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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

 07 Nov 18
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.…

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.…

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.…

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.…

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.…

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.…

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.…

Regulating Airbnb encourages anti-competitive behaviour

04 Oct 18   Chris Hattingh
The Tourism Business Council of SA (TBCSA) has called on government to regulate Airbnb in South Africa.…

The incredible growth of the middle class

03 Oct 18   James Peron
The world is fast approaching an incredible milestone in human development: for the first time in history more than half the world’s population will be middle class.…

Who will protect us from our protectors?

27 Sep 18   Eustace Davie
“Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” is a Latin phrase used by the Roman poet Juvenal, which can be translated to mean “who will protect us from our protectors?”…

Further into the mire of socialism

25 Sep 18   Chris Hattingh
Reality can be avoided for only so long. The South African economy has slipped into its first technical recession since 2009.…

Achieving the elusive 6 per cent growth rate

19 Sep 18   Eustace Davie
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   James Peron
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?…