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The inviolable sanctity of individual liberty

22 Feb 17
“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.…

Want to increase unemployment? Here’s how

24 Nov 16
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.…

Student protests violate the Freedom Charter

19 Oct 16   Mark Oppenheimer
While students burn buses and loot shops, social media pundits are hurling abuse at Vice Chancellors and the police.…

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…

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.…

Capitalism and force

10 Aug 16   Chris Hattingh
Capitalism is the only social/economic system that gives us all freedom of choice because it removes the element of force, and this is why it is the only moral system.…

Releasing the positive energies of all South Africans

18 Jul 16  
Fundamentally, there are only two types of society. The first allows the people to make their own decisions about their own lives. In the second, an individual or special elite makes their decisions for them.…

The miracle of poverty

07 Jul 16   Leon Louw
Mud oozed between her toes. Not ordinary mud. Mud containing rotting garbage, human and animal faeces...…

The crucial role of moral authority and governance in corporate, political and economic leadership

29 Jun 16  
Real freedom promotes creativity and innovation, and if there is one thing South Africa needs more than anything today it is innovation in the economy, in politics and in society at large.…

Media release: Dr Reuel J Khosa: "Failure of moral leadership in SA today”. Receives FMF’s 9th Luminary Award

21 Jun 16   FMF Media Release
Dr Reuel Khosa receives FMF 9th Luminary Award and speaks of failure of moral authority in SA’s leadership…

Idiot’s guide to the financial crisis

20 Jun 16   Leon Louw
US low-income (subprime) housing policy. The US federal government decides, rightly in my view, to have private housing for the poor…

Business Day column: Anti-tobacco fanaticism threatens every aspect of your life and liberty

08 Jun 16   Leon Louw
MAY 31 was World No Freedom Day. World Health Organisation (WHO) propaganda disguised it as World No Tobacco Day (WNTD)…

Business Day column: Later Tax Freedom Day sounds a warning

01 Jun 16   Leon Louw
TAXPAYERS are rich, the rich pay most tax, and rich companies pay the rest. That is why most people are unmoved by the idea that government inefficiency, waste and corruption occur "at the taxpayer’s expense".…

Media release: Work FIVE more days in 2016 than 2015 to pay for government spending

25 May 16   FMF Media Release
Wednesday, 25 May 2016, is Tax Freedom Day (TFD). Five days later than in 2015 and five weeks later than in 1994…

Why State-Owned Enterprises impact Tax Freedom Day

25 May 16   Garth Zietsman
There are no fewer than 717 State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) in South Africa with total assets of R1 trillion, or 27% of GDP, and government investment amounting to more than 30% of our total investment.…

Freedom, justice and prosperity for all

14 Apr 16   Eustace Davie
On 27 July 2000, nearly 16 years ago, the Free Market Foundation (FMF) hosted a conference entitled: Liberty and Prosperity: Principles of Good Law in a Complex Society.…

South Africans should think more like Mauritians

07 Apr 16   Eustace Davie
Mauritius has gone from strength to strength. Since its government instituted enterprise based solutions to poverty, it has shot up the Economic Freedom of the World (EFW) report rankings from 22nd in 2000 to 6th place in 2013.…