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Former president Thabo Mbeki urges ANC rethink on EWC

 14 Nov 18
It is a well-known fact that the ANC sees itself not primarily as a ruling party but rather as a movement.…

Are supporters of EWC doing their part?

 13 Nov 18
This is interesting in the context of Ramaphosa’s speech at the 8th Annual Desmond Tutu International Peace Lecture where he said "We cannot speak of true freedom when 10% of the population has more wealth than 90% combined" as reported on News24.…

Media release: No to Expropriation Without Compensation

13 Nov 18  
The ANC is playing a dangerous political game in forcing through its policy of changing the Constitution to allow for expropriation without compensation (EWC) and party members supporting this should be very clear about the consequences.…

South Africans need a radical solution: capitalism

13 Nov 18   Chris Hattingh
Collectivism, in all its forms, has been tried, and has failed, all around the world. It will never work even if different people are put in charge.…

Open the labour market

09 Nov 18   Jasson Urbach
The results of South Africa’s official unemployment statistics published by Statistics SA in the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) reveal some alarming labour market trends.…

Media release: Mboweni – R 5 bn bailout for SAA? Maybe! Out of his hands now

08 Nov 18  
Not only is new finance minister Tito Mboweni the first ANC politician to propose that SAA should be closed down, he is also the first to repeat the Free Market Foundation’s (FMF) rallying cry that subsidising SAA harms the poorest in society.…

Things are getting worse - but there’s an easy solution

Discovery CEO Adrian Gore mentioned at the recent Leadership Summit that there is an element of “declinism” -- a pessimism about the state of one’s country -- in South Africa, and that it did not accurately represent the situation facing our country.…

Media release: Police oversight regime is constitutionally inadequate

06 Nov 18  
New research by the Rule of Law Project has revealed that the Independent Police Investigative Directorate Act (IPID Act) contravenes certain notions of the Rule of Law, as contained in section 1(c) of the Constitution, as well as the provisions in t…

South Africa needs a radical solution: capitalism

02 Nov 18   Chris Hattingh
Collectivism, in all its forms, has been tried, and has failed, all around the world.…

To contain prices competition is essential in electricity markets

31 Oct 18   Eustace Davie
A market for electricity has a salutary effect on the behaviour of all the participants in the generation and supply of electricity.…

Media release: Mini budget – Zuma fiddled while South Africa burned!

25 Oct 18   FMF Media Release
Tito Mboweni had the unenviable task of presenting a budget that was the consequence of the maladministration of the Zuma era with a Treasury running out of cash and a government leaking like a sinking ship.…

Controlling the fuel price is a recipe for disaster

24 Oct 18   Martin van Staden
The Department of Energy has indicated that it is considering setting a maximum allowable price for 93 unleaded fuel as a relief measure to soothe South Africans beleaguered by unrelenting petrol price increases over recent months.…

Media release: Braking [sic] News: Ex Finance Minister Nene’s shelved medium-term budget leaked to FMF

22 Oct 18   FMF Media Release
A copy of ex Finance Minister Nene’s proposed Medium Term Budget (MTB) has been leaked to various organisations in the interest of the public’s right to know.…

Economic freedom most rapidly reduces poverty

22 Oct 18   Eustace Davie
South Africa’s Economic Freedom of the World ranking this year is 110th as compared to 46th in 2000 out of the countries measured.…

Government wage bill: over bloated and underwhelming

17 Oct 18   Njabulo Mhlambi
South Africa was once speculated to have a government workforce larger than that of the United States.…

Media release: Khaya Lam Land Reform Project has effected over 3,000 title deeds since project inception

17 Oct 18   FMF Media Release
The Free Market Foundation’s (FMF) Khaya Lam Land Reform Project announced today that 3,059 title deeds to their homes have been presented to recipients since the project began in 2013, at no cost to the new title owners.…

The problem of "fair‐labelling" and insurance

16 Oct 18   Robert W Vivian
We assign labels to things all the time. When you say, “Pass me a pen”, pen is the label we place on an object with which we expect to write words on paper.…

The malign folly of "stakeholder" theory

15 Oct 18   Chris Hattingh
The only social responsibility of business is to use its resources and occupy its energies in the generation of wealth, so long as it stays within the rules of the game, which are to engage in open and free competition, without deception or fraud.…

Media release: Things are worse than they seem: error in World Bank data sees SA slip further in EFW 2018 rankings

11 Oct 18  
South Africa now ranks 110 out of 162 in the Economic Freedom of the World (EFW) 2018 index. It had been reported that SA’s ranking was 94. However, following an error in World Bank data, spotted and investigated by Free Market Foundation’s (FMF) Eus…

Less freedom, lower growth: What we should learn from international indices

10 Oct 18   Dr Richard J. Grant
It is a common temptation, in the months before an election, for politicians to promise the moon to those voters they fear might be attracted to the similarly lofty promises of a rival party.…

Media release: South Africa ranks 94 out of 162 countries measured in the Economic Freedom of the World Report

10 Oct 18  
South Africa ranks 94 out of 162 countries and territories according to their economic system.…

Stop making laws to which nobody adheres

09 Oct 18   Martin van Staden
The law is supposed to fulfil two important functions in society: protecting people’s persons and property, and conflict avoidance.…