July 22, 2014


Leeto vows to combat social ills -

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‘Let’s save for rainy day’ -

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R34-million patriotism drive -

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Municipality embraces traditional leaders -

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Twins rescued from ‘violent aunt’ -

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Money lenders in court over Sassa ‘fraud’ -

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Malaysian plane shot down -

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Record-high 800 graduates get placements -

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Watch out kids abusing kids: expert -

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Seven in dock for online dating scam -

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Ngwathe settles arrears to avert blackout -

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New mayor promises to lift district -

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Towns defuse blackout threat -

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De Kock faces one year wait for parole -

Friday, July 11, 2014

Freedom Charter inspires ANC policy -

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Rogue cops won’t be tolerated: MEC -

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Gunmen raid cash courier -

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121 land claims lodged -

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‘New farmers need title to land’ -

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Deadline for MPs to declare interests extended -

Friday, July 11, 2014

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    Mandela died having changed SA, world

    Great historical figures are shaped and influenced by the social environment they find and grow up in, but through their own actions help mould and direct events that in turn will affect the world around them. The boy born to Henry and Nosekeni Mandela 96 years ago departed this life having decisively changed the country and the world he found. Thanks in no small measure to his efforts and sacrifices, South Africa is now a democracy, radically different from the colonial, racist society he was born into. Perhaps prophetically, his father gave him the name Rolihlahla, which suggests a person…

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    UFS racism appeal thrown out

    Prinsloo fined R6 000 or 12 months imprisonment, wholly suspended for a period of five years  The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) this week rejected an appeal against conviction by a man accused of calling a black woman a k****r in a dispute over parking at a female hostel at the University of the Free State (UFS). In a judgment handed down Tuesday and that has been roundly praised by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), acting judge Justice Rammaka Mathopo ruled that it made no sense for Lourens Prinsloo to “claim that he did not know that the…

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    Zulus claim FS land

    The eastern Free State towns of Harrismith, Memel and Vrede form part of a block of land King Goodwill Zwelithini and his Zulu nation say belonged to the old Zulu Kingdom and which they want to reclaim under the government’s land restitution programme. KwaZulu-Natal High Court Judge Jerome Ngwenya, who chairs the Ingonyama Trust that will help Zwelithini and his subjects lodge the claim, said they were also targeting portions of QwaQwa they believe were once part of their kingdom. “Evidence suggests that some part of the Free State did indeed form part of Zululand and this would include parts…

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    Group rallies behind Motsoeneng

    “Hands off Hlaudi Motsoeneng!” This was the rallying call by the lobby group Friends of Hlaudi Motsoeneng (FOHM) at a press conference held in Bloemfontein this week. The group has steadfastly thrown its weight behind the SABC chief operations officer who has in recent months run the gauntlet from a diversity of sectors ranging from opposition parties to sections of the media. Motsoeneng was officially appointed the public broadcaster’s COO last week, reviving calls by his detractors to have his appointment rescinded because “he was not a suitable candidate”. FOHM coordinator Ernest Moikangoa called on churches, individuals and the general…

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    Zuma set for Botshabelo rally

    President to thank voters as he woos more to join ANC President Jacob Zuma will on Sunday be in the Free State to launch the ANC’s Imvuselelo campaign, a two-pronged initiative to woo more people to join the ruling party and to thank South Africans for voting for the former liberation movement in last May’s elections. The key campaign will be launched at Kaiser Sebothelo Stadium, in Botshabelo, 50km east of Bloemfontein. A vital part of ANC plans to re-energise its structures and grow its support base by attracting new membership, the Imvuselelo campaign will be implemented across the country…

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Farewell Nadine Gordimer

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Gordimer was a creator of a universe of anger, angst, irony and hope The voice on the telephone was in English but Scandinavian, slightly hesitant, ever so slightly apologetic and polite. The voice explained he was the deputy ambassador of the Swedish Embassy in Pretoria, and that he had a rather delicate matter to discuss with us in our capacity as an American diplomat. Uh oh. The Swedish Academy had just informed him that they had decided to award Nadine Gordimer the Nobel Prize for Literature – but, before they announced it to the world, there was this small matter…

