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Nation unites in prayer

} Sidwell Guduka

MEMBERS of different churches from across the Free State on Sunday gathered at the Vista Arena in Bloemfontein to pray for the ailing Nelson Mandela. The former South African president, who turns 95 on 18 July, has been in the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria since 8 June due to a recurring lung infection. Speaking during the service Gwede Mantashe, ANC secretary-general, appealed to the nation to come together to pray for the democracy icon. “We must pray for Mandela and celebrate his long life because long life is a blessing. As we pray we must be in a celebratory mood. We must not be in a sombre mood as if we are mourning. A life well-lived is never mourned, but it is celebrated,” he said. “I appeal to every congregation in the country to pray for a speedy recovery. We must not ask God to take his life away when we pray. We love Madiba and we still need him. Abraham (in the Bible) died at the age of 175,” he added. Mandela has a long history of lung problems, dating back to the time when he was a political prisoner on Robben Island during apartheid. While in jail he contracted tuberculosis. Rolihlahla, as he is affectionately known, is revered for leading the fight against white minority rule in South Africa and then preaching reconciliation despite being imprisoned for 27 years. “We are learning from him. He was incarcerated for 27 years, but he came back to forgive. It is in the nature of the ANC to forgive,” Mantashe said. Mandela served as the country’s first black president from 1994 to 1999. He left power after five years as president. In 1993, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He retired from public life in 2004 and has not been seen in public since the 2010 Fifa World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands on 11 July at the FNB Stadium. Ace Magashule, Free State premier and ANC chairman in the province, Sisi Ntombela, MEC for Social Development, Tate Makgoe, MEC for Education, and other members of Magashule’s cabinet on Friday visited the hospital where Mandela is said to be in a critical condition. Meanwhile, Magashule thanked leaders of different churches from across his province for allowing the youth to attend prayer services on Sunday.

ACE MAGASHULE speaks to the media outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria on Friday.

Photo: Craig Nieuwenhuizen/Photo24

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RECOVERING: Nelson Mandela.

Photo: Theana Calitz­Nelson/Mandela Foundation

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BLIND PERFECTION: Steve Kekana (left) sharing the stage with Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse back in the day.

Tribunal to monitor language rights A MUSICIAN of note, language practitioner, writer and poet, who is now also an advocate, Steve Kekana, was recently chosen as one of the 15 commissioners of the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) Linguistic

Human Rights Tribunal. “Kekana has been roped into the tribunal because of his legal expertise as well as experience of the daily suffering endured by the blind. Sign Language and braille users are

among the most marginalised communities in the country,” Mxolisi Zwane, acting chief executive officer of PanSALB, said. Zwane said the tribunal’s launch, which took place at Freedom Park in Pretoria last week, was in a response to a decline in the number of complaints received by PanSALB concerning alleged language rights violations, a decline which was also an indication that the populace had lost faith in PanSALB because of its failure to deal efficiently and effectively with their linguistic rights complaints. He said this was one of the reasons that had led to the dissolution of the PanSALB Board in 2012 by Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile. An institutional audit conducted by Zwane on the performance of PanSALB based on its constitutional mandate, as far as it relates to Section 11 of the PanSALB Act, revealed there was a backlog of complaints relating to linguistic rights violations that had not been resolved – some dating back to 2007. The audit also found no standard operating procedures on how to lodge a complaint, no operating standards governing the complaint administration process and no complaint management system that supported the easy accessibility to the status of the lodged complaints and statistics of resolved and unresolved complaints. “These are some of the reasons why PanSALB has been called a toothless watchdog,” explained Zwane. Having noted the above-mentioned challenges, PanSALB, in line with its turnaround

