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Time for South Africans to live and let live

26 Apr 17
The country’s economic junk status is a direct result of policy intransigence.…

Media release: Free Market Foundation joins with global think tank alliance to call on policymakers to support global trade

13 Apr 17
JOHANNESBURG – The Free Market Foundation (FMF) today joined with other members of the Global Trade and Innovation Policy Alliance to call on the Zuma administration and policymakers worldwide to defend and support the global trading system,…

Business Day column: Zuma: a terrorist to some, beyond reproach according to others

13 Apr 17   Leon Louw
Is President Jacob Zuma a terrorist? Maybe, according to legal expert Ivan Herselman.…

Liberated minds, liberated people

29 Mar 17   Chris Hattingh
On 21 March, South Africans celebrated Human Rights Day, enjoying a day off work and reflecting on what progress the country has made since the fall of the Apartheid government and our first democratic elections in 1994.…

Business Day column: ICT policy matters because the internet will be everything

28 Mar 17   Leon Louw
Spats about facts can be confusing. Communications Minister Siyabonga Cwele, for instance, accused me of being "wrong" about the formulation of incredibly important telecommunications policy.…

Government can and should lower data prices but not by strangling the industry

25 Mar 17   Martin van Staden
President Jacob Zuma’s announcement in his State of the Nation Address – directed to “the youth,” no less – that government has prioritised the lowering of data prices, should immediately have raised our scepticism about the viability of his claim.…

Media release: To nationalise or compromise? Minister Cwele’s dilemma on ICT policy

22 Mar 17   Free Market Foundation
To borrow from Shakespeare, nationalisation by any other name is still nationalisation, and government taking assets held in private hands without consent or compensation is still expropriation.…

Taxi drivers call for higher consumer prices

15 Mar 17   Chris Hattingh
On 10 March, the metered taxi drivers took to the streets of Johannesburg and severely impacted traffic to and from O R Tambo International Airport.…

Media release: Impact Assessments keep politicians honest – perhaps why ministers avoid them?

13 Mar 17   Free Market Foundation
Socio Economic Impact Assessments (SEIAs) should be high on the news agenda.…

Media release: We cannot afford to experiment with our future

06 Mar 17   Free Market Foundation
“Data is the new currency” * said Chuck Robbins, CEO Cisco Systems and continued, “Data growth is fueling economies, sparking innovation and unleashing waves of creativity.”…

Media release: Minister Cwele is disingenuous about telecoms industry consultation

27 Feb 17   Free Market Foundation
On February 17, Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) Minister Cwele held his second engagement with the telecommunications industry known as the ICT or information and communications technology sector.…

Telecoms Industry under threat: What the media and public need to know

27 Feb 17   Free Market Foundation
This document aims to provide a background and context on the National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper, for the media to understand what is at stake, inform the public and other stakeholders and ask the right questions of government…

Business Day column: Oxfam pulling the wool over eyes on real world wealth

08 Feb 17  
The cellular phones of half the world’s population are worth more than the combined wealth of the world’s billionaires.…

Media release: Radical government plans for mobile networks will harm users

01 Feb 17   FMF Media Release
Everyone who uses the Internet via mobile devices should pay attention to what is happening in the mobile communications sector.…

Business Day column: How can Friedman be so obtuse about free market group?

25 Jan 17   Leon Louw
If you hang us, hang us for crimes we committed, is my response to Prof Steven Friedman’s diatribe against Herman Mashaba and the Free Market Foundation (FMF). It is virtually all nonsense.…

Media release: National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper

19 Jan 17   FMF Media Release
The South African media and public need to pay close attention to the progress of the National Integrated Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Policy White Paper.…

The rainbow nation

19 Jan 17   Rex van Schalkwyk
What has happened to Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s “Rainbow Nation of God”?…

Consumers are the ultimate winners in competition between service providers

13 Jan 17   Chris Hattingh
It has taken a while to reach South Africa, but, at last, it has finally arrived; Netflix and the disruption it causes.…

Without economic growth, you can’t end poverty

22 Dec 16   James Peron
The world is full of clichés. One to question proclaims that “economic growth is only good if it benefits everyone.” Really?…

South Africa’s schooling crisis

21 Dec 16   Eustace Davie
Nine million people are unemployed in South Africa.…

Nationalising radio spectrum fails to heed a past lesson

19 Dec 16  
The #DataMustFall movement seeks lower mobile and fixed-line data prices.…