August 28, 2016


Joint memorial service for Inchanga victims cancelled -

Friday, August 26, 2016

District gets five female mayors -

Friday, August 26, 2016

Zola Budd: The SA runner who sparked UK row -

Friday, August 26, 2016

ANC Limpopo dismiss divided PEC -

Friday, August 26, 2016

Thulsie twins to remain in jail until October -

Friday, August 26, 2016

R19m payout for hijack victim shot by cops -

Friday, August 26, 2016

Paleho: A gripping search for identity -

Friday, August 26, 2016

Dept wants women to swell ranks -

Friday, August 26, 2016

HIV+, pregnant … and life goes on -

Friday, August 26, 2016

Woman to face murder over abortion -

Friday, August 26, 2016

SA population estimated at 55.91 million -

Friday, August 26, 2016

Smart Card bank applications to be expanded -

Friday, August 26, 2016

Maluti TEVT wants to train more artisans -

Friday, August 26, 2016

Lesotho nationals arrested for stock theft -

Friday, August 26, 2016

‘Zwelithini shows little remorse’ -

Friday, April 8, 2016

Makgoe congratulates winners -

Friday, April 8, 2016

Glencore lays arson charge against Amcu -

Friday, April 8, 2016

Motorists get e-toll demand letters -

Friday, April 8, 2016

Chief Justice urged to quicken transformation -

Friday, April 8, 2016

‘Traditional leaders key to development’ -

Friday, April 8, 2016

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    ANC leaders must take responsibility for losses – Ramaphosa

    Leadership of the African National Congress have to take personal responsibility for the loss of key metros following the local government elections, says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Ramaphosa was giving the eulogy for former sports minister and ambassador to Germany, Reverend Makhenkesi Stofile, who was honoured at the Fort Hare University Sports Complex. “He was a revolutionary reverend as well as a revolutionary politician. He was a principled political leader,” Ramaphosa said. He said that Stofile was concerned that the ANC would lose Nelson Mandela Bay in the run-up to the local government elections in August. “As the results of…

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    Soldiers’ families to get support

    South African minister of defence Nosiviwe Mapisa-Ngqakula told the families of the 11 members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) who perished in a horror bus accident at Lion’s Gate to take comfort from the knowledge that their loved ones died as heroines highly regarded by all citizens. Speaking at the memorial service for the deceased on Wednesday, Mapisa Ngqakula told the families of the soldiers that their loved ones died on duty in the service of their country and should be remembered as thus. The memorial service was held ahead of the planned burials this weekend. She…

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    Making taxis safe for women

    Nonhlanhla Skosana taps on the closed window of the taxi inching past her at the crowded Bree Taxi Rank in Johannesburg. The driver rolls down his window and greets Skosana while she piles pamphlets and condoms into his hands. The conversation ends abruptly by hooting from the taxi behind them. Skosana waves apologetically as she walks to another taxi parked a few meters away – she and her colleagues want to speak to as many taxi drivers as they can today. Their aim is to get men involved in preventing the every-day incidents of harassment and gender-based violence in these…

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    Clashes loom in Metsimaholo

    Union warns council against skills ‘witch-hunt’ Mayor won’t back down on qualifications audit Workers and the new administration at Metsimaholo Local Municipality look headed for a clash over a skills audit the opposition-led council says is necessary to weed out non-performers but which union leaders fear could violate employees’ rights or worse — could be a politically-driven witch-hunt against individuals associated with the ANC. The ANC has ran the municipality since its formation in 2000 but lost control in the August 3 local government elections when it won 19 out of the 42 council seats, opening the way for a…

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    Lion attack could have been prevented – union

    The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) on Monday expressed shock at the death of a 12-year old boy who was mauled by a lion at the Otavi animal enclosure in Parys last week Thursday. The boy had been taken into the lion’s enclosure by an employee who had allegedly stolen the keys to the cage and entered it with the victim. The boy, who is orphaned and was living with his uncle, never made it to hospital as he succumbed to the injuries en-route to the health facility. Otavi management has meanwhile told the media that the employee…

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Semenya criticism not scientific

