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Regulation of Airbnb is draconian

 24 Apr 19
Government published the Tourism Amendment Bill on April 12. If this had happened on April 1, one could have believed that it was an April Fool’s Joke, so comical is the logic underlying the bill.…

Election fever stokes the NHI fire

 18 Apr 19
When in the grip of election fever, it becomes even more difficult than usual to decipher facts from the deluge of rhetoric and obfuscation proffered by politicians.…

Prohibiting prostitution is unconstitutional

17 Apr 19   Martin van Staden
President Cyril Ramaphosa recently announced that sex work might soon be decriminalised.…

Reduce restrictions on foreign business

10 Apr 19   Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
There is no denying that we live in the most technologically advanced era the Earth has ever seen and this is due to property rights and free trade.…

Media release: Land reform bills threaten everything the struggle achieved

09 Apr 19   FMF Media Release
Should the change to section 25 of the Constitution to allow expropriation without compensation (EWC) go ahead, government, in effect, while continuing to recognise property rights, will fail in its constitutional duty to protect them.…

Cut spending and corruption, or get used to tax shortfalls

08 Apr 19   Martin van Staden
The South African Revenue Service is again moaning about its latest shortfall in tax collection. It collected R1.28 trillion instead of the projected R1.3 trillion – a difference of about R20 billion.…

The NHI: Analysis from a public choice perspective

03 Apr 19   Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
The NHI is set to be South Africa’s version of universal healthcare where resources are pooled in order to provide health services for everyone.…

SA’s wasted NHI millions could have been spent so much better

02 Apr 19   Jasson Urbach
In a written reply to a question in Parliament, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel disclosed that the private health market inquiry has cost taxpayers R197 million.…

Is there anything to celebrate this Human Rights Day?

02 Apr 19   Martin van Staden
What, exactly, are we celebrating on Human Rights Day this year?…

The idea that labour and capital have divergent interests is wrong

02 Apr 19   Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
You cannot produce anything without capital.…

NHI model unaffordable and to cause job losses

01 Apr 19   Jasson Urbach
Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, has accused the Hospital Association of South Africa (HASA) of “fear-mongering” and attempting to sabotage the implementation of government’s National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme.…

Low business confidence to be expected

27 Mar 19   Chris Hattingh
That business confidence is at its lowest point in the last two years should not come as a surprise.…

Deregulating the economy: A matter of urgency

20 Mar 19   Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
Small business is widely acknowledged as the engine of economic growth in both developing and developed economies.…

Hope in the midst of the Venezuelan tragedy

15 Mar 19   Sary Levy-Carciente
Between 2004-2014, the commodity price boom allowed the Venezuelan regime, led by Hugo Chavez, to control and discretionally allocate funds to cronies, buying their consciences.…

Zimbabwe land lessons for SA

13 Mar 19   James Peron
American sportsman Yogi Berra was known for his quirky turns of phrase. One of his most famous was, "It's like déjà vu all over again."…

Misdiagnosis means Eskom’s problems will persist

11 Mar 19   Chris Hattingh
If you counted every hair on your head, that amount probably will not add up to the amount of times you have read and heard about the causes of the Eskom crisis.…

It would be deplorable to rush the expropriation amendment

08 Mar 19   Martin van Staden
The parliamentary ad hoc committee on amending the Constitution to provide for expropriation without compensation said it intended to speed up the process and settle the matter by the time of the May 8 general election.…

State’s undermining of Rule of Law in private security regulation puts safety at risk

06 Mar 19   Gary Moore
The Constitutional Court has declared that there is a disturbing dark side to the often-stated miracle of South Africa’s constitutional democracy:…

Unviable scheme has potential to wreck country’s fragile economy

05 Mar 19   Jasson Urbach
Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, has accused the Hospital Association of South Africa (HASA) of “fear-mongering” and attempting to sabotage the implementation of government’s National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme.…

Government must take steps to unbundle Eskom

04 Mar 19   Jasson Urbach
Should government continue to dominate energy supply as is proposed in the government's latest declared plans?…

The Eskom of healthcare

04 Mar 19   Michael Settas
Election season is here and this past week we have heard about the ruling party’s grandiose National Health Insurance (NHI) proposal and its new springboard, the report by the Presidency on last year’s Presidential Health Summit.…

Looming NHI disaster would dwarf Eskom

04 Mar 19   Dr Johann Serfontein
As much as the country is currently focused on the crisis in Eskom, the nation seems to have lost sight of the looming NHI Fund, which will be twice the size of the failing power utility in financial terms.…