Forget about leaders, democracy is strengthened when people act together

2019-06-30 07:00

Democracy's prospects in Africa depend not on finding better leaders but on ensuring that more people can act together to ensure that government serves them, writes Steven Friedman.

South Africa’s stimulus package shows power is finely balanced in the ANC

2018-10-10 06:15

Ramaphosa says the stimulus package is a 'bold' attempt to initiate economic change. But it is more interesting for what it says about the politics of decision-making in the ANC, says Steven Friedman.

Zuma seems to position Mahlobo to 'push through' nuclear deal - Steve Friedman

2017-10-17 19:54

President Jacob Zuma's appointment of David Mahlobo to the energy portfolio can be seen to be linked to the contentious nuclear deal with Russia, explains political analyst Steve Friedman.

Steven Friedman: SOEs shouldn't be used as pawns in SA politics

2017-09-19 07:36

Privatisation talk in South Africa shows how state owned enterprises are being used as tools for enrichment by the connected and less as key elements of development, says Prof Steven Friedman.

Makhosi Khoza reveals daughter has received death threats

2017-07-11 21:58

ANC MP Makhosi Khoza has revealed that her daughter has been receiving death threats from the same people who are intimidating her.

Steven Friedman: Markets can stomach a captured Treasury but poor will suffer

2017-04-18 07:27

A captured South African Treasury is bad news for the country's poor but the view that the capture is a natural enemy of the market economy is a myth, says Steven Friedman.

Friedman: Trump lesson for SA is not to ignore inequality and race

2016-11-14 07:46

America just elected its most dangerous president ever, because it has not dealt with inequality and race. SA's future may be perilous if we ignore this warning, says Steven Friedman.

Gupta family are amateurs, says political analyst

2016-04-15 06:12

The Gupta family played an amateurish game in trying to capture the state, political analyst, Dr Somadoda Fikeni, has told a public seminar at the University of Johannesburg.

New ANCYL leader is intolerant - Friedman

2015-09-11 14:21

The newly-elected ANC Youth League president, Collen Maine, does not seem to be very tolerant of criticism, political analyst Steven Friedman said on Friday after being called a "charlatan" by the new leader.

By-elections give a taste of the poll to come

2015-04-01 06:32

Political parties are contesting by-elections in six provinces - the only real indicator of voter trends ahead of local government elections next year, an analyst says.


#Budget2019 was missing ideas from the left. Why this isn’t a good thing

2019-02-23 07:00

Budgets are, inevitably, political, not only because they decide how the people’s money is spent but because they are products of political choices, says Steven Friedman.

Why the ANC is not bent on radical policies

2018-01-10 07:32

Professor Steven Friedman unpacks why the ANC is not a more "radical" party following its 54th national conference.

Corruption in SA: Business leader answers questions on how bad it is

2017-10-16 06:01

Business Leadership South Africa has in the recent past assumed a stinging position against public sector corruption. Bonang Mohale explains the stance taken by the lobby group.

Steven Friedman: How business can help fix the economy

2017-09-06 06:01

South African business can beat back the toxic 'white monopoly capital' title by doing things differently and no shouting from roof tops, explains Professor Steven Friedman.

Steven Friedman: SARB row points to dangerous levels of intolerance

2017-06-23 07:29

A financial system that is sure to collapse if the central bank cares about people’s well-being goes against democratic principle, writes Steven Friedman.

Friedman: Economic exclusion feeds politics of patronage

2016-12-07 07:23

A closer look at the politics within the ANC suggests that this is a fight between two factions, both of them products of trends in the economy, explains Prof Steven Friedman.

Business needs to change, and stop blaming others for South Africa's ills

2016-09-13 14:33

Business decision makers in South Africa may be surprised to learn that the economy will continue to exclude millions of people until they have a greater sense of crisis.

Steven Friedman explains why he's cutting down on media availability

2016-03-29 10:11

Read why political analyst Steven Friedman says he'll be cutting down on his availability to the media.

Nkandla announcement postponement 'beyond' Nhleko's control

2015-05-27 20:38

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko says that reasons “beyond his control” led to him cancelling a news conference where he would have made public his long-awaited Nkandla report.

Mbete back as Speaker

2014-05-21 18:52

The National Assembly has elected ANC national chair Baleka Mbete Speaker after 400 new MPs took their seats.

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