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SAA: The costs far exceed the benefits

 11 Oct 17
There can be little doubt – South Africa does benefit because South African Airlines (SAA) exists.…

KPMG and the loss of ethics

 04 Oct 17
Now that KPMG has ‘come clean’ on its murky dealings with the Guptas,…

Media release: R 3bn SAA bailout – but only R 450 m left for working capital. Again taxpayers pick up the bill

02 Oct 17   FMF Media Release
One day before the default deadline on 30 September, government used R3bn of taxpayers hard earned money to bailout SAA...…

Business Day column: Don’t be fooled — all regulation is really about seeking to control you

29 Sep 17   Leon Louw
There are three unrelated sets of control — on taxis, foreign exchange and credit — which expose a pervasive problem.…

Media release: Good news: SA’s economic freedom slightly improved

28 Sep 17   FMF Media Release
“Where people are free to pursue their own opportunities and make their own choices, they lead more prosperous, happier and healthier lives,” said Fred McMahon, Dr. Michael A. Walker Research Chair in Economic Freedom with the Fraser Institute.…

Thirteen African countries now rank higher than South Africa in economic freedom

28 Sep 17   Dr Richard J. Grant
For each resident of a society, increased uncertainty about the social and political constraints under which one lives will reduce one’s ability to make wise choices in the present and to plan for the future.…

Treasury undermines the Constitution with SAA appropriation bill

21 Sep 17  
With a national consensus developing around the needless existence of an unprofitable national airline,…

Media release: SAA is dead in the water – why bother with a bailout?

20 Sep 17   FMF Media Release
Who is fooling whom? Government seems to have lost the plot over SAA.…

SA slides down, former communist countries ascend, economic freedom ranking

13 Sep 17   Eustace Davie
In 2000, South Africa (SA) was listed as the 42nd most economically free country in the world.…

Time to end the Eskom monopoly

31 Aug 17   Chris Hattingh
What is the fundamental difference between a state-supported monopoly and a monopoly that develops in the market?…

South Africa languishing under technocratic socialism

30 Aug 17   Russell Lamberti
Much ink has been spilt attempting to explain South Africa’s economic malaise, but there seems to me still far too little appreciation of the chronic ideological illness infecting every corner of state policy: Marxism.…

Can South Africa’s basic education be fixed?

29 Aug 17   Phumlani M UMajozi
The state of South Africa’s basic education is a topic of constant debate – by political parties, the media, civil organisations and the general public.…

Lack of skills will hobble patent system

29 Aug 17   Jasson Urbach
The long-awaited draft intellectual property policy from the Department of Trade and Industry contains several key reforms, including the introduction of a substantive search-and-examination system for patent applications.…

Business Day column: Regulators say it’s consumer protection — don’t believe it

24 Aug 17   Leon Louw
This is my last of 220 weekly and biweekly columns. When first asked to contribute 600-word opinions, I thought it would be easy.…

Free Market Foundation founded on moral economic principles

23 Aug 17   Ayanda Khumalo
The Free Market Foundation (FMF) has for forty-two years been working for freedom and prosperity for all.…

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   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 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.…