OUR HISTORY

  • 1975

    FMF FOUNDED to promote and foster a society based on classical liberal principles. The founders expressed concern about "the present trend ... towards increased government participation in and control of the economy". For more information as recorded in the first edition of The Individualist, see here.


    CHAIRMAN 1975-1978
    : The FMF’s first chairman was Lou Sher, also President of Assocom – see photos here. Leon Louw led the steering committee responsible for the establishment of the foundation. Also on the steering committee were Ed Emary, Mike Lillard, Fred Macaskill, André Spies and Marc Swanepoel.



    Original LOGO borrowed from The Individualist

  • 1976


    CHAIRMAN of the interim Executive Committee 1976
    : After the FMF was registered as a non profit organisation in 1976, Dirk Hertzog, President of the SA Society of Marketers and Chairman of the Oude Meester Group, was chosen as chairman of FMF's interim executive committee - see photos here

    FMF expresses concern over PRICE CONTROLS in The Individualist: Disaster Diary - read more here

    TRIBUTE to John Berry, founder member of the newly formed Free Market Foundation - read more here

    FMF Statement of Principles recorded in The Individualist 11 November - read more here

  • 1977


    FMF reconstituted and INAUGURAL MEETING held - see photos here

  • 1978


    VISIT by Friedrich Hayek. FMF brought Nobel Memorial Prize winner, Friedrich Hayek, to South Africa to influence those in power. During his 28 days in the country, Hayek gave 11 lectures to audiences of all races totalling some 2,500 people, and participated in two seminars. See photos here; see an overview in The Individualist here


    First FMF LOGO


    CHAIRMAN 1978-2005
    : Michael O'Dowd (see Tribute 2006) - see photos here

  • 1979


    FMF CONGRESS - see photos here

  • 1980


    Symond Fiske 
    awarded Free Market Award
     - see photos here

  • 1981


    Prof Brian Kantor awarded Free Market Award - see photos here


    LOGO
    revised


    In April, FMF was the exhibition co-ordinator for the SOWETO TRADE FAIR. The event was publicised as Manufacturers gear up for Soweto's first major fair in the Clarion - see photos here

    DIRECTOR: Having served on the Executive Committee since the 1977 inaugural meeting, Eustace Davie joined the FMF on 1 October 1981 as a Director - see 2016 director photos here

  • 1982


    Prof Johannes Gildenhuys awarded Free Market Award - see photos here

  • 1983


    Prof Geert de Wet awarded Free Market Award - see photos here; see tribute 1997

  • 1984


    Prof Nic Swart & Terry Markman awarded Free Market Award - see photos here


    DONATION
    : Michael O'Dowd accepts a donation of R10,000 from Sanlam Chairman, Dr Fred du Plessis - see photos here

  • 1985


    Dr Sam Motsuenyane awarded Free Market Award - see photos here

  • 1986


    Ian Hetherington
    awarded Free Market Award - see photos here


    South Africa: The Solution
    co-authored by Leon Louw and Frances Kendall - see author photos here; read more about the book, its impact, its forewords and endorsements here

  • 1987


    Marc Swanepoel
    awarded Free Market Award - see video here; see photos here

    DAKAR CONFERENCE, regarded as having made a decisive contribution to the abolition of apartheid, attended by Leon Louw - read more here

  • 1988

    Lawrence Mavundla awarded Free Market Award 

  • 1989


    Jan Buter
    awarded Free Market Award - see photos here


    PUBLICATIONS
    South Africa: The New Revolution – Don Caldwell (see tribute 1992)


    CONFERENCE
    : FMF hosted a two-day conference on Consumer Power in a Free Market. Speakers
    Sudha Shenoy | Leon Louw | Louise Tager | Esau Mngomezulu | Marc Swanepoel | Dan Leach | Izak Cronje | Joe Matoena | Symond Fiske | Brian Benfield | Ian Hetherington | Jabu Sibiya | Nancy Seijas | Duncan Reekie | Michael Corke | Eustace Davie | Ann Bernstein | Terry Markman | Frances Kendall | Lawrence Mavundla | Frank Vorhies | Elridge Mathebula | Don Caldwell. See photos here; see five videos: here; here; here; here; here 

  • 1990


    Prof Duncan Reekie awarded Free Market Award - see photos here

    PUBLICATIONSConsumer power in a free market – (edited by) Frank Vorhies & Terry Markman ||||| Privatisation and economic justice – (edited by) Frank Vorhies

  • 1991


    Nonia Ramphomane
    awarded Free Market Award - see photos here


    Visit to the Manhattan Institute, USA - see photos here


    Terry Markman served on the International
    AVIATION POLICY Steering Committee 1991/2 - see photos here


    FMF runs first LIBERTY SCHOOL - a weekend of intense discussion and debate on liberal issues for university students - see photos here


    LAUNCH
    : The fallacy of national control by Dr Richard Grant - see photos here

  • 1992


    Nils Dittmer
    awarded Free Market Award (see Tribute 2001) - see photos here


    TRIBUTE
    to Don Caldwell who died in a car accident at age 32. FMF published Don's first book, South Africa: The New Revolution, in 1989. Read tributes and about the Don Caldwell Trust and the Unconventional Hero Award here; see photos here


    ADDRESS
    by Leon Louw to Mopani group - see photos here

    PUBLICATIONSThe common sense of wealth creation – Marc Swanepoel


    FMF runs second annual LIBERTY SCHOOL - a weekend of intense discussion and debate on liberal issues for university students - see photos here

  • 1993


    Prof Louise Tager awarded Free Market Award - see photos here


    FMF runs third annual LIBERTY SCHOOL - a weekend of intense discussion and debate on liberal issues for university students - see photos here


    TAXI ASSOCIATION
     (add more about relationship and work done) - see photos here

  • 1994


    Prof Eckart Kassier awarded Free Market Award - see photos here


    LAUNCH
    of The forgotten heroes – Ian Hetherington - see photos here

    PUBLICATIONSNationalisation: How governments control you – Richard J Grant ||||| The forgotten heroes – Ian Hetherington

  • 1995

    Dr John Ledger awarded Free Market Award


    MONT PELERIN SOCIETY
    (MPS): After World War II, in 1947, when many of the values of Western civilization were imperiled, 36 scholars, mostly economists, with some historians and philosophers, were invited by Professor Friedrich Hayek to meet at Mont Pelerin, near Montreux, Switzerland, to discuss the state and the possible fate of liberalism (in its classical sense) in thinking and practice. The MPS's objective is to facilitate an exchange of ideas between like-minded scholars in the hope of strengthening the principles and practice of a free society and to study the workings, virtues, and defects of market-oriented economic systems. FMF organised the 1995 MPS Regional Meeting meeting in Cape Town - see photos here

    SUBMISSIONS - Constitutional Assembly on… Democracy; Character of the state; Single sovereign state; Supremacy of the constitution ||||| Separation between church and state ||||| Economic constitution ||||| Accountable government: Direct democracy ||||| Accountable government: Checks and balances ||||| Accountable government: Transparency | Separation of powers; Structure of government ||||| Amendments to constitution ||||| The nature of the provincial system and local government; Allocation of powers ||||| Allocation of powers; Legislative competence; Provincial legislative and executive authorities ||||| Local government; Financial and fiscal relations ||||| Affirmative action ||||| Constitutional principle ||||| Bill of rights ||||| The relationship between different levels of the court; Single or split judiciary; Constitutional court ||||| Specialised structures ||||| Property ||||| Reserve bank independence


    LAUNCH
    of Damage by debt – Symond Fiske - see photos here

    PUBLICATIONS: The final constitution for the Republic of South Africa: A critique of the Interim Constitution – Bruce Fein ||||| Damage by debt – Symond Fiske ||||| Exploding population myths – Jim Peron ||||| Health-care options for South Africa: Lessons from the UK and the USA – W Duncan Reekie

  • 1996

    Nigel Bruce awarded Free Market Award. Then editor of the Financial Mail, Mr Bruce received the award for his courageous campaigning for economic and personal liberty during the 26 years he worked for the FM, particularly during the period of his editorship which commenced in 1986.

