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ANC awaits election date

Article  -  Posted on Friday, 31 January 2014  -  590 Views  -  0 Comments
THE ANC would not reveal its candidate list for Parliament and the provinces before the election date was announced, the party said on Tuesday. “Once that date is announced you are given a limited period to submit your list,” secretary general Gwede Mantashe told reporters in Johannesburg. “... Read Article

New centre will be asset for community upliftment

Article  -  Posted on Friday, 31 January 2014  -  851 Views  -  0 Comments
THE National Department of Energy launched an Integrated Energy Center in Makwane village in QwaQwa on Saturday with the intention to alleviate poverty. The launch was in partnership with Sasol which will see the day-to-day running of the center. The Free State joins the likes of Limpopo, Northern... Read Article

Farm workers minimum wage revised

Article  -  Posted on Friday, 31 January 2014  -  647 Views  -  0 Comments
The minimum wage for farm workers will increase by 6,4% on 1 March 2014, and not 7%, as was previously announced, according to Hendrik Ackermann, chairperson of Agri SA’s labour and social policy committee. The department of labour earlier announced the minimum wage for 2014, but the wrong figure... Read Article

Reserve Bank increases interest rate

Article  -  Posted on Friday, 31 January 2014  -  1,232 View  -  0 Comments
THE 50-basis-point interest rate hike implemented by the Reserve Bank’s monetary policy committee (MPC) on Wednesday will have a moderate effect on consumer spending, credit uptake and economic growth, according to economists. The MPC raised interest rates on concerns of rising inflation and... Read Article

South Africa’s illiteracy rate decreases

Article  -  Posted on Monday, 27 January 2014  -  920 Views  -  0 Comments
THE number of young people in South Africa over the age of 15 with no schooling has been reduced from 4.7 million in 2001 to 2.7 million in 2011, says Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. Minister Motshekga made the announcement on Wednesday, in London, at the Education World Forum, which was... Read Article

SA hostage in Yemen alive - Ebrahim

Article  -  Posted on Monday, 27 January 2014  -  742 Views  -  0 Comments
The South African man held by al-Qaeda militants in Yemen is alive, Deputy International Relations Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim said on Thursday. “Mr Pierre Korkie is alive. We have some indication to that... Our information is he is alive,” he told reporters in Pretoria. There were eight other foreign... Read Article

Surprise visit by MEC

Article  -  Posted on Monday, 27 January 2014  -  954 Views  -  0 Comments
OLLY Mlamleli, the MEC responsible for Cooperative Governance, Traditional Affairs and Human Settlement in the Free State, made a surprise visit to Botshabelo in K section on Tuesday afternoon to monitor progress made on the sanitation and sewer system that will eradicate the use of VIP toilets in... Read Article

Promise fulfilled at Gonyane Primary

Article  -  Posted on Monday, 27 January 2014  -  1,205 View  -  0 Comments
When the speaker of Mangaung Metro Municipality, Mxolisi Siyonzana visited and handed over 20 pairs of shoes to the pupils of Gonyane Primary School in June 2013, he also made a promise that he will revisit the school this year. A realisation of this promise demonstrated on Tuesday when pupils in... Read Article

Hawks swoop on cops who rob businessman

Article  -  Posted on Monday, 27 January 2014  -  8,524 Views  -  0 Comments
TWO police members belonging to the Tactical Response Team (TRT) will appear in the Welkom magistrates court today on charges of kidnapping and armed robbery. This comes after a business man in Parys was robbed at gunpoint by two TRT members who were in full uniform in Parys. “The businessman was... Read Article

Farm workers see the light

Article  -  Posted on Monday, 27 January 2014  -  496 Views  -  0 Comments
“Mora wa ka o ne a sa kgone ho bala bosiu ka baka la hore re ne re sebedisa kerese” DIHLABENG Local Municipality has initiated a program to electrify its farm workers’ dwellings within the margins of the municipality. “Farm workers are a very important part of our society as they form an integral... Read Article

