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In this week’s feature article, Eustace Davie examines the consequences of South Africa’s slide down the Economic Freedom of the World Rankings. SA was listed at 42nd in 2000 but hit 105th in 2014. The loss of economic freedom reflected in SA’s plunging ranking explains the chronic economic problems which now face the country. Furthermore, the strong growth of economies of former communist countries, such as Bulgaria, shows what can be achieved through increased economic freedom.

FEATURE article  

SA slides down, former communist countries ascend, economic freedom ranking – EUSTACE DAVIE

In 2000, South Africa (SA) was listed as the 42nd most economically free country in the world. That same edition of the Economic Freedom of the World (EFW) report listed Bulgaria, a former communist country, at 108th (66 places lower on the rankings). Fourteen years later, in 2014, the positions were reversed. Bulgaria had shot up the rankings to 45th place and SA had plunged down to 105th (60 places lower than Bulgaria).
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