December 23, 2014


Zuma praises arts role in struggle -

Friday, December 12, 2014

Korkie fondly remembered as great teacher -

Friday, December 12, 2014

ANC meets to take stock -

Friday, December 12, 2014

FS improves in ANA exams -

Friday, December 5, 2014

90 learners clash in maths contest -

Friday, December 5, 2014

Setsoto steps up fight against fraud -

Friday, December 5, 2014

From ‘First Shopper’ to ‘Mrs President’? -

Friday, December 5, 2014

Unidentified body still in morgue -

Friday, December 5, 2014

Motorists warned to behave on roads -

Friday, December 5, 2014

Suspected housing conman nabbed -

Friday, December 5, 2014

FS gets clean audit -

Friday, November 28, 2014

Secret talks in Lesotho -

Friday, October 24, 2014

SABC chair interdicts parly -

Friday, October 24, 2014

‘Lower self-worth driving STI infections’ -

Friday, October 24, 2014

Function raises cash for ECD centres -

Friday, October 24, 2014

Keep us at the top: ANCYL -

Friday, October 24, 2014

Dropouts wanted back in class -

Friday, October 24, 2014

Gold syndicate loses R6.2m assets -

Friday, October 24, 2014

Principal loses job over racism -

Friday, October 24, 2014

PEC to whip municipalities into line -

Friday, October 24, 2014

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    Church in social cohesion initiative

    NPO set up to drive community programmes The South African Council of Churches (SACC) is gearing up to launch an intervention unit and community programme next year, envisaged to foster social cohesion, harmony and moral regeneration. SACC provincial president, the Reverend Sello Dire, told The Weekly that the programme is in response to the perceived general moral decay in society and apparent lack of political will on the part of some politicians to play a part in arresting the problem. “The decision to form the non-profit organisation is based on the new political developments in the country, which are a…

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    Cop shoots man mistaken for car thief

      The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) is investigating a QwaQwa police officer for allegedly shooting a driving school instructor the police had mistaken for a car thief. The 52-year-old Andries Mokoena had to be rushed to hospital after he was shot in the arm by one of the five police officers who pounced on him while he was sleeping in his shack in the eastern Free State town around 2300 hours last Thursday night. “I was sleeping in my shack with my girlfriend when I was attacked by police,” Mokoena told The Weekly at Manapo Mopeli Regional Hospital where…

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    Ntombela to lobby for death penalty

    The Free State chapter of the ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) says it is going to lobby the ruling party’s national women’s wing to call for the return of the death penalty which it says is necessary to help stem a rising tide of violent crime against women, including rape and murder. The ANCWL holds its national policy conference beginning today until Sunday. The conference taking place in Johannesburg will among other key policy issues discuss how to expedite the inclusion of women in the mainstream economy and how to reduce poverty. It will also look at how to end gender-based…

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    ANCWL shelves leadership debate

    … to avoid further division within party The ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) Free State says it is shelving debate on whether a woman should take over as president of the ruling party to avoid dividing the ANC at a time the party should be more united than ever before to resist a growing onslaught by the opposition. A one-day conference of the league held in Welkom this week resolved to refrain from discussing potential presidential candidates and to instead focus the league’s energy towards rallying rank and file members behind the present ANC leadership collective led by party and state…

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    Six perish in road disaster

    Faulty brakes may have caused yesterday’s horrific accident in which six men were crushed to death by a truck along the R26 highway near Ladybrand to the east of the Free State. The men, five of whom died on the spot while one died on arrival at Mantsopa Regional Hospital, are road maintenance workers who were busy on the road when the truck laden with bricks ploughed into them. A statement issued by police roads and transport MEC Butana Komphela gave the ages of the men as between 20 and 30 years old. Eight of the deceased men’s colleagues were…

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Dec 12, 2014

Former thieves help create jobs, send youths to school A group of former criminals from Kutlwanong township in Odendaalsrus town have turned over the proverbial new leaf to give back to the community they used to terrorise by helping to create jobs for the youths, while assisting others to further their education. Through their Kutlwanong Rehabilitated Ex-offenders Organisation (KREO), the youths have assisted dozens of ex-convicts from the town, located 169km north of Bloemfontein, to get hired especially on the government’s public works programme, while a few others are directly employed by the youths at a bakery and tuck-shop they…

