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‘Free my mother’

Animals needed to pay sangoma } Tladi Moloi

IN NEED: Jwalane Mthembu (21) from Ext. 3 in Bohlokong, Bethlehem, needs your help. Photo: Tladi Moloi

“PLEASE help my mother.” This is the humble plea of the tearful Jwalane Mthembu (21) from Ext. 3 in Bohlokong, Bethlehem. Mthembu visited the Express Eastern Free State (EFS) office first thing on Monday morning to ask the community for help. She said her mother needed to be released from traditional healing training to become a sangoma, and a cow, sheep and goat are needed for this to happen. “I have spoken to relatives, but they are not willing to help. I do not even want to talk about my uncle who provoked me over the phone. I have decided to come to Express EFS to ask the community to help,” she said. The unemployed Mthembu, who is now living with her grandmother, said the old woman was willing to help, but some of her children had discouraged her from doing this. “I wish I could help my mother, because we are now struggling. She left us with three kids from my uncle and my sister who have both passed away,” she said. Mthembu said her mother went for training in February after she had been sick for a long time. A fam-

“I wish I could help m y m o t h e r, b e ­ cause we are now struggling. She left us with three kids from my uncle and my sister who have both passed away.” ily friend had advised them to go to a traditional healer in Ficksburg. “I went there with my mother and she was healed. The traditional healer told her that her ancestors wanted her to be a traditional healer herself,” she said. She said she was now afraid to go to where her mother was training to tell her of the latest developments, as her mother had fainted the last time she had told her of the family’s reaction to the matter. “I can’t go there unless I have those animals. I am afraid that this time she might faint and die.” Anyone who is willing to help can call Express EFS’s office on 058-3035411 or call Mthembu on 083-7102866.




Two rapists convicted

Bus tragedy commemorated

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MOKGWEPA FRANK MPHANYA (23) and Moeketsi Fana Moerane (25) from Makwane Village who were accused of raping and assaulting a 25-year-old woman from the Lusaka section of Makwane Village in QwaQwa have started their life sentences in prison while still awaiting trial on charges of murder and robbery. These partners in crime were recently found guilty on a charge of rape by the Phuthaditjhaba Regional Court. On 28 July last year a woman was walking home from a tavern with her boyfriend. They met the three men who forced the boyfriend to walk away and forcefully took the girlfriend. She was taken to a friend’s house where the crime was committed. At the house, each of the accused assaulted the woman and both raped her. She was forced to leave the house through a window after being asked to wash. They were both later arrested and denied bail until their sentence. “We won’t despair in fighting crimes against women and children within the Free State until the message gets through the heads of perpetrators. “I want to thank the member for their thorough in investigation on the matter and seeing to it that justice was served,” said the Free State provincial commissioner, Lt Gen Kehla Sitole.

1 MAY 2013 marked ten years since the Saulspoort Dam bus disaster that killed 51 Cosatu-affiliated trade unionists who were travelling from Kimberley to a major May Day rally in Qwaqwa when a bus plunged into the Saulspoort Dam, near Bethlehem in the Eastern Free State. Only ten people who were in the bus survived what could be the worst road accident in South African history that year. Len Slabbert, who hails from Bethlehem, was a hero as he played a pivotal role in rescuing eight people who survived the tragedy. Slabbert was invited to this year’s celebration which was hosted in the Goble Park Stadium in Bethlehem to celebrate a decade with Cosatu. He was happy to be part of the celebration and added that what made him more proud was the fact that he had saved some of the people who were involved in the tragedy. “We are celebrating 10 years of people who were trying to fight for the good course. 1 May 2003 is a day that no one will forget. It was an immense tragedy for all of us,” he said. Slabbert said it was an honour for him to help people who were in great distress. He said it was a cold morning. When he was informed about the accident, he could not believe what had happened. “I had to go there to make sure if what I had been told was true. When I arrived I saw people standing in the water while others where on top of the bus. People who were standing on the bus were cold, wet and could not talk. I went home to fetch a boat so that I could save them. It was not as easy to save them as one could think because the people where desperate to reach land,” he narrated. Slabbert said when he came closer to them they all wanted to jump on the boat but he told them to wait and promised that he would save them all. “I took the first four and I went back for the last four people. While I was saving people the second tragedy happened as the ambulance overturned on its way to the dam. We will remember you,” he said.

