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111 AND STILL GOING: Mantele Msimanga (seated middle with blue hat) is surrounded by family who came to wish her happy birthday. Msimanga turned 111 on 16 July and a party was held for her on Saturday in Bolata, Qwaqwa. Photo: Jabulani Dlamini

111 – still going strong } Jabulani Dlamini

AT the age of 111, Mantele Msimanga has very few people on the planet who are older than her. According to her battered Identity Document, Msimanga of Bolata Village in Qwaqwa turned 111 on 16 July. “Do you see how old I am my child? You probably think you are seeing a ghost, don’t you? She asks in a smooth, but strong voice.

Although she is now blind, Msimanga still has a fairly sharp memory and is thus able to recall her children’s as well as some of her grandchildren’s names. Several generations who can trace their lineage back to Msimanga held a party over the weekend to celebrate the old woman’s birthday. “I think my grandmother has lived this long because of her healthy fear of God,” Mpuse Mofokeng said.

Mofokeng’s mother, Matshidiso Mofokeng, who recently went blind herself until a recent eye operation to remove a cataract restored sight to her one eye, stays with and looks after the old lady. She said despite her mother’s very advanced age, she actually rarely ever became ill. “You would think I have to take her to the doctor regularly, but actually not, she is very strong,” Matshidiso said.

Matshidiso said her mother had a healthy appetite for sweets with Liquorice Allsorts being a particular favourite, as she scratched around the wardrobe and pulled out a handful of the soft sweets and handed them to her mother. Asked how many grand- and great-grandchildren she had, Msimanga gave a hearty laugh and just shook her head amid a chorus of laughter from her family who had surrounded her to sing her Happy

Birthday. Last week, the Sowetan newspaper reported the story of Johanna Mazibuko of Klerksdorp who at 119 had a claim to be South Africa’s oldest person. In June, the world’s oldest known person, Jiroemon Kimura of Japan, died at the ripe old age of 116. ) Go to www.expressnews.co.za to see a video of Msimanga’s family singing her Happy Birthday.


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Receives award for art competition AWARDED: Blessing Plaatjie of Absa Bank with Pauline Gutter from Bloemfontein, the 2013 National L 窶連telier Arts Competition winner. As part of her prize, Pauline has won R125 000 from Absa, a return air ticket to Paris and a six-month residency at the Citテゥ Internationale des Arts in Paris. Photo: Sidwell Guduka

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SADD receives cheque for R60 000 ON Friday the country’s leading total beverage company honoured its commitment to South Africans Against Drunk Driving (SADD) and presented them with a cheque for R60 000. As part of its award-winning Drive Dry Campaign, brandhouse committed to providing funds to the responsible drinking company should it reach a target of 3 000 online declarations made by the end of June. Earlier this month, brandhouse announced it had reached the target and would honour its commitment. The target was met thanks to the many South Africans who declared to drink responsibly via the Drive Dry social media platforms. The website (www.drivedry.co.za) links to actual Facebook events and offers consumers two

options – to declare to either “drink and not drive” or “drive and not drink”. “brandhouse continues to promote responsible drinking and encourage all consumers to take responsibility for their own actions, which ultimately affects the lives of others too,” said Sibani Mngadi, external affairs manager at brandhouse, at the handover. The aim of Drive Dry is to change behaviour amongst consumers with regard to driving under the influence of alcohol. “We support civil society initiatives that have the same objective of curbing alcohol misuse. Top of the list is South Africans Against Drunk Driving, who happen to have the same passion as Drive Dry in reducing alcohol-related carnage on our roads,” he said. Mngadi presented Caro Smit, founder and owner of

SADD, with the cheque at brandhouse’s head office in Observatory, Cape Town. Smit started the SADD in 2005 after her 23-year-old son had been killed by a drunk driver. “On behalf of the SADD I would like to thank brandhouse for the cheque as well as the continued support over the years. “We are a non-profit organisation that educates South Africans about the dangers of drinking and driving. “We work together with partners such as brandhouse to save lives and bring down the death count,” says Smit. Both parties encourage South Africans under the influence of alcohol to make use of a designated driver or taxi services and public transport and incorporate responsible drinking as an active part of their social culture.

