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Amending the Constitution on shaky grounds will cause illegitimacy

 03 Dec 18
Removing the right to compensation when expropriating property that is currently contained in section 25 of the Constitution, will be a lethal blow to the legitimacy and stability of our constitutional order if done under present conditions.…

The Ingonyama Trust should keep its promises and entrench property rights

 28 Nov 18
During the opening of the Provincial House of Traditional Leaders in 2016 in Ulundi, the Zulu King, Goodwill Zwelithini, said that people who live on Ingonyama Trust land would start receiving title deeds.…

Media release: Johann Rupert sponsors 70 Title Deeds in Aberdeen

21 Nov 18   FMF Media Release
On 16 November, 70 residents of the Karoo town of Aberdeen walked into the presentation hall as tenants and out as home owners, with full freehold title made possible by the generosity of businessman Johann Rupert and his wife Gaynor who are signific…

Media release: FMF International Conference: Expropriation without Compensation (EWC)

20 Nov 18   FMF Media Release
Today 20 and tomorrow 21 November, the Free Market Foundation (FMF) is hosting a two-day conference focusing on achieving land reform without undermining property rights.…

Media release: Government thinks review of just 0.01 percent of submissions is sufficient to change S25 of Constitution

20 Nov 18  
To consider the fundamental question of whether to change S 25 of the Constitution to allow for expropriation without compensation (EWC), it appears that the Constitutional Review Committee studied just 0.01% of the public submissions, if that.…

Former president Thabo Mbeki urges ANC rethink on EWC

14 Nov 18   Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
It is a well-known fact that the ANC sees itself not primarily as a ruling party but rather as a movement.…

Are supporters of EWC doing their part?

13 Nov 18   Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
This is interesting in the context of Ramaphosa’s speech at the 8th Annual Desmond Tutu International Peace Lecture where he said "We cannot speak of true freedom when 10% of the population has more wealth than 90% combined" as reported on News24.…

Media release: Khaya Lam Land Reform Project has effected over 3,000 title deeds since project inception

17 Oct 18   FMF Media Release
The Free Market Foundation’s (FMF) Khaya Lam Land Reform Project announced today that 3,059 title deeds to their homes have been presented to recipients since the project began in 2013, at no cost to the new title owners.…

Media release: South Africa ranks 94 out of 162 countries measured in the Economic Freedom of the World Report

10 Oct 18  
South Africa ranks 94 out of 162 countries and territories according to their economic system.…

International think tank policy dialogue on health, trade and innovation

03 Oct 18   Jasson Urbach
On 25 September think tank leaders from across the globe met in Bogota, Colombia to provide their perspectives on the policies and institutions required to promote and foster innovation in developing countries.…

Chavismo: The latest socialist failure

26 Sep 18   Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
The tragedy unfolding in Venezuela serves to prove a point long-settled by the failures of communist China, the USSR, Cambodia, Zimbabwe etc.…

Media release: Expropriation without compensation will require 75 per cent vote – Professor Robert Vivian

17 Sep 18   FMF Media Release
75% of the National Assembly vote would be required to change the Constitution to allow general expropriation without compensation, not 66% as the ANC and EFF believe, according to Robert Vivian, Professor of Finance and Insurance, Wits School of Eco…

How to provide responsibly for expropriation without compensation

17 Sep 18   Martin van Staden
If the Constitution is to be amended to provide for expropriation without compensation (EWC) – something South Africans of all stripes should oppose in principle – there are either safer or more dangerous ways to go about it.…

Title deeds are simply a means to an end – security of property rights

South Africa has a history of denying property rights, especially to the poor and vulnerable.…

‘Never again’ until next time

15 Aug 18   Martin van Staden
In 1994, Nelson Mandela dedicated the day he was inaugurated as the first President of a free South Africa to those who sacrificed “and surrendered their lives so that we could be free”.…

No investment without property rights

14 Aug 18   Chris Hattingh
President Ramaphosa recently deployed four investment envoys with a target of raising $100bn in investments over the next five years.…

Media release: South Africa PLUMMETS to 37th in global property rights rankings, falling behind Rwanda

08 Aug 18  
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.…

Media release: Never again – property rights must be protected

25 Jun 18   FMF Media Release
The Free Market Foundation’s (FMF) Rule of Law Project has responded to the Constitutional review committee and made a submission on the resolution for Expropriation Without Compensation (EWC) 2018, which seeks to change Section 25 of the Constitutio…

SA history of disrespect for property rights

20 Jun 18   Eustace Davie
Tragedies, such as legislated racism and disrespect for individual and property rights are generally manufactured by individuals with malign political intentions.…

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…

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.…

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?…