Greening Mangaung set to blossom

Article  -  Posted on Monday, 27 January 2014  -  589 Views  -  0 Comments
THE countdown has begun for greening Mangaung in it’s cleanest yard, garden and ward competition. The citizens of the city are preparing to ensure that their yards and gardens are clean and will be able to impress the judges once the judging processes has begun . Entries will close on 31 January.... Read Article

Cops pour ice on alcohol buying

Article  -  Posted on Monday, 27 January 2014  -  764 Views  -  0 Comments
IT took only a few hours for the members of the SAPS to figure out what their colleagues were up to after receiving a tip-off that they were seen entering a nearby bottle store wearing their full police uniforms. According to police spokesperson, Billy Jones, a staff member of an Afrikaans... Read Article

No ‘room’ for racism

Article  -  Posted on Friday, 24 January 2014  -  17,272 Views  -  0 Comments
Twenty years into democracy and just under 50 days after one of the greatest exponents of the struggle closed his eyes for the last time we are left wondering why  some  South Africans still wrongly believe that they have an absolute right to discriminate against black South Africans by their... Read Article

Pistorius lawyers talk R2.5 Million settlement

Article  -  Posted on Friday, 24 January 2014  -  2,185 Views  -  0 Comments
South African paralympian Oscar Pistorius is reportedly negotiating with the parents of Reeva Steenkamp – the girlfriend he is charged with killing – in an effort to avoid an expensive civil lawsuit. Barry and June Steenkamp are believed to be considering a civil action against Pistorius, 27, for... Read Article

Illegal cigarettes ‘smoked out’

Article  -  Posted on Friday, 24 January 2014  -  989 Views  -  0 Comments
ON Thursday morning police received a tip-off about illegal cigarettes at Bangladeshi shops in Riebeckstad, Welkom. Police raided two shops on Craib Avenue in Riebeeckstad and found cigarettes to the value of R8 500. Two men aged between 28 and 30 years old were arrested and will appear in the... Read Article

Tharollo school gets computer centre

Article  -  Posted on Friday, 24 January 2014  -  1,466 View  -  0 Comments
IT was one of the most joyous occasions on the calendar of Tharollo Combined School, when the MEC of the Department of Education, Tate Makgoe visited and officially opened the Computer Centre on Saturday. The Acting Executive Mayor of Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality Cllr Vusi Tshabalala,... Read Article

Lesedi FM’s Monyaka reaches 500 mark

Article  -  Posted on Friday, 24 January 2014  -  8,716 Views  -  0 Comments
Municipal’s shoddy service delivery, business rivalry, fornication and women emancipation are all what keeps Lesedi FM’s listeners glued to their radio sets every day at 14:40 when the radio drama titled ‘Monyaka’ (meaning ‘fun’) is aired. Monyaka is a weekly soapie set on a backdrop of a black... Read Article

Women’s League Chairperson well received

Article  -  Posted on Friday, 24 January 2014  -  1,688 View  -  0 Comments
ANC Women’s League Chairperson in the Free State, Sisi Ntombela, has joined forces with the traditional leaders in the province ahead of the unveiling of the Free State manifesto in QwaQwa. “Traditional leaders have an important role in the community because of their influence to us” said Ntombela... Read Article

COGTA intervenes in Moqhaka saga

Article  -  Posted on Sunday, 19 January 2014  -  1,623 View  -  0 Comments
The Kroonstad headed Moqhaka Local Municipality is now governed under Section 106 of the Municipal Systems Act which allows an MEC for local government to request information or conduct an investigation into a municipality which is not fulfilling its statutory obligation or is suspected of... Read Article

New light meter boxes need 'patience'

Article  -  Posted on Sunday, 19 January 2014  -  1,197 View  -  0 Comments
The electricity wing of Mangaung Metro Municipality, Centlec has called upon residents to familiarise themselves with the newly replaced pre-paid electricity metre boxes. This comes after Centlec's offices were overcrowded daily by residents who complained about the boxes, saying they were... Read Article