The Free Market Foundation released its annual Economic Freedom report on Monday, with South Africa ranked 82 out of 141 countries surveyed. This is a drop of 12 places from last year's position of 70, and a massive 40 places since its ranking of of 42 in 2002. "It has taken less than a decade to slide 40 places down the rankings. This is a matter of grave concern," the FMF said. The report measures five different areas: the size of government, property rights, access to sound money, freedom of international trade, and regulation of the credit, labour, and business sectors. Read more: Sapa, via TimesLive
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