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Long wait finally over Residents can finally look forward to four­room houses } Teboho Setena THE long wait is over for scores of residents in Welkom to have their two-room apartments replaced with four-room houses as per the Free State government’s plan to provide decent houses. A multi-million rand housing project to see off the outdated apartment system is in full swing in Thabong with more than 100 deserving people to benefit. The project saw more than 30 houses (two-room apartments) demolished last Tuesday as the Free State Department of Cooperative Governance, Traditional Affairs and Human Settlement pushed ahead with the plan of bettering the lives of the people. The project kicked off last year in Bloemfontein with the rebuilding of 51 houses (four rooms). It then proceeded to Bluegumbosch in Qwaqwa, costing R33 million. According to the department, the two-roomed houses being phased out have deprived the people of the dignity that owning a home should afford a family – privacy, comfort and sense of pride and belonging. The project comes to the Goldfields town of Welkom after years of waiting. Scores of residents told Express Goldfields & NFS that they had lost hope of seeing it happen. Zakaria Ramanamane, unemployed and one of the beneficiaries, is delighted that this is finally happening.“I’m happy to get a four-room house. It’s far better than the two-room apartment which had no privacy at all. We used to be cramped in a small house with my wife and children with absolutely no privacy for ourselves. It was difficult to have visitors,” said Ramanamane. He said he had been living in a two-room house with his family for over two decades. The four-room houses will be 50 m² in size with a combined toilet and bathroom, and will have a ceiling. Etsho Project Management has been awarded the tender for the construction project. Lionel Bruwer, project manager, said they were optimistic to deliver the project within the time frame.

ONE of the several imcomplete RDP houses in Winburg. “We are planning to complete it in time. We have also involved the local community in terms of job opportunities for the labour force. Meanwhile, department spokesperson Senne Bogatsu said the department had allocated a budget worth R4 083 942,32 for completion of the RDP housing project in Winburg under a new contractor. She said the previous contractor had been allocated 100 houses of which 36 were incomplete. “The current contractor has 40 new units and is rectifying 36 units which were not completed by the previous contractor. For the second project, the initial allocation of 106 houses saw 4 units left incomplete and these were re-allocated to another contractor together with 14 new units.” Bogatsu said the department identified the problem of incomplete houses in Winburg in 2011. The houses were for the 2009-’10 financial term, shortly after the 2009 general election.

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ZAKARIA RAMANAMANE is delighted to have a four­room house replacing the old two­room apartment.

Voters can apply for special votes on these dates APPLICATIONS for special votes in this year’s national and provincial elections opened on Monday and will continue until Thursday, 17 April, between 09:00 and 17:00 at local IEC offices. Special votes will be cast on Monday, 5 May, and Tuesday, 6 May. There are two categories of special votes: 1. Home visits: Election officials will visit voters who have successfully applied for a home visit due to physical infirmity,

disability or pregnancy. These home visits will be conducted on Monday, 5 May, and on Tuesday, 6 May. 2. Special voting at your registered voting station: Any voter who will be absent from the voting district where they are registered on Election Day may cast their vote early. It will take place at the voting station where the voter is registered on Monday, 5 May, and Tuesday, 6 May, between 09:00 and 17:00.

Applications for both categories must be made by completing a VEC 1 form (available on or at local offices of the IEC) and must be submitted by hand to the local IEC office in the municipality responsible for the voting district where the special vote is to be cast. The forms will not be accepted at national or provincial offices and cannot be faxed, emailed or posted.

