October 21, 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

‘Dentist’ behind bars for rape -

Friday, October 10, 2014

Sadtu wants kids taught in mother tongue -

Friday, October 10, 2014

Task team bids to keep lights on -

Friday, October 10, 2014

Mabe Emerges front runner -

Friday, October 10, 2014

Premier leads Mopeli tributes -

Friday, October 3, 2014

Bloem legal eagles soar high -

Friday, October 3, 2014

Billionaire wins R250m tax bonanza -

Friday, October 3, 2014

Lesotho brings vote forward -

Friday, October 3, 2014

Oscar spoke to ex before shooting -

Friday, October 3, 2014

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    Pistorius faces prison hospital wing if jailed

    Oscar Pistorius will be committed to the hospital wing of one of South Africa’s toughest prisons if the double-amputee Olympic track star is sentenced to jail time for killing his girlfriend, the head of the prison service said on Thursday. On the fourth day of Pistorius’ sentencing hearing, Zach Modise, who has worked in the prison service for 35 years, was questioned by the defence about conditions at the Pretoria Central Prison, Pistorius’ most likely destination because of its disabled facilities. The jail was the execution site of dozens of black political activists by South Africa’s apartheid government, which handed…

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    Missing UFS student found dead

    The search for a University of Free State (UFS) who had been missing since his suspected kidnapping last Friday night ended tragically when his lifeless body was found afloat the Kolla Tswene River next to the Phuthaditjhaba golf course in the early hours of yesterday. Sinethemba Shezi, a 22-year-old third-year Bachelor of Education student who hails from Ladysmith in Kwazulu-Natal, went missing last Friday night when he and a fellow student were waylaid by unidentified men on their way to study at the university’s QwaQwa campus. His body was discovered yesterday morning by passersby who alerted the police. Shezi’s mother…

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    ANC calls for calm in Kgotsong

    … after EFF members burn down councillors’ houses The ruling ANC party has called for peace in Bothaville, rocked by politically motivated violence two weeks ago, while it also called for the law to take its course against those behind the disturbances in the normally quiet town. Four houses belonging to ANC councillors were burned down and property estimated at hundreds of thousands of rands destroyed during violence in Kgotsong township, the main residential area in the small farming town that is located about 220km north of Bloemfontein. ANC provincial spokesperson Thabo Meeko urged both members of the ruling party…

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    Free State ready for Ebola cases

    Pelonomi, two other hospitals equipped to handle disease About 45 nurses and doctors have been trained by the Free State department of health to handle cases of the Ebola should there be an outbreak of the deadly disease in the province, The Weekly was told this week. Infectious disease specialist with the department Dewald Steyn said a fully equipped Ebola isolation unit had been set up at Pelonomi Regional Hospital in Bloemfontein and a team of highly trained nurses and doctors was on standby to respond to any emergency that may arise in the province. In addition, Three Military Hospital…

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    Mlamleli seeks to end Mafube money woes

    Free State local government MEC Olly Mlamleli says her department will meet management at Mafube Local Municipality to discuss ways to end financial challenges at the municipality that saw it struggle to pay September salaries on time. The cash-strapped eastern Free State municipality has also diverted workers pension contributions to paying its bills. The meeting with the Mafube authorities will also be attended by treasury MEC Elsabe Rockman. Mlamleli said while the intention was to immediately stabilise the situation at Mafube there was also need to identify the root cause of the financial problems at the municipality of about 500 000…

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The streets where homelessness, abuse and mental illness meet

Oct 17, 2014

Not having a fixed address has presented endless troubles for homeless people around the country who struggle to get access to basic services. No permanent address means they cannot obtain identity documents, which they need to get healthcare, education, a job or social grant. Homelessness is “an increasing public health problem”, according to the World Health Organisation.  Homeless people are, for instance, exposed to infectious diseases, such as tuberculosis, because of poor living conditions. They also become vulnerable to developing mental illnesses. A 2010 study published in the journal Development Southern Africa found that about 50% of homeless people suffer…

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R180m for FS mining towns housing

