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

 20 Nov 18
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.…

South Africans need a radical solution: capitalism

13 Nov 18   Chris Hattingh
Collectivism, in all its forms, has been tried, and has failed, all around the world. It will never work even if different people are put in charge.…

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.…

The problem of "fair‐labelling" and insurance

16 Oct 18   Robert W Vivian
We assign labels to things all the time. When you say, “Pass me a pen”, pen is the label we place on an object with which we expect to write words on paper.…

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.…

Stop making laws to which nobody adheres

09 Oct 18   Martin van Staden
The law is supposed to fulfil two important functions in society: protecting people’s persons and property, and conflict avoidance.…

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.…

Die NGV en die aanslag op ons Vryheid

30 Aug 18   Chris Hattingh
Hoe meer mag die staat het, hoe minder vryheid het die individu. Een van die grootste aanvalle nog op individuele vryheid kom in die vorm van die Nasionale Gesondheidsversekering (NGV).…

‘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.…

Here’s how you lower the fuel price

10 Jul 18   Martin van Staden
The African National Congress and President Cyril Ramaphosa appear determined to lower the fuel price – in the midst of raising it – with Business Tech reporting that government is “actively seeking ways” to find a solution to the problem.…

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…