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Only freedom can stimulate competition

 14 Feb 18
Competition is not something that can be artificially created. Competition is an inherent facet of human – or living – nature, and thrives most when it is left alone.…

Oxfam cares more about ideology than poverty

 30 Jan 18
In the report, Oxfam not only regurgitates all the same economic fallacies we’re used to — chief among them, the labor theory of value and the notion that wealth inequality is a problem to be solved — but it goes on to make dangerous and authoritaria…

Delta could fly two people to South Africa for the same cost as flying one on SAA

24 Jan 18   James Peron
The other day I saw a promotion for flights to South Africa and curiosity got the better of me.…

Economic growth requires an environment in which prices are freely formed

24 Jan 18   Eustace Davie
Prices, when left alone, “miraculously” direct all resources, including labour and capital, to their most productive uses.…

Media release: SAA’s own new CEO inadvertently tolls airline’s death knell

18 Jan 18   FMF Media Release
New CEO Vuyani Jurana has made a strong case to wind up SAA. In a presentation to Parliament's standing committee on finance late last year,…

Media release: ECA Bill is anti-competitive, unconstitutional and will raise data prices

15 Jan 18   FMF Media Release
The proposed Electronic Communications Amendment (ECA) Bill, 2017 is part of the legislation required to implement the Department of Transport and Postal Services’ (DTPS) contentious Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Policy White Paper…

Business Day column: Capitalism raised the alarm about Steinhoff — and did so instantaneously

04 Jan 18  
Socialists like Dali Mpofu dance ecstatically around the witch’s cauldron whenever "corporate corruption" occurs, because it is so rare.…

Business Day column: Best way for the state to deal with spectrum is to get out of the way

13 Dec 17   Leon Louw
Data must fall. Not because regulators and do-gooders say so, but because of "market forces".…

Media release: ECA Bill signals the end of post-apartheid SA’s greatest success story

06 Dec 17   FMF Media Release
“A contentious new Bill that heralds higher data prices and reduced quality of service for consumers of data of any kind on cell phone,…

Government’s embrace of parasitical SAA is unconstitutional

29 Nov 17   Martin van Staden
South African Airways (SAA) is not a parastatal, it is parasitical. Society as envisioned by our Constitution has no place for parasites, especially if its continual humouring has to come at the direct expense of equality, dignity, and freedom.…

The more trade unions, the less job growth

22 Nov 17   Frans Rautenbach
Is there any correlation between union density and the growth or decline in employment?…

Media release: Ominous trend of presenting critical Bills for public comment just before Christmas continues with Electronic Communications Amendment Bill and four others

22 Nov 17   FMF Media Release
The impact for consumers and the economy in terms of access to new technologies, quality of service and the price of data, is significant.…

Public enterprises, guided by “mean-wellers”, are prone to disaster

15 Nov 17   Eustace Davie
Given the interminable bad news South Africans are receiving about their state-owned enterprises (SOEs), such as the huge SAA losses, frequent cost increases at ESKOM,…

Media release: R10 billion is not enough – let’s get real about SAA

15 Nov 17   FMF Media Release
Let’s get real about SAA. In among the hype, speculation about the new CEO and board, the latest of 9 turn around plans, Gigaba’s talk of local and international strategic equity partners and of “saving SAA”, there is a blindingly obvious elephant -…

Does government want healthier, wealthier citizens?

09 Nov 17   Jasson Urbach
How serious is government about wanting South Africans to become healthier and wealthier and for everyone to have access to a high-quality healthcare system?…

The higher the growth, the better human wellbeing

08 Nov 17   Temba A Nolutshungu
That better human wellbeing is the outcome of higher economic growth is illustrated by the findings published in The Economic Freedom of the World report.…

SAA is neither a “strategic asset” nor a “national asset”

07 Nov 17   James Peron
When it comes to the defence of South African Airways, all I can say is that Burger King wishes they had as many “whoppers” as do the SAA cheerleaders.…

SAA: Change the incentives

01 Nov 17   James Peron
The mess that is South African Airlines is widely known today. What many do not realise is that Yale University, in 1944, published a little book, which lays out the reasons for the mess.…

SAA: Life after death

01 Nov 17   James Peron
It’s described as “another state-run airline deep in debt, backed by bailouts and beholden to bureaucrats”…

South Africa at the tipping point?

26 Oct 17   Temba A Nolutshungu
“The market is the creator of social wealth and the wellspring of self-sustaining economic development” Li Keqiang, Premier, People’s Republic of China…

Economic Freedom of the World Annual Report – a powerful source of information for guiding government policies

23 Oct 17   Eustace Davie
The data could not be more clear. Countries that pursue greater levels of economic freedom reap resounding benefits.…

Media release: Open letter from Free Market Foundation to Minister Gigaba re action for SAA – and a wager

23 Oct 17   FMF Media Release
We trust this letter is in time to influence your Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) on 25 October with regard to SAA.…