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Mbeki waxes lyrical on SA’s economic prospects

By Dineo Mokgosi

Author and political economist Moeletsi Mbeki has warned that efforts to grow South Africa’s economy could be derailed because of de-industrialization and failure by the leadership to recognize the source of South Africa’s problems.

According to Mbeki, South Africa is one of the countries that should be the jewel of Africa but compared to the most of Africa, it is the one country that is faced with a “dazzling array of problems”.

“One of the problems we have in this country is de-industrialisation. According to the CEO of the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), three to four years from now, South Africa won’t have a car manufacturing industry because of the dearth of the component manufacturers who today are supplying the components that go into a South African-made car,” Mbeki said.

Mbeki related an example of a South African company that was making spark plugs which has now relocated to Hungary citing an unviable operating environment.

“The company just packed its bags and moved to Hungary, and took not just the factory equipment, but the South African workers as well. This means South African car manufacturers now have to import from Hungary.

“The industrialisation of the South African economy is a huge problem which may not be visible to the naked eye but its carrying on,” Mbeki said.

He also said one of the major crisis facing South Africa is the falling life expectancy of South Africans.

“A few years ago the average South Africa expected to live up to 55 and maybe even more than that and today our life expectancy at birth is 45 only. Now that is a big crisis,” Mbeki said.

He said the high levels of unemployment, massive violence directed towards women and children as well as an incompetent state contribute to the downfall of the South African economy.

“We have amazing criminal violence in this country. There are more people murdered in South Africa which has a population of about 50 million than there are murdered in United States (of America) which has a huge population of 350 million,” Mbeki said.

Mbeki added: “We have a massively incompetent state in South Africa. What is going on in Limpopo with the text book saga is only the tip of the iceberg”.

He said South Africa does not have the political or the economic leadership to solve the problems reason being that neither of them knows the source of the problems.


Mangaung celebrated the 36th anniversary student uprising of 20 August
1976. The commemoration was held at the Pax Nova Hall at Bochabela

One of the organizers of the event, journalist and black consciousness

activist Mpikeleni Duma said the other objective of the celebration

was to pay respect to the fallen heroes of 1976; Mpho Diba and Pinkie

Ditheko to mention just but a few.

Diba and Ditheko spent 5 years each at the Robben Island Prison for

their involvement in the student uprising of 1976. The event was a

turning point for the struggle in Mangaung.

Different speakers paid tribute to these heroes and recalled events

from 1976 up to 1980 leading to the death of Papi Makotoko on 21 May

32 years ago.

Litaba Mokhosi, a former student of Lereko High School at Batho

Location recalled events leading to the burning of an office at

Sehunelo High School and the jailing of Morena Matseletsele and Modise


Another speaker, Peter Maloro and a cultural worker, said parents told

him that a class was burnt Ihobe Junior Secondary School. Maloro said

that he was at Mothusi Primary School before he enrolled at Lereko High

School. He also recalled how students at both Lereko and Sehunelo

smashed down an "apartheid wall" that divided both schools.

Principal of Nzamane and a political activist, Smanga Ntlola told the

audience that he was doing practicals at Ihobe School when a class was

burnt. He said that student consulted him together with struggle

stalwart Victor Shumane. Shumane and Ntlola were History teachers at

Ihobe School.

Celebrated poet, Magic Khotseng electrified the atmosphere when he recited

his poem Aluta Continua. Ironically the theme of the event was Aluta


Fikile Qithi, who single-handedly challenged the apartheid government as

a student at Ihobe School 1976 said it was a great honour that such

events celebrated in Mangaung. Quoting Leon Trotsky, he said :

'People have short memory".

Playwright Thjabang Lenko spoke of his suffering in detation and

torture as a result of his involvement in student politics. He was

held for 8 months at the Grootvlie Prison after the declaration of the

state of emergency 1986.

It was proposed at the meeting that the event must be held annually. A

play titled Ihobe The Freedom Song has being composed about the 1976



With K A Motheane

Book: Omoseye Bolaji: A voyage around his literary work

By Ishmael Mzwandile Soqaga

This new book is already making waves in literary circles. It is the latest full-length book study on prolific and versatile writer, Omoseye Bolaji

The author, Ishmael Soqaga is a well known celebrated pan Africanist, essayist, and critic. Here he utilizes his vast experience and knowledge to write this new study on Bolaji. The book shows how much the author appreciates and respects his subject.

Literary pundits are already praising Soqaga’s style, describing it as “grandiose”, “somber”, “dignified” etc. His study has already been likened to other illustrious studies written by the likes of Robert Fraser and Adele King.

It is uplifting to see the great strides the Free State continues to make in the genre of literature. The province has produced world class literary critics, and this new work shows that Ishmael Soqaga can now be included among the best.

I think his book is a must for those who care about literature, its studies, evolution, the African perspective; and of course in particular robust analyses of some of Bolaji’s books. I recommend this work to the public at large.

