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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…

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.…

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.…

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.…

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.…

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.…

Prosperity and tolerance

11 Sep 19   James Peron
Of late I’ve seen more discussion on the idea that slavery made America prosperous.…

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?…

Freer markets generate prosperity, especially for the poor

16 Aug 19   Martin van Staden
Amid rising unemployment, the Congress of South African Trade Unions has called on the government to amend the Labour Relations Act to make it more difficult for employers to retrench workers.…

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.…

Population bugaboo

25 Jul 19   James Peron
The Population Media Center is pushing the overpopulation panic again—that’s so 1960s! They proclaim, “If somebody tries to tell you that population growth is ‘slowing down’, ask them to explain the graphic on the left.”…

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.…

Call for higher taxes is misguided

03 Jul 19   James Peron
A small group of naïve billionaires in the United States are lining up begging for higher taxes on the super rich.…