strategy, took a decision to establish a Linguistic Human Rights Tribunal, in an endeavour to effectively and efficiently discharge its mandate in terms of Section 11 of the PanSALB Act, No. 59 of 1995 as amended, as well as Section 9 of the Use of Languages Act No. 12 of 2012 which places the responsibility of monitoring of and reporting on the use of official languages with PanSALB. The Use of Languages Act No. 12 of 2012 is aimed at ensuring that the current language anarchy is prevented and that multilingualism does not remain a pipe dream and a subject of debate at conferences. It makes it a requirement that every national department, national public entity and national public enterprise must adopt a language policy regarding its use of official languages for government purposes within 18 months of the commencement of the act. Moreover, it also makes it mandatory for all organs of state, national, provincial and local, to identify at least three official languages that will be used for government purposes. “This is why we are currently going around the country conducting language indabas to highlight the importance of this act and that our recently employed language monitors will be hard at work once the period of 18 months expires,” Zwane said. The launch of the Linguistic Human Rights Tribunal is a remarkable milestone in ensuring that the language violation that happened in the past leading to the 16 June 1976 uprising would never happen again. Other members of the tribunal are Sam Jafta, Dr Danny Titus, Manfred Molebaloa, Dr Joyce Sukumane, Prof. Andrew Foley, Adv. Lentswe Mokgatle, Prof. Nobuhle Hlongwa, Lufefe Sigcau, Monica Mnguni, Prof. Marlene Verhoef and Dr Monwabisi Ralarala. Three additional members will be co-opted in due course to complete the membership.




Parolees get new lease on life } Lehlohonolo Manoto EIGHT ex-convicts released on parole from the Grootvlei Prison in Bloemfontein also received a “starter pack” to establish their businesses. The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) in partnership with New Life After Prison (NLAP) donated sewing machines, welding machines, carpentry and construction tools, and appliances for car wash services to the beneficiaries with the aim of encouraging other ex-convicts to start a new crime-free life after imprisonment. Among those who attended was Ouma Tsopo, Free State Legislature speaker, as well as officials of the Public Protector’s office, Labour Department, national correctional services officials, Government Communication and Information Systems and chairperson of New Life After Prison (NLAP) directors, Chief Watson Tshivhase as well as NGOs and FBOs. Tsopo said occasions, such as the starter pack hand-over, were special and such corrections programmes had to be implemented and celebrated regularly. Beneficiaries Simon Chiyeka and Pieter Malan received welding machines while Paulos Mkhwanazi, Patrick Dlamini and Maria Slagter received sewing machines, and Thebe Lebusa received car wash appliances, Ben Busby received carpentry tools and Tshoetlisa Mokoena received material to start a construction business. The DCS aims to rehabilitate prisoners and help them create a safe economically active environment in their communities after their release from prison. After receiving her starter pack, Slagter said ex-convicts could not succeed on their own, but needed the community. She said she was happy because she had received a machine similar to the one she had used when she had learnt to sew clothes in the Kroonstad prison. “I am so happy, I don’t know what to say,” said Slagter. She requested the officials to bring their torn clothes and said she would alter them. When she was convicted, Slagter said she wanted to give up on life.

RECENTLY paroled ex-prisoners were given “starter packs“ as part of their re-integration into society following their release. The ceremony was held at Bloemfontein’s Grootvlei Prison. Photo: Lehlohonolo Manoto “I felt like killing myself. I asked myself: Why am I in prison? How am I going to cope?” But Slagter said she had learnt that prison did not constitute the end of one’s life and that people could make something of their lives after prison. “God gave me a second chance,” she said. Tshivhase also gave a message of support to ex-inmates by highlighting that the community had to accept ex-convicts back into society because they had served

‘I felt like killing myself. I asked myself: Why am I in prison? How am I going to cope?’ – Maria Slagter their term in prison. Tshivhase said that inmates went back to prison because the community had denied them their parole rights and they eventually felt it was better to commit

crimes again and go back to prison. Other provinces that benefitted from the programme included Limpopo, Gauteng, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and the Northern Cape.




