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Snake in the grass with Joburg housing policy

 23 May 18
Something all politically-conscious South Africans often forget is that the road to Hell is paved with good intentions.…

ICT policy: Don’t fix what isn’t broken

 08 May 18
Information and communication technologies (ICT) have caused unprecedented change during the previous two and a half decades.…

Auctioning of spectrum could provide the money government is looking for

16 Apr 18   Martin van Staden
Owning the rights to radio frequency spectrum above a given territory is a valuable asset.…

Spectrum trading should be encouraged, not banned

05 Apr 18   Martin van Staden
Spectrum are the radio frequencies – a finite resource – that mobile operators use to provide services to consumers.…

South Africa is not capitalist, but needs to be

04 Apr 18   Martin van Staden
To say that South Africa is a capitalist society is popular among journalists, politicians, and trade unionists.…

More time required to comment on expropriation without compensation amendment

28 Mar 18   Martin van Staden
South Africans will only have one month to submit comments on government’s plan to amend the Constitution to provide for expropriation without compensation before the Constitutional Review Committee will begin public hearings.…

How the Constitutional Court may still save property rights

27 Mar 18   Martin van Staden
That individuals and communities must have the ability to keep and own things they have earned, found, bought or created, is necessary for any free and just society.…

Hate-Speech Bill: A threat to democracy in South Africa

27 Mar 18   Martin van Staden
On February 8, 2018, the Hate Crimes Working Group (HCWG) published a petition, widely covered in the media, decrying the fact that the controversial Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill (the hate-speech bill), published for p…

Land reform: The free market way

27 Mar 18   Martin van Staden
If not expropriation without compensation, then what? How do South Africans finally redress the imbalances caused by apartheid?…

New traffic law inconsistent with the Rule of Law

27 Mar 18   Martin van Staden
The illegalities of the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Amendment Bill are too numerous to analyse in the space of one article.…

Expropriation: Anti-white in rhetoric, anti-black in practice

15 Mar 18   Martin van Staden
All the progress made since Apartheid ended stands to be undone unless people recognise that a most fundamental human right is for people to have the ability to own and control property – this includes the produce of their own efforts and being able…

Raising the drinking age is condescending and tyrannical; doesn’t work either

07 Mar 18   Martin van Staden
Government appears intent on steaming ahead with the Liquor Amendment Bill, which will, among other things, raise the legal drinking age from 18 to 21.…

Only freedom can stimulate competition

14 Feb 18   Martin van Staden
Competition is not something that can be artificially created. Competition is an inherent facet of human – or living – nature, and thrives most when it is left alone.…

Be cautious in the regulation of basic education

03 Jan 18   Martin van Staden
Government appears to be intent on centralising the public education system, thereby eliminating educational diversity and innovation.…

Substantive equality cannot override formal equality

20 Dec 17   Martin van Staden
It is now well-accepted in South African constitutional jurisprudence that the Constitution’s guarantee of equality in section 9 is not merely concerned with ‘formal’ equality (equality at law), but endorses a notion of ‘substantive’ equality.…

Parliament’s surrendering of power to bureaucrats jeopardises democracy

07 Dec 17   Martin van Staden
Did you know that when you drive 140 in a 120 km/h zone, you are not ‘breaking the law’, at least not directly?…

Government’s embrace of parasitical SAA is unconstitutional

29 Nov 17   Martin van Staden
South African Airways (SAA) is not a parastatal, it is parasitical. Society as envisioned by our Constitution has no place for parasites, especially if its continual humouring has to come at the direct expense of equality, dignity, and freedom.…

Short comment periods on new laws are unreasonable and unconstitutional

28 Nov 17   Martin van Staden
The South African government seems to be making it a habit to publish new laws, regulations, and policies close to or over a holiday period.…

Mandatory transparency in political party funding could jeopardise South Africa’s democracy

23 Oct 17   Martin van Staden
That political parties should be transparent about their private funders would be a great win for democracy in South Africa.…

London's Uber ban shines light on the sorry State of the Rule of Law

17 Oct 17   Martin van Staden
Transport for London (TfL), the government agency responsible for regulating transportation in the UK’s capital, recently decided to revoke Uber’s license to operate within Greater London.…

South Africa is repeating the mistakes of apartheid

17 Oct 17   Martin van Staden
After the end of Apartheid in 1994, nobody would have guessed that South Africa would be making many of the same mistakes as the Apartheid regime only two decades later, from censoring speech to violating agricultural property rights.…

Government’s programmes will violate right to access healthcare

04 Oct 17   Martin van Staden
Government’s National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme and Demarcation Regulations are unequivocal violations of South Africans’ constitutional rights to freedom of association and access to healthcare.…