that a state of emergency should be declared.…

How government failed to privatise Eskom

13 Dec 17   Nicholas Woode-Smith
Government is preventing the private sector from being a solution to South Africa’s rising poverty and declining economy, despite the protestations of policy-makers and bureaucrats.…

Parliament’s surrendering of power to bureaucrats jeopardises democracy

07 Dec 17   Martin van Staden
Did you know that when you drive 140 in a 120 km/h zone, you are not ‘breaking the law’, at least not directly?…

Failure to respect constitutional rights causes mass unemployment

06 Dec 17   Eustace Davie
South Africa’s unemployed people are subjected to the appalling indignity of being denied the right to negotiate freely with potential employers who, in turn, are prevented by the labour laws from employing them on mutually agreeable terms.…

Media release: ECA Bill signals the end of post-apartheid SA’s greatest success story

06 Dec 17   FMF Media Release
“A contentious new Bill that heralds higher data prices and reduced quality of service for consumers of data of any kind on cell phone,…

The truth about South Africa’s mass unemployment

06 Dec 17   Eustace Davie
I have a vision of millions of people, with new hope in their hearts, knocking on doors, saying “I am exempt from the labour laws. Here is my exemption certificate to prove it.…

Media release: Demarcation Regulations for the healthcare insurance sector are an attack on the black middle class

05 Dec 17   FMF Media Release
The rise of the black middle class is a South African success story. Why is government clamping down on their freedom of choice?…

Abundance of unskilled labour in SA could be an opportunity for growth without the National Minimum Wage

30 Nov 17   Chris Hattingh
Released just before the Christmas break, the National Minimum Wage (NMW) Bill is open for public comment for a period of just 13 days, an unacceptably short time period.…

Request for extension of public comment period on bills gazetted during November 2017

30 Nov 17  
The departments of labour and telecommunications and postal services together published four bills on 17 November 2017 with hopelessly inadequate periods for public comment.…

Government’s embrace of parasitical SAA is unconstitutional

29 Nov 17   Martin van Staden
South African Airways (SAA) is not a parastatal, it is parasitical. Society as envisioned by our Constitution has no place for parasites, especially if its continual humouring has to come at the direct expense of equality, dignity, and freedom.…

The right to work and debarment in the financial market

29 Nov 17   Robert W Vivian
Who in their right mind would believe there is a law on our statute books which is interpreted and applied in such a way that it makes it possible for an employer to deprive an employee, without the due process of law and without any proper enquiry,…

Tobacco packaging: Anything but plain

29 Nov 17   Chris Hattingh
Why are smokers treated so badly? When justifying the proposed introduction of plain packaging and trying to legalise moral, ethical conduct in South Africa, the Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi can seem quite comical to those who understand th…

Short comment periods on new laws are unreasonable and unconstitutional

28 Nov 17   Martin van Staden
The South African government seems to be making it a habit to publish new laws, regulations, and policies close to or over a holiday period.…

Media release: Ominous trend of presenting critical Bills for public comment just before Christmas continues with Electronic Communications Amendment Bill and four others

27 Nov 17   FMF Media Release
Last Friday, 17 November 2017, Cabinet approved the 115-page Electronic Communications Amendment (ECA) Bill giving the public and industry just 30 calendar days in which to comment after which the consultation period will be closed and further object…

Media release: The Department of Health’s proposals are an effective ban on smoking

27 Nov 17   FMF Media Release
Government’s interference a threat to rights of individuals, private property owners and bad for business…

Steamrolling unaffordable policies – the new norm in South Africa

27 Nov 17   Dr Johann Serfontein
The current trend of pushing through populist government policies without consideration of expert reports on the affordability of funding initiatives, causes grave concern…

Core aspects of anti-tobacco proposals fall short of constitutional criteria

27 Nov 17   Leon Louw
What, if anything, does our constitution tell us about anti-smoking laws and policies?…

Media release: Ominous trend of presenting critical Bills for public comment just before Christmas continues with Electronic Communications Amendment Bill and four others

22 Nov 17   FMF Media Release
The impact for consumers and the economy in terms of access to new technologies, quality of service and the price of data, is significant.…

FMF NEWSLETTER 22 NOVEMBER 2017

22 Nov 17  
FMF NEWSLETTER 22 NOVEMBER 2017…

Media release: R10 billion is not enough – let’s get real about SAA

15 Nov 17   FMF Media Release
Let’s get real about SAA. In among the hype, speculation about the new CEO and board, the latest of 9 turn around plans, Gigaba’s talk of local and international strategic equity partners and of “saving SAA”, there is a blindingly obvious elephant -…