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NEWS AT YOUR FINGER TIPS: Express Group editor Jabulani Dlamini (on the left in blue shirt), while introducing the mobi website channel to scores of readers of Express Goldfields & NFS, also hands out copies of the publication during the introduction of the innovative technology last Wednesday in Thabong. Photo: Teboho Setena

No bail for suspects } Teboho Setena

THE state has denied six suspected crime syndicate members bail at their appearance last week Thursday in the Hennenman Magistrate’s Court. They face charges ranging from armed robbery, attempted murder and car hijacking. The accused are Andries Ntholeng (47), George Walking (33), David Ntsuku (34), Unathi Sedukwane (31), Mohapi Nteleki (35) and Lefu Majozi (34). They were arrested separately for

violent crimes committed in Hennenman and Welkom in the new year. The police in the Goldfields cracked down on some of the accused in January and this month following ongoing investigations. Thabong Police spokesperson Mamello Mokhuoane said two suspects, believed to be part of the syndicate, were still on the run, adding that the police had launched a full-scale investigation. The six men appeared in the Hennenman Magistrate’s Court in

connection with armed robbery on the Paradise Farm in the Hennenman district on 2 January. They allegedly robbed a 71-year-old woman and her son (31) after threatening the two victims with a firearm. They took valuable items, five laptops, shoes, jewellery, two flat-screen television sets, cell phones and an undisclosed amount of money. The suspects fled the scene with two vehicles, a white Toyota Corolla and a red

Nissan Sentra. Mokhuoane said the accused had been arrested in Thabong, Kroonstad, Virginia and Odendaalsrus. She said one suspect had been found at the Odendaalsrus Correctional Service, having been arrested in another case. Ntsuku, Nteleki and Majozi were arrested during a foiled car hijack last month in Welkom. They have been behind bars while the police continue with further investigations.

Ntsuku faces eight accounts of armed robbery and attempted murder while his co-accused face charges of hijacking and attempted murder. The four suspects were arrested four days into the new year after a foiled hijacking of a vehicle belonging to a resident of Thabong, Tiisetso Nona. Following their arrest the police found a Glock pistol with ten live rounds and one magazine that were hidden in K1 Kutlwanong in Odendaalsrus.

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Sign of success LEGAL INTERPRETERS: Language interpreters of the Justice Department in Welkom received diplomas in Legal Interpreting at the University of the Free State. From the left are Simoshile Bango, Freddie Makhathini (graduates), Lebo Ditsheo (interpreters’ inspector), Sebenzile Didi and Koos Mvundle (graduates). The graduation ceremony was held at the UFS in Bloemfontein a last week. Photo: Supplied

Labour warns employers THE Free State Department of Labour encourages employers to heed its call to comply with labour laws and avoid facing the possibility of being dragged to courts to face prosecution. This comes after six employers in the province were taken to different courts for transgression of several labour legislations last Tuesday. The employers failed to adhere to legislation of the Unemployment Insurance Act (UIA), Compensation for Occupational Diseases Act (COIDA), Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) and Sectoral determinations protecting vulnerable workers. Four employers in the Eastern Free State region were taken to the Bethlehem Magistrate’s Court facing charges ranging from failing to comply to Labour Inspectors’ instructions after they were served with compliance orders. The employers’ non-compliance ranged from non-payment of prescribed minimum wages, salaries and overtime to their employees. The Department of Labour’s provincial

chief director, Marsha Bronkhorst, said: “The department does not derive any pleasure in taking employers to court as the exercise costs time and resources that could be used elsewhere efficiently. If employers continuously ignore our plea to work together, we have no other option but to use our legislative powers to force them to comply. “It is the duty of labour inspectors to guide employers on how to comply with the law, however, it is the employer’s responsibility to comply. If the employer disregards the inspector’s orders, we will unfortunately use the strict approach,” said Bronkhorst. Meanwhile, in Fickburg two wholesale and retail employers also appeared before the Ficksburg Magistrate’s Court last week for not complying with the Wholesale and Retail Sectoral Determination, UIA and COID Act. In terms of the BCEA section 92 (e), if convicted of such an offence, the employer in the wrong may be fined or sentenced to imprisonment for not longer than one year.

