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SA can learn from Uganda’s dire history of expropriation without compensation

 14 Jan 19
The South African government has signalled its intention to pursue a policy of expropriation without compensation, based in part on the narrative that the minority continues to control and own vast swathes of property to the exclusion of the black ma…

Right to compensation central to protecting human rights

 09 Jan 19
Government’s push to water down the constitutional protection for property rights in South Africa by amending the Constitution should shock everyone of whatever race or socio-economic background.…

Is multilingualism the silver bullet?

02 Jan 19   Dr Dioné Harley
The Apartheid government’s Afrikaans Medium Decree of 1974 forced black schools to integrate Afrikaans as a language of instruction.…

Media release: Khaya Lam Land Reform Project brings joy to township residents this festive season

11 Dec 18   FMF Media Release
The Free Market Foundation’s (FMF) Khaya Lam Land Reform Project announced today that another 60 residents of Tumahole in the Free State will receive the title deeds to their homes bringing the total number of transfers completed to date to 3,361.…

The Ingonyama Trust should keep its promises and entrench property rights

During the opening of the Provincial House of Traditional Leaders in 2016 in Ulundi, the Zulu King, Goodwill Zwelithini, said that people who live on Ingonyama Trust land would start receiving title deeds.…

Media release: Johann Rupert sponsors 70 Title Deeds in Aberdeen

21 Nov 18   FMF Media Release
On 16 November, 70 residents of the Karoo town of Aberdeen walked into the presentation hall as tenants and out as home owners, with full freehold title made possible by the generosity of businessman Johann Rupert and his wife Gaynor who are signific…

Media release: FMF International Conference: Expropriation without Compensation (EWC)

20 Nov 18   FMF Media Release
Today 20 and tomorrow 21 November, the Free Market Foundation (FMF) is hosting a two-day conference focusing on achieving land reform without undermining property rights.…

Media release: Government thinks review of just 0.01 percent of submissions is sufficient to change S25 of Constitution

20 Nov 18  
To consider the fundamental question of whether to change S 25 of the Constitution to allow for expropriation without compensation (EWC), it appears that the Constitutional Review Committee studied just 0.01% of the public submissions, if that.…

Media release: No to Expropriation Without Compensation

13 Nov 18  
The ANC is playing a dangerous political game in forcing through its policy of changing the Constitution to allow for expropriation without compensation (EWC) and party members supporting this should be very clear about the consequences.…

Media release: Khaya Lam Land Reform Project has effected over 3,000 title deeds since project inception

17 Oct 18   FMF Media Release
The Free Market Foundation’s (FMF) Khaya Lam Land Reform Project announced today that 3,059 title deeds to their homes have been presented to recipients since the project began in 2013, at no cost to the new title owners.…

Khaya Lam (My Home) Land Reform Project: Mokwallo title deed presentation - 26.09.2018

02 Oct 18   FMF
The presentation of 45 title deeds on 26 September at the Montoedi Hall in Mokwallo, Vredefort by the Khaya Lam (My Home) Land Reform Project was quite a unique occasion…

Expropriation without compensation is a contradiction in terms

01 Oct 18   Martin van Staden
For better or worse, there is no government in the world that does not possess the power to expropriate the private property of its subjects.…

Title deeds are simply a means to an end – security of property rights

South Africa has a history of denying property rights, especially to the poor and vulnerable.…

The land fetish

28 Aug 18   James Peron
Doctors are the hardest people in the world to control.…

‘Never again’ until next time

15 Aug 18   Martin van Staden
In 1994, Nelson Mandela dedicated the day he was inaugurated as the first President of a free South Africa to those who sacrificed “and surrendered their lives so that we could be free”.…

Media release: South Africa PLUMMETS to 37th in global property rights rankings, falling behind Rwanda

08 Aug 18  
On property rights South Africa was ranked 27th overall and 1st in the African region. However, South Africa's score declined by 0.65 from 7,00 in 2017 to 6,35 in 2018. This is the largest decline by any country measured in the index.…

Will South Africa go the way of Zimbabwe?

31 Jul 18   Temba A Nolutshungu
In February 2018, the African National Congress (ANC) government of South Africa joined with the radical left-leaning Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to approve a motion in parliament to request the Constitutional Review Committee to “undertake a pro…

Die tirannie van politieke korrektheid

27 Jul 18   Temba A Nolutshungu
Vryheid van uitdrukking en individuele vryheid in die algemeen is voorvereistes vir 'n vrye, oop en gelyke samelewing soos beloof in die Grondwet, maar hierdie vryheid is altyd in 'n moeilike posisie in enige samelewing, veral in Suid-Afrika.…

Media release: Subdivision and land use laws hinder land reform and are unconstitutional

23 Jul 18   FMF Media Release
Research conducted by the Rule of Law Project has found that two Acts of Parliament dealing with land use are unconstitutional and are proving to be barriers to effective land reform.…

Proposed IT law vague and confusing

03 Jul 18   Martin van Staden
When a law is sufficiently vague and no reasonable person can make head or tail of what it means or what its implications are, that law fails to live up to the legality standard contained in section 1(c) of the Constitution.…

Media release: Never again – property rights must be protected

25 Jun 18   FMF Media Release
The Free Market Foundation’s (FMF) Rule of Law Project has responded to the Constitutional review committee and made a submission on the resolution for Expropriation Without Compensation (EWC) 2018, which seeks to change Section 25 of the Constitutio…

Snake in the grass with Joburg housing policy

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