Wednesday, December 14, 2011

FREE STATE NEWS (December 2011 editions)

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in advance!

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”

Office Assistant
Thobeka Funani aka ‘supermodel’

Kaya M

News Editor
Omoseye Bolaji

Seleke Botsime
Nthabiseng Lisele
Dineo Mokgosi

Lay-out artist
Tumisang Takang

Contact number:
051 447 1655

DECEMBER 16 – DECEMBER 22 2011 edition

FEATURE OF THE WEEK: “Furore over name change” By Dineo Mokgosi Page 3

Reproduced hereunder:

Furore over name change
By Dineo Mokgosi

Trouble is brewing in Thaba Nchu over the proposed name change of the N8 Corridor development that passes through Thaba Nchu all the way to Lesotho.

On Monday, December 12 at Mmabana Centre in Thaba Nchu, a consultation process was held by the Free State Provincial Geographical Names Committee (PGNC) to discuss the proposed name change. Although poorly attended, the few residents in attendance made their voice heard loud and clear.

“We don’t accept the name, King Moshoeshoe Development Corridor. There were no proper presentations to the community. We want to support government but they should have consulted with us first”, said an aggrieved Leonard Mothobi.

Mothobi shared the views of the residents that they don’t want the name King Moshoeshoe. They opined that Dr. J. S. Moroka would be better suited, “as he is a local hero.”

The residents’ complaints centred on who chose the name, and who agreed with the name. A man by the name of N. J. Malefane from Mokoena location in Thaba Nchu is alleged to have proposed the name, King Moshoeshoe; however he was not present at the consultations.

Chairperson of the PGNC, Advocate Sephiri Moshodi said the way that the form for the name change is designed, is so stringent that it does not provide space for a second name.

Moshodi said that a consensus was reached when the name was proposed.
“This is a public hearing. A name is here and has already been proposed. We understand that people don’t want the name King Moshoeshoe. This is our second meeting that we’ve held about this issue. It does not matter how many people attended: seven, or 30; we go through with the meeting”, said Moshodi.

Head Secretariat, Jeff Mphomela said that the residents had to be careful when choosing a name as the name change does not affect only them but also Botshabelo, Ladybrand, and other towns on the corridor all the way to Lesotho.

“We need to advice people that what we are talking about is a national road, we really need to have a name proposed. Regard must be had to the fact that Dr. J. S. Moroka and Reverend Richard Mahabane are international figures and local heroes”, said Mphomela.

Motsididi Kgitsane said that he was concerned, as it appeared that the name King Moshoeshoe has already been chosen as the new name for the N8 Corridor.

“From where I am standing, there is only one name, King Moshoeshoe. No one has proposed another name. So on Friday, January 05, 2012 if there is no other name, we are done. King Moshoeshoe will remain”, said Moshodi.




Who is the main man behind the name DJ Hlethe? What are the origins of this enigmatic personality? How did he metamorphose into a renowned Free State DJ?

His real name is Itumeleng Ernest Mohotloane. He started his music career while he was doing Grade 9. Apparently there were DJ auditions at the Botshabelo local radio station called Mosupatsela FM in 2006.

He reminisces: “The competition was all about winning a record deal, as listeners were voting live on air; they voted and I was mostly voted for by the listeners; but at a later stage there was no record deal…”

According to Itumeleng: “The majority of the people were demanding my music; so I decided to record an album that was called MEROPA. I was selling these copies during promotions even when I was doing grade 10.”

He added: “I met Justice Mpopo who owns Golden Tree Production. He gave me a deal and I signed with him, then we took some songs from my previous album, Meropa and added some of his songs and released my second album called POMPA”.

The album was well accepted by the public as it was played everywhere at the time. But DJ Hlethe confirmed that his partnership with Justice Mpopo never went well as DJ Hlethe had problems getting his royalties. “He also refused to release the pertinent sales statement and I decided to leave him and find another production.”

“Until 2007 while I was doing grade 11, I met Genius Malgas who wanted to work with me after hearing a lot of people who loved my music recommending me to him. I started working at his record label (Genius Record) as a music producer and a DJ. Later that year, he decided to release my album!”

“Most of my albums are played in different radio stations,” he acknowledged with a beatific smile. “They have managed to be played and reached Top 20/30. I am proud to say that in the past 5 years I have learnt a lot and grown so much as an artist and I have lots of fans in Free State who love and respect me. I have performed on big events so far”, said Hlethe smiling.

DJ Hlethe has managed to share the stage with artists like DJ Finzo, Ba2cada, DJ Zinhle, Bojo Mujo, DJ Kent and many more popular South African artists.

DECEMBER 9 – DECEMBER 15 2011 edition

FEATURE OF THE WEEK: “Magashule augments festive mood with Operation Hlasela” By Nthabiseng Lisele Page 3

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The Free State provincial government under the leadership of Ace Magashule went to QwaQwa to meet with the unemployed graduates.

“This meeting is part of the on-going efforts by government to align the skills of the province to job creation opportunities as part of the national drive, fight the scourge of poverty and contribute to a growing national economy that is inclusive of all the people of the country”, Premier Magashule adumbrated.

The Department of Education allocated bursaries to students interested in studying Teaching, Maths and Science courses next year. Public Works Department hired two students and gave a full-time bursary to one student who struggled with finances to complete her studies.

To complement this, the Department of Social Development absorbed qualified social workers, and the Department of Health also hired nurses from Thabo Mofutsanyana district.

Operation Hlasela didn’t stop at QwaQwa; it also went to Jaggersfontein where it has built a swimming pool with a changing room; a netball and basketball court - these projects have also created jobs for the community. Bopa Lesedi was one of the project organisations used by Free State provincial government to make these projects successful.

Margaret Phenethi, a resident of Jaggersfontein said: “I was doing a computer learnership, which is one of Operation Hlasela programmes. I have completed it and soon I will get my certificate; and while waiting for my certificate to apply for jobs I will keep myself busy playing netball at the new court, as it’s one of my hobbies”.

The community of Jaggersfontein admitted that there are no jobs, and most youth keep themselves busy by squatting at the taverns; yet some lamentably are loitering in the streets committing crime.

“I didn’t have anything to do besides clubbing, but Operation Hlasela gave me a job by building the swimming pool and netball and basketball courts. And it has also helped to reduce unnecessary crime and high rate of drunkards in our community”, said Lumka Sodawe from Jaggersfontein.




With Regomoditswe Motsalane

You used to be the man of my dreams, a great father to our kids and the only man I gave my heart to. I wanted to grow old with you, I was sure that one of us was going to die in the other’s arms. I trusted you, I respected you, I loved you and even when the signs started showing I was in denial and I convinced myself that you will never hurt me intentionally.

I couldn’t believe that the hands that used to warm me in cold night and the ones that used to make me feel safe will be the ones that will torture me, the ones that left me with bruises; but still I covered for you, telling my friends and family that I was hit by a door. You used to beat me in front of our kids, I remember when you came home drunk and you started swearing telling me how useless I am and how you regret having me as your wife. You even told me how much you hate coming home to us and every time you look at us we make you feel like vomiting.

Well, I started blaming myself. I helped you to discourage myself, I lost my self-confidence though I was putting on my make-up and the smile on my face, I knew I was a fake and deep in my heart I was broken. I had excuses for my physical bruises because everybody could see them; and when you used to beat me in front of our children wanting to make love to me and telling them to watch, for they always do when I do it with my other men in front of them and after all that I also had to lie to my kids saying you were just stressed because of work-related things.

I cried day and night praying to God to bring back my lost lover, for this one might have done something to the man I loved with all my being; but I guess jealousy, insecurity and power were the ones controlling you. So next time when the sun shines in your direction again, you must remember that a true man will never lift a finger on those he claims to love, and no man, woman or child can ever respect a man who abuses his siblings; and regardless of your animal behaviour you’re a good man. Learn to fight your demons but foremost, ask God to give you understanding, patience, courage to make you the world’s best man.

All I am trying to do here is to show how much our sisters, mothers and kids are going through every day and we keep a blind eye saying it’s not our business; we can’t get in-between, intervene, but we are a nation… each and every crime here affects all of us. So let’s start caring for each other with the concept of ‘it might happen to me or someone I love’.

DECEMBER 2 – DECEMBER 8 2011 edition

FEATURE OF THE WEEK: “Diabetes Day in Sasolburg” By Seleke Botsime Page 2

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Diabetes Day in Sasolburg!

By Seleke Botsime

It was a campaign conceived by Bongi Zuma, the wife of the president Jacob Zuma as Diabetic Day was successfully launched at Sasolburg in the Free State. Speaking at the function she said that she never had a problem with diabetes, but her mother was the one that has diabetes.

Speaking to the media about the project, she said that it’s important that people should know that the disease can be controlled. Fezi Ngombentombi, MEC of Health was among those who supported the launch at Fezile Dabi. She said that people must eat vegetables and even more important, grow vegetables in their gardens. She said that there is a high number of pregnant women who are suffering from diabetes, and her message is that they must visit the clinic regularly

She said: “People are urged to visit clinics regularly for check-ups so as to control this disease which can be very dangerous, especially for children. Diabetes is a silent killer and everyone can have it irrespective of age. As regards precautions people must monitor their weight and jog every morning. That is the key.”