Oct 17, 2014

The Free State department of human settlements will build 960 houses amounting to over R180-million as part of government’s programme to develop mining towns in the Matjhabeng and Moqhaka local municipalities. This is part of the national department of human settlement’s mining towns housing projects that is allocated R2.1-billion for the next three financial years. This was announced by the minister in the presidency, Jeff Radebe, who on October 9 said R290-million will be spent in the current financial year. Radebe was briefing the media following a meeting of the Mining Sector Consultative Forum convened by President Jacob Zuma, in Pretoria, where a progress report…

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R800m boost for HIV, TB fight

Oct 17, 2014

PAC to spearhead programmes to eradicate killer diseases The department of health, through the newly revived Provincial Aids Council (PAC), has set aside over R800-million to implement programmes to curb the spread of HIV/Aids and tuberculosis – diseases that are the leading causes of death in the province. Over 20 000 people were killed by TB and 3 000 by HIV-related diseases in the past five years. In 2011, there was an estimated 19 500 new HIV infections in the province. Currently, 300 incarcerated offenders in the province have HIV and have tested positive to TB. Health MEC Benny Malakoane…

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Sandstorm hits Bloemfontein

Oct 17, 2014

A 33 kilo-Volt power line in Langenhoven Park was damaged by a ferocious sandstorm that hit Bloemfontein yesterday and left a trail of destruction in its path. The sandstorm which blanketed the city with a dark orange cloud of dust was propelled by wind speeds of up 55km/hr and forced motorists to turn on their headlights while others parked by the roadside as visibility was reduced to about 50 meters in some areas. One of the cables on the high-voltage power line which transmits electricity between Spitskop substation along Nelson Mandela Drive in Langenhoven Park and Limousine substation in Bainsvlei…



Celtic eye win against City

After their magnificent Macufe Cup win, a strong sense of positivity seems to be stirring up the Siwelele camp ahead of their league clash with Polokwane City The glory days could indeed be returning to Siwelele Park as Bloemfontein Celtic prepare to host Polokwane City in a bottom of the table clash this Saturday at 15:00 in Botshabelo. Favoured by statistics between the two teams, the Bloemfontein side could indeed see themselves moving up the table at the expense of the Limpopo side, who are equally struggling, just a mere seven matches into the 2014/2015 Premier Soccer League (PSL) season….


Stars now a unit, says Masehe

Free State Stars captain Paulus Masehe is confident his team will do better this season due to the newly constructive positive spirit within the Bethlehem-based side. The Ea Lla Koto stalwart, who recently returned from a minor hamstring strain, told the club’s website this week that the team’s players have adopted a new attitude, which will hopefully change the side’s fortunes in the league this year, compared to last year’s disappointing campaign when they finished in the bottom half of the 16-team log. “I think the mentality has changed. The attitude is positive again now and everyone is responding well…


Kovsies, Tuks in nail-biting final

Only one more obstacle stands in the way of Kovsies retaining their Varsity Netball title. The defending champions will face a vicious University of Pretoria (Tuks) side which remains unbeaten in the 2014 edition of the annual netball tournament. Arguably the strongest sides in the tournament, Tuks and Kovsies finished first and second respectively on the Varsity Netball log having shown total dominance throughout the tournament. Apart from Kovsies’ narrow 54-48 loss to Tuks in their first tournament fixture, another nail-biting encounter is anticipated from the two netball mammoths who went on to sweep away opponents in scintillating fashion in…


Cheetahs trio back at Boks camp

Springbok coach, Heyneke Meyer, has recalled three Free State Cheetahs players back to his national team setup ahead of their tour of Europe next month. Teboho “Oupa” Mohoje, Trevor Nyakane and Lood de Jager, who were part of the Springboks that earned the vital victory against New Zealand last weekend, had recently just returned to the Cheetahs fold for the remainder of the Currie Cup competition, but have been called back to take in a weeklong camp in Stellenbosch, Western Cape, after the Free State side flunked out of the competition following a horrendous season campaign. “Trevor, Lood and Oupa…