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Achieving the elusive 6 per cent growth rate

 19 Sep 18
In 2005, former President Mbeki committed his government to an economic growth target of 6 per cent, but only after 2010.…

We all benefit from freedom

 12 Sep 18
One of the oddities of freedom is we all benefit from freedom we are unable to utilise ourselves. There are many things, for instance, that I am free to do but which I am unable to do.…

African Excellence: Ethiopian Airlines leads the way

11 Sep 18   Chris Hattingh
Ethiopian Airlines stands as a bastion of success above an African landscape of failed state-owned entities.…

SAA must be euthanised to put us out of our misery

07 Sep 18   Ivo Vegter
South Africa does not need a national flag carrier to carry jet-setters and politicians.…

Media release: Rein in government to end recession

06 Sep 18   FMF Media Release
The causes of South Africa’s economic woes are domestic and invariably emanate from policy decisions.…

Apple and value creation

04 Sep 18   Chris Hattingh
Ann Crotty, in the Financial Mail (The price we pay for Apple’s greed, 16/08/2018) paints Apple as a blight upon our civilization, an entity that only takes and gives nothing in return.…

Media release: SAA & SAX merger – two losses don’t make a profit

27 Aug 18  
Is the proposed merger between loss making South African Airways (SAA) and SA Express (SAX) a marriage made in hell brokered by SA banks?…

The sad story of SA Express: Time to ground it permanently

22 Aug 18   Chris Hattingh
It remains a mystery as to why SA Express (SAX) still exists and why the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) reinstated its air operator certificate (AOC).…

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.…

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’.…

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: 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.…

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.…

Media release: Scrap the telecoms bill and revert to existing Act

10 Jul 18  
ICT provides the framework and infrastructure for every aspect of mobile technological communications. It is the backbone of the economy and a chief driver of transformation. The affordability and quality of data depends on getting this right…

Media release: SAA myths being peddled to delay the inevitable closure

09 Jul 18  
Three myths are taking hold in the media and among other commentators as to why SAA cannot be closed down.…

Proposed IT law vague and confusing

03 Jul 18   Martin van Staden
When a law is sufficiently vague and no reasonable person can make head or tail of what it means or what its implications are, that law fails to live up to the legality standard contained in section 1(c) of the Constitution.…

Do SA a favour: Close down SAA and pay all staff one year’s retrenchment package. Bargain!

28 Jun 18   Temba A Nolutshungu
There is much hype and little logic in the hysteria surrounding what to do with SAA. A national asset? A flag carrier?…

Open skies over South Africa

27 Jun 18   Chris Hattingh
Israel approved the ‘Open Skies’ agreement with the European Union in 2013. The goals were to increase the number of foreign airlines operating in the country, expand the number of routes served, lower fares and stimulate tourism.…

Blame political elite for poverty and lack of economic freedom

13 Jun 18   Martin van Staden
There has been much talk recently about the "inadequacy" of SA’s 1994 political transition, which led to the 1996 Constitution.…

Media release: FMF Executive Director, Leon Louw, welcomes CEO Vuyani Jarana’s acceptance of his wager that SAA cannot be saved

12 Jun 18   FMF Media Release
“I’m thrilled that Mr Jarana has accepted my wager,” said Leon Louw, Executive Director of the Free Market Foundation (FMF). “…

Media release: FMF’s executive director Leon Louw issues wager to SAA CEO Vuyani Jarana – R100K to charity if SAA profitable by 2021

04 Jun 18   FMF Media Release
Leon Louw, executive director of the Free Market Foundation (FMF) is willing to wager SAA CEO Vuyani Jarana R100,000 that his three-year turnaround plan will not work and that by 31 March 2021…