She added that her department is embarking on a door to door campaign in order to inform the community about Diabetes. Together with NGO and other partners they must continue to fight and inform the society about these diseases. Free State News spoke to Dr Nandi Diliza and Bongi Ngema Zuma; they said that people must screen since there are about 6, 5 million people who are living with Diabetes. All the participants took a walk for almost 5KM around Sasolburg.

Another speaker who graced the function was a young lady called Mapaseka who is around 17 years ago. She recollected her battle with diabetes when she was barely fifteen years old. She spoke openly and candidly about living with Diabetes since three years ago. She said: “The symptoms include being thirsty; and urinating constantly and losing weight which baffled my mother a lot; I was also sick all the time and finally we went to the hospital where they found out that I was Diabetic!”

Mapaseka explained further that young people should not be afraid to go and test “and just like any other disease it’s manageable." Another visitor was Gwen Ramokgopa who said that whether one is rich or poor diabetes affects everyone. She said that they have decided to come up with resolution, and now it’s time for people not to blame others but find a collective solution in order to create a healthy environment.

Ramokgopa said that about 70% of women are overweight, and even many men show signs of obesity. Gwen said that even many children these days are not eating healthy at all. “It remains a challenge that everyone must play their part in remedying the situation. I encourage everyone to test regularly for even other diseases.”

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

FREE STATE NEWS November 2011 editions

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”

Office Assistant
Thobeka Funani

Kaya M

News Editor
Omoseye Bolaji

Seleke Botsime
Nthabiseng Lisele
Dineo Mokgosi

Lay-out artist
Tumisang Takang - 'Raba' (Above)

Contact number:
051 447 1655

NOVEMBER 25 – DECEMBER 2 2011 edition

FEATURE OF THE WEEK: “Soetdoring Bushcamp’s potpourri of delights” By Nthabiseng Lisele Page 2

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The Soetdoring Bushcamp has been officially opened by the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs.

This bush camp is situated 45km from Bloemfontein and is a 7 500 hectare reserve owned by the Free State provincial government.

It’s in the middle of the Free State, and it allows its visitors the experience to sample the beautiful sunsets which are typical of the province. The bush camp is ideal for family weekends and small management.

The reserve has 9 chalets which accommodate 22 people, and 2 of the chalets can host 4 people each, while 7 others can accommodate only 2 people.

Soetdoring has exciting features like a haven for fishing along the Modder River. It consists of 13 picnic sports and has a predator park with lion and cheetah camp and game viewing for sundowners with 17 species.

That includes animals like gemsbok, white rhino, eland, springbok, blesbok, black wildebeest, zebra, red hartebeest, kudu and duiker.

The MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Mxolisi Dukwana said: “This is the beginning of more adventurous and entertaining places to be renewed and advanced in the Free State”.

There are 40 employees working at this Reserve and 20 of these people are employed to maintain the camp, while the other group of 20 deals with constructing the place to keep it in good conditions.

“By empowering and renewing resorts and reserves we have created jobs as the provincial government. We are also discovering and promoting small entrepreneurs. And we have made an exception by making chalets that can accommodate people with disabilities,” said MEC Dukwana.



Author: Thabo Mafike
Publisher: T & T Publishers
Number of pages: 60

This book is about the word of God, Jehovah. This book is about Servants of God. Yes, the book is tailor-made for Pastors, Apostles, Evangelists and Prophets.

There is so much confusion these days as regards those who are charlatans, or those really imbued with the Holy Spirit. This book will tell you about the true Servants and False Servants.

This book is good for all people who are looking for answers for the heart of God about what is happening today in the Churches and Ministries! It will tell you about the love of money, and the multi-faceted dangers of sin. Three things that make servants of God fall!

This book is powerful! It addresses things that you will find difficult to tell your Pastor or any Servant. This book vividly preaches to the Servants and it shows them that Jesus is coming. It tells us not to fornicate.

This is a book that will be used for many years to come. I recommend it for theological schools like at the University of the Free State and ancillaries etc.

Note: This book was not written by the apostle, Thabo Mafike but by the Holy Spirit who guided him adroitly to do the writing!!! You can get it by contacting 073 90 100 40.

NOVEMBER 18 – NOVEMBER 24 2011 edition

FEATURE OF THE WEEK: “Road to Centenary clear” By Dineo Mokgosi. Page 5

Reproduced hereunder:

Road to Centenary clear
By Dineo Mokgosi

Illuminating details of the ANC Centenary year set to take place at the beginning of January 2012 emerged at a press briefing at the ANC media house in Bloemfontein on Friday, November 11.

Amidst throbbing anticipation, Provincial Secretary of the ANC in the Free State,
Sibongile Besani, kick-started the preparations with a media briefing outside the Kaizer Sebothelo building.

Besani gave a brief history of the ANC and its former leaders. “We are not here to celebrate individuals but we are here to celebrate as a collective.”

He outlined preparations for the centenary celebrations. The year-long celebrations will be kick-started at Waaihoek in Bloemfontein. The weekend long activities will be spread from Friday, January 06 to Sunday, January 08.

In attendance at the media briefing were chairperson of SANCO in the Free State, Lucky Phoko, Veterans’ League Pule Mantsoa and KelebileKau, and various other stakeholders.

Waaihoek stands as an important symbol in ANC history. It is the birthplace of the ANC in 1912 at a Methodist Church which is now a panel beaters’ workshop.
“Waaihoek was an important town for black politics. Had it not been for the formation of the South African Native Congress (SANC), there would be no 100 years of ANC today,” said Oupa Khoabane.

The church is set to be revamped to the tune of R35 million of taxpayer’s money.
“Areas where heritage has been declared are government properties. It is therefore proper for government to restore any heritage site,” said Besani in response to a question on whether the church constitutes a heritage site.
Of the R100m million already budgeted for the centenary, the costs have now risen to a whopping R400 million.

“All ANC centenary events will be paid for by the ANC. The event will be paid for with our money,” said Besani in response to a question whether the taxpayers’ will be used to fund the celebrations.

The Free State province is expecting over 100 000 guests to attend the main centenary celebration event on Sunday, January 08. “About 70 percent of these guests are expected to come from the Free State province,” said Besani.

During this month of November 2011, the province will be focusing on rolling out provincial memorial lectures on Political Education and Empowerment across all the regions within the province led by ANC leaders.

President Jacob Zuma is expected to conduct a kick-off centenary lecture in the Free State in 2012 with emphasis on celebrating the pertinent history and how the future could be shaped based upon ‘Unity in Diversity’.

Zuma will also be honoured by the ANC for having served the movement since 2007. He will be saluted under the theme of ‘Peace, freedom and security’.

Celebrations are set to take place in all provinces with a particular focus on the Free State province.

NOVEMBER 11 – NOVEMBER 17 2011 edition

FEATURE OF THE WEEK: “Philip Sanders Officially opened!” By Nthabiseng Lisele Front page

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…now a refurbished, glittering resort


The Philip Sanders resort officially opened after its mammoth makeover to the tune of R150 million. After some four years of brimming anticipation, on Friday, 04 November, its doors were opened officially to the public!

The makeover of the Philip Sanders includes the new entrance gate, new administrative block, and construction of new roads making provision for 230 guests. There is also an upgraded hall equipped with modern sounds, lighting and stage facilities and a well built kitchen, restaurant, gym, and swimming pool of an Olympic size.

A litany of guests attended this event including travel agents, tour operators, events managers, hospitality and leisure establishments’ marketers and politicians. They all basked at the occasion.

The MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and environmental affairs, Mxolisi Dukwana said at the occasion: “It might have taken longer than anticipated to renew Philip Sanders Resort, but finally the goal has been achieved!”

Philip Sanders is one of the outstanding state resorts in the Free State. The other five are Willem Pretorious, Soetdoring, Sandveld, Maria Moroka and Sterkfontein Dam.

Within these four years this holiday resort has hosted several high profile events with the aim of the department to overhear views and comments of some of influential stakeholders about the state of this resort.

MEC Dukwana disclosed that his department was given valuable responses, especially to the effect that the guests will be nearer to the airport; and stakeholders were also happy about the well organised IT facilities.

“The absence of a 5 Star Hotel at Bloemfontein was a challenge, but we believe that Philip Sanders Resort will boost business tourism, and this proves we are still on the right track of improving holiday destinations in the Free State”, said the MEC.

Recent research shows that the Free State has about 5000 accommodation establishments, and only few of them are upgraded.

The MEC confirmed this incident, saying: “This creates serious problems for tourism and travel industry in the Free State, but it’s just one of the challenges we will deal with as the department”.


Youth in Agriculture-Re jala peo project launched

By Dineo Mokgosi

The Department of Agriculture and Rural development launched the Youth in Agriculture-Re jala peo project on Friday, November 04 at the Glen Agricultural Institute a few kilometres outside Bloemfontein.

RE JALA PEO is an initiative funded and supported by the Free State Department of Agriculture and Rural Development under its Youth in Agriculture and Development (YARD) project.

The project is aimed at expanding opportunities in the media industry to young people in farms and rural towns and to create employment for rural youth of the Free State province.

The objective of the project is to train the beneficiaries, expose them to real life filming situations and to make them critical thinkers. “The idea was hatched after the MEC for Agriculture in the Free State, Msebenzi Zwane said that he had a revolutionary idea,” said Cuba Ikaneng Vudubox spokesperson.

