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Government hubris leaves South Africans in the dark

 12 Dec 18
Industry grinds to a halt. Traffic stands gridlocked. Lights in dangerous areas go out. People sit in the dark. Whereas Christmas should usher in a time of jovial spirit, this December once again brings in load-shedding for South Africans.…

South Africans need a radical solution: capitalism

 13 Nov 18
Collectivism, in all its forms, has been tried, and has failed, all around the world. It will never work even if different people are put in charge.…

The malign folly of "stakeholder" theory

15 Oct 18   Chris Hattingh
The only social responsibility of business is to use its resources and occupy its energies in the generation of wealth, so long as it stays within the rules of the game, which are to engage in open and free competition, without deception or fraud.…

Regulating Airbnb encourages anti-competitive behaviour

04 Oct 18   Chris Hattingh
The Tourism Business Council of SA (TBCSA) has called on government to regulate Airbnb in South Africa.…

Further into the mire of socialism

25 Sep 18   Chris Hattingh
Reality can be avoided for only so long. The South African economy has slipped into its first technical recession since 2009.…

African Excellence: Ethiopian Airlines leads the way

11 Sep 18   Chris Hattingh
Ethiopian Airlines stands as a bastion of success above an African landscape of failed state-owned entities.…

Apple and value creation

04 Sep 18   Chris Hattingh
Ann Crotty, in the Financial Mail (The price we pay for Apple’s greed, 16/08/2018) paints Apple as a blight upon our civilization, an entity that only takes and gives nothing in return.…

Die NGV en die aanslag op ons Vryheid

30 Aug 18   Chris Hattingh
Hoe meer mag die staat het, hoe minder vryheid het die individu. Een van die grootste aanvalle nog op individuele vryheid kom in die vorm van die Nasionale Gesondheidsversekering (NGV).…

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).…

No investment without property rights

14 Aug 18   Chris Hattingh
President Ramaphosa recently deployed four investment envoys with a target of raising $100bn in investments over the next five years.…

Capitalism is the only moral economic system ever to grace the world

07 Aug 18   Chris Hattingh
Capitalism is the only moral economic system to grace the world. It is the only moral system because it is based on individual rights and freedoms.…

Open skies over South Africa

27 Jun 18   Chris Hattingh
Israel approved the ‘Open Skies’ agreement with the European Union in 2013. The goals were to increase the number of foreign airlines operating in the country, expand the number of routes served, lower fares and stimulate tourism.…

Lessons from Air India

21 May 18   Chris Hattingh
At the end of March, it was revealed that Air India’s employees would be given stock options after the airline is privatised.…

No reason for government to be involved in personal electricity generation

16 May 18   Chris Hattingh
The draft Rules for Registration of Small-Scale Embedded Generation published by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) state that every form of home electricity generation – including solar photo-voltaic (PV) panels and backup generat…

There is no need for the Hate Speech Bill

23 Apr 18   Chris Hattingh
In what spirit was the Hate Speech Bill drawn up? To add a moral imperative to South African law? To fulfil an aspect of social justice, a vague concept that has gained traction in academia and politics?…

Property rights are human rights

11 Apr 18   Chris Hattingh
We take for granted the rights for which many fought and died. We also seem to be taking lightly the serious threats that are being made to our freedoms.…

EWC tramples the sacrifices made by those who fought against colonialism and apartheid

12 Mar 18   Chris Hattingh
The myriad rights which South Africans enjoy were won after decades of struggle against the state.…

SAA: Lessons from Kenya

28 Feb 18   Chris Hattingh
South African Airways (SAA) is a bloated and inefficient state-owned enterprise.…

The minimum wage magic wand

16 Jan 18   Chris Hattingh
Would an accountant worth his salt advocate that the best way to keep a business running is to spend money which you do not have, and when the time comes to balance your books, you simply look the other way?…

The NHI is morally bankrupt

18 Dec 17   Chris Hattingh
The National Health Insurance (NHI) system has yet to be fully implemented. Its premise is the seemingly noble plan to ensure all South Africans are provided with essential quality health care, regardless of who they are, poor or rich.…