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The basic conditions which all markets need to succeed

 14 Feb 20
Planning is what every person does daily. There is no exception: even informal living and trading areas, and taxi ranks are planned.…

Production and savings are what drives an economy

 05 Feb 20
The South African economy is facing a savings crisis. Citizens cannot afford to save enough money to drive the necessary capital generation for investment because of the suffocating effects of the government’s economic policies, such as high tax rate…

The West’s role in Africa’s day of the locust

Two weeks ago a Boeing 737 on final approach to Dire Dawa, Ethiopia, flew into a massive cloud of locusts swarming above the airport.…

We don’t want to die poor: that’s how creatives feel about pending copyright changes

03 Feb 20   Jasson Urbach
An impending move by the US to end some international trade preferences will inflict major damage on SA’s economy and creative industries, including publishing.…

Why is profit so maligned when it is the result of consumers’ choice?

28 Jan 20   Neil Emerick
Defending the idea of profit will, in these enlightened days, immediately split the room. If you follow politics in the US, watch how campaigners Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren masterfully attach emotional adjectives to capitalist nouns such as…

The stubborn allure of socialism despite its abject failures

01 Jan 20   Temba A Nolutshungu
The almost simultaneous implosion of socialist and communist systems throughout the world is arguably the single most significant political event of the twentieth century.…

New or higher taxes won’t work, and could be unconstitutional

The trade union federation Cosatu recently called for tax increases, particularly on the wealthy, to arrest South Africa’s economic down spiral.…

Competition Commission retail inquiry does not stand up to scrutiny

06 Dec 19   Zakhele Mthembu
The Competition Commission released its report on the South African retail sector, specifically on how exclusive agreements between the “big” retailers and property developers inhibit market competition.…

Working together, South Africans can grow a strong economy!

06 Nov 19   Eustace Davie
Winning the rugby World Cup has shown what South Africans can do if they put aside differences and work together.…

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.…

Economic freedom in South Africa continues to stagnate

03 Oct 19   Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
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.…

Legislation by regulation undermines economic freedom

03 Oct 19   Martin van Staden
The recently published Economic Freedom of the World (EFW) annual report demonstrates that economic freedom produces prosperity, something South Africa urgently requires in abundance.…

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.…

How limits to economic freedom are behind SA’s failures

16 Sep 19   Dr Richard J. Grant
Economics is entirely about human relationships. None of the other “scarce resources” would have any value at all without people.…

Read the signs

16 Sep 19   Neil Emerick
Thursday’s release of the Economic Freedom of the World Index from the Fraser Institute sees SA fall another two places to 101st out of 160 countries.…

Media release: South Africa falls 54 places in World Freedom Index in just 19 years

16 Sep 19  
In the Economic Freedom of the World (EFW) 2019 Report, South Africa ranks 101 out of 162 countries.…

We need to stop listening to the trade unions

13 Sep 19   Martin van Staden
Trade unions serve an important role in a free and economically prosperous society.…

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.…

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.…

Limits to economy a danger to political freedom

03 Sep 19   Brian Kantor
Consistent improvements in the economic welfare of the average man and woman have now been sustained for centuries in the Western world.…

Expropriation without compensation a death knell for SA’s economic prospects

03 Sep 19  
How many people in South Africa use their property to run a business, to make some sort of a living for themselves and their families?…

Education entrepreneurs could upgrade South Africa’s schooling

22 Aug 19   Eustace Davie
Economist Thomas Sowell said: “It is not what education teaches us directly, but how well it prepares us to learn ourselves that is the ultimate measure of its value”.…