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Business Day column: Hate speech law may well curb all manner of freedoms

22 Feb 17
Beware — if the hateful hate speech bill is enacted, telling someone that they induce the episodic levator ani syndrome variant of proctalgia funaxal sacrococcygeal distress in your pubococcygeus could have you jailed for a whole three years.…

Business Day column: How can Friedman be so obtuse about free market group?

25 Jan 17
If you hang us, hang us for crimes we committed, is my response to Prof Steven Friedman’s diatribe against Herman Mashaba and the Free Market Foundation (FMF). It is virtually all nonsense.…

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.…

Business Day column: ICT infrastructure plan could take irregular spending to new heights

07 Dec 16   Leon Louw
According to the auditor-general’s latest report, there was R27bn in "irregular" spending last year.…

Business Day column: A hugely important victory for South African labour

06 Dec 16   Leon Louw
IT MIGHT have been the most expensive day in South African high court history.…

Business Day column: Spare us the farcical forums and pretend policy powwows

30 Nov 16   Leon Louw
Farcical "workshops", "consultations", "seminars" and "indabas" parade as compliance with the constitutional requirement that laws and policies must be preceded and influenced by public participation.…

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.…

Business Day column: Beware the ‘fascist incest fest’ that will be the WHO’s COP7 tobacco meeting

09 Nov 16   Leon Louw
Who is WHO? Because of the answer, you should adopt the "brace position" suggested by airlines before a crash.…

Business Day column: Beware the ‘fascist incest fest’ that will be the WHO’s COP7 tobacco meeting

09 Nov 16   Leon Louw
Who is WHO? Because of the answer, you should adopt the "brace position" suggested by airlines before a crash.…

Business Day column: Spectrum policy will put telecom sector back in dark ages

02 Nov 16   Leon Louw
He wants to subject you to a ghastly nationalised, socialised, incompetent, corrupt, patronage-driven, outdated, regressive, loss-making, apartheid-style telecommunications monopoly.…

Business Day column: Health minister uses illusion to talk up benefits of the NHI

20 Oct 16   Leon Louw
Despite our differences, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and I have something in common.…

Business Day column: Is prohibition Aaron Motsoaledi’s end game?

11 Oct 16   Leon Louw
IF LAST week’s Liquor Amendment Bill is anything to go by, thinking about liquor makes some politicians and bureaucrats more intoxicated than drinking it.…

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.…

Business Day column: Minimum wage is an idea of megalomaniacal and uninformed politicians

28 Sep 16   Leon Louw
BE AFRAID, be very afraid. SA has tumbled down the Economic Freedom of the World (EFW) index to its lowest level to date. During apartheid, black people were denied economic freedom. Now, everyone is.…

Business Day column: Common ground lies beyond the labels

22 Sep 16   Leon Louw
HERMAN Mashaba, lesser devil, or greater angel? Will he succeed or fail as Johannesburg’s new mayor?…

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: Why rape and expropriation should not pit us against each other

29 Aug 16   Leon Louw
WHAT do rape and expropriation have in common? No, not that expropriation is "economic" rape. Physical rape is infinitely worse.…

Business Day column: Stagnation no reason for Eskom to celebrate

29 Aug 16   Leon Louw
ESKOM is electrifying. Not in the sense that it is electrifying rural areas, or mines and factories, but in a shockingly electrifying sense.…

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.…

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.…