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Auctioning of spectrum could provide the money government is looking for

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

Govt squeezing the life out of medical insurance

 10 Apr 18
Drip by toxic drip, the South African government is slowly and systematically poisoning the private medical scheme and insurance industries in South Africa.…

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.…

Land reform urgently needed in urban areas

In 1991, the Apartheid government committed its gravest violation of human rights: denying black South Africans ownership of land. How did it do this?…

NMW to cause economic havoc in rural areas and destroy SA job opportunities

29 Mar 18   Eustace Davie
Researchers exhorting the SA government to implement the NMW reported that they could find no studies showing high job losses from the institution of minimum wages.…

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.…

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”.…

The private medical scheme is in an extremely precarious situation

05 Mar 18   Jasson Urbach
The Competition Commission’s Health Market Inquiry (HMI) into private healthcare confirmed – at great expense – what many people have known for years: the private medical scheme market is in an extremely precarious situation caused by government poli…

Russia abandons autocratic telecom proposal

05 Mar 18   Gary Moore
In 2010, the Russian government gave mobile-network operator Yota the first licence to offer a fourth-generation (so-called “LTE” or long-term evolution) mobile broadband service at wholesale level.…

Media release: Minister Gigaba: Reduce bloated government before introducing new taxes

19 Feb 18   FMF Media Release
Minister Gigaba seemingly has his back against the fiscal wall and will probably announce tax hikes in his 21 February budget.…

Delta could fly two people to South Africa for the same cost as flying one on SAA

24 Jan 18   James Peron
The other day I saw a promotion for flights to South Africa and curiosity got the better of me.…

Media release: SAA’s own new CEO inadvertently tolls airline’s death knell

18 Jan 18   FMF Media Release
New CEO Vuyani Jurana has made a strong case to wind up SAA. In a presentation to Parliament's standing committee on finance late last year,…

The NHI is morally bankrupt

18 Dec 17   Chris Hattingh
The National Health Insurance (NHI) system has yet to be fully implemented. Its premise is the seemingly noble plan to ensure all South Africans are provided with essential quality health care, regardless of who they are, poor or rich.…

Is it freedom or is it dom?

14 Dec 17   Jasson Urbach
How serious is government about wanting South Africans to become healthier and wealthier and for everyone to have access to a high-quality healthcare system?…

Business Day column: Catastrophic jobless rate warrants institution of state of emergency

13 Dec 17   Leon Louw
SA’s unemployment rate is so catastrophic that a state of emergency should be declared.…

Tomorrow it is likely to be your turn to have a freedom you value curtailed

13 Dec 17   Leon Louw
In a democratic society, can government collude with citizens to abuse and undermine the freedoms ordinary South Africans died to ensure? Unfortunately, it can.…

Request for extension of public comment period on bills gazetted during November 2017

30 Nov 17  
The departments of labour and telecommunications and postal services together published four bills on 17 November 2017 with hopelessly inadequate periods for public comment.…

Abundance of unskilled labour in SA could be an opportunity for growth without the National Minimum Wage

30 Nov 17   Chris Hattingh
Released just before the Christmas break, the National Minimum Wage (NMW) Bill is open for public comment for a period of just 13 days, an unacceptably short time period.…

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.…

Tobacco packaging: Anything but plain

29 Nov 17   Chris Hattingh
Why are smokers treated so badly? When justifying the proposed introduction of plain packaging and trying to legalise moral, ethical conduct in South Africa, the Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi can seem quite comical to those who understand th…

Steamrolling unaffordable policies – the new norm in South Africa

27 Nov 17   Dr Johann Serfontein
The current trend of pushing through populist government policies without consideration of expert reports on the affordability of funding initiatives, causes grave concern…