Saturday, November 10, 2012

Free State News November 9 2012 samples

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

Columnist (Feminine Flutters)

Regomoditswe Motsalane

Lay-out artist

Tumisang Takang

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By Nthabiseng Lisele

He’s still very young, but his mind is impeccably sharp and ready to beat his folks in chess. His personal bedroom is bedecked with certificates, medals and trophies garnered thanks to chess championships.

Itumeleng Leeuw is only 9 years- old but brilliant in chess; even his father Edwin Leeuw confirmed to Free State News this week that his boy is good at what he does.

Itumeleng has won about 15 chess competitions around the Free State. He has 15 certificates of chess championship, 2 medals and a trophy. He has won most of these competitions at the provincial and national level.

Itumeleng told Free State News that he started picking up notes and rules for chess at the age of 7 years when he was doing grade 1. He’s now in grade 3 at Kruitberg primary school in Bloemfontein.

According to Itumeleng, he got inspired to play chess from his uncle who usually played outside their house with friends. “He showed me some tactics and the rest of training I got from school.”

Itumeleng’s proud parents said that they support their boy all the way as they see good results of this game to their son even academically.

“We are proud of the sport our boy has chosen at school and we support him. We have realized that this sport can take him places as young as he is and we are especially happy that it plays a big role in his education”, said his mother, Connie Leeuw.

When Free State News interviewed the young, intelligent and brave Itumeleng, about education he gets from playing chess, he said: “I don’t only enjoy playing chess but I learn academically from the game”.

Itumeleng said that chess game helps him a lot with his Mathematics at school and currently he’s doing very well in the subjects. This young boy has academically achieved about 5 certificates in Mathematics for being one of the best achievers in the subjects.

“Chess really helps me a lot to be the best in Maths in my class and that’s one of my advices to my fellow schools mates who think Maths is too difficult for them”, said Itumeleng.

Itumeleng also vouchsafed that when he finishes his matric he wishes to study Electrical Engineering, Information Technology or Accounting because he’s the best in Mathematics.

Itumeleng is going to Cape Town on the 14 December this year as he’s one of the competitors for 2012 South African Chess Championship.

His parents need sponsorship for their son and for his chess team mates of about 13 pupils. They mostly need assistance in accommodation, refreshments, chess uniform and transport and they will spend 4 days in Cape Town.

If you are willing to give any assistance you can call the Free State News offices to pledge or sponsor this chess champions.

City of Roses hosts mammoth literary occasion

By Raselebeli Khotseng

The International African Writers Conference kicked off this week with focus concentrated on the University of the Free State which was the venue of the pivotal events. An incredibly large number of distinguished arts and culture exponents were present at the occasion.

Dignitaries included the national Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture, Dr Joe Phaahla, Prof Keorapetse Kgotsile the superb poet, Lebo Mashile, a celebrated female poet, Dr Osinubi who was the keynote speaker, Tinah Mnumzana well known actress and writer; Prof Andries Oliphant the academic; Oswald Mtshali the long-standing poet and activist; and Elinor Sisulu the brilliant biographer and writer; and of course Nadine Gordimer the outstanding Nobel Laureate for literature.

Wordsmiths from the Free State who from the early stage contributed to the proceedings included Nthabiseng Jah Rose Jafta, Charmaine Mrwebi, Icebound Makhele, Raselebeli Khotseng, and Alinah Morake.

Mr Khotseng, a poet, held sway over a large group of youngsters from Legae Primary School (from Phahameng in Mangaung). He highlighted the importance of libraries and literacy in general to the kids. He also encouraged the young ones to relish poetry and general reading; using personal examples as illustration.

Charmaine Mrwebi from the Bloemfontein Public Library was in her element as she introduced many literary works to the children; she utilized her experience as a librarian to point out how important it is for the young ones to start reading creatively from their infancy.

On her own part, Tinah Mnumzana talked about the age-old art of story-telling to the young. She emphasized how the world of animals can be woven into such stories in a fascinating manner to grip the attention of the very young ones.

The event culminates tomorrow in the South African Literary awards which would be graced by the great African writer, Prof Chinua Achebe.


Mangaung Rugby Club Annual General Meeting

By Mahlomola Moshe

The Mangaung Rugby Club held its annual general meeting on 01 November 2012 at the Mangaung Outdoor Centre in Bloemfontein. The meeting which was attended by players of the team was a platform to give the team and management the opportunity to come up with new plans to help the club and also strengthen their management which was a problem for the club.

The main business of the annual meeting was to elect the Office and also to give awards to the players that have played vital role to ensure that Mangaung became a better side during their league campaign this year. The meeting which was conducted by Manager of Development from Free Sate Rugby Union, Mr Dick pointed out the current situation that confronted the club.

According to him, the status of Mangaung Rugby Club was not in good shape which forced them to come to the decision of placing the club under administration. Dick stated that the club’s entire resources come directly from the union, due to bad management.

He elaborated that due to the fact that the club was placed under administration, there were no minutes, annual and financial reports. As the result of the status the club, the new Office bearers were nominated and elected. They included Chairperson James Letuka, deputy chairperson Mpho Ditedu, Secretary Jerry Maele, and additional member Tsikane Litsoane.

The new chairperson, James Lutuka stated that their plan is to place Mangaung rugby club on the map by creating a strong side that will compete, and distinguish itself next year. He thanked people that entrusted them into the leadership. “We shall ensure that Mangaung will never be placed under administration again” he promised.

The meeting adopted the motion that the awards should be postponed to the next meeting.

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