April 26, 2017

More libraries on the cards

Sports, arts, culture and recreation MEC Mathabo Leeto says the department has earmarked R222 million for ‘infrastructure projects’ in the 2016/17 financial year. Tabling the department’s budget vote in the legislature this week, Leeto disclosed the department was hoping to complete various projects which included Master Nakedi Swimming pool; Tumahole Library; Bluegumbush Library; Cornelia Library; Van Stadensrus library; Leister Skhosana Interpretative Centre, Sipho Mutsi Stadium and Bethlehem Stadium. She stated that the construction of the Allanridge Indoor Sport Centre will also start this year. “Other projects due to be completed and opened in this financial year are libraries in Welkom,…

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Plight of women highlighted

Gender-based violence, maternal health and HIV and AIDS are some of the issues that came under the spotlight as the Free State celebrated the International Women’s Month in Phuthaditjhaba last Saturday. International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. The theme for this year was ‘Women in the changing world of Work: Planet 50:50 by 2030. As the province had its own celebrations by focusing on challenges that rural women face on a daily basis. Different women…

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Remembering a hero

… His was a life spent fighting injustice and racial prejudice A childhood experience would spark a lifelong abhorrence of racism in any form and he would devote his entire life to fighting it, writes Kevin Ritchie. Ahmed Kathrada was born in Schweizer-Reneke in the North West province, not knowing race. “With the innocence of children we were oblivious of any differences between Ahmed and Seretse, and Hendrik. And without questioning why, I simply accepted the fact that Mr David Mtshali (principal of the African school) was coming to our house in the afternoons to teach me ABC, and 1,2,3…

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