Festival for women coming up } Sidwell Guduka AUGUST is Women’s Month and Pacofs, an agency of the Department of Arts, Culture and Recreation, will celebrate the month by hosting a women’s festival from 6 to 9 August. Productions presented are: ) The Fat Black Women Sing, which is a musical and poetry piece introducing a four-piece band and six fabulously figured female vocalists who perform songs and poems that reflect where we come from and who we are as women inside these bodies in the world today. ) Behind the Mask, a dance piece choreographed by Mdu Mtshali, tells the story of African women hidden behind their masks. They are forced to remove their masks by pain, poverty, rape, humiliation and violence as they rise to fight for their children and themselves. ) Adjusted, The rapists go free while society and government turn a blind eye.

) Mary . . . the Unfaithful Woman is a hard drama which depicts the true battle of the sexes, the love wars that couples wage against each other in the struggle to overcome their emotional dependency, leading to self-destruction, hate, bitterness and tragedy. This poignant love story is another masterpiece written and directed by Jullian Seleke Mokoto and starring Dieketseng Mnisi. ) Women of Jazz featuring the multi-award-winning Judith Sephuma, Thiwe Mbola (collaborated with DJ Black Coffee), a young phenomenal singer with the voice of an angel, and our own local artist, Thoko Nogabe, with her dazzling talent. The MC will be the actor, rape activist and budding author Tinah Mnumzana. The production will be performed at Pacofs theatres in Bloemfontein. Tickets are available at the booking office of Pacofs. For more information, call Pacofs on 051-447-7771 (extension 2316).

CARO SMIT (left), founder and owner of South Africans Against Drunk Driving, received the Drive Dry cheque for R60 000 from Sibani Mngadi, brandhouse’s external affairs manager, at a private ceremony held in Cape Town on Friday. Photo: Supplied

Committee to visit farms PARLIAMENT’S Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is currently on a week-long oversight visit to various farming areas in the Free State to assess the progress made by government, and scrutinise the impact of the state interventions such as the mechanisation programme and broader infrastructure programme that support farming towards ensuring food security for all in South Africa. The oversight visit, which forms part of the committee’s mandate to ensure food security, got underway on Monday and will run until Friday across all districts of the Free State. The visit will among other things, afford members an opportunity to interact with beneficiaries and determine whether the programme is making a positive difference in the people’s lives,

Rosy’s Milkshop, the Broiler Abattoir, Vrede Piggery and Dairy Projects as well as the Warden Piggery and Road Projects will be visited before a report back session will be held at Glen. determine the effectiveness with which the government’s mechanisation programme funds are utilised and identify any challenges that are prevalent in various districts and provinces in implementing the programme. Also, importantly this will assess the impact these infrastructure programmes have on the farmers towards accessing the markets, and oversee progress made on the infrastructural development including irrigation schemes, fences and roads. The committee has previously raised concerns with the national Department of Agriculture,

Forestry and Fisheries over lack of proper monitoring and accountability of the mechanisation programme and insufficient additional support to farming communities on the utilisation and maintenance of state-donated farming equipment. The committee is scheduled to visit the Boiteko Fishery and Thusanang Ostrich Project in Petrusburg as well as the Gotswametsing Fishery and Qala Botjha Ostrich Project in Koffiefontein today. Tomorrow the delegation will be in the Eastern Free State in Bethlehem, Reitz, Vrede, Warden, Diyatalawa and Kholokoeng. Rosy’s Milkshop, the Broiler Abattoir, Vrede Piggery and Dairy Projects as well as the Warden Piggery and Road Projects will be visited before a report back session is held in Glen, just outside Bloemfontein on Friday.


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School holds unique festival } Sidwell Guduka THE City of Roses is expected to come alive with the annual FNB Grey College Music Festival to be held later next month. This year’s event, which will take place on 30 and 31 August at the Sand du Plessis theatre, promises to be a highlight on the Bloemfontein social and cultural calendar. The festival which was conceived by Dr Michau Heyns, ex-headmaster of Grey College in 1982, is unique and the only event of its kind in South Africa. It was formally known as the Grey College Choir Festival and used to take place at the Centenery hall in the Free State capital. Later, it was moved to the Bloemfontein town hall to accommodate the growing number of audience. The Grey boys will be joined on the stage by legendary singer and songwriter Jak de Priester, the beautiful and talented Caroline Haasbroek and the exquisite voice of Valiant Swart. “We are thrilled with the artist line-up we were able to secure this year and rehearsals are going very well. “We always use artists from all over the country. At the end of the show we always have the whole school on the stage; all the boys from the school sing as the mass orchestra,” Celeste Venter, the organiser of the event, told Express. “And the artists sing together with them on the stage. That’s a very nice thing to see and the boys enjoy that. “People can expect to be blown away. There will also be a few

