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Why the NHI is bad medice for South Africa

 14 Feb 20
That there is a need to improve healthcare outcomes in South Africa is entirely obvious. Given the horrendous statistics I have shared above, there is tremendous urgency to do so.…

NHI will add to SA’s fiscal and healthcare woes

 15 Jan 20
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.…

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.…

National Health Insurance Bill a perfect example of state overreach

14 Aug 19   Dr Johann Serfontein
The long-awaited National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill was published last week and the majority of MPs cheered. It was reminiscent of Nero, fiddling while Rome burned.…

Media release: Every SA Express passenger is subsidised R3,850 (R7,700 return) by the poor

05 Aug 19  
Every passenger on every SA Express (SAX) flight is obscenely subsidised with money diverted from poverty relief and tax payers by approximately R3,850 (R7,700 return).…

How government creates a problem and fixes it at taxpayers’ expense

26 Jul 19   Martin van Staden
We’ve seen it many times: government introduces a tax or regulation which has undesirable consequences.…

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.…

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.…

Media release: SAA Financial Chaos: FMF submits PAIA applications re SAA and SAX overdue financial statements

04 Jun 19   FMF Media Release
The Free Market Foundation (FMF) is submitting PAIA applications to enable the public to understand the true extent of the financial chaos that exists within South African Airways (SAA) and SA Express (SAX).…

Your work for Sars stops on Saturday – Tax Freedom Day 2019

24 May 19   Garth Zietsman
On Saturday, May 18 South Africans stop working for the government and start working for themselves.…

Media release: Congratulations SA taxpayers - you've paid government. Now what you earn is yours!

17 May 19  
Before you earn a cent, government takes a chunk out of your pay packet in taxes. This Saturday, 18 May, marks Tax Freedom Day 2019 - the day from when the money you earn belongs to you to fund your and your families' activities and wellbeing.…

Cut spending and corruption, or get used to tax shortfalls

08 Apr 19   Martin van Staden
The South African Revenue Service is again moaning about its latest shortfall in tax collection. It collected R1.28 trillion instead of the projected R1.3 trillion – a difference of about R20 billion.…

Misdiagnosis means Eskom’s problems will persist

11 Mar 19   Chris Hattingh
If you counted every hair on your head, that amount probably will not add up to the amount of times you have read and heard about the causes of the Eskom crisis.…

Government stealth tax to fund ailing Eskom

27 Feb 19   Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
Officially, for the 2019/20 financial year, government will not be increasing income taxes.…

Media release: 2019 Budget is “budget as usual” – except for the calamitous debt

22 Feb 19  
The biggest bang in the 2019 Budget is the absence of any big bang.…