June 28, 2017

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Manyoni seeks party renewal

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As he pours his heart out about the future of the ANC ANC Free State deputy chairperson Thabo Manyoni says his decision to contest for the position of provincial chairperson at the elective conference in August is not meant to cause ruptures but to strengthen the party by effectively addressing issues bedevilling it and bring organisational renewal. Manyoni, who is the former mayor of Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality, was deployed to the National Assembly as a Member of Parliament in September last year following the local government elections, but his stay was shortlived as he stayed there for less than a…

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Mayor mulls ‘bursaries for virginity’ scheme

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The executive mayor of Thabo Mofutsanyana District Municipality, Malefu Vilakazi, has hinted at the possibility of students undergoing a mandatory virginity test before being awarded tertiary bursaries. Vilakazi made this announcement when she delivered her state of the district address at Tshiame last week. She, however, emphasised this was only a thought that would require consultations with a broader spectrum of society, especially traditional leaders. Her announcement was inspired by 19 -year old of QwaQwa who was crowned Miss Culture South Africa 2015, for being a virgin. She won herself a car and a R100 000 bursary. “I will be…

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Language policy kicks in

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The Free State Official Languages Act came into effect yesterday. The new law which was proclaimed by Premier Ace Magashule as the Free State Official Languages Act No.1 of 2017 in the Provincial Gazette on May 12, requires all provincial departments and public entities to ensure fair use of the country’s official languages for improved communication in all spheres of society. South Africa has 11 official languages and several unofficial ones. English is the most widely used language for official and commercial purposes but it is the fifth most spoken home language. According to Census 2011 figures, the predominant languages…

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