FMF NEWSLETTER 22 FEBRUARY 2017
Dear friend of the FMF
Did you know there are more cell phones in South Africa than people?
FMF is very concerned about government’s plans to effectively nationalise mobile network infrastructure, which will be a disaster for technological advancement
We have posted the first of three videos dealing with telecoms policy on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FMFSA/ (just page down until you see the video)
In the video Xola Ntshinga notes how cell phone technology has changed in the past 20 years, the impact it has had on all South Africans and the costs involved in maintaining our mobile networks
WE NEED YOUR HELP …
Please could you promote the video by sharing it on your Facebook page (just click on the Share icon below the video)
This week’s Feature Article reinforces the importance of individual liberty for a free society. Temba Nolutshungu explains why individual liberty is being slowly eroded and why we must do all we can to reverse this tide. The clear separation of executive, legislative and judicial powers and the proper application of the rule of law are two crucial parts of ensuring that the freedom of the individual is protected. If we want our children to be free, we must fight for economic freedom, individual rights and smaller government in the here and now.
The inviolable sanctity of individual liberty – TEMBA A NOLUTSHUNGU
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others” Nelson Mandela.
The consequences of South Africa’s self-inflicted, morally corrosive malady of not respecting the separation of powers and blatantly undermining the rule of law (as witness the fact that others are above the law) is manifesting itself dramatically. When others appear exempt from the judicial process, the message sent to career criminals is that if crimes committed by those who hold public office are condoned, there may not be anything morally deterrent or reprehensible about pursuing criminal objectives.
NOTE CHANGE OF DATE: Wednesday, March 1 EVENING TALK – Gareth Cliff – Internet access and free speech @ 17h45 @ FMF RSVP http://www.freemarketfoundation.com/View-Event?i=137
NON-FMF event invite: Dawie Roodt and Dr Max du Preez – Budget debate, 22 February 2017, 18h00 for 18h30. For more info and to RSVP click here
*May 2017 Africa Liberty Forum – Sandton – more info to follow
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ICASA to release report on cost of data in SA’s ICT sector
Scary truth about SA unemployment: Half of young adults can’t find jobs – new research
LISTEN to State of the Economy – Leon Louw 14 February 2017
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* NEW Leon Louw – From ridicule to prison: Nowhere to hide from the Hate Speech Bill
Dr Yuri Maltsev – Trump's economics, the Putin-Trump relationship, and the state of the US economy
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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Publish date: 22 February 2017
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