March 4, 2015


‘Jihadi John’ killer unmasked as Londoner -

Friday, February 27, 2015

The stratified diasporas of Somalis -

Friday, February 27, 2015

Black dollar scam explained in court -

Friday, February 27, 2015

No benefit for callers after rate cut -

Friday, February 27, 2015

TVET students fight over classrooms -

Friday, February 27, 2015

Woman loses R250 000 in con -

Friday, February 27, 2015

Farm murder suspect denied bail -

Friday, February 27, 2015

ANC reaches out to Zastron youth -

Friday, February 27, 2015

Free Staters embrace Vodacom’s M-Pesa -

Friday, February 20, 2015

Maluti, UK college seal partnership -

Friday, February 20, 2015

MAP wetlands project named SA’s best -

Friday, February 20, 2015

Anger over Mugabe’s birthday bash -

Friday, February 20, 2015

Sibanye Gold targets solar power -

Friday, February 20, 2015

Sars adamant on rogue unit claims -

Friday, February 20, 2015

EFF disowns Free State rally -

Friday, February 20, 2015

‘Coloureds also faced discrimination’ -

Friday, February 20, 2015

UFS gets big grant for post-conflict research -

Friday, February 20, 2015

Duo abandons bail quest -

Friday, February 20, 2015

New labour law curtails brokers -

Friday, February 20, 2015

Jobs, economy top SOPA wish-list -

Friday, February 20, 2015

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    ‘SA terror attack foiled’

    Planned bombing revealed in leaked spy documents A planned terrorist attack in South Africa in 2010 was foiled by South African authorities, according to leaked documents posted on Al Jazeera’s website. The information arises from two state security agency presentations, which are among several leaked documents the broadcaster obtained. According to the presentations, the foiled attack came to light through Jermaine Grant, who was arrested in Kenya in December 2011 for alleged links to terrorism. During his arrest police found materials similar to those used during the July 7 2005 suicide bomb attacks in London. The presentations stated that a…

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    Illegal garment sweatshop busted

    36 undocumented Lesotho immigrants flee arrest A Chinese clothes manufacturer kept a group of 36 illegal immigrants from Lesotho crammed in a small backyard factory near the eastern Free State town of Kestell, working long hours, sometimes well into the night, and for below-minimum wages. In an illustration of the kind of appalling conditions undocumented immigrants have to endure at the hands of unscrupulous employers taking advantage of their vulnerability because of their illegal status, the Basotho nationals also used the sweat factory – a small space at the back of a petrol garage – as their living quarters. The…

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    LCD promises stability in Lesotho

    Metsing calls for SA support ahead of polls The leader of the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) and deputy prime minister of Lesotho, Mothetjoa Metsing, is promising peace and stability on the eve of tomorrow’s early poll being held amid fears of post-election violence. Metsing made this assurance at a media briefing held at a Bloemfontein hotel on Wednesday, where the LCD announced its manifesto to Basotho living in South Africa. The election is being held two years early following the collapse of the coalition government led by Prime Minister Thomas Thabane who is also the leader of All Basotho…

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    Underage girls kept as sex slaves

    Five gangsters face kidnap, rape charges Five men believed to be members of a gang terrorising Odendaalsrus appeared in court this week for allegedly kidnapping and raping two underage girls they had kept as sex slaves for almost a month. The suspects, aged between 22 and 25, were remanded in custody and will re-appear in court on March 9 for formal bail application. They are all believed to be members of the criminal gang known as “300”. The five mean allegedly kidnapped the two girls aged 12 and 14 on January 26 and kept them in a shack in Kutloanong…

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    Public clinics to be upgraded

    HIV prevention programme on the cards The Free State government is looking to upgrade services at public clinics, transforming them into one-stop medical service centres able to handle most illnesses except only the very serious and complicated, it was revealed this week. In his state of the province address on Tuesday, Premier Ace Magashule said “50 clinics will be enrolled on the ideal clinic programme” that seeks to improve the quality of services at the primary health care facilities. The premier did not give further detail about the programme. But government spokesperson Mondli Mvambi told The Weekly that the exercise…

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Social grants reviewed upwards

