December 18, 2017

News:

MEC Oupa Khoabane

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Free State Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) this week launched a community outreach programme called the Land Care Community Project at the Kroonstad Commonage. The project is aimed at optimising the productivity and sustainability of natural resources in order to ensure improved food security, create jobs and improve people’s living standards by eradicating invasive alien plants such as Acacia Karoo and Asparagus Laricinus Bush. The Weekly’s Martin Makoni spoke to the DARD MEC Oupa Khoabane during the launch on the importance of the programme to the Free State and how it was expected to be implemented in different…

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Manko Buffel

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One on one with The National Community Radio Forum is hosting the Community Radio Awards in Bloemfontein next Friday. The Weekly’s Ramosidi Matekane got the provincial chairperson of the NCRF, Manko Buffel, for insight into and rationale around the awards. Please elucidate on the rationale behind these awards, and where and how the idea started. The idea was born after a visit by The Tho’ts management to the National Community Radio Forum (NCRF), whereupon they proposed to host interpersonal awards for the staff in Motheo, and the forum then suggested the idea be opened up to include other community radio…

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Collen Maine

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As the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) presses on with its campaign to occupy Absa branches countrywide to pressure the bank to pay back the R2.25 billion it is said to have benefited from through a unlawful, apartheid-era bailout deal for Bankorp bank (later acquired by Absa), The Weekly’s Martin Makoni this week spoke to ANCYL president Collen Maine to find out more about how the league hopes to resolve through public marches what is essentially a legal issue that can only be settled through due process of law. Excerpts: Why has the ANC Youth League decided to occupy different branches…

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