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Business rescue: Politicians must familiarise themselves with the law

 19 Feb 20
Certain senior politicians seem to have a misapprehension of how business rescue works in South Africa, particularly as it regards the situation at South African Airways (SAA).…

Media release: EWC: Unnecessary for land reform, dangerous to the economy, disastrous for the poor

 17 Feb 20
Expropriation without compensation (EWC) is unnecessary for land reform, dangerous to the economy, and will be disastrous for the poor.…

The basic conditions which all markets need to succeed

14 Feb 20   James Peron
Planning is what every person does daily. There is no exception: even informal living and trading areas, and taxi ranks are planned.…

Why the NHI is bad medice for South Africa

14 Feb 20   Michael Settas
That there is a need to improve healthcare outcomes in South Africa is entirely obvious. Given the horrendous statistics I have shared above, there is tremendous urgency to do so.…

Our country can no longer afford foreign exchange controls

14 Feb 20   Temba A Nolutshungu
In 1995, Finance Minister Trevor Manuel announced a five-year “phasing-out process” because as he said, “the rand is not under our control …”…

‘Monopolisation’ is misunderstood and freedom of contract infringed in sports rights broadcasting

12 Feb 20   Martin van Staden
Proposed government interference in the pay TV market is a violation of the freedom of contract, which is not only critical in the commercial world, but a fundamental guarantee of individual and community autonomy from the dictates of third parties.…

The worrying escalation of land expropriation without compensation

07 Feb 20   Martin van Staden
Giving the executive, rather than the courts, the power to decide when seizing property without paying for it is fair does not serve the quest for human dignity, liberty and prosperity; instead it destroys it.…

Production and savings are what drives an economy

05 Feb 20   Jacques Jonker
The South African economy is facing a savings crisis. Citizens cannot afford to save enough money to drive the necessary capital generation for investment because of the suffocating effects of the government’s economic policies, such as high tax rate…

The West’s role in Africa’s day of the locust

Two weeks ago a Boeing 737 on final approach to Dire Dawa, Ethiopia, flew into a massive cloud of locusts swarming above the airport.…

We don’t want to die poor: that’s how creatives feel about pending copyright changes

03 Feb 20   Jasson Urbach
An impending move by the US to end some international trade preferences will inflict major damage on SA’s economy and creative industries, including publishing.…

Eskom’s troubles laid bare

31 Jan 20   Jacques Jonker
Eskom is in trouble. It is drowning in debt and cannot meet the demand for electricity.…

We need less, not more, government intervention in the economy

29 Jan 20   Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
Government intervention in the economy simply does not work. It is a mystery, then, why so many otherwise intelligent people keep calling for more of the same.…

Why is profit so maligned when it is the result of consumers’ choice?

28 Jan 20   Neil Emerick
Defending the idea of profit will, in these enlightened days, immediately split the room. If you follow politics in the US, watch how campaigners Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren masterfully attach emotional adjectives to capitalist nouns such as…

2020 – A healthcare upturn unlikely

28 Jan 20   Dr Johann Serfontein
2019 brought with it a host of healthcare policy decisions, which aimed to stabilise the South African healthcare sector, promoting sustainability.…

Necsa ruling highlights ministerial overreach

22 Jan 20   Ivo Vegter
On 15 January 2020 the remaining members of the Radebe appointed Necsa Board resigned citing a 'dysfunctional' relationship with Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe.…

Media release: Banning private health insurance denies citizens access to quality healthcare

22 Jan 20  
Hundreds of thousands of people will be stripped of their cover. The entirely predictable consequence is an increased burden on an already over-stretched public healthcare sector, precisely at a time when the country is in fiscal crisis.…

Bantustan Act threatens hard-won property rights for rural dwellers

17 Jan 20   Zakhele Mthembu
Once again, traditional leadership in South Africa is being tested as the proposed legislation seeks to perpetuate rural dwellers’ insecurity of land rights.…

NHI will add to SA’s fiscal and healthcare woes

15 Jan 20   Chris Hattingh
Speaking in KwaZulu-Natal on New Year’s Day, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said that the National Health Insurance (NHI) will put private and public hospitals on par with each other.…

FMF NEWSLETTER 9 January 2020

10 Jan 20  
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Government intent on destroying private health insurance to pave the way for NHI

10 Jan 20   FMF
JOHANNESBURG – With the recent announcement by the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) that no Low-Cost Benefit Options (LCBO) will be allowed for low-income consumers and no health insurance products will be allowed beyond March 2021, South Africans a…

Expropriation without compensation will kill SA’s investment potential

06 Jan 20   Jacques Jonker
Land expropriation without compensation is the perfect recipe for economic disaster.…

My 2020 advice to Cyril Ramaphosa

06 Jan 20   Phumlani M UMajozi
As we enter 2020, I remind you again that South Africa’s economy under Cyril Ramaphosa’s African National Congress (ANC) is in a serious crisis. Anybody who reads about this country should be aware of the crisis we are in.…