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

 29 Jan 20
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.…

Economic freedom in South Africa continues to stagnate

 03 Oct 19
The latest report of the Fraser Institute’s Economic Freedom of the World (EFW) has just been released and South Africa continues to lag behind the rest of the world.…

The simple reason why a state bank is unnecessary

25 Sep 19   Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
There’s nothing about South Africa that makes it impossible to start a successful business here. Nothing that is, except the government.…

The importance of letting companies (like SOEs) fail

30 Aug 19   Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
South Africa’s state-owned enterprises are the likely reason why government will go bankrupt.…

The government doesn’t own you: The immoral premise of the NHI

28 Aug 19   Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
Following the discussions about the NHI (National Health Insurance), I am struck by how little regard is given to self-ownership.…

Impartial courts for economic prosperity

14 Aug 19   Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
The 2014 Rule of Law Index report has this to say about the importance of the rule of law to a country’s business environment:…

Unions: Friend or foe of the poor?

31 Jul 19   Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
Labour unions are undoubtedly the biggest obstacle to any positive reform, not because this particular group of individuals is somehow more evil than the rest of us.…

Why property rights are pro-poor

26 Jul 19   Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
What is the cause of poverty? And what would be the solution?…

How Rwanda surpassed SA: The importance of economic freedom

18 Jul 19   Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
Economic freedom correlates strongly with economic growth. There is no longer any doubt about this for anyone who witnessed the extraordinary rise of the countries in the former Eastern Bloc after the fall of the former Soviet Union.…

Let my people go: How Africa can save herself

26 Jun 19   Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
The people of Africa have been subjected to multiple injustices, slights, and violence. The list of things inflicted on Africans is endless and has no modern equivalent, except for Asia in geographical terms and the Jews in ethnic terms.…

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.…

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.…

Free women, free the economy

09 May 19   Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
In South Africa it is well known that women suffer the brunt of our many socio-economic issues.…

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.…

Reduce restrictions on foreign business

10 Apr 19   Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
There is no denying that we live in the most technologically advanced era the Earth has ever seen and this is due to property rights and free trade.…

The NHI: Analysis from a public choice perspective

03 Apr 19   Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
The NHI is set to be South Africa’s version of universal healthcare where resources are pooled in order to provide health services for everyone.…

The idea that labour and capital have divergent interests is wrong

02 Apr 19   Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
You cannot produce anything without capital.…

Deregulating the economy: A matter of urgency

20 Mar 19   Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
Small business is widely acknowledged as the engine of economic growth in both developing and developed economies.…

Innocent small business owners targeted in Newcastle

01 Mar 19   Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
Imagine for a moment that after a herculean effort raising capital you are able to start a business.…