HERO: Len Slabbert from Bethlehem who helped eight of the ten Cosatu-affiliated trade unionists who were involved on the Saulspoort Dam bus disaster that killed 51 people in 2003. Photo: Tladi Moloi

Matrics motivated through programme THE Dihlabeng Municipality, in conjunction with the University of the Free State (UFS) and the Department of Education, has again shown commitment in helping gr. 12 learners from Dihlabeng to perform well. Enrichment classes for matric learners were recently launched. This entails that the matrics of all the schools will gather at a selected venue every Saturday where they will be assisted by different teachers and lecturers. The Free State achieved a 81,1% matric pass rate in 2012 and was third in the standings, following Gauteng and the Western Cape. The Free State saw an improvement in the pass rate. Tate Makgoe, MEC from the Department of Education, was happy with the results. The matrics from Thabo Thokoza, Bethlehem Combined School, Bethlehem Comprehensive, Ntsu High School and

Tiisetang High School attended the ceremony to witness the birth of the initiative which will benefit them in future. Lindi Mabaso, chief education specialist of the Department Of Education, Thabo Mofutsanyana District, gave an inspirational speech teaching learners the importance of knowing their rights to be educated and the right to make mistakes, but she also emphasized the importance of learning from mistakes and revising their work every day after each lesson. She said that matrics need to obtain five distinctions excluding Life Orientation in order for them to receive bursaries. The Dihlabeng Local Municipality has made a contribution to this programme by providing catering for the Saturday classes.

REPRESENTATIVES from the Department of Education, Thabo Mofutsanyana Region, the University of the Free State (UFS) Qwaqwa campus and the Dihlabeng Municipality with some of the gr. 12 learners of Dihlabeng schools. Photo: Supplied



Graduates urged to effect change } Tladi Moloi GLENN ABRAHAMS, the executive chairperson of the South African National Tutor Services (Sants), has urged 143 practitioners who completed their training in Further Education and Training in ECD NQF Level 4 to keep on reading, because the doors of learning were still open. He said they have started and they now knew what was expected of them. “We want you to specialize and that can only be achieved through hard work. Go and make sure that you get your diploma and you might end up specializing with the gr. R learners,” he said. Abrahams said this during his speech when 143 practitioners from the Free State were awarded certificates of excellence by the Department of Social Development at a graduation ceremony held in the Bethlehem Town Hall last Tuesday. “Clearly no one expected or believed that our education system would reflect all the tenants required to rectify the damage inflicted over many years of deprivation by the previous dispensation. However, the visionary and groundbreaking initiative of the Free State Department of Social Development needs to be applauded since this intense three year programme showed the province’s commitment towards fundamentally transforming this sector and repositioning it,” he said. Abrahams said what had been achieved through the bold intervention, was that for the first time there was a palpable and explicit recognition for the work that the very dedicated and special practitioners have been doing under trying circum-

PAULINAH SHABALALA, Tebello Maboea, Mantoa Morake, Winnie Lebone, Charmaine Makolobate, Bohlale Saila, Mabatho Paleli, April Sindiswa and Precious Moshodi were among the 143 practitioners who graduated after they had completed their training in Further Education and Training in ECD NQF Level 4. Photo: Tladi Moloi stances. Wessels Linstrom, the acting head of department in Free State Social Development, said they had established a conducive working relationship with Sants and other government departments with regards to the training and development of the young men and women in this province.

He said the 18-month training programme was conducted at the beginning of November 2011 where 150 ECD Practioners were recruited around the Free State to be trained the on NQF level 4. “The training was accredited by ETDP Seta and accordingly those who successfully completed and passed the assessment. Others for

various reasons might not have completed the full period or not been able to graduate, however we still acknowledge them for making an effort. “It is not the amount of times you fall that matter, but the amount you stand up and start afresh. I am urging those who didn’t make it not to give up,” he said.

He said to the graduates that their hard work and perseverance have brought them to this milestone and they were commended. “In the diverse capacities for which your training has prepared you, many of you will play a vital role in addressing social problems our communities are faced with. Go and represent us well,” he said.




