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Feature Article: Labour crisis is a failure of the state, not the market

27 December 2012
MARIKANA was inevitable, predictable and a consequence of the persistent failure to enforce the rule of law. It has become the iconic manifestation of our labour crisis, which is characterised by reluctance to enforce the law, wildcat strikes, property damage, violence and killing. To add to this dangerous cauldron, most…

Feature article: Labour crisis is a failure of the state, not the market

27 December 2012
MARIKANA was inevitable, predictable and a consequence of the persistent failure to enforce the rule of law.…

The mystery ingredient in the formation of capitalism

26 Dec 12   FMF Policy Bulletin
The mystery ingredient in the formation of capitalism When you picture a monastery, the last thing that comes to mind is commerce.  However, it’s in this most unlikely of settings where modern capitalism was birthed, incubated and developed to today’s worldwide acknowledgement and acceptance. Belgian scholar Henri Pirenne noted “… that all…

Free Market Foundation Quarterly Review October – December 2012

21 Dec 12   FMF
Free Market Foundation Quarterly Review October – December 2012…

Feature Article: Three ways to stop inflation dead

20 Dec 12   Eustace Davie
The executives of the South African Reserve Bank are freezing their salaries for the whole of 2013. At last, a few key people are openly admitting that South Africa’s economy is in a bad way and are prepared to do something ‘drastic’ to aid its repair. The full announcement posted on…

ChannelFMF Video: A Christmas wish for South Africa

19 Dec 12   Temba A Nolutshungu
A Christmas wish for South Africa in this video by Temba Nolutshungu…

The broken South African family, a threat to the economy

19 Dec 12   Katlego Moatshe
The South African economy is under assault from all sides. The attack comes in a wide variety of shapes and forms, from stubbornly high unemployment to sluggish jobless growth, to strikes and general labour unrest. There is, however, a more insidious threat that we as a nation have been slow…

SA cannot afford "free" healthcare

19 Dec 12   Jasson Urbach
As the ongoing debacle in the Gauteng Department of Health’s financial department continues, we are repeatedly told that the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) will fix South Africa’s healthcare crisis. But if the mismanagement of funds in the country’s financial hub is anything to go by, what reason is there…

Basel’s capital curse

19 Dec 12   Steve H Hanke
In the aftermath of the financial crisis, the oracles of money and banking have been beating the drums for “recapitalization” – telling us that, to avoid future crises, banks must be made stronger. To accomplish this, governments across the developed world are compelling banks to raise fresh capital and strengthen…

King’s Lynn hospital unveils new smoking shelter after ban fails

18 Dec 12   FMF Policy Bulletin
Queen Elizabeth Hospital gives-up banning smoking from West Norfolk site The first of three smoking shelters at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital has been completed. Costing £17,000, the shelters are being installed five years after a smoking ban was put on the entire site which proved impossible to enforce. The new shelters, one of…

Feature Article: Leave business to business and let government govern as it should

11 Dec 12   Herman Mashaba
The only money a government has at its disposal is that provided by private taxpayers. Government domination of an economy curbs economic growth. The unavoidable result of this is reduced tax receipts. If we in South Africa are ever to prosper, it would be far better for government to get…

Growth theories and their application to the beloved country

11 Dec 12   FMF Policy Bulletin
Governing the market? Even so, the 20th century has produced enough evidence to make possible general statements about the conditions under which economic development is most (and least) likely to take place. Controlled laboratory experiments may rarely be feasible when humans are involved, but the course of history has produced massive…

Law Review Project submission on tobacco display regulations

06 Dec 12   Leon Louw
 We note that the Act requires a wholesaler or retailer to display a tobacco product in the prescribed manner. No person shall sell tobacco products at retail unless prescribed notices are displayed. A retailer must display a notice in the prescribed manner containing prescribed information regarding any tobacco product available…

The "free health care" myth

05 Dec 12   FMF Policy Bulletin
Government health policy entitles certain categories of patients, including pregnant women and children younger than six years of age, to receive "free" general care, while "free" primary health care is available to every citizen. However, the health care is not free. It is provided to patients at the expense of…

Feature Article: The SA Department of Health is fundamentally opposed to the private sector, just ask the Minister!

05 Dec 12   Jasson Urbach
At the press briefing closing the ANC Policy Conference held at Gallagher Estate in July, the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, announced:  “Laundry, security and cleaning services in hospitals must be brought back in-house...[as] some contractors will just stop supplying food to the hospital because they are angry for…

FMF submission on tobacco display regulations

04 Dec 12   FMF
The proposed regulations The draft regulations state that tobacco products in a wholesaler’s or retailer’s premises must be displayed only in a single sales unit with a maximum display area, except that cigars can be in a humidor or humidified room. Only one packet or item of each product line may…

Law Review Project submission on tobacco display regulations

04 Dec 12   Leon Louw
We note that the Act requires a wholesaler or retailer to display a tobacco product in the prescribed manner. No person shall sell tobacco products at retail unless prescribed notices are displayed. A retailer must display a notice in the prescribed manner containing prescribed information regarding any tobacco product available…

ChannelFMF Video: Temba A. Nolutshungu discusses Economic Freedom

04 Dec 12   Temba A Nolutshungu
What is Economic Freedom and how is it Implemented? FMF Director Temba A. Nolutshungu discusses.…

PODCAST: Leon Louw debates smoking and individual freedom on SAFM

03 Dec 12   Leon Louw
Leon Louw debates smoking legislation on radio (SAFM)…

Feature Article: Traditional community land is private property

29 Nov 12   Temba A Nolutshungu
There is a great deal of confusion about traditional community land and its management. Politicians tend to be under the impression that because the government has been holding the land in trust for the members of the communities, they have a right to decide how the communities should deal with…

The effects of property titling in Langa township, South Africa

29 Nov 12   FMF Policy Bulletin
Can property reforms create a path to prosperity? In Langa Township, South Africa, efforts have been underway for well over a decade to provide secure, legal titles to previously disenfranchised citizens. Today, most homes— though not shacks— have titles. Can this policy serve as an example for others to follow?…

New from ChannelFMF: Leon Louw on Eskom's price increases

28 Nov 12   Leon Louw
Leon Louw on Eskom's price increases.…