News Articles
Current Articles
Tag: tax

Clear Tag


Sort Date Author Title

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.…

No logic in interfering with folk who can afford health care

 13 Mar 18
In the budget speech, former Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba cut tax credits that taxpayers receive for their medical scheme contributions to raise an extra R4.2bn for National Health Insurance (NHI).…

Minister Gigaba – reduce spending and taxes to create jobs

12 Feb 18   Jasson Urbach
On 21 February, Finance Minister, Malusi Gigaba, will present his annual budget speech before Parliament.…

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.…

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…

Public enterprises, guided by “mean-wellers”, are prone to disaster

15 Nov 17   Eustace Davie
Given the interminable bad news South Africans are receiving about their state-owned enterprises (SOEs), such as the huge SAA losses, frequent cost increases at ESKOM,…

Media release: Open letter from Free Market Foundation to Minister Gigaba re action for SAA – and a wager

23 Oct 17   FMF Media Release
We trust this letter is in time to influence your Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) on 25 October with regard to SAA.…

South African taxpayer to foot Eskom’s debt bill

23 Oct 17   Chris Hattingh
Eskom’s latest annual financial statements record irregular expenditure of almost R3bn…

SAA: The costs far exceed the benefits

11 Oct 17   James Peron
There can be little doubt – South Africa does benefit because South African Airlines (SAA) exists.…

NHI tax credit conundrum

11 Oct 17   Dr Johann Serfontein
Removal of tax credits and employer subsidies might seem like low hanging funding fruit, but the implications could prove severe…

Media release: R 3bn SAA bailout – but only R 450 m left for working capital. Again taxpayers pick up the bill

02 Oct 17   FMF Media Release
One day before the default deadline on 30 September, government used R3bn of taxpayers hard earned money to bailout SAA...…

Irrational new regulations for minibus taxis

18 Sep 17   Gary Moore
Worthless and peripheral tinkering at paintwork and logos…

SAA has no place in South Africa

16 Aug 17   Terry Markman
Good Luck to Vuyani Jarana, new CEO of SAA. Unfortunately, he will need much more than that.…

LETTER: Health plan authoritarian

07 Aug 17   Jasson Urbach
The latest iteration of the national health insurance (NHI) policy paper induces a depressing sense of déjà vu.…

Any tax hurts the poor the most

Low-growth and the resulting decrease in government revenue around the world, but especially in South Africa, has led to increased calls for higher taxes on the rich.…

Media release: FMF, COSATU and the ANCWL agree on taxes – that’s radical

07 Jun 17   FMF Media Release
The Free Market Foundation (FMF) has opposed the idea of a sugar tax since it was first conceived and championed by health minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi.…

The first step to growth: Reject pseudo-economics

31 May 17   Martin van Staden
Murray Rothbard, economist and political philosopher, wrote in an essay that there is nothing wrong with being ignorant of economics, given the science’s specialised and often complex nature.…

Media release: Work FIVE more days in 2017 than 2015 to pay for government spending

25 May 17   FMF Media Release
Thursday, 25 May 2017, is Tax Freedom Day (TFD). Five days later than in 2015 and six weeks later than in 1994.…

South Africa sacrifices peace, justice and good governance to State Owned Enterprises

23 May 17   Garth Zietsman
The trend worldwide is for wealthier countries to have large governments. South Africa has a government larger than expected and still growing steadily.…

Countdown to Tax Freedom Day 2017

18 May 17   Garth Zietsman
When will Tax Freedom Day 2017 fall? Watch this space!…