    SUBMISSIONS: Submission on Trade & Industry Budget Hearings ||||| Evidence submitted to the Tax Commission


    PROJECT TRANSITION
     - see photos here

    Evidence led by FMF in the Constitutional Court on two of the issues to which it had objected: property and socio-economic rights – both of which had to be argued on the basis of whether or not the specific clauses complied with the constitutional principles stipulated in the Interim Constitution. It emphasised two aspects in respect of property rights and compensation. The first related to the absence in the draft constitution of a clause entrenching the fundamental right to acquire and hold property. The second to the provision that the amount, timing and manner of payment of compensation should reflect an equitable balance between the public interest and the interests of those affected, having regard to all relevant factors including “the purpose of the expropriation”.


    LAUNCH
    of The O’Dowd Thesis and the triumph of democratic capitalism – Michael O’Dowd - see photos here. Clem Sunter: Michael O’Dowd has been one of South Africa’s true prophets with his thesis that advancing industrialisation would lead to the collapse of apartheid. Even more important was his High Road model which demonstrates that, for South Africa to make a completely successful transition, high economic growth is the central condition.

    PUBLICATIONSNew Zealand’s remarkable reforms – Donald T Brash ||||| Equality for the labour market: An appreciation of WH Hutt – Charles W Baird ||||| Monopoly and competition policy – W Duncan Reekie ||||| The urban housing issue – David Dewar ||||| The world revolution in economic policy 1945-1995 – Michael O’Dowd ||||| The O’Dowd Thesis and the triumph of democratic capitalism – Michael O’Dowd

  • 1997

    Michael Jwambi awarded Free Market Award (see tribute 2008). Mr Jwambi, a businessman from Khayelitsha, displayed remarkable courage and perseverance in the face of almost insuperable odds. Despite an attack in which he lost seven family members and in which his shop was burnt down, he refused to give up. He rebuilt the business and started again. A second attack in August 1997 in which his elbow was shattered by a bullet, also left him undaunted. His example is an inspiration to others and shows how South Africa can become a winning nation.


    LOGO revised with optimistic tilt


    Leon Louw attends the 50th anniversary of the MONT PELERIN SOCIETY in Switzerland - see attendee list here; see photos here

    TRIBUTE: FMF recorded with deep great regret the untimely death of Professor Geert de Wet, a valued Council member and adviser to the Foundation, and an internationally respected economist. Professor de Wet had a long and close relationship with the FMF. In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the cause of economic freedom he received the 1983 Free Market Award. He was elected to the Council of the Foundation in 1983 and served as a member until his death. Whilst he was at the Rand Afrikaans University he inaugurated annual free market lectures presented in alternate years by foreign and local free market luminaries. After his appointment as head of the Department of Economics at the University of Pretoria he was the leading torch-bearer of Afrikaans liberal economic thought, pioneered by his distinguished predecessors in that department. Apart from his regular scholarly and popular contributions in support of economic liberalism, he presented an Afrikaans radio series on economics for a number of years. He was a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and held executive positions on many important bodies, including recent service as President of the Economic Society of South Africa.


    Temba Nolutshungu and Leon Louw formed part of a group invited by the FNS to study ADVOCACY in GERMANY from 7 June 1997 through 18 June 1997; fellow participants included representatives from NAFCOC, AHI and NIC - see photos here

    SUBMISSIONSSubmission on Medicines and Related Substances Control Amendment Bill ||||| Submission on Long-Term Insurance Bill ||||| Submission on Skills Development Bill ||||| Submission on A Minerals and Mining Policy for South Africa (Green Paper) ||||| Evidence to Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mineral and Energy Affairs ||||| Evidence to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health

    PUBLICATIONS: Laws Affecting Small Business SERIES:  Finance – Gary Moore ||||| Health – Leon Louw & Gary Moore ||||| Justice – Leon Louw ||||| Labour – Michael Bagraim & Eustace Davie ||||| Land – Jim Harris & Leon Louw ||||| Licensing – Eustace Davie & Gary Moore ||||| Schooling – Eustace Davie ||||| Tax – Eustace Davie & Ian Hetherington

    PUBLICATIONS: Industrial Policy: A critique – W Duncan Reekie ||||| Is privatisation a public good? A review of recent literature – Candice S Perlmann & Harry Zarenda



    NELSON MANDELA at the Cape Town Waterfront
    : Temba Nolutshungu, in his capacity as non-executive director of the V&A Waterfront, attended a company meeting at which Nelson Mandela expressed concerns about the role of Pagad in Cape Town - see photos here

  • 1998


    Pikkie van den Heever
    awarded Free Market Award - see photos here


    FORT HARE
    University graduation attended by Leon Louw - see photos here

    SUBMISSIONSOral Evidence on A Minerals and Mining Policy for South Africa ||||| Oral Evidence on Labour Budget Vote no. 22 ||||| Submission on Basic Conditions of Employment Bill ||||| Submission on Medical Schemes Bill ||||| Submission on Tobacco Products Control Amendment Bill ||||| Oral evidence on Green Paper: A Mineral and Mining Policy for SA ||||| Oral evidence on Labour Budget Vote No. 22. ||||| Presentation on Estate Agents Bill ||||| Presentation on Long Term Insurance Bill ||||| Submission on Competition Bill ||||| Oral evidence on Competition Bill 

    PUBLICATIONS: Chronically large federal budget deficits: The American experience – Roger W Garrison ||||| Labour markets and economic growth: Lessons from the UK – Patrick Minford ||||| Privatisation: A UK success story – Thomas O’Malley ||||| South Africa as an “Open Society” – Michael O’Dowd ||||| The Meat Board “carve-up” – Nils Dittmer ||||| Unjustifiable dismissal – The economics of an unjust employment tax: The New Zealand Employment Contracts Act – Charles W Baird


    ECONOMICS OF HEALTH CARE: The FMF organised a fact-finding trip (to study the economics of health care) to the UK and the Czech Republic for five members of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health from 21 June through 29 June 1998. The group consisted of the following: Dr SJ Gous (NP); Mrs NB Gxowa (ANC); Dr EE Jassat (ANC); Mrs FB Marshoff (ANC); Mrs JN Vilakazi (IFP). The delegation was accompanied by Ms Rachel Jafta (Economist – Stellenbosch University) and Mr Temba Nolutshungu (Director – FMF). Read report here


    ACADEMIC ADVISORY BOARD established under chairmanship of Prof W Duncan Reekie. Members: Charles Baird, Professor of Economics at California State University, Hayward, USA; Brian Kantor, Dean of Commerce at the University of Cape Town, South Africa; Israel Kirzner, Professor of Economics at New York University, USA; Deepak Lal, Professor of Economics at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA; Patrick Minford, Professor of Economics at Cardiff Business School, University of Wales, UK; Pascal Salin, Professor of Economics at the Université Paris-Dauphin, Paris, France.