He continued: “On many occasions, people in the rural areas are spoken for in the media. They do not have their own voice. So we decided to give our participants an opportunity to tell their own stories.

“We are here to improve the people that they are, we are not here to change anybody. We want them to be as authentic as they can be,” said Ikaneng.
The current intake of the project is 24 unemployed young people from all districts of the province who are currently being trained to produce television documentaries and are taught the business of television.

Participants were chosen through consultation with local government and other stakeholders. They are housed and trained at Glen College 30 kilometres from Bloemfontein.

One participant, Thabo Modukanele, 31, from Excelsior said: “I am happy that I was selected for the project. It was an eye-opening experience. We are being trained by professional people such as Cuba,” said Modukanele.

He added: “We hope that upon completion of the project that we would be incorporated by various departments, broadcasting their events and helping them out. If the opportunity presents itself, I intend on going to independent media or start my own company.”

Another participant, Petri Pieterse, 29, from Hertzogville said that he was looking forward to opening his business with other participants from the project and develop community projects.

MEC for Agriculture in the Free State, Msebenzi Zwane said that the chosen 24 are sufficient for the time being. “We are not ready to increase the number. We’ll wait until they are established then we’ll consider adding more. As a department, we have to ensure that we improve the lives of these young people and support them until they are financially stable,” said the MEC.

The MEC encouraged the participants in the project to network and realise their dreams. “As you go out today, you are my image. Wherever you get to, do beautiful things so that I would be happy. From today you are our ambassadors. Do not come back here and demand jobs from government for you have been afforded the opportunity to improve your lives,” said the MEC.

Various media practitioners including renowned content producer for SABC 1’s flagship youth programmes such as Big Up and Chatroom-Brian Motlafi, SABC Education’s Dennis Tsotetsi and presidential correspondent for the SABC Tshepo Ikaneng, have commended the project’s unique vision of targeting young people in rural areas and giving them the tools they will need not only to tell their stories but to be entrepreneurs who can create jobs in their communities.

NOVEMBER 04 – NOVEMBER 10 2011 edition

FEATURE OF THE WEEK: “Burgeoning Women in Technology” By Nthabiseng Lisele. Front page

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…Minister Thabethe a refulgent part of the seminar


The Department of Trade and Industry has orchestrated a Technology of Women in Business (TWIB) meet in Bloemfontein.

At Phillip Sanders resort in Bloemfontein, the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Elizabeth Thabethe said: “Women in technology and other small businesses should take risks in their decision-making in order to make their businesses successful”.

Bloemfontein benefited fulsomely regarding hosting this year’s annual event. And the TWIB seminar contained women from all nine provinces. The Deputy Minister, Thabethe was a refulgent part of this seminar. Also the South African Women Entrepreneurs Network (SAWEN) organisation was present.

“As dti, we are able to fund small businesses that have a good business plan and strategies in running a successful business”, said the Deputy Minister as she addressed enthusiastic women in business.

SAWEN is one of the organisations that made TWIB very possible, as the organisation encourages women to take fruitful interest in business, especially in technology.

The Department of Trade and Industry (dti) organised this seminar of two days’ workshop and a media networking session which was also hosted at the beginning of the workshop.

Bingi Motlhoua is one of the business women who was funded by dti with machines worth R350 000 for her embroidery design company. She stays at Sports in Bloemfontein and was a SAWEN member when she first heard of dti funds that help up coming business women.

Free State News gathered that Bingi’s business has not been doing well so far, and the Deputy Minister visited her place of business to encourage her not to give up, “as there will always be challenges in the business…you must keep on approaching more business opportunities regarding embroidery designs.”

Thabete amplified further: “We gave you our expensive machines to start a business and we will not let you fail because that means we will also be failing dti”

It was a revelatory session

Friday, October 28, 2011


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”

Office Assistant
Thobeka Funani (above)

Kaya M

News Editor
Omoseye Bolaji

Seleke Botsime
Flaxman Qoopane
Nthabiseng Lisele


Lay-out artist
Tumisang Takang "Raba"

Contact number:
051 447 1655

OCTOBER 28 – NOVEMBER 3 2011 edition

FEATURE OF THE WEEK: “Makgoe felicitates with learners!” By Nthabiseng Lisele. Front Page

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The Department of Education in Free State embarked on a campaign to motivate learners ahead of their National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations. The campaign is aimed to boost the confidence of the class of 2011 learners and improve the provincial matric pass rate to 75 percent under the theme “Put Your Hands Up for Grade 12 class of 2011”.

The campaign was launched at the Kgorathuto School in Botshabelo. The MEC of Education in Free State, Mr Tate Makgoe was in positive vein, vowing to significantly improve the 2011 grade 12 pass rate.

Makgoe was accompanied by the HOD of the Department, Superintendent Stanley Malope, Lesedi FM popular presenter, Nyakallo Leine (popularly known as Ba2cada) and the Motheo District Director for Education.

This motivation follows on the heels of the Basic Deputy Minister, Enver Surty’s visit to the province to motivate grade 12 learners at Commtech Secondary School. The Deputy Minister said that he is very impressed with the performance rate in the Free State.

The MEC said: “It is very important to motivate and give the learners support before their final examinations. I am convinced that Free State will get 75 percent pass rate this year because we have supplied learners with all the necessary tools and the support they need. Last year, the provincial pass rate was about 71 percent,”.

He also mentioned that it will be more appropriate if the grade 12 results are known to the learners first, and thereafter are published by the newspapers. “This will save many learners possible embarrassment and disappointment if their names do not appear on the newspaper.”

Ba2cada was also in fine fettle, as he motivated learners to avail themselves of opportunities and grasp the nettle, as it were. “Education is the only weapon and the key to alleviate the poverty that afflicts black communities. The key challenges facing today’s youth include high rate of unemployment, teenage pregnancies, and HIV/AIDS. But the learners can beat this if they can work hard and find better opportunities.”

The President of RCL, Teboho Rahlabi (18) made a rousing pledge on behalf of the grade 12 learners: “Our vision is to see Kgorathuto producing engaged individuals focusing on improving South African economy, communities and fighting poverty. We are grateful for all this motivation and good wishes,”

OCTOBER 21 – OCTOBER 27 2011 edition

FEATURE OF THE WEEK: “Premier basking in Operation Hlasela!” By Seleke Botsime. Front Page

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Premier basking in Operation Hlasela!

By Seleke Botsime

The premier of the Free State, Ace Magashule was at Senekal in order to view the issues that are affecting people of Matawabeng. He was accompanied by MECs of different departments.

Speaking at the Matwabeng Hall, he said that there was a time when people were going out in numbers in order to vote for the ruling party and now government was faced with delivering the promises that they had made to the people.

With so many issues that need to addressed, Operation Hlasela was in full swing where there will be more houses erected, and health facilities that need to be addressed. The high rate of unemployment was also pointed out as a major problem; with the Premier saying that they as the government would focus more on the people of small areas like Matawabeng. “There should be an opportunity to create employment, and they will be the first people to get the opportunity.”

All the departments committed themselves to changing the life of the ordinary citizens, and the Department of Public Works also created employment for the youth in order to clean the graveside for a period of a two years. The premier promised to revamp unsuitable and sub-standard accommodation in the area.

The Department of Social development under Sisi Ntombela was not left behind as they made sure that the people are getting their grants and improving the quality of the life of the people. She said: “My department is in need of more Social workers, as now there are only some two hundred of them when they are supposed to be more than a thousand per district.”

Other departments that did not want to be left out included the one of Fezi Ngumbentombi (Health) who promised to build another clinic; and the Police, Roads and Transport, MEC Khompela said that he will build another police station since there is only one that is in town. “Due to the high rate of crime and rape, there is a need for another one,” The motion was greeted with screaming with joy as they heared the news.

Then on the second day, the Operation Hlasela was visible once more in Petrus Steyn where the premier embarked on a door to door visitation. He also spoke to the elders together with the MECs. He referred to the very high number of unemployment and stressed that the government must help them in order to buy the pertinent potato farm.

The premier said: “It’s not only the responsibility of the government to build houses, but also both the private sector and public sector. All those who can afford to do so must do so since there is only so much money that the government is spending on building houses only.”

The Social Development gave shelter to two elderly men who were staying alone; they did not even have food in their house. Sisi Ntombela said that a certain Mr. Mofokeng will have to go and stay at the old age home since there is no one who is taking care of him. The premier once again impressively interacted with the people and asked them what is it that the government could do in order to improve their lives?

Many were happy to finally share one-on-one with the premier listening to their grievances. Speaking about the two-room houses that were built by the apartheid system, the Premier said that they have to be destroyed. “It is simply just a matter of time before we build these people four-room houses, especially those that have an asbestos roof.”

Thereafter, he visited the pre-school where children were delighted and even sung for him. Different departments committed themselves again where the Department of Sports promised to build new sports facilities for the youth. Mamiki Qabathe, MEC of GOCTA, also promised to eradicate the bucket system in the place. Speaking at Petrus Steyn, he said that people must not just decide to occupy the land as they will return again to check on updates.

