Business Books

Get this right and South Africa will start working again

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Frans Rautenbach for his weekly business book review.

Rautenbach is a labour lawyer and author of “South Africa Can Work”.

Description of “South Africa Can Work” on Penguin Random House South Africa’s website:

In this insightful and provocative book, Frans Rautenbach proposes a complete overhaul of policy thinking, and provides fresh arguments that effectively address South Africa’s high unemployment, race problems and lack of education.

Rautenbach examines the fundamental problem of rent-seeking, to which he proposes two antidotes: the free market and decentralisation of government.

Along the way he tackles holy cows such as affirmative action, trade unions, labour law and welfare payments.

He also addresses contentious topics such as racism, white privilege, political correctness, state funding of higher education and mounting evidence that trade unions substantially suppress employment growth.

Written by a labour lawyer with a proven track record in a range of policy issues, “South Africa Can Work” speaks effectively to a cross-section of readers of all disciplines, and brings sorely needed good news.

For more detail; listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for quotes from it).

Unemployment is very close to being our biggest problem… way more important than racism, for example…

Frans Rautenbach

Global inequality has reduced over the last 20 years.

Frans Rautenbach

We have created mechanisms of rent-seeking…

Frans Rautenbach

Predictability is a feature of free markets…

Frans Rautenbach

The unemployed should be our absolute priority!

Frans Rautenbach

Click here (then “like” the page) to follow Bruce on Facebook.

Enter your email address in the form below to receive a newsletter containing the most-read articles of the week from Bruce Whitfield’s The Money Show every Friday morning in your inbox.

Subscribe to our Business Wrap Newsletter


This article first appeared on 702 : Get this right and South Africa will start working again


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
You are dying – quite literally – for a paycheque

You are dying – quite literally – for a paycheque

Ian Mann on “Dying for a Paycheck: How Modern Management Harms Employee Health and Company Performance..." by Jeffrey Pfeffer.

Why some businesses crush others, despite having limited resources

Why some businesses crush others, despite having limited resources

Bruce Whitfield interviews Dragons' Den Judge Vusi Thembekwayo, author of “The Magna Carta of Exponentiality”.

How urbanising Africans (with 'villager identity' intact) consume brands

How urbanising Africans (with 'villager identity' intact) consume brands

Bruce Whitfield interviews Insights Publicis Nigeria CEO Feyi Olubodun, author of “The Villager: How Africans Consume Brands”.

Everything you know about success is (mostly) wrong

Everything you know about success is (mostly) wrong

Allon Raiz on “Barking up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science behind Why Everything You Know about Success Is (Mostly) Wrong”.

How to make (young, increasingly populous and urbanised) Africa work

How to make (young, increasingly populous and urbanised) Africa work

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Brenthurst Foundation Director Greg Mills about his book “Making Africa Work”.

'South Africans poorly served by economic choices our governments made'

'South Africans poorly served by economic choices our governments made'

Brian Kantor, author of “Get South Africa Growing”, discusses his book with The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield.

Popular articles
Can you 'affair-proof' your marriage?

Can you 'affair-proof' your marriage?

Sexologist Nikki Goldstein says there are steps you can take to cut the risk of infidelity in your relationship.

Stadium riot: 'It's just inexplicable and unacceptable by all means'

Stadium riot: 'It's just inexplicable and unacceptable by all means'

Minister of Sports and Recreation condemns this weekend's violence by Kaiser Chiefs fans.

'He raped me every day for a year when I was 8 years old'

'He raped me every day for a year when I was 8 years old'

A woman has penned her triumphant story of survival after being sexually abused by an uncle as a child.

Euphonik (one of South Africa's top DJs) opens up about money

Euphonik (one of South Africa's top DJs) opens up about money

Bruce Whitfield talks to Euphonik (aka Themba Nkosi) about his attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.)

This is how much you should be paying your domestic worker

This is how much you should be paying your domestic worker

Stephen Rathai, director of employment standards at the Department of Labour talks on the new national minimum wage.

Madiba’s private secretary Zelda la Grange opens up about money (hers and his)

Madiba’s private secretary Zelda la Grange opens up about money (hers and his)

Bruce Whitfield interviews La Grange about her and Madiba's attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.)

Mugg & Bean agrees to pay medical bill of customer

Mugg & Bean agrees to pay medical bill of customer

Mugg & Bean has agreed to pay for customers medical bills after a month of being in pain and pestering the chain to pay the bill.