ALL present. From the left are Celeste Venter, organiser of the music festival, Caroline Haasbroek, guest artist, Deon Scheepers, headmaster of Grey College, Jeanie Prinsloo, assistant organiser of the music festival, and George van Staden, regional manager: Banking Channels of FNB in the Free State, who attended the launch of the Grey College Music Festival on Thursday. Photo: Sidwell Guduka surprises during the shows,” she said. On 29 August, various children’s

homes and old-age homes will attend the dress rehearsals, an afternoon of entertainment that

many would not have had the opportunity to experience otherwise. They will also attend shows

for free. “The idea is to treat them to enjoy the evening with us by just sitting back, relaxing and forgetting about everything. During the break we will give them something to eat and drink. “We have organised transport to take them to the venue and back home,” Venter said. First National Bank (FNB) has been the title sponsor for this festival for the past seven years. “By supporting an event of this nature we would like to demonstrate our commitment to youth development and the arts. We are proud to be associated with an event that has established itself as a highlight on the Grey College cultural calendar, and which continues to deliver a most rewarding collaboration between our youth and experienced artists,” George van Staden, FNB’s regional manager: Banking Channels in the Free State, said. During the school’s 150th anniversary in 2005, the choir festival changed its colours and the name changed to the Grey College Choir Festival, which its purpose to enrich the wide variety of music talent of the Grey boys, giving them the opportunity with the top artists such as the following: Steve Hofmeyr, Laurika Rauch, DNA Strings, Theuns Jordaan, Nianell, Anna Davel, Dozi, Drie van die Bestes, Karen Zoid, Lize Beekman, Jennifer Jones, Charl du Plessis, Brandon October, Bianca le Grange, Coenie de Villiers and Romanz. Tickets cost R170 for both adults and children. They will be available from Monday at Grey College Secondary’s office. For any more information call 051-444-1513.


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Malema vs ANC } Selloane Khalane EXPELLED from the ruling party in 2012, political analysts say the former ANC Youth League president, Julius Malema, is the ANC’s biggest opponent going into the 2014 national elections. Analysts say Malema’s newlyformed political party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), is highly likely to secure enough votes to get a foot in parliament. The 2014 ballot is expected to feature a number of new political parties, including Dr Mamphela Ramphele’s Agang SA, SA First, a party of former members of the African National Congress (ANC) military wing, uMkhonto we Sizwe, and the EFF. The political analyst Hussain Solomon said the ANC was likely to win the elections by a 58% to 60% margin. The ANC has held a majority of the seats in the National Assembly since 1994, being re-elected with increasing majorities in 1999 and 2004, but had a slight fall in

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NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY IN TERMS OF SECTION 27 READ WITH SECTION 31 FOR REGISTRATION FREE STATE GAMBLING AND LIQUOR ACT, 2010. Notice is hereby given that OUMA LETICIA LEHOKO intends to lodge an application on 31 JULY 2013, particulars of which appear hereunder. 1. Municipality: MALUTI A PHOFUNG. 2. Full names, street and postal address of applicant and identity No. or registration No: OUMA LETICIA LEHOKO, 2001 EXT 05 TLHOLONG, KESTELL. ID: 640924°0348°083. 3. Kind of registration applied for: RESTAURANT. 4. Kind of product to be sold/manufactured: ALL KINDS OF LIQUOR. 5. Name under which business is to be conducted and full address of premises: HILDEN RESTAURANT, 2001 EXT 05, TLHOLONG, KESTELL. 6. Name of, nature of and distance to institutions of learning, similar registered premises and places of worship: NONE. Any person may, within 21 days from 31 July 2013 (date of publication in Provincial Gazette) lodge in terms of section 33 of the Free State Gambling and Liquor Act, 2010 an objection in writing to the Free State Liquor Authority (address set out hereunder). The objection must clearly indicate the full names, identity number, residential address, postal address and telephone number, if any, and where applicable, its registration number and address of its office, of the objector. The objection must also identify the application to which it relates. The application may be inspected at the office of the Authority during their office hours. The address of the relevant Office of the Liquor Authority is: Place: BETHLEHEM Date: 3 April 2013

