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

2014 a historic year for SA – Zuma -

Friday, October 17, 2014

Leeto adds oomph to sport, culture -

Friday, October 17, 2014

Water scarce as dams dry up -

Friday, October 17, 2014

Masilonyana attends to water woes -

Friday, October 17, 2014

Woman ‘basher’ out on bail -

Friday, October 17, 2014

Madikizela-Mandela’s court papers not received -

Friday, October 17, 2014

Alberton crash driver a repeat offender -

Friday, October 17, 2014

Body found in shallow grave -

Friday, October 17, 2014

EFF breakaway party emerges -

Friday, October 17, 2014

Mantsopa rubbishes DA water claims -

Friday, October 17, 2014

YCL to elect new leadership -

Friday, October 10, 2014

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    Universitas CEO Suspended

    Universitas Academic Hospital chief executive officer Sehularo Gaelejwe has been placed on special leave following growing criticism over his appointment last year to lead the top medical institution. The suspension was announced during a provincial cabinet meeting held at Lebohang Building on Wednesday. A statement released by the provincial government yesterday stated the suspension was with immediate effect and was meant to make way for investigations to determine whether Gaelejwe, a medical doctor, was suitable to run the hospital. Pelonomi Regional Hospital chief executive officer Marcus Molokomme, who is also a medical doctor, has been appointed the acting chief executive…

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    Army drills gangsters

    Military roped in to teach wayward schoolboys good behaviour Free State schoolboys involved with crime gangs will be sent to the military to be taught discipline and good behaviour under a new and innovative – if controversial – way to tackle gangsterism in schools. A group of 123 schoolboys earlier this month spent a week at the South African Air Force’s Bloemspruit airbase, on the eastern boundary of Bloemfontein, in a pilot exercise to see whether a stint under the watch of the military would have the desired effect on the boys. The boys, aged between 15 and 17 years…

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    Taking the fight from door to door

      Malakoane rolls out TB, Aids campaign across province A new drive to raise public awareness about chronic diseases such as TB, high blood pressure, sugar diabetes and Aids will see scores of health workers go out, from door to door, across the Free State urging patients to take their medication as prescribed. Launching the campaign in Maluti a Phofung Local Municipality last week, provincial health MEC Benny Malakoane said the campaign would also encourage people who are not on treatment but showing signs of any of the diseases to visit doctors for examination. While TB is easily treatable and…

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    Let’s catch them young: Makgoe

    South Africa should invest more in primary school education which is critical to ensuring success in higher education, Free State MEC for education Tate Makgoe has said. The dream to transform the country into a world intellectual and technological giant could only be achieved on the back of a strong primary school system that exposes young South Africans to quality education from an early age, he said. Makgoe was speaking in QwaQwa last Saturday at a ceremony to hand over libraries and computer laboratories valued at R20-million to eight schools in the Thabo Mofutsanyana district. “Our focus will now be…

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    ANC woos 60 000 new members

    The ANC has registered 60 000 new members in the Free State, one of only two provinces where the ruling party has recorded a jump in membership since it launched its Imvuselelo campaign to re-energise its structures and recruit more members. The only other province to declare new members since the June launch of the Imvuselelo campaign by ANC and state President Jacob Zuma is KwaZulu-Natal. The campaign that Zuma launched at Botshabelo, 50km east of Bloemfontein, is a multi-pronged initiative that seeks to grow the party, while ensuring it remains focused on its founding objectives to build a democratic and…

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Child rapist to rot in jail

Oct 24, 2014

Bloemfontein High Court judge, Justice Johannes Moeng, on Wednesday sentenced Motlatsi Moses Mpeli, 25, to life imprisonment for raping his seven-year-old cousin. Although her life has been permanently scarred by the brutal rape which left her with permanent bowel injuries, the Dewetsdorp girl can now take solace in the fact that her rapist will spend a long time in jail. The chairperson of the ANC Women’s League, Sisi Ntombela, welcomed the life sentence given to the rapist. “This is an example of where justice is used to protect the vulnerable groups in our community. Child rapists must be severely punished….