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Win a Basotho experience } Christo van Staden AT the turn of the century in 1800, the plains around Golden Gate teemed with game. In 1836 it was noted by Major Sir William Cornwallis Harris, well-known English military engineer, artist and hunter, that it sometimes seemed as if the whole landscape was one moving mass of antelope which included thousands of blesbok, zebra and black wildebeest. A weekend in one of the 24 chalets, built to resemble an 18th century Basotho village, at the Basotho Cultural Village in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park, leaves you with the same impression: plains teeming with game. While you sit on the stoep of your chalet, the antelope come and go, visiting the brooks next to the camp and grazing, especially early in the morning. The herds of eland and zebra seem to prefer moving together, whilst the blesbok and red hartebeest also keep together. Springbok and black wildebeest also roam the area. Apart from the animal sightings, a weekend at the Cultural Village leaves your soul peaceful and rested with the images in your mind of the golden sunrises and sunsets on the beautiful sandstone cliffs in the area and the play of different colours on the grassveld during the day. The chalets are luxurious and comfortable, with everything you might need. And you will need a nice afternoon nap, because you need to rise with the first golden sunrays to watch the spectacular natural scenery surrounding you.

You should also take the opportunity to take a guided tour of the Cultural Village Museum, which is also on the premises. Meet the chief and his first wife. Learn some of the interesting facts about the Basotho culture. Did you know that the community selects the chief’s first wife, that she selects his second wife and that the chief only has a choice in the selection of his third wife? The changes in building styles through the decades can also be seen in the houses that were erected as part of the museum. The museum, as well as a restaurant and tea garden, conference facilities and a curio shop, are all managed by the Free State Department of Sport, Arts and Culture. But be warned: You might be so fascinated by the scenes from you stoep that you will refuse to move an inch! For more information on the Cultural Village, go to, or phone the national park on 058-255-1000. ) Express and SANParks run a competition in which one lucky reader who enters before the end of April stands a chance to win a weekend stay for a family of four in the Basotho Cultural Village. All you need to do, is to visit the Express mobisite (, login and enter. If you have not registered before, now is you opportunity. To register, go to the mobisite by opening your phone’s internet browser, type and enter. Follow the instructions to register. Directions on how to enter the competition will be on the site. The winners will be announced in the edition of 7 May.

A HOUSE depicting the building style of earlier in the previous century.

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THE chalets are luxurious and comfortable.

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Five arrested after murder } Teboho Setena THE police in Thabong have made a breakthrough in the gruesome murder of Malefetsane Mbena (26), arresting five suspects within two days after the murder that has sent shockwaves throughout the community of Thabong. The killing is related to gangsters’ activities which have residents living in fear. The suspects, who briefly appeared before the Welkom Magistrate’s Court last Tuesday, are Edwin Teboho Molobethu (24), Moeketsi “Wonder” Mohuli (24), Mathata Andries Radebe (27), Bongi Mangxala (25) and Lebohang Joseph Mothibedi (27). They are due for a second appearance on Friday facing murder charges. The police spokesperson Malebo Khosana says the suspects were arrested last Monday following in-depth investigation by the Thabong police’s detective and cluster tactical response

The second annual Free State enterPRIZE Job Creation Challenge was launched on 18 March 2014 at the Windmill Casino and Entertainment Centre in Bloemfontein. This exciting competition is aimed at job creation through the development of small and medium enterprises in the Free State. The competition which is a partnership between the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (DETEA), the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) and the Flemish International Cooperation Agency (FICA), will see contestants compete to win one of 75 prizes totaling R 7.5 million. This year's challenge will be offering a combination of

team. He says Mbena was attacked with a sharp object after a fight had broken out between the deceased and his friends at a local tavern where they were drinking. Khosana says the deceased and his friends then left the tavern and his friends attacked him with sharp objects. Upon killing the victim, the suspects took the body and dumped it in an open field near the Erfdeel Bridge, which divides Thabong and the Masimong Mine – confirming the police’s suspicions that the scene where the body was found was not the original scene of the crime. The victim’s head was hacked up and his throat slit with a sharp object. The deceased’s body was discovered on the morning of 30 March by a by-passer who alerted the police. Khosana says it has emerged that Mbena and his alleged killer friends are

