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FREE STATE NEWS January 18 2013 sample stories
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LINDIWE DAMANE’S GREAT STRIDES
By R Khotseng
Take a lovely young female librarian who is very much in touch with her roots and celebrates the world of arts and culture, especially poetry. Lindiwe Damane is a cultured, performing poet with an African touch.
Talking about how it all began for her, she explains: “I developed an interest in writing when I was in High School in 2006, my English teacher would give us poems to read; thereafter my love for poetry started there.”
Although still very young at the time, she experienced some frustrations along the way. “Then I would write just for fun and no one would read my work, hardly anybody even knew that I wrote poems. In 2009 I would write occasionally... eventually I stopped writing. “
Now working at the Bloemfontein Public Library, inevitably she met the powerful poet and author, Charmaine Kolwane Mrwebi who was to somewhat take her under her wing.”I met Charmaine in 2011 who went on to play a crucial role in my life. She inspired me a lot with her work. Here is a young black lady so committed to writing; an author with her first book available in some of the best Universities in the world, including in America. She would always encourage me to write. She would take me to poetry sessions and writer's organization meetings and workshops.”
Charmaine’s efforts bore fruit, and now Lindiwe herself is establishing herself as an enthusiastic, talented performer. “Charmaine revived something inside me that almost died. I started writing again and it has never felt so good. I write poems in English and my home language (IsiXhosa).”
Lindiwe expands her horizons by reading the poetry, and books of other established writers. She says: “One of my favourite poets is Ntsiki Mazwai. My local favourite writers are Charmaine Mrwebi, Hector Kunene, O Bolaji, and last but not least Ntate ‘Magic’ – who can die for poetry! (laughs)”
FS LEARNERS READY FOR 2013?
By Nthabiseng Lisele
The Mec for Education Tate Makgoe, other MECs, HODs, Mayors, Speakers’ District Directors and Senior Managers visited different schools throughout the province to assess state of readiness at the start of this year 2013.
Mec Makgoe amongst the schools he visited he went to Sediti High School on Wednesday at Thaba Nchu as this school was one of the lowest performing schools in the province. The school’s Grade 12 pass rate was 37.17% in 2012.
Makgoe will continuously visit this school to motivate and encourage the learners and teachers to perform better and exceed this year target of 85 percent.
The principal of Sediti High, Raymond Kwababa said, “The high rate of poverty and learners coming from a sad background affects them highly on their school studies so in that case we really need a hostel for these disadvantaged learners”.
A common request from learners to the department of Education is necessary school stationery and computer laboratory.
Makgoe indicated that, “About 76 schools rated as under performing will be visited by the assigned dignitary. The visits form part of the back to school campaign where the department ensures that learning and teaching starts on the first day to produce quality results at the end of the year”.
“For the 2013 about 62 learners enrolled for the Grade. And these 76 under performing school will be visited and monitored throughout the year and intervention strategies implemented to reach the 85 percent target set”, said Mec Makgoe.