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Man jailed for murdering his love cheat fiancée

Article  -  Posted on Friday, 14 March 2014  -  835 Views  -  0 Comments
A Free State man was jailed for 10 years on Thursday for killing his fiancée, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said. Spokesman Nathi Mncube said Isaac Mphuti was handed an additional one year imprisonment for theft by the Free State High Court. The sentences would run concurrently. Mphuti... Read Article

Oscar Trial Week 2: “Trail of blood”

Article  -  Posted on Friday, 14 March 2014  -  646 Views  -  0 Comments
Police followed a “trail of blood” up the stairs after arriving at Oscar Pistorius’ home, a retired officer has told his murder trial. While Col Schoombie van Rensburg was testifying, the court saw photographs of the athlete’s blood-spattered home. Graphic photos of Reeva Steenkamp’s body were... Read Article

Man arrested for multiple charges of raping boys

Article  -  Posted on Friday, 14 March 2014  -  469 Views  -  0 Comments
A 33-year-old man from Oranjeville in the Free State, has been arrested on 16 charges of  raping minor boys, police said on Wednesday. Police spokeswoman Sellwane Mapamela said the man was arrested and charged with the alleged crimes on Tuesday. He would appear in the Heilbron Magistrate’s Court in... Read Article

Education and Health top FS Budget

Article  -  Posted on Friday, 14 March 2014  -  816 Views  -  0 Comments
THE Department of Education in the Free State received a large sum of money, after the MEC for Treasury, Elsabe Rockman tabled her budget speech on Wednesday at a packed legislature in Bloemfontein. “We often refer to education as being a critical trajectory to our growth as a nation, as a crucial... Read Article

Female pupils to receive HPV vaccination

Article  -  Posted on Friday, 14 March 2014  -  2,651 Views  -  0 Comments
DR Aaron Motsoaledi, the minister of Health launched the HPV Vaccination Campaign at Gonyane Primary School in Mangaung on Wednesday to remedy the situation of genital Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) infections that is said to be out of control. Health experts estimate that there are more cases of... Read Article

Democratic Alliance loses e-toll bid

Article  -  Posted on Friday, 14 March 2014  -  427 Views  -  0 Comments
An application by the Democratic Alliance to declare the e-tolling legislation unconstitutional and invalid was dismissed by the Western Cape high court on Thursday. AN application to declare the e-tolling legislation unconstitutional and invalid was dismissed by the Western Cape high court on... Read Article

DA vs ANC candidate list: An analyst’s view

Article  -  Posted on Friday, 14 March 2014  -  1,177 View  -  0 Comments
THIS Wednesday was the cut-off date for the submission of lists of candidates by all political parties in South Africa. The lists were thereafter published by the respective political organisation. In the Free State, the ruling party has their long serving provincial chairperson, Ace Magashule on... Read Article

Road repairs underway in Parys

Article  -  Posted on Friday, 14 March 2014  -  1,533 View  -  0 Comments
THE on-going problems of potholes on the roads of Parys and Tumahole have recently been addressed by the municipality, with road-repair already underway. Steve Naale, Ngwathe Local  Municipality spokesperson, said the partnership between Ngwathe local municipality and Free State provincial... Read Article

Youth apologises to Premier for lashout

Article  -  Posted on Friday, 14 March 2014  -  760 Views  -  0 Comments
THE youth who was caught on video during a violent protest against the Free State premier in Sasolberg last year, took a brave step to come forward and publicly apologise to him at a youth meeting on Sunday. Lunga Maleven Mthetho, the young man who was seen making serious accusations against... Read Article

Students encouraged to test for HIV

Article  -  Posted on Friday, 14 March 2014  -  682 Views  -  0 Comments
Earlier this week, the Motheo FET College became one of the first colleges in the Free State to launch the Higher Education AIDS Program (HEAIDS) at Bloemfontein campus. This launch comes three months after the Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training Mduduzi Manana, officially announced... Read Article

