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South Africa is repeating the mistakes of apartheid

 17 Oct 17
After the end of Apartheid in 1994, nobody would have guessed that South Africa would be making many of the same mistakes as the Apartheid regime only two decades later, from censoring speech to violating agricultural property rights.…

Media release: Healthcare Demarcation Regulations remove low cost benefit options for poor

 11 Oct 17
Government’s healthcare demarcation regulations came into effect on 1 April 2017.…

SAA: The costs far exceed the benefits

11 Oct 17   James Peron
There can be little doubt – South Africa does benefit because South African Airlines (SAA) exists.…

Media release: R 3bn SAA bailout – but only R 450 m left for working capital. Again taxpayers pick up the bill

02 Oct 17   FMF Media Release
One day before the default deadline on 30 September, government used R3bn of taxpayers hard earned money to bailout SAA...…

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.…

Competition Commission supposedly saves South Africans

28 Sep 17   Chris Hattingh
The South African government is bent on saving defenceless South Africans yet again.…

Health policy shambles

28 Sep 17   Michael Settas
There has lately been an air of urgency from government around touting the virtues of their much vaunted National Health Insurance (NHI).…

Media release: SAA is dead in the water – why bother with a bailout?

20 Sep 17   FMF Media Release
Who is fooling whom? Government seems to have lost the plot over SAA.…

Health department's demarcation regulations are potentially unconstitutional

19 Sep 17   Jasson Urbach
Millions of low-paid and economically vulnerable citizens today find they are without medical insurance and either now must pay directly out of pocket to access private facilities or rely on the vagaries of a state controlled system.…

Land reform without property rights is mere hot air

18 Sep 17   Chris Hattingh
The poor will be mired in poverty and uncertainty until guaranteed property rights.…

Being certain of the uncertainties – NHI cost and funding

18 Sep 17   Martin van Staden
After six years of discussion surrounding the National Health Insurance (NHI), there is still a lot of information to be desired.…

Bid to hide SAA truth shows contempt for public

18 Sep 17   Leon Louw
IT IS worse than we thought. Much worse. So bad, in fact, that the state attorney has resorted to the sinister concealment from the nation of vital information.…

Both public and private sector healthcare woes can be blamed on government

18 Sep 17   Dr Johann Serfontein
The NHI white Paper states a number of public- and private sector failures as reasons to implement NHI. But who is responsible for causing these failures?…

Motsoaledi ‘destroying’ private healthcare for NHI we can’t afford

04 Sep 17   Jasson Urbach
Millions of low-paid and economically vulnerable citizens today find they are without medical insurance and either now must pay directly out of pocket to access private facilities or rely on the vagaries of a state controlled system.…

Time to end the Eskom monopoly

31 Aug 17   Chris Hattingh
What is the fundamental difference between a state-supported monopoly and a monopoly that develops in the market?…

Affirmative action and socio-economic challenges – what are the solutions?

31 Aug 17   Temba A Nolutshungu
South Africa’s ostensibly intractable socio-economic problems are a consequence of government policy, whether deliberate or unintentional.…

It is neither necessary nor appropriate for government to provide “free healthcare for all”

30 Aug 17   Jasson Urbach
“It’s déjà vu all over again,” as the late Yogi Berra might have said had he read the latest iteration of the national health insurance (NHI) policy paper.…

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.…

A generous dose of private healthcare to cure what ails us

Few things violate the rational mind as much as the disruptive policies the minister of health prescribes for private health providers and the country.…

Trampling individual rights, the mark of collectivism

17 Aug 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 politicianshave in common?…

LETTER: Medicine plot Kafkaesque

17 Aug 17   Jasson Urbach
The Competition Commission’s investigation into pharmaceutical companies for alleged "excessive pricing, price discrimination and/or exclusionary conduct" could easily be a plot line in one of Frans Kafka’s works.…

New SAA bailout package shows government is not committed to transformation

15 Aug 17   Martin van Staden
With low economic growth prospects, ever-increasing unemployment and destitution, government appears to be more concerned with the useless prestige and status that comes with our national airline, than the wellbeing of the South African people.…