Black empowerment bill fails Constitutional muster, says FW De Klerk Foundation

Posted 23 July 2013

The Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act and the Amendment Bill fail Constitutional muster and should be scrapped in their entirety, according to a report by the FW De Klerk Foundation for Constitutional Rights.

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ANC and DA line up behind semi-socialist National Development Plan

Posted 22 July 2013

The National Development Plan talks loftily of achieving growth of 5,4% a year, and 11 million jobs by 2030, but is in reality a recipe for state intervention on a scale not previously imagined.

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More anti-corruption units won't help

Posted 21 July 2013

South Africa has more than a dozen anti-corruption units, yet still it scores well below our main trading partners in the Transparency International anti-corruption index. There are better ways to tackle this thorny issue, writes Paul Hoffman SC of the Institute of Accountability in Southern Africa.

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Shuttleworth loses court bid but scores points with judge

Posted 19 July 2013

Billionaire Mark Shuttleworth lost in his court bid to overturn exchange controls, but he did pave the way for future challenges against clauses the judge deemed unconstitutional.

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National Development Plan doomed without major reform

Posted 18 July 2013

The government's National Development Plan is doomed to fail because it relies on the same, tired state interventions that have failed in the past, and does not address the urgent need for policy reform, according to the SA Institute of Race Relations.

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Bill tabled to curb officials’ state business deals

Posted 17 July 2013

A DRAFT bill has been tabled in Parliament which aims to prohibit state employees and their families from directly or indirectly holding more than a 5% interest in any entity that does business with the government unless prior approval is obtained from the relevant minister.

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Government is a menace to the mining industry

Posted 09 July 2013

Reckless and arbitrary actions by government ministers have done as much damage to the mining industry as anything else, says John Kane-Berman of the SA Institute of Race Relations.

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The surveillance state is fighting for its life

Posted 06 July 2013

Revelations by whistleblower Edward Snowden of the National Security Agency's mass snooping of phone calls and emails may be the start of a worldwide roll-back of state incursions into our civil liberties. SA will not be exempted, writes Ciaran Ryan. 

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Insolvencies are down: a good or bad sign?

Posted 03 July 2013

Insolvencies are down, but the country faces a debt epidemic unparalleled in its history, writes Arlene Levy. It's time the banks were held to account in the courts. 

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Fais is a flop and should be scrapped

Posted 03 July 2013

Few of the benefits promised when the Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services (Fais) Act was introduced more than a decade ago have come to pass. It should be scrapped, writes Leon Louw of the Free Market Foundation. 

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SA government spying worse than US

Posted 30 June 2013

For all the outrage over the US surveillance programme leaked by whistleblower Ed Snowden, South Africans will be shocked to learn that our own government is miles ahead of the US in terms of snooping. 

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The rule of law is senior to the Bill of Rights

Posted 26 June 2013

The rule of law is senior to the Constitution's Bill of Rights, says Free Market Foundation's Leon Louw, and is the pillar on which civilisation rests.

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Who will protect us from the spies?

Posted 26 June 2013

South Africa's Secrecy Bill is all about protecting our own spy agencies from scrutiny, says Steven Friedman. Recent revelations by former CIA spy Edward Snowden of massive surveillance programmes being carried out by the US and Britain has triggered a timely debate over how much privacy should we be handing over to these agencies.

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Not enough MPs to vote through divisive amendments to Labour Act

Posted 21 June 2013

There were not enough MPs in Parliament to vote through the Labour Relations Amendment Act, which the Democratic Alliance says will kill jobs.

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Employment Services Bill aims an arrow at the heart of labour broking

Posted 19 June 2013

The Employment Services Bill aims an arrow at the heart of the labour broking sector. For all its humanistic pretensions, this bill will further harm SA's precarious job market, writes Ciaran Ryan.

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Bankers should be jailed for reckless misconduct

Posted 19 June 2013

A new report by a UK parliamentary committee recommends jail time for bankers found guilty of reckless misconduct.

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SA targeted by British and NSA spooks

Posted 16 June 2013

South Africa's foreign ministry computer network was hacked by British spies, and the information was passed on to the US's National Security Agency, according to leaks from National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. 

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Shuttleworth's fight is one we should all support

Posted 14 June 2013

Mark Shuttleworth's Constitutional Court action to overturn exchange control is a fight we should all support, writes Chris Becker of the Mises Institute South Africa.

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Billionaire Shuttleworth seeks to have exchange controls banned

Posted 11 June 2013

Billionaire entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth, who emigrated from SA in 2001, has brought an order before the Constitutional Court seeking to have exchange controls declared unconstitutional.

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NSA whistleblower says everyone is being spied on

Posted 10 June 2013

Given the recent controversy over SA's Secrecy Bill, here comes an alarming disclosure of just how far government over-reach goes. US National Security Agency advisor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden, says everyone's communications are being monitored by US intelligence agencies.

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ANC will have to wrestle Cosatu sooner or later

Posted 10 June 2013

The ANC government will have to chisel away at Cosatu's powers, in much the same way as Margaret Thatcher did to trade unions in the UK, if it is to achieve the growth targets of the National Deevelopment Plan, writes John Kane-Berman in Business Day.

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What does the rand have to do with our courts?

Posted 04 June 2013

To understand why the rand has dropped below R10 to the US dollar, start looking at the subversion of the rule of law that has been allowed to take hold in South Africa, writes Paul Hoffmann of the Institute of Accountability in Southern Africa in Business Day.

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Is this the biggest fraud in history?

Posted 29 May 2013

In this interview with NewERA's legal advisor, Raymondt Dicks, we ask whether the securitisation scandal as it has come to be known around the world is the biggest fraud in history. We also find out what's next for NewERA in light of a recent High Court judgement that appears to have energised the group's campaign to stop SA banks foreclosing on securitised loans.   

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National Prosecuting Authority's reputation in tatters

Posted 29 May 2013

The reputation of the criminal justice system is in tatters following the repeated failures of the NPA in high-profile matters and prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach’s suggestions of abuse of power and political interference, writes Mandy Wiener in The Daily Maverick.

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No need for new Expropriation Bill

Posted 24 May 2013

Dr Anthea Jeffery, head of special research at the SA Institute for Race Relations (SAIRR) says the new Expropriation Bill, though better than its 2008 predecessor, still grants sweeping expropriation rights to all levels of government. It still allows government to expropriate and take possession all manner of assets before any compensation has been paid.

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