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Lipservice or participatory democracy?

12 Apr 17
The subjugation of black South Africans to arbitrary, discretionary rule by officialdom and the whims of politicians was one of the hallmarks of apartheid.…

South Africa’s Rule of Quasi-Law

05 Apr 17
Quasi-law has become the norm in South Africa, with Parliament acting as a delegator of powers rather than the representative law-making body it is supposed to be.…

Government can and should lower data prices but not by strangling the industry

25 Mar 17   Martin van Staden
President Jacob Zuma’s announcement in his State of the Nation Address – directed to “the youth,” no less – that government has prioritised the lowering of data prices, should immediately have raised our scepticism about the viability of his claim.…

Government land is central to land reform

22 Mar 17   Martin van Staden
With politicians spewing anti-property rights rhetoric, we could but wonder what exactly sets the democratic government apart from the former apartheid regime.…

Three most-overlooked provisions of the Constitution

08 Feb 17   Martin van Staden
The Constitution exists in the abstract to most people. They know there is a document, somewhere, with a list of principles and values which protects them from… something, but what it actually says and how it is set out, is not known to most.…

Don’t take government bullying lying down

25 Jan 17   Martin van Staden
Through both apathy and fear, South Africa’s businessmen and women have allowed local law making to become hopelessly inconsistent with the doctrine of ‘the rule of law’, a principle that underpins our entire Constitution.…

Why RDP housing is keeping people poor

21 Dec 16   Martin van Staden
Most people would agree that racial discrimination characterised apartheid.…

RDP housing inadequate for transformation

15 Dec 16   Martin van Staden
Most people would agree that racial discrimination characterised apartheid.…

Time to get rid of the apartheid township

08 Dec 16   Martin van Staden
Municipal government throughout South Africa continues to own upwards of five million urban plots currently occupied by previously disadvantaged individuals.…

Health Act does not adhere to the rule of law

02 Nov 16   Martin van Staden
Government’s National Health Insurance (NHI) proposals have dominated the headlines over the past months.…

Free Market Foundation and trade unions in unexpected agreement

11 May 16   Martin van Staden
The Free Market Foundation (FMF) and the trade unions apparently agree with one another:…