Feb 27, 2015

Sin tax up as Nene presents maiden budget Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene increased the social spending budget for the 2015/16 financial year by 7.9 percent to R155.3-billion when he presented his first full budget in parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday. Nene, who assumed the finance portfolio on May 25 last year, had a delicate balancing act as he tried to find ways of settling the country’s elevated debt and weak revenue growth due to poor economic performance and limited fiscal space. The over R1.3-trillion budget largely followed through on the commitments he made when he presented the medium-term budget…

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Zuma denies meeting EFF in Maputo

Feb 27, 2015

President Jacob Zuma (Pictured) has for the first time officially denied meeting members of the EFF in Mozambique to negotiate their return to the ANC as has been alleged in recent weeks. In a written reply to a parliamentary question by the Democratic Alliance on Thursday, Zuma denied attending a meeting at the Southern Sun Hotel in Maputo on January 18 this year, which was allegedly attended by EFF leaders. Zuma is known to have officially been in the Mozambique capital on January 15 to attend the inauguration of Filipe Nyusi as that country’s president. DA MP John Steenhuisen submitted…

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Emulate foreign spaza owners: Zwane

Feb 27, 2015

MEC slams xenophobia, urges locals to copy business skills Local spaza shop owners and other small-scale traders in the Free State have been urged to emulate the methods and tactics of their foreign competitors to survive in the increasingly cut-throat township retail market instead of resorting to violence to beat competition. Economic and small business development MEC Mosebenzi Zwane said instead of looting and burning down Somali, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and other foreign-owned tuck shops because they were making more money, local traders could simply copy the business skills and methods of the foreigners and employ them to survive on the…

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Is this SA’s first JIHADI?

Feb 27, 2015

Teenager claims he slid out of the country to join Islamic State “The life in the Islamic State is an amazing life.” These are the words of Abu Hurayra al-Afriki, the South African who claims to have travelled to Syria to fight for the Islamic State, in an exclusive interview with the Daily Maverick conducted via a social messaging platform. The name’s a pseudonym, and it’s the one he uses for his Tumblr and Twitter accounts – set up in January this year expressly to guide other would-be jihadis from South Africa who wish to join him. The Twitter account…



Rampant Shimlas eye Maties win

Coach insists they will take it one game at a time ahead of an unpredictable clash against University of Stellenbosch As things stand the Shimlas have a clear upper hand over their University of Stellenbosch adversaries Maties ahead of their looming Varsity Cup clash at the University of the Free State (UFS) this coming Monday. Having drawn their first encounter against the University of Pretoria (Tuks) and winning the next two fixtures against the University of Johannesburg and derby rivals, the Central University of Technology Ixias, the Bloemfontein side is yet to lose a match in the 2015 edition of…


Free State Stars wary of Maritzburg United

Claiming maximum points in Piertermaritzburg will help the very determined Free State Stars to inch closer to eighth on the log Free State Stars and their opponents this Saturday, Maritzburg United, may have flunked out early in the Nedbank Cup, but their mission to finish in the top eight on the premiership log is still well underway. Stars will play away to Maritzburg this Saturday at 15:00 at the Harry Gwala Stadium in KwaZulu-Natal, where they will be hoping to secure maximum points to move closer to the top of the table and also be level on points with Maritzburg….


Chiefs, Downs must win

Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns will have to win their respective CAF Champions encounters against Botswana’s Township Rollers and St Michel of Seychelles this Saturday, if they are to definitely secure their berths in next round of the continental club competition. Although both teams have slight advantages over their continental opponents, disappointment is not a far reality if they struggle again to overwhelm their foes this weekend. Amakhosi beat Rollers 2-1 two weeks ago at the FNB Stadium two weeks ago, effectively placing one foot in to the next round. However, Rollers’ away goal practically levels matters between the two…


Celtic draw ambitious Ajax

Bloemfontein Celtic will face Ajax Cape Town in the Last 16 round of the Nedbank Cup after the Nedbank cup draw was concluded on Thursday in Johannesburg. This comes after the two Premier Soccer League (PSL) sides thrashed Roses United and Mainstay United respectively in the Last 32 round last weekend. Celtic gave neighbours Roses a 3-0 drubbing in the Bloemfontein derby last weekend at the Free State stadium to advance to the Last 16. Botswana international, Joel Mogorosi, netted a brace to help his side progress to the next round, with Roses’ Tumelo Tlou put the ball into his…