Media briefing invitation: Why YOU should care about the #DataMustFall campaign - 15 November 2016

The #DataMustFall campaign is a microcosm of issues that should be of concern to all South Africans. The “facts” on which the campaign are based are disingenuous at best. They are being used by private vested interests to persuade government to fix prices and nationalise assets. Data is being called a “human right” with demands being made that the private sector provide their services for free. There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch (TANSTAAFL). Free healthcare, free education, free housing, free data – what’s next? Perhaps a service you provide? Do join us… this is not a frivolous issue…
Click here to sign up
Join the conversation
You are here: Home Programmes and Projects Events Media briefing invitation: Why YOU should care about the #DataMustFall campaign - 15 November 2016

Media briefing invitation: Why YOU should care about the #DataMustFall campaign - 15 November 2016

The #DataMustFall campaign is a microcosm of issues that should be of concern to all South Africans. The “facts” on which the campaign are based are disingenuous at best. They are being used by private vested interests to persuade government to fix prices and nationalise assets. Data is being called a “human right” with demands being made that the private sector provide their services for free. There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch (TANSTAAFL). Free healthcare, free education, free housing, free data – what’s next? Perhaps a service you provide? Do join us… this is not a frivolous issue…

You will be able to watch this event LIVE via the FMF’s Facebook page.

Speaker LEON LOUW, Executive Director, Free Market Foundation

The knee jerk endorsement by social and mainstream media and public opinion to the #DataMustFall frenzy has been astounding.Government policy is being formed without regard for the facts behind the hype.

Again we face potentially disastrous government intervention through regulation without a thorough interrogation of the facts and market realities.

Leon Louw will challenge misguided public opinion, ask pertinent questions and present the facts behind the hysteria including:

  • Data must fall. Why?
  • Data costs are too expensive in South Africa. Are they?
  • Data is a human right. Is it?
  • The mobile operators are greedy monopolistic capitalists who collude and exploit consumers. Really?
  • Only the rich can access cheaper data. Fact?
  • Market failure and lack of competition are to blame. Are they?
  • Government needs to crack down through regulation: Should it?

In reality, there are many different ways of buying 1GB in SA and elsewhere. A single price comparison is misleading, disingenuous and invites questions around motive.

When

  • Tuesday, 15 November 2016
  • 14h30 – 15h00 Registration (sandwiches, tea & coffee will be available)
  • 15h00 – 17h00 Presentation & discussion

Where

  • Venue: FMF, Block 5 Bryanston Gate, 170 Curzon Road, Bryanston
    (Off Main Road opposite the Sandton Medi-Clinic)    


RSVP for each person attending by clicking here.

Essential as seating is limited

Guests welcome (If you have already responded or cannot join us, no need to RSVP)

Please bring this invitation with you as it will speed up the security process; without it you will need to complete the security form at the gate

We hope you will join us

Note to the editor

The FMF is an independent, non-profit, public benefit organisation, created in 1975 by pro-free market business and civil society national bodies to work for a non-racial, free and prosperous South Africa. As a policy organisation it promotes sound economic policies and the principles of good law. As a think tank it seeks and puts forward solutions to some of the country’s most pressing problems: unemployment, poverty, growth, education, health care, electricity supply, and more. The FMF was instrumental in the post-apartheid negotiations and directly influenced the Constitutional Commission to include the property rights clause: a critical cornerstone of economic freedom.

The FMF has a wealth of information in papers, articles and opinion pieces available on the website which can influence the public debate and present alternative policies to the people of South Africa. Please look at our website.

Facebook | Twitter

Media Enquiries

Jayne Boccaleone
082 904 3616
jboccaleone@gmail.com

Other Enquiries

Joan Evans
011 884 0270
joanevans@fmfsa.org

Support the FMF

The FMF relies on financial support from corporate and individual members and donors. All individuals and companies can donate and deduct a maximum of 10% of their taxable incomes to Section 18A approved public benefit organisations. The minimum annual payment we require is R200. All payments of R200 or more will be treated as a donation for which you will receive a Section 18A certificate for SARS. (The FMF is a Section 18A approved Public Benefit Organisation / PBO Exemption No 930 017 343)

You can sign up as an individual or corporate member or make a donation online through our website or email your contact details to accounts@fmfsa.org

IRR TV

You will be able to watch this event LIVE via the FMF’s Facebook page.

Speaker LEON LOUW, Executive Director, Free Market Foundation

The knee jerk endorsement by social and mainstream media and public opinion to the #DataMustFall frenzy has been astounding.Government policy is being formed without regard for the facts behind the hype.

Again we face potentially disastrous government intervention through regulation without a thorough interrogation of the facts and market realities.

Leon Louw will challenge misguided public opinion, ask pertinent questions and present the facts behind the hysteria including:

  • Data must fall. Why?
  • Data costs are too expensive in South Africa. Are they?
  • Data is a human right. Is it?
  • The mobile operators are greedy monopolistic capitalists who collude and exploit consumers. Really?
  • Only the rich can access cheaper data. Fact?
  • Market failure and lack of competition are to blame. Are they?
  • Government needs to crack down through regulation: Should it?

In reality, there are many different ways of buying 1GB in SA and elsewhere. A single price comparison is misleading, disingenuous and invites questions around motive.

When

  • Tuesday, 15 November 2016
  • 14h30 – 15h00 Registration (sandwiches, tea & coffee will be available)
  • 15h00 – 17h00 Presentation & discussion

Where

  • Venue: FMF, Block 5 Bryanston Gate, 170 Curzon Road, Bryanston
    (Off Main Road opposite the Sandton Medi-Clinic)    


RSVP for each person attending by clicking here.

Essential as seating is limited

Guests welcome (If you have already responded or cannot join us, no need to RSVP)

Please bring this invitation with you as it will speed up the security process; without it you will need to complete the security form at the gate

We hope you will join us

Note to the editor

The FMF is an independent, non-profit, public benefit organisation, created in 1975 by pro-free market business and civil society national bodies to work for a non-racial, free and prosperous South Africa. As a policy organisation it promotes sound economic policies and the principles of good law. As a think tank it seeks and puts forward solutions to some of the country’s most pressing problems: unemployment, poverty, growth, education, health care, electricity supply, and more. The FMF was instrumental in the post-apartheid negotiations and directly influenced the Constitutional Commission to include the property rights clause: a critical cornerstone of economic freedom.

The FMF has a wealth of information in papers, articles and opinion pieces available on the website which can influence the public debate and present alternative policies to the people of South Africa. Please look at our website.

Facebook | Twitter

Media Enquiries

Jayne Boccaleone
082 904 3616
jboccaleone@gmail.com

Other Enquiries

Joan Evans
011 884 0270
joanevans@fmfsa.org

Support the FMF

The FMF relies on financial support from corporate and individual members and donors. All individuals and companies can donate and deduct a maximum of 10% of their taxable incomes to Section 18A approved public benefit organisations. The minimum annual payment we require is R200. All payments of R200 or more will be treated as a donation for which you will receive a Section 18A certificate for SARS. (The FMF is a Section 18A approved Public Benefit Organisation / PBO Exemption No 930 017 343)

You can sign up as an individual or corporate member or make a donation online through our website or email your contact details to accounts@fmfsa.org

Free Society Project