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Science, religion must be in balance } Flora Teckie RELIGION and science, in the Bahá’í view, are two complementary sources of knowledge, are mutually dependant and both are needed. Science without religion becomes a cruel instrument of materialism, and religion without science falls prey to superstition and fanaticism. Scientific method is our tool for understanding the physical side of the universe and is the key to new technologies. Teachings of God offer to humanity a basis for values and a purpose. They provide answers to moral questions, human purpose, and our relationship to God that science cannot provide. If we look at the religion in its purest form (the way it was revealed through God’s messengers) it is not opposed to scientific facts. God, who has given us the gift of

the intellect, does not expect us to lay it aside when investigating religious truth. Scientific theories have not always proved to be right, but this does not mean that we should accept ideas contrary to all logic and reason because they are advanced in the name of religion. Science, as well as religion, has been greatly abused at times; but true science which discovers the laws of the universe and helps our material and mental advancement, cannot be opposed to religion in its purest form, free from human misinterpretation and misrepresentation. The Bahá’í Writings state: “All religions teach that we must do good, that we must be generous, sincere, truthful, law-abiding and faithful; all this is reasonable, and logically the only way in which humanity can progress.

Science provides us with tools and means, and religion teaches us how to use them to the best advantage of all humanity. “All religious laws conform to reason, and are suited to the people for whom they are framed, and for the age in which they are to be obeyed.” Furthermore, “In divine questions we must not depend entirely upon the heritage of tradition and former human experience; nay, rather, we must exercise reason, analyze and logically examine the

facts presented so that confidence will be inspired and faith attained”. Science provides us with tools and means, and religion teaches us how to use them to the best advantage of all humanity. For example, a knife is a useful tool, but it can also be used to kill someone. Religion teaches us to put this tool to good use and not to use it to hurt anyone. Whether scientific or religious, independent investigation of reality is strongly encouraged in Bahá’u’lláh’s Writings. Individuals should strive, he said, to free themselves from prejudices and preconceptions. According to the Bahá’í Writings “ . . . in the search for truth man must weigh religious questions in the balance of science and reason. God has given us rational minds for this purpose, to penetrate all things, to find truth”. At the same time “. . . the principle of harmony be-

tween religion and science, while it enables us with the help of reason to see through the falsity of superstitions, does not imply that truth is limited to what can be explained by current scientific concepts”. Today, our major task is to create a global civilisation which incorporates both the spiritual and material dimensions of life. This will depend on interaction between the truths and principles of religion and the discoveries and insights of science. Knowledge is a great gift of God and science is important for our welfare and well-being. However, only by the spiritual transformation of human beings can life be filled with moral purpose, and high ideals such as peace and unity of humanity can become a reality. For feedback please contact: or call 082773-8301.




Proud of Comrade Marumo

Where has the money gone?

FEZILE SONKWANE, YCLSA Free State spokesperson:

PETER FREWEN, DA spokesperson for Cooperative Governance:

CONGRATULATIONS and well-wishes are hereby conveyed to the provincial treasurer of the Young Communist League of South Africa (YCLSA) in the Free State, Molelekwa Marumo, who has been named one of the Top 200 Young South Africans by the Mail & Guardian. Marumo is a prolific writer of short stories in the language of Sesotho and his short stories have been aired and have received massive airtime on SABC’s Lesedi

FM. As a young communist, Marumo continues to inspire many other young South Africans to take part in the arts and pursue their talents and

passion. We are proud of our fellow comrade who displays excellence both within the structures of the YCLSA and within the community he finds himself in. The Young Communist League of South Africa applauds Marumo and wishes him well in all his future endeavours.

