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Threatening to destroy RDP houses if they are not paid
} Tladi Moloi FUMING workers who built 50 RDP houses claim that they have not been paid for three months and now they want to destroy all the houses and sell other items on auction to get their money. The houses concerned were built in the Ditsheng section of Bohlokong, Bethlehem. About 50 people were employed for the construction of these houses. The angry workers said: “We will take the stuff and sell it on auction to get our money.” Teboho Tsotetsi (30), one of the house owners who has been celebrating the new houses, is now a worried man, along with many others. Tsotetsi said he was worried about what was going to happen as they were about to lose their house. He said the builders were serious about what they said they would do, because several meetings had taken place in his yard. He added that every time these people came to his place for a meeting, he thought they were coming to destroy the house. “Honestly, I feel threatened, but I have decided to cooporate in the belief that they will leave me alone. I understand their frustration – working for three months without getting a salary is bad, but I am concerned about how it is going to affect us,” he said. Tsotetsi said he was living with his younger sister and brother and added that they were using his social grant to survive. According to Tladi Mokoena (46), a concerned worker, they started working for Indumo Construction in November last year. He said they were paid for two months only and since January they have never received any cash. “We are fed up now because no one wants to come to our rescue. We had meetings with many people, including the owner of the company who
DEVASTATED: The worried Teboho Tsotetsi (left), who might lose his home, looking at the despondent workers who are threatening to destroy the RDP houses in Bohlokong, Bethlehem. Photo: Tladi Moloi promised to pay us, but until today he has not shown up,” he said. Mokoena said they were hired by a person known to them as Alex, but they found out later that he was subcontracted. “We have decided to pay ourselves by taking the material and selling the other stuff on auction,” he said. Puleng Seobi (37) said the contractor was taking them for a ride and warned that they would show him
that they were as wise as he was. “We feel for those who have already moved into those houses, but we have no option. They only have ten days from today and if they do not respond to our complaint, the show goes on.” Alex could not be reached for a comment as his cell phone has been on voice mail for a week. John Vuyani Jacobs, owner of Indumo Construction, acknowledges that his workers have not been paid
yet. “We submitted invoices to the Department of Human Settlements in January, but no payments have been made yet. “The confusion started as we are not the original contractor that was appointed to build the houses. There might be a problem with the paper work.” Mafeka Nhlapho, manager of Human Settlements of the Dihlabeng Municipality, said they were not
aware that despondent workers wanted to destroy the houses and added that they had met with him on a previous occasion. “The provincial government is responsible for the RDP houses and the previous time they complained, I gave them the right number to find out what the problem was. Apparently the government has not paid the contractor, that is why he could not pay them,” he said.
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Police reach out to vulnerable kids THE Ficksburg Police Station donated groceries and food parcels to the childheaded families in the Meqheleng area near Ficksburg on Wednesday. The donation became possible after the management of the Ficksburg Police Station had requested all their members to bring along food and clothes. After they had responded positively to the social crime prevention campaign, members of community polic-
ing forum identified the families in need of assistance. Capt. Phumelelo Dhlamini of Communication Services in Ficksburg said they had marched from the police station to Meqheleng where they visited Ntshane Khathatsi (18) who lives alone. He said Khathatsi’s mother and grandmother had died in 2011 and left him orphaned. “We also marched to the next street
and came to House no. 5347 where the three Masilo children, Tumeleo (9), Mohau (14) and Moeketsi (16), reside alone. They go to school at the St Joseph Primary School. They do not receive any social grant and their RDP house does not have windows and there is no electricity,” he said. He said food parcels, blankets, shoes and electrical appliances that were bought by their members were divided between these families.
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HELPING HAND: Members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) from Ficksburg were captured with the beneficiaries during the donation handout. Photo: Supplied
Focus still on Christian values THEUNIS BOTHA, the leader of the Christian Democratic Party, said: “We take note of confirmed reports that Rev. Kenneth Meshoe, president of the ACDP, is about to resign his position in parliament.” He said the CDP would not like to speculate on how this step might influence the ACDP internally, although they hoped that it might not influence future attempts of forging closer ties between the ACDP, the CDP and any other like-minded parties and groupings. “Our main focus will be to ensure that Christian Democratic values feature as strongly as possible in South Africa’s future, and it is our conviction that the potential role players who can ensure that this happens are widely spread, both inside and outside present politics,” he said. He said they wished Meshoe success in any future endeavours.
