FMF NEWSLETTER 15 July 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  

The COVID-19 response shows government can't handle NHI – CHRIS HATTINGH

South Africa's government-imposed COVID-19 lockdown was supposedly instituted to buy the government time to manage the spread of the virus, and to allow the public healthcare sector to prepare its own facilities adequately for an increase in COVID-19 cases. But even with massive public goodwill, and a solid chunk of time to prepare, it has become clear that the government has not managed to do this.

We have been told countless times, including during President Cyril Ramaphosa's 12 July speech, that South Africa will have a National Health Insurance (NHI), and that this will be aimed at catering for the healthcare needs of the nation. That it will be run efficiently and will not increase healthcare costs. Yet, with the COVID-19 pandemic, the government was afforded the opportunity, and extra time, to tackle a looming crisis. Based on what we now know it is clear that the government was, and is, not up to the task.

To read further, please click here.

Latest FMF event video   

A horrible budget in horrible times  Dawie Roodt

Latest Free Marketeers episodes (listen, subscribe, share)  

Cape Town evictions and Hong Kong repression
Breaking down the COVID-19 emergency budget with Dawie Roodt
COVID-19 & lockdown impact on National Budget

Our podcasts are also available on Apple, Spotify, and Google

FMF in the media  

FMF CEO Statement  On the declaration of the illegality of lockdown regulations
Media release 
– Free Market Foundation concerned about deterioration of freedom in Hong Kong

FMF interview on eNCA Govt forcing people to ignore lockdown regulations – Chris Hattingh
FMF interview on BizNews Upacking Davis judgement which lays into NDZ's "irrational" lockdown regulations – Leon Louw, FMF CEO

FMF articles
If SA’s serious about changing course it must adopt Sowell’s ideas of freedom Chris Hattingh

Gordhan vs Mboweni: The stage is set for the ultimate political showdown – Jacques Jonker
We should talk about civil disobedience – Martin van Staden

FMF video, in partnership with Atlas Network – Khaya Lam  Upward Globility: Whose land is it anyway? | South Africa
Quarterly Review: January 2020 – March 2020
Media Digest & Cuttings June 2020 for all media coverage

Upcoming interview on GROOTfm
Former FMF Board member Brand Pretorius will be discussing what we can do to ensure our survival in these tough times, as well as guidelines for sustainable success in the post Covid-19 era
16 July at 19h00

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Worth readings  

We were blindsided by fresh ban says alcohol industry
Economic damage and job losses a greater threat to SA than covid-19
How Africa can bounce back from covid-19
Improper planning, poor execution: Why we are facing a Covid-19 storm


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