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Hope in the midst of the Venezuelan tragedy

 15 Mar 19
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
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?…

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.…

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.…

Innocent small business owners targeted in Newcastle

01 Mar 19   Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
Imagine for a moment that after a herculean effort raising capital you are able to start a business.…

Government stealth tax to fund ailing Eskom

27 Feb 19   Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
Officially, for the 2019/20 financial year, government will not be increasing income taxes.…

Media release: Mboweni: invest in loss-making SAA or in taxis and trains for working people?

25 Feb 19   FMF Media Release
South African Airways’ (SAA) days are numbered if Mboweni gets his way. Yet, he has allocated a further R6bn in state guarantees to the bankrupt national airline in the 2019 budget.…

Media release: 2019 Budget is “budget as usual” – except for the calamitous debt

22 Feb 19  
The biggest bang in the 2019 Budget is the absence of any big bang.…

Why the outrage over sugar tax job losses? Or, “we told you so.”

20 Feb 19   Martin van Staden
The Sunday Tribune reports that as many as 350,000 jobs are at stake in the industries reliant on sugar.…

A free society is an armed society

20 Feb 19   Martin van Staden
Section 12 of the Constitution guarantees everyone’s right to freedom and security of the person…

The Rule of Law and moving SA forward

19 Feb 19   Matthew South
The Rule of Law is one of the ideals of our political morality. It refers to the ascendancy of law as such and of the institutions of law in a system of governance.…

Redistributing wealth is no way to grow the economy

14 Feb 19   Jasson Urbach
Many South Africans and foreign investors are keenly awaiting finance minister Tito Mboweni’s Budget speech on February 20, probably wondering how he plans to balance the national accounts.…

Eskom was doomed to fail. It’s core problem? Its monopoly

14 Feb 19   Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
It has become an accepted premise among some South Africans that the current government is responsible for the troubles facing Eskom, whether it is the financial position of the utility being compromised by corruption or so-called policy sabotage whe…

Ignore Oxfam’s incessant red herring

13 Feb 19   Dr Dioné Harley
Oxfam is at it again. With their latest report we are back to the same old mantra: wealth inequality is on the rise and the only solution is to tax the hell out of the rich.…

Bad economics is killing rhino

11 Feb 19   James Peron
Now, I’m a fan of rhinos. I will admit the one that chased us one day wasn’t on my list of favourites at the time, but she didn’t stop me from going back into the bush later to look for more.…

Land discourse being used as smoke and mirrors

06 Feb 19   Sindile Vabaza
The land debate, as hackneyed as it is, is being used by both the EFF and the ANC as a proxy fix to whitewash various crises that face the poor black majority in the country.…

Media release: NERSA must give Eskom zero

05 Feb 19   FMF Media Release
Terry Markman presented the Free Market Foundation’s (FMF) oral submission at the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (NERSA) public hearings on Eskom’s tariff increase application on 5 February 2019.…