Ahead of the 7 May National Elections you would do well to acquaint yourself with the Political Parties registered on the National level for the elections.
Today we introduce you to: Libertarian Party Of South Africa – LIPSA
IEC Status: Registered
Contact person: BAREND HENDRICK DE HARDE
Telephone: 011 8884346
Postal address: P O BOX 3302, JEFFREYS BAY, 6330
Google +: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/117164380267127677532/117164380267127677532/about
Email Discussion Group: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/libsa
We libertarians hold that each individual enjoys the following fundamental human rights:
- the right to life
- the right to pursue personal growth and happiness
- the right to resist actions against you to which you do not consent
- the right to own property.
The following items constitute a contract between The Libertarian Party of South Africa (LiPSA). and the South African electorate. If elected, we will strive to bring the following ideas and proposals into being, through legislation, through activism, and by whatever other means at our disposal.
- Free the Energy Industry
- Legalise Dagga
- Introduce a voucher system for Education, Health and Welfare
- Sell SAA, so we can stop bailing them out
- Lower taxes by reducing government waste.
- Schools belong to the parents
- Kill (the Business Licensing) Bill
Free the Energy Industry
The state of South Africa’s energy supply is disgraceful. A free market alternative could do much better and as such, hundreds of free market alternatives would do even better.
Allow any private company to become an electricity or energy provider. Provide incentives to those who provide green energy. Allow these companies to sell electricity directly to the consumer or sell into the public grid. Allow consumers with generators to sell their electricity if they wish to.
Many private energy providers will be founded. This will inevitably lower the price of electricity and raise the overall quality of service.
Like many western countries, South Africa has many laws in which the only victim is oneself or the state. For example, drug consumption, prostitution, suicide, sexual preference, use of safety belts, all of these laws have no external victim, and should be a matter of preference, not prosecution.
There is ample evidence to show that dagga is a useful medicinal drug, which is less harmful than alcohol consumption or tobacco smoking.
Legalise the consumption and sale of dagga in South Africa, as has been done recently in the American states of Washington and Colorado.
Less law enforcement time and energy will be committed to prosecuting a victimless crime.
A lucrative new agricultural market will arise within South Africa.
Increased tourism, as has been seen in Washington and Colorado.
Reduced prison population.
Fewer lives destroyed by meaningless prosecutions for private acts.
Hemp fibre has many practical uses which are currently not exploited.
Legalise dagga now!
The Libertarian Party is opposed to coercive taxation and seeks to move over time to a dramatically smaller state whose expenditure is funded by user fees and voluntary payments. We accept that current coercive practices will have to be tolerated for a limited period in order to avoid large scale disruption.
Large sections of the South African population are critically dependent on existing education, health and welfare facilities, despite all of these functions being in a state of near collapse. The best way to turn these failing departments around is to privatise them and let them compete for vouchers in a market economy.
Huge amounts of current government expenditure is frittered away on these departments under poor leadership and non-existent financial controls.
Voucher systems have been used successfully in many welfare scenarios in the United States and elsewhere.
Introduce a voucher system for education, health and welfare in South Africa.
All South African citizens (independent of age, race or gender) will be entitled to apply to receive a non-tranferable annual voucher for their education, health and welfare needs.
These vouchers may be redeemed at any hospital, school or welfare agency of their choice.
The value of each voucher will be the same for all applicants – the available budget of that state department divided by the number of applicants in the previous year.
Individual citizens will be trusted to make their own choices regarding their needs.
Successful suppliers of education, health and welfare needs will be rewarded by popular choice, unsuccessful suppliers will be eliminated.
Opportunities for corruption will be reduced.
The poor will be respected, not abandoned.
Parents know best!
South African Airways (SAA) is a constant example of mismanagement, cronyism, and incompetence, and as a result, is in constant need of bailouts from the government. This money could have been better used to improve South Africa’s failing infrastructure, or provide tax rebates so that ordinary people have more capital to grow the economy.
Legally, SAA is supposed to act as though it is a commercial business, competing with other airlines fairly, and reducing waste wherever possible. In practice, however, SAA is bailed out at every opportunity, allowing it to bully other airlines that do not have government protection.
Sever all ties between the government and SAA. Make SAA an ordinary listed company on the JSE, with no government guarantee to pick up after its mistakes, and no bailouts to cover up their mismanagement. The government explicitly sells all of their shares in SAA. If SAA cannot survive, they can sell off some of their planes to better run airlines.
