FMF NEWSLETTER 14 May 2020     
FMF update  
To all our supporters, members, friends, and the South African public, please take all necessary steps to remain safe and healthy in these very difficult times. 

The FMF has been hard at work researching the impact of the lockdown, especially the impact of regulations on poorer South Africans.

To read all of the FMF's work on the COVID-19 lockdown thus far, click here.
New FMF article  


'Flattening the curve' was intended for the virus, not the economy

Business for SA (B4SA) has called for South Africa to proceed quickly to lockdown level 2, lest deeper, and longer-lasting harm be caused to an already crippled economy. According to Hilary Joffe, the group indicated that, "if level 4 continued for a month, with a gradual move to lower levels, the economy would contract 14.5% in 2020." There were more than 10 million unemployed people in South Africa before the lockdown was imposed at the end of March; to think how many people are unemployed now, and how many businesses will close down the longer the lockdown goes on, is terrifying to contemplate.

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Latest FMF event video   

A horrible budget in horrible times – Dawie Roodt

Latest Free Marketeers episodes  

Is the NCCC legitimate? A conversation with Erin Richards
COVID-19 & SMEs in South Africa: A conversation with Pavlo Phitidis
SA needs radical economic transformation

FMF in the media  

Medie release – Informal traders gather in defiance of Lockdown ahead of civil disobedience campaign.
Media release – Tax Freedom Day comes early in 2020, but, thanks to Lockdown, this is not good news.

Letter to the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services
Lessons from Venezuela: Implosion started with land grabs
Lessons from Spain: Covid-19 exposed the inefficiency of a National Health Service
Covid-19: Let’s abandon the fake news paranoia
Government is flouting the Rule of Law!
Lockdown, tyranny and the rule of law

FMF video – Khaya Lam  Rising Tide Foundation title deed ceremony
Media Digest & Cuttings April 2020 for all media coverage

Worth readings  

Lockdown has passed its due date, says Wits vaccinology professor
Trevor Manuel: SA’s lockdown rules do not pass test of rationality
Short-termism is the more dangerous pandemic
Lockdown in South Africa can no longer be justified


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