  • 1999


    Johann Rupert
    awarded Free Market Award - see photos here

    SUBMISSIONS: Submission on Consultative Paper: Proposal on the Future Constitution, Role and Function of Ombudsmen in the Financial Services Sector ||||| Submission on National Laboratory Services Bill ||||| Submission on Revised Draft Financial Advisers Bill ||||| Submission on Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Bill


    LAUNCH
    of Real money – Richard Grant. Real Money was published in memory of the late Dr AD Wassenaar with the support of the Wassenaar family. At the launch, Themba Sono acted as MC, Nigel Bruce was the guest speaker, and Andreas Wassenaar spoke briefly about why his family was happy to sponsor publication of this book. See photos here


    LAUNCH
    of From poverty to property: Themba Sono’s five steps to real transformation – Themba Sono - see photos here

    PUBLICATIONSDiamonds: The competitive cartel – W Duncan Reekie ||||| Liberal reflections – Michael O’Dowd ||||| Capital structure and the business cycle – Pierre le Roux ||||| From poverty to property: Themba Sono’s five steps to real transformation – Themba Sono ||||| Real money – Richard Grant


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    FMF partners with MALAMULELA Social Movement for the Unemployed (add more) - see photos here

  • 2000


    Sir Ketumile Masire awarded Free Market Award. The award ceremony was held in 2001 in Cape Town - read more here and here; see photos here

    VISIT by Prof Richard Epstein, James Parker Hall Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, who spoke on the following occasions and topics: Antitrust policies in the USA (with special reference to Microsoft) to an audience of academics, business people and students ||||| The challenges of globalisation to a Friedrich Naumann Foundation/FMF breakfast audience of  MPs, business and ratepayers’ associations, the media and representatives of foreign embassies and consulates ||||| Forbidden grounds for employment contracts: “Consumer sovereignty” meets the anti-discrimination laws at the biennial William Hutt Memorial Lecture to academics, students and business people ||||| Simple rules for a complex world to the FMF Liberty and Prosperity conference ||||| Intellectual property rights to an American Chamber of Commerce/FMF breakfast audience ||||| Mineral rights to an audience of mining house executives and government representatives.

    CONFERENCE: Liberty and Prosperity: Principles of Good Law in a Complex Society conference which featured: Advocate Mojanku Gumbi – Legal Advisor to the President ||||| Professor Richard Epstein – James Parker Hall Professor of Law at the University of Chicago ||||| Professor David Unterhalter – Director, Centre for Applied Legal Studies ||||| Leon Louw – Executive Director, Free Market Foundation ||||| Professor Michael Katz – Chairman, Edward Nathan & Friedland Inc ||||| Justice Pius Langa – Deputy President, Constitutional Court of South Africa ||||| Ellem Francis – Director, Legal Resources Centre Johannesburg.


    FMF's 25th ANNIVERSARY celebration dinner - see photos here

    TRIBUTE: Everyone at the FMF has been saddened by the deaths of Dr R Straszacker and of Mr Colin Adcock. Both served as Patrons of the Foundation for many years and agreed to do so during the time when the free market concept was particularly unpopular with government because it meant equality for all before the law. These eminent South Africans placed principle before expediency in lending their names and support to the Foundation, which has such a clear and unequivocal purpose. We honour them for their courage and foresight, for their contributions to the cause of economic freedom in South Africa, and for their considerable influence in making this country a better place to live in.

    SUBMISSIONS: Submission on Proposal to Introduce a Capital Gains Tax in South Africa ||||| Submission on Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Bill ||||| Submission on Revised Draft of Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Bill ||||| Submission on Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Bill

    SUBMISSIONS - CONSTITUTIONAL REVIEW COMMITTEE I: Preamble ||||| PART 1 ||||| Bill of rights – First and second generation rights – Chapter 2 ||||| Security services – Police – Chapter 11 ||||| Traditional communities – Chapter 12 ||||| PART 2 ||||| Accountable government ||||| Bill of rights – Direct democracy – Chapter 2 ||||| Bill of rights – Property – Chapter 2 ||||| Discretionary powers and the Rule of Law ||||| Provinces and Local government – Chapters 6 and 7 ||||| Separation of powers ||||| Transparency – Chapters 2 and 10

    PUBLICATIONSWHO, what and why? Trans-national government, legitimacy and the WHO – Roger Scruton ||||| Smoked out: Anti-tobacco activism at the World Bank – Richard Tren & Hugh High ||||| Black markets and smuggling: An unintended consequence of government intervention – Roger Bate ||||| Deregulation of agricultural marketing in South Africa: Lessons learned – Nick Vink & Johann Kirsten ||||| Smoke gets in your eyes: The economic welfare effects of the World Bank-World Health Organisation global crusade against tobacco – Deepak Lal


    Eustace Davie and Temba Nolutshungu attended the 
    MONT PELERIN SOCIETY meeting in Santiago, Chile, 12-17 November - see photos here

  • 2001

    SUBMISSIONSSubmission on Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (Capital Gains Tax) ||||| Submission on E-Commerce Green Paper  ||||| Submission on Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Bill (FAIS)  ||||| Submission on Mineral Development Bill  ||||| Submission on Intended Telecommunications Policy Direction  ||||| Submission on Draft Constitution of the New Taxi Body for National Taxi Alliance  ||||| Submission on Labour Relations Amendment Bill

    PUBLICATIONSJobs creation and government policy – Jerry L Jordan ||||| Cartels, spontaneous price discrimination and international pharmacy retailing – W Duncan Reekie ||||| Undermining mineral rights: An international comparison – Johan Biermann ||||| Capital Gains Tax: The pros and cons – Olimpia Staszczuk ||||| Gold, the euro, the dollar and the rand – Richard J Grant ||||| Growth theories and their application to the beloved country – Henry Kenney ||||| Ideal Matter: Globalisation and the intellectual property debate – Julian Morris, Rosalind Mowatt & W Duncan Reekie ||||| Investment, employment and South African labour laws: An international comparison – WS Siebert ||||| Money, central banking and monetary policy in the global financial arena – Jerry L Jordan ||||| Economic Freedom of the World – Annual report ||||| Habits of highly effective countries: Lessons for South AfricaLeon Louw ||||| A better hope for the new millennium – Michael O’Dowd


    TRIBUTENils Dittmer, an Executive Committee member, Council member, and long-time friend of the Foundation, died tragically in a car accident in January 2001. Nils grew up on a farm in the Kalahari and studied biochemistry at the University of Pretoria. He was a successful farmer and businessman with a special interest in the development and management of extensive pastures. He became Chairman of the Organisation of Livestock Producers (OLP) in 1990 and in this capacity championed the cause of agricultural deregulation and spearheaded the campaign against Agricultural Control Boards. Due to his initiative and drive the Meat Board was scrapped and this was a catalyst for the abolition of all control boards. Nils was awarded the 1992 Free Market Award for his exceptional contribution to economic freedom in South Africa. Nils will be sorely missed. We extend our condolences to his family and friends.

    TRIBUTEIan McLeod, a long-standing Council member, died in hospital in January 2001. He first joined the FMF Council when he was Chairman of the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce. He was an active promoter of free-market principles and will be missed by all at the Foundation. We extend our condolences to his family and friends.

  • 2002


    Derek Hanekom
    awarded Free Market Award - read more here; see photos here

    RESERVE BANK visit: Eustace Davie wrote to then Governor of the Reserve Bank, Mr Tito Mboweni, expressing concern about the rapid increase in the base money supply (M0). As a result, Dr Richard Grant was brought to South Africa from the United Arab Emirates and spent two days in the Reserve Bank, during which he gave two presentations and had one-on-one discussions with several officials. As a result the bank regained control of increases in the money supply to the extent that the year-on-year increase in M0 to the end of February 2003 was 3.26% compared to 30.51% at the end of February 2002.