Bhm Cluster best in the Free State } Tladi Moloi

THE Bethlehem Cluster of the South African Police Service (SAPS) is the best in the Free State. This cluster, which is under the leadership of Brigadier Jan Tsotetsi, collected 15 trophies and 18 certificates at the recent awards ceremony of the Free State SAPS which was held in Bloemfontein. According to Tsotetsi the awards were for visible policing. He said they would not have won that many awards if it were not for excellent work. However, he admitted that there was still more work awaiting them. “We have to work harder to make sure that our cluster is crime free,” he said. Tsotetsi spoke during the media briefing which was held on Friday in the Sederhoff

Building in Bethlehem. He said they were very proud and excited. He said their performance has been improving from quarter to quarter. The cluster collected 6 trophies and 12 certificates in the previous quarter and he said that it was an indication that they were the leading cluster out of the 19 clusters in the province. “I don’t have a cluster or a station where I am policing. I am overseeing and supervising station commanders. My cluster is the best because of cluster commanders,” he said. Reitz won three trophies and four certificates with Bethlehem collecting four trophies and eight certificates. “We felt that our community needed to know about our achievement. We are not perfect, but trying,” he said.

W.O. SEQHANA MOLOI and Const. Teboho Motseare opening the garage in which 12 sheep were recovered. Photo: Supplied

Stolen livestock found in garage } Tladi Moloi

WINNERS: Lt Col Mthenjwa Khesa, Simphiwe Kunene of the Mamafubedu Police Station, Brigadier Jan Tsotetsi, the Bethlehem Cluster commander, Brigadier Thandiwe Qhobosheane of the Bethlehem Police Station and Lt Col Solly Phasha. Photo: Tladi Moloi

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MASOPHA SETHUNYA (35) appeared before the Phuthaditjhaba Magistrate’s Court yesterday for bail application after he had briefly appeared in the same court on 3 May facing the charge of possession of suspected stolen livestock. At the time of going to print the court proceedings was still underway. Sethunya was by the Phuthaditjhaba K9 Unit a fortnight in the Ha-Sethunya Village in Qwaqwa at Club View near Phuthaditjhaba. He was found in possession of 12 suspected stolen sheep hidden in the garage. The house belongs to his mother-in-law. The K9 members received information with regard to a man seen loading off lucern at a house at Club View. This raised suspicion to the community that there is no smoke without fire.

The off loading of lucern happened several times and that is why it raised the eyebrows. The police spokesperson Sgt Mmako Mophiring said the information was followed in which the house was searched, including the garage. He said 12 sheep were found and the Stock Theft Unit was summoned to the scene and identified that the livestock is stolen. “The success came just after the MEC for Police, Roads and Transport, Butana Khomphela, had a meeting with livestock owners in Qwaqwa last week addressing the stock theft with the provincial commissioner of the Free State and his management, including the community. The arrest is a true reflection that stock theft is a serious crime and has to be brought to zero in Qwaqwa. I want to thank the members for their reaction to the community information,” said the Free State provincial commissioner, Lt. Gen. Kehla Sitole.

Food donation helps learners at competition } Tladi Moloi BC SOLUTION from Bethlehem, under the leadership of Tankiso Mosia, donated food parcels and fruit to the “special class” learners of the Motshepuwa Primary School. Apparently, the so called “special class” is the class of learners with special educational needs. The donation was made in order for them to have something to eat at the music competition which was held in Qwaqwa on Monday. These learners proved that there was ability in disability by winning for the Bethlehem Cluster in the music competition which was organised by the Department of Education. They represented the cluster in the cluster competition in Qwaqwa. At the time of going to print, the rest of the results were not known yet. Nicole Mofokeng, the manager of BC Solution, said since they were from Bethlehem, they thought ploughing back into the community would be a good thing, since they themselves were being supported by the community. She said they had donated food parcels and fruit to the choir, because they would need to eat during the competition. Mofokeng said they had been invited by the school to help and she added that it was not the first time they had offered a helping hand to the community. “You will surely see us contributing to community projects more often,” she said. Puleng Mokoena, a teacher, said she was happy that they won and added that they were hoping for the best going to the next stage. She thanked Sasko, BC Solution and New Food Service for their assistance.

