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RACE, RIGHTS AND RESOURCES: ANALYSING THE UPRD BILL

The Upstream Petroleum Resources Development Bill, which seeks to introduce significant amendments to laws governing the exploration and extraction of petroleum resources, will have profound implications for South Africa’s energy sector and constitutional framework.

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THE FW DE KLERK FOUNDATION’S SUBMISSION ON THE NHI BILL: THE PROPOSED NHI WILL NOT ACHIEVE UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE

On 15 September, the FW de Klerk Foundation made a written submission to the National Council of Provinces on the National Health Insurance Bill. The Foundation analysed key failures of the NHI Bill with specific reference to the constitutional principle of the Rule of Law and rationality, the feasibility of the proposed system and governance concerns, coupled with the unfettered power of the Minister of Health (“the Minister”).

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STATEMENT ON THE TAXI STRIKE IN THE WESTERN CAPE

The FW de Klerk Foundation strongly condemns the intimidation of people, the damage of property and the general violence associated with the current taxi strike in the Western Cape, led by the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco). The Foundation urges all parties involved to resolve the dispute in a constructive manner, abstain from any further acts of violence and respect the Rule of Law.

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ARTICLE: WHAT FREEDOM MEANS

The trouble with political slogans is that they are meaningless. We have seen it with the communist and socialist policies, enacted in the name of the proletariat; the working class, and those who are exploited by the “capitalists”.

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ARTICLE: IMPRESSIONS ARE EVERYTHING, MADAM PUBLIC PROTECTOR

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Why did the Public Protector initially refuse to give ABSA, one of the parties cited, a copy of the ABSA bailout report, only to relent at the threat of legal action? Why did the Public Protector give a copy of the same report to the Gupta-family funded pressure group, Black First Land First (BLF), without extending the same courtesy to Adv Paul Hoffman, the complainant in the matter, or even the likes of former President Thabo Mbeki, whose name features prominently in the report? Even more disturbing, as the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) charged today in papers filed before the Gauteng High Court of South Africa in Pretoria, the fact that she consulted with both the Presidency and the State Security Agency (SSA) and neglected to include transcripts of the meetings.

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STATEMENT: MEDIA FREEDOM IS REAFFIRMED

The Centre for Unity in Diversity (CUD) and the Centre for Constitutional Rights (CFCR) at the FW de Klerk Foundation welcome the ruling by the High Court in Johannesburg to interdict Black First Land First (BLF) and its founder, Andile Mngxitama, from harassing or assaulting journalists, or protesting outside their houses.

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Assessment of Compliance of Election Manifestos for the 2024 South African National Elections with the Bill of Rights

The assessment of 17 parties aims to evaluate how well each manifesto aligns with the Constitution’s core values, with a particular emphasis on compliance with the Bill of Rights.