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Easing the licensing process will lessen the burden on government

 26 Dec 18
Michael O’Brien, 17, went in for a driver’s test. The testing official failed him when the fuel light came on 23 minutes after the test started. O’Brien wasn’t happy and filed a complaint.…

SAA – more of the same mistakes promises more of the same hardships

 21 Nov 18
There is a humorous saying: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”…

International think tank policy dialogue on health, trade and innovation

03 Oct 18   Jasson Urbach
On 25 September think tank leaders from across the globe met in Bogota, Colombia to provide their perspectives on the policies and institutions required to promote and foster innovation in developing countries.…

Funding figures vital for assessing the viability of NHI

24 Jul 18   Dr Johann Serfontein
Despite Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi not wanting to commit to even a rough estimate of costs of the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme, the failure thereof will be funding.…

How about private-run education facilities to train doctors in South Africa

18 Jul 18   Jasson Urbach
Is anyone surprised that the programme which trains South Africans as doctors in Cuba has been a catastrophic failure? According to Business Day,…

Media release: FMF’s executive director Leon Louw issues wager to SAA CEO Vuyani Jarana – R100K to charity if SAA profitable by 2021

04 Jun 18   FMF Media Release
Leon Louw, executive director of the Free Market Foundation (FMF) is willing to wager SAA CEO Vuyani Jarana R100,000 that his three-year turnaround plan will not work and that by 31 March 2021…

NOTE TO THE MEDIA

26 Apr 18  
The news that SAA needs another immediate bailout of R5 bn on top of the R20 bn already provided and a further R9.2 bn in 2018 to repay outstanding debt is an outrageous affront to the poorest in society who are bearing the brunt of the recent increa…

South Africa should follow winners, not losers

Nationalisation of property, inefficient State-owned enterprises, raising the legal drinking age from 18 to 21, and higher taxes in a low-growth environment. These ideas have all been tried elsewhere.…

Taxing people into poverty

20 Mar 18  
Tax has been a part of human history for millennia. There are records of farmers in ancient Egypt giving up a portion of their crops and peasants having to provide some of their labour freely to the Pharaoh.…

Media release: AG qualified audit sounds SAA death knell – should surprise no one

13 Mar 18   FMF Media Release
SAA is finished according to the Auditor General (AG). Or, in the coded language that he uses, his findings “cast doubt on SAA’s ability to continue as a going concern”.…

Taxing the sickest and most vulnerable is counterintuitive

05 Mar 18   Jasson Urbach
Raising VAT from 14% to 15% is going to disproportionately affect the poorest and most vulnerable members of society and plunge them into deeper levels of poverty.…

Media release: 1 percent VAT hike = SAA’s 5 year losses – R23bn

28 Feb 18   FMF Media Release
SAA (South African Airways) has failed yet again to finalise its financial statements for 2016/17 and no annual general meeting (AGM) has been scheduled.…

SAA: Lessons from Kenya

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

Lifting barrier to public's access to medicines

26 Jan 18   Jasson Urbach
Next week in Geneva, the World Health Organization (WHO) is holding its annual Executive Board Meeting.…