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Public health is in critical condition, and the NHI cannot save it

26 Apr 17
The recent revelations by the Office of Health Standards Compliance (OHSC) in their 2015-16 inspection report, which was presented in Parliament recently, has raised alarm about the state of the public healthcare system.…

Business Day column: Racists do not trust black people with full land ownership

19 Apr 17
To understand what the trendy left racists who dominate land policy discourse have in mind, imagine a post-apartheid mixed marriage couple who buy neighbouring properties.…

Business Day column: Zuma: a terrorist to some, beyond reproach according to others

13 Apr 17   Leon Louw
Is President Jacob Zuma a terrorist? Maybe, according to legal expert Ivan Herselman.…

Government land is central to land reform

22 Mar 17   Martin van Staden
With politicians spewing anti-property rights rhetoric, we could but wonder what exactly sets the democratic government apart from the former apartheid regime.…

Business Day column: Difficult times do not turn a bad budget into a good one

08 Mar 17   Leon Louw
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan addresses a briefing ahead of his budget speech.…

Telecoms Industry under threat: What the media and public need to know

27 Feb 17   Free Market Foundation
This document aims to provide a background and context on the National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper, for the media to understand what is at stake, inform the public and other stakeholders and ask the right questions of government…

Protectionist drugs policy will hurt region

21 Feb 17   Jasson Urbach
Governments of the East African Community (EAC) have made a fatal error.…

Traditional leadership as a basis for local government and coexistence

16 Feb 17   Temba A Nolutshungu
Throughout the country, especially in and around metropolitan areas, spontaneous service delivery protests are happening with increasing frequency.…

Three most-overlooked provisions of the Constitution

08 Feb 17   Martin van Staden
The Constitution exists in the abstract to most people. They know there is a document, somewhere, with a list of principles and values which protects them from… something, but what it actually says and how it is set out, is not known to most.…

Business Day column: Let us bust the myths and not believe the nonsense in 2017

20 Dec 16   Leon Louw
Since this is my last 2016 column, I was asked by the government to wish readers a joyless festive season and unhappy new year.…

Time to get rid of the apartheid township

08 Dec 16   Martin van Staden
Municipal government throughout South Africa continues to own upwards of five million urban plots currently occupied by previously disadvantaged individuals.…

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: Another SOE disaster in the making, another addition to our R 46 billion irregular spending

05 Dec 16   FMF Media Release
In the wake of R 46 billion bombshell of irregular expenditure by state owned enterprises (SOEs) and government departments, the recently announced Information and Communication Technology (ICT) policy proposes yet another SOE .…

Business Day column: Techno-equality calls for cheaper access not lavish entitlement

24 Nov 16   Leon Louw
Once upon a time, people knew what human rights were. It was beautifully straightforward.…

Media release: Data must stand – at least until the facts are known

16 Nov 16   FMF Media Release
The DataMustFall bandwagon is astounding in having captured public and media indignation without a clear grasp of the underlying facts.…

Media release: Data should stand – at least until the facts are known

01 Nov 16   FMF Media Release
Data must fall. Why? Data costs are too expensive in South Africa. Are they? Data is a human right. Is it?…

Media release: FMF challenges the DTI to name one legal liquor outlet under the draft liquor bill

21 Oct 16   FMF Media Release
Did you know that the draft Liquor Amendment Bill, which gives teeth to the DTI’s National Liquor Policy, might outlaw all liquor outlets?…

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.…

Commentary on Output and Employment in the South African Economy

29 Sep 16   Dr Richard J. Grant
The Economic Freedom of the World annual report for 2016, released in mid-September, shows that South Africa has continued to decline in economic freedom across all five major measured categories.…

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.…

German evidence shows SA is making a mistake on minimum wage

07 Sep 16   Jasson Urbach
THE proposed national minimum wage appears to be a fait accompli, with the actual amount being the only cause of disagreement between the parties at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac).…

Business Day column: Voters no longer ‘blindly loyal’ as SA heads for democratic maturity

12 Aug 16   Leon Louw
SA COMES of age today. It is election day. Historians might look back on today as the day on which SA achieved democratic maturity.…