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SA’s youth need a free future to flourish

 19 Jun 19
When young Americans grow up, rarely do you hear them being excited about going to study in Europe when they leave school. Why would they be?…

Want peace, prosperity, growth, and low unemployment? Follow the Constitution

 14 Jun 19
Most people say they want freedom, but what do they mean by that word?…

More businesses closing, urgent reform required

12 Jun 19   Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
Stats SA’s April Statistics of Liquidations and Insolvencies paint a very grim picture. The number of business liquidations increased by 53.1% between April 2018 and April 2019.…

After terrible GDP growth numbers, the time has come to abandon fiscal stimulus

06 Jun 19   Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
The latest GDP numbers show that the South African economy declined by 3.2% for the first quarter of 2019.…

Minimum Wage: A crime against the poor

29 May 19   Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
The National Minimum Wage (NMW) is a crime against the poor of this country as it absolutely forbids them from accepting any compensation below the floor set by government.…

Your work for Sars stops on Saturday – Tax Freedom Day 2019

24 May 19   Garth Zietsman
On Saturday, May 18 South Africans stop working for the government and start working for themselves.…

Expropriation without compensation is anti-poor and anti-transformation

21 May 19   Devon Windvogel
Expropriation without compensation (EWC) is likely to become the biggest barrier to entry into the modern economy for millions of South Africans.…

Media release: Congratulations SA taxpayers - you've paid government. Now what you earn is yours!

17 May 19  
Before you earn a cent, government takes a chunk out of your pay packet in taxes. This Saturday, 18 May, marks Tax Freedom Day 2019 - the day from when the money you earn belongs to you to fund your and your families' activities and wellbeing.…

Workers’ Day means nothing to many people – a consequence of SA’s laws

10 May 19   Chris Hattingh
May 1 marked the latest iteration of Workers’ Day, a yearly public holiday in South Africa.…

Bolstering intellectual property rights critical to innovation and economic growth

10 May 19   Jasson Urbach
April 26 marked World Intellectual Property Day, which celebrates the role intellectual property (IP) rights play in spurring innovation, creativity and technological progress. But what exactly is IP?…

Inflation is possibly the most serious economic risk, not just in SA

03 May 19   Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
The key to understanding inflation is to first understand the nature of money.…

Low business confidence to be expected

27 Mar 19   Chris Hattingh
That business confidence is at its lowest point in the last two years should not come as a surprise.…

Media release: 2019 Budget is “budget as usual” – except for the calamitous debt

22 Feb 19  
The biggest bang in the 2019 Budget is the absence of any big bang.…

Redistributing wealth is no way to grow the economy

14 Feb 19   Jasson Urbach
Many South Africans and foreign investors are keenly awaiting finance minister Tito Mboweni’s Budget speech on February 20, probably wondering how he plans to balance the national accounts.…

Black people can get out of poverty, if the government gets out of their way

28 Jan 19   Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
Poverty has been decreasing in Africa as countries have gradually liberalised their economies, yet the South African government has chosen to go in the opposite direction and citizens are bearing the brunt.…

Things are getting worse - but there’s an easy solution

Discovery CEO Adrian Gore mentioned at the recent Leadership Summit that there is an element of “declinism” -- a pessimism about the state of one’s country -- in South Africa, and that it did not accurately represent the situation facing our country.…

Media release: Things are worse than they seem: error in World Bank data sees SA slip further in EFW 2018 rankings

11 Oct 18  
South Africa now ranks 110 out of 162 in the Economic Freedom of the World (EFW) 2018 index. It had been reported that SA’s ranking was 94. However, following an error in World Bank data, spotted and investigated by Free Market Foundation’s (FMF) Eus…

Less freedom, lower growth: What we should learn from international indices

10 Oct 18   Dr Richard J. Grant
It is a common temptation, in the months before an election, for politicians to promise the moon to those voters they fear might be attracted to the similarly lofty promises of a rival party.…

Further into the mire of socialism

25 Sep 18   Chris Hattingh
Reality can be avoided for only so long. The South African economy has slipped into its first technical recession since 2009.…

Achieving the elusive 6 per cent growth rate

19 Sep 18   Eustace Davie
In 2005, former President Mbeki committed his government to an economic growth target of 6 per cent, but only after 2010.…

Funding figures vital for assessing the viability of NHI

24 Jul 18   Dr Johann Serfontein
Despite Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi not wanting to commit to even a rough estimate of costs of the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme, the failure thereof will be funding.…