Earlier studies (books) on Bolaji:

Omoseye Bolaji: His writings/ his role as a catalyst. By Pule Lebuso (2001)

Omoseye Bolaji: Perspectives on his literary work. By Flaxman Qoopane (2003)

Omoseye Bolaji: Channelling one’s thoughts onto paper. By Charmaine Kolwane (2005)

Tebogo on the prowl: On the sleuth created by Omoseye Bolaji. By Petro Schonfeld (2006)

Omoseye Bolaji: On awards, authors, literature. By Pule Lechesa (2007)

The Crest: Omoseye Bolaji honoured in Nigeria. By Flaxman Qoopane (2008)

Omoseye Bolaji: Further perspectives. By Julia Mooi (2009)

OMOSEYE BOLAJI. By Hector Kunene (2010)

Friday, August 17, 2012

Free State News August 2012 - samples

Glee over SA’s Olympic Gold medals

By Omoseye Bolaji

Unbridled glee swept through the country after Cameron van der Burgh and Chad le Clos, both at the current Olympics (Swimming) soared to victory, winning gold medals with panache. And Free Staters have not been left out of the euphoria.

Seasoned Free State sports pundit, Masilonyane Lefuo told Free State News: “It was a magnificent triumph and we have been blazing a trail so early at the global fiesta. My mind went back to the 1996 Olympics when Penny Heyns did so well bagging gold twice at the swimming events! Both Cameron and Chad have done very well,”

Jerry Seekoei of Mangaung also beamed; saying: “It’s been two exhilarating moments from the Swimming events for us. The two gold medals put the country on the map solidly – remember at the time South Africa was already much ahead of great sporting nations like Britain (hosts) Germany and Australia. And of course we were then the only African country to have won medals, not to say gold!”

It started with Cameron van der Burgh on Sunday night, as he bagged South Africa's first medal of the London Olympics when he won gold in the men's 100 metres breaststroke in a world record time of 58.46 seconds.

The South African led from start to finish as he annihilated the rest of the field. He set a world record, becoming the country's first male swimmer to win a gold medal in an individual event at the Games.

"It is just a feeling that I can't describe right now," Van der Burgh said after the race. "The last four years have been a lot of hard work."

Van der Burgh was followed by Christian Sprenger of Australia in a time of 58.93 and American Brendan Hansen who was third in 59.49.

The night before, Van der Burgh had clocked a time of 58.83, improving his previous national and continental record of 58.95 which he set at the 2009 Fina World Championships in Rome.

Van der Burgh, however, said he cared more about the Olympic crown, a title he will carry with him for the rest of his life, than he did about the time.

“I don't really care about the world record. It really doesn't faze me,” he said. “Once you become an Olympic champion, you join a club and they can never take it away from you."

He said if was difficult to stay focused in the build-up to the race and had relied on friends and family to keep his mind off the matter. Then Chad le Clos chipped in with his own magic too!
(Published in August 3 2012 edition)


By Raselebeli “Magic” Khotseng

Like birds chirruping in the sky nor waves roaring in the sea

Before mighty throne angels lead their uncompromising hosannas

But in the battlefield Aluta unifies our hearts in solidarity with the vanquished

From struggle via the grave to Martyrdom

With defiant message on their placards “An Injury to one, is an Injury to all”

A message borne out of devastation of Bantu Native Act and State of emergency

That holds spirits of martyrs in Mangaung and Avalon

Aluta Continua! Shame the enemy and embrace Lembethe, Tambo and Sobukwe

For time is over to remain playing ground for colonial vampires

Their bullets smile when blood is scattered in the battlefield

Their blood dripping hands cannot plant any seed but could easily pull a trigger

With destructive minds they plan our future with cornflakes and wine

And emerged with a binding solution “Education first, liberation after”

Their slave teaching never make us desert emancipatory programme

Yes we’ve been taught “renegades are not the advocates of the cause they deserted”

Man afraid to give his life for a right cause is like roots refuse to absorb water

Always confess before a racist Magistrate and prosecutor

Shivers before an arrogant police and interpreter

Aluta Continua! Fighting evil is an indication of bravery to horrified witnesses of brutal murder of police dogs

Mangaung braces up for ’76 uprising!

Mangaung will come alive this weekend as the 36th anniversary of the pertinent 1976 student uprising is commemorated.

Already, many stalwarts of the struggle are bracing up for the occasion. Some of them told Free State News this week that the Soweto uprisings of 1976 was also mirrored in the Free State at the time, and young people must realise this.

“I believe very strongly that youngsters of today must be conscientized about the past,” Raselebeli “Magic” Khotseng said. “When I see the very good life available to young blacks nowadays, it rather saddens me that so many of them do not even know the horrific struggle people like me went through in the past for them to be enjoying today. It is good that the Mangaung uprising will be remembered this weekend,”

Mr Khotseng, who is a well known, celebrated poet and literary activist, will be one of the keynote speakers at the event this weekend at Pax Nova in Bochabela. Other speakers include Sekhopi Malebo, Modise Phekonyane, Smanga Ntlola among others. The celebrated journalist, Mr Mpikeleni Duma will be orchestrating proceedings.

Meanwhile Free State News spoke to a number of people in the Province this week about the event. Unfortunately, many young people professed that they did not know anything about those galvanic events in Mangaung 36 years ago; but also pointed out that they would be proud to be enlightened in this wise. Older respondents stated that they are happy that even in the new dispensation, the terrible struggles of the past can still be remembered.

The theme of the anniversary this year is “Aluta Continua”. The date of the event is Saturday the 18th of August, 2012. Proceedings kick-off at 14H00.
(Published in August 17 2012 edition)