economic freedom growth Articles
Current Articles


Sort Date Author Title

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
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.…

Media release: Has the ill-informed high cost of data lobby influenced SA’s critical ICT Policy?

12 Dec 16   FMF Media Release
Consumers want faster data at lower prices, yesterday. This is the sentiment behind the #DataMustFall movement, which is agitating for lower mobile and fixed-line data prices.…

Business Day column: ICT infrastructure plan could take irregular spending to new heights

07 Dec 16   Leon Louw
According to the auditor-general’s latest report, there was R27bn in "irregular" spending last year.…

Outdated exchange controls are crippling SA’s growth potential

07 Dec 16   Jasson Urbach
Every day, SA’s foreign exchange (forex) controls destroy more economic growth, job creation and transformation.…

Media release: Another SOE disaster in the making, another addition to our R 46 billion irregular spending

05 Dec 16   FMF Media Release
In the wake of R 46 billion bombshell of irregular expenditure by state owned enterprises (SOEs) and government departments, the recently announced Information and Communication Technology (ICT) policy proposes yet another SOE .…

Media release: Has the ICT Policy White Paper been subjected to a mandatory SEIA?

02 Dec 16   FMF Media Release
Government must fulfill the Cabinet decision to make socio economic impact assessments (SEIAs) compulsory before any policy or regulatory decisions are taken.…

Outdated exchange controls are crippling SA’s growth potential

29 Nov 16   Jasson Urbach
Every day, SA’s foreign exchange (forex) controls destroy more economic growth, job creation and transformation…

Business Day column: Techno-equality calls for cheaper access not lavish entitlement

24 Nov 16   Leon Louw
Once upon a time, people knew what human rights were. It was beautifully straightforward.…

Samsung an example of how the free market works

16 Nov 16   Chris Hattingh
A few weeks ago, Samsung requested its sales partners to cease selling its phablet (phone/tablet), the Galaxy Note 7, not only in the USA, but worldwide.…

Media release: Data must stand – at least until the facts are known

16 Nov 16   FMF Media Release
The DataMustFall bandwagon is astounding in having captured public and media indignation without a clear grasp of the underlying facts.…

Business Day column: Spectrum policy will put telecom sector back in dark ages

02 Nov 16   Leon Louw
He wants to subject you to a ghastly nationalised, socialised, incompetent, corrupt, patronage-driven, outdated, regressive, loss-making, apartheid-style telecommunications monopoly.…

Media release: Data should stand – at least until the facts are known

01 Nov 16   FMF Media Release
Data must fall. Why? Data costs are too expensive in South Africa. Are they? Data is a human right. Is it?…

Commentary on Output and Employment in the South African Economy

29 Sep 16   Dr Richard J. Grant
The Economic Freedom of the World annual report for 2016, released in mid-September, shows that South Africa has continued to decline in economic freedom across all five major measured categories.…

Media release: South Africa 105 among 159 jurisdictions

15 Sep 16  
Global economic freedom up slightly, but South Africa plummets to 105 out of 159 jurisdictions…