THE MEC for Economic Affairs, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Msebenzi Zwane, has still not replied to a letter of mine in which I requested answers to the fact that R10 million had been lent to Unicore Trading (Pty) Ltd, interest free, for 15 years, to establish a high-tech medical supplies manufacturing facility in Kroonstad. In the 2011 budget speech by the then honourable Dukwana the MEC said: “ . . . R35 million investment in the establishment of a high-tech medical supplies manufacturing facility, Unicore, in Kroonstad. This establishment is set to provide 300 jobs once it is fully operational.” In terms of the agreement, the FDC lent Uni-

core R10 million free of interest for a period of 15 years. Unicore would only have to start repaying the loan after ten years. I recently visited the building and to my dismay I found six people doing sewing amidst some piles of boxes of pharmaceutical products that are manufactured not in Kroonstad, as was the plan, but in Korea and Vietnam. It is now two years later and where are the promised 300 jobs? What has Unicore done with the R10 million lent to it interest free for ten years? This is typical of the ANC that promises jobs that never materialise. The DA will be taking this matter further with the department as well as the FDC to determine what has happened to this proposed project and what has happened with the money.

Formulation imperative

THEUNIS BOTHA, Christian Democratic Party leader: AS always a flurry of activity starts immediately prior to a national election. Before the 2009 election we had many that entered the political arena, the most dominant being Cope. This time is no exception with Mamphela Ramphela’s Agang appearing to be the forerunner and Julius Malema threatening to start up a political party. When looking at these new political formations, it is apparent that they for the most part represent leftist socialist, liberal ideologies. This does not reflect the true view of South Africans, which is more Christian conservative, as 80% of the population claims to be Christian and in spite of concerted efforts to stifle their influence. The CDP has consistently, since 1999, encouraged closer co-operation between likeminded parties, seeking a true federal solution for South Africa, such as the IFP, FF+, UCDP, ACDP and CDP. This will now, of course, also include other “new” like-minded organisations and groupings that have started up like the Bruin Bemagtigingsbeweging (BBB). The CDP is convinced that such a united formation will have unlimited long-term benefits for “all” South Africans. More so than these personality centred political parties that come and go, like the ID and Cope. Attempts to change South Africa from a multiparty to a two-party democracy make this formulation imperative.

Become a blood donor WHILE the country is gearing up towards doing something to make a difference to the lives of others this Mandela Day on 18 July, the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) would like to encourage the public to get involved now in blood donation. The current blood stocks are at a critical level and currently they are experiencing low collections due to schools and universities being on holiday as well as the cold weather conditions. The collections have dropped drastically resulting in a daily average of about 1,7 days of blood being available. This is far less than the five-day stock required to ensure that the country’s demand for safe blood is met. The SANBS needs to collect 3 000 units a day to meet the demand and since the start of the winter holidays they have not achieved this. They are requesting the public to make every day a Mandela Day and become regular blood donors. This charitable act can save up to three lives and you can make this difference once every 56 days instead of just once a year. Your blood is vital in helping change the lives of those who are dependent on blood transfusions for their survival. Minimum requirements to be a donor are that you must be between the ages of 16 and 65 years, weigh more than 50 kg, be in good health and live a sexually safe lifestyle. To find your nearest donor centre call them on 080-011-9031 or visit, or find them on Facebook or Twitter. All their centres will be operating until 18:00 during the first three weeks of this month.




Belguim treated to sound of Africa } Sidwell Guduka THE Bochabela String Orchestra is setting Belgium ablaze with their performances. This exciting group consisting of no less than 20 members left for Belgium last week where they are giving a series of performances. They were invited by a Belgium-based group called the Violet Orchestra which is privately funded. “We are excited about our tour to Europe. I think it is a good opportunity for our kids to showcase their talent abroad. We are going to play in ten concerts while we are there,” Peter Guy, the founder of the group, told Express before they jetted off. “This is an all-expenses paid trip for all the crew members. The Violet Orchestra raised money privately for us to be able to visit them. We are not going to spend a cent for this tour. It’s going to be a tour of a lifetime for most of these kids,” he said. “They are kids from around Mangaung and they are aged between 15 and 20 years. This is going to be the first trip abroad for some of them, let alone travelling in a plane. “They are very happy and looking forward to performing in a foreign country,” he added. “We’ll be staying with guests families in a youth hostel for the duration of our stay. This is a great chance for our kids to get to know other kids from a different world.