Sanco wants to better FS THE South African National Civic Organisation in the Free State has committed to work towards ensuring that the province becomes a better place for residents to live in. This comes after the resolution taken at the organisation’s national executive committee meeting held in Durban over two days – from 31 January to 1 February. Bakoena Ramosie, Sanco’s provincial secretary, said at the meeting the body, amongst other things, reaffirmed that the organisation remained the key driver of developing people and towards claiming the space within the communities. “The national executive committee further reaffirmed the role of Sanco to remain the vanguard of communities and to be proactive in the civil education,” said Ramosie. In an effort to achieve the objective to make the Free State become a better place to live in for all South Africans, he said they had lined up a series of interactive activities. The scope of events will include roadshow campaigns against violence between the police and communities resulting in deaths. “We plan to introduce and conduct a

collage of civic politics within our townships where communities will be taught about their rights and responsibilities as residents. This will assist in reduction of the number of public protests. “We’ll have workshops where communities will be taught about the municipal by-laws. We realise that the number of people depending on social grants is skyrocketing year after year. Government must therefore come up with an intervention to reduce this. “Sanco therefore believes that the use of viable, sustainable community cooperatives can assist in the reduction of social security dependency while on the other hand developing our communities,” said Ramosie. As part of turning around the Free State, he said Sanco intended to introduce districts training centres to capacitate communities. “This will ensure that communities are empowered and trained. We fully understand that government needs to participate in ensuring the success of the idea,” said Ramosie. He said Sanco would start out its programme by hosting a rally in Zamdela, Sasolburg, on 15 March.

RAY OF HOPE: The members of the newly formed non-profit organisation of the Rainbow Foundation and Service Delivery from Virginia. Photo: Teboho Setena

NGO registered to help } Teboho Setena A NEWLY founded non-profit organisation of the Rainbow Foundation and Service Delivery aims to foster a culture of self-determination within the community of Virginia’s township Meloding. Sulvia Moruri, Elisa Sehloho en Bettie Luyke, the founders, boast different employable skills, which they utilize in this organisation. Moruri possesses skills in coffin spraying and arrangement of flower bouquets. Sehloho has experience in sewing and catering, while Luyke has experience in marketing and knowledge in dealing with the Department of Social Development. The organisation has complied with the department’s requirements having been granted a registration number to operate. Hoping to bring a ray of hope for the struggling community of Meloding, the NGO was officially registered with the department last year in September. The members of the NGO aim to utilise their unique skills, experience gained and ideas they have to empower, educate, advocate and promote dignity for social integration within the community of Meloding. They plan to recruit more

members, to work with them voluntarily in the interim while working to implement the organisation’s plan and aggressively market the foundation. “We aim to train people as part of empowering them. We plan to empower people of all ages who want to contribute to the growing of the foundation which we hope will in the process create small scale job opportunities for the community of Meloding,” said Luyke. For the implementation phase of the foundation, members have a identified recycling project, sewing and flower bouquet through which they plan to generate substantial income for travelling, administration and training of people. Usable items needed for the recycling project are cans, newspapers, plastic and glass bottles. The immediate challenge facing members is to secure funding and support systems that include dedicated transport and a secure building from which they will operate. The targeted people are those living in Meloding, Saaiplaas and Harmony. Those willing to help, can phone Bettie Luyke on 074-113-7636 or Sylvia Moruri on 071-216-8730.


