Friday, April 12, 2013


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
Sebedi Seroalo
Raselebeli Khotseng

Lay-out artist

Tumisang Takang

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By Nthabiseng Lisele

The annual event of the game auctioning is ready to roll again this year and the department tends to improve more this year.


The Free State department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs will host the 28th Annual Game Auction from the 12th till 13th April this year at the Willem Pretorius Nature Reserve.

The Game Auction is a part of the game management plan which manages game population. Currently the department has livestock of 24 348 animals in the reserves.

And with the absence of predators in the reserves, game auction remains the most viable method of controlling game population.

During this two-day event, a total of 865 animals will be sold to the highest bidder. On the first day, 80 hunting packages will be auctioned off at 14:00. The packages consist of 46 trophy hunts, 34 biltong hunts and 9 buffalo bulls.

The hunt will take place on 9 of the 14 different Nature Reserves. On the second day from 11:00 485, live games of 106 different species including 42 diseases free buffalo and 1 white rhino will be sold. All sales will be per catalogue.

The department said: “we are working tirelessly to transform the game industry. Four black game farmers around the Free State Province have been loaned game to make sure that the previously disadvantage communities are involved in this industry.”

In his 2013/14 budget vote speech the new Mec for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Mosebenzi Zwani pleaded with the farm owners to comply with norms and standards for large predators.

According to Zwane, the challenge is game farmers who keep more that specified number of lions on their farms resulting in escapes. Subsequently, numerous incidents were lion have escaped and threatened the lives of our people have necessitated that permit conditions for keeping large predators be reviewed.

“Our enforcement unit is working around the clock with the SAPS to identify any illegal activities in this regard and other environmental crimes,” said Zwane.      

The game auction is set to be a family affair as there will be a marathon and bicycle race on Saturday 08:00 as well as numerous vendor stalls, beer garden and different food outlets.

Matshidiso’s literary debut

The frisson of excitement is gathering pace as female poet, Matshidiso P. Taleng launches her maiden book, titled “Secrets” next week

She vouchsafes: “I was born here in the Free State Bloemfontein in 1988. I live with my mother and twin brother, my father passed away when I was very young. I'm a student at Motheo FET college and I'm also working at National hospital as an HCT.

She goes down memory lane to latch on to how the ‘poetry bug’ bit her with elan! “My love for poetry began while I was in high school, then I started joining a poetry club that was called "Beyond Mind Control" where we would meet with other poets and recite poems.”

She is already spreading her metaphorical wings with gusto. “I've also performed at the Vuka poetry festival that was held at Pacofs in the year 2008, and shared stage with the likes of, Napo Masheane, Lebo Mashile, Kgafela, Jah Rose and other poets.”

She adds: “In the year 2009 I was awarded a certificate of appreciation in recognition of valuable contribution to literature in the Free State by the Bloemfontein public library. It was tentative but satisfactory – a great initiative by the dynamic Charmaine Kolwane,”

Her new book, “Secrets” is an anthology of poems based in English. “It is titled after one of my poems "Secrets" because I believe one shouldn't be having secrets because sometimes secrets are holding us back from enjoying our lives and nothing good comes from hiding things!”

She adds: “And if you read the poem "Secrets" you'll see it’s a very deep poem that talks about what most people don't like talking about, so since it’s what I experienced as a child I can say I'm giving voice to the voiceless,”

Illuminating Career Day!


The Faculty of Economic Management and Science at the University of the Free State, in partnership with Centre for Accounting will be hosting a Career day on the 30 of April 2013.

Some fizz is already being generated over this.  “A total of 38 Top companies will be there such as Banks, marketing firms and Chattered accounting companies will be there among others” Ms Marnie Venter pointed out.

Free State News further learnt that all students in the University are invited for the morning session at 10:30 - 12:00; 12:00 till 13:00 will be catering for honours and third year students and scholars around the Free State at 13:00 till 16:00.

It has been vouchsafed that this will be a great opportunity to network with people in the company in which they aspire to be employed in once they have completed their degrees.

For more information contact Marnie on 051 401 3819 or

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