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Two tie knot after 50 years together
} Sidwell Guduka
THE dusty Tambo Section in Senekal came alive with the sound of wedding songs on last week Sunday when two sweethearts – who had been living together for more than five decades – exchanged vows. With their combined age of 160, the pensioners Kolotjo Phadi (82) and Mabolao Sithole (78) recently tied the knot at the Maxima Bible Church and they promised to “love and cherish each other until death”. The elderly couple have been together for many moons and have ten adult children – seven of them have passed away already – and 8 grandchildren between them – so why make it official now? “We have been thinking about officially getting married for such a long time, because we don’t know what will happen. We want to be together for all eternity, and we are not taking any chances. I’m not deeply religious, but I just think it was meant to be,” Phadi told Express. “I’m personally happy that our big day has finally come. I think we are a living proof that true love lasts. After so many years we are still devoted to each other. We celebrate our love each day.” The couple could not remember the year in which they met, but it was before 1962 when they had their first born, in the days before nightclubs and wine bars. “Mabolao was a smart girl and she had a good sense of humour,” Mr Husband said. The nervous bride looked lovely in her white wedding dress, complete with a veil, while Phadi wore a black suit and a hat. “Today (Sunday) is the biggest day of my life. I’m the happiest woman alive. I’m really excited to be legally married to my husband. He is the only man I want to spend the rest of my life with,” Mabolao said happily. Pastor Teu Mavundla conducted the exchanging of rings and vows. He was sent by Bishop Victor Dlamini who is the marriage officer of the Maxima Bible Church in Bethlehem. “These are two people coming together to
FOR BETTER OR WORSE, MY LOVE: Kolotjo and Mabolao Phadi got married in Senekal on Sunday. unite as one and theirs is a true love that has weathered storms,” Mavundla said. The couple’s daughter Disebo Phadi (36) said she could not believe it when she first heard that her parents were getting married.
FS e tswara boka sa puo LEKGOTLA la Dipuo Tsohle tsa Afrika Borwa (PanSALB) le ne le tshwere seboka sa puo mona Mangaung President Hotel ka la 6 Phupjane 2013. Seboka se ne se bile se hlomphilwe ke boteng ba Kgosigadi AGG Moroka a bile a emetse Ntlo ya Marena ka hara provense. O ile a hopotsa setjhaba ka bohlokwa ba ho ruta bana dipuo tsa rona ka malapeng hore ba hole ba itseba hore ke bomang. Sepheo ka seboka sena ke ho tiisa maqhama le bakgathatema ka hara provense le ho ntlafatsa tshebedisano. Re ne re bile re batla ho tseba boitokisetso ba mafapha a mmuso a ho hira bafetoledi le ditoloko ho latela ho saenwa ha Molao wa tshebediso ya dipuo tse ngata ke Presidente Zuma ka Mphalane ngwahola. Re thabisitswe haholo ke thahasello ya setjhaba ka kakaretso ditabeng tsa puo. Batho ba bangata ba nahana hore ditaba tsa puo di ratwa haholo ke batho ba baholo feela. Mohopolo ona o fosahetse hobane batjha ba tlile ka bongata mme boholo ba bona ebile ke baithuti ba puo diyunivesiting tsa Freistata. Lefapha la Bonono, Botjhaba, Dipapadi le Boikgathollo tlasa boetapele ba Ntate M. Mahanke ba bile ba tshetlehela setjhaba puo mabapi le tema e seng e kgathilwe. Ha re bua tjena Molawana wa Puo provenseng o se o tswa dilaeborari ho phatlala le provense. Ho se ho bile ho radilwe le leano la puo la Freistata moo mmuso o tlamehang ho bua le baahi bonnyane ka Sesotho, Afrikaans le English. Re bile ra fumana puo e tswang makaleng a thuto e phahameng mabapi le seo ba se etsang. Ho bonahetse ha botoloki e le bona bo sebediswang haholo moo mme ho akareditswe le puo ya matsoho. Lefapha la Thuto ya Motheo ka Mme K. Plaatjie le lona le ile la hlakisa ditshita tseo ba tjamelang
“I was surprised. I asked them what would people say. But they told me it was their own decision to get married. They said they didn’t care about people as long as they were both happy,” she said.