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Magashule pans power-hungry schemers

Dec 12, 2014

ANC Free State leader Ace Magashule has decried what he called a “foreign tendency” where members would rather spend time scheming to get power or positions instead of waiting for deployment to whatever post – leadership or not – where the party felt their skills could be best utilised. Magashule, who has previously spoken out against use of money by some well-heeled members to buy influence or power within the ANC, said the rise to leadership positions of political ladder climbers with no understanding of the party’s history and traditions was beginning to alter the former liberation movement’s character. “That…

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Premier gives kids Xmas cheer

Dec 12, 2014

Premier Ace Magashule’s office this week made the dreams of poor pupils of Morena Tshohiso Moloi Primary School in Makholokoeng near Harrismith come true when he threw a Christmas party. The 850 pupils who are mostly from poor backgrounds each received a toy and it was the first time some of them had ever received a Christmas present. One of them is Kutloano Ndlovu, a nine-year-old Grade Four learner. “It is my first time to receive a Christmas present. This is a dream come true,” he said. “I have always longed to receive a present during Christmas like other children…

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Business counts power cut costs

Dec 12, 2014

Eskom says load-shedding to ease The rolling power cuts over the past few weeks have cost business in the Free State and elsewhere across the country hundreds of millions of rands in potential earnings, business leaders and analysts said, as Eskom yesterday announced an easing of the blackouts because of falling demand. A senior official with the electricity generator’s Free State office told The Weekly that dropping demand after schools closed and many companies continue to shut down for the festive season has relieved pressure on supplies, allowing suspension of load-shedding as from today. Eskom Free State network operations and…



Knights EYE t20 TITLE

Having been deprived of silverware for the past three seasons, the Chevrolet Knights are looking to regain their former glory at the expense of the Cape Cobras Chevrolet Knights coach, Sarel Cilliers, says his team will go all out to win the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge title when they face off against the Cape Cobras today at the Newlands cricket stadium in Cape Town. Although the Knights remain the most successful franchise since the introduction of the franchise system for domestic competitions they have not won any silverware since 2010/2011 when they won the MTN Championship. Cilliers told The Weekly…


Phiri remains optimistic

Free State Stars caretaker coach, Kinnah Phiri, is proud of the manner in which his players conducted themselves against Mamelodi Sundowns at the weekend, despite suffering a 2-0 defeat. Prior to the match, it had been hoped that Free State Stars would be able to salvage a point from the fixture, especially after securing maximum points against Bloemfontein Celtic earlier in the week. However, that didn’t quite materialise but Phiri does not think that his players disgraced themselves, by any stretch of the imagination. “It was not very tough, the goals they scored were from mistakes from our players,” said…


FS tennis juniors to represent SA in Tunisia

Six Free State junior tennis players have been selected by Tennis South Africa (TSA) to represent South Africa at the African Junior Championships set to take place in Tunisia in 2015. The Free State representatives are among 11 young tennis players from other provinces – particularly Gauteng and Western Cape. Maria Mostert and Christine Kruger will represent the country in the girls under-12 division, while Carmen Fichardt and Linge Steenkamp will play in the under-4 girl’s category. Margo Landman will fly the country’s flag high in the under-16 girls’ category, while Joubert Klopper, who is the only male in the…


International tourney to boost FS volleyball

Big development spin-offs are expected in Mangaung and the rest of the Free State from hosting of the International Federation of Volleyball (FIVB) sanctioned tournament currently taking place in the Free State capital, Bloemfontein. The Mangaung Open 2014 – which commenced on Tuesday at the Loch Logan Rose Garden – has attracted volleyball teams from across the world and is scheduled to run up until this Sunday. Kamohelo Mokena, Free State Volleyball (FSV) president and Volleyball South Africa (VSA) vice-president, believes the tournament will inspire the growth of the sport in the Free State, which will only add to the…