THE Motshepuwa Primary School learners of the “special class” with some of the teachers and a representative from BC Solution. Photo: Tladi Moloi



Chess her passion THANDAZA BAKAMELA from Phuthaditjhaba has been selected as Express Eastern Free State SuperSport Let’s Play Sport Star of the month for April. The young chess dynamo who is a gr. 3 learner at the Letlotlo Primary School in Phuthaditjhaba, Qwaqwa, has been taking home awards since the age of 6. At just 9 years old she is not only the u.9 district champion, but the u.9 provincial champion as well. In 2010 she was named u.6 provincial champion and the following year she became the u.7 provincial champion. In 2012 Thandaza became the u.8 provincial champion in addition to the u.8 national champ-ion. Matumelo “Rai” Bakamela, a mentor and Thandaza’s mother, said she was happy that Thandaza has been doing well at this age. She said Thandaza started playing chess at the age of four and since then she had never taken a step back. “She learnt how to play chess from me. I

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love chess and now it has become a family game. We used to play against each other during our spare time and believe you me, chess is one of the games that teaches one how to think fast,” he said. The mentor said there was no chess team at Letlotlo and added that she requested the management of the school to start it when Thandaza arrived there. “I told them that if they start the team she would take care of it and now they have the best team ever. “We are now planning to take her out of the u.9 team to u.13. I believe she has everything to compete at that level,” she said. Send your sport star nomination for school learners between the ages of 6 and 18 today (nominations received before the 20th of each month will be included in that month’s selection). You can email your nomination to or fax it to 086-552-4922. For more information please contact Lynne or Juanré at Z PR on 051-430-3027. – Additional reporting by Tladi Moloi

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THANDAZA BAKAMELA is the Express East­ ern Free State SuperSport Let’s Play Sport Star of the month for April.

FREE STATE STARS are out of the Absa Premier League top eight and they will have to win their last league game against the relegation fighters Black Leopards. The game will take place in the Goble Park Stadium in Bethlehem on Saturday. Kick-off is at 15:00. Ea Lla Koto have collected 38 points in 29 league games and surely they will be relying on other teams to do them a favour to book a top eight spot. Leopards have only collected 23 points in 28 league games. In order for the Limpopo side to stay in the league, they have to win their game against the league defending champions Orlando Pirates tonight. A catch-up game will take place in the Orlando Stadium at 19:00. The Steve Komphela side have been mostly in the top eight since the beginning of the league, but they lost it when it mattered the most. At one stage Stars looked to be the favourites to finish fourth on the league table, but they lost many games consecutively. The Bethlehem-based side played to a two-all draw against their arch-rivals, Bloemfontein Celtics, in the Free State derby that took place in the Free State Stadium on Saturday.




Details about Be aware of symptoms fathers wanted THE Department of Social Development in the Free State is requesting anyone with information with regards to the father of Lebohang, Mojalefa and Madisebo Febane – their estimated ages are 14, 11 and 6 years respectively – to come forward. These are two girls and a boy who reside in Rosendal. The reported father of the children concerned is Thuso Fantisi who resides in Ficksburg. The department is also looking for the father of Lerato and Lehlohonolo Letsowa. Their ages are estimated at 14 and 17 years. They are both boys and they reside in Rosendal. Anyone with information can contact Ntshadi Mototjane, social worker, at Social Development in the Sederhoff Building in Bethlehem on 083-302-5972, 058-307-7750 or send a fax to 058-307-7509.

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THE Bolton Wanderers Project is here and u.17 boy players born in 1996 are invited for the trials. The scouting will be taking place at the regionals as follows: 19 May in Bethlehem at the Du Plessis Stadium at 10:00.

THE changing of the leaves from green to brown and the shortening of days indicate that winter is well on its way. Winter brings cold weather and keeps us inside, where indoor triggers such as dust mites, pet allergens, smoke and viruses can worsen asthma symptoms. In addition, the cold dry air may cause airways to tighten, making breathing more difficult. These seasonal changes can bring about an increase in asthma attacks. “There are a number of these triggers which, if avoided, can reduce the risk of developing an asthma attack. It is important that members with asthma are aware of these, many of which are seasonal, and should try and avoid these triggers where possible. Medication compliance is also critical as is implementing healthier lifestyle choices such as opting to stop smoking,” says Peter Jordan, principal officer of Fedhealth. A total of 2,3 % of Fedhealth’s members, diagnosed with asthma are registered with the Chronic Medicine Programme, with the total annualised chronic medication costs for this disease category accounting for 8,2% of the schemes annual authorised cost. Common asthma triggers include animals, dust, changes in weather, chemicals in the air or food, exercise, mould, pollen, respiratory infections such as the common cold, strong emotions, and tobacco smoke. Aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can also provoke asthma in some patients. “The prevalence of these triggers may increase or decrease seasonally and although it is not possible to completely avoid these environmental triggers, there are