Photo: Sidwell Guduka
The guests ululated and danced to old traditional and wedding songs. They all wished the happy couple a long life together. The newlyweds are spending their honeymoon at home.
A re bueng Vusi Ntlakana PanSALB Free State Manager le tsona. Puo ya sehlooho yona re e fumane ho Ntate M. Zwane ya ileng a hlalosa ka botebo molemo wa hore mafapha ohle a itokisetse ho phethahatsa molao pele PanSALB e nka mehato ya kgalemo makgotleng a dinyewe ho bao ba sa tlo ikobela molao ona. Se thabisang ke hore setjhaba se bile le kabelo dipuisanong tsena ka lebaka la dikhomeshene tse tharo tse ileng tsa tshwarwa. Tsona e ne e le ya Molao le Maano a puo, Puo Thutong le Diforamo le Mananeo a Bakgathatema. Khomeshene ka nngwe e ile ya hlwaya diqholotso mme ya hlahisa ditharollo tsa tsona. Ho etsa bonnete ba hore tsena ha se puo feela, ho thehilwe dikomiti tsa tshebetso hore di kopane ho hlaha ka tse lokelang ho etswa. Dikomiti tsena di behetswe ho fihlela isao moo seboka se tlang ho bitswa hape ho lekola hore ke tema efe e seng e kgathilwe. Re le PanSALB re batla ho leboha bohle ba ileng ba re phallela sebokeng sena. Ka ho kgetheha re batla ho leboha seabo se babatsehang sa baqolotsi ba ditaba. Ho ne ho tlile diyalemoya ka bongata ba tsona ho kenyeledistwe le ba ngollang dikoranta! Sena se pakahatsa lerato la puo leo kaofela re nang le lona. Ho setseng ke hore bohle re be mehlala e metle re bueng dipuo tsa rona ka dinako tsohle! *Mang kapa mang ya a batlang ho ngola kholomong ena, a ka ikopanya le Jabulani Dlamini ho 051-404-7910 kapa ho Jabulani.Dlamini@volksblad.com *Mongodi ha ana ho lefiwa.
Posing in their pyjamas CHILDREN of the ABC Day-care Centre, gr. R’s of the Motsepuwa Public School and children of the Sediba Sa Thuto Day-care Centre in Bohlokong, Bethlehem, with their teachers during a pyjama party which was held on Friday. Photo: Tladi Moloi
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Fancy dress for celebrations
SOME of the learners of the Baken Park Bewaarskool were photographed during the Child Protection Week celebrations at the Baken Park Hall in Bethlehem.
NTOMBIKAISE NDLEBE and Tinno Tender Mchazyieipi.
FROM the left are Bokamoso Pule, Nyakallo Mofokeng and Mpho Kholi.
