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Economics is certainly no ideology

 13 Jun 17
NEO-LIBERALISM” has become a convenient term to ideologise economics, treating it as an “idea” which can be debated and potentially discarded.…

The first step to growth: Reject pseudo-economics

 31 May 17
Murray Rothbard, economist and political philosopher, wrote in an essay that there is nothing wrong with being ignorant of economics, given the science’s specialised and often complex nature.…

Business Day column: Far-reaching failures now in urgent need of radical change

31 May 17   Leon Louw
President Jacob Zuma is right, we need radical economic transformation. The reason is simple.…

Media release: “Amandla! Awethu!” means power to the people, not government – it’s time to decentralise!

30 May 17   FMF Media Release
“Amandla! Awethu!” means power to the people – not government. Government may be calling for radical economic transformation (RET), yet its actions and policies perpetuate apartheid era thinking.…

Media release: Yes – introduce radical economic transformation in labour policy and help 9 million unemployed

26 May 17   FMF Media Release
Nine million people in South Africa need real radical economic transformation (RET) to eradicate the failed economic policies that have condemned them to unemployment and severely retarded South Africa’s growth.…

Media release: Johannesburg hosts Africa Liberty Forum – a first for South Africa

22 May 17   FMF Media Release
This week on 24 and 25 May in Johannesburg, the Free Market Foundation (FMF) together with US organisations *Atlas Network and sponsor The John Templeton Foundation, will host the Africa Liberty Forum,…

How to ensure more South Africans celebrate Workers’ Day as workers

During apartheid, labour was heavily regulated, with workers and employers having to defer to the whim of government in how they conducted their relationships.…

Media release: President Zuma is right! We need Radical Economic Transformation

08 May 17  
President Jacob Zuma is right! We do need radical economic transformation (RET) and the Free Market Foundation (FMF) has been advocating such policies for over 40 years.…

Government’s NHI plan is based on squeezing out private healthcare

20 Apr 17   Jasson Urbach
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has been tasked with an important aspect of the "radical economic transformation" agenda, and that is to nationalise healthcare in SA.…

Liberated minds, liberated people

29 Mar 17   Chris Hattingh
On 21 March, South Africans celebrated Human Rights Day, enjoying a day off work and reflecting on what progress the country has made since the fall of the Apartheid government and our first democratic elections in 1994.…

Media release: Impact Assessments keep politicians honest – perhaps why ministers avoid them?

13 Mar 17   Free Market Foundation
Socio Economic Impact Assessments (SEIAs) should be high on the news agenda.…

Without economic growth, you can’t end poverty

22 Dec 16   James Peron
The world is full of clichés. One to question proclaims that “economic growth is only good if it benefits everyone.” Really?…

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.…

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.…

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…

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.…

Business Day column: We have a new mechanism to make better laws – but it is not working

11 Oct 16   Leon Louw
When President Jacob Zuma contracted a pool company to build a fire-pool at his Nkandla mansion, they arrived, pottered around for days, got paid and left.…

Business Day column: Minimum wage is an idea of megalomaniacal and uninformed politicians

28 Sep 16   Leon Louw
BE AFRAID, be very afraid. SA has tumbled down the Economic Freedom of the World (EFW) index to its lowest level to date. During apartheid, black people were denied economic freedom. Now, everyone is.…

Media release: South Africa 105 among 159 jurisdictions

15 Sep 16  
Global economic freedom up slightly, but South Africa plummets to 105 out of 159 jurisdictions…

Business Day column: We have a new mechanism to make better laws — but it is not working

15 Sep 16   Leon Louw
WHEN President Jacob Zuma contracted a pool company to build a fire-pool at his Nkandla mansion, they arrived, pottered around for days, got paid and left.…

Forty-one years of fighting for freedom

17 Aug 16   Ayanda Khumalo
The Free Market Foundation (FMF) was established in 1975. Its purpose was to oppose apartheid and recommend policy options that would improve economic, civil and political liberties for all South Africans.…

Media release: Special economic zones need to be special and fully “offshore”, not business-as-usual

12 Aug 16   FMF Media Release
“For special economic zones (SEZs) to be special, they need to provide investors with a clear signal that it is in their interests to come to South Africa rather than an SEZ in China.…