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

 24 May 19
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
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?…

A tale of two eras: Mandela/Mbeki vs Zuma/Ramaphosa administrations

06 May 19   Temba A Nolutshungu
It is an unmitigated moral tragedy that in the year of celebrating what would have been Mandela’s 101st birthday, the incumbent government has betrayed him on an issue about which that he felt strongly.…

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.…

Tell Oxfam world on cusp of poverty eradication

28 Jan 19   Jasson Urbach
Oxfam’s motto is “the power of people against poverty”. You could be forgiven for assuming Oxfam promotes proven policies that lift the poor out of poverty.…

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.…

To prosper, ensure a free economy (it worked for Mauritius)

28 Nov 18   Jasson Urbach
According to the latest, annual Economic Freedom of the World (EFW) report, SA’s economic freedom ranking has declined dramatically from 46th position in 2000 to 110th this year…

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.…

Economic freedom most rapidly reduces poverty

22 Oct 18   Eustace Davie
South Africa’s Economic Freedom of the World ranking this year is 110th as compared to 46th in 2000 out of the countries measured.…

Media release: Braking [sic] News: Ex Finance Minister Nene’s shelved medium-term budget leaked to FMF

22 Oct 18   FMF Media Release
A copy of ex Finance Minister Nene’s proposed Medium Term Budget (MTB) has been leaked to various organisations in the interest of the public’s right to know.…

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.…

Media release: South Africa ranks 94 out of 162 countries measured in the Economic Freedom of the World Report

10 Oct 18  
South Africa ranks 94 out of 162 countries and territories according to their economic system.…

The incredible growth of the middle class

03 Oct 18   James Peron
The world is fast approaching an incredible milestone in human development: for the first time in history more than half the world’s population will be middle class.…

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.…