Photos: Tladi Moloi
Artists invited to enter competition NEW and innovative artists who believe they have what it takes to make an impact in the art industry are encouraged to enter the 2013 Sasol New Signatures Art Competition before the closing date. Recognised as the longest-running national art competition in South Africa, the Sasol New Signatures Art Competition offers an opportunity for artists to showcase their artwork and build their profile in the industry. Through this competition, artists can win fantastic cash prizes and the overall winner will hold a solo exhibition at the Pretoria Art Museum next year. Emerging artists should not miss out on the opportunity to take their careers to new heights by submitting one or two artworks at one of several collection points around the country before Wednesday, 3 July. The competition is open to artists who are 18 years and older and have not held a solo exhibition (a body of at least 20 works exhibited in a commercial gallery) except for academic purposes. The winner of the competition will win a cash prize of R60 000, the runner-up will walk away with R20 000 and five merit winners will receive R5 000 each. “The Sasol New Signatures Art Competition is one of the most prestigious national competitions for emerging South African artists and provides an ideal platform to showcase the undiscovered talent that our country has to offer,” said Richard Hughes, Sasol’s sponsorship manager. “This year, entrants are encouraged to reveal their talent and a spirit of innovation with work that can connect to the ever evolving South African art industry,” he said. Regional judges will select approximately 100 works that will be exhibited at the official opening of the Sasol New Signatures Exhibition and prize-giving ceremony, which will be held at the Pretoria Art Museum on Wednesday, 28 August. The exhibition will continue until Sunday, 13 October. Entries must be submitted at the Oliewenhuis Art Museum, 16 Harry Smith Street, Bloemfontein, on Tuesday, 2 July, and Wednesday, 3 July. No entries will be received before or after these dates. For more information regarding the competition, visit www.sasolsignatures.co.za or contact Nandi Hilliard at the Association of Arts Pretoria on 012-346-3100 or 083-288-5117 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
UFS students pick Africa’s brain THE University of the Free State (UFS) student representative councils (SRC) from the Bloemfontein and Qwaqwa campuses are visiting Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya as part of the university’s Global Leadership Programme (GLP). According to Thabo Kessah, senior officer: strategic communication, the students left the country on Sunday and they will be back after two weeks. Their trip will also include a visit to the Kigali and the Nyamata Genocide Museums. He said during their stay abroad, they would have meetings with NGO’s, businesses and political leaders to gain insight and leadership skills. Kessah said the university had a long history of mentoring and fostering student leadership through international partnerships. He added that the GLP was established in 2011 by Prof. Jonathan Jansen, vice-chancellor and rector of the UFS. “The programme identifies the need for dynamic and innovative leadership in a country faced with many challenges. During 2011 the SRC had the opportunity to tour the United States, but this year’s aim was shifted to partnering with African institutions,” he said. Kessah said the students would spend six days in Rwanda and they would pay special attention to elements of leadership and reconciliation. He said the theme ties closely into the process of transformation and reconciliation at the Bloemfontein Campus. “The SRC has a travel-blog. Everyone is welcome to follow their journey by going to www.travelpod.com/dashboard.”
ON A MISSION: From left are Tshepang Lenka, Johan Steyn, Thabiso Molawude, William Clayton, Sibongile Mlotya, Tshepo Moli and Pieter Coetzee, some of the SRC members who are visiting abroad. Photo: Supplied
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Experience art in township ON 6 July festivalgoers can visit Makgothi Street where the Township Arts Experience will be held. This is the same street where Mapikela House is located where the ANC was founded a century ago. Batho residents will open their homes for a festive day of indigenous art, dances, music and intercultural dishes. It’s not just a great opportunity for the exhibitors, but also for residents here. The exhibitors are Tsiamo Arts and Craft (copper jewellery and mosaic); Mme wa mo Africa (traditional cloth decorated with beads); Lesedi la Sechaba (felt products); Makhetheng Hand Craft (grass work); Wildlife Exotics (leatherwork); Mojapele ke Motsumi (paintings and copper jewellery); Bataung General Upholstery (leather sandals); TB Moeng (lampshades); Nkoadipo Enterprise (leather works); Verother Trading (crochet shoes and bags) and Mpho Jood, one of the residents of Magothi Street, will also be braiding hair. As visitors walk from house to house to enjoy the art and different foods, they will be entertained with music and dancing in the streets. The visual artists who are all local artists will exhibit their works in eight homes. Klas Thibeletsa has received various honours, such as the Sasol New Signature Award. He enjoys painting on large canvases using painting knives creating a texture of multiple layers of colours to illustrate a social story. The deaf Simon Ndaba is a young man that enjoys working on large pencil-drawn portraits of celebrities. Tshidi Motsumi likes traditional African wear as the theme for his paintings, and Tshegofatso Marogoa prefers rock art with texture. They also offer both development projects for emerging artists. Tsoeunyane Makara and Lefty Mohale both worked with scholars of Botshabelo for the project called Room 13. Makara uses recycled plastic to create his art, while Mohale enjoys working on political cartoons, posters and natural landscapes. Mothobi Mefane is a versatile artist who practices both visual and performing arts. He developed a new approach to art by mixing glitter with oil paints. His artwork reflects social comments. Mogorosi Motshumi has been a cartoonist for more than 36 years and lives in Batho, and Silas Motse of Rocklands does sculptures and drawings. From 11:30 to about 16:00, drama, poetry, dance, a fashion show and traditional music led by Bunch Sekhobo, programme leader and comedian, will ensure that visitors will not be bored for one moment. The artists that will entertain visitors are Kulax with Melo DJ and a keyboardist; Lu’Cha and
MOGOROSI MOTSHUMI from Batho drawing one of his cartoons. three dancers, a guitarist and percussion player; traditional music performed by a local band from Batho; and Charmaine Kwolane ( poetry). Residents of Makgothi Street that will assist to ensure that everything runs smoothly are Mo-
SILAS MOTSE from Rocklands with some of his art work.
