December 13, 2018


Tackling HIV and AIDS


The Free State Province is hard at work as part of the preparations towards hosting the commemorative events of the annual World Aids Day, 1 December. This year, the commemorative events will be held in Welkom, Zuka Baloyi Stadium. We have as a Department ensured since 2009 that there is a rotation of hosting the World Aids Day events in the different districts of the province. This is aimed at ensuring that each citizen of the province is able to interact with the heightened activism of the fight against the scourge of HIV and Aids. We are satisfied that the…

Domestic violence – Time for action

Every now and then campaigns to end domestic violence are often received with cynicism and dismissed as a waste of both energy and money. The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign – an international crusade running every year between November 25 and December 10 – and many other such initiatives are often seen as little more than unhelpful gender talk shows. At worst they are regarded as mere excuses especially by non-governmental organisations to justify their existence and donor funded budgets. It is really sad that the noble efforts to foster civility in society can be viewed that…

Cosatu in the midst of capture


Marginalised workers from across the labour fraternity came together in November 1985 to form a Confederation of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) with Elijah Barayi as the inaugural president. Black men and women on whose shoulders the country’s economy was built, finally had a voice against large corporate entities. Cosatu was hailed as a revolutionary voice of the working class within corridors of power. Its proficiency to organise the labour force prompted the apartheid regime to bomb its headquarters in Johannesburg in May 1987. True to its revolutionary character, Cosatu’s affiliate National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) led the largest strike…