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FREE STATE GAMBLING AND LIQUOR ACT, 2010. Notice is hereby given that Mathata Elias Chechile intends to lodge an application on 31 July 2013, particulars of which appear hereunder, with local municipality: 1. Municipality: Thabo Mofutsanyana 2. Full names, street and postal address of the applicant and identity No. or registration: Mathata Elias Chechile, 1680

its majority from 69% to 65,9% in 2009. “The party will lose votes to the EFF,” Solomon said. The political analyst André Duvenhage said it was highly unlikely that the ANC Free State would win the elections by an 82% margin, considering divisions in the province. During the party’s provincial conference the ANC Free State chairperson, premier Ace Magashule, promised the party’s national leadership an 82% victory in the elections. In 2009 the Free State clinched 71% of the votes, a drastic fall from 81% in 2004. “Forces of change in the Free State have defected to the EFF and that decreases votes for the ANC,” Duvenhage said. The political analyst Theo Neethling said Agang and the DA would compete against each other to secure votes from the middle class. “Whether Agang will have its structures in place prior to the elections is questionable,” Neeth-

ling said. “Agang does not have a charismatic leader like Malema who can connect with the ordinary people on the grass roots,” Solomon added. The ANC’s biggest opposition party, the DA, received 11,6% of the votes in 2009, up from 8,4% in 2004 in the Free State. Analysts expect Cope to lose votes following the party’s infighting over leadership positions. The Freedom Front Plus votes declined from 2,47% in 2004 to 2% in 2009 in the province. With criminal charges still looming over Malema, Solomon said it was not sure whether Malema would make it to the voting polls. “One has to wait and see if Malema will get prosecuted before the elections,” Solomon said. “There will be many more Waterkloof and Nkandla scandals before people stop voting for the ANC, but 2019 is a different scenario,” Solomon concluded.

How Free State voted since 1994 NATIONAL

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Poelong Village, Witsieshoeke 9870, 720504°5796°081. 3. Kind of registration applied for: Bottle store. 4. Kind of product to be sold/manufactured: All kinds of liquor. 5. Name under which business is to be conducted and full address of premises: Eddi's Liquor Store, 1695 Poelong Village, Witsieshoek 9870. Name of, nature of and distance to institution of learning, similar registered premises and place of worship: N/A. Any person may, within 21 days from 31 July 2013 (date of publication in Government Gazette) lodge in terms of section 33 of the Free State Gambling and Liquor Act, 2010 any objection in writing to the Free State Gambling and Liquor Authority (address set out hereunder). The objection must clearly indicate the full names, identity number, residenttial address, postal address and telephone number, if any, and where applicable, its registration number and address of its objector. The objection must also identify the application to which it relates. The application may be inspected at the offices of the Authority during their office hours. The address of the Office of the Gambling and Liquor Authority is: Place : Bethlehem Date: 2013/04/02 Cell 072°511°6627 Fax 086°733°1178

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Notice is herby given that YIZO FOODS intends to lodge an application on 31 JULY 2013, particulars of which appear hereunder. 1. Municipality: Dihlabeng 2. Full names, street and postal address of applicant and identity no. or registration no. Mashiloane Teboho Christian, 1457 Tsoella Street, Bohlokong Bethlehem, ID 720702°5636°089. 3. Kind of registration applied for: Restaurant 4.. Kind of product to be sold/manufactured: All kinds 5. Name under which business is to be conducted and full address of premises: Yizo Foods, 1457 Tsoella Street, Bohlokong, Bethlehem 6. Name of, nature of and distance to institutions of learning, similar registered premises and places of worship: NONE Any person may, within 21 days from 31 July 2013 ( date of publication in Provincial Gazette), lodge in terms of Section 33 of the Free State Gambling and Liquor Act, 2010 an objection in writing to the Free State Liquor Authority ( address set out hereunder). The objection must clearly indicate the full names, identity number, residential address, postal address and telephone number, if any, and where applicable, its registration number and address of its office, of the objector. The objection must also identify the application to which it relates. The application may be inspected at the offices of the Authority during their offices hours. The address of the relevant Office of the Liquor Authority is: Liquor Board, Bloemfontein. Place: Bethlehem. Date: 19 JULY 2013.

