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A trend that builds a nation

 25 Apr 18
Two major studies on poverty in South Africa have caused understandable alarums this last year.…

There is no need for the Hate Speech Bill

 23 Apr 18
In what spirit was the Hate Speech Bill drawn up? To add a moral imperative to South African law? To fulfil an aspect of social justice, a vague concept that has gained traction in academia and politics?…

Media release: Health insurance disappears for South Africans

23 Apr 18   FMF Media Release
The FMF is concerned that too few people are aware of and / or understand the implications of the demarcation regulations in the healthcare insurance market that came into effect from 1 April 2017 and which have a dramatic effect on how consumers pay…

Call to end SA drug approval delays

19 Apr 18   Jasson Urbach
The newly formed South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) – successor to the apartheid-era and largely dysfunctional Medicines Control Council (MCC) – has indicated that, to sort out the mess inherited from its predecessor, it inte…

Media release: Only 45 days to comment on changing S 25 of the Constitution – the property rights clause – is irresponsible and anti-democratic

19 Apr 18   FMF Media Release
The Free Market Foundation is appalled and alarmed that expropriation without compensation of property (EWC), probably South Africa’s most important constitutional debate since the 1996 formation of the Constitution, will have only 45 days for writte…

FMF media release: New Hate Speech Bill an improvement, but is still unnecessary

17 Apr 18   FMF Media Release
The Free Market Foundation (FMF) welcomes the changes to the controversial Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill (the Hate Speech Bill) which were published last week.…

South Africa should follow winners, not losers

Nationalisation of property, inefficient State-owned enterprises, raising the legal drinking age from 18 to 21, and higher taxes in a low-growth environment. These ideas have all been tried elsewhere.…

Auctioning of spectrum could provide the money government is looking for

16 Apr 18   Martin van Staden
Owning the rights to radio frequency spectrum above a given territory is a valuable asset.…

Property rights are human rights

11 Apr 18   Chris Hattingh
We take for granted the rights for which many fought and died. We also seem to be taking lightly the serious threats that are being made to our freedoms.…

Govt squeezing the life out of medical insurance

10 Apr 18   Jasson Urbach
Drip by toxic drip, the South African government is slowly and systematically poisoning the private medical scheme and insurance industries in South Africa.…

Media release: Winnie Madikizela-Mandela: “Here lies the drug to coagulate the blood of the bleeding nation…”

10 Apr 18   FMF Media Release
The Free Market Foundation is saddened by the passing of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela with whom executive director Leon Louw and his family had a personal relationship.…

Spectrum trading should be encouraged, not banned

05 Apr 18   Martin van Staden
Spectrum are the radio frequencies – a finite resource – that mobile operators use to provide services to consumers.…

LETTER: State is on wrong track

04 Apr 18   Jasson Urbach
For many years, the government has sought an equity partner for its state-owned pharmaceutical manufacturer Ketlaphela.…

South Africa is not capitalist, but needs to be

04 Apr 18   Martin van Staden
To say that South Africa is a capitalist society is popular among journalists, politicians, and trade unionists.…

Land reform urgently needed in urban areas

In 1991, the Apartheid government committed its gravest violation of human rights: denying black South Africans ownership of land. How did it do this?…

NMW to cause economic havoc in rural areas and destroy SA job opportunities

29 Mar 18   Eustace Davie
Researchers exhorting the SA government to implement the NMW reported that they could find no studies showing high job losses from the institution of minimum wages.…

More time required to comment on expropriation without compensation amendment

28 Mar 18   Martin van Staden
South Africans will only have one month to submit comments on government’s plan to amend the Constitution to provide for expropriation without compensation before the Constitutional Review Committee will begin public hearings.…

Health Department’s attack on medical insurance could be unconstitutional

27 Mar 18   Mark Oppenheimer
A recent change to the law governing medical insurance recently came into effect, with the result that many policy holders were stripped of their healthcare products.…

Land reform: The free market way

27 Mar 18   Martin van Staden
If not expropriation without compensation, then what? How do South Africans finally redress the imbalances caused by apartheid?…

Hate-Speech Bill: A threat to democracy in South Africa

27 Mar 18   Martin van Staden
On February 8, 2018, the Hate Crimes Working Group (HCWG) published a petition, widely covered in the media, decrying the fact that the controversial Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill (the hate-speech bill), published for p…

How the Constitutional Court may still save property rights

27 Mar 18   Martin van Staden
That individuals and communities must have the ability to keep and own things they have earned, found, bought or created, is necessary for any free and just society.…

New traffic law inconsistent with the Rule of Law

27 Mar 18   Martin van Staden
The illegalities of the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Amendment Bill are too numerous to analyse in the space of one article.…