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Municipality embraces traditional leaders

Jul 18, 2014

The Maluti-a-Phofung local municipality has made the first move towards including traditional leaders in council in a bid to enhance governance in the impoverished eastern Free State area. Section 18 of the Municipalities Act provides for a 20 percent representation of traditional leaders in local and district councils and, in a move designed to enforce this law which is yet to come into effect, executive mayor Vusi Tshabalala met with QwaQwa chiefs on Tuesday to discuss the modalities of the new dispensation. “Our meeting with the traditional leaders was in line with the requirement of Section 18 of the Municipalities…

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Mbeki pissed by lawyer’s remarks

Jul 18, 2014

Former president Thabo Mbeki took exception to what he called “offensive” comments made by Advocate Paul Hoffman at the Seriti Commission of Inquiry on Thursday. “Advocate Hoffman is insistent on making offensive remarks,” an irritated Mbeki told the commission in Pretoria. The former president took offence to Hoffman’s statement that his lawyer Marumo Moerane was stopping questions to give Mbeki time to think of an answer. “As if to give me time to cook up some story,” he said. The former president asked that they try to respect each other. Mbeki also took exception to Hoffman referring to the late…

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Ace urges SA to never forget

Jul 18, 2014

. . . says ultimate price paid for freedom and democracy Premier Ace Magashule has urged South Africans to never forget the sacrifice of thousands of their compatriots who fought and sacrificed their lives for the freedom and democracy that many now take for granted. Magashule said the anti-apartheid struggle was a united effort by the black people that were oppressed under the discredited system as well as progressive non-black individuals and groups within society who wanted to see an end to racism. It was only befitting that all forces that fought against oppression and segregation should unite in celebrating…



Kovsies eye top four finish

The University of the Free State’s football coach Godfrey Tenoff says his team is better prepared to give a good account of itself in this year’s edition of the Varsity Football tournament scheduled to kick off next weekend. Tenoff told The Weekly on Tuesday that his team is looking to improve on last year’s disappointing campaign and hopefully finish within the top four positions on the Varsity Football log this year. “We are better prepared this year because we have played a lot matches against top local opposition and we have had about eight months to prepare for this year’s…


Fransman wants silverware

The new Bloemfontein Celtic signee says he is ready to help take the club to the next level under the tutelage of his former coach at Kaizer Chiefs, Ernst Middendorp Former Supersport United defender, Bevan Fransman, says he hopes to help Bloemfontein Celtic win some silverware in the new season. The lanky 31-year-old former Kaizer Chiefs player told The Weekly in an interview that he is ready to make a contribution that will bring the glory days back to the Bloemfontein-based club. “For me personally my main aim is to play good football and contribute to the team’s success. I’d…


SA athletes to fine-tune for games

Some of South Africa’s brightest track and field medal prospects will have a final chance to sharpen up this weekend ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Of the 19 SA athletes competing at the Commonwealth spectacle starting next week, five of them will turn out on the European circuit on Friday and Saturday. National 1 500m record holder Johan Cronje and 400m hurdler Wenda Nel will be the only South African athletes in action at the Diamond League meeting in Monaco on Friday night. Defending Commonwealth women’s javelin throw champion Sunette Viljoen was included in the provisional start lists,…


Safa hits out at Middendorp

Safa Free State have hit out at Bloemfontein Celtic coach Ernst Middendorp after Phunya Sele Sele refused to release an Under-20 player for national duty. The national U-20 team is scheduled to participate in a Four Nations tournament against Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast in Abidjan on July 30. One of the players called up was Celtic’s Tshepo Chaine, but his club refused to release him on the basis that he is now part of the senior team. But Safa Free State chairman Mzwandile Maforvane is not impressed by this. “In my opinion, the Bloemfontein Celtic coach does…