KAIZER CHIEFS celebrate winning their first Carling Black Label Cup title at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/Backpagepix

Carling Black Label Cup win first for Chiefs } Sidwell Guduka “IT is often said that derbies are dull affairs, but this was definitely not a dull affair,” Stuart Baxter, Kaizer Chiefs coach, told journalists in a post-match press conference on Saturday. This was after Amakhosi had defeated their old foes Orlando Pirates 1-0 in the Carling Black Label Cup encounter at the FNB Stadium. “This was a tight affair. And I must admit that Pirates gave us a run for our money. In the first half, they were all over us and we kept on making some poor decisions with the ball. Pirates took advantage of that. They had a few chances to score, but were unlucky. Our

defenders were brilliant and they defended our box very well. So that’s why it was a tight game,” Baxter said. “The second half for us was both heaven and hell. We were defending the box very, very strongly. We knew Pirates would come on the longer the game went and we had some very good transitions, but we gave up some very good chances,” he added. The win of Saturday was the first for Kaizer Chiefs in the Carling Black Label Cup. Pirates won the previous two editions of the competition by penalties. “Pirates put us under a lot of pressure and I’m just happy to get away with a win. It is nice to give the Chiefs fans the

long-awaited Carling Black Label Cup because Pirates had dominated,” an elated Baxter said. Now Chiefs will shift their focus to the Absa Premiership League which kicks off on Friday. The Glamour Boys will begin their campaign with a tricky match against Mpumalanga Black Aces at the Mbombela Stadium on Friday. Kick-off is at 20:00. “It is going to be another tough match for us because every team wants to beat Chiefs. We are ready for the season ahead. Our aim is to start with a win like we did last season,” Baxter said. ) Sidwell Guduka, Express sports editor, attended Saturday’s match in Johannesburg courtesy of Carling Black Label.


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Bana ba sekolo le tjhelete A re bueng

‘HA hona motho ya nang letjhelete jwalo ka ngwana wa sekolo’. Sena ke ntho e tsebahalang haholo. Matsatsing a ho feta ke ne ke le lebenkeleng la dijo la sekolo, ha ke sa letetse hore ke thuswe ke ile ka utloa mme ya rekisang a re ho ngwana wa kereiti ya pele; “ke kopa o jwetse mme wa hao hore a tlohele ho o neha R10 tsatsi le leng le le leng hobane o senya tjhelete ha o tsebe hore o etseng ka yona”. E sa le dinyane tsa ngwana enwa ya newang R10. Ke utlwa ka ba bang bana ba sekolo hore ho na le bana ba newang R20, R40 le hofeta ka letsatsi. Ke kopa le nkutlwe hore ha ke kgahlano le hore bana ba fuwe tjhelete. Taba eo re lokelang ho e lekola ha re neha bana ba rona tjhelete ke hore a na re tla kgona ho dula re etsa sena ho fihlela ba qeta sekolo? Ntho eo ke ebonang e etswa ke batswadi ba bangata ke ho etsetsa bana dijo ha ba e ya sekolong. Dijo tsena nakong e ngata di kenyeletsa ntho ya ho nwa, dipompong, kapo di tholwana.

Boitomelo Koma Auditing lecturer Taba eo re lokelang ho e lekola ha re neha bana ba rona tjhelete ke hore a na re tla kgona ho dula re etsa sena ho fihlela ba qeta sekolo? Hape o fumana hore bana ba newa dijo tse tshwanang le tseo di rekiswang sekolong. Taba enngwe ke hore batswadi ba lla ka hore bana ha ba qete dijo tseo ba di fuwang hae. A naa bana ba hloka ho newa thjelete ka matsatsi ohle? E na ke potso eo re le batswadi re lokelang ho ipotsa yona. Ke a tseba hore hona le bana dulang sekolong letsatsi kaofela. Le ha hole jwalo re hloka hofumana mokgwa wa ho

