FMF recognised the extraordinary threat posed by government's response to Covid-19 on South Africans’ lives and livelihoods. Through special focus on the Rule of Law, Constitutional, and economic freedom aspects, FMF sought to both educate citizens of the devastating effects of lockdown, as well as pushing back against the rules and regulations resulting therefrom. Through reports, articles, media releases, social media activism, podcasts, and third party engagement, FMF added a strong, consistent, and significant voice in the broader civil society resistance to the virtual-overnight stripping away of people’s civil liberties and economic freedoms. Visit our Covid-19 Hub here.
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On 30 September, the FMF and Business Leadership South Africa hosted a JOINT PANEL DISCUSSION on land reform and expropriation without compensation. The consensus among panellists comprising Martin van Staden, FMF Head of Legal (Policy and Research), Temba A Nolutshungu, FMF Director, Business Leadership South Africa’s (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso, and Tebele Luthuli, BLSA’s Director of Policy and Legislation, was that EWC is not only a bad idea but also an unnecessary one, as government already has the means to deliver substantive land reform. See video here.
KHAYA LAM (My Home) Land Reform Project: Phiritona, Free State title deed presentation; 250 title deeds presented 26 February, bringing the total number of transfers in the province to 2,952. Speakers: Leon Louw, Jasson Urbach (message from the sponsor) and Executive Mayor, Joey Mochela. Sponsor: Swiss-based Rising Tide Foundation. Isabelle Hirs, senior programme manager at RTF said, “This is a wonderful moment for all of us – 250 title deeds are being presented to their rightful owners today! What started out for Rising Tide Foundation as a small engagement several years ago has matured into a fantastic project that is receiving recognition not only nationally but also internationally.” Read more here.
KHAYA LAM (My Home) Land Reform Project: Full title deeds through Bond Cancellation, a breakthrough by Remgro, Cederberg Municipality and FMF in Clanwilliam, Western Cape. 45 title deeds presented 8 October. Programme Director: Nigel Mercuur. Speakers: Ward Councillor Maxwell Heins, Human Settlement Department, Shirley-Ann Mouton with inputs by Temba A Nolutshungu, conveyancer Dirk Verdoes and Executive Mayor, Sylvia Quinta. Vote of Thanks: Municipal Manager, Henry Slimmert. Sponsor: Remgro. See video here; see photos here; read more here.
KHAYA LAM (My Home) Land Reform Project: A further 162 fully tradeable free hold title deeds were presented in Kwakwatsi (Koppies), Free State on 14 October. New owners included 92-year old Mrs Radebe and 91-year old Mrs Mabaso who have waited all their lives to own their homes. Speakers: Capitec’s Neptal Khoza and Ellen-Anne Finnemore, with Ngwathe Executive Mayor, Joey Mochela, and FMF President Leon Louw. The recipients were also provided with food parcels worth R600, a joint gift from Capitec and Pick ’n Pay, Norwood. Conveyancers: Du Toit Mandelstam. Sponsor: Capitec Bank. See photos here; read more here.
KHAYA LAM (My Home) Land Reform Project: On 22 October Minister of Human Settlements, Tertius Simmers, Stellenbosch Executive Mayor, Gesie van Deventer, and FMF Director, Temba A Nolutshungu, delivered title deeds to the front gates of 16 families in Pniel, Stellenbosch. This was a walking procession entailing personal engagement with the community and beneficiaries, including the oldest recipient, 77 year old Mrs Estelle Daniels and her husband, Godfrey. Minister Simmers had his own special reason to be present as he is living proof of the power of a title deed to escape the poverty trap – his parents took out a student loan based on their own title deed. Sponsors: Dr Johann Rupert and his wife Gaynor. Read more here.
On November 20, FMF hosted a ROUNDTABLE on Expropriation Without Compensation.
