April 24, 2017

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    We let Kathrada die with a sore heart, says Lindiwe Sisulu

    She tells Kathrada’s fellow Rivonia Trialist, one of only two surviving, Denis Goldberg that the movement had allowed Kathrada to leave without the honour he deserved. “The truth that should stare all of us in the face is that if we lose the 2019 elections we will have completely dishonoured all those people who gave us everything,” says Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu. She spoke on Wednesday night at a memorial service in honour of Struggle icon Ahmed Kathrada in Rylands. The memorial at the Ghousia Manzil Hall, hosted by the Robert Waterwitch Thornhill ANC branch, was also in honour…

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    Residents run amok

    Block road, burn tyres as community, councillor clash over municipal road project The Seven Days community in Bochabela in Bloemfontein was this week plunged into disarray after a group of militant residents went on a rampage accusing the local councillor of overlooking them in employment opportunities on a multi-million rand road paving project. The community was left at sixes and sevens as some residents supported the councillor, Khosi Mogapi, while others felt she had treated them unfairly by favouring outsiders at their expense. The disgruntled group took to the street on Sunday and Wednesday and blocked Fort Hare Road with…

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    Succession debate premature: Ace

    ANC provincial chairperson Ace Magashule has come out strongly to remind loyal cadres that they should always respect the decisions of the party’s national executive committee and not dabble in the succession debate as the race to jostle for positions has not been officially opened. Magashule told a cadres’ assembly in Sasolburg last Friday that said it was important for ANC members in the province and everywhere else to continue supporting the current leadership appointed during the last elective conference in Mangaung. “This is leadership that was elected and must be afforded time and space to run the ANC until…

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    ‘Radical economic transformation unstoppable’

    The ANC is now beginning to tap into the economy and those who’ve been benefiting all these years are now vexed, says Minister Zwane Mineral resources minister Mosebenzi Zwane has vowed the ruling ANC will go ahead with its radical economic transformation programme despite protestations by its detractors to derail government’s spirited efforts. Zwane also called on ANC supporters to guard against people who want to destroy the party and the credibility of its leaders, in particular President Jacob Zuma. Addressing a cadres’ assembly in Sasolburg last Friday, Zwane who is also the ANC Free State treasurer, condemned the attack…

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    Leeto to motivate learners in Allanridge

    The Free State MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation Mathabo Leeto will today host a motivational session for all Grade 12 learners and educators in Nyakallong, Allanridge. This is a continuation of a long-standing relationship that Leeto has with all the schools in the area, which has seen a drastic improvement of Grade 12 pass-rate at both Mosala and LA Wesi Secondary Schools. In 2016 Leeto handed over school uniforms to all schools in Nyakallong, Allanridge and continues to provide support to local schools in various ways. The MEC will be accompanied by community leaders and departmental officials who…

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UFS QwaQwa campus calls for patience

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D-Day approaches for Super Rugby teams

SA Rugby will collect the applicable data to prepare a recommendation to go back to the Franchise Committee, where a decision of the final four teams will be determined Representatives of the six Vodacom Super Rugby franchises on Tuesday agreed on a set of criteria to determine the four teams to represent South Africa in the competition from 2018, SA Rugby confirmed. At the first sitting of the new Franchise Committee – established by SA Rugby in December to streamline and professionalise the running of rugby – the CEOs of the franchises and other committee members identified areas on which…


Brebner reach Cup final

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Eymael to appeal PSL ruling

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Cheetahs snatch Kings’ Mapimpi

The Toyota Cheetahs have beefed up their squad with the acquisition of Border’s former speedy Mdantsane-born fly half Makazole Mapimpi after the player caught the eye of the Free State franchise with his sparkling displays for the Kings. Mapimpi, 26, is currently on loan at the Port Elizabeth franchise and was expected to return to the Bulldogs at the end of the Super Rugby season. But he has signed with the Cheetahs until the end of next year. Speaking to The Weekly Mapimpi said he was thrilled at joining the Cheetahs. “I’m very excited to have joined the Cheetahs. They…