January 17, 2019


Premier mourns student


Valencia Motaunyana who hailed from the town of Kroonstad died after showing flu-like symptoms Free State Premier Ace Magashule has passed his condolences following the death of Valencia Motaunyana who was a first-year engineering student at the University of Bahcesehir in Turkey on Saturday. Motaunyana who hailed from the town of Kroonstad died after showing flu-like symptoms. She was earlier on checked by health experts from the Free State province with their Turkish counterparts, whereupon her condition was deemed to be in need of serious medical care. However, because of the contagious nature of her ailment, Motaunyana could not be…

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Pre-school children march against abuse


More than 200 learners from Stepping Stone pre-school in QwaQwa on Wednesday marched to voice concern over their safety. The march was part of events to mark the National Child Protection Week from 28 May to 4 June, celebrated annually to raise awareness for the rights of children. It aims to mobilise all sectors of society to care for and protect children. The commemoration allows the country to shine a spotlight on children’s issues; highlight successes and identify what still needs to be done. The Bill of Rights in the Constitution specifically states that every child has the right to be protected…

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Call to decolonise education system


There is so much in our cultures that are slowly dying and I believe that it is our responsibility to develop the African literature, says local academic Hleze Kunju Institutions of higher learning should take the lead in the country’s efforts to decolonise the education system and promote the use of indigenous languages for teaching and learning, an academic said. Dr Hleze Kunju, who has become popular for being the first doctoral candidate at Rhodes University to write his thesis in isiXhosa, said tertiary institutions should be a starting point for change. He noted systems can be put in place…

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