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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.…

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.…

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.…

Misdiagnosis means Eskom’s problems will persist

11 Mar 19   Chris Hattingh
If you counted every hair on your head, that amount probably will not add up to the amount of times you have read and heard about the causes of the Eskom crisis.…

Government stealth tax to fund ailing Eskom

27 Feb 19   Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
Officially, for the 2019/20 financial year, government will not be increasing income taxes.…

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.…

Why the outrage over sugar tax job losses? Or, “we told you so.”

20 Feb 19   Martin van Staden
The Sunday Tribune reports that as many as 350,000 jobs are at stake in the industries reliant on sugar.…

Media release: Mboweni – R 5 bn bailout for SAA? Maybe! Out of his hands now

08 Nov 18  
Not only is new finance minister Tito Mboweni the first ANC politician to propose that SAA should be closed down, he is also the first to repeat the Free Market Foundation’s (FMF) rallying cry that subsidising SAA harms the poorest in society.…

Government wage bill: over bloated and underwhelming

17 Oct 18   Njabulo Mhlambi
South Africa was once speculated to have a government workforce larger than that of the United States.…

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.…

Alternatives to the NHI

24 Aug 18   Jasson Urbach
The Department of Health’s Dr Anban Pillay has slammed the Free Market Foundation (FMF) for criticising the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill and has requested that we submit reasons why we believe the government’s proposed NHI scheme will not wor…

The sad story of SA Express: Time to ground it permanently

22 Aug 18   Chris Hattingh
It remains a mystery as to why SA Express (SAX) still exists and why the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) reinstated its air operator certificate (AOC).…

Media release: FMF’s executive director Leon Louw issues wager to SAA CEO Vuyani Jarana – R100K to charity if SAA profitable by 2021

04 Jun 18   FMF Media Release
Leon Louw, executive director of the Free Market Foundation (FMF) is willing to wager SAA CEO Vuyani Jarana R100,000 that his three-year turnaround plan will not work and that by 31 March 2021…