December 12, 2018


Brandwag Flats residents worry about crime


Residents of the government-owned Brandwag Flats in Bloemfontein are worried about their safety following a marked increase in break-ins and other violent crimes. Some of the residents who recently spoke to The Weekly appealed for increased police patrols, saying they could help deter the criminals. A second-year University of the Free State student, who didn’t want to have his identity revealed, said that the crimes that occur at the flats have a negative effect on his studies. “I am from Cape Town and these flats remind me of the Cape Flats back home,” said the student. “There is no sense…

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Parties in Thabo Mofutsanyana put differences aside


. . . Approve R219 million budget for 2017/2018 financial year and sing praises for executive mayor Malefu Vilakazi Political parties represented in Thabo Mofutsanyana District Municipality on Wednesday put aside their differences and spoke with one voice to give thumbs up to a R219.7 million budget for the 2017/2018 financial year presented by executive mayor Malefu Vilakazi at Tshiame B. While supporting the budget, the parties also raised some concerns and advised on how some challenges can be addressed or avoided. They said they supported the budget because of Vilakazi’s good leadership and her ability to engage them in…

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ANC and DA agree: Farm attacks must stop


There is at least one thing on which the African National Congress and the Democratic Alliance agree: The killing of farmers and farm workers must stop. When presenting his budget to Parliament, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana asked for a moment of silence for farmers and farm workers who have lost their lives. “We need to protect farmers and farm workers,” Zokwana said amid cheer of “hear! hear!” from the DA benches. He said the debates about agriculture should not be politicised and called for an end to racism. “If we want to succeed, let’s embrace transformation.” He…

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