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Protecting Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs)

 17 Aug 17
Any inventor needs assurances that their ideas, once put into the public domain to be capitalised upon, will receive adequate protection.…

Trampling individual rights, the mark of collectivism

 17 Aug 17
What does the sugar tax; an increased minimum drinking age; National Health Insurance; a wealth tax; the spectre of White Monopoly Capital; state capture; tenders; and repeated attempts to stoke racial tension by politicianshave in common?…

SAA has no place in South Africa

16 Aug 17   Terry Markman
Good Luck to Vuyani Jarana, new CEO of SAA. Unfortunately, he will need much more than that.…

New SAA bailout package shows government is not committed to transformation

15 Aug 17   Martin van Staden
With low economic growth prospects, ever-increasing unemployment and destitution, government appears to be more concerned with the useless prestige and status that comes with our national airline, than the wellbeing of the South African people.…

Business Day column: High cost of flying the flag and keeping a fossil in the skies

10 Aug 17   Leon Louw
A terrifying flock of pterodactyls — gigantic dinosaur-era flying reptiles long presumed extinct — was spotted in our skies last week. Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba reassured us that there was nothing to fear.…

Media release: Government interference will drive data prices up, not down

08 Aug 17  
The #datamustfall campaign is dangerous populist disinformation that has government ministers, ICASA and the communications portfolio committee trying to force price control on the private sector, based on a social media campaign and a false meme.…

The inequality bells are ringing again

08 Aug 17   Chris Hattingh
In an article for the Daily Maverick (26 July 2017) Professor Ben Turok calls for more information regarding the wealthy in South Africa.…

Business Day column: Gigaba’s overcooked action plan will take SA further off course

02 Aug 17   Leon Louw
If you want to understand the government’s economic policy, don’t go away. It works like this: your GPS says you are 200km from your destination.…

Capitalism: The only radical choice

26 Jul 17   Chris Hattingh
What does the sugar tax; an increased minimum drinking age; National Health Insurance; a wealth tax; the spectre of White Monopoly Capital; state capture; tenders; and repeated attempts to stoke racial tension by politicians have in common?…

Mugabe, thanks for independence – ShowMeMyFreedom

18 Jul 17   Rejoice Ngwenya
Thanks to much-celebrated African nationalists, I am politically independent but in desperate need of freedom.…

Business Day column: Yet another unlawful arrest at yet another illegal roadblock

07 Jul 17   Leon Louw
I was arrested. At a roadblock. Not for failing to stop, being drunk, having no licence, driving an unroadworthy car or some other offence.…

Media release: DataMustFall: Fake news

03 Jul 17   FMF Media Release
#DataMustFall campaigners are guilty of cherry-picking to make a point that is set to undermine one of post-apartheid’s few success stories.…

Media release: Sir Ketumile Masire, Nelson Mandela and the Free Market Foundation

29 Jun 17  
Ketumile Masire (2001): “This is the time to demonstrate to the world that, as fellow Africans, we are capable of working together so that we can all enjoy peace, freedom and dignity.”…

Data – let each provider decide for themselves

23 Jun 17   Chris Hattingh
The #DataMustFall campaign has been relatively quiet in recent months, after the flurry of calls for greedy companies such as MTN and Vodacom to do away with a basic, moral tenet of business: making a profit.…

Business Day column: Benefit deniers and credit takers cling to colonialism debate

21 Jun 17   Leon Louw
Colonialism has benefits. There, I said it. I was not struck by lightning, but I might suffer eternal damnation at the behest of racists consumed by the real or fabricated racism of others.…

Economics is certainly no ideology

13 Jun 17   Phumlani M UMajozi
NEO-LIBERALISM” has become a convenient term to ideologise economics, treating it as an “idea” which can be debated and potentially discarded.…

Like China, SA can uplift millions out of poverty

07 Jun 17   Temba A Nolutshungu
THE free market is, without a doubt, the best arrangement of economic and societal policies to achieve individual freedom.…

The first step to growth: Reject pseudo-economics

31 May 17   Martin van Staden
Murray Rothbard, economist and political philosopher, wrote in an essay that there is nothing wrong with being ignorant of economics, given the science’s specialised and often complex nature.…

Media release: Johannesburg hosts Africa Liberty Forum – a first for South Africa

22 May 17   FMF Media Release
This week on 24 and 25 May in Johannesburg, the Free Market Foundation (FMF) together with US organisations *Atlas Network and sponsor The John Templeton Foundation, will host the Africa Liberty Forum,…

Business Day column: Why intellectuals fall for extreme estimate of global inequality

17 May 17   Leon Louw
What is it with Leon Louw and his columns trashing estimates of global inequality," asks Roger Southall (Oxfam rant a Louw point, May 3).…

Take advice from Deng Xiaoping and Nelson Mandela on economic growth

10 May 17   Temba A Nolutshungu
For the achievement of individual freedom, being compatible with human nature and conduct in pursuit of lofty socioeconomic goals and happiness and based on empirical evidence, the free market is, without a doubt, the best arrangement of economic and…

Higher economic freedom lifts up the poor

09 May 17   Jasson Urbach
OXFAM’S motto is “the power of people against poverty”.…