sioua Maeli (17), Refiloe Maeli (13), Tumi Moshodi (28) and Kedi Moshodi (30). Lavodia van Wyk, Naomi Cloete, Lydia Mathobela, Leanne Eksteen and Kim Morgan will also help. For the thirsty, beer will be sold at one of the
Photos: Roxanne Konco
houses. For the convenience of visitors, lavatories will also be provided, as well as security. Thanks to the support of organisations such as Absa, the National Arts Council, Hansa Pilsener, ITEC and Sovereign, this wonderful event is made possible. Free bus transport will be provided from the Kovsie Campus to the township. The bus will leave on 6 July at 10:30 and 12:30 respectively from the taxi rank on the campus. For more information and reservations, please call Roxanne Konco on 079-915-4528. Parking is available at the Sehunelo Secondary School for those who prefer to use their private vehicles.
‘A s v i s i t o r s w a l k from house to house to enjoy the art and different foods, they will be entertained with music and dancing in the streets. The visual artists who are all local artists will exhibi t t h e i r wo rk s i n eight homes.’
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Young leaders nominated AFTER paving the road for five young future stars to reach their dreams last year, the Future Stars Awards is back – and ready to make a difference in the lives of more ambitious young South Africans. With the slogan Dream it. Believe it. Do it this initiative is helping young people under the age of 21 to do just that. Brought to you by Argo and supported by leading brands, Capitec, NYDA, TSB, Mindset and Metro FM, Future Stars not only motivates them to believe in themselves, the power of education and their dreams, but also helps them to reach those dreams. In an effort to move away from the focus on what is wrong in the country, the Argo Future Stars Awards is focused on inspiring leadership. It is about leaders actually taking the lead and focusing on the immense potential of this country so that they can inspire others to believe in the future. It is an innovative campaign that inspires future stars – and at the same time inspires others to realise that the youth are phenomenal. Once again, this year’s 10 finalists have been chosen through the online voting platform after these entrees campaigned for votes from their friends and peers on Sastudy.co.za. The following finalists will be competing to make their diverse dreams become a reality. ) Mudanalo Mukhuwana from Cape Town is showing the world
that women can succeed at anything by pursuing her career in marine engineering. “I want to be the chief engineer of a ship in 10 years and to prove woman can do that. Most of my efforts are targeted at inspiring women in the way I live my life.” ) Mokibelo Makgato from Polokwane dreams of becoming a chief financial officer. Giving back whenever he can, he helps young students through an accounting tutoring service that offers motivation, assistance and personal support. “I want to build an empire. I owe it to society to give back, because I know what it’s like to be lost.” ) Ishmael Ramushu from Polokwane wants to own his own business in architectural construction to make money and look after his mom. “I decided to pursue architecture as a career because I have a talent for Maths and drawing. I know what I want and I work hard to get it.” ) Karabo Maloka from Klipgat lives out his passion for accounting by volunteering to teach the young children at his old school. Having earned a distinction in Accounting, his dream is to become a chartered accountant. “The best part of the volunteering is that I love being around people.” ) Reitumetse Molaoa from Bloemfontein is working towards becoming an environmental biotechnologist. As a mentor to young students, she aims to be a role model to help young people discover their potential. “I hope