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Slain lecturer ‘fondled’ suspect

Oct 24, 2014

Teenage boy claims he was plied with beer, food The mystery surrounding the murder of University of the Free State lecturer Lehlohonolo Mathengtheng, 27, deepened this week amid disclosures he could have been killed after he allegedly fondled or tried to make love to the boy now charged with his murder. It is suspected that Mathengtheng, who taught medical microbiology and virology, was gay and might have wanted sexual favours when he allegedly picked 18-year-old Khethang Abednego Ramolula from the street and took him to his home in Bloemfontein’s Willows suburb. Police spokesperson Constable Sinah Mpakane told The Weekly yesterday…

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Elderly to get RDP houses first

Oct 24, 2014

Human settlements MEC Olly Mlamleli has announced that the provincial government will prioritise the elderly in the provision of subsidised houses in the province. Mlamleli announced this on Tuesday when she handed over 10 houses to beneficiaries from Section F in Botshabelo. One of the houses handed over by Mlamleli was built for free by a private contractor for 71-year-old wheelchair-bound Adam Mogadi. Mogadi, who had lived in a dilapidated two-roomed house for over 20 years, is now the proud owner of a six-roomed modern RDP house. “We will be giving older people houses but we will not be sidelining…

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Oscar’s fall from Grace

Oct 24, 2014

Blade Runner reduced from world icon to pathetic shell “What has happened to this man? He was on the rise, he was like an icon, he was going to make lots of money . . . He has not earned a penny since. He has no sponsors. It’s a person that’s down and out. He’s broken. He’s not only broke but he’s broken. There is nothing left of this man. But we will show it’s far worse than that.” These were the words of Barry Roux, loyal defence counsel for Oscar Pistorius, pleading last week for a high court judge…



Celtic Dump Botshabelo

Siwelele forced to move back to Bloemfontein after security concerns at Kaizer Sebothelo  Bloemfontein Celtic’s next home fixture against Bidvest Wits on November 2 will be played in Bloemfontein due to security issues at the Kaizer Sebothelo Stadium in Botshabelo. Celtic’s relocation to the provincial capital comes after three fans got severely injured when a knife-wielding suspected gang member ran amok attacking spectators at the Kaizer Sebothelo Stadium during Celtic’s 5-1 routing of Polokwane City last Sunday. The incident occurred at the foot of the main stand, where supporters’ attempts to apprehend the young rogue unfortunately met the tip of…


SA tennis star eyes London berth

After posting impressive results over the past couple of months, South African tennis ace Raven Klaasen and his American doubles partner Eric Butorac are eyeing a berth at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals scheduled to run from November 9 to 16. The duo won the IF Stockholm Open last Sunday in Sweden by defeating Treat Huey of the Philippines and Jack Sock of the USA 6-4 6-3 in the final to keep their chances of possibly competing in London alive. Only the world’s top eight teams on the year-end Emirates ATP Doubles Team rankings will qualify for the upcoming…


Cheetahs ‘committed’ to transformation

Verster says franchise completely aligned to racial integration ideals Cheetahs managing director Harold Verster says the Bloemfontein-based rugby franchise is fully committed to the ideal of having a substantial number of black representatives within its broad setup as imposed by the South African Rugby Union (SARU). In September, SARU made public a very thorough Strategic Transformation Plan (STP) document which details transformation requirements from rugby unions across South Africa and the Springboks. The document further stipulates the set targets as to when total racial parity in rugby should be attained in the country. According to Verster, racial transformation has always…


Keen for ‘e bola’ in the midst of Ebola

A hilarious meme portraying chart-topping South African artist Mandoza as referring to the Ebola virus as “e bola” (“soccer/football” in Nguni languages) has been doing the rounds on social network platforms. I hope the artist is taking no offence in all of this, but if he is, I sincerely apologise for my contribution to this humour campaign. On a more serious note though, the deadly Ebola virus which has ravaged West African countries – particularly Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea – is holding the Confederation of African Football at ransom with the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) looming. Finding…