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South Africa is not capitalist, but needs to be

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

Taxing people into poverty

 20 Mar 18
Tax has been a part of human history for millennia. There are records of farmers in ancient Egypt giving up a portion of their crops and peasants having to provide some of their labour freely to the Pharaoh.…

Water for all and water for none

27 Feb 18   Dr Richard J. Grant
Cape Town is not the first city to face a drought, but it is predicted to be the first major city to run out of water.…

Media release: Minister Gigaba: Reduce bloated government before introducing new taxes

19 Feb 18   FMF Media Release
Minister Gigaba seemingly has his back against the fiscal wall and will probably announce tax hikes in his 21 February budget.…

Economic growth requires an environment in which prices are freely formed

24 Jan 18   Eustace Davie
Prices, when left alone, “miraculously” direct all resources, including labour and capital, to their most productive uses.…

The minimum wage magic wand

16 Jan 18   Chris Hattingh
Would an accountant worth his salt advocate that the best way to keep a business running is to spend money which you do not have, and when the time comes to balance your books, you simply look the other way?…

Is it freedom or is it dom?

14 Dec 17   Jasson Urbach
How serious is government about wanting South Africans to become healthier and wealthier and for everyone to have access to a high-quality healthcare system?…

Public enterprises, guided by “mean-wellers”, are prone to disaster

15 Nov 17   Eustace Davie
Given the interminable bad news South Africans are receiving about their state-owned enterprises (SOEs), such as the huge SAA losses, frequent cost increases at ESKOM,…

Does government want healthier, wealthier citizens?

09 Nov 17   Jasson Urbach
How serious is government about wanting South Africans to become healthier and wealthier and for everyone to have access to a high-quality healthcare system?…

The higher the growth, the better human wellbeing

08 Nov 17   Temba A Nolutshungu
That better human wellbeing is the outcome of higher economic growth is illustrated by the findings published in The Economic Freedom of the World report.…

Don’t allow altruism to blind you to the economic laws that govern labour

01 Nov 17   Jessica Canada Wellman
In the debate over minimum wage, people often become distracted by their inner altruism and ignore the logic behind the economic laws that govern labour markets and the macroeconomy of South Africa.…

SAA: Change the incentives

01 Nov 17   James Peron
The mess that is South African Airlines is widely known today. What many do not realise is that Yale University, in 1944, published a little book, which lays out the reasons for the mess.…

South Africa at the tipping point?

26 Oct 17   Temba A Nolutshungu
“The market is the creator of social wealth and the wellspring of self-sustaining economic development” Li Keqiang, Premier, People’s Republic of China…

Economic Freedom of the World Annual Report – a powerful source of information for guiding government policies

23 Oct 17   Eustace Davie
The data could not be more clear. Countries that pursue greater levels of economic freedom reap resounding benefits.…

Is wealth inequality a problem?

18 Oct 17   Chris Hattingh
Why is wealth inequality such a pressing moral problem? As in many other pieces by others,…

Capitalism: A straw man for the world’s problems

18 Oct 17   Rob Price
Capitalism is such a despised and derided term that I often dissociate myself from it. Cowardly?…

KPMG and the loss of ethics

04 Oct 17   Chris Hattingh
Now that KPMG has ‘come clean’ on its murky dealings with the Guptas,…

Thirteen African countries now rank higher than South Africa in economic freedom

28 Sep 17   Dr Richard J. Grant
For each resident of a society, increased uncertainty about the social and political constraints under which one lives will reduce one’s ability to make wise choices in the present and to plan for the future.…

Media release: Good news: SA’s economic freedom slightly improved

28 Sep 17   FMF Media Release
“Where people are free to pursue their own opportunities and make their own choices, they lead more prosperous, happier and healthier lives,” said Fred McMahon, Dr. Michael A. Walker Research Chair in Economic Freedom with the Fraser Institute.…

Being certain of the uncertainties – NHI cost and funding

18 Sep 17   Martin van Staden
After six years of discussion surrounding the National Health Insurance (NHI), there is still a lot of information to be desired.…

SA slides down, former communist countries ascend, economic freedom ranking

13 Sep 17   Eustace Davie
In 2000, South Africa (SA) was listed as the 42nd most economically free country in the world.…

Affirmative action and socio-economic challenges – what are the solutions?

31 Aug 17   Temba A Nolutshungu
South Africa’s ostensibly intractable socio-economic problems are a consequence of government policy, whether deliberate or unintentional.…