someone will invest in me so that I can pay it forward one day.” ) Penny Mchunu from Pretoria believes that she can change the country by choosing to become an economist and she has a burning desire to bring fairness in spend across our country. “I can’t overlook unfairness. I need to fix it. And I’m doing it for my mom and the children out there.” ) Dumisa Thethiwe from Tsomo is studying Entrepreneurship and Leadership and wants to open an NGO for youth development in his community. “I believe that youth leadership skills are the key to the future. I want to take the youth to their full potential and to get them back to school.” ) Katlego Malatjie from Limpopo is en route to becoming a software developer, system analyst and a technician. While studying, he uses his IT knowledge to help other students by fixing their computers. “I have a business plan and I want to use it to groom others to run the business – and create employment.” ) Zikhona Ngumbela from Cape Town dreams of working with businesses, getting them to change our communities by using their CSI effectively. “I am a change-maker that believes in change – and I don’t need a job title to do it. I want to leave a legacy and be youth leader.” ) Carroll Tshabane from
Limpopo dreams of becoming a doctor, and with patience, kindness and love for children she wishes to specialise in Paediatrics. “I want to inspire others by being educated in a community where very few people are.” She wants to be a leader at Malumelele as there are no doctors in the community. She leads at church and leads in life too. By sharing their dreams in the online Future Stars entry forms on SAstudy.co.za – and then getting the most votes from the public and their peers on the website – these 10 finalists all stand a chance to be one of the five winners. The top five winners will be announced on 20 June at Education Week, running from 20 to 22 June at the Sandton Convention Centre – and each of them will receive prizes to the value of R10 000 to make their dreams a reality. The Future Stars campaign is making a real impact on the education landscape of South Africa – with real stories of hope and inspiration and real young leaders taking on the role of future stars. To be a part of recognising and building excellence in the education landscape of South Africa through the Future Stars campaign, contact the Argo sponsorship manager, Lauren Bright, on 083-577-6622 or send email to email@example.com. For further information go to www.sastudy.co.za.
Khenyeza gets 12-month ban for spitting AJAX CAPE TOWN STRIKER MABHUTI KHENYEZA has been handed a 12-month ban by the PSL DC for spitting at linesman Zakhele Siwela. The incident happened in the league match against Mamelodi Sundowns on 2 April at the Loftus Stadium. Khenyeza was suspended from all football activities under the auspices of the league for a period of 12 months (in terms of Rule 50.14.5
of the Rules of the League). Khenyeza was ordered to pay the costs of the two sittings of 17 and 23 May, such costs to include the travel costs of the league’s witnesses only for 23 May. – KickOff.com ) Give us your comment on our Facebook page, Express Eastern Free State. Do you think it was a fair decision to suspend the player for a year?
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of the human resources management. The economic needs of the Express Letters, P.O. Box 21, underprivileged society Bethlehem, 9700 should not be an opportunity LET employment be for firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 058-303-5411. Fax: 058-303-2080 for exploitation and monopotrue economic empowerment lising the freedom of society. and transparency by the Partisan systems should at third sphere. The mayoral type of municipalities have least have boundaries respecting the labour many political rights for jobs or employment and human rights declarations. Independent monitoring and evaluation to based on Labour regulations. People should be employed according to a Human Resource performance is necessary merit system and political people should be ac- for long-term outcome of outstanding candidates. commodated. Let the employment be no political strategy The youth that are going to be hired must be advanced according to composition criteria or slavery process for political ambitions.