Speaking to the media the premier said that it is obvious that some of the contractors are not doing their job, especially those who are building houses, and their contracts will be terminated and new people will be given a chance to do so. He said that tax payers should not be taken for a ride, or exploited.

He said that he is consulting with business people to invest in Operation Hlasela in order to make drastic changes in a short period of time. “I urge the community that they must be patient since many people are without proper basic services like light, water and sewage system, and the government is doing all that they can in order to change the lives of individuals.”

OCTOBER 14 – OCTOBER 20 2011 edition

FEATURE OF THE WEEK: “Macufe Fever grips again…” By Seleke Botsime. Page 4

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Our ace reporter, Seleke Botsime, incidentally an accomplished muso himself, lifts the lid on the crests and troughs of the recently concluded Macufe fiesta…

The Mangaung Cultural Festival (MACUFE) took the centre stage last week and everyone wanted to be part of it, either through attending one show or showcasing their skills in art and craft that run for the whole week.
I attended one play called "Play me” that had cream of Free State Tony Kgorogwe. His play is about back-stabbing, lies and cheating. I was glued to my seat from the beginning to the end.
Then I went to the divas’ festival where I was blown away by the likes of Zahara, Chiwaniso from Zimbabwe, Bonolo, Miss T, and the legendary Thandizwa Mazwai. When I entered, Bonolo was on stage and I have to say sister, you do have a voice that really mesmerized me, but please work on your lyrics, there was nothing catchy about your lyrics!
Judith Sephuma, alas, didn’t light my fire. Then Miss T got on stage and the face looked familiar and only when she was on the middle of her performance did I realize that it’s a face I knew very well and it’s someone that has been in the industry for sometimes. The sister can move intermittently!

There were so many dancers, including young kids that showcased the skills and it seemed it was whole package rehearsals, but thanks Miss T – I have to say that I loved the gospel song that you performed and I will surely be around when you do the next gig just to listen to more of your material! are a legend sister, Thoko.

Then it was Chiwaniso (Zimbabwe), I realize that most people went outside when she performed, and have to say that I am a die-hard for Mbira music. Thanks, it was never about understanding what you were saying, but the melody took me places that I have never been; and I want to say I was honored to finally be on the front seat for you.

Then it was the much trumpeted "Zahara"! Everyone was singing to her song, never have I ever seen something like this in my entire career. Zahara came and she really rocked Free State. This girl is hard-core, so young, yet so matured. Really, it’s so rare when you meet someone who is just 23 and saying deep stuff like that. My partner recently asked me what is it that I think makes the girl so popular, and I simply said “her voice: she is got the commanding voice "and the aggressive marketing that was done on her project since from last year December 2010. That was a voice that we the music lovers and composers were wondering, who is that? and now we know it was, and it’s Zahara!

Thandiswa Mazwai also strutted her stuff. Please call me a groupie then I would tell you that I don’t mind at all. The spirit rises and my third eye opened and I saw things to come. She was not alone on stage, and believe her when she says "I am not working alone" She is not lying about that, and I got the goose bumps all over my body. She has just returned from UK and I have to say she is possessed and has still got the magic that left many, including me breathless. I feel the need that if we can work on our artistic skills and nurture our talent we would eventually be the master of our own art. On Saturday the show went on and I was impressed by Thomas the lion of Zimbabwe once again. The Mbira sound captivated me, then Zahara with the same routine of Friday, sister, please learn to be different and probably you might win my vote. It just felt like it was Friday. Even the attire was the same; I guess I have to give you the benefit of a doubt.

Selaelo Selota, what can I say, he started his performance with" Lolita”. From his first album, Painted faces and for a moment there were some technical problems on stage for some time. Then he raised the bar, playing from Stories lived and told and going back to Mmamodiegi, Seshego then Tsrrr...pha. I was hoping for Tshwene from his latest album lapeng laka. When he finally took off his shirt, women were screaming.

Then it was Stimela, and they took me back to the days of my innocence. Jonny Gill, mmmmh what can I say, I just want say “thank you” for your forthcoming album! And as for Bebe, we jammed for his hits and we even asked for more. Was I a victim of too much imbibing? I had to find my partner and dance for his tune or maybe it was Jonny Gill…I can’t remember... Oliver Mtukuzi, now, here comes another giant from Zimbabwe. Please try something new in terms of choreography…be original and innovative. In case you forgot, we South Africans love Neria…please! I can do the job of backing vocalist and the audience won’t even notice. But I have to bow for you…great job, Macufe won’t be Macufe without you.

HHP! Now can somebody please tell me what he was doing there! Maybe I am losing it or HHP has completely lost it. He started with a good jam, then he performed his new album, Motswa Africa or something like that. I hope and pray it was only that song since I don’t know all the songs on his new album. I came to a point where I thought I was going to throw up…Some of the lyrics of his new song says "Banana ba kajeno ba bapala football" Yeah right, I realize that the best thing for me to do was to take my camp chair, my cooler bag, hold on to my partner and go home…I am sorry I didn’t wait for Zakes Bantwini, Budaza and Bra Peter; but I hope that they did a good job till next year ......Shalom!.




Can Men really live without Women?

It appears so many people concentrate on the “bad side” of women, but there is more good that comes from them. For a moment, imagine the world without women.

Nah! The world would not be a great place to be. I can’t stop wondering how men will feel, I mean not being able to see the most beautiful piece or art of them all” a woman! I am even sure that when God took out that rib from Adam and created a woman he couldn’t stop looking at the great masterpiece he created! He was admiring and bracing himself all the way resplendent on his Majesty’s Chair.

Let’s go back to that imagination. Hmm, where should I start? OK! How about that feminine smile that makes you weak? The one that makes you lose your mind! Mmm! Or may I say that curvaceous body that you want to grab, or maybe those silky soft legs that you so much want to get in-between! I don’t know, you tell me!

Aren’t those the things that make you spend your last cents on? Aren’t these what men talk about every time when they are gathered? I think it is a shame that many men don’t want to accept that they can’t live without women.

I am proud to be a woman and though sometimes it’s hard to be a woman, because of these weaknesses of men outlined above. We sometimes intercede with men who have inserted master locks on their tongue and decide to take rather than ask.

If I had had a say when God created everything, I would have told him to put women on one side of the Ocean, and men on the other side. Without any doubt you would have seen so many of the men drowning because they wanted to cross the ocean to be next to women!

I thank God everyday that I am a woman. I can’t imagine how it feels to be a man. I mean in those beautiful, unique women you only have to choose one…Jeez, that would have been difficult for me. I salute the creator of all – Your Majesty!

OCTOBER 7 – OCTOBER 13 2011 edition

FEATURE OF THE WEEK: “President Zuma graces FS Shores” By Nthabiseng Lisele. Front page

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The President of the country, Mr Jacob Zuma visited the Free State to monitor cardinal programmes of the rural development. He specifically visited small rural settlements like Diyatalawa and Makholokoeng in Thabo Mofutsanyana local municipality.

Free State News gathered that the community started to stay in these two rural settlements from 1994, and the places were not in good condition for people to settle. But these people stayed there until the government of the Free State saw a need to help them live like other people.

Population of these two places was very low for the past years, but this year it has grown, as the people are beginning to settle well because of great improvements orchestrated by the government.

In the past years, people were staying in the houses built with sandstones, and now they have been provided with pleasant houses. A number of 50 houses of 74 square metre were built.

A sports arena that accommodates 12 different sports varieties was also built in Makholokoeng. Additionally, a temporary clinic, a bakery, and a primary school which contains 12 classrooms, was also built.

The MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mosebenzi Zwane unfurled a report that the department has opened a dairy parlour project, 450 cows were handed over and fruits and vegetables yards were also produced to create jobs for the community members.

To the delectation of many Free Staters on the ground, President Zuma came to observe and witness changes that were done by the Free State government under the leadership of Premier Ace Magashule. The premier was also there with all his MECs and HODs.

The president’s ministers also accompanied the president in order to give reports back to the parliament about the improvements that have been created in Free State province.

The community was given an opportunity to address their problems to the president and the major problem was the high rate of crime especially rape. Other problems include insufficient water and electricity cuts. The president asked them to be patient as “we are going to deliver good services to solve their problems. I will definitely be back here to monitor further progress. Thank you,”

Saturday, October 1, 2011

FREE STATE NEWS September 2011

FREE STATE NEWS (September 2011 editions)

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SEPTEMBER 30 – OCTOBER 6 2011 edition

FEATURE OF THE WEEK: “Parliament to the people!” By Seleke Botsime. Page 3

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Parliament to the people!

By Seleke Botsime

The parliament of the republic of South Africa successfully conducted People's Assembly at the Seisa Ramabodu, Stadium, Mangaung in the Free State Province, which petered to an last weekend.

Speaking at the launch, Nomi India Mfeketo emphasized that this was a national event, with different committees. “The main purpose of the event is to build an effective people's Parliament that is responsive to the needs of the people and is driven by the ideal of realizing a better quality of life for all the people of South Africa Parliament and the people.”

Free State News further gathered that there will be committee that will do the oversight on Free State issues. It being the sixth people’s Assembly, plans and ideas have been addressed in order to make it not just a talk-shop. Apart from deputy minister, India Nomfeketo, the occasion was graced by MEC Zwane of Agriculture and rural development, Mamiki Qabathe from GOCTA, and the Free State speaker B. Sesele.