    LAUNCH
    of Sustainable development: Promoting progress or perpetuating poverty? - edited by Julian Morris. Most discussion of sustainable development has paid more attention to the long-term needs of the environment than to the needs of the present. But, as this book argues, the needs of people who are alive today must not take second place. And although the policies that are put forward in the name of ‘sustainable development’ are intended to benefit everyone, especially the poor, in reality many of them would harm both rich and poor alike. See photos here 
     


    MARCH in defence of informal traders
    : During the August / September World Summit on Sustainable Development in Sandton, FMF joined the Informal Business Forum and Indian and African farmers in a march demanding "Freedom to Trade" - read more here; see photos here

    SUBMISSIONSSubmission on Electronic Communications and Transactions Bill  ||||| Submission on Education Laws Amendment Bill & Higher Education Amendment Bill ||||| Submission on Future Constitution, Role and Function of Ombudsmen in the Financial Services Sector ||||| Submission on Labour Relations Amendment Bill ||||| Submission on National Health Laboratory Services Bill ||||| Submission on Revised Draft Financial Advisers Bill ||||| Submission on Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Bill


    LAUNCH
     of The cost of free water: The global problem of water misallocation and the case of South Africa – Roger Bate & Richard Tren - see photos here

    PUBLICATIONSWhat future for welfare? – Peter Saunders ||||| Capital gains taxation and its applicability to South Africa – Roger Baxter ||||| The real reason for the fall of the rand – Richard J Grant ||||| Misguided virtue: False notions of corporate social responsibility – David Henderson ||||| Prejudice is free, but discrimination has costs: The holocaust and its parallels – Steven Farron ||||| The calculus of consent and Madisonian democracy – Henry Kenney ||||| Economic Freedom of the World – Annual report ||||| The cost of free water: The global problem of water misallocation and the case of South Africa – Roger Bate & Richard Tren



    Leon Louw attends and addresses MONT PELERIN SOCIETY London meeting, 5-10 October - see photos
    here

    TRIBUTE: Hans Middelmann was a prominent Cape Town businessman and intellectual. He served on the boards of major companies and the Cape Town University Council and Open Society Foundation. He was active in many fields of public life and was an active member of the Free Market Foundation Council from its inception. Philosophically Hans Middelmann was most strongly influenced by Karl Popper and Friedrich Hayek. He wrote many papers and articles explaining their economic and political philosophies, and their application to South Africa. His involvement with the Free Market Foundation centred mainly around its Cape Town and parliamentary activities where he was a friend and confidante of the Foundation’s Cape Town director, Temba Nolutshungu. One of Hans Middelmann’s most memorable characteristics is that even in his eighties he remained physically and mentally energetic and enthusiastic. All who knew him were incredulous about his age. Hans Middelmann was a close and loyal friend of the FMF for many years. In his own distinctive way he made enormous contributions to the promotion of personal and economic freedom in South Africa.

    TRIBUTE: Nic Swart was one of South Africa’s most prominent academics. He was awarded the 1984 Free Market Award for the radical free market reforms introduced in the former Ciskei homeland where he had distinguished himself as Chairman of the “Swart Commission”, as it was widely known. Many of the reforms recommended by his Commission were implemented, including the abolition of corporate tax, the introduction of simple, flat and low (15%) personal income tax and the abolition of many other taxes such as stamp duties, hut taxes, dog taxes, and licensing fees. There was a complete deregulation of small business including taxis, spazas, street-trading and money-lending. The result was the Ciskei economic miracle in which Ciskei became the only homeland to experience increased revenues from internal sources, high rates of economic growth, rapid job creation, and industrial investment which soon filled all available serviced sites. Ciskei became the only homeland with an influx “problem” and Nic Swart was at pains to discourage the government from introducing influx control into the homeland whereas the RSA government imposed controls to force people to remain in the other homelands. Nic Swart was a close and loyal friend of the FMF for many years. In his own distinctive way he made enormous contributions to the promotion of personal and economic freedom in South Africa.

  • 2003


    Jacob Makwetla
    awarded Free Market Award - see photos here

    SUBMISSIONSSubmission on Liquor Bill ||||| Submission on Minerals and Petroleum Royalty Bill ||||| Submission on Amended Liquor Bill ||||| Submission on Fortification of Foodstuffs ||||| Submission on Tobacco Products Control Amendment Bill ||||| Submission on Tobacco Products Control Amendment Bill LRP

    PUBLICATIONSOn some unintended consequences of the welfare state – Kurt R Leube ||||| The real digital divide: Convergence and South Africa’s telecommunications and broadcasting policy – Neil Emerick ||||| Economic Freedom of the World – Annual report ||||| The wisdom of Ludwig von Mises(presented by) Philip Moore

  • 2004


    Herman Mashaba
    awarded Free Market Award - see photos here

    WINNER: FMF was one of 15 institutes selected from over 140 organisations in more than 50 countries to receive the Templeton Freedom Award for institute excellence - read more here

    SUBMISSIONSSubmission on Regulations Relating to a Transparent Pricing System for Medicines and Scheduled Substances ||||| Submission on Precious Metals and Diamonds General Amendment Bill

    PUBLICATIONSEconomic Freedom of the World – Annual report ||||| Globalisation and economic growth: Evidence from emerging market economies and South AfricaElsabé Loots ||||| Military expenditure in Sub-Saharan Africa: Why guns cost more than butterGeoff Harris ||||| The deconstruction of privatisation: A wake up call for South Africa – ZA Spindler

  • 2005

    SUBMISSIONSSubmission on Land Purchases by non-South Africans ||||| Submission on Health Care Charter ||||| Submission on National Credit Bill ||||| Submission on Diamonds Bill ||||| Submission on Genetically Modified Organisms Bill

    PUBLICATIONSEconomic Freedom of the World – Annual report ||||| Is central banking the best monetary regime for South Africa?Maureen Bader & Zane Spindler ||||| Unchain the child: Abolish compulsory schooling laws – Eustace Davie

  • 2006

    SUBMISSIONSSubmission on Consumer Protection Bill ||||| Submission on Youth Unemployment

    PUBLICATIONS: The Mercatus / Enterprise Africa – SERIES by Karol Boudreaux: Taxing alternatives: Poverty alleviation and the South African taxi/minibus industry ||||| The effects of property titling in Langa Township, South Africa ||||| Seeds of Hope: Agricultural technologies & poverty alleviation in rural South Africa ||||| Community-based natural resource management and poverty alleviation in Namibia: A case study ||||| Economic Freedom of the World – Annual report ||||| South Africa’s health care under threatBiermann, Johan


    TRIBUTE
    Michael O'Dowd, FMF chairman 1978 to 2005, died 15 March 2006. This painting of O'Dowd is by Frances Kendall. Read his tribute, by FMF Executive Director Leon Louw, here

  • 2007

    COURT CASE: The FMF’s sister organisation, the Law Review Project (LRP), acted as an amicus curiae in the case of Mohunram and Another v National Director of Public Prosecutions and Another which was heard by the Constitutional Court. The matter concerned civil asset forfeiture laws which allowed authorities to seize property used in connection with a crime. The LRP argued that the authorities were seizing private property from innocent third parties, and this power went beyond what was intended by the law itself. On the facts, the judgment came in favour of the LRP; however, the problematic provisions in the law remain. Read more here


    INDABA Intellectual Property Rights – Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, August 14


    SUBMISSIONSSubmission on Policy Regarding Land Ownership by Foreigners in South Africa

    PUBLICATIONSEconomic Freedom of the World – Annual report

  • 2008

    ROUNDTABLE Intellectual Property Rights – International Convention Centre, Cape Town, May 14


    INDABA
     
    IPR policy in the context of South Africa’s growth and development needs – November 26 - read report here; see photos here

    PUBLICATIONSEconomic Freedom of the World – Annual report

    TRIBUTE: In 2008, Michael Jwambi, who won the Free Market Award in 1997, was gunned down. Read his tribute by FMF Director Temba Nolutshungu here

  • 2009

    THE ZIMBABWE PAPERS: A positive agenda for Zimbabwean renewal presented to Morgan Tsvangirai prior to his meeting with President Obama. The Papers we drawn up by eight of Africa’s most respected think tanks. Commissioners of the papers included Temba Nolutshungu and Leon Louw. Read more here; read the Papers here


    WINNER
    : FMF was a Templeton Freedom Award winner in the category Free market solutions to poverty. The award was specifically for Eustace Davie's book Jobs for the jobless: Special exemption certificates for the unemployed, which proposes a workable solution to South Africa’s mass unemployment problem. One of the judges had this to say about Jobs for the jobless: “One single idea can be much more powerful than one thousand actions and this is a perfect example” - read more here