neha bana dijo tse lekaneng hore re fokotse ho neha bana thjelete tsatsi le leng le le leng. Ke a tseba hore hothata empa re lokela ho iteka. Ha re hopoleng hore thuto ya bana ba rona ha e felle sekolong, bahloka le thuto ya dikolo tse phahameng jwalo ka diyunivesithing. Ho bohlokwa ho boloka thjelete bakeng sa dithuto tsena. Ha ngwana a fihla yunivesithing o hloka tjhelete ho lefa dithuto, dibuka, bodulo, dijo le tsona di phahlo. Mohlala ke o na, haeba o neha ngwana R10 kaletsatsi thjelete e na ke R50 ka beke (matsatsi a mahlano) e be e eba R200 ka kgwedi. Ha o ka neha ngwana R10 habedi ka beke o tla kgona ho boloka R120 ka kgwedi eo tla ba R1 440 ka selomo bakeng sa thuto ya ngwana wa hao kamoso. Ha o etsa sena, dula le ngwana o mo hlalosetse bohlokwa ba ho bolekela bokamoso ba hae. Taba eo re lokelang ho e lekola ha re neha bana ba rona tjhelete ke hore a na re tla kgona ho dula re etsa sena ho fihlela ba qeta sekolo? *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

‘We won’t increase the stipend’ } Selloane Khalane DR GWEN RAMOKGOPA, South Africa’s deputy minister of Health, says South African students studying medicine in Cuba are known for spending their student’s stipend on living a lavish life. “Our South African medical students are known for their opulence and wearing expensive brands in Cuba,” Ramokgopa said. Ramokgopa was addressing prospective medical students shortlisted for the RSA-Cuba Medical Students Training Programme on Sunday at Bophelo House, Bloemfontein. Earlier this year six of the 187 South African medical students who had embarked on a hunger strike were recalled by the minis-

ter of Health, Aaron Motsoaledi, after refusing to continue with their studies unless their stipends were increased. Students demanded a $500 increase to the $200 (approximately R1 600) monthly stipend they receive, bringing it up to $700 (approximately R5 600). The students were amongst 187 students who had gone on a hunger strike over stipend increases and amongst other grievances. “Government doesn’t have that kind of money,” Ramokgopa said. She said the R2 000 stipend given to students every month was only to cover personal items such as toiletries. Ramokgopa said the stipend was more than the salaries earned by professors and

other educators in Cuba. “South Africans are spoiled,” she said. With a serious shortage of doctors in the country, the eight higher education institutions in South Africa did not have enough space to enrol prospective medical students. She said it would take 20 years to get the 20 000 doctors needed in the country if other prospective medical students don’t study in Cuba. Ramokgopa said students also complained about the Cuban food and overcrowded lodging. “We won’t increase the stipend,” she said. The South African government spends about R500 000 per student over six years for a language course, medical training and living expenses in Cuba.

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EXPRESS EASTERN FREE STATE, WEDNESDAY 31 JULY 2013

EASTERN FREE STATE

PAULOS MASEHE (right) and the prime minister of Lesotho, Thom Thabane.

Stars achievers receive awards } Tladi Moloi

PAULOS MASEHE was the big winner last night at the Free State Stars 2013 Gala Awards Ceremony which was held at the Loft Guest House in Bethlehem. The veteran skipper scooped three awards on the night. He won the titles of Most Consistent Player, Player’s Player of the Season and Player of the Year. He also went home R130 000 richer. Masehe said winning three awards was a big achievement for him and added that he had achieved that through hard work. He said it was an indication that when one worked hard, a reward would come at the end. “It is a big achievement for me and winning three awards means a lot. I have been doing what I love most and

‘I have been doing what I love most and I made sure that I worked hard in everything I was doing,’ – Paulos Masehe I made sure that I worked hard in everything I was doing,” he said. Masehe told Express-news.com that he hoped the young players have been watching and added that he believed next year everyone would be gunning for the awards. “I am sure that next season these young players will go all out to win the award. It is possible for them, be-

cause they still have fresh legs,” he said. Rantsi Mokoena, the general manager of the team, said the awards were aimed at rewarding the individuals who had worked hard throughout the season. “I am happy with the way the team had performed last season and I believe that we could have done better if it were not for some obstacles,” he said. Other players who won awards were: Rookies of the Season: Luyolo Nomandela and Daniel Cardoso Top Goal Scorer: Nomandela Most Disciplined Player: Enva Wiltwer Chairman’s Award: Katlego Mashego Bonitas Medical Fund Award: Katlego Mashego

Express qq 31 jul 2013  

Express qq 31 jul 2013

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