Speaking at the launch, MEC Zwane said that the Parliament came at the right time. “We still have fresh memories of the World Cup and we are only few months away from the centenary. The project will surely improve our province and the service that is going to be given the first priority must be from the people of Free State.”

He added: “It is gratifying to note that this is an event where all districts and the nine provinces of the country are represented. The committees of Parliament are conducting site visits all over the province, and will compile reports that will constitute part of discussion during the thematic sessions. The MP'S from the National Council of Provinces are currently conducting visits all over the country and they will be able to provide national perspective on the status of the service delivery and other matters that need Parliament attention.”

The new approach towards the people’s assembly is that it is program-based and no longer events -based. It is a development program that will run from 2011-2014. The significance of the 2011 Assembly is that it will lay the foundation, and 2013 will be the culmination of the fourth Parliament program for the people's Assembly.

It was further revealed that there is well thought-out process that will ensure that the deliberations of the people’s assembly are processed in a manner that would yield the expected results. All the deliberation of People's Assembly will be compiled and tabled in Parliament as prescribed by the applicable rules of procedure. The report will then be referred to the relevant committees for their interaction with relevant departments. After a period of seven months, members of Parliament will again make follow-up with the communities and their challenges as reflected in the People Assembly reports. At the end of the day some sort of vision will be reflected in the People's Assembly reports, including pertinent challenges raised by the communities will be addressed.

SEPTEMBER 23 – SEPTEMBER 29 2011 edition

FEATURE OF THE WEEK: “Minister Baloyi on the qui vive” By Nthabiseng Lisele. Page 2

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… inspects public services with aplomb


The Free State province was part of the Public Service week which was graced by the Minister of Public Service and Administration, Richard Baloyi. He personally conducted the programme which took place this week (from 19 - 23 September) around the Free State.

The Minister was accompanied by the MEC for Police, Roads and Transport in the Free State, Butana Komphela. South Africa as a whole observed the Public Service week with dignity, where public services were inspected.

This programme indeed attracted participation from ministers, public servants across the three spheres of government, state owned enterprises, ambassadors, institutions of higher learning, civil society organization, and the citizenry at large.

This year’s theme in this wise was called, “Transformative Leadership in Public Administration and Governance: Creating a better future for all; My Public Service-My future”. Free State News gathered that the theme is a platform for participation and engagement for the delivery of quality public services.

Other activities as regards this event included the deployment of senior managers to service delivery; unannounced visits to service delivery institutions; service delivery exhibitions, and creating awareness to enhance access to citizens by provincial and national departments.

Richard Baloyi said: “We are looking at finalising the regulations dealing with disciplinary actions against senior managers by October”.

The senior management service conference will also take place where the ethics and integrity, progress made on the work of the special anti-corruption; register of financial interest by senior public servants will be considered.

SEPTEMBER 16 – SEPTEMBER 22 2011 edition

FEATURE OF THE WEEK: “MEC Zwane brings a smile to orphans” By Nthabiseng Lisele Page 3

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The MEC for Agriculture in the Free State, Msebenzi Zwane visited the town of Ficksburg to extend a generous, helping hand to orphans.

He started his day at St Paul’s Anglican Church at Ficksburg where he thanked the church for taking part in praying to solve the divisions at Meqheleng local municipality. He also prayed for the local municipality elections to be a success, and indeed they were successful.

The MEC gave the amount of R 1 000-00 to the sermon collection at this church, and also gave R 300-00 to an unfortunate, hapless learner. The latter is doing matric this year, and now she can at least afford to go to matric farewell like any other learners.

Thereafter the MEC went to have a special lunch with the orphans and children who came from the less fortunate families. There is a centre called the Ficksburg child care forum which is responsible for taking care of these kids; this project was created in 2009. Free State news learnt that the caregivers are not being paid, and are taking care of these children out of their hearts.

He gave them hats and scarf printed with the South African flag to support the springboks, and polar blankets. He also gave them toys worth R 16 000-00. Meanwhile, Mr Zwane promised the kids land where they will grow different types of vegetables. They are expected to sell them, and use the accrued money for other purposes.

The day became even more colourful as the choir of the MEC (Zwane) organised a music concert at Meqheleng Hall where people paid an entrance fee to watch the concert, and many other groups participated.

50 percent of the money that was allocated here was given to the Ficksburg child car forum. There was also a young man, Bongani who is physically disabled, but could still talk a little. He made a wish that he wanted to see Tsholo Leokaoke, a presenter from Lesedi fm.

And right on the spot, the MEC queried Bongani about his heart’s desire, and assured him that his dream will come true. Tsholo promised to come to Bongani’s birthday on the 27th September this year.

SEPTEMBER 9 – SEPTEMBER 15 2011 edition

FEATURE OF THE WEEK: “Women’s month rounded off with aplomb!” By Nthabiseng Lisele. Page 3

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…. Gwede Mantashe revels at the occasion


The Women’s Month celebration ended on a very high note at Qalabotjha in Villiers where different departments in the Free State gathered together to unveil the projects dedicated to women.

It was an exhilarating occasion which was embraced by a host of dignitaries, including the ANC General Secretary, Gwede Mantashe. Also present was the Premier of the Free State, Ace Magashule, Minister Lulu Xingwana, MEC Sisi Ntombela, MEC Mamiki Qabathe and MEC Tate Magoe.

One of the laudable projects that were officially opened was the Qalabotjha Clinic, which is sited right in the location. The clinic is ample and it has a maternity unit so that pregnant women won’t struggle anymore when ready to give birth. Jobs will be created as cleaners and nurses will be hired for this new clinic. The Department of Health is determined to ensure that this clinic becomes a success for the community.

The MEC for Human Settlement, Mamiki Qabathe handed over 100 houses to a coterie of women. The MEC for Social Development, Sisi Ntombela also announced that her Department will build two crèches very soon at Qalabotjha.

Premier Magashule took the opportunity to announce that 50 learners who have matriculated but never got the opportunity to go to schools, will be sent to driving schools to be trained for driving licences, free of charge.

The MEC for Education, Tate Makgoe also did his part as the ABSA bank handed over a cheque worth R20 000-00 to two secondary schools, Retshedisitswe and Gugulethu. Each school will receive R10 000-00.

Free State News learnt that this money will be used to buy pads for all the girls at these schools because the department of Education saw a need that some girls were struggling to afford them.

It was also revealed that past matriculates who failed will be helped with studying their past subjects so that they can be ready to re-write their exams.
The ANC women’s league demonstrated its magnanimity and empathy with the terrible human situation in Somalia by contributing food, money, clothes and many other necessary acquirements to support them through their painful period.

In closing of the Women’s Month, Gwede Mantashe told the ANC women’s league that the national body will support them every step of the way “because they are the greatest pillar of the ANC.” His appearance was warmly received and appreciated.

SEPTEMBER 2 – SEPTEMBER 8 2011 edition

FEATURE OF THE WEEK: “Sadtu pulls out all the stops!” By Seleke Botsime. Page 3

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SADTU pulls out all the stops!!

By Seleke Botsime

The SADTU conference in Mangaung lasted for four days and proved illuminating in its ramifications. Among the distinguished guests at the occasion was the MEC of Education, Tate Makgoe. The opening of the conference was done by Phel Parkies, the SACP Provincial Secretary who said that the occasion would elicit clarity.
It was an occasion to unravel inter alia the communist Manifesto which a medley of speakers reveled in. Parkies, for one said that communists are distinguished from each others’ working class parties with the national struggle of the proletarians of different countries.

It was stressed that political power, if properly understood, is merely the “organised power of one class for oppressing another.” He further said that as the SACP, nothing is easier than inculcating every aspect of social life, even Christian ascetism with a communist tinge. He queried: “For how long shall we change the curriculum in our schools? The education system has not stabilized, yet we are into 17 years of democracy.”
He added: “We need to talk about salaries of educators, more of those at foundation level, since these are the people that educate your children about our culture and moral orientation of a child.” He added that because of the gender struggle that is so embedded in National Democratic (NDR), economic emancipation of women should not be reduced.
He indicated the context of the SACP Mid term Vision which stipulates “six pillars” - the political program - economy, workplace, community, ideology, international solidarity.

The ANC regional conferences towards its 2012 elective conference were also touched on. “Any ruction for the movement and malicious campaign led by vacuous elements must be pulverized in the movement and we are desirous of a successful conference.”
Tate Makgoe said that one of the issues that needed to be addressed was to engage and discuss with earnestness. He said that many comrades are afraid to speak their mind. “Now is the time to restore the culture of our organisation. There is no need to separate both the ANCYL and the mother body. SADTU is a strong movement and surely it will take South Africa forward…although there are many challenges, we need to find solutions as the movement and move forward,”

The MEC said that the young ones need to participate and get more involved, especially on subjects like Mathematics, and Science. “We must remember that education can be used as a weapon. It is our challenge to open the doors of learning culture, since the level of unemployment is rising at an alarming stage. If we want to change the education system, we need to change it from school level. Furthermore, we need to believe in the capabilities of our teachers. Let’s not deny our children their first love, which can be science subjects,”

The other speaker was Sam Mashinini, the provincial secretary of COSATU who said that the movement had to be streamlined, with progress etching every step ahead. “If we don’t speak out, we inadvertently allow caucus to be held at the ‘corner’. Additionally, the problems of the ANC and the Youth League are everyone’s problems,”
Mr. Mashinini said: “One cannot dub part-time employment as decent, and we need to give decent education in order to avoid the children getting derailed; then they should go for further school. SADTU members should be conscientised and boosted with revolutionary educators…on the 05 of October the decision is that there will be a downing of tools. Let’s be an integral part of change!”

