FMF NEWSLETTER 18 February 2021

FMF NEWSLETTER 18 February 2021   

Dear friend of the FMF,

Rise to the challenge!

We are pleased to announce that the 2021 FMF R1Million Challenge is now in full swing.

The R1Million Challenge is our annual fundraising initiative now in its 7th year. Any donation you make to the FMF before 31 March 2021 will have 50% added by our sponsor.
The FMF is the oldest free market think-tank in South Africa, and one of the oldest in the world.
We are a non-profit organisation and are entirely reliant for our operational funding on donations by private individuals and organisations.
No amount is too small to matter to us.
No amount is too small to have the 50% added.

Please donate now

Thank you to our generous sponsor for making the 2021 FMF R1 Million Challenge possible.
We ask that our members and friends rise to the challenge with support for the Free Market Foundation.
It is only with your support that we may continue to strive for a better tomorrow for all South Africans.

FIGHT back against EWC  

Expropriation without compensation is unheard of in the open and democratic societies of the world. No society that has attempted expropriation without compensation has emerged from such an initiative with a prosperous economy – instead, ruin and poverty always resulted. Zimbabwe is already in the early stages of walking back its own experiment with no-compensation expropriation, and we must expect something similar to happen once the criminal regime of Nicholas Maduro in Venezuela comes to an end.

South Africa’s government is attempting to introduce expropriation without compensation in South Africa by amending section 25 of the Constitution to allow itself to expropriate private property without paying for it. The amendment to the Constitution itself is still being finalised by government, but the technical details for its implementation have already been published in the form of the Expropriation Bill. South Africans have until 28 February to comment on this disastrous piece of legislation. See the FMF’s submission on the constitutional amendment [here].

Register your opposition to this bill by sending a short submission to government. More information [here].

Media Room
All articles, media releases, videos and submissions on EWC

NEW FMF article  

State moves on radio spectrum and fixed infrastructure a grave mistake – Ivo Vegter

Government policy should as far as possible liberate the market to continue the success story of private ownership of radio spectrum and fixed infrastructure, instead of interposing well-intended but misguided interventions to correct perceived high pricing or underservicing. Such interventions can only be counterproductive, and should be resisted. A look at our telecommunications policy history explains why.

During the negotiations for a new dispensation in SA, it was recognised that telecommunications policy would be of major importance to a developing economy. Even before the 1994 elections several potential models were considered, but it was soon clear that the government was intent on maintaining a tight grip on what it saw as a strategic sector of the economy.

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SAVE the dates - Upcoming LIVE podcast  

Thursday, 25 February 2021 – Unlocking the economy: Will the 2021 Budget uplift the poor?Ray Mahlaka,  Daily Maverick journalist @ 11am

LATEST Free Marketeers episode (listen, subscribe, share)  

View from the inside: André de Ruyter discusses Eskom’s current state of affairs
Unpacking South Africa's 2021 State of the Nation Address

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FMF in the media  

FMF interview on CapeTalk 'It's patronising, we have a constitutional right to bodily integrity' – Leon Louw

FMF articles
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– Theophilus Oladipo
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