Dear friend of the FMF

This week’s article deals with property rights, one of the most important factors that determine the success or failure of any economy. The denial of property rights to black South Africans prevented them from building up assets in land. Although they built houses, they did not own them. Future generations of South Africans need to be assured that their property will be secure from invasion or confiscation, which means that property rights for all must be assured now and into the future.

FEATURE article  

Property rights our most important fight in South Africa – CHRIS HATTINGH

For South Africans to build their communities, increase their wealth and make better lives for their children, their private property rights have to be secure, free from interference by others and any political force. Private property rights secure the right of any producer to earn and use their property as they deem fit. Investors, whilst willing to take some risks with their funds, want to be sure that the enterprises in which they are investing will not be arbitrarily seized because of a government edict out of the blue. Black South Africans were denied their property rights by the Apartheid government. Now that they are acquiring property, they need to have absolute assurance that their property is safe, no matter what political party may be in power. Also, if we want to ensure that people stay and invest in the country, they must be secure in the knowledge that the property they have earned is safe.


Dear friends of the FMF

We are pleased to announce that the challenge has reached a magnificent total of R1,025,575 and wish to thank all our friends who donated to the Challenge and our wonderful sponsor who super-charged their donations for their generosity and support. We, at the FMF, are simultaneously overwhelmed and delighted by the response we have received. We have a great deal of work to do on a range of projects this year and with the help you have given us, we will make a difference. We will be working especially hard on the promises we made in our Challenge documents.

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