He also indicated that he was appealing to everybody to “campaign against Wall Mart…the entry point of Africa is through South Africa and now we have the support of the Government and are happy that the wall mart will have to go through their condition. Let’s bail the country out!”

Friday, August 26, 2011

FREE STATE NEWS (August 2011 editions)

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.

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Confidential Secretary/Manager
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AUGUST 26 – SEPTEMBER 2 2011 edition

FEATURE OF THE WEEK: “Mbeki bestrides Vista Arena” By Flaxman Qoopane. Front page

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Mbeki bestrides Vista Arena

By Flaxman Qoopane

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki was the key note speaker during the Africa Arise Summit 2011 held at the Vista Arena University of the Free State South campus in Bloemfontein at the weekend.

Mr Mbeki congratulated the Student Empowerment Movement (SEM) from the University of the Free State and the Africa Arise Project, and the Empowerment Temple Bible Church for inviting him to address the Africa Arise Summit 2011.08.22

He said: “The topic I have been asked to present at this Summit is the Effects of leadership Bankruptcy in Africa. The 20th century was marked with the collapse of the Soviet Union, Africa celebrated when Apartheid was defeated. Although problems of underdevelopment and poverty have not yet been solved, Africa and its leadership have done a great deal in terms peace and stability in Africa.

“Today we have only two countries in the continent; namely Somalia and Libya involved in war. Steps must be taken to bring peace in Somalia and Libya, when we talk of democratisation of our continent. We recall that between 1990 – 1994 31 of the 52 countries in Africa held competitive elections. We need to speak positive about happened in our continent. We must salute such achievements.

“During the last 21 years, much progress has been made in Africa. We must not become victims of the negative stereotype. Our youth in the continent must act together to address corruption, and our religious leaders must also address the moral regeneration.”

Thabo Mbeki added: “Since we meet at the University of the Free State, the students must strengthen our African institutions. The youth of our country will take the leadership of our country and will be better empowered to handle the advancement of the continent. The role of the student is to study,”

He also stressed that Africans must have innate confidence in themselves. “We must not listen to people who say we are failures in Africa, We must make assessment about ourselves. Our universities are facing challenges to be agents of change,” he rounded off, amidst ringing applause.

AUGUST 19 – AUGUST 25 2011 edition

FEATURE OF THE WEEK: “Kgalema in Bloemfontein for pivotal Aids Council” Front page. By Nthabiseng Lisele

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The City of Roses - Bloemfontein - was the place to be at the weekend as the metropolis was graced by distinguished guests whilst the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) met in a plenary session in the Free State Province.

The meeting was chaired by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and attended by ministers and deputy ministers, representatives of civil society sectors, as well as Premier Ace Magashule, and MECs of the Free State province.

The plenary was convened under the theme “Policy in Action”, which aims to deliberate on a wide range of interventions towards tackling the dual epidemic of HIV and TB.

In 2009, government made far-reaching policy changes to expand access to treatment, care and support to groups identified as critical to efforts to reduce morbidity and mortality. These include pregnant women, people who are co-infected with HIV and TB, and HIV exposed infants who test positive at birth.
Recent studies point to some encouraging signs that reflect the impact of these policies.

In April 2010, the country embarked on a massive HIV counselling and testing (HTC) campaign seeking to test and screen 15 million people for HIV and other chronic diseases. The campaign has been a tremendous success with millions of people responding to the call to know their HIV status.

Over the 15 months of the HCT campaign, 14 million people have been counselled and more than 12 million have tested for HIV in the public centre. In addition, 1,5 million were tested in the private sector. This reflects a six-fold increase in the number of people testing for HIV over the previous year. Of those tested, two million people were found to be HIV positive and were referred for further care.

It was also agreed that SANAC will embark on a targeted campaign to encourage more men and people at high risk of contracting HIV to present themselves for counselling and testing.

The Deputy President, in his suave manner urged all South Africans who tested positive not to despair but to return to their local clinic to receive care. He also explained some of the great strides made by government in this wise.

Government has increased the capacity to care for people living with HIV and require antiretroviral (ARV) treatment. Free State News learnt that the number of public facilities now providing comprehensive ART has increased from 490 to 2001. More than 1 750 nurses have been trained on Nurse Initiated and Managed ART (NIMART), making it possible for professional nurses to put people onto treatment.

Free State News also learnt that another fillip has been added with SANAC endorsing the National Health Council (NHC) policy to initiate treatment for all those who test positive with a CD4 count of 350 or less. The current National Strategic Plan on HIV, AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and TB (NSP) 2007 -2011 comes to an end in December 2011.

SANAC has now officially launched the first draft of the next NSP and announced the process that will lead to the development of the new National Strategic Plan on HIV, AIDS, TB and STIs 2012 – 2016. The NSP development process will culminate in the launch of the NSP 2012 – 2016 on 1 December 2011 - World AIDS Day.

The objective of the NSP development process is to ensure that all people in South Africa have the opportunity to participate in the development of the plan that will guide South Africa’s response to HIV, TB and STIs over the next five years.

AUGUST 12 – AUGUST 18 2011 edition

FEATURE OF THE WEEK: “Effervescence as Famsa marks Women’s Day!” By Seleke Botsime

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By Seleke Botsime

FAMSA held an illuminating function to celebrate Women’s Day (on Tuesday August 8 this week). The event was orchestrated at the offices of FAMSA (Family South Africa) and attracted some prominent ecumenical figures, and many other stakeholders.
The opening prayer was done by Pastor Malangabe who stressed the significance of the

fairer sex leaving a legacy: “just like the gallant women who took part in marching to Pretoria decades ago,”. The programme director, Ntate Mantutle welcomed everyone who attended the function. .Also present were women who were clients of Family South Africa. Mmaditaba Moletsane gave information about Famsa, underling that it was established since 1954. “Famsa renders pivotal services ranging from Marriage counselling, trauma, pre-marriage counselling, to divorce mediation. Recently they have decided to bring service closer to the people by visiting the police stations like Batho police station. We are hoping to spread our wings even further,”

Patience Sekhonyana, a fourth year student at the university explained the purpose of the day. She explained: “Women of yore did not have rights like women of today, alas. Today, organisations like FAMSA strive to empower women and equip them with enough knowledge in order to have a way forward.” Mathabo Mohale read a poem stressing the importance of women, titled: “Specially for you".

The first guest speaker was Mrs. Lydia Wesi, a lecturer at the National Hospital. She thanked all the women who participated. “Indeed, women went through a lot, but they need to know that the Big Nanny is always watching (God)! I used to be a client of FAMSA and I am proud of the help that I have done. When I experienced lot of death in my life to a point I was unable to handle it, as we all experience problems and there is always a solution for every problem.”

Mrs. Matsemelela who announced that she was a domestic violence survivor said that women should know that anything that happens in their life is not by mistake. “There is always a lesson to be learnt, even when sometimes one does not see it. On my own part, I was abused both emotionally and financially. But through it all I managed to make it and now I run a home-based care and I am a ward councillor.” She pleaded with every woman that they must find their purpose and leave a legacy.

The last speaker was the motivational speaker, Mrs Dichabe. She said that women are much stronger than many could imagine. “God will give us the right antidote for a problem; so one needs to persevere at all times despite the challenges. I must stress the importance of self-respect among women; we must learn to give in order to be blessed since the hand that gives is more blessed than the one that receives. A woman doesn’t have to sell her soul in order to achieve in life. When a woman knows her role and her worth she can achieve more,”.



By Flaxman Qoopane

The commemoration of 1976 “Mangaung Students Revolt: Ihobe Secondary School” was held at the Assemblies of God Church in Mangaung at the weekend.

Fikile Qithi, former student leader of Ihobe Secondary School and former political prisoner at Robben Island said: “The event marks 34 years commemoration of Mangaung Students Outburst. He paid tribute to younger students in Mangaung who were inspired by Soweto uprisings of June 1976 who also took part in the struggle against Afrikaans as a medium language of education.”

He also paid tribute to young students from Ihobe Secondary School, Marang Primary School, Sehunelo High School, Lereko High School St Bernard Roman Catholic School for rejecting the imposition of Afrikaans. These included Mpho Diba, Pinkie Litheko, and Fikile Qithi.

Zingile Dingani, the former Ihobe Secondary School student and now Secretary of Parliament from Cape Town said: “I’m a former learner at Ihobe Primary School. We learned Geography and mathematics in Afrikaans. That helped us to raise our consciousness.

“People including Issac Moroe the journalist from The Friend and teacher Mawonga Maqhina played an important role by politicising the Mangaung Students League. Mangaung became the centre of the students’ political activities. It was a very tough time during the 1980 students like Papie Makoto died during the struggle. We never had battles between the ANC and the PAC. We worked together in the Free State. People of this province liberated themselves.”