Explicitly guarantee that the government will not ever again bail out or guarantee the loans of SAA ever again, to reassure other airlines that operating in South Africa is a worthwhile investment.
The major benefit is that taxpayer funds will no longer go towards subsidising an inefficient and wasteful airline. That money can be used for many other projects, or can simply be refunded to South Africans in the form of lower taxes or tax rebates.
The government will also earn some money from the sale of SAA shares. This money can also be used to fund other existing projects, so that the burden on taxpayers is lower
SAA, or whichever of their competition buys them out, will be an efficient, well-managed airline.
The bullying behaviour which causes the bankruptcy of so many airlines in South Africa will be stopped, encouraging investment in the country.
Sell SAA so we can stop bailing them out
Scrap E-Tolls, let SANRAL default on its bonds, don’t make South Africa pay for their mistake
SANRAL made a bet, and lost. The bet was that South Africans would simply do whatever they are told, no matter the cost to themselves and the economy. To make this bet, they sold bonds, and used the money to build gantries and an inefficient collection system, known as E-Tolls. They forgot that South Africans are already paying exorbitant taxes towards the roads network, through the fuel levy.
Like any business which made a bad decision, it should be SANRAL and their management that should bear the costs of its mistake, and not the South African public. Scrap the failed E-Tolls project, and let SANRAL declare an inability to settle their bonds. Any bonds carrying a government guarantee must be assumed and assigned by Treasury as part of the general sovereign debt and the indebtedness of SANRAL to Treasury appropriately and if this debt is such that Treasury must liquidate SANRAL then SANRAL must be liquidated.
SANRAL is not the sole entity that builds and maintains roads and apart from tolling there are able business cases to operate road networks – including leasing ducts and advertising space – and a free market in roads is urgently required.
E-Tolls being scrapped would lift a huge burden off the economy, in terms of both costs and missed opportunities.
The South African public cannot be held ransom by the decisions of an unaccountable agency. If the Treasury is a surety on that debt then same must take action against the principal which is SANRAL. The bankruptcy of SANRAL will create a market for private investors to acquire road assets.
Scrap E-Tolls; SANRAL’s mistakes are SANRAL’s problem, not ours
Education spending is up, but education quality keeps falling steadily. No matter how it is measured, the quality of education pupils receive in government-controlled schools is far worse than in the private counterparts. Every day new low-cost private schools open up in direct competition with subsidised state-controlled schools – the reason these schools perform better is not more money (they have less money to work with without state subsidies), but rather the parental involvement in the schools. The low cost private schools take parent concerns seriously, because it’s the parents who have the final say on matters of their children’s’ educations.
Starting with the worst performing schools, set up a company for each state-run school. For each child in the school, issue 100 shares to that child’s guardian. For children without an identifiable or competent guardian, the shares will be held in a trust, to be given to the child when they become 18. The company charter will explicitly make the education, safety and well-being of the pupils the top priorities. All schools assets, such as the school grounds, become the property of this company. The company shareholders decide the matters of school administration, such as setting school fees, and the hiring and firing of school staff. The shareholders determine whether the company should seek to make a profit, or should run as a non-profit organisation.
Parents will for the first time have a say in their child’s education.
Unfit teachers can be disciplined, or even fired, as necessary, without being able to hide behind red tape.
Parents are encouraged and enabled to care about their child’s future
Each school can adapt to their local circumstances, rather than relying on a top-down approach.
Local citizens are empowered to make a positive change in their local communities.
Let the village educate the child.
The Business Licensing Bill provides dangerous and unnecessary powers to government agents to enter your home, and confiscate anything which may indicate you are running a business, unless you have first filled out unnecessary and onerous paperwork to prove that you have a licence to run a business. While the DTI promises that the police would only ever use these broad new powers to harass non-South African entrepreneurs and job creators, in reality it simply gives the police the perfect smokescreen to hide corruption.
LiPSA will oppose the Business Licensing Bill, and any other bill which undermines human rights in South Africa.
The consequences if the Bill is enacted will be an increasingly corrupt police force, and an end to entrepreneurship. Only the rich will be able to get all their paperwork in order correctly, and so this Bill effectively kills entrepreneurship in the poor. By preventing this Bill, we allow the poor to continue to try to improve their lives without corrupt police interference.
Kill the Business Licensing Bill, keep entrepreneurship alive in SA.
This information is gathered from the IEC and the above party website or publicly available documents.
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