    Q  QUARTERLY REVIEWs: March ||||| June ||||| September ||||| December


    LAND REFORM
    : Going nowhere slowly in Alexandra - read more here; see photos here


    INDABA 
    Innovation, economic growth and job creation: The role of intellectual property rights – November 19-20 - read more here; see photos here

    SUBMISSIONSSubmission on Eskom’s Multi Year Price Determination MYPD3

    PUBLICATIONS: Economic Freedom of the World – Annual report ||||| Fixing famine: How technology and incentives can help feed Africa – Jasson Urbach ||||| Paying for intervention: How statutory intervention harms South African health care – Jasson Urbach

  • 2010


    New LOGO unveiled at FMF's 35th anniversary dinner

    WINNER: The Atlas Economic Research Foundation, Washington DC, announced on Monday, 1 February 2010, that it had awarded the 2010 Freda Utley Prize for Advancing Liberty  to the FMF - read more here


    WINNER
    : Leon Louw, FMF Executive Director, awarded Paul Harris Rotary International Unsung Heroes Award - see photos here

    Q  QUARTERLY REVIEWs: March ||||| June ||||| September ||||| December

    ROUNDTABLE Intellectual Property Rights – April 29 - see invite here; see report here


    INDABA 
    Innovation and entrepreneurship: The role of intellectual property rights – Johannesburg, November 26 - read report here; see photos here

    SUBMISSIONSSubmission on Traditional Knowledge Bill ||||| Submission on Integrated Resource Plan 2 

    PUBLICATIONS: Economic Freedom of the World – Annual report

  • 2011

    Q  QUARTERLY REVIEWs: March ||||| June ||||| September ||||| December


    ROUNDTABLE 
    on Reducing software piracy: Good for business, good for growth, March 24 - see invitation here; see report here; see photos here

    COLLOQUIUM on Government’s software procurement policy, April 19 - read report here
    Read Constitutionality of the South African state’s software procurement “policy” by Robert Vivian here.
    Read The desirability of FOSS procurement by Leon Louw here.

    COLLOQUIUM on Publicly financed research, May 25 - read report here
    Read The new IPR regime for publicly financed research – a question of balance by Dhesigen Naidoo here.


    ROUNDTABLE 
    on Competition policy, June 30 - read report here; see photos here
    Read Constitutionality of South Africa’s competition policy by Robert Vivian here. Read The economics of competition policy by Rachel Jafta & Johann van Eeden here.


    ROUNDTABLE
     on Cloud computing for accelerated growth in sub-Saharan Africa, September 29 - see report here; see photos here
    Read The Economic impact of cloud computing in South Africa by Mike Schussler and Jasson Urbach here.

    SUBMISSIONSSubmission on Basic Conditions of Employment Act ||||| Submission on Employment Equity Act ||||| Submission on Employment Services Bill ||||| Submission on Labour Relations Act ||||| Submission on Independent System and Market Operator Bill ||||| Submission on Walmart Massmart LRP ||||| Submission on Walmart Massmart ||||| Submission on Green Paper on Land Reform ||||| Submission on Green Paper on Land Reform LRP ||||| Submission on National Health Insurance Green Paper 

    PUBLICATIONS: Economic Freedom of the World – Annual report ||||| Jobs Jobs Jobs – Temba Nolutshungu (editor) ||||| Nationalisation – Temba Nolutshungu (editor)


    CONFERENCE
    on 
    Unlocking the electricity transmission grid: An independent system and market operator for South Africa - with five overseas speakers, June 9 - see provisional invite here; see photos here

  • 2012

    Q  QUARTERLY REVIEWs: March ||||| June ||||| September ||||| December


    CHAIRMAN
    : Businessman Herman Mashaba served as chairman of the FMF's board between 2012 and 2014. He stepped down when he joined the Democratic Alliance as the FMF is politically neutral. 

    SUBMISSIONSSubmission on B-BBEE Bill ||||| Submission on National Energy Regulator Amendment Bill ||||| Submission on Electricity Legislation Second Amendment Bill ||||| Submission on Special Economic Zones ||||| Submission on Independent System and Market Operator Bill ||||| Submission on Regulations Relating to Smoking in Public Places ||||| Submission on Draft Tobacco Regulations LRP ||||| Submission on Electricity Distribution Industry ||||| Submission on MYPD 3 Application to Nersa ||||| Submission on Tobacco Display Regulations LRP ||||| Submission on Tobacco Display Regulations

    SUBMISSIONS - NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLANOverview | Chapter 2 – DEMOGRAPHIC TRENDS: Black advancement in: The public sector, the JSE and insuranceThe banking sectorThe professional sectorIncome levelsEducation enrolment | Chapter 3 – ECONOMY AND EMPLOYMENTSubmission: Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA)Submission: Employment Equity Act (EEA)Submission: Employment Services BillSubmission: Labour Relations Act (LRA)Local government privatisation paperSubmission:  Special economic zones policy & Bill | Chapter 4 – ECONOMIC INFRASTRUCTURE (ELECTRICITY)Submission: Independent System and Market Operator Draft BillSubmission: National Energy Regulator Amendment BillSubmission: Electricity Legislation Second Amendment Bill | Chapter 8 – HUMAN SETTLEMENTSSubmission by LRP: Green Paper on Land ReformSubmission by FMF: Green Paper on Land Reform | Chapter 9 – IMPROVING EDUCATION, INNOVATION AND TRAINING | Chapter 10 – PROMOTING HEALTHSubmission: National Health Insurance Green Paper | Chapter 12 – BUILDING SAFER COMMUNITIES | Chapter 13 – BUILDING A CAPABLE STATE | Chapter 14 – PROMOTING ACCOUNTABILITY AND FIGHTING CORRUPTION: 1995 Submissions to the Constitutional Assembly2000 Submissions to the Constitutional Review Committee | Chapter 14 (cont.) – STRENGTHEN JUDICIAL GOVERNANCE AND THE RULE OF LAW ||||| Submission to National Planning Commission on Building Safer Communities ||||| Submission to National Planning Commission on Economy and Employment 

    PUBLICATIONSEconomic Freedom of the World – Annual report

  • 2013


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    HAYA LAM (My Home) Land Reform Project: Ngwathe title deed presentation - the first 100!, 22 October - see photos here


    The first FMF LUMINARY AWARD recipient was Dr
    Yuri Maltsev “…for his tireless dedication to upholding liberty and the inspiration he brings to the people whose lives he touches” - watch the video here


    The second FMF LUMINARY AWARD  recipient was The Most Reverend Dr Thabo C Makgoba “…for his lifelong dedication to all the peoples of South Africa and for ceaselessly demonstrating the highest level of integrity” - watch the video here

    The third FMF LUMINARY AWARD recipient was Dr Pauline Dixon “…for her dedication to researching and tirelessly promoting practical solutions to schooling challenges and education entrepreneurship in low-income communities” - watch the video here

    The fourth FMF LUMINARY AWARD recipient was Dr Sam Motsuenyane “…for outstanding individual enterprise excellence and leadership, consistently demonstrated over many decades in overcoming adversity and inspiring the people of South Africa” - watch the video here

    Q  QUARTERLY REVIEWs: March/June ||||| September/December


    COLLOQUIUM
    on 
    Potential economic impact of cloud technology on emerging markets and the importance of the policy and regulatory environment, Johannesburg, June 12 - see invitation here; see photos here


    COLLOQUIUM
     on Potential economic impact of cloud technology on emerging markets and the importance of the policy and regulatory environment, Cape Town, June 13 - see invitation here; see photos here

    SUBMISSIONSOral Evidence on MYPD 3 Application to Nersa ||||| Submission on Licensing of Businesses Bill LRP ||||| Submission on Licensing of Businesses Bill ||||| Submission on Expropriation Bill ||||| Oral Evidence on Special Economic Zones ||||| Submission on Carbon Tax Policy Paper to National Treasury ||||| Submission on Mineral and Energy Resources Development Amendment Bill ||||| Submission on Intellectual Property Policy ||||| Submission on Regulation of the Planning Profession Act ||||| Submission on Draft 2012 Integrated Energy Planning Report 