He added: “It is good that this occasion has been organised in Mangaung, we are going to have the ANC Centenary in the Free State next year. The people of this province must participate in the centenary celebrations.”

Sekhopi Malebo, former chairman of the ANC in the Southern Free State and MEC for Public Works Roads and Transport in the Free State said: “In 1977, the struggle reached its peak in Mangaung Students marched from Sehunelo High School to Moemedi High School. We had one slogan in the streets Black Power! We urge those students who were part of the struggle that took place in Mangaung to come together with comrade like Fikile Qithi and write a history book about the students’ uprising in Mangaung.”

Poets including Jah Rose, Flaxman Qoopane, Hector Kunene, Raselebedi Khotseng, Imbongi Sibongile Potelwa, a third year in Financial management recited a poem in Xhosa language.

Potelwa said: “My poem was about the great contribution done by the students of Mangaung during the struggle. In the poem I appreciate the price paid by those martyrs in order for us to be where we are today. Our youth must take this beautiful country to the next level,”

AUGUST 5 – AUGUST 11 2011 edition

FEATURE OF THE WEEK: “Magashule revels in ecumenical occasion” By Bongani Tshabalala

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Thousands of Methodist Church members gathered in Bloemfontein in Rocklands at Mangaung Outdoor Sports Centre at the weekend. The occasion was graced by the Premier of the Free State, Mr.Segobelo Magashule together with Mangaung Metro Mayor, Mr. Thabo Manyoni.

The ceremony was in aid of a thanks giving prayer, part of the Programme of the Free State Provincial Government to build close working relations with the churches. Earlier this year, the Provincial Government successfully hosted the Zion Christian Church (ZCC) and the Rivers of Living Waters.

This occasion acknowledged the role of the Churches whilst praying for the peaceful local government election which was held on 18 May 2011. Among the coterie of distinguished guests was the MEC for Health, Fundiswa Ngubentombi together with panoply of Methodist pastors. Hymns, worship songs and choruses punctuated the air, making the Rocklands Township to roar with waves of praises!

Mayor Manyoni welcomed the visitors with gusto. He acknowledged the stirring work done by John Weasley, who was the inventor of Methodist Church. He also urged togetherness of all races in the country. Before the Premier took the podium to deliver a key note address, there were choruses all over the place. Amadodana a se Wesile entertained the congregation, with even the MEC Ngubentombi and Journalists caught up in the spirit of songs. They danced with élan!

In his own speech, Premier Magashule rubbished the accusations made by Congress of the People (Cope) concerning the accounts of Operation Hlasela He said: “Cope comprises a group of people who are jealous and confused as well as bitter. They don’t want to see the ruling party progress, nor do they want to see people’s lives change for the better. As regards the section of the Media that is busy criticizing our works as Free State Government, we are fully aware of their machinations; we know all about them. We are going to expose them all, as we cannot turn a blind eye onto those accusations. We cannot condone false statements and defamation,” said a solemn Magashule.

Magashule went down memory lane straddling the history of the 1889 Annual General Council (AGC) in S.A of Methodist as Amadodana Ase Wesile celebrated 100 years. “This church played a pivotal role during the Apartheid era and the sundry movement of ANC. There were great leaders like Rev Mahabane and Enoch Sontonga - who was a missionary teacher of Methodist church missionary for pastors. We thank the Church; including those who are not formal members of this church, for your loyal support through thick and thin,” said the charismatic Premier.

He added: “To those who are unemployed, you must keep the positive flame alight and be sure that tomorrow will be okay - press on!” The Premier exultantly quoted the Bible, encouraging the congregation as the session petered to an end. Meanwhile, Mayor

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JULY 29– AUGUST 4 2011 edition

FEATURE OF THE WEEK: “67 Minutes at Brandfort!” By Seleke Botsime

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67 Minutes at Brandfort!

By Seleke Botsime


The different government Departments joined hands and were on a concerted mission whilst celebrating the 93rd birthday of the great man, Nelson Mandela.

Brandfort was the place to be, since there is a lot of history here. For one, Winnie Madikizela Mandela stayed here for many years. Last Saturday the Premier and top government functionaries visited the Library of Majwemasweu and gave away toys to the children. The MEC of Sports, Arts and Culture, Mr Dan Kgothule said: “It’s indeed a special day to celebrate Tata’s birthday, and it’s important since the history of this place somewhat complements vestiges of the struggle,”

Mr Kgothule’s Department was there, together with MEC Zwane of the Agriculture and Rural Development. Also present was the MEC Mme Mamiki Qhabathe (of COGTA) who thanked all the people who attended the function. She urged them to unite in order to bring change, and give to the less fortunate.

MEC Zwane, together with other MECs, visited Meloding Farm near Brandfort, where his Department gave three farmers’ assorted sheep. This gesture sparked other magnanimous acts, as three farmers jointly donated a Ram worth R50 000 to Nelson Mandela. Mr Zwane indicated that they would find ways to deliver the present to Mr Mandela himself.

On Saturday, the Acting Premier, Sisi Ntombela gave away a house to Mme Elizabeth Platjie. The latter used to stay at the house that belonged to Mme Winnie Mandela from 1989. Finally, the title deed was signed by both Mme Platjie and MEC Sisi Ntombela. The house is well furnished from the kitchen to the bedrooms.

The house comprises eight rooms, including the garage. When she accepted the house, Mme Platjie said that she was very happy to have finally had a house that she could call a home. She explained that she originally had five children, but now only two children were still alive – together with three grand children. MEC Ntombela said that she is excited that she is giving away the house, and Elizabeth recounted some of the tribulations visited on her in the past.

On Monday this week, the Premier, Ace Magashule was there in person cleaning the grave yard at Brandfort together with the MEC of Health, Fezile Ngombentombi. Mr Magashule, together with other MECs, went to town and endeavoured to close the potholes. The Premier thereafter thanked the people who helped to make the day a resounding success - especially those who were giving their service without being paid. He even painted the place, and said: “We must spend this day remembering those who have fought for us to be here,”

JULY 22– JULY 28 2011 edition

FEATURE OF THE WEEK: “Mandela Day fizzes at full throttle,” By O Bolaji

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By O Bolaji

It was a monumental day steeped in the selfless traditions of the world revered icon himself, Nelson Mandela. Early this week, millions of South Africans, and the world at large heeded Madiba’s exhortations to orchestrate some 67 minutes of service to humanity.

Hence the proliferating deeds that unfolded on the day. Typical was Ward 7 in Mangaung where the celebration for Mandela started at about 10.00am. The ANCYL went into overdrive in marking the occasion with gusto, cleaning one of the children’s parks in Bophelong.

As the chirpy, boisterous ANCYL members told Free State News: “We are very much informed by the role Tata Mandela played to liberate our people. He sacrificed his life for us all. We the youth have to advance, retain, and revivify the efforts of Mandela in building a united, non-racial, non-sexist and prosperous South Africa. We are exceedingly excited to take part in this event!”

Mme Keabetswe, Branch Executive Member explained that the day was all about service; “doing something good for others. Now, we are cleaning the park for the children. We are all in the loop as regards the awesome legacy of Mandela. This is our own contribution,”

Ultimately, the Ward Councillor, Mtshiwane gave an impressive speech to adumbrate the tantalising occasion. He said: “It behoves us all to remind the youth to always admire Nelson Mandela and his contributions for a peaceful, non-racial, and united nation. Today, on the legend’s birthday we can reinforce and complement his wonderful legacy!”

The Councillor also deprecated the “wrong, negative type of politics”. He said: “Young people must do all they can to be positive, broad-minded and avoid factionalism. They should follow the footsteps of Mandela who wanted a sane, non-discriminatory society with everybody finding their feet regardless of colour, creed and beliefs. The world in general has suffered too much from the antics of dangerous, bad leaders; hence the great ones like Mandela should be venerated,”

As regards the playing ground which witnessed such a hub of activities, many residents stressed that it was a nice gesture, but more still has to be done. “This place ideally has to be upgraded, and from time to time maintained. Recreational centres boost the society at large to be more galvanic,”



Next month (August, 2011) will be thirty five years since the Mangaung Students Revolt at Ihobe School took place. In tribute to Fikile Qithi and to rekindle and remind ourselves of his contribution to the understanding of oppression and forces of oppression, an event has been organized in Mangaung.

This will take place at the Assembly of God Church, corner Maphisa and Moshoeshoe Road at Phahameng. The event will also celebrate the Ihobe Class of 76.

Qithi made his name on the 20th of August 1976 uprising by defying the then apartheid regime almost single-handedly; ending up at Robben Island for five years because of his defiant stand against the erstwhile evil system.

He was accused of sabotage, and his three co-accused were given suspended sentences. Also, a play titled “1976: From Mangaung to Robben Island.” will be showcased on 6 August 2011.

Rehearsals for the scintillating play will start at the Performing Arts Centre of Free State on Monday 25 August 2011.

