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The basic conditions which all markets need to succeed

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

Production and savings are what drives an economy

 05 Feb 20
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.…

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.…

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.…

The stubborn allure of socialism despite its abject failures

01 Jan 20   Temba A Nolutshungu
The almost simultaneous implosion of socialist and communist systems throughout the world is arguably the single most significant political event of the twentieth century.…

New or higher taxes won’t work, and could be unconstitutional

The trade union federation Cosatu recently called for tax increases, particularly on the wealthy, to arrest South Africa’s economic down spiral.…

Competition Commission retail inquiry does not stand up to scrutiny

06 Dec 19   Zakhele Mthembu
The Competition Commission released its report on the South African retail sector, specifically on how exclusive agreements between the “big” retailers and property developers inhibit market competition.…

Icasa presents a hackneyed solution to a problem it hasn’t identified

27 Nov 19   Barbara Curson
Creating regulations out of vague and indeterminate descriptions.…

Icasa and Competition Commission have collusion confusion

25 Nov 19   Leon Louw
The Competition Commission and the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) have tripped over each other trying to regulate the same thing: MultiChoice-DStv, its content providers and its customers.…

A new airline could fly past SAA’s many dead ends

20 Nov 19   Terry Markman
The SAA and SA Express boards have failed consistently, but there is a solution, one that will end taxpayer bailouts, satisfy politicians’ desire to keep the flag flying and even retain our national pride. But it will take courage and political will.…

Teacher entrepreneurs could rescue South African schools

13 Nov 19   Eustace Davie
US economist Thomas Sowell provided an important insight into education when he said: “It is not simply what education teaches us directly, but how well it prepares us to learn ourselves that is the ultimate measure of its value.”…

Venezuela Is an Irrefutable Indictment of Socialist Ideology

13 Nov 19   Temba A Nolutshungu
It is most astonishing that even as the Venezuelan crisis unfolds on TV screens across the world, the orientation of governance in the United States is in danger of degenerating into the same socialist experimentation that has brought such suffering…

Working together, South Africans can grow a strong economy!

06 Nov 19   Eustace Davie
Winning the rugby World Cup has shown what South Africans can do if they put aside differences and work together.…

Time for South Africans to live and let live

30 Oct 19   Temba A Nolutshungu
The country’s economic junk status is a direct result of policy intransigence.…

Media release: Are ACSA Board directors liable under the Companies Act 2011?

07 Oct 19  
Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) directors should reread the personal liability sections in S45 in the Companies Act 2008 (the Act) before extending any further largesse to SA Express Airways (SAX).…

Economic freedom in South Africa continues to stagnate

03 Oct 19   Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
The latest report of the Fraser Institute’s Economic Freedom of the World (EFW) has just been released and South Africa continues to lag behind the rest of the world.…

Media release: TANSTAAFL: Rugby World Cup is the latest No Free Lunch example

20 Sep 19  
“You might forget the rugby, but never forget TANSTAAFL,” Leon Louw, Executive Director of the Free Market Foundation (FMF), reminded South Africans. “There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch!”…

Moody's axe will fall - unless we change course now

18 Sep 19   Chris Hattingh
The probability of a credit rating downgrade from Moody’s does not necessarily equal ‘good’ news for SA’s economic prospects. It is merely the calm before the storm.…

Media release: South Africa falls 54 places in World Freedom Index in just 19 years

16 Sep 19  
In the Economic Freedom of the World (EFW) 2019 Report, South Africa ranks 101 out of 162 countries.…

How limits to economic freedom are behind SA’s failures

16 Sep 19   Dr Richard J. Grant
Economics is entirely about human relationships. None of the other “scarce resources” would have any value at all without people.…