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The Eskom of healthcare

 04 Mar 19
Election season is here and this past week we have heard about the ruling party’s grandiose National Health Insurance (NHI) proposal and its new springboard, the report by the Presidency on last year’s Presidential Health Summit.…

Bad economics is killing rhino

 11 Feb 19
Now, I’m a fan of rhinos. I will admit the one that chased us one day wasn’t on my list of favourites at the time, but she didn’t stop me from going back into the bush later to look for more.…

A Panacea for SAA?

31 Jan 19   Terry Markman
Yes - there is a panacea for South African Airways’ (SAA) woes. One that will end taxpayer bailouts and satisfy politicians’ silly desire to keep the flag flying and retain our national pride. But – and it is a big but – it will take courage.…

Easing the licensing process will lessen the burden on government

26 Dec 18   James Peron
Michael O’Brien, 17, went in for a driver’s test. The testing official failed him when the fuel light came on 23 minutes after the test started. O’Brien wasn’t happy and filed a complaint.…

SAA – more of the same mistakes promises more of the same hardships

21 Nov 18   James Peron
There is a humorous saying: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”…

International think tank policy dialogue on health, trade and innovation

03 Oct 18   Jasson Urbach
On 25 September think tank leaders from across the globe met in Bogota, Colombia to provide their perspectives on the policies and institutions required to promote and foster innovation in developing countries.…

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.…

How about private-run education facilities to train doctors in South Africa

18 Jul 18   Jasson Urbach
Is anyone surprised that the programme which trains South Africans as doctors in Cuba has been a catastrophic failure? According to Business Day,…

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…

NOTE TO THE MEDIA

26 Apr 18  
The news that SAA needs another immediate bailout of R5 bn on top of the R20 bn already provided and a further R9.2 bn in 2018 to repay outstanding debt is an outrageous affront to the poorest in society who are bearing the brunt of the recent increa…

South Africa should follow winners, not losers

Nationalisation of property, inefficient State-owned enterprises, raising the legal drinking age from 18 to 21, and higher taxes in a low-growth environment. These ideas have all been tried elsewhere.…