Mark Fredericks

Mark Fredericks

I work as a video technician at Walter Sisulu University in East London in the journalism department & I write in my private capacity. At present I am studying in an effort to obtain a Masters Degree at the University of the Free State. I have presented on the issue of South African sport at various universities locally & internationally, viz. Otago University in NZ, Canterbury University in NZ, Victoria University of Wellington in NZ, University of Queensland in Brisbane, Brighton University in the UK, Mansfield College at Oxford University in the UK, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in PE, Stellenbosch University in CT, University of Johannesburg, Free State University.

In February 2013 I debated SARU President Oregan Hoskins on the issues of transformation & All Blacks support in South Africa.

I also had articles published by the Cape Times, Al Jazeera, The New Zealand Herald and News24.

Married to Enid, with two sons, Dwayne & Jason.

Injury Time – The Rise of the 80 Minute Nation (30 minute video)
Between 1988, when the ANC aligned National Sports Congress was officially formed, and 1995, when the South African Springboks lifted the William Web Ellis Trophy, sport in impoverished and marginalized communities across South Africa collapsed completely. The dynamic unity that was forged under the banner of SACOS (South African Council On Sport), was ultimately crippled and destroyed with disastrous consequences for the broader South African society. Lemming-like, hordes of SACOS affiliates rushed to board the unity wagon, and leapt into the abyss of elitist sport. The meaning of the SACOS slogan ‘No Normal Sport in An Abnormal Society’ was lost, and abnormality, has become the accepted norm in modern day, ‘post apartheid’ South Africa.

This presentation asks questions about sporting unity in post Apartheid South Africa.
Personal Details:
Mark Fredericks
UFS MA Student
email –
Tel. 084 6069243

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