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Business Day column: Don’t be fooled — all regulation is really about seeking to control you

 29 Sep 17
There are three unrelated sets of control — on taxis, foreign exchange and credit — which expose a pervasive problem.…

Time for government to throw in towel on SAA

 18 Sep 17
AFTER decades of mismanagement and waste, SA’s comical airline, South African Airways (SAA), will be liquidated and its remnants sold to the highest bidder, according to our wise new Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene…

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.…

Business Day column: Land-reform ‘lie’ keeps Verwoerdian tenure alive

04 Sep 17   Leon Louw
IF YOU tell a big lie and keep repeating it, people will eventually believe it,” observed Adolf Hitler’s propagandist, Joseph Goebbels.…

Business Day column: Why is the state ignoring its own power policy?

04 Sep 17   Leon Louw
Exporting coal to Newcastle — that’s what Eskom proposes. The coal-to-Newcastle idiom arose because England’s Newcastle prospered for centuries by exporting coal.…

Business Day column: Regulators say it’s consumer protection — don’t believe it

24 Aug 17   Leon Louw
This is my last of 220 weekly and biweekly columns. When first asked to contribute 600-word opinions, I thought it would be easy.…

Business Day column: High cost of flying the flag and keeping a fossil in the skies

10 Aug 17   Leon Louw
A terrifying flock of pterodactyls — gigantic dinosaur-era flying reptiles long presumed extinct — was spotted in our skies last week. Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba reassured us that there was nothing to fear.…

Business Day column: Meme of insurers as pariahs is a ploy for greater regulation

10 Aug 17   Leon Louw
The insurance industry is reprehensible, according to Ismail Momoniat. He should know. As the Treasury’s deputy director-general, he orchestrates its regulatory diarrhoea.…

Business Day column: Gigaba’s overcooked action plan will take SA further off course

02 Aug 17   Leon Louw
If you want to understand the government’s economic policy, don’t go away. It works like this: your GPS says you are 200km from your destination.…

Business Day column: Yet another unlawful arrest at yet another illegal roadblock

07 Jul 17   Leon Louw
I was arrested. At a roadblock. Not for failing to stop, being drunk, having no licence, driving an unroadworthy car or some other offence.…

Business Day column: Benefit deniers and credit takers cling to colonialism debate

21 Jun 17   Leon Louw
Colonialism has benefits. There, I said it. I was not struck by lightning, but I might suffer eternal damnation at the behest of racists consumed by the real or fabricated racism of others.…

Business Day column: Far-reaching failures now in urgent need of radical change

31 May 17   Leon Louw
President Jacob Zuma is right, we need radical economic transformation. The reason is simple.…

Business Day column: Why intellectuals fall for extreme estimate of global inequality

17 May 17   Leon Louw
What is it with Leon Louw and his columns trashing estimates of global inequality," asks Roger Southall (Oxfam rant a Louw point, May 3).…

Business Day column: Racists do not trust black people with full land ownership

19 Apr 17   Leon Louw
To understand what the trendy left racists who dominate land policy discourse have in mind, imagine a post-apartheid mixed marriage couple who buy neighbouring properties.…

Business Day column: Zuma: a terrorist to some, beyond reproach according to others

13 Apr 17   Leon Louw
Is President Jacob Zuma a terrorist? Maybe, according to legal expert Ivan Herselman.…

Business Day column: ICT policy matters because the internet will be everything

28 Mar 17   Leon Louw
Spats about facts can be confusing. Communications Minister Siyabonga Cwele, for instance, accused me of being "wrong" about the formulation of incredibly important telecommunications policy.…

Business Day column: Difficult times do not turn a bad budget into a good one

08 Mar 17   Leon Louw
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan addresses a briefing ahead of his budget speech.…

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

22 Feb 17   Leon Louw
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   Leon Louw
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.…