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

 15 Nov 17
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
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.…

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.…

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.…

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?…

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,…

KPMG and the loss of ethics

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

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.…

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.…

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.…

South Africa languishing under technocratic socialism

30 Aug 17   Russell Lamberti
Much ink has been spilt attempting to explain South Africa’s economic malaise, but there seems to me still far too little appreciation of the chronic ideological illness infecting every corner of state policy: Marxism.…

Can South Africa’s basic education be fixed?

29 Aug 17   Phumlani M UMajozi
The state of South Africa’s basic education is a topic of constant debate – by political parties, the media, civil organisations and the general public.…

Media release: Government interference will drive data prices up, not down

08 Aug 17  
The #datamustfall campaign is dangerous populist disinformation that has government ministers, ICASA and the communications portfolio committee trying to force price control on the private sector, based on a social media campaign and a false meme.…

Capitalism: The only radical choice

26 Jul 17   Chris Hattingh
What does the sugar tax; an increased minimum drinking age; National Health Insurance; a wealth tax; the spectre of White Monopoly Capital; state capture; tenders; and repeated attempts to stoke racial tension by politicians have in common?…

Media release: DataMustFall: Fake news

03 Jul 17   FMF Media Release
#DataMustFall campaigners are guilty of cherry-picking to make a point that is set to undermine one of post-apartheid’s few success stories.…

Media release: Sir Ketumile Masire, Nelson Mandela and the Free Market Foundation

29 Jun 17  
Ketumile Masire (2001): “This is the time to demonstrate to the world that, as fellow Africans, we are capable of working together so that we can all enjoy peace, freedom and dignity.”…

Data – let each provider decide for themselves

23 Jun 17   Chris Hattingh
The #DataMustFall campaign has been relatively quiet in recent months, after the flurry of calls for greedy companies such as MTN and Vodacom to do away with a basic, moral tenet of business: making a profit.…

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.…

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.…