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Media release: Banks need to justify to the poor why they are bailing out SAA

 18 Jul 18
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
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…

Media release: SAA hiding behind “commercially sensitive information” – hearings must not evade public’s right to know

01 Jun 18   FMF Media Release
The FMF is dismayed and disturbed by media reports that future briefings by SAA to Parliament may be behind closed doors starting with next week on 7 June.…

Lessons from Air India

21 May 18   Chris Hattingh
At the end of March, it was revealed that Air India’s employees would be given stock options after the airline is privatised.…

ICT policy: Don’t fix what isn’t broken

08 May 18   Martin van Staden
Information and communication technologies (ICT) have caused unprecedented change during the previous two and a half decades.…

Media release: DTPS ECA Bill – void for vagueness and therefore probably unconstitutional

26 Apr 18   FMF Media Release
“The controversial Electronic Communications Amendment (ECA) Bill is void for vagueness and therefore probably unconstitutional in its current form and unlikely to become law,” said Free Market Foundation executive director Leon Louw in an FMF media…

NOTE TO THE MEDIA

26 Apr 18  
The news that SAA needs another immediate bailout of R5 bn on top of the R20 bn already provided and a further R9.2 bn in 2018 to repay outstanding debt is an outrageous affront to the poorest in society who are bearing the brunt of the recent increa…

A trend that builds a nation

25 Apr 18   Paul Pereira
Two major studies on poverty in South Africa have caused understandable alarums this last year.…

South Africa should follow winners, not losers

Nationalisation of property, inefficient State-owned enterprises, raising the legal drinking age from 18 to 21, and higher taxes in a low-growth environment. These ideas have all been tried elsewhere.…

Auctioning of spectrum could provide the money government is looking for

16 Apr 18   Martin van Staden
Owning the rights to radio frequency spectrum above a given territory is a valuable asset.…

Spectrum trading should be encouraged, not banned

05 Apr 18   Martin van Staden
Spectrum are the radio frequencies – a finite resource – that mobile operators use to provide services to consumers.…

South Africa is not capitalist, but needs to be

04 Apr 18   Martin van Staden
To say that South Africa is a capitalist society is popular among journalists, politicians, and trade unionists.…

The virtue of self-interest

14 Mar 18   Temba A Nolutshungu
The capacity and need to act in one’s own self-interest is a primordial instinct, irretrievably embedded in the DNA that prescribes human conduct.…

Media release: AG qualified audit sounds SAA death knell – should surprise no one

13 Mar 18   FMF Media Release
SAA is finished according to the Auditor General (AG). Or, in the coded language that he uses, his findings “cast doubt on SAA’s ability to continue as a going concern”.…