Dear friend of the FMF

This week’s feature article draws a clear distinction between ‘real’ and ‘participatory’ democracy. Martin van Staden explains that democracy does not mean anything substantive when laws are arbitrary and the government does not take heed of stakeholder commentary on prospective legislation. Democracy means a lot more than only voting every five years.

FEATURE article  

Lipservice or participatory democracy? – MARTIN VAN STADEN

The subjugation of black South Africans to arbitrary, discretionary rule by officialdom and the whims of politicians was one of the hallmarks of apartheid. It is no surprise, therefore, that South Africa’s 1996 constitution contains provisions designed to ensure this would never happen again.

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Tuesday, April 25 EVENING EVENT –  Mark Oppenheimer – Is the state stoking racial tensions as a diversionary tactic? @ 17h45 @ FMF RSVP

Wednesday, May 17 MEDIA BRIEFING – Leon Louw – Transformation via legislation vs transformation via growth @ 11h30 @ FMF  – more info to follow

May 24 & 25 2017 Africa Liberty Forum –  A timely conference for supporters of freedom – Sandton – click here for more info

June 6  FMF/Geneva-Network Roundtable Johannesburg – more info to follow

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WORTH reading  
Health department in sick bay: R3.2bn budget shortfall leaves 11.5% of jobs unfilled
Medical schemes should be celebrated not criticised
SA’s minimum wage folly
Vouchers for public services would put power in the hands of the people
FMF in the media  

Business Day column Racists do not trust black people with full land ownership – Leon Louw, 12 April 2017

Media digest MARCH 2017 for all media coverage

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*New Patrick Bracher – Excluding the poor via healthcare demarcation regulations
*New Terry Markman, Leon Louw & Perry Feldman – Land reform without expropriation

Mike Settas – Healthcare demarcation regulations: Excluding the poor
Michael Settas & Patrick Bracher – Private healthcare on receiving end of toxic drip treatment…
Phumlani U Majozi – Introduction to the Rule of Law
Gareth Cliff – Internet access and free speech
Xola Ntshinga – Did you know telecoms policy is nationalisation and expropriation in disguise?
Xola Ntshinga – Did you know data prices in SA are not as high as #datamustfall asserts?
Xola Ntshinga – Did you know there are more cell phones in SA than people?
Rex van Schalkwyk – From ridicule to prison: Nowhere to hide from the Hate Speech Bill
Leon Louw & Dobek Pater – Telecoms policy will set back SA’s development by decades
Mark Oppenheimer – Free speech: A vanishing right

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