Pirates meeting THE Orlando Pirates Supporters Club in Bloemfontein invites their members to a general meeting on Sunday at 10:00 at the Ikaelelo Secondary School. Members should bring along a branch registration fee of R30 and a membership card fee of R40. For full details, call Thato Pule on 073-394-2902 or

It will provide them with a good opportunity to tell a story that great things are happening in Africa.” Guy said only the best were chosen for Belgium – those who had worked hard and had always attended practice sessions. “This is a kind of a reward for them – for their hard work. They are excellent ambassadors because some of them have travelled a bit. They always tell good stories about our country everywhere they travel.” As for the kind of music they play, Guy said: “I don’t know the correct term for our music. It’s Mango Groove music, some Mafikizolo music, Sibongile Khumalo music, even traditional Afrikaans music. I just call it African music.” Guy further said there was a pretty good future for the kids who were part of his group. “There were kids aged 21 to 26 who were part of this group in the past and they got jobs and opportunities to study. I think eight of these kids have gone to work for the Symphony Orchestra in Durban. One of them went to America, the other to London and two others left for Australia to study. “We are setting high standards,” Guy explained. At the moment, the Bochabela String Orchestra has 200 kids in Bloemfontein, 75 in Kroonstad, 50 in Thaba Nchu and 15 in Xhariep who are learning to play the violin. They practise between 14:00 and 17:00 during the week.

072-585-8005. Celtic trip A trip to the Kroonstad Prison has been organised by Bomme Ba Masele for 9 August. Transport will depart from the Bloemfontein Celtic offices at 05:30. The return fee is R130. There is no space for children in the bus. Call Moipone on 076-824-7183.

TOP PERFORMERS: The Bochabela String Orchestra before jetting off to Belgium.

Photo: Sidwell Guduka




Together for big occasion

PRAYER FOR MADIBA: Olly Mlamleli, MEC for Cooperative Governance, Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements, Sisi Ntombela, MEC for Social Development, and Ace Magashule, Free State premier, during the prayer service held for the ailing former president Nelson Mandela in Bloemfontein on Sunday.

PARTY TIME: Wase Tlale (in the blue top) from Phahameng, Bloemfontein, celebrated her birthday with friends at her home on Sunday. Photo’s: Sidwell Guduka

HAVING A GOOD TIME: From the left are Mamorena Nondlala, Tshidi Ralehlathi, Muntu van Wyk, Mataemane Modise, Madisemelo Matla and Kedidimetse Mabitsela during Modise’s birthday party at Rocklands in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

HALLELUJAH! On Sunday, the Free State youth, together with church leaders from across the province, gathered at the Vista Arena in Bloemfontein to pray for the speedy recovery of the former South African president Nelson Mandela who has been admitted to the Heart Mediclinic in Pretoria for almost a month.

Cheetahs need a win NAKA DROTSKÉ, Cheetahs coach, says they will treat this weekend’s game against the Blues like a cup final. Drotské’s men are in trouble of missing out on a spot in the play-offs should they lose their final league game. The men from Bloemfontein came badly unstuck in their 28-3 loss to the Stormers in Cape Town over the weekend, and with the Sharks also beating the Blues, the Cheetahs face a mustwin scenario on Saturday. The Stormers and Sharks are both on 42 points, with the Durbanites one spot above their Cape rivals due to a better points differential. Both teams are now only four behind the sixthplaced Cheetahs (46). The Cheetahs are guaranteed of four points thanks to a bye week in the final round, but them losing to the Blues would give Cape and Durban rugby fans considerable hope of their teams sneaking in at the back door. And that is a scenario Drotské is understandably eager to avoid. “We’ll approach the Blues game with a final mentality and we view it as our first play-off game,” Drotské told the SportLIVE website. “We don’t want to be in a situation where we’re sitting at home during the last weekend and hoping other teams get results that will favour us. We have the chance to shape our own destiny in the tournament. “We have to put the Stormers game behind us as quickly as possible and regroup for this week. Unlike the Stormers and the Sharks, who need other teams to win for them, victory over the Blues will guarantee us a place in the play-offs.” Drotské said they would be wary of the Blues’ dangerous ball-carriers. Saturday’s clash at the Free State Stadium kicks off at 14:50.