ways to minimise exposure in the home, school, work, recreation and travel environments,” comments Jordan. Jordan says the upcoming winter months are particularly hazardous for asthma sufferers due to the cold temperatures. “Winter is also the season for the common cold and flu. Viral infections trigger asthmatic attacks and therefore it is beneficial for asthmatics to make use of Fedhealth’s screening benefit that provides for a flu vaccination per beneficiary per year.” Early warning signs that may occur just before or at the very beginning of an asthma attack include frequent coughing, especially at night; shortness of breath; feeling fatigued and irritable; feeling tired or weak when exercising; wheezing or coughing after exercise; decreases in lung function as measured on a peak flow metre; signs of a cold or allergies; and trouble sleeping. “In general, these signs are not severe enough to stop you from going about your daily activities, but through recognising the signs, asthmatics can prevent an attack or prevent one from getting worse,” adds Jordan. Not every person with asthma has the same symptoms and while some asthmatics may go for extended periods without having any symptoms, others may have asthma symptoms every day. Vitally important is the correct diagnosis, treatment options and monitoring which can dramatically improve quality of life. “Asthma is a serious condition and the sooner members can get onto a treatment programme with regular check-ups from their doctor, the more fulfilling their lives will be,” concludes Jordan.



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THE newly elected committee of the Maluti-a-Phofung Local Football Association. They are from the left Dimakatso Mooko, Neo Motaung, Lindiwe Zimu, Nkoko Malefane, Buti Nzimande, Lily Mokoena, Sakhile Nxala, Thite Titi (chairperson), Mojalefa Mokoena, Nthepane Khashane and Ntshefu Maputsoe. Photo: Tladi Moloi

We want change in our region – Titi

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THREE Local Football Associations (LFA) of Safa in the Thabo Mofutsanyana Region hosted an election at the annual general meeting (AGM) on Saturday and the other three LFAs are expected to complete the process this coming weekend ahead of the regional election. The regional election is set to take place on 8 June, but the venue is yet to be announced. The LFAs that completed their election are Maluti-a-Phofung, Phumelela and Nketoane. Setsoto and Mantsopa’s elections will take place on the 18th and 19th respectively. However, Dihlabeng has not yet decided on the date. Oorlog Motaung won the election in Phumelela, as he defeated Modise Molefe. Jonas Molefe secured his position in Nketoane with Thite Titi emerging victorious

in Maluti-a-Phofung against his challenger, Lekgetho Mosikatsana. Mosikatsana, who only managed to collect 34 votes, was beaten hands down, as Titi scored 226. The results meant Titi secured his seat as the chairperson of the Maluti-aPhofung LFA. Titi said he was happy that he retained his position and added that it was the beginning of great things to come. “We are not happy with our region and we want change. I am saying it openly and in public today. We want transformation. Unity is key in Maluti-a-Phofung. Let football be the winner,” he said. Titi said that for three years they had been fighting for something which never happened, but come 8 June, everything would be sorted out. “We want the funds from the region to go to the local football associations. They should not end

at certain individuals. We have forced the election, since some did not want it to take place. In football we need each other, we cannot operate as rivals. We should work together.” Titi said they could not promise the teams things that were beyond their reach, but they would talk about the tangible things. “If we are not working for you, you should vote us out, because you have entrusted us with the responsibility of working for you,” he said. According to Dimakotso Mokoena, the regional executive officer, the election went well and they did not receive an dispute from the clubs. Buti Tshabalala, who was an electoral officer, said he was happy with how the elections went. They did not have problems during the process, as all the teams were happy with the proceedings and the outcome.

Express Qwa Qwa 15 May 2013  

Express Qwa Qwa 15 May 2013