Speakers & topics:
Rex van Schalkwyk: Former Judge | Chairman, FMF Board & FMF Rule of Law Board: You will own nothing and you will be happy – see video here
Anthea Jeffery: IRR Head of Policy Research: Expropriation Without Compensation, without amending the constitution – see video here
Robert W Vivian: Prof Finance & Insurance, Wits | FMF Board member: The American Constitutional Order and SA’s Expropriation Without Compensation – see video here
Martin van Staden: FMF Head of Legal (Policy and Research): The Basic Structure Doctrine and EWC – see video here
Robert W Vivian: Prof Finance & Insurance, Wits | FMF Board member: Procedure to amend the Constitution: 75% vote required – see video here
Rex van Schalkwyk: Former Judge | Chairman, FMF Board & FMF Rule of Law Board: Parliament’s procedural error: EWC cannot occur if the rule of law remains a foundational value of SA law. An interdict? – see video here
SUBMISSIONS: Submission on Tourism Amendment Bill ||||| Submission on Ease of Doing Business Bill ||||| Submission on Eskom’s Clearing Account Application, 2020 ||||| Submission on Constitution Eighteenth Amendment Bill, 2019 ||||| Submission National Sport and Recreation Amendment Bill, 2020 ||||| Comment on proposed Ease of Doing Business Bill, 2020 ||||| Submission on 2020 annual review of the Constitution ||||| Submission on Economic Regulation of Transport Bill, 2020 ||||| Submission on the Upgrading of Land Tenure Rights Amendment Bill, 2020 |||||
PUBLICATIONS: Security of Property Rights in South Africa: A Critical Response to Expropriation Without Compensation - compiled by Temba A Nolutshungu; edited by Martin van Staden ||||| Jacques Jonker and Martin van Staden’s case study on EWC and IP rights, Undoing 26 years of progress: Property rights in South Africa, was published by the International Property Rights Alliance. The study summarises and attempts a cursory quantification of two threats to property rights in South Africa (Expropriation Without Compensation (EWC) & the Copyright Amendment Bill) and warns that government proceeding with these interventions will yield disastrous results. ||||| Economic Freedom of the World - Annual report
FMF presented Liberalism in South Africa: Its history and prospects for 2020 and beyond. The South African commentariat was abuzz throughout 2019 on the topic of liberalism, the role it played in South African history, and its relevance for our current context and future. Some say liberalism was complicit in the marginalisation and exclusion of millions of South Africans from the economy, and others regard it as a cold and uncaring ideology that is not fit for a country with South Africa’s socio-economic circumstances. Yet, others defend liberals as having been the only consistent opponents to Apartheid oppression, who charted a viable future for all South Africans, characterised by individual liberty, economic freedom, and governance under a supreme constitution and the Rule of Law. John Kane-Berman, Gwen Ngwenya, and Martin van Staden unpacked the topic of liberalism in South Africa. |||||
Temba A. Nolutshungu participated in Analysing the Real State of the Nation. The event, organised by Progress SA, saw Temba and John Steenhuisen discuss how they see current political, economic, and social matters in South Africa. |||||
Martin van Staden participated in a discussion, Property Rights: The Seen and the Unseen. Hosted by African Students for Liberty, they unpacked the importance of strong property rights for a prosperous society, with special focus on property rights within the African context. |||||
Temba A. Nolutshungu addressed the Canada Africa Chamber of Business conference which had over 500 registered participants; his presentation will be shared with their database of over 6,000. Temba’s topic: High Growth Economies, human progress and happiness. |||||
Lorenzo Montanari, Executive Director of the Property Rights Alliance, asked Martin van Staden to speak briefly at an Americans for Tax Reform meeting. Various new American congressmen and policymakers, mostly in the Republican establishment, were present. Martin asked for any support they could offer on Expropriation Without Compensation (EWC). |||||
Chris Hattingh joined the Global Trade and Innovation Policy Alliance’s 2020 Virtual Summit, which was attended by over 220 people. The opening address was delivered by Mr Min-seok Kim, Chair of the Korean Health and Welfare Committee of the Korean National Assembly. Chris participated in a panel discussion: COVID-19: Lessons for Policymakers on Managing Health and Economic Impacts during which he delivered a short presentation based on his research contribution to the GTIPA’s report, COVID-19 Impacts on Public Health and the Economy of GTIPA Member Nations. His research covered the state of SA heading into the pandemic, the government’s COVID-19 response, as well as a few policy recommendations for SA to experience some measure of meaningful growth as it moves out of the pandemic and lockdown. Chris also contributed to two other reports: GTIPA Perspectives: The Importance of E-commerce, Digital Trade, and Maintaining the WTO E-commerce Customs Duty Moratorium, and GTIPA Perspectives: Nations' Trade Policy Priorities for the Year Ahead.