financial support and technical assistance, along with business management coaching and mentorship which will be valuable for entrepreneurs experiencing difficulties in obtaining funding. Furthermore, sponsors including Nedbank, Microsoft, Deloitte, Blue Pencil, Microsoft BizSpark, Free State Agriculture, PETCO, Gramercy Millennium Group, Development Franchising, Sport for All, PVC, New Africa, UFS, Cut, Inobits and ViGO will be providing tailor made prizes to category winners. Last year alone the Free State enterPRIZE Job Creation Challenge attracted in excess of 540 entrants from aspirant entrepreneurs across the Free State province. One such winner is 26 year old Bloemfontein resident Ayanda Makhanya of Genesis Africa

members of the gangster group known as IJP. The deceased resided in Dikgeleng, east of Thabong which is currently plagued by violent incidents involving gangster groups of boys. The gangsters have gone to the extent of demarcating certain areas making them no-go zones for the various gang members. The areas under the spotlight are Sector 4, Sub-sector 12 in Unit 34 made up of Metampelong and a part of Orange Grove, Unit 35 consisting of the most parts of Orange Grove and Unit 35 which is New Stands. In an effort to root out gangsterism, Khosana says at a recent community meeting, the police together with members of society have decided to form structures, adding that there was an outcry within the affected community about the rise of gangsterism threatening their safety and security.

Investment (Pty) Ltd whose business focuses on connecting tradesmen with businesses that requires their skill set or services. The business idea came from her and her colleagues' realization that many informal artisans skilled in plumbing, tiling, painting, electricity, carpentry, and general building are underpaid due to lack of exposure, lack of qualifications and lack of funding. Jens Dyring Christensen, ILO Chief Technical Advisor says: “One of the important means to address the very high levels of unemployment in the province is through the stimulation of entrepreneurship and innovation allowing potential and existing entrepreneurs to identify and exploit new market opportunities thereby

Donate books for campaign THE Free State Department of Education has launched an initiative to collect books in line with the campaign to encourage learners to read. To support the drive the MEC for Education, Tate Makgoe, calls on the community, businesses, churches and government officials to donate books which will be distributed to all schools. This initiative forms part of the departmental reading strategy which seeks to involve all stakeholders in promoting reading as a societal responsibility. “Books not only enlighten the mind, but also enable learners and community members to make informed decisions based on what they have read rather than being told by other people,” said Makgoe. The book collection drive also coincides with World Book Day on 23 April. The department is appealing to all learners and members of the community to read for 30 minutes between 10:00 and 10:30 on the day. Books donated can be dropped off at the Free State Department of Education offices and all Volksblad and Express offices throughout the province.

creating more economic growth.” A series of road shows will be held throughout the Free State with the aim of assisting and informing entrepreneurs on the competition's workings. The road show details are available on the Free State enterPRIZE Job Creation Challenge website. Thereafter semi-finalists will be selected to participate in business training sessions with adjudication taking place in the first week of June. Three finalists in each of the 25 categories will be announced at a gala dinner to be held on 19 June 2014. To enter competition, or for more information visit Entries close on 2 May 2014.




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RECOGNISED: Simon Mpembe with Brig. Cois Muller (right) displaying the award and certificate won nation­ ally.

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THE Thabong Police Station has received top accolades at this year’s SAPS National Excellence Awards, recognising good performance. The award was given for best station in the country at the annual event held at Monument Park in Pretoria a week ago. The Thabong Police Station was chosen as the overall winner out of the three finalists, the Haterspruit SAPS (KwaZulu-Natal) and the Uitenhage SAPS (Eastern Cape). The criteria used to evaluate the nominees were performance chart, front-line service delivery, corporate image, tidiness, client satisfaction (survey), partnership and the effectiveness of the community policing forum. The Thabong SAPS commander, Brig. Cois Muller, believes the recognition was well-deserved. “It is through the hard work, commitment and dedication we display in performing our duties. “It is the hard work of members who worked as a team, not me alone. “It is one thing to achieve this award from our provincial office three times in a row, but to achieve it at national level is the best of them all,” said Muller. The station received a trophy

“It is through the hard work, commitment and dedication we display in performing our duties.”

and a certificate plus undisclosed prize-money which Muller