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Steven Friedman

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Steven Friedman is a research associate at Idasa and visiting professor of politics at Rhodes University. He is a newspaper columnist and a media commentator on South African politics. His academic speciality is the study of democracy. He wrote Building Tomorrow Today, a study of the trade-union movement, and edited two studies of the South African transition.

Why Polokwane might matter after all

So why should we care who wins the ANC presidency? We shouldn’t, Ndumiso Ngcobo suggests in his latest post. And he is right to insist…

Why our government’s business is our business

There may be few greater contributions we can make to democracy in this country right now than to explain the difference between a democratic government…

Why is cricket still a white preserve?

If anyone asks you what you think of our national cricket team, reply with Gandhi’s famous words about Western civilisation: it would be a very…

Who will deliver us from delivery?

A colleague who lectures in politics at Rhodes University has banned his students from using the word “globalisation” in class. Someone should follow his excellent…