FreeFACTS


FreeFacts - June 2020

This edition of FreeFACTS looks at a number of South African indicators and shows the serious trouble we are in as a country. This edition shows how we are sliding on metrics such as Economic Freedom and proposes some reforms the country should make as a matter of urgency.

freeFACTS - May 2020

The Covid-19 epidemic has forced many South Africans to change the way they work and learn. But access to tools which make it possibly to work or learn remotely are not shared equally among people in this country. This edition looks at access to various communication tools and how these trends have changed over time.

freeFACTS - April 2020

This edition of FreeFACTS looks at the current lockdown, with specific focus on the economic impact of the lockdown and how public support for it has changed.

freeFACTS - March 2020

South Africa, like most of the rest of world is dealing with the Covid-19 crisis. However, there have been serious questions raised about whether the country’s healthcare system can cope with a sudden influx people suffering from the virus. The edition of FreeFACTS looks at the state of the South African healthcare system and provides some key figures on major diseases.

freeFACTS - February 2020

This edition of FreeFACTS looks at how South Africa’s demographics have changed in the past decades, with specific reference to issues such as the proportion of South Africans who are urbanised and the decline in the fertility rate. These changes have implications for policy makers and how they need to plan for the future.

FreeFACTS - January 2020

This edition of FreeFACTS looks at the recent matric results as well as historical trends. It raises issues of quality and what the implications are for South Africa.

FreeFACTS - December 2019

This edition of FreeFACTS looks at a number of indicators on South Africa and shows how the country has regressed on a number of metrics. Reform is vital if we want to stop backsliding.

FreeFACTS - November 2019

This edition of Free Facts looks at the latest trends around inequality. Latest figures shows that despite popular belief, inequality is actually declining. In addition, inequality is highest among black South Africans which means a rethink is necessary around policies such as black economic empowerment and employment equity.

FreeFACTS - October 2019

This edition of Free Facts looks at the parlous state of South Africa’s finances and why a policy of prescribed assets is increasingly possible.

FreeFACTS - September 2019

This edition of Free Facts looks at South African education and the trends (some positive and others negative) that have emerged in post-apartheid South Africa.

FreeFACTS - August 2019

This edition of Free Facts looks at the latest crime statistics and shows that South Africa’s trend on this is negative. The tide was turning on this scourge up until about 2011 but since then the number of murders and other serious crimes has begun to increase. Without innovative solutions this will continue to be the case.

FreeFACTS - July 2019

This edition of Free Facts looks at the unemployment crisis, and provides figures by race, region, and a number of other metrics. There is no doubt that the current rate of unemployment in South Africa is a national crisis, but on the current policy trajectory of the country, this is unlikely to change.

FreeFACTS - June 2019

The South African economy is in trouble. This edition of FreeFACTS looks at the state of the economy and notes how South Africa is losing ground compared to other economies. It also shows that future economic growth is likely to remain low.

FreeFACTS - May 2019

This edition of FreeFACTS outlines the true state of race relations in South Africa. It shows that there is a large majority of South Africans who agree on the broad issues and want to work to build a country for all who live in it.

FreeFACTS - April 2019

The edition of FreeFACTS looks at South African voter trends and results. It shows how there is growing apathy among voters, which is coupled with a decline in the vote of the governing party.

FreeFACTS - March 2019

This edition of Free Facts looks at the progress made by South Africa since 1994 and looks at a wide variety of indicators. It argues that although this progress has stalled it is still possible to get South Africa on the path it was up until a decade ago.

FreeFACTS - February 2019

8 March 2019 - This issue of Free Facts looks at a number of indicators which shows how South Africa deteriorated through the Zuma years. This edition shows how GDP stagnated, crime rates rose, and how unemployment continued to rise. However, the point is made that this deterioration is on the back of much progress since 1994. The next issue of Free Facts will look at the progress that the country has made, and how it can once again get onto a path of progress.

FreeFACTS - January 2019

31 January 2019 - This edition of Free Facts looks at South African retirement funds and why the government has their eye on them. It examines government spending and debt levels and shows how these are reaching unsustainable levels. It also provides statistics on the retirement savings of South Africans, and shows how big the pot is.

FreeFACTS - December 2018

14 December 2018 - This edition of Free Facts looks at the quality of life of South Africans. White people, in general, still enjoy a higher quality of life than other South Africans. This gap is likely to remain as long as the government follows policies which fail to stimulate the economy.

FreeFACTS - November 2018

27 November 2018 – Crime rates are on the rise in South Africa, while faith in the police is down. Is there a way back against the scourge of crime?

FreeFACTS - October 2018

11 October 2018 - The crisis South Africa faces is not one of inadequate government spending or insufficient stimulus, but rather one of an economy battered by a decade of hostile policy.

FreeFACTS - September 2018

1 October 2018 - This latest edition of Free Facts looks at the state of the family in South Africa, and argues that many of South Africa’s social ills can be attributed to problems relating to the lack of a stable family environment.

FreeFACTS - August 2018

31 August 2018 – This report cautions against the risk of ideology more than the best interests of South Africans driving the trade and foreign policy decisions of the government.

FreeFACTS - July 2018

25 July 2018 - Against the background of the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme and amid growing concern at its implications, this report provides an overview of major healthcare trends in South Africa.

FreeFACTS - June 2018

22 June 2018 - This report underlines the threat of Expropriation without Compensation – to the economy, to urban homeowners, the majority of whom are black, to the poor streaming to the cities in the hope of a better life, and to emergent farmers whose success hinges on secure title.

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