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Applications are hereby invited from suitably qualified and experienced candidates for appointment to the following positions:

IT Programmer/Analyst Bloemfontein Office Primary duties: • Identify requirements by establishing personal rapport with potential and actual clients and with other persons in a position to understand service requirements • Arrange project requirements in programming sequence by analysing requirements and preparing a work flow chart and diagram using knowledge of computer capabilities, subject matter, programming language and logic • Programme the computer by encoding project requirements in computer language and entering coded information into the computer • Develop and maintain applications and databases by evaluating client needs, analysing requirements and developing software systems • Confirm programme operation by conducting tests and modifying programme sequence and/or codes • Provide reference for use of prime and personal computers by writing and maintaining user documentation as well as maintaining a helpdesk • Maintain computer systems and programming guidelines by writing and updating policies and procedures • Keep equipment operational by calling for repairs, following manufacturer’s instructions and established procedures and evaluating new equipment • Protect operations by keeping information confidential • Contribute to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed. Requirements: • B degree in IT or relevant qualification • 3 years’ experience • Driver’s licence • Skill in analysing information • Problem-solving skills • Attention to detail • Skills in software design, debugging, development fundamentals, documentation, testing, requirements and development process.

Construction Safety Officer (2-year contract position) Bloemfontein Office Primary duties: • Be responsible for developing and implementing health and safety programmes according to OHSAS 18001, the OHS Act and Environmental legislation and the by-laws on a project, in collaboration with Site SHEQ Officers and Project Management Office • Manage safety on site • Administer safety system requirements • Advise Site or Project Management on all material, equipment and safety-related matters • Assist in the minimisation of health, safety and environmental risks through ongoing identification of health, safety and environmental hazards and risk assessments • Monitor incidents (tracking) and follow up on corrective and preventative actions outstanding • Promote SHEQ practices amongst contractors • Compile report on the site incidents • Work hand-in-hand with SHEQ Officers and Contractors on site • Analyse all applicable records to identify negative/positive trends • Initiate and effectively implement any necessary actions/controls to obviate a recurrence of similar problems/incidents/negative trends • Attend site safety meetings • Establish inspection schedules for all tools, major equipment, lifting devices and mobile equipment to ensure safe operating conditions and compliance with current regulations. Requirements: • Appropriate diploma in Safety Management • Knowledge of all relevant legislation • Experience in a SHEQ environment • Sound knowledge of SHEQ functions • Valid driver’s licence • 3 years’ site-related, risk management and construction management experience • Problem-solving skills and ability to handle pressure • Conflict management skills • Effective communication skills in order to liaise with clients, contractors, sub-contractors and employees • Excellent leadership skills • Strong time management, planning, organising and prioritising skills • Professional demeanour and a positive attitude. Bloem Water is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. The intention is to promote representivity in the organisation through the filling of vacancies. Send your application with a comprehensive CV and supporting documents to: The Executive: Human Resource, PO Box 30121, Pellissier, Bloemfontein 9322. Closing date: 17 July 2013 Applicants who have not received feedback by 16 August 2013 must accept that their applications have been unsuccessful. Human Communications 100241










Injuries plague Cheetahs

ALL SYSTEMS GO: Phumeza Ntizana, Tommie Cronje and Candice George during the launch of the 2013 Engen Knockout Challenge in Bloemfontein on Thursday, 20 June. Photo: Sidwell Guduka

