Finally! SA moving out of the Stone Age when it comes to home repos

Posted 27 January 2016

As Acts Online has previosuly reported, SA is in the Stone Age when it comes to home repossessions. The good news is that the courts are considering changing its rules to prevent houses being sold at auction without reserve prices.   

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All this talk of inequality is bogus

Posted 27 January 2016

Oxfam recently put out a report about the supposedly alarming growth of poverty and inequality. Oxfam is an anti-poverty, socialist carry-over from a by-gone era. It thrives on poverty and finds it everywhere, even when the actual evidence suggests otherwise.

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E-tolls: govt can't put lipstick on this pig

Posted 26 January 2016

The ANC is trying to put lipstick on the e-tolls pig, even going to the extent of insulting the estimated 90% of Gauteng motorists who have decided not to pay their e-tolls. This is a mistake the government may come to regret, particularly as local government elections are around the corner.

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Team SA, led by Zuma, make fools of themselves at Davos

Posted 25 January 2016

President Zuma is in Davos with two senior economics ministers, Rob Davies and Ebrahim Patel. A greater deterrent to investment is hard to imagine, which is why no-one is taking Zuma seriously anymore.

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How Nene said no to Myeni, Bashir and Zuma

Posted 22 January 2016

Mail & Guardian reports that axed finance minister Nhlanhla Nene had refused to buckle to pressure from SAA chairwoman Dudu Myeni and Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir - wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes - to open a new air route between SA and Khartoum.

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Plans to outlaw public smoking are fantasy

Posted 21 January 2016

Health minister Aaron Motsoaledi's call for a ban on smoking in all public places is an assault on freedom and civil liberties. Whether you are a smoker or not, this attack on tobacco (which is not illegal) affects you and your liberties.

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How does SADTU get away with it?

Posted 20 January 2016

The SA Democratic Union (SADTU) gets a free pass for selling teaching posts for R30,000 a pop in a country innured to such outrages. It is a symptom of the decay that has infested the extractive sectors that feed off the labours of others, writes Cilliers Brink of the Institute of Race Relations.

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Court bid to veto Zuma as president could save SA

Posted 19 January 2016

It is not too late for opposition parties to bring an application before the Constitutional Court challenging the suitability of Jacob Zuma to hold the office of president, says Paul Hoffman of Accountability Now. Zuma has demonstrated irrationality in transfering his finance minister and is fatally compromised as president.

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Please call me case ends up in Concourt

Posted 18 January 2016

Nkosana Makate has waged a 16 year battle to get what he argues is his rightful reward for inventing the Please Call Me service while an employee at Vodacom, which has a different view of how the servuce came about. Now the case is about to be decided by the Constitutional Court.

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Here's a prescription to fix SA - first of all, figure out who runs the show

Posted 12 January 2016

John Kane-Berman of the Institute of Race Relations offers some advice on how to get SA back on the rails again. First of all we need to figure out who runs the country: is it cabinet, President Zuma, the ratings agencies or the financial markets? Right now, it looks like no-one is in charge. 

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Affirmative action policies are a fraud

Posted 10 January 2016

Temba A. Nolutshungu of the Free Market Foundation argues that affirmative action is one of the biggest frauds perpetrated against South Africans in the post-apartheid era. In this article, he looks at how affirmative action has retarded the progress of the supposed beneficiaries in the US, Malaysia and elsewhere.

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Fact: humanity is better off than it has ever been

Posted 06 January 2016

Everywhere news is screaming to us that things are bad and getting worse - from education standards to health, business and politics. While not everything is rosy, Free Market Foundation's executive dirtector Leon Louw points out some facts that suggest things are not as bad as they might seem.

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The dagga trials: the state argues zol makes you violent and stuff

Posted 04 January 2016

The dagga trial gets underway in March this year, and it should be a trip! On the one side is the Dagga Party of SA, led by Jeremy Acton, and on the other the state. The Dagga Party argues that SA is out of touch with the latest research findings and the trend towards decriminalisation of the world's favourite plant.

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You say you want a revolution? Here's a taste of what's in store

Posted 29 December 2015

If you want to stop being victimised by financial terrorists, stop using their currencies, says Charles Hugh-Smith. History is not on the side of the financial aristoracy who, like their Roman forbearers, are destined for wipe-out within the next 10 years. 

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"If I could predict the crash of 2008, why couldn't the Fed?" - Dr Michael Burry

Posted 28 December 2015

Dr Michael Burry is the inspiration behind the blockbuster movie The Big Short. If he could predict the market crash of 2008, why couldn't the government and the Federal Reserve? When he asked these questions publically in 2010, he was investigated by the tax authorities and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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Can Zuma survive the revolt that is coming?

Posted 13 December 2015

As the rand breached R16 to the US dollar and overseas traders calling the rand a one way bet to R18 or even R20, it's clear South Africa can no longer afford its president and his capricious style of rule. His firing of finance minister Nhlanhla Nene may be the last straw.

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Nene fired - Zima's capture of state spending is now complete

Posted 10 December 2015

President Zuma fired finance minister and the rand slipped past R15 to the US dollar. What else could possibly go wrong? All bets are off at this stage, but a yearend shock for the rand - as if R15 to the US dollar is not enough of a shock - is certainly now on the table.

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How SA slept through the BEE revolution

Posted 07 December 2015

Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) has morphed into something more oppressive than even the original architects of affirmative action could have imagined. In this book, BEE: Helping or Hurting, author Anthea Jeffery dissects some of the crazy laws being shaped under the umbrella of BEE.

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Blade's bold plan to nationalise training

Posted 03 December 2015

Higher education minister Blade Nzimande wants to overhaul the Sector Education and Training Authorities (Setas) and grab most of the R13 billion collected each year by way of the National Skills Levy. Some are calling this a bold attempt by the minister to nationalise the country's training.

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Residents fight back against banks' eviction tactics

Posted 02 December 2015

Stories of mass evictions were common during the apartheid years. It's happening again, this time at the behest of the banks, but the victims are of every race, including the poorest of the poor. One human rights group has decided to fight back. 

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Blade denies conflict over Seta funding

Posted 01 December 2015

Higher education minister Blade Nzimande has proposed the effective nationalisation of skills training. He also founded a trust that received millions from Sector Education Training Authorities (Setas) that fall under his purview, though he denies any conflict of interest. 

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Smoking is not a crime

Posted 30 November 2015

The nanny state is at it again. Now health minister Aaron Motsoaledi wants to ban smoking in public places altogether. The Free Market Foundation calls this an assault on basic freedoms and property rights.

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A Christmas gift for Lennie the Liquidator

Posted 26 November 2015

Last year, two days before Xmas, Lennie Katz, the liquidations supremo at Edward Nathan Sonnenberg, served summons on Noseweek and its editor Martin Welz for “wrongful defamation” over stories he had written on the Brakspear v Nedgroup and other cases. Welz and Noseweek are defending the action. Here’s the latest.

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Man-made climate change is man-made nonsense

Posted 24 November 2015

It's time to call out the loons who want to scare us all with their stories of man-made climate change being responsible for the current drought. As Andrew Kenny points out in this article, we should welcome increased CO2 levels as beneficial for plant life. 

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From Pol Pot to ISIS - the blood never dried

Posted 22 November 2015

As US President Barack Obama wages his seventh war against the Muslim world after winning his Nobel Peace Prize, journalist John Pilger reminds us that the outrages committed by ISIS can only be understood by an examination of the history of Western governments and their intelligence agencies in spreading violence and terror.

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