January 17, 2019


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    Manyoni seeks party renewal

    As he pours his heart out about the future of the ANC ANC Free State deputy chairperson Thabo Manyoni says his decision to contest for the position of provincial chairperson at the elective conference in August is not meant to cause ruptures but to strengthen the party by effectively addressing issues bedevilling it and bring organisational renewal. Manyoni, who is the former mayor of Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality, was deployed to the National Assembly as a Member of Parliament in September last year following the local government elections, but his stay was shortlived as he stayed there for less than a…

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    Mayor mulls ‘bursaries for virginity’ scheme

    The executive mayor of Thabo Mofutsanyana District Municipality, Malefu Vilakazi, has hinted at the possibility of students undergoing a mandatory virginity test before being awarded tertiary bursaries. Vilakazi made this announcement when she delivered her state of the district address at Tshiame last week. She, however, emphasised this was only a thought that would require consultations with a broader spectrum of society, especially traditional leaders. Her announcement was inspired by 19 -year old of QwaQwa who was crowned Miss Culture South Africa 2015, for being a virgin. She won herself a car and a R100 000 bursary. “I will be…

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    Language policy kicks in

    The Free State Official Languages Act came into effect yesterday. The new law which was proclaimed by Premier Ace Magashule as the Free State Official Languages Act No.1 of 2017 in the Provincial Gazette on May 12, requires all provincial departments and public entities to ensure fair use of the country’s official languages for improved communication in all spheres of society. South Africa has 11 official languages and several unofficial ones. English is the most widely used language for official and commercial purposes but it is the fifth most spoken home language. According to Census 2011 figures, the predominant languages…

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    ANC: judicial commission will scrutinise state capture claims

    The party says all allegations related to state capture will be scrutinised during a judicial commission appointed to investigate the information. The African National Congress (ANC) says all allegations related to state capture will be scrutinised during a judicial commission appointed to investigate the information that has emerged in recent weeks. The extent of the Gupta family’s dealings with state-owned enterprises have been laid bare, with fresh email leaks revealing how the family has been pocketing billions of rand through dubious transactions, including Malusi Gigaba’s apparent hand in fast tracking documents and a former Eskom chief executive’ s questionable conduct….

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    Knives out for Eskom board

    The ANC’s national executive committee’s decision at the weekend that the reappointment should be rescinded hastened Molefe’s demise The decision of a committee of ministers to fire Brian Molefe as Eskom boss, just hours after he appeared in Parliament to explain one of the Gupta deals, has put the board of the utility in the firing line. Knives are out for the troubled power utility’s board, led by former SABC board chairperson Dr Ben Ngubane, with the governing ANC’s alliance partners leading calls for it to be dissolved. SACP spokesperson Alex Mashilo said the board must fall on their swords….

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Premier mourns student

Jun 9, 2017

Valencia Motaunyana who hailed from the town of Kroonstad died after showing flu-like symptoms Free State Premier Ace Magashule has passed his condolences following the death of Valencia Motaunyana who was a first-year engineering student at the University of Bahcesehir in Turkey on Saturday. Motaunyana who hailed from the town of Kroonstad died after showing flu-like symptoms. She was earlier on checked by health experts from the Free State province with their Turkish counterparts, whereupon her condition was deemed to be in need of serious medical care. However, because of the contagious nature of her ailment, Motaunyana could not be…


Pre-school children march against abuse

Jun 9, 2017

More than 200 learners from Stepping Stone pre-school in QwaQwa on Wednesday marched to voice concern over their safety. The march was part of events to mark the National Child Protection Week from 28 May to 4 June, celebrated annually to raise awareness for the rights of children. It aims to mobilise all sectors of society to care for and protect children. The commemoration allows the country to shine a spotlight on children’s issues; highlight successes and identify what still needs to be done. The Bill of Rights in the Constitution specifically states that every child has the right to be protected…


Call to decolonise education system

Jun 9, 2017

There is so much in our cultures that are slowly dying and I believe that it is our responsibility to develop the African literature, says local academic Hleze Kunju Institutions of higher learning should take the lead in the country’s efforts to decolonise the education system and promote the use of indigenous languages for teaching and learning, an academic said. Dr Hleze Kunju, who has become popular for being the first doctoral candidate at Rhodes University to write his thesis in isiXhosa, said tertiary institutions should be a starting point for change. He noted systems can be put in place…


Activist young leaders aim to serve

Jun 9, 2017

Free State youth and the disabled in particular, can now approach special programmes coordinators (SOCs) in their respective areas to improve their access to valuable government information and assistance. This announcement was made by the assistant director for youth and disabled matters in the office of Premier Ace Magashule, Lebogang Mongane, during the TNA Media Breakfast Briefing held at the Emoya estate on Tuesday last week. Mongane who hails from Polokwane in Limpopo province is an ex-board member of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA). The visually impaired leader is also an outspoken activist in the ANC youth league in…



ConCourt sides with Faith Muthambi on set-top boxes

In a majority judgment ‚ Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng‚ supported by three justices‚ held that policy making was fundamentally a power assigned by the Constitution exclusively to the executive Former Communications Minister Faith Muthambi was entitled to dump a requirement for “decryption” on the subsidised set top boxes to be provided to 5-million poor households. This is the finding of the Constitutional Court on Thursday. The court upheld an appeal by M-Net‚ SABC and Muthambi against a Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) judgment passed last year. The 2016 judgment set aside an amendment to the digital migration policy made by…


Crinums end in fifth spot

Explosive encounters can be expected over the weekend when Gauteng Jaguars take on Western Cape while North West Flames will battle it out with Gauteng Golden Defending champions, the Free State Crinums, clinched fifth position in the Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League when they thrashed the Eastern Cape Aloes 77-28 in their play-off match at the Mangaung Indoor Arena on Saturday. It was always written in the stars that the Aloes were in for a serious hiding as the Crinums, who have won the last three consecutive titles, had something to prove, and they did so in style. Their charismatic…


Eric Tinkler confirmed as SuperSport coach

After ditching Cape Town City earlier on Thursday, Eric Tinkler has now been confirmed as the new coach at SuperSport United. Tinkler made the controversial move to quit City to replace Stuart Baxter – who has moved on to the Bafana Bafana post for the second time – at Matsatsantsa on a three-year deal that will start on July 1. The sudden departure of Tinkler from City upset chairman John Comitis, who told Independent Media earlier that he was “very disappointed” by the former Bafana midfielder’s decision to leave Cape Town for Pretoria. “Every person has their reasons for the…


Celtic out of race for Eymael?

The two parties met for the first time this week since Eymael returned to the club last month to discuss the way forward Bloemfontein Celtic might just be out of the race for coach Luc Eymael’s signature if Platinum Stars have it their way. It emerged this week that Dikwena, after unceremoniously showing their former coach, Cavin Johnson the exit door, have officially declared their desire to get Eymael to lead the team next season. Eymael has officially parted ways with his former employers, Polokwane City who made the Belgium born coach’s life a living hell after joining Bloemfontein Celtic…