July 23, 2017

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Grants will be paid – Mahasa

Free State MEC of social development Dimakatso Mahasa has assured all social grant recipients in the province that their monies will be paid out as normal in April, as she sought to calm the nerves of grant recipients who might have been worried whether they will get their payments following the widely reported controversy surrounding the appointment of a new company to manage the payouts. Mahasa made this undertaking during her budget speech vote at the Radsaal Building in Bloemfontein on Tuesday. She however warned that since April 01 will be on a Saturday the South African Social Security Agency…

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,…

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…