Infighting floors boxing in FS } Teboho Setena THE participation of the amateur Free State Boxing Organisation (FSBO) nationally and membership of the South African National Boxing Organisation (Sanabo) remains uncertain. This follows the national body’s leadership reiterating the stance to not rescind its decision to suspend the provincial leadership indefinitely from participation from all activities amateur boxing events. The provincial body also faces the threat to have its membership terminated by the national structure due to unresolved internal bickering. A week ago the Free State leadership was notified of its suspension after the provincial elective annual general meeting held on 1 February did not produced the desired result. This was after the provincial leadership dismally failed to elect new office bearers at the elective meeting. The members failed on three occasions to elect a dignified leadership due to a power struggle. The first and second elective meeting was held in Welkom in November and December. However, due to the power struggle it was then adjourned to 1 February this year in Bloemfontein. After members failed to reach consensus at a

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THE Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) will compile an election time-table as soon as President Jacob Zuma proclaims the final election date in the Government Gazette. This comes after the IEC registered 2 million new voters, which is 17% more than target. The IEC says the election timetable will include the date on which political parties will be able to submit their candidates’ lists. The IEC spokesperson, Kate Bapela, says their biggest task is to put together the timetable. “In that timetable, one of the key features will be a date by which political parties will submit their candidate lists. This is always one of the key dates because immediately after that we would already know which political parties that will be signing the electoral code of conduct.” According to the IEC, over 25,3 million South Africans are registered to vote at this year’s national and provincial elections on 7 May. The final registration weekend of 8 and 9 February saw 1 259 560 new voters registering. In the first leg of the voter registration in November last year about 1.1 million people registered for the first time. With the 1,2 million who registered this month a total of 2,3 million voters would be added to the roll. The IEC says almost 3 million people visited 22 263 voting stations over the past weekend. That is 16 % higher that the 2,5 million in November. Along with new registration, Bapela says, a further 1,48 million registered voters also used the final registration to change their new voting station. “About 183 377 people re-registered at the same voting station,” she explains. The upcoming elections will be the first time South Africans living and travelling abroad will be able to register to vote while overseas.



meeting in Bloemfontein, the national leadership decided to suspend the Free State leadership. The provincial leadership has been at loggerheads that now seems to have paralysed amateur boxing provincially. Sanabo’s national executive is set to decide the participation and membership of the FSBO at future events at its meeting on 11 March. In a letter address to the FSBO leadership, the national body has instructed the province to make written submission to Sanabo for consideration of the lifting of its suspension. The FSBO leadership has further been instructed to submit proof of operation. These include a copy of the FSBO duly adopted Constitution, a declaration that the FSBO will adhere to Sababo and the AIBA regulations, districts’ constitution, districts’ financial statements, minutes of all districts’ annual general meeting, a yearplan for 2014, complete membership list and proof of affiliation and list of districts’ executive members. This instruction comes after the troubleridden FSBO leadership disputed its suspension from participation from all activities. The provincial leadership has also taken its case to the Free State MEC for Sport, Dan Khothule, for intervention.

Getting tested to know his health status KNOW YOUR HEALTH STATUS: A resident of Welkom, Piet Mohlokoane, who voluntarily got tested to know his health status with nursing sister Matefo Leeto during the health campaign last Wednesday.The campaign encourages members of the public at large to get tested to know their health status, not only HIV/Aids.

Photo: Teboho Setena

Car fanatics, get ready . . . THIS year’s African Six-Hour Endurance Race at the Phakisa Freeway track on Saturday is set to be a thriller. This year is the second time the event wil take place. It is sanctioned by Motorsports South Africa (MSA), the controlling body. The first edition was staged at the same venue last year. It is hosted by the Free State Tourism Authority (FSTA). The event organisers, the Classic Car Events, are affiliated to MSA and also hold a permit to host the event with the 2014 racing calendar. The event is expected to bring over 250 competitors from the 50 car entries expected to participate in this year’s event. For the first time during this weekend spectators will have an opportunity to watch national, regional and club vehicles racing for honours in a single event.