    PUBLICATIONSEconomic Freedom of the World – Annual report

     Evening events & media briefings (with video links):
    Lessons from the Soviet Union – the savagery of socialism – Dr Yuri Maltsev ||||| Why the ANC could lose the 2024 election: An analysis of South Africa in 2013 and beyond – Frans Cronje ||||| Batting for the unemployed: Free Market Foundation challenges constitutionality of Labour Relations Act – Herman Mashaba, Jonathan Goldberg & Neil Rankin ||||| Searching for Seritiman – where is the arms deals inquiry going? – Paul Hoffman ||||| Open skies and black holes: Open skies, competition and a level playing field: What happened to government plans for SAA? – Leon Louw ||||| Government should abandon symbolic gestures and leave the nanny-state to Mary Poppins – Leon Louw ||||| The FMF’s constitutional challenge to a section of the Labour Relations Act (LRA): “Just let me work” – the voice of the unemployed – Craig Kirchmann & Herman Mashaba ||||| A GIANT LEAP in economic time – Dawie Roodt ||||| New business licensing law will cripple the economy’s job creating engine: the SME sector: DTI arguments in favour are already covered by existing laws – just enforce them – Edmund Elias & Leon Louw ||||| Integrity in leadership – Dr Thabo Cecil Makgoba ||||| Solving SA’s power crisis: Bring in independent power producers (IPPs) – Eustace Davie ||||| Georgia: The story of an extraordinary transformation – Ambassador Beka Dvali ||||| The 2013 Expropriation Bill is better but still bad... – Dr Anthea Jeffery ||||| Reality check: Update on SA’s labour market – Loane Sharp

  • 2014


    The fifth FMF LUMINARY AWARD recipient was Advocate George Bizos “…for his fearless defence of South Africa’s struggle heroes, his tenacious fight for freedom and justice and his dedication to upholding the constitution and the rule of law” - watch the video here


    The sixth FMF LUMINARY AWARD recipient was
    Dr Richard Maponya “…for his outstanding entrepreneurial achievement and leadership as a self-made businessman under the almost impossible conditions of apartheid and being a beacon of hope for aspiring young South African entrepreneurs” - watch the video here

    The seventh FMF LUMINARY AWARD recipient was Raymond Ackerman “…in recognition of his role as a great entrepreneur who followed his dream and changed retailing in South Africa for the lasting benefit of all consumers” - watch the video here

    WINNER: FMF ranked once again among the top think tanks in the world in the 2013 Global Go To Think Tank Index ... listed 94 out of the 4,998 non-US Think Tanks, 119 out of the total of 6,826 worldwide Think Tanks (including those in the United States) and 22 out of the 612 Think Tanks in Sub-Saharan Africa - read more here

    Q  QUARTERLY REVIEWs: March 


    COLLOQUIUM
    on Driving innovation and unleashing the power of cloud computing, March 14; hosted by The Innovation Hub - see invitation here

    SUBMISSIONSSubmission on BEPS to Davis Tax Committee ||||| Submission on Macro to Davis Tax Committee ||||| Submission on Draft Financial Sector Regulation Bill ||||| Submission on Integrated Resource Plan ||||| Submission on Small Business to Davis Tax Committee ||||| Submission on Medicines and Related Substances Amendment Bill ||||| Submission on VAT to Davis Tax Committee ||||| Submission on the 2nd Draft Demarcation Regulations 

    PUBLICATIONSEconomic Freedom of the World – Annual report

     Evening events & media briefings (with video links):  
    Banish South Africa’s mass unemployment: The free market is the only way – Dr Yuri Maltsev ||||| Politicians are the employees of the voters – Jim Powell ||||| The role of the Rule of Law in safeguarding our new democracy – Judge Johann Kriegler ||||| Energy plan ignores official government policy – Doug Kuni ||||| Property rights and economic growth – Yuri Maltsev ||||| The economics of inequality – Vivian Atud & Leon Louw ||||| The regulated consumer – Leon Louw & Thami Bolani ||||| South Africa, like Mauritius, should adopt a low flat rate tax system – Eustace Davie ||||| The elusive rainbow: A tribute to Nelson Mandela – Temba Nolutshungu & Jasson Urbach ||||| Can anthropology explain regulation/discrimination? – Michael Leube ||||| Launch of 2014 Economic Freedom of the World Report – Eustace Davie ||||| The next 10 years: An economist’s perspective – Dawie Roodt ||||| The next decades – the effect of a burgeoning black middle class – Loane Sharp ||||| DTI’s Intellectual Property Draft Policy: facts, uncertainties and implication – David Cochrane

  • 2015

    WINNER: The Inaugural Forging Enterprise Small Business Promotion Pioneer Awards awarded to the FMF in the category “Small business advocacy”. FMF citation: “… Throughout its history, which spans nearly forty years, the FMF has fought more resolutely and consistently than any other role player for the rights of small business enterprises in South Africa. The FMF continues to advocate for the removal of bureaucratic shackles, which prevent small businesses from entering, and effectively competing, against larger established businesses and for a more just dispensation for small business …” - read more here

    WINNER: FMF’s Khaya Lam project was one of six finalists for the 2015 Templeton Freedom Award. FMF directors Eustace Davie and Temba Nolutshungu attended the award presentation at a gala dinner held on 12 November in New York City - read more here


    KHAYA LAM 
    (My Home) Land Reform Project: Ngwathe title deed presentation, 15 April - read more here; see photos here
    Two hundred and fifty people gathered in the Barnard Molokoane School hall in Tumahole, Ngwathe to witness tenants of 156 municipal houses collect tradable freehold title deeds to their homes, making them property owners for the first time in their lives.

    KHAYA LAM (My Home) Land Reform Project: Mrs Maria Mothupi at last receives a title deed (Ngwathe), 7 May - read more here; see photos here

    KHAYA LAM (My Home) Land Reform Project: Ngwathe title deed presentation, 22 September - read more here; see photos here

    KHAYA LAM (My Home) Land Reform Project: Theewaterskloof title deed presentation, 23 October - read more here; see photos here

    COURT CASE: FMF brought a case against the City of Johannesburg and the Johannesburg Metropolitan Department. While these matters were pending, the City of Johannesburg commenced “Operation Clean Sweep” whereby all informal traders were prohibited from trading within the city, which was enforced by the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department. Urgent court proceedings were launched in the High Court in terms of which SANTRA and the South African Informal Traders Forum (SAITF) sought a review of the decisions taken by the City to: (a) demolish existing stalls erected by the City for the use of informal traders and which had been leased by SANTRA’s members for that purpose; (b) relocate informal traders from the Johannesburg CBD; and (c) declare certain areas in the CBD restricted or prohibited for the purposes of informal trading. The High Court dismissed the urgent applications and the matter was taken to the Constitutional Court, which heard the appeal and granted interim relief allowing 2,000 traders to return to their original trading spots.

    Q  QUARTERLY REVIEWs: April 2014-June ||||| September ||||| December

    SUBMISSIONSSubmission on National Liquor Policy LRP ||||| Submission on National Liquor Policy ||||| Submission on BEPS to Davis Tax Committee ||||| Submission on Macro Analysis to Davis Tax Committee ||||| Submission on Estate Duty to Davis Tax Committee ||||| Submission on VAT to Davis Tax Committee ||||| Submission on Proposed Amendments to Regulation 8 Prescribed Minimum Benefits ||||| Submission on Ombud and Sectional Title ||||| Submission on Extension of Bargaining Council Agreements to Small Hairdressers ||||| Submission on Financial Sector Regulation Bill 

    PUBLICATIONSEconomic Freedom of the World – Annual report

    LAND REFORM: Success in Alexandra (or so we thought) (see also Going nowhere slowly in 2009 above). After 20 years striving for justice for property "owners" in Alex, progress - read more here

    PRESENTATION: On October 6 FMF Director Eustace Davie presented Establishing a market for electricity at the distribution level to the Association of Municipal Electricity Utilities (AMEU). He compared New Zealand’s consumer-oriented distribution system to that of South Africa’s. In some areas of NZ consumers can choose between nine or more competing brands and can switch suppliers in under 24 hours. He recommended SA implement the White Paper drafted in 1998 which proposes competition in generation, access to the transmission system and freedom of choice to customers.