MBUSI MUSAWENKOSI RADEBE, Bohlokong, Bethlehem:
No reason for democracy to be celebrated ALFRED MOSIA, Bohlokong, Bethlehem: I DO NOT want to sound like an old gramophone playing what was in times gone by called “his master voice”. Sorry to advertise this antique, where you would find the tune repeating endlessly because the needle has stuck in the groove of your favourite record piece. But I think the world is in dire need of people who will tell the truth when some ungodly stuff is rotten. Shame on the religious ministers who I am told are compiling lists of food parcel beneficiaries in their congregations, pushing the agenda of the ruling party for the coming elections. They are doing this as anti-agents of democracy and not on humanitarian grounds. Anyway, I do not intend to belabour this point. I only felt it should be exposed for what it was. My greatest concern lately is things said and done in the name of democracy. There are so many evils masquerading as democracy. As a result I see no reason why South Africans should celebrate democracy and freedom. One of the reasons being, most of the people who were on the receiving end of discrimina-
tion during the past regime are no better off than they were then – some are even in a worse situation than before. Street kids, hobos, criminals, the poor and the unemployed have increased by leaps and bounds. I have another question that is bothering me. What is the difference between exclusion and segregation, better known as apartheid? People are now excluded because they are not members of the ruling party. People have lately been excluded because they are labelled as being part of a different faction in the same ruling party. People are also excluded because of their ethnicity or colour. For now, my last question will be: Is corruption somehow synonymous to redressing the ills of the past? Where does the past start and end? Will the grand children of the previously marginalized people be the beneficiaries, whilst their counterparts suffer the consequence of dressing past ills? If the president needs to establish a commission of inquiry to answer these concerns of mine, then there is no need to vote for the African National Congress, because it cannot sort out its mess.
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Khoza lauds McCarthy IRVIN KHOZA, Orlando Pirates chairman, has paid a glowing tribute to former club striker Benni McCarthy who retired from football last week. McCarthy announced his retirement on 6 June, just weeks before his contract with Pirates was due to expire. The Bucs chairman was full of praise for arguably South Africa’s greatest player, saying that his talent, attitude and “can do” mentality made him very special. Here is an extract from the tribute from Irvin Khoza that appeared on the club’s website: “We are privileged at Orlando Pirates Football Club to have had Benni McCarthy write his final playing chapter in the black, white and red colours of the Happy People. “I have for years been a vocal admirer of Benni McCarthy. The most attractive attribute about Benni to me is his attitude. There is a fine balance between aptitude and attitude. I have over the years witnessed promising talent come to nothing, having been failed by their attitude. Not only was Benni a fine talent, he succeeded largely because he complimented his talent with a ‘can do’ attitude. “Benni came to Orlando Pirates and in true Benni style scored in his debut match. He was not going to allow headlines questioning when he was going to score. He created headlines asking instead, how many goals he is going to score. “Benni had no point to prove. His success is not only captured in the annals of history, it made history. That he chose to finish playing at Orlando Pirates was a privilege for which we are grateful.” – KickOff.com
EXPRESS EASTERN FREE STATE, WEDNESDAY 19 JUNE 2013
EASTERN FREE STATE
THE Free State Stars team that took part in the tournament in China
Photo: FS Stars
Stars home from China } Tladi Moloi FREE STATE STARS is back in the country from China where they took part in the Shanghai International Football Tournament. Ea Lla Koto came home with a whopping 20 000 US dollars and a trophy after they had finished third in the tournament. They finished third after they had collected four points. They played to a 2-all draw against Shenxin, winning 2-1 at the hands of Shenhua before they suffered a 4-1 defeat to SIPG.
Rantsi Mokoena, the team’s general manager, said the tournament was well organised and added that he was happy that they did not come home emptyhanded. “The level of football in China is not as good as one would have thought. The team that won the tournament was from China. Actually, the three teams that finished top where the visitors with the two hosts finishing last respectively,” he said. Mokoena said they had learnt a few things, especially at development level.
He added that the tournament was also good exposure for his players who had never played at that level before. “The best team in the National First Division can compete in the China league. However, they’ve got the facilities compared to us. I believe in the next decade China will be one of the best countries in the world. You find that at the age of seven in the schools the players know what is expected of them.” The players are expected to report back for a pre-training session on 30 June.
Rhino has big task on shoulders in play-offs } Tladi Moloi WHEN presenting the Champions League trophy to Rhino FC, Mphati Maseru, the chairperson of the Dihlabeng Mayoral League, congratulated the team on their hard work and urged them to win the playoffs to play in the SAB Regional League next season. Maseru said: “I have said it before that we would always produce a team to represent us at the play-offs and this season is
Rhino.” Rhino was bestowed with the trophy on Sunday after they finished top of the league with 77 points in 34 games. However, the Blues know exactly that it is not yet over until the fat lady sings. They still have a big mountain to climb before they register their names in the SAB League books. The Dihlabeng champions will still have to play the other winners from Phumelela. The two local teams that will qualify for the finals will be automatically promoted.