October 18, 2017

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    Manyoni seeks party renewal

    As he pours his heart out about the future of the ANC ANC Free State deputy chairperson Thabo Manyoni says his decision to contest for the position of provincial chairperson at the elective conference in August is not meant to cause ruptures but to strengthen the party by effectively addressing issues bedevilling it and bring organisational renewal. Manyoni, who is the former mayor of Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality, was deployed to the National Assembly as a Member of Parliament in September last year following the local government elections, but his stay was shortlived as he stayed there for less than a…

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    Mayor mulls ‘bursaries for virginity’ scheme

    The executive mayor of Thabo Mofutsanyana District Municipality, Malefu Vilakazi, has hinted at the possibility of students undergoing a mandatory virginity test before being awarded tertiary bursaries. Vilakazi made this announcement when she delivered her state of the district address at Tshiame last week. She, however, emphasised this was only a thought that would require consultations with a broader spectrum of society, especially traditional leaders. Her announcement was inspired by 19 -year old of QwaQwa who was crowned Miss Culture South Africa 2015, for being a virgin. She won herself a car and a R100 000 bursary. “I will be…

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    Language policy kicks in

    The Free State Official Languages Act came into effect yesterday. The new law which was proclaimed by Premier Ace Magashule as the Free State Official Languages Act No.1 of 2017 in the Provincial Gazette on May 12, requires all provincial departments and public entities to ensure fair use of the country’s official languages for improved communication in all spheres of society. South Africa has 11 official languages and several unofficial ones. English is the most widely used language for official and commercial purposes but it is the fifth most spoken home language. According to Census 2011 figures, the predominant languages…

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    ANC: judicial commission will scrutinise state capture claims

    The party says all allegations related to state capture will be scrutinised during a judicial commission appointed to investigate the information. The African National Congress (ANC) says all allegations related to state capture will be scrutinised during a judicial commission appointed to investigate the information that has emerged in recent weeks. The extent of the Gupta family’s dealings with state-owned enterprises have been laid bare, with fresh email leaks revealing how the family has been pocketing billions of rand through dubious transactions, including Malusi Gigaba’s apparent hand in fast tracking documents and a former Eskom chief executive’ s questionable conduct….

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    Knives out for Eskom board

    The ANC’s national executive committee’s decision at the weekend that the reappointment should be rescinded hastened Molefe’s demise The decision of a committee of ministers to fire Brian Molefe as Eskom boss, just hours after he appeared in Parliament to explain one of the Gupta deals, has put the board of the utility in the firing line. Knives are out for the troubled power utility’s board, led by former SABC board chairperson Dr Ben Ngubane, with the governing ANC’s alliance partners leading calls for it to be dissolved. SACP spokesperson Alex Mashilo said the board must fall on their swords….

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One person dead after trains collide in Elandsfontein

Jun 2, 2017

One person died and about 50 others were injured when two Metrorail trains collided in Elandsfontein early on Thursday morning. Metrorail Gauteng confirmed that it had halted operations in east Johannesburg after the collision although it was not immediately able to confirm the number of dead or injured. However, paramedic services ER24 said a man, believed to be a driver of one of the trains, had died and around 50 people injured in the accident which saw a number of carriages leaning to the side. ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said: “A man was killed and approximately 50 others injured this…

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Relief for residents as council cancels debts

Jun 2, 2017

Residents of Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality who owe council for rates and services heaved a sigh of relief after executive mayor Vusi Tshabalala’s announcement on Tuesday to write off their debts as of August 1, 2017. The residents owe the council about R602 million for various services. Tshabalala made this announcement which was received with applause when he tabled the municipality’s R1.5 billion budget for the 2017/2018 financial year. He however, emphasised that the cancellation applies to households only, not businesses. He noted the municipality had discovered that its books have carried along old information regarding residents’ debts and as a…

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Brandwag Flats residents worry about crime

Jun 2, 2017

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

Jun 2, 2017

. . . 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…

Sports

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ConCourt sides with Faith Muthambi on set-top boxes

In a majority judgment ‚ Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng‚ supported by three justices‚ held that policy making was fundamentally a power assigned by the Constitution exclusively to the executive Former Communications Minister Faith Muthambi was entitled to dump a requirement for “decryption” on the subsidised set top boxes to be provided to 5-million poor households. This is the finding of the Constitutional Court on Thursday. The court upheld an appeal by M-Net‚ SABC and Muthambi against a Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) judgment passed last year. The 2016 judgment set aside an amendment to the digital migration policy made by…

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Crinums end in fifth spot

Explosive encounters can be expected over the weekend when Gauteng Jaguars take on Western Cape while North West Flames will battle it out with Gauteng Golden Defending champions, the Free State Crinums, clinched fifth position in the Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League when they thrashed the Eastern Cape Aloes 77-28 in their play-off match at the Mangaung Indoor Arena on Saturday. It was always written in the stars that the Aloes were in for a serious hiding as the Crinums, who have won the last three consecutive titles, had something to prove, and they did so in style. Their charismatic…

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Eric Tinkler confirmed as SuperSport coach

After ditching Cape Town City earlier on Thursday, Eric Tinkler has now been confirmed as the new coach at SuperSport United. Tinkler made the controversial move to quit City to replace Stuart Baxter – who has moved on to the Bafana Bafana post for the second time – at Matsatsantsa on a three-year deal that will start on July 1. The sudden departure of Tinkler from City upset chairman John Comitis, who told Independent Media earlier that he was “very disappointed” by the former Bafana midfielder’s decision to leave Cape Town for Pretoria. “Every person has their reasons for the…

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Celtic out of race for Eymael?

The two parties met for the first time this week since Eymael returned to the club last month to discuss the way forward Bloemfontein Celtic might just be out of the race for coach Luc Eymael’s signature if Platinum Stars have it their way. It emerged this week that Dikwena, after unceremoniously showing their former coach, Cavin Johnson the exit door, have officially declared their desire to get Eymael to lead the team next season. Eymael has officially parted ways with his former employers, Polokwane City who made the Belgium born coach’s life a living hell after joining Bloemfontein Celtic…