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Confessions of an Unreconstructed Neo-liberal Fundamentalist: A Plan for South Africa

Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 10:32
Free Market Foundation

The Free Market Foundation (FMF) is an independent nonprofit policy organisation founded in 1975 to promote and foster an open society, the rule of law, personal liberty, and economic and press freedom as fundamental components of its advocacy of human rights and democracy based on classical liberal principles. It is financed by membership subscriptions, donations, sponsorships, and income from its consultancy company.

The FMF is hosting a presentation and discussion under the theme ‘Confessions of an Unreconstructed Neo-liberal Fundamentalist: A Plan for South Africa’ on 18 July 2012 in Johannesburg.

Rumour has it that last week Efficient Group chief economist, Dawie Roodt, did not know what an ‘unreconstructed neo-liberal fundamentalist’ was. But now, thanks to the label pinned on him by Comrade Jeremy Cronin, Dawie has discovered that he is one.

While Dawie may be unreconstructed, at least he is efficient, which is why he steadfastly remains one step ahead of the countless plans floating around in the South African politico-financial stratosphere.

In fact, looking into his neo-liberal fundamentalist crystal ball, Dawie ventures the following opinion: “We have many plans for the country. We have the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP), the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP), the Growth, Employment and Redistribution Plan (GEAR), the New Growth Path (NGP), and the National Development Plan (NDP). We also have numerous updated versions of these plans, as well as Democratic Alliance plans, Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) plans and South African Communist Party plans. Actually, we continually plan to have even more plans. We are so plan flush, in fact, that we can start a plan library.”

Since planning is all the rage, Dawie will be sharing his plan for South Africa. From reforming the tax regime and state expenditure, to trade and labour policies. And just in case you are not wide awake, he will also share the new National Coffee Making Plan.

Presented By: Dawie Roodt, Chief Economist, Efficient Group

Cheese and Wine: 17h30 - 18h00
Presentation and Discussion 18h00 - 19h30

Directions: Bryanston Gate is on the corner of Homestead Avenue and Main Road opposite Sandton Clinic (Cnr Peter Place and Main); you must enter Curzon from Main; then first gate on the left.

Security: 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. If you cannot join us, no need to RSVP.

If you wish to join us, RSVP via www.fmfevents.co.za.

Enquiries: Tel: 011 884 0270, Fax: 011 884 5672, E-mail: gailday.fmf@mweb.co.za.

For more about the Free Market Foundation, refer to www.freemarketfoundation.com.

Event start date: 
18/07/2012
Event venue: 
Free Market Foundation (Prime Meridian House, Building 6, Bryanston Gate Office Park, 170 Curzon Road, Bryanston)