     Evening events & media briefings (with video links):  
    Magna Carta vs bureaucratic regulators: The return of the Sheriffs of Nottingham – Prof Robert Vivian ||||| The end of land discrimination – Leon Louw ||||| Ideas matter – how our attitudes about wealth shape the prosperity we get – Matt Warner ||||| The decline of the rule of law in South Africa – Leon Louw ||||| Why winners choose free markets – Herman Mashaba ||||| Economic freedoms of South AfricaHerman Mashaba ||||| Consumer rights slip sliding away – Leon Louw ||||| State of the Nation Address – Leon Louw ||||| 30 years of centralised bureaucratic failureProf Robert Vivian ||||| Economic Freedom of the World 2015 Annual Report – LAUNCH Jnb – Temba Nolutshungu & Eustace Davie ||||| Economic Freedom of the World 2015 Annual Report – LAUNCH Ctn – Temba Nolutshungu & Ineng ||||| The world we live in (youth event) – Dawie Roodt ||||| Why YOU should stand up for tobacco (it’s controversial we know) – Francois van der Merwe, Jeremy Sampson & Temba Nolutshungu ||||| Some of the unintended consequences of the European welfare state – Prof Kurt Leube ||||| Labour: How good intentions often lead to economic sabotage – Dawie Roodt ||||| The DTI’s soon to be finalised “Investment Bill” should be rewritten – Dr Anthea Jeffery ||||| Twin Peaks – a disaster in the making – Prof Robert Vivian & Leon Louw ||||| The second watershed – Chris Hart

  • 2016

    The eighth FMF LUMINARY AWARD recipient was Johan Norberg “…for providing a better understanding of our world, especially the science of happiness and intelligence, and which conditions promote global liberty, prosperity and financial stability” - watch the video here

    The ninth FMF LUMINARY AWARD recipient was Dr Reuel J Khoza “…for being a business leader with the courage to speak truth to power by taking a consistent and principled stand against poor policy, corruption and incompetence in government, and for championing the cause of good governance” - watch the video here

    COURT CASE: The Labour Relations Act allows for bargaining council agreements, reached usually between big unions and big business, to be extended to non-parties to those agreements. FMF believes this to be unconstitutional and launched a legal challenge on 4 March 2013 which was heard in the high court in February 2016. Please note: The FMF did not challenge the constitutionality of bargaining council agreements entered into between labour unions and employer representatives. It challenged agreements entered into between private parties (large unions and employers) being extended to non-participating employees and their employers. And it did so on behalf of the unemployed. Our campaign was called “Just let me work”. FMF celebrated having lost superficially and won substantively. More people earn zero than any other wage; more are in the jobless sector than in any other sector. That is why the FMF launched its constitutional case against a single word in the Labour Relations Act (LRA). It asked the court to declare unconstitutional the provision that the minister of labour “must” do what private bargaining councils tell her to do. Read more here and here


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    HAYA LAM (My Home) Land Reform Project: Ngwathe title deed presentation, 10 February - see photos here


    KHAYA LAM
    (My Home) Land Reform Project: Nomzamo title deed presentation, 20 June - read more here; see photos here


    KHAYA LAM
    (My Home) Land Reform Project: Ngwathe title deed presentation, 11 October, sponsor: Rising Tide Foundation - see photos here

    Q  QUARTERLY REVIEWs: March ||||| June

    SUBMISSIONSSubmission on National Health Insurance White Paper ||||| Oral Evidence on Mining Sector Job Losses ||||| Submission on NHIs Proposed Funding Options ||||| Submission on Draft Liquor Amendment Bill JOINT ||||| Submission on Draft Liquor Amendment Bill LRP ||||| Submission on Draft Liquor Amendment Bill

    SUBMISSIONS - HIGH LEVEL PANELSubmission on Basic Conditions of Employment Act to High Level Panel ||||| Submission on Black Economic Empowerment to High Level Panel ||||| Submission on Education Policy to High Level Panel ||||| Submission on Electricity Act and National Energy Regulator Act to High Level Panel ||||| Submission on Electricity (Overview) to High Level Panel ||||| Submission on Expropriation (Act) to High Level Panel ||||| Submission on Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act to High Level Panel ||||| Submission on Labour Relations Act to High Level Panel ||||| Submission on Land Reform (Overview) to High Level Panel ||||| Submission on Medical Schemes Act to High Level Panel ||||| Submission on National Health Act to High Level Panel ||||| Submission on Rule of Law Founding Provision in Constitution to High Level Panel ||||| Submission on Special Economic Zones Act to High Level Panel ||||| Submission on Tax to High Level Panel ||||| Submission on Value Added Tax on Medical Products to High Level Panel 

    PUBLICATIONSEconomic Freedom of the World – Annual report

    In September, FMF director, Jasson Urbach, was selected to participate in the Atlas Network’s most prestigious training programme: The THINK TANK MBA (TTMBA). The TTMBA programme was held in Miami, Florida, and is the Atlas Leadership Academy’s flagship, a 10-day strategic planning programme for leaders within new and established think tanks. Participants draft a strategic plan for their organisation, gain customised leadership advice, and compete in a Campaign Challenge and the John Blundell Elevator Pitch Competition. Jasson Urbach’s elevator pitch on the FMF’s Khaya Lam Land Reform Project earned him 3rd place.

     Evening events & media briefings (with video links):
    A global assault on liberty – Dr Yuri Maltsev ||||| NHI proposals spell unmitigated disaster for SA healthcare and economy – Jasson Urbach ||||| Labour Law Challenge – The facts behind the FMF's labour law case – Herman Mashaba, Craig Kirchmann & Leon Louw ||||| Liberal way out and up – John Kane-Berman ||||| NHI – paying more and getting less – Dr Chris Archer & Dr Johann Serfontein ||||| Dangerous Law: What the Zuma, Pistorius and Afriforum judgements have in common – Leon Louw ||||| Price controls kill jobs and weaken the economy – Dawie Roodt ||||| Minimum legal drinking age – will raising it reduce or increase crime? – Lawrence Mavundla ||||| If Plain Packaging is OK for tobacco, why not for the things YOU love? – Leon Louw ||||| Socio Economic Impact Assessments – Leon Louw ||||| South Africa does have a good news story – why does government hide it? – Mike Schüssler ||||| Major shifts in the corporate world and the Sustainable Development Goals – Mervyn King ||||| Twin Peaks – Treasury’s SEIA study does not support the Bill – Robert Vivian ||||| Where does South Africa rank this year? at the worldwide launch of the Economic Freedom of the World: 2016 Annual Report – Neil Emerick ||||| Free speech: A vanishing right – Mark Oppenheimer ||||| How best to add to the 9 MILLION unemployed? Introduce a National Minimum Wage – Leon Louw ||||| Options better than the NHI – Anthea Jeffery ||||| Amplifying entrepreneurship in the township context: Opportunities and constraints – Andrew Charman ||||| Data should stand – at least until the facts are known #DATAfacts vs #DataMustFallLeon Louw ||||| Nationalisation in disguise – should government fix prices? Ivo Vegter

  • 2017


    Africa Liberty Forum
    , co-hosted by Atlas Network and Free Market Foundation, brought together friends of the freedom movement from across Africa to discuss challenges facing the region and to learn from one another how to most effectively advance free-market reforms. Held from May 24-25, the Forum focused on how to strengthen civil society and move public policy in the direction of greater freedom. Read more here; see photos here

