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Zimbabwe land lessons for SA

 13 Mar 19
American sportsman Yogi Berra was known for his quirky turns of phrase. One of his most famous was, "It's like déjà vu all over again."…

It would be deplorable to rush the expropriation amendment

 08 Mar 19
The parliamentary ad hoc committee on amending the Constitution to provide for expropriation without compensation said it intended to speed up the process and settle the matter by the time of the May 8 general election.…

Media release: Poor black citizens continue to suffer EWC

24 Jan 19   FMF Media Release
Marathon and Delport (M&D) informal settlement is the first official Expropriation Without Compensation (EWC) announcement.…

SA can learn from Uganda’s dire history of expropriation without compensation

14 Jan 19   Mugabi John Socrates
The South African government has signalled its intention to pursue a policy of expropriation without compensation, based in part on the narrative that the minority continues to control and own vast swathes of property to the exclusion of the black ma…

Right to compensation central to protecting human rights

09 Jan 19   Martin van Staden
Government’s push to water down the constitutional protection for property rights in South Africa by amending the Constitution should shock everyone of whatever race or socio-economic background.…

Amending the Constitution on shaky grounds will cause illegitimacy

03 Dec 18   Martin van Staden
Removing the right to compensation when expropriating property that is currently contained in section 25 of the Constitution, will be a lethal blow to the legitimacy and stability of our constitutional order if done under present conditions.…

The Ingonyama Trust should keep its promises and entrench property rights

During the opening of the Provincial House of Traditional Leaders in 2016 in Ulundi, the Zulu King, Goodwill Zwelithini, said that people who live on Ingonyama Trust land would start receiving title deeds.…

Media release: Johann Rupert sponsors 70 Title Deeds in Aberdeen

21 Nov 18   FMF Media Release
On 16 November, 70 residents of the Karoo town of Aberdeen walked into the presentation hall as tenants and out as home owners, with full freehold title made possible by the generosity of businessman Johann Rupert and his wife Gaynor who are signific…

Media release: FMF International Conference: Expropriation without Compensation (EWC)

20 Nov 18   FMF Media Release
Today 20 and tomorrow 21 November, the Free Market Foundation (FMF) is hosting a two-day conference focusing on achieving land reform without undermining property rights.…

Media release: Government thinks review of just 0.01 percent of submissions is sufficient to change S25 of Constitution

20 Nov 18  
To consider the fundamental question of whether to change S 25 of the Constitution to allow for expropriation without compensation (EWC), it appears that the Constitutional Review Committee studied just 0.01% of the public submissions, if that.…

Former president Thabo Mbeki urges ANC rethink on EWC

14 Nov 18   Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
It is a well-known fact that the ANC sees itself not primarily as a ruling party but rather as a movement.…

Media release: No to Expropriation Without Compensation

13 Nov 18  
The ANC is playing a dangerous political game in forcing through its policy of changing the Constitution to allow for expropriation without compensation (EWC) and party members supporting this should be very clear about the consequences.…

Are supporters of EWC doing their part?

13 Nov 18   Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
This is interesting in the context of Ramaphosa’s speech at the 8th Annual Desmond Tutu International Peace Lecture where he said "We cannot speak of true freedom when 10% of the population has more wealth than 90% combined" as reported on News24.…

Expropriation without compensation is a contradiction in terms

01 Oct 18   Martin van Staden
For better or worse, there is no government in the world that does not possess the power to expropriate the private property of its subjects.…

Media release: Bad faith public participation in EWC hearings a travesty of participatory democracy

20 Sep 18   FMF Media Release
The Free Market Foundation’s (FMF) exclusion from the expropriation without compensation (EWC) parliamentary hearings is an affront to South Africa’s participatory democracy and the land rights struggle.…

Media release: Expropriation without compensation will require 75 per cent vote – Professor Robert Vivian

17 Sep 18   FMF Media Release
75% of the National Assembly vote would be required to change the Constitution to allow general expropriation without compensation, not 66% as the ANC and EFF believe, according to Robert Vivian, Professor of Finance and Insurance, Wits School of Eco…

How to provide responsibly for expropriation without compensation

17 Sep 18   Martin van Staden
If the Constitution is to be amended to provide for expropriation without compensation (EWC) – something South Africans of all stripes should oppose in principle – there are either safer or more dangerous ways to go about it.…

EWC is an assault on the constitutional right to dignity

Land dispossession was commonplace in pre-democratic South Africa. People were kicked off their land because past regimes had no regard for individual property rights.…

The land fetish

28 Aug 18   James Peron
Doctors are the hardest people in the world to control.…

Expropriation of property without compensation – 75 per cent required to change the Constitution

22 Aug 18   Robert W Vivian
It seems the African National Congress (ANC) is determined to press ahead with the expropriation of property without compensation. This raises a number of constitutional questions. These questions and offered answers have appeared in the press.…

No investment without property rights

14 Aug 18   Chris Hattingh
President Ramaphosa recently deployed four investment envoys with a target of raising $100bn in investments over the next five years.…

Expropriation without compensation would affect the rule of law

09 May 18   Gary Moore
The Expropriation Act authorises government expropriation of private property for market-value compensation.…