Loyiso clinches budget speech competition

Article  -  Posted on Friday, 14 March 2014  -  1,268 View  -  0 Comments
FIVE learners from secondary schools around the Free State Province were on Wednesday awarded with certificates, I-pads and cell-phones for having passed the provincial budget speech essay writing competition initiated by Treasury MEC, Elsabe Rockman. The aim of the competition was to involve... Read Article

Hertzorgville water project ready to flow

Article  -  Posted on Friday, 14 March 2014  -  740 Views  -  0 Comments
THE Deputy Minister for Water and Environmental Affairs Ms Rejoice Mabudafhasi, together with the Free State Premier Mr Ace Magashule will launch the Regional Bulk Infrastructure Grant (RBIG) Programme project today in the Tokologo Local Municipality (TLM) region . The DWA and TLM will launch the... Read Article

Urgent warning

Article  -  Posted on Wednesday, 12 March 2014  -  2,712 Views  -  0 Comments
The municipality at Sasolburg in the northern Free State has warned residents near the banks of the Vaal River to be on the alert. as all the sluice gates of the Vaal Dam have now been opened. The Fezile Dabi District Municipality's Disaster Management Centre says evacuation of residents is not yet... Read Article

Khayelitsha goes formal

Article  -  Posted on Friday, 07 March 2014  -  5,902 Views  -  0 Comments
“They’ve fought for us and won” Executive Mayor of Mangaung Metro, Thabo Manyoni, made the announcement in the rain on Wednesday, to the throngs of residents who would not be deterred by wet weather conditions. The event has been described as ‘life changing’. Starting from Wednesday, residents in... Read Article

The onslaught continues

Article  -  Posted on Friday, 07 March 2014  -  521 Views  -  0 Comments
WEEK 1: THE first doctor to arrive at the scene where Oscar Pistorius shot Reeva Steenkamp testified on Thursday that the athlete was so emotional he feared he would turn the gun on himself. “I was afraid Oscar would hurt himself,” radiologist Johan Stipp told the High Court in Pretoria, where... Read Article

“Non-paying electricity users will be cut off”

Article  -  Posted on Friday, 07 March 2014  -  591 Views  -  0 Comments
Electricity users in parts of the eastern Free State who are not paying for power will be cut off, a local electricity management company said this week. According to Rural Maintenance, some 40 percent of electricity users in the region’s Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality are not paying for their... Read Article

Power cuts temporary setback: Cabinet

Article  -  Posted on Friday, 07 March 2014  -  501 Views  -  0 Comments
THE wave of power cuts being experienced throughout the country is a temporary setback, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said on Thursday. Briefing journalists at Parliament on behalf of Cabinet, Molewa said Eskom had assured government there was adequate energy in the... Read Article

Mbalula lambastes soccer ‘wolves’

Article  -  Posted on Friday, 07 March 2014  -  1,807 View  -  0 Comments
SPORTS Minister Fikile Mbalula lambasted those who booed President Jacob Zuma when he walked onto the pitch at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Wednesday evening. “These wolves hidden in the sheep skin were not victorious in their booing,” Mbalula said in Johannesburg on Thursday. “The person they... Read Article

Garden entrepreneurs reap the benefits at awards ceremony

Article  -  Posted on Friday, 07 March 2014  -  778 Views  -  0 Comments
RE Kgaba ka diratswana awards were hosted on Saturday at Glen Agricultural College where Free Staters across the province took part in the poverty alleviation project. The awards are aimed at giving recognition to Free State people who heard the call from government to start their own food gardens... Read Article

Construction on new sport centres begin

Article  -  Posted on Friday, 07 March 2014  -  1,155 View  -  0 Comments
Construction for two Indoor Sport Centres in the Free State were underway as of last Tuesday. MEC for Sports, Act, Culture and Recreation, Dan Kgothule performed an SOD-turning ceremony that signalled the beginning of construction in Kutlwanong in Odendaalsrus and Tumahole-Parys. This project is in... Read Article