    WINNERAt a gala dinner, the Atlas Network announced the winner of the Africa Liberty Award … FMF for its Khaya Lam project; Regional Liberty Awards celebrate the most successful projects by Atlas Network partners


    WINNER
    : On 4 November 2017, in the Artscape Opera House in Cape Town, the Impumelelo Social Innovations Centre, in partnership with the Distell Development Trust, announced that a Panel of Judges had selected the FMF’s Khaya Lam (My Home) Land Reform Project as a PLATINUM Award Winner 2017! The Impumelelo Social Innovations Centre, for 17 years, has promoted initiatives in civil society that improve the quality of life of the poor in exceptional ways. Awards are made on rigorous evaluations, uncovering what is good and what works in South Africa. See photos here

    TRIBUTEKetumile Masire: FMF was saddened to hear of the death of statesman Sir Ketumile Masire, president of Botswana from 1980 to 1998. Masire is widely credited with transforming Botswana’s economy, and promoting democracy and inclusivity. Sir Ketumile Masire was the recipient of the FMF’s 2000 Free Market Award for his “exceptional contribution to the cause of economic freedom”, presented in April 2001 at an event attended by Nelson Mandela. Extract from his 2001 acceptance speech: “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” - read more here

    SUBMISSIONSSubmission on Hate Speech Bill ||||| Submission on Financial Services Board Conduct of Business Report ||||| Submission on Regulation of Agricultural Holdings Bill ||||| Submission on Macro Issues and the Flat Tax to Davis Tax Committee ||||| Submission on proposed Land Tax and Value of Property Tax to Davis Tax Committee ||||| Submission on proposed Wealth Tax to Davis Tax Committee ||||| Submission on Copyright Amendment Bill ||||| Submission on Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act ||||| Submission on Communal Land Tenure Bill ||||| Submissions on latest drafts of Schedules 1 and 3 to Insurance Bill, 2016 ||||| Submission to the Department of Basic Education on the Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill ||||| Submission on the Draft Intellectual Property Policy of the Republic of South Africa – Phase 1 ||||| Submission to the National Treasury on the “A Known and Trusted Ombud System for All” Consultation Policy Document ||||| Submission on National Health Insurance Implementation Structures 

    PUBLICATIONSEconomic Freedom of the World – Annual report ||||| The real digital divide: South Africa’s Information and Communication Technologies policy – Martin van Staden & Neil Emerick

    Q  QUARTERLY REVIEWs: March ||||| June ||||| September ||||| December 


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    HAYA LAM (My Home) Land Reform Project: Theewaterskloof title deed presentation, 25 July - see photos here


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    HAYA LAM (My Home) Land Reform Project: Ngwathe title deed presentation, 19 September. The photo above is of Mrs Motsoane, age 92, receiving her title deed from Mayor Joey Mochela. See photos here


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    HAYA LAM (My Home) Land Reform Project: Kwakwatsi title deed presentation, 4 October - read more here; see photos here

     Evening events & media briefings (with video links): 
    Trump’s economics, Putin-Trump relationship and state of the US economy – Yuri Maltsev ||||| ICT policy will set back SA's ICT development by decades – Dobek Pater & Leon Louw ||||| ICT policy will set back SA's ICT development by decades – Adrian Schofield & Leon Louw ||||| From ridicule to prison: Nowhere to hide from the Hate Speech Bill – Rex van Schalkwyk ||||| Internet access and free speech – Gareth Cliff ||||| Private healthcare on receiving end of toxic drip treatment – Michael Settas & Patrick Bracher ||||| Land reform without expropriation – Terry Markman, Perry Feldman & Leon Louw ||||| Is the state stoking racial tensions as a diversionary tactic? – Mark Oppenheimer ||||| Radical economic transformation – Leon Louw ||||| The secret of China’s Success – innovation and entrepreneurship – Dr Martyn Davies ||||| The virtual future – an economist’s perspective – Dawie Roodt ||||| Twin Peaks – health warning – Prof Robert Vivian & Leon Louw ||||| NHI Pie in the Sky – Dr Johann Serfontein & Jasson Urbach ||||| South Africa: Failing economy, life after the downgrade; a Venezimbabwe scorecard – Russell Lamberti ||||| Time for South Africans to live and let live – Temba Nolutshungu ||||| Want economic growth? Repeal bad law! – Garreth Bloor ||||| Will South Africa crash and burn? – Neil Emerick ||||| Threats to food security – Jannie de Villiers ||||| Common myths about nuclear – Knox Msebenzi ||||| SAA: The facts beyond the hype – Leon Louw ||||| Paths to prosperity: Lessons for a six-pack solution – Dr Adrian Saville ||||| New law guaranteed to raise price of data and limit internet access – Leon Louw

  • 2018


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    HAYA LAM (My Home) Land Reform Project: Stellenbosch title deed presentation, 16 January - read more here; see photos here


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    HAYA LAM (My Home) Land Reform Project: Ngwathe title deed presentation, 7 February - read more here; see photos here


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    HAYA LAM (My Home) Land Reform Project: Vukuzenzele title deed presentation, 21 March - see photos here


    KHAYA LAM 
    (My Home) Land Reform Project: Ngwathe title deed presentation, 11 July - see photos here

    Q  QUARTERLY REVIEWs: March


    TRIBUTE
    : To Winnie Madikizela-Mandela who wrote in her 1987 foreword to South Africa: The Solution by Leon Louw and Frances Kendall: “Here lies the drug to coagulate the blood of the bleeding nation…” - read more here


    On August 8, Property Rights Alliance & Free Market Foundation hosted the global launch of the International Property Rights Index 2018. On property rights South Africa was ranked 27th overall and 1st in the African region. However, South Africa's score declined by 0.65 from 7,00 in 2017 to 6,35 in 2018. This is the largest decline by any country measured in the index. With the dramatic decline in its score, South Africa is now ranked 37th overall and 2nd in the region behind Rwanda. Read more here; see photos here.

    SUBMISSIONSSubmission on Electronic Communications Amendment Bill ||||| Submission on Catering Industry Bargaining Council ||||| Submission on the Competition Amendment Bill ||||| Submission on draft Amendments to FAIS Codes of Conduct ||||| Submission on End-user and Subscriber Service Charter Regulations ||||| Submission on the National Minimum Wage Bill, 2017 ||||| Submission on Labour Relations Amendment Bill 2017 ||||| Submission on National Minimum Wage Bill ||||| Submission on the Johannesburg Inclusionary Housing Policy

    Leon Louw | Phumlani Majozi | Dawie Roodt

     Evening events & media briefings (with video links):
    Failure to respect constitutional rights causes mass unemployment – Eustace Davie ||||| The law, trade unions and economic growth – what role do they play in job creation? – Frans Rautenbach ||||| What is Oxfam's real agenda? It's no pro-poor – Leon Louw ||||| The final countdown: How to survive this awful budget – Dawie Roodt ||||| FAIS the harbinger of things to come: A glimpse of the new world which beckons under Twin Peaks – Robert Vivian & Leon Louw ||||| New research - history of strong African entrepreneurship held back by powerful constraints – Grietjie Verhoef ||||| The ECA Bill* will be a disaster for South Africa – Adrian Schofield & Leon Louw ||||| Expropriation without compensation – Betrayal of the struggle – Temba Nolutshungu & Terence Corrigan ||||| Are you free to be you? A talk on individual freedom and identity politics – Cecelia Kok ||||| Violation of the Rule of Law gave SA the Guptas and Zuma corruption – Rex van Schalkwyk ||||| OUTA: From toll boycott to anti-tax abuse organisation – Wayne Duvenage ||||| Impact assessment on the introduction of LCBOs – Evan Bradley & Where is South Africa’s health policy going? – Michael Settas