FMF Invitation: Expropriation and the ANC’s National Democratic Revolution – 26 September 2018 @ 17h45





Expropriation Without Compensation (EWC) and the ANC’s National Democratic Revolution (NDR)

Speaker: Dr Anthea Jeffery

Was the ANC’s decision to endorse expropriation without compensation (EWC) at its Nasrec conference in December 2017 a last-ditch fight-back by the Zuma faction against Cyril Ramaphosa’s victory? Was Mr Ramaphosa’s July 2018 announcement that the ANC now definitely wants an EWC amendment to the Constitution an electoral ploy to shore up the organisation’s flagging support vis-a-vis the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)?

Or has the ANC been planning to embark on EWC as part of its long-standing commitment to a national democratic revolution (NDR)?

The NDR idea was developed by the Soviet Union in the 1950s, endorsed by the SACP in 1962, and embraced by the ANC at its Morogoro conference in 1969. Since 1994, the ANC has regularly recommitted itself to the NDR at each of its national conferences, from Mafikeng in 1997 to Nasrec in 2017.

The ANC’s commitment to the NDR is the key to understanding its EWC demand. Yet the NDR is generally overlooked by the commentariat, or dismissed by it as unimportant. In this briefing, Dr Anthea Jeffery* unpacks:

  • the key objectives of the NDR;
  • how South Africa’s land injustice is being used to advance the NDR;
  • what ANC/SACP land objectives have been, both before and after 1994;
  • whether land reform failures have been engineered to justify the EWC demand;
  • how EWC fits with NDR thinking; and
  • why the NDR is so difficult to understand or counter.

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

17h45 – 18h15 Registration (Registration & cheese ‘n wine)
18h15 – 19h30 (Presentation + Q&A)

Free Market Foundation, Block 5 Bryanston Gate, 170 Curzon Road, Bryanston
(opposite Sandton Medi-Clinic)


Entry fee R50 per person CASH ONLY at door – for cheese, wine, challenging intellectual debate and scintillating company! Media free

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Dr Anthea Jeffery holds law degrees from Wits, Cambridge, and London universities. She is Head of Policy Research at the IRR (Institute of Race Relations), and is the author of 11 books. These include People’s War: New Light on the Struggle for South Africa and BEE: Helping or Hurting? She is also the editor of @Liberty, the IRR’s policy bulletin, and has written extensively on property rights, land reform, the mining sector, the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) system, and a growth-focused alternative to BEE.



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Decorex Joburg continues to dominate the exhibition space 25 years on


24 AUGUST 2018



Date: 30 July 2018


What started as a dedicated décor exhibition 25 years ago has evolved into Africa’s largest décor, design and lifestyle exhibition, featuring the latest trends and attracting thousands of visitors through its doors annually. Decorex Joburg, presented by Plascon, has managed to remain ahead of the curve, growing and adapting to reflect the industry while always retaining the quality and sophistication that sets the exhibition apart.

Sian Cullingworth, Portfolio Director of Design, Lifestyle and Retail Exhibitions at Reed Exhibitions, took a moment to reflect on how Decorex Joburg has managed to dominate the décor exhibition space year-on-year for two-and-a-half decades.

“It’s all about innovation and reinvention,” said Cullingworth. “In 1994, we were specifically a décor and design exhibition, we’ve now evolved to include new categories as they’ve emerged… ‘Plan and Build’, ‘Outdoors’, ‘DIY’ ‘Craft’ and our biggest growing sector kitchens and bathrooms… we work hard to give the visitors what they want. There’s also lot of global influence now which has impacted the local market and we’ve managed to incorporate this while not overshadowing the incredible local talent.”

Decorex Joburg started out with 144 exhibitors in one hall and has expanded into a further six halls, featuring more than 800 exhibitors. Among the initial exhibitors were headline sponsors, Plascon; The African Institute for Interior Design Professions (IID); Belgotex Floors; Nouwens and international award-winning designer, Stephen Falcke, now patron of Decorex Joburg – all of whom will feature in 2018. These globally-renowned organisations have grown alongside Decorex Joburg, sharing the exhibition’s vision of growing the industry.

Commenting on elements that have impacted the exhibition space in 25 years, Cullingworth noted ‘technology’ as the biggest influencer: “When we launched in 1994, it was approaching the turn of the millennium. The internet was becoming more widespread, people weren’t using libraries and looking at books, they were experiencing design online. This enhanced pace increased the pace of the industry. Technology also changed how fabric and wallpaper prints were created. 3D printers, which were launched in South Africa about four years ago, have completely revolutionised the creation of design.”

Decorex Joburg has also collocated with two top exhibitions, enhancing the consumer and trade experience. Five years ago, the country’s leading product design showcase – 100% Design South Africa – collocated with Decorex Joburg with the International Sourcing Fair joining this illustrious set in 2018.

Looking to the importance of exhibition space in the current times, Cullingworth said they remained one of the most powerful marketing tools.

Click here for full article Decorex Joburg continues to dominate the exhibition space 25 years on

Global consumer survey webinar


23 AUGUST 2018


On the 9th October the MSC will host a series of webinars to share the results of our recent global consumer survey.

Hear from research consultancy GlobeScan and guest speakers from leading consumer brands. Find out how these insights can inform your strategies and contribute to sustainable business practices. 

Register online