With all categories converged on one area fans will be able to finally see leading cars and manufacturers in South Africa. The event will pave the way for a future World Endurance Championship round in South Africa, in the Goldfields. The main competition is expected to happen between 14:00 and 20:00. The organisers have hailed last year’s event a success and are determined to raise the profile this year with the prospect of attracting international events. The hosting of the event and its success is envisaged to bring possible economic spin-offs for the locals in the sport-tourism sector. This could in turn increase the possibility to utilize the Phakisa Freeway. Entrance fee for spectators inside the paddock is R100 per person and free within the public embankments.




My view Moeti Molelekoa

Too big majority not good THIS year’s general election is expected to be the biggest and the most successful ever in terms of voter turnout. It is envisaged to be a fierce contest among the opposition political parties. However, the ruling party, the ANC, is sure of a victory. What parties like the DA can hope for is to reduce the majority of 70% targeted by the ANC to less than 60%. The basic policy positioning of the ANC is compelling for the poorest of the poor. The party goes with the idea of a welfare state. A social security system is in place to ensure that learners do not starve at school. This approach has contributed a lot in last year’s wonderful matric pass rate. The ruling party also has a good grip on social reforms such as health and housing. Unlike in the past, domestic workers are benefitting from the Unemployment Fund and are allowed to join unions of their choice. Some are people benefitting from Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) deals while others have benefitted from affirmative action. Those people are not bothered by talks of the Nkandla Scandal and all other forms of corruption within the ANC and the government. For me, the gap between the policy ideals and delivery is big and growing. There is a disturbing arrogance and political entitlement that too many ANC politicians and government officials display. Less than a 56% majority win for the ANC will be good for our democracy. I’m patriotic to this country, but the way things are going on is frightening. We are already becoming another failed African regime, not because of the lack of fancy highways and bridges, but due to greed and corruption. The world won’t measure our success by having built world-class stadiums, having hosted major sporting events and the highways we have built. The world will measure our success based on how well we care for our most vulnerable populations. We have failed as a nation to protect our children from cases of murder, abuse and rape. Civil servants and ordinary members of the public do not respect the rule of law. Corruption, fraud, incompetency and nepotism are the order of the day.

Exciting launch of mobi-website READERS’ CHOICE: The nursing staff of the Department of Health of Welkom’s Kopano U unit participated in the Express Goldfields & Northern Free State’s launch of its mobi-website that allows readers to access the website and contribute to news and other content. They are from the left, front, Masingoane Manyane and Nomjabulo Dhlamini; back: Lereng Pitso, Nomvula Sizane, Nomsa Dhlamini and Maki Dlomo. Photo: Teboho Setena

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So many benefits SETTING THE TREND: Express Goldfields & NFS marketing consultant, Innocent Mncube, interacts with readers and explains what the mobi website offers to the readers and advertisers. The channel makes it possible for the readers and advertisers to access the publication on their mobile phones. Photo: Teboho Setena

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Nominate teacher for award THE Free State community is encouraged to nominate teachers for this year’s Via Afrika Publishers People’s Choice Awards. The nomination process opened on 1 February and closes on 27 February of this year. The Via Afrika Publishers People’s Choice Awards was established to acknowledge and reward teachers who make a

positive difference in their communities. Teachers nominated for the award must still be active in service. The awards are meant for teachers who have gone beyond the call of duty by selflessly devoting their lives to the development of their community. The winners of the competition will be announced during the

National Teaching Awards ceremony. The nine provincial finalists will go on a three-day trip to the Victoria Falls in Zambia with the overall winner receiving R40 000 in prize money. Entries must be in English only. In the motivation you should say what evidence you have that the person has done the important things you are nomi-

nating them for. This could be photographs of them in action, a testimonial from a school principal or community leader, or a newspaper article that has been written about them. As the nominator you must tell the person you are nominating so that they can prepare evidence to support the entry.