It’s Engen Knockout Challenge time } Sidwell Guduka THE Engen Knockout Challenge kicks off at Grey College’s Windmill Park in Bloemfontein on Friday. And if what coaches of the participating teams say, is anything to go by, fans should expect high-quality football during the tournament. The tenth edition of this popular u.19 event will see 16 soccer teams from across the country competing against each other for the championship. Bloemfontein Celtic, Harmony Academy, Botshabelo Stars FC and James FC will face off in what has been dubbed a group of death – Group A. “I think the Harmony Academy will be a threat to us because they are a very good team. They have been doing pretty good in this tournament. Since the inception of the event, we have met them twice (2006 and 2007) in the final and they beat us. We are meeting them in the group stages this time around. So, it’s payback time,” George Nechironga, Celtic Colts manager, told Express. “Our boys have been working hard at training and they are razor-sharp for the competition. “I think we have what it takes

‘Our boys have been working hard at training and they are razorsharp for the competition. I think we have what it takes to make it all the way to the final. I’m adamant we’ll win it. We are determined to cause some upsets.’ – George Nechironga, Celtic Colts manager to make it all the way to the final. “I’m adamant we’ll win it. We are determined to cause some upsets,” he said. Pitso Mokoena, Harmony Academy coach, said he was bringing almost the same team that had played in the tournament last year. “I think there will be only three new faces in the squad. The rest of the players will be the

ones who were here last year. It is not a good thing to chop and change the team every year,” he explained. “Our intention is to not only come to Bloemfontein to compete but to lift up the trophy. Most of the teams in our group are the same we have been playing against in the past. “I’m only worried about James FC. They are new in the tournament and we don’t know what to expect from them. But we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it,” he said. On the other hand, Mncedisi Ngomba, HTS Louis Botha coach, said his boys were ready as the word ready can be. “As Louis Botha we are raring to go. Our preparations are going well. As always, we’ll be including u.15s to play in the tournament. “Last year we were knocked out in the quarterfinals after penalty shoot-outs. I believe we’ll do much better this year,” Ngomba said. The rest of the groups are: Group B: Junior Arizona FC, Mata FC, Tikwana, HTS Louis Botha. Group C: Lekhulong, Hodisa, Thabo Vuyo, Grey College. Group D: Red Sea FC, Mangaung Centre, Brebner, Bloem Stars FC.

THE Cheetahs are sweating over the availability of Springbok prop Coenie Oosthuizen ahead of their do-or-die Super Rugby clash against the Blues in Bloemfontein on Saturday. According to the Volksblad website, the knock Oosthuizen took to his knee in last Saturday’s 28-3 loss to the Stormers at Newlands is worse than initially thought. The backline coach, Hawies Fourie, said Oosthuizen would in all likelihood not train this week and would be given until Friday to prove his fitness. But Oosthuizen’s injury is not the only worry for the men from Bloemfontein. Fullback Hennie Daniller, who pulled out with a knee injury just before the Stormers game, underwent a scan on Monday and his participation is in doubt, while flyhalf Elgar Watts (hamstring) is also a

worry. According to Fourie, scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius played wing against the Stormers because of the unavailability of Rayno Benjamin (Blitzbokke) and Rocco Jansen (groin). Benjamin will be back this weekend and should start at wing if Daniller fails to recover, which would see Willie le Roux again do duty at fullback. The Cheetahs can, however, take consolation from the fact that their opponents will also have to make due with a new half-back pairing after the Blues’ Piri Weepu (ribs) and Chris Noakes (upper leg) were sent back to New Zealand. Hooker Keven Mealamu (calf) and number 8 Peter Saili (haematoma) are also injured, but should be ready by the weekend. The clash at the Free State Stadium kicks off at 14:50 on Saturday.