Aug 19, 2016

Some critics have suggested that Mokgadi Caster Semenya should not be allowed to race against women as she might have an “unfair advantage” over other competitors because of her alleged high testosterone levels. As the claim appears not to be scientifically justified, the suspicion arises that the objections are informed by prejudice and by stereotypical assumptions about women (and in this case, specifically, a black woman), writes Pierre de Vos: After South Africa’s Caster Semenya won the 800m at the world athletic championships in 2009, Caster Semenya was humiliated by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) which ordered her to…


Higher education hangs in the balance

Aug 12, 2016

In this expose Suellen Shay, an associate professor with the University of Cape Town’s centre for higher education development, looks at the four possible ways things might pan out: Higher education in South Africa is at another crossroads. Students have put pressure on the state to offer “fee-free” education to all following their success last year in securing a zero increase in fees form 2015.   But the battle over what fee structure is appropriate for the country is far from over. In the wake of protests, and government’s concession on increases for this year, a presidential fees commission of inquiry…


Minimum wage can cut poverty, boost growth

Aug 4, 2016

A national minimum wage set at an appropriate level, can achieve the central objectives of reducing working poverty and inequality in South Africa. It can also lead to increased economic growth without significant negative economic consequences. These are the findings of a study by the National Minimum Wage Reasearch Initiative at the University of the Witwatersrand. This study set out to investigate the viability of imposing a national minimum wage in a country suffering from high levels of inequality and working poverty. South Africa has the highest level of inequality in the world. Based on our own calculations using Statistics South Africa data,…


The birth of Naledi Village

Jul 29, 2016

… Creating new livelihoods and new ways to resolve the divisive land question   It is happening. This is the meaning of our struggle for freedom. What we wanted when we celebrated our democracy in 1994 when our founding President, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, promised a better life to our people. It’s finally happening in Naledi, a beautiful village nestled in the picturesque Maluti Mountains of the eastern Free State, near Ficksburg: There, a community of 180 people, a third of them young children, have built themselves, brick by brick, a unique crèche and multipurpose facility, with assistance from the Earthrise…



MTN 8 battle lines drawn

The ‘Wafa Wafa’ weekend will kick off with new kids on the block Cape town City taking on 15-time top eight champions Kaizer Chiefs tonight More local football action will unfold this weekend as eight of the country’s top eight teams from the 2015/2016 get ready to clash in what promises to be another exhilarating instalment of the MTN 8 Cup. Premier Soccer League (PSL) champions, Mamelodi Sundowns; runners-up, Bidvest Wits, Chippa United, Platinum Stars, Soweto giants Kaizer chiefs and Orlando Pirates, as well as Cape Town City – formerly Mpumalanga Black Aces – will take each other on in…


SA athletes back Viljoen in SASCOC Rio-saga

Bridgitte Hartley and LJ van Zyl have come out in support of the javelin thrower after the sports minister accused her of complaining too much South African Olympians have supported Sunette Viljoen after the South African javelin thrower hit out at the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC). Earlier this week, the Rio Olympics winning silver medallist brought up the issue of funding for South Africa’s athletes. It followed sports minister Fikile Mbalula’s announcement that additional cash bonuses would be paid to the Team SA medal winners at the Olympic Games. Viljoen was set to claim R200 000 for her…


Mangaung Cycle Tour entries open

Entries to the 2016 PPA (Paddle Power Association) Mangaung Cycle Tour scheduled to take place on October 30 in Bloemfontein have officially been opened. Cycling enthusiasts from all over the country are encouraged to enter for the event, which is one of the premier seeding events for the 2017 Cape town Cycle Tour. Participants can enter one of two distances, a 103 km route or a shorter 32 km route. Both routes incorporate new sections, with the start/finish moving to the Tempe Military Base. As in the past, the routes are primarily flat, with a few short climbs. The 2016…


We got 10, but we could have done better in Rio

SASCOC’s qualification criteria, to some extent, bars them from assembling a more competent Team SA that can potentially win us more medals Congratulations to all our medal winners at the recently concluded 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, particularly our very own Wayde van Niekerk who has now put our provincial capital, Bloemfontein, on the world map. Yes, the fastest 400m sprinter in the history of the Games resides and was mostly groomed in the City of Roses. The city has produced and/or groomed many world-class athletes in various sports and all of us Free Staters should take pride…