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Government wage bill: over bloated and underwhelming

 17 Oct 18
South Africa was once speculated to have a government workforce larger than that of the United States.…

Achieving the elusive 6 per cent growth rate

 19 Sep 18
In 2005, former President Mbeki committed his government to an economic growth target of 6 per cent, but only after 2010.…

Alternatives to the NHI

24 Aug 18   Jasson Urbach
The Department of Health’s Dr Anban Pillay has slammed the Free Market Foundation (FMF) for criticising the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill and has requested that we submit reasons why we believe the government’s proposed NHI scheme will not wor…

The sad story of SA Express: Time to ground it permanently

22 Aug 18   Chris Hattingh
It remains a mystery as to why SA Express (SAX) still exists and why the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) reinstated its air operator certificate (AOC).…

Media release: FMF’s executive director Leon Louw issues wager to SAA CEO Vuyani Jarana – R100K to charity if SAA profitable by 2021

04 Jun 18   FMF Media Release
Leon Louw, executive director of the Free Market Foundation (FMF) is willing to wager SAA CEO Vuyani Jarana R100,000 that his three-year turnaround plan will not work and that by 31 March 2021…

Free at last – Tax Freedom Day 2018

11 May 18   Garth Zietsman
On Sunday, 13 May, South Africans stop working for the state and start working for themselves.…

Media release: Congratulations SA tax payers – you can now keep your own money

10 May 18   FMF Media Release
Before you earn a cent, government takes a chunk out of your pay packet in taxes.…

TEASER: When is Tax Freedom Day 2018?

09 May 18  
Every earner is taxed. Through one kind of tax or another, government takes a bit out of everyone’s earnings.…

Taxing people into poverty

20 Mar 18  
Tax has been a part of human history for millennia. There are records of farmers in ancient Egypt giving up a portion of their crops and peasants having to provide some of their labour freely to the Pharaoh.…

No logic in interfering with folk who can afford health care

13 Mar 18   Jasson Urbach
In the budget speech, former Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba cut tax credits that taxpayers receive for their medical scheme contributions to raise an extra R4.2bn for National Health Insurance (NHI).…

Minister Gigaba – reduce spending and taxes to create jobs

12 Feb 18   Jasson Urbach
On 21 February, Finance Minister, Malusi Gigaba, will present his annual budget speech before Parliament.…

Delta could fly two people to South Africa for the same cost as flying one on SAA

24 Jan 18   James Peron
The other day I saw a promotion for flights to South Africa and curiosity got the better of me.…

Steamrolling unaffordable policies – the new norm in South Africa

27 Nov 17   Dr Johann Serfontein
The current trend of pushing through populist government policies without consideration of expert reports on the affordability of funding initiatives, causes grave concern…

Public enterprises, guided by “mean-wellers”, are prone to disaster

15 Nov 17   Eustace Davie
Given the interminable bad news South Africans are receiving about their state-owned enterprises (SOEs), such as the huge SAA losses, frequent cost increases at ESKOM,…

South African taxpayer to foot Eskom’s debt bill

23 Oct 17   Chris Hattingh
Eskom’s latest annual financial statements record irregular expenditure of almost R3bn…

Media release: Open letter from Free Market Foundation to Minister Gigaba re action for SAA – and a wager

23 Oct 17   FMF Media Release
We trust this letter is in time to influence your Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) on 25 October with regard to SAA.…