NEWS MISSED CLASSES: This group of pupils of the Leseding Technical High School missed out on their first classes of learning last Tuesday because they were late for school. They found the school gate locked after they had arrived after 08:00 which is the time when classes begin. Photo: Teboho Setena

Bigger readership in township BRENTEN ROOSKRANS: I READ an article in the Express Goldfields & Northern Free State edition of Wednesday, 29 January, in which was reported on the lack of interest by people to take up possible job opportunities. My view is that we as the residents of Kroonstad are in dire need of job opportunities, regardless if it is commission-based or not. Although the Kroonnuus is a free newspaper and one would expect a bigger distribution area because of this fact, it is only distributed in the suburbs. In the libraries in the townships are about 50 to 60 newspapers. I believe if Robert Swart had asked the Kroonnuus what their circulation area is, then he would have known advertising in

the Kroonnuus would provide him a predominantly white audience. I’m not implying that white people are not looking for work. I’m merely saying more people would have applied if the advert was distributed in the location. The writer’s response to reaction by locals who, after he placed an advert in the sister-newspaper, was shocked to receive poor response from job seekers in this huge crisis of unemployment.

Specifics should be stated JOHN MOLOTSI: IT is not a matter of “commission striking terror” that discourages people. The problem is dishonesty, poor management skills and lack of organisational support. The company is going to support you only at the beginning. After all the training, you’ll be running the company or business as if it is your own. In most commission-based organisations everything comes from your pocket, so you end up working for only transport and lunch. Then you will be like every other person who is

unemployed. Again, it’s not a matter of people not reading newspapers, but the problem of the advertisement of Robert Swart. You need to be specific about job requirement or responsibilities in a towns like Kroonstad, especially towards people you want to recruit. People are being cheated based on organisational policies and labour legislation because they are not knowledgeable. I believe there is something wrong about that organisation which stopped people from applying. Remember, you can’t repeat the same trick twice, even a tortoise has brain.

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What’s on African Methodist Episcopal conference The Kroonstad district of the African Methodist Episcopal Church invites its members to the district conference to be held from 28 February till 2 March at Ebenezer Mangena in Kroonstad. The conference will start at 10:00. Contact Khumalo Motsei on 071-4578898 or Moeti Mofokeng on 082-267-6843.



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Victory a boost for Griffons } Teboho Setena

THE Griffons’ resounding 24-7 victory over the Free State Cheetahs second tier side in a friendly last Friday could be enough to boost their confidence. The win is a significant morale booster ahead of the local side’s start of their tough campaign in the Vodacom Cup on 8 March. The Griffons’ opening fixture of the Vodacom Cup championship is against Limpopo at Bultfontein. The Griffons’ gutsy performance in the 80-minute contest against their Bloemfontein opponents is surely what their coach Oersond Gorgonzola would desire to see throughout the prestigious competition. The local boys were steady in every department during the game. It is exciting that they displayed flashes of brilliance. They were explosive upfront and they converted the tries created during the match. Much against the opposition’s expectation, the Griffons went to the break leading 10-0. The score-line challenged the visitors to up their game in the second half, hoping to dismantle the hosts. However, the Griffons continued their exploit on the day,

scoring two tries and conversions to extend the lead to 24-0. At that point in time the score line was a contrast to the expectation of the visiting Cheetahs team that managed to get a consolation try late in the match. Successful conversion of the try made it 24-7. However, the Griffons did exceptionally to sustain the pressure until the final whistle went off. Meanwhile, the Griffons will be one of the six National First Division teams to compete to qualify for the 2014 Absa Currie Cup. This followed amendment of the new format of the tournament at a Special General Council meeting of the 14 member unions that gave the required 75% majority to a resolution to go to an eight-team Premier Division and six-team First Division for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. The meeting was held last Thursday. The new structure will ensure that the six ‘anchor’ unions of South Africa’s Vodacom Super Rugby franchises (the Vodacom Blue Bulls, Cell C Sharks, DHL Western Province, Toyota Free State Cheetahs, Golden Lions and Eastern Province Kings) will be guaranteed their places in the

ROUGH PLAY: The Griffons and Free State Cheetahs second tier team players battle for the ball during a friendly match played last Friday in Welkom. Photo: Teboho Setena Absa Currie Cup for the next two seasons. The meeting also approved a

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