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South Africa’s Rule of Quasi-Law

05 Apr 17
Quasi-law has become the norm in South Africa, with Parliament acting as a delegator of powers rather than the representative law-making body it is supposed to be.…

Taxi drivers call for higher consumer prices

15 Mar 17
On 10 March, the metered taxi drivers took to the streets of Johannesburg and severely impacted traffic to and from O R Tambo International Airport.…

Anguish over low wages but no pity for the 9 million who earn zero

08 Mar 17   Eustace Davie
The proponents of the compulsory National Minimum Wage (NMW) admit that some people at the lowest level of the income scale will lose their jobs.…

Predicted Tax Freedom Day 2017 in light of budget speech

01 Mar 17   Garth Zietsman
Tax Freedom Day, this year, will be on 23 May – two days later than last year.…

The inviolable sanctity of individual liberty

22 Feb 17   Temba A Nolutshungu
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others” Nelson Mandela.…

Ever expanding governments breed corruption

15 Feb 17   Rex van Schalkwyk
Publius Cornelius Tacitus, who lived during the first century AD, gave this warning: “The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws”.…

Don’t take government bullying lying down

25 Jan 17   Martin van Staden
Through both apathy and fear, South Africa’s businessmen and women have allowed local law making to become hopelessly inconsistent with the doctrine of ‘the rule of law’, a principle that underpins our entire Constitution.…

The rainbow nation

19 Jan 17   Rex van Schalkwyk
What has happened to Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s “Rainbow Nation of God”?…

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?…

RDP housing inadequate for transformation

15 Dec 16   Martin van Staden
Most people would agree that racial discrimination characterised apartheid.…

Consumers’ constitutional right to dignity is being eroded

31 Aug 16  
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi is planning to rob you of your ability to make your own lifestyle choices as a free adult.…

Big Brother is watching you

02 Aug 16   Joe Louw
Big Brother is watching you. Do not despair. You do not have to make decisions for yourself anymore: Big Brother will do it for you. In 1949, in his book Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell predicted a totalitarian state with continuous mass surveill…

Twin Peaks; twin fallacies

20 Jul 16   Chris Hattingh
Are National Treasury and the Financial Services Board once again attempting to stampede Parliament?…

You cannot redistribute a nation out of poverty

23 Jun 16   James Peron
There are two sure things we can say about global poverty.…

There are no consequences

15 Jun 16   Rex van Schalkwyk
In March 1997, Minister of Justice, Dullah Omar, was an eager participant at a welcoming party at the Cape Town International Airport for the returning fraudster and eminent ANC activist, Alan Boesak.…

The unintended consequences of criminalising young adult drinking

08 Jun 16   James Peron
American politicians decided it would be a good idea to force all of the states to increase their minimum drinking age to 21, from 18. No doubt they thought it would start a trend and reduce the negative consequences of misusing alcohol.…

In defence of Thuli Madonsela

18 May 16   Rex van Schalkwyk
Like Burmese stateswoman Ang San Suu Kyi, Thuli Madonsela, a member of the African National Congress (ANC), deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for her steadfast and courageous stand in support of the principle of accountable government.…

Free Market Foundation and trade unions in unexpected agreement

11 May 16   Martin van Staden
The Free Market Foundation (FMF) and the trade unions apparently agree with one another:…