Mangaung 1976 Commemoration Committee Ihobe School can be contacted as follows:
Diba Goliath (072 7880116)
Raselebeli Khotseng (078 0157819)

JULY 15– JULY 21 2011 edition

FEATURE OF THE WEEK: “Top notch ladies blossom in business niche,” Front page. By Bongani Tshabalala

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By Bongani Tshabalala

Windmill Casino in Bloemfontein was a hive of frenetic activity with the convergence of women of high calibre from all walks of life. They were in tandem to discuss business under the theme of ‘How Money can work For You’

It was a laudable initiative from Mrs Eliza Ntshingila from Yadah Church Ministries International, in conjunction with IDC, Old Mutual and Free State government. Dignitaries included the sterling Political and Economic Analyst, Me Lebohang Liepollo Pheko, Hannah Ntshingila, who is an Accountant from Gauteng Province, and former Political adviser in the office of the President, Jacob Zuma. Also present were Dr. Gladys Modise Magagane, and the pulchritudinous Miss World Universal, Marinique Viljoen. Jacoline Ntshingila, board member from FDC, was the Programme Director. When Ms Remonde Abrahams, the Old Mutual representative took the podium, she spoke about savings’ retirement and education plans for “our children, and how valuable it is to save and invest in our assets.”

Miss World Universal, Marinique Viljoen, spoke about God’s Business and the confidence of a woman. She said: “Your dream might not be the easiest path to walk as God has intertwined in Woman’s heart, and you don’t need a title as a woman to make a difference in other people’s lives. We must be alert that we have a dream killer (Devil), and we must silence it because we have God on our side. Don’t belittle yourself by saying: who am I to be talented? You must know that you’re a child of God, you’re powerful beyond measure, and don’t listen to that voice of fear, as we’re liberated from fear, and poignant loneliness.”

“We are women who fulfil our communities as social workers, directors, educators, as well as wives. God has bestowed upon us unconditional love,” Marinique added. She quoted heavily from the Bible. She concluded by saying: “The way women are strong, they always keep things together. As a business woman, you must always have feminity, softness, compassion and passion for your business,”

Guest Speaker, Me Liepollo Lebohang Pheko is renowned for her sharp intellect and erudition. She took the stage with her usual poise and enunciation, delivering a speech whose theme was: “A Christian’s money is Really God’s Money”. Pheko is the last born of former President of Pan African Congress’ leader, Dr. Motsoko Pheko.

She said: “As a woman, you must have notion of ownership; use wisdom, don’t make your budget of your feelings. You need to invest more into your future as you must spend less, and live within your means.” She touched a cord, when she emphasised that women should be prudent and careful whilst negotiating generally. “As regards, contracts, you must enquire first before you sign, because the world might walk over us and we might end up being abused because of our signatures without reading thoroughly”. She added: “You must know that death is inevitable. You must prepare your will or Testament because what sustains us is God’s Grace, as death is part of life.”

She also encouraged women to choose the correct business where they buy shares and options of stock exchange. “They must attend business meetings so that they may barter with other business owners or entrepreneurships, and they must export or import in a manner to expand, merge, diversify, and target other markets”.

In her conclusion she said: “Women must be crucified, or die on the side of ‘Mamon’ - the love of money. Don’t forget that South Africa is one of the indebted countries in the world, so you must keep yourself out of debt. Don’t co-sign with anyone, work hard and live with these four divine principals as a woman; and you must know that God is the source. He is munificent in his glory,” said a poised Liepollo Pheko.

Meanwhile, Liepollo Pheko will be live on Television BBC World channel on the 22 and 23 July 2011, pursuant to attending a debate in Ukraine: “Is it good for a nation to host a sporting event?”

JULY 08– JULY 14 2011 edition

FEATURE OF THE WEEK: “Youth galvanized to forge ahead with dynamism” Front page. By Bongani Tshabalala

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By Bongani Tshabalala

Youth Day was again marked with the sobriety and trenchant manner it deserves, this year. South African youth celebrated its 35th anniversary, with adumbrations of the youth of 1976 who fought tirelessly, with many of them becoming martyrs of this country.

The Free State was not left behind in this wise, as they closed the month with a bang at Botshabelo Stadium. The Department of Social Development orchestrated the end of Youth Month programmes with élan. The activity was aimed at providing information and raising public awareness on programmes which are geared to benefit, mobilise and engage youth to take a lead in the reconstruction and development of their lives and country.

The theme of this mammoth, colourful closing Youth Month event was “Youth Action for Economic Freedom in our lifetime”. It was an event the hordes are still talking about!

The youth came in large numbers from areas like Botshabelo, Thaba Nchu and Bloemfontein to savour the occasion. To complement this, various stake holders came in large numbers to witness the event – as witness the likes of the Department of Social Development,
Department of Health, South African National Defence Force, National Youth Development Agency, Ndisa Finance, Central University of Technology, University of Free State, Department of Home Affairs, and Department of Rural Development.

The stakeholders took this congenial opportunity to enlighten and conscientise the youth as regards youth information in general, plus tantalising opportunities that are available in their departments. Yet the grim reality was also stressed, for example that South Africa is facing a crisis of youth with soaring unemployment rate of 70 - 73%.

It was exhilarating as Government Departments liaised together with camaraderie, stating that “Working together we can do more”. They explained that they were looking to ensure service delivery in diverse ways. “Other platforms are created to enable and empower young people to exercise their constitutional rights and become active agents for socio economic change,”

Mr. Bongo Nazo, who is a Director of Youth Development, took the podium on behalf of the Head of Department of Social Development, Me Maboe. He said: “Gone are those days where youth were saying they don’t know where to go, who to ask for help, and how to realise their dreams. Now, opportunities are placed in front of you; it is up to you to grab and seize the moment. The sky is the limit!” he enunciated, amidst ringing applause.

It was also pointed out that this year the Department of Social Development is aiming to establish the following projects that would benefit young people: Cemetery Management Cooperatives, Youth Clubs in 20 Communities, My Store Franchise in ten towns, and distribution of Social Relief of Distress Cooperative in Luckhoff.

The ambience here was one of buoyancy and hope for the future. One of the youths who attended this magnificent closing event told Free State News: “The Department of Social Development, by creating National Youth Service working on Child and Youth care service, has given us hope. On my own part I have learned to appreciate myself and the glittering opportunities in front of me, rather than remaining negative about so-called problems,”

JULY 01– JULY 07 2011 edition

FEATURE OF THE WEEK: “Trenchant Agricultural Boost” Front page. By Bongani Tshabalala

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…Cows and bakkies handed over to budding farmers

By Bongani Tshabalala

The FS Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has been exceedingly active in respect of the Departmental Farmer support and Developmental programme, as well as the preservation of the indigenous cattle breed. Hence emerging farmers in Ventersburg, Virginia and Henneman have been given a veritable shot in the arm!

Hitherto, such farmers struggled to get funding in order to improve their livestock and farming at large. But now eighty cows and two Toyota Bakkies have been handed over to the emerging farmers. Also, these agriculturists have been boosted with 60 beef cattle as well as three bulls and 20 for dairy cattle. Placius farm in Ventersburg was the epicentre of the donations.

Free State News gathered that in this financial year 2011/12 DARD R519 million was budgeted, with the complementary grant called (CASP) Comprehensive Agricultural Support Programme. R102.00 million has been spent on the pertinent project.

The heart-warming event was graced by the HOD from DARD, Dr Dimakatso Moorosi, Lejweleputswa District Mayor, Mathabo Leeto and former Mayor of Tswelopele local Municipality, Me Rose Phukuntsi (who is now serving as member of mayoral committee in Lejweleputswa Municipality in Local Economic Development, Agriculture and Tourism).

The MEC responsible for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Mosebenzi Zwane geared up for his cardinal speech; meanwhile, others stressed that people must do all they can to create jobs for themselves in line with the exhortation of President Jacob Zuma who has said that this year should be one of job creation in local municipalities.
Mr. Zwane said: “This collaboration of the Department of DARD and Lejweleputswa is going to make it easier for the MEC and MMC of Agriculture Me Phukuntsi to facilitate growth in these projects, and even monitor for the MEC closely. You must be innovative in various projects and grow in order for government to be encouraged to fund you furthermore.”

Zwane also pointed out that in grain production, Free State is number one in the country, followed by the Western Cape. “So we must work hard to remain on top of the pile, and we’re going to make a follow-up in those projects to improve the lives of the emerging farmers. Keep it in mind that Agriculture is for the people who‘ve got the love of it, and patience. With these cows presented to you today, you have some security to take care of your own livestock so that we mustn’t repeat one mistake after the other. We need progress here in Agriculture in order to go forward to assist others who need our help. Note our motto: ‘our project will never die during our term, instead they will grow,’” said the charismatic Zwane.

“You must learn to stand on your own from today. Stop infightings! It is our legacy as Africans to have livestock because some of our children receive their education out of it. Please let’s work together with our Municipality to sustain this project. We must join hands together to fight poverty, to get fresh and nourishing food. It is our intention as government to feed you and do the right thing at the right time for the people. In this project there are 102 farmers whom the Department is assisting to be commercial farmers. Also, in this project, 50 households are beneficiaries.”

One of the exultant beneficiaries, Mr. Khothule thanked the Department for their largesse. “Really, one must be patient,” he said. “I waited and worked so hard with my partners in these projects, and now I’m smiling! To my colleagues, I say let’s go and work as well as listen to the stimulating advice given to us. For those who didn’t receive this time around, be patient as your turn will come sooner or later,” In conclusion, he fulsomely thanked the illustrious guests, the government in general, calling on them to continue to support Agriculture.