OUR HISTORY

  • 1975

    FMF founded to promote and foster a society based on classical liberal principles.

  • 1980

    Symond Fiske awarded Free Market Award.

  • 1981

    Prof Brian Kantor awarded Free Market Award.

  • 1982

    Prof Johannes Gildenhuys awarded Free Market Award.

  • 1983

    Prof Geert de Wet awarded Free Market Award.

  • 1984

    Prof Nic Swart & Terry Markman awarded Free Market Award.

  • 1985

    Dr Sam Motsuenyane awarded Free Market Award.

  • 1986

    Ian Hetherington awarded Free Market Award.


    South Africa: The Solution co-authored by Leon Louw and Frances Kendall.

  • 1987

    Marc Swanepoel awarded Free Market Award.


    Dakar Conference, regarded as having made a decisive contribution to the abolition of apartheid, attended by Leon Louw.

  • 1988

    Lawrence Mavundla awarded Free Market Award.

  • 1989

    Jan Buter awarded Free Market Award.

  • 1990

    Prof Duncan Reekie awarded Free Market Award.

  • 1991

    Nonia Ramphomane awarded Free Market Award.

  • 1992

    Nils Dittmer awarded Free Market Award.

  • 1993

    Prof Louise Tager awarded Free Market Award.

  • 1994

    Prof Eckart Kassier awarded Free Market Award.

  • 1995

    Dr John Ledger awarded Free Market Award.

  • 1996

    Nigel Bruce awarded Free Market Award.


    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”.

  • 1997

    Michael Jwambi awarded Free Market Award.

  • 1998

    Pikkie van den Heever awarded Free Market Award.

  • 1999

    Johann Rupert awarded Free Market Award.

  • 2000

    Sir Ketumile Masire awarded Free Market Award.

  • 2002

    Derek Hanekom awarded Free Market Award.


    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.

  • 2003

    Jacob Makwetla awarded Free Market Award.

  • 2004

    Herman Mashaba awarded Free Market Award.

  • 2006

    Habits of highly effective countries: Lessons for South Africa by Leon Louw.

  • 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.


    Templeton Freedom Award winner in the category Free market solutions to poverty was Eustace Davie 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 joblessy: “One single idea can be much more powerful than one thousand actions and this is a perfect example”.

  • 2010

    Freda Utley Award winner.

  • 2017

    Africa Liberty Forum co-hosted by Atlas Network and Free Market Foundation.