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Government deserves a red card for tyrannical new Sport Bill

 04 Mar 20
Imagine for a moment the Rugby World Cup winning captain, Siya Kolisi, on a gymnastics mat, trying to perform handstands and backflips.…

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

 26 Feb 20
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).…

NHI will add to SA’s fiscal and healthcare woes

15 Jan 20   Chris Hattingh
Speaking in KwaZulu-Natal on New Year’s Day, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said that the National Health Insurance (NHI) will put private and public hospitals on par with each other.…

Strong property rights are vital for economic growth

04 Oct 19   Chris Hattingh
Expropriation without compensation hangs over the South African economy, with Parliament in the process of drafting an ill-considered amendment to our Constitution.…

Moody's axe will fall - unless we change course now

18 Sep 19   Chris Hattingh
The probability of a credit rating downgrade from Moody’s does not necessarily equal ‘good’ news for SA’s economic prospects. It is merely the calm before the storm.…

LETTER: Property rights must be safe from political whims

09 Sep 19   Chris Hattingh
Former president Kgalema Motlanthe was right on the money when he warned of the massive harm that would be caused if property rights aren’t protected in SA. Speaking in Pretoria, Motlanthe said: “If property is not protected you destroy value, and if…

Africa’s path to prosperity lies in the free market

09 Sep 19   Chris Hattingh
The benefits of freedom and trade are not the sole right of America or Europe.…

Ideologically opposed to the NHI, but knowing why

09 Sep 19   Chris Hattingh
There is nothing inherently moral or immoral in the concept of “ideology”; it is only the content of an ideology that can tell us anything morality-wise. For example, if an ideology is based on coercion, it should be considered immoral.…

Mboweni sends the right signal

04 Sep 19   Chris Hattingh
Finance minister Tito Mboweni’s new economic strategy paper is a refreshing, much needed breath of fresh air for an economy struggling for oxygen.…

First time in history – more than 10 million unemployed

07 Aug 19   Chris Hattingh
You cannot legislate people out of poverty. You cannot regulate jobs into existence.…

Increase poverty alleviation through maximising trade

24 Jul 19   Chris Hattingh
Trade between people is one of the greatest ways to increase prosperity around the world.…

Smoke and mirrors on spectrum

17 Jul 19   Chris Hattingh
Access to more data is vital for economic growth and education. Young people spend more and more time on mobile devices - the fewer regulations and the more competition we have in SA, the more they will be enabled to access a whole universe of educat…

Carbon tax may be noble but it will add to SA’s woes

14 Jun 19   Chris Hattingh
President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed the Carbon Tax Act into law. This new tax will be imposed on South Africans from June 1 2019.…

SAA’s Jarana hits ejector button

05 Jun 19   Chris Hattingh
South African Airways’ sometimes-controversial CEO, Vuyani Jarana, has resigned.…

Is vryheid Suid-Afrika se voorland?

31 May 19   Chris Hattingh
Daar is weereens ‘n verkiesing in Suid-Afrika, en weereens is daar ongelooflik baie op die spel.…

Stop government from taking your property

21 May 19   Chris Hattingh
Speaking at the Goldman Sachs investor conference on Wednesday, President Ramaphosa attempted to address investors’ concerns regarding expropriation of property without compensation (EWC).…

Unemployment blight can be alleviated with the correct remedy

15 May 19   Chris Hattingh
Stats SA recently announced South Africa’s unemployment rate has increased to 27.6%. The expanded rate increased to 38%, which translates to 9,994,000 unemployed people.…

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.…

Regulation of Airbnb is draconian

24 Apr 19   Chris Hattingh
Government published the Tourism Amendment Bill on April 12. If this had happened on April 1, one could have believed that it was an April Fool’s Joke, so comical is the logic underlying the bill.…