Thursday, November 22, 2012

FREE STATE NEWS NOVEMBER 23 sample stories

This web page(s) regularly focuses on the leading Free State (South Africa) newspaper – Free State News – the first regular newspaper to be orchestrated fully by black people in the Free State province. The paper has been published on a weekly basis since 1999. Regular items like “Feature of the week” have appeared here over the years.

Free State News crew


Moses Vinger

Confidential Secretary/Manager

Maki Mohapi aka “Madam Maki” “H.C”


Kaya M

News Editor

Omoseye Bolaji


Nthabiseng Lisele

Dineo Mokgosi

Raselebeli Khotseng

Lay-out artist

Tumisang Takang

Contact number:

051 447 1655

FSNEWS shines at Mbali Awards

By Nthabiseng Lisele

It was a night of triumph for Free State news at the Mbali Literary Awards at the weekend as both Omoseye Bolaji (Free State News news editor) and Kgang Abel Motheane (Free State News long-standing columnist) garnered major awards.

Out of the four awards dished out, Bolaji was rewarded with a special Lifetime Achievement Award, whilst Motheane was named winner of Commentator/Writer on Literature category. The glittering ceremony took place at Batho Centre in Clocolan.

Here are the Citations on the two winners:

“Mbali Awards Committee is also happy to announce that we decided to bestow a special Lifetime Achievement award on Mr Omoseye Bolaji this year. Here is a man who has seen it all and done it all. Mr Bolaji is truly a great African writer. Not only because he has ublished some 30 books of various genre. Not only because multiple critical books have been published on him; not to talk of countless essays published around the world on his literary work; and never mind his many awards.

"But also mainly because he has dedicated his life selflessly to promoting quintessential literature, inspiring, spreading pertinent literary information and knowledge in excellent fashion whilst somewhat seemingly lurking in the background most of the time. He remains the key, pivotal protagonist in respect of our literature.”

“The award for commentator on literature was also a simple choice. It goes to Ntate Kgang Abel Motheane for his Bookshelf column. It is a superb, concise, informative column which comes out every week.

"This year alone, the column has published excellent appraisals on writers like Leseli Mokhele, Gomolemo Mokae, George Rampai, Job Mzamo etc; why, even the late illustrious Gore Vidal (American) was featured in the column! It is no surprise that a large number of these excellent write-ups have found themselves on the internet for the world to read”

Other winners:

George Rampai – Winner, Author of the Year

Ishmael Mzwandile Soqaga – Winner, Promising newcomer of the year

Above photo: Ishmael Soqaga with his Certificate.

Another land invasion by community

By Dineo Mokgosi

With the Gauteng government’s recent demolitions of houses built on illegally purchased land, the municipality of Maluti-a-Phofung in the Free State province is warning the residents of Bluegumbusch 199 farm to vacate the area or face eviction by court order.

“Occupation of this area is illegal and unlawful as has been confirmed by a High Court Order issued and made available to the illegal occupants in July 2012. The municipality wants to alert the illegal occupants that by staying on this land, they run the risk of being evicted as ordered by the High Court, and losing some if not all of their assets on the premises. Entrance to this area is trespassing, which can be criminally prosecuted,” the municipality said.

Land grabs have become a common site in the country with many blaming the slow progress of government in processing land claims. Critics have also put the blame on government’s policy of willing buy-willing seller saying that land owners can choose not to sell the land.

The Bluegumbusch farm is situated on the south side of the University of the Free State, Qwa Qwa campus. The area is commonly known as Bokamoso.

“There are people who are already erecting permanent structures on this land, and they are warned that nobody will take responsibility of their financial losses as a result of eviction, as ordered by the High Court of South Africa,” the municipality said.

The municipality has advertised serviced sites for sale in Phuthaditjhaba Extension 10, to make provision for those people who are in need of sites to buy and are willing to move there to avoid being evicted.

The municipality has called on all people who need residential sites to apply at the municipal offices to be awarded sites in the proclaimed and serviced areas. Residents can approach the municipality for the available sites from now up until the end of December 2012. Set criteria will be used by the municipality for the allocation of sites.


Bloem Celtic saunter into Telkom KO Final!

By Mahlomola Moshe

Bloemfontein Celtic in the final of a major cup! It seems almost surreal to long-suffering proliferating fans. Yet that is the reality, after a resilient display against Free State stars in the semi final.

The city of roses’ darling club booked a place in the final of the Telkom Knockout with a dramatic 3-2 victory over derby rivals Free State Stars at the

Charles Mopeli Stadium at the weekend.

In a five-goal thriller that went to extra time, Phunya Sele Sele were twice pegged back by Ea Lla Koto’s Togolese attacker Dove Wome before netting the decisive goal through Botswana winger Joel Mogorosi.

Celtic should have opened the scoring as early as the third minute when Lyle Lakay whipped in a great cross from a free kick that found the head of Thabo Nthethe, but the Bafana Bafana defender put his effort wide of goal.

Two minutes later Stars striker Moeketsi Mvula tested goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb with a well-struck drive from a tight angle. It was to be the first of several good saves from the Cameroonian between the away team’s posts.

Ea Lla Koto were mere inches away from a goal in the eighth minute when Dove Wome fired a free kick into the danger area that was touched on by Sadate Ouro-Akoriko, with the ball striking the upright.

Stars played with a strong breeze at their back in the first half and made good use of it to stretch Celtic’s defence, while also never being shy of shooting from long range, but they were unable to get the better of Tignyemb.

And the celebrations are still spilling over….

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