THE Cheetahs will face the Blues in a must-win match on Saturday. Photo: Sidwell Guduka




Eagles could ‘fly away’ } Tladi Moloi

BETHLEHEM might find itself without a team in the Safa Second Division as it is set to lose Super Eagles which is for sale and rumours are it has a R300 000 price tag. A close source to the team revealed to Express Eastern Free State that the owner of the team, Strike Mabasa, had lost interest in running the team and he was looking for a potential buyer. The Eagles have been campaigning in the Free State Safa Second Division, formerly the Vodacom League, since 2009. The team has been moving from owner to owner since its inception. It has come to Express EFS’s attention that before the team was bought by Mabasa, it was formed in Bethlehem, but later relocated to Clarens after it had been bought by a businessman from Clarens – now the owner of Clarens Galaxy. This past season the team finished in 5th position with 46 points in 28 games. They were contesting for the league as they had a chance to stay on the top of the league for quite some time, but they lost focus when it mattered the most. Express EFS has heard of many people who are willing to buy the team. If they’re lucky the team might stay in Bethlehem as the Free State Stars management is looking forward to having a team in the Second Division after their sister team, Carara Kicks, was liquidated in the

2011-’12 season. The team might also be sold to a businessman in Lindley and Molefi Sithole, one of the members, said they had negotiated with the team management and added that they were finalising some issues before buying the team. “It has always been our wish to have a professional team from Lindley and we believe now is the chance to have one,” he said. Mabasa confirmed that he was selling the team stating financial problems as the main reason. He said if he could not get a buyer he would continue with the team, but on a smaller budget. “It has been challenging to run the team alone. One must make sure that players are transported to the game, get food and pay them. We targeted promotion last season, but things did not go according to plan. If I don’t get a buyer, I’ll continue with the team, but I’ll try and survive,” he said. Mabasa said he had undergone negotiations with several people who wanted to buy the team, but not all got back to him. He said some were from Botswana. Another rumour doing the rounds was that the Eagles’ managing director was eyeing the National First Division (NFD) campaigners, African Warriors, to buy it. However, Mabasa has rubbished the Warriors rumour and said that he knew nothing about it.

AIMING FOR MEDAL: Dumisani Hlaselo.

Hlaselo to show talent in Kazan } Sidwell Guduka

EYES ON THE BALL: Cliff Mzangwa, the Super Eagles player in the white jersey with the ball, and a Maluti FET College player chasing him. Photo: Tladi Moloi

Photo: Sidwell Guduka

A MEDAL. This is what the renowned sprinter, Dumisani Hlaselo, will be targeting when he competes at the World Student Games in Kazan, Russia. The games start on Saturday and end on 17 July. Team South Africa left for Kazan yesterday, and Hlaselo said he wished he could win a medal in the 1 500 m race. He is one of four Kovsie sprinters who will be competing against athletes from around the world. “I have been training hard and everything is going according to plan. “The competition will be tough in Russia, but I’m confident I’ll bring home a medal. I’m looking forward to doing well over there,” Hlaselo told Express. “I’m really excited about the trip because the last time I represented my country was during the World Junior Championships in Poland in 2008. I have been struggling with injuries ever since. But I’m fully fit and raring to go at the moment,” he said. The 24-year-old, whose last race was in April, was selected to compete in the 1 500 m and 5 000 m events. “The 1 500 m is one of the events which I believe I can win. But you never know how things will pan out that side because sport is unpredictable.”

Hlaselo said he did not think weather conditions in Russia would be much of a problem for him. “It is winter in South Africa and they say it is summer in Russia. Even though it is summer there it might still be chilly. I checked the temperatures that side and the average is about 25 °C. Hlaselo will be joined in Kazan by other Kovsie sprinters Wayde van Niekerk, Gideon Trotter and Rynardt van Rensburg. Van Niekerk will battle it out in the 400 m and 4 x 400 m relay. Trotter competes in the 200 m and 4 x 100 m relay, while Van Rensburg will race in the 800 m.

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