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Traditional leadership as a basis for local government and coexistence

16 Feb 17
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
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Outdated exchange controls are crippling SA’s growth potential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.…

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.…

Media release: Special economic zones need to be special and fully “offshore”, not business-as-usual

12 Aug 16   FMF Media Release
“For special economic zones (SEZs) to be special, they need to provide investors with a clear signal that it is in their interests to come to South Africa rather than an SEZ in China.…

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.…

Business Day column: Pro-market miracle is not out of our reach

27 Jul 16   Leon Louw
OUR government is serious about turning us into one of the world’s richest countries. When our communist Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies, counter-intuitively assures investors that "we’re open for business", he means it.…

Business Day column: State must face reality of job losses in mining

20 Jul 16   Leon Louw
UNEMPLOYMENT is desirable. That is what I told the Minerals Petroleum Board when I gave evidence on "the surge in job losses in the mining industry".…

Business Day column: Why do we allow power freaks to exploit us?

13 Jul 16   Leon Louw
THE evidence that almost everything for almost everyone almost everywhere is better when governments are smaller and individuals freer is so overwhelming that there is no room for informed doubt.…

Business Day column: Why do we allow power freaks to exploit us?

13 Jul 16   Leon Louw
THE evidence that almost everything for almost everyone almost everywhere is better when governments are smaller and individuals freer is so overwhelming that there is no room for informed doubt.…

‘Struggle bookkeeping’ and ‘ubuntu smuggling’ usual public servant offences

27 Jun 16   Rex van Schalkwyk
IN MARCH 1997, then justice minister Dullah Omar was an eager participant in a welcoming party at Cape Town International Airport for the returning fraudster and eminent ANC activist...…

You cannot redistribute a nation out of poverty

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