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Without economic growth, you can’t end poverty

22 December 2016
The world is full of clichés. One to question proclaims that “economic growth is only good if it benefits everyone.” Really?…

Why RDP housing is keeping people poor

21 December 2016
Most people would agree that racial discrimination characterised apartheid.…

FMF NEWSLETTER 21 DECEMBER 2016

21 Dec 16   FMF
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South Africa’s schooling crisis

21 Dec 16   Eustace Davie
Nine million people are unemployed in South Africa.…

Business Day column: Let us bust the myths and not believe the nonsense in 2017

20 Dec 16   Leon Louw
Since this is my last 2016 column, I was asked by the government to wish readers a joyless festive season and unhappy new year.…

Nationalising radio spectrum fails to heed a past lesson

19 Dec 16  
The #DataMustFall movement seeks lower mobile and fixed-line data prices.…

RDP housing inadequate for transformation

15 Dec 16   Martin van Staden
Most people would agree that racial discrimination characterised apartheid.…

Media release: Has the ill-informed high cost of data lobby influenced SA’s critical ICT Policy?

12 Dec 16   FMF Media Release
Consumers want faster data at lower prices, yesterday. This is the sentiment behind the #DataMustFall movement, which is agitating for lower mobile and fixed-line data prices.…

Time to get rid of the apartheid township

08 Dec 16   Martin van Staden
Municipal government throughout South Africa continues to own upwards of five million urban plots currently occupied by previously disadvantaged individuals.…

Outdated exchange controls are crippling SA’s growth potential

07 Dec 16   Jasson Urbach
Every day, SA’s foreign exchange (forex) controls destroy more economic growth, job creation and transformation.…

Business Day column: ICT infrastructure plan could take irregular spending to new heights

07 Dec 16   Leon Louw
According to the auditor-general’s latest report, there was R27bn in "irregular" spending last year.…

Business Day column: A hugely important victory for South African labour

06 Dec 16   Leon Louw
IT MIGHT have been the most expensive day in South African high court history.…

Support the Khaya Lam Land Reform Project

06 Dec 16   FMF Media Release
This is your chance to make a measurable, visible and tangible difference and help to bring about economic and social upliftment in South Africa for the small amount of R1850 The Khaya Lam (my house) Land Reform Project is an FMF initiative. Its aim is to convert all municipal council-­owned apartheid-era rental…

Media release: Another SOE disaster in the making, another addition to our R 46 billion irregular spending

05 Dec 16   FMF Media Release
In the wake of R 46 billion bombshell of irregular expenditure by state owned enterprises (SOEs) and government departments, the recently announced Information and Communication Technology (ICT) policy proposes yet another SOE .…

Media release: Has the ICT Policy White Paper been subjected to a mandatory SEIA?

02 Dec 16   FMF Media Release
Government must fulfill the Cabinet decision to make socio economic impact assessments (SEIAs) compulsory before any policy or regulatory decisions are taken.…

Media release: Concerned organisations submit joint comment on the draft Liquor Amendment Bill

01 Dec 16   FMF Media Release
A joint comment on the Draft Liquor Amendment Bill was submitted by the following organisations to the DTI Director-General on Wednesday, November 30…

Business Day column: Spare us the farcical forums and pretend policy powwows

30 Nov 16   Leon Louw
Farcical "workshops", "consultations", "seminars" and "indabas" parade as compliance with the constitutional requirement that laws and policies must be preceded and influenced by public participation.…

Outdated exchange controls are crippling SA’s growth potential

29 Nov 16   Jasson Urbach
Every day, SA’s foreign exchange (forex) controls destroy more economic growth, job creation and transformation…

National Treasury’s "Twin Peaks": Another calamity in the making

28 Nov 16   Robert W Vivian
National Treasury recently released its Socio-Economic Impact Assessment (SEIA), a kind of cost-benefit analysis, on the Financial Sector Regulation Bill (FSR), the so-called "Twin Peaks" Bill currently before Parliament.…

Jobs for the Jobless:Job seekers exemption certificates for the unemployed

25 Nov 16  
We cannot allow such a large number of South Africans to remain unemployed: we need to take decisive action now to promote job creation, and to offer the hope of economic betterment to the millions who are jobless and unskilled. The purpose of this paper is to suggest a way…

Want to increase unemployment? Here’s how

24 Nov 16   Gail Day
I have a confession to make. I am not an economist and I have not read any of the studies that either promote or oppose a national minimum wage.…

Liberal intolerance

24 Nov 16   Rex van Schalkwyk
There is an echo of the post Brexit rebellion in the street protests that have occurred throughout the United States following the election of Donald Trump.…