PODcasts & VloGs (with links):
SARB nationalisation, taxing the taxis, and retrenchments at DionWired ||||| SAA gets R3.5 billion, yet another bailout – Chris Hattingh ||||| Monopoly explained (using streaming services) – Chris Hattingh ||||| Liberalism in South Africa: Its history and prospects – Gwen Ngwenya ||||| Union leaders want to take your pensions! – Free Marketeers ||||| Another no reform SONA amidst the crisis – Free Marketeers ||||| National Health Insurance – Dawie Roodt & Unathi Kwaza ||||| Previewing the 2020 Budget Speech – Free Marketeers ||||| EWC and new conscription powers for Sport Minister ||||| Competition and monopolisation – Martin van Staden ||||| COVID-19 impact and SAX business rescue – Free Marketeers ||||| COVID-19 update and repo rate cut – Free Marketeers ||||| The COVID-19 lockdown does not justify lax citizenship ||||| COVID-19 update, privacy concerns, & the best policies for SA ||||| COVID-19: A view from the UK & potential impact on global trade ||||| New lockdown regulations: Adv Mark Oppenheimer – Free Marketeers ||||| COVID-19 relief package & reform: Dawie Roodt – Free Marketeers ||||| COVID-19 lockdown update: civil illiberty – Free Marketeers ||||| SA needs radical economic transformation – Free Marketeers ||||| COVID-19 & SMEs in South Africa: Pavlo Phitidis – Free Marketeers ||||| Is the NCCC legitimate? Erin Richards – Free Marketeers ||||| Gun rights: Crucial to freedom in SA since 1878 – Free Marketeers ||||| How can businesses navigate the lockdown? – Free Marketeers ||||| SA's most important economy, GG Alcock – Free Marketeers ||||| Solve the education crisis, James Urdang – Free Marketeers ||||| Government brutality and QE on the horizon – Free Marketeers ||||| 2020 World No Freedom Day, Leon Louw – Free Marketeers ||||| The de-industrialising world, Johan Norberg – Free Marketeers ||||| Police, race, lockdown, and capitalism – Free Marketeers ||||| Centralising SA's healthcare now would be fatal – Free Marketeers ||||| Cape Town evictions and Hong Kong repression – Free Marketeers ||||| The alcohol ban returns: Full Episode – Mpiyakhe Dhlamini ||||| Lessons for SA from Thomas Sowell, Perils of a command economy ||||| What it means to be a South African? Lockdown effects revealed ||||| Education on ice and restaurant industry takes to the streets ||||| Prof Vivian on competition theory & government intervention – Episode 1 ||||| Lockdown 2020: Undermining liberty – A discussion with Jeffrey Tucker ||||| Don't wait for change; be the change – Pavlo Phitidis ||||| UK lockdown 2.0 and upcoming US election – Free Marketeers ||||| South Africa's new draconian Sports Bill – Free Marketeers ||||| Radical steps South Africa must take for future prosperity - Free Marketeers ||||| Translating economic freedom into policy – Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
Evening events & media briefings (with video links):
Increasing access to quality healthcare in South Africa – Michael Settas and Adrian Parsons ||||| Load-shedding: what caused it and why the lack of a permanent solution? – Dave Nicholls ||||| A horrible budget in horrible times – Dawie Roodt ||||| Where does SA rank in 2020 Economic Freedom of the World report? – Leon Louw ||||| Upgrading of Land Tenure Rights Act (ULTRA) amendment will have disastrous unintended consequences – Leon Louw
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