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Why feminists should embrace economic freedom

 12 Mar 20
Sunday, 8 March, was International Women’s Day. A few days earlier Canada’s Fraser Institute published its Women and Progress 2020 report, which confirms that greater economic freedom – freer markets, less regulation, personal liberty, and strict Sta…

Tito Mboweni should cut expenditure and stimulate growth, not raise taxes

 06 Mar 20
Finance minister Tito Mboweni has called on South Africans to provide advice on how to get the economy growing again.…

Will the 2020 budget promise SA secure ownership rights and freedom?

26 Feb 20   Chris Hattingh
Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni will deliver his 2020 budget speech today. South Africa enters a new decade with a growth forecast of only 0.7% (according to ratings agency Moody’s).…

Business rescue: Politicians must familiarise themselves with the law

19 Feb 20   Jacques Jonker
Certain senior politicians seem to have a misapprehension of how business rescue works in South Africa, particularly as it regards the situation at South African Airways (SAA).…

‘Monopolisation’ is misunderstood and freedom of contract infringed in sports rights broadcasting

12 Feb 20   Martin van Staden
Proposed government interference in the pay TV market is a violation of the freedom of contract, which is not only critical in the commercial world, but a fundamental guarantee of individual and community autonomy from the dictates of third parties.…

We need less, not more, government intervention in the economy

29 Jan 20   Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
Government intervention in the economy simply does not work. It is a mystery, then, why so many otherwise intelligent people keep calling for more of the same.…

The stubborn allure of socialism despite its abject failures

01 Jan 20   Temba A Nolutshungu
The almost simultaneous implosion of socialist and communist systems throughout the world is arguably the single most significant political event of the twentieth century.…

The benefits of informal housing

25 Dec 19   James Peron
There is an assumption on the part of urban central planners that informal housing projects are static slums. This is not true.…

The State wants to take your house and pay you nothing

18 Dec 19   Mark Oppenheimer
At a time when South Africa’s economy is flatlining and Eskom is failing, Government has proposed an amendment to the Bill of Rights, which will allow it to confiscate people’s homes without compensation.…

Media release: Government is intent on destroying private health insurance to pave the way for its NHI scheme

10 Dec 19  
With last week’s announcement by the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) that no Low-Cost Benefit Options (LCBO) will be allowed for low-income consumers and no health insurance products will be allowed beyond March 2021, South Africans are another ste…

Liberty is the source of human progress

04 Dec 19   Temba A Nolutshungu
Promoting his seminal book, South Africa’s war against Capitalism, the economist Professor Walter Williams averred that “The solution to South Africa’s problems is not special programmes, it’s not affirmative action, it’s not handouts, and it’s not w…

Media release: National Health Insurance is catastrophic for SA’s healthcare and economy

21 Nov 19  
The latest iteration of National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill was gazetted on 26 July 2019 and is open for public comment. It’s a depressing sense of déjà vu.…

Teacher entrepreneurs could rescue South African schools

13 Nov 19   Eustace Davie
US economist Thomas Sowell provided an important insight into education when he said: “It is not simply what education teaches us directly, but how well it prepares us to learn ourselves that is the ultimate measure of its value.”…

Venezuela Is an Irrefutable Indictment of Socialist Ideology

13 Nov 19   Temba A Nolutshungu
It is most astonishing that even as the Venezuelan crisis unfolds on TV screens across the world, the orientation of governance in the United States is in danger of degenerating into the same socialist experimentation that has brought such suffering…

Media release: Are ACSA Board directors liable under the Companies Act 2011?

07 Oct 19  
Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) directors should reread the personal liability sections in S45 in the Companies Act 2008 (the Act) before extending any further largesse to SA Express Airways (SAX).…

Media release: Did SA Express finally face financial reality or did government blink?

03 Sep 19   FMF Media Release
Did government blink in the face of SAX demands? It had been reported that, finally, there was a voice of reason within government regarding public funding for failed state-owned enterprises (SOEs).…

Education entrepreneurs could upgrade South Africa’s schooling

22 Aug 19   Eustace Davie
Economist Thomas Sowell said: “It is not what education teaches us directly, but how well it prepares us to learn ourselves that is the ultimate measure of its value”.…

The NHI wrecking ball entrenches SA’s terminal illness

08 Aug 19  
The latest iteration of the NHI Bill has confirmed what South Africans have known for more than a decade: that taxes will need to rise to fund the government’s unworkable and unfeasible NHI scheme.…

SONA: Big (pipe)dreams, no detail

21 Jun 19   Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) on 20 June.…

Cuba is no example to follow

22 May 19   James Peron
Venezuela is proof of the miraculous impact of socialism. They took a prosperous nation and destroyed it almost overnight. That’s a problem for that other socialist paradise—Cuba…

Cut spending and corruption, or get used to tax shortfalls

08 Apr 19   Martin van Staden
The South African Revenue Service is again moaning about its latest shortfall in tax collection. It collected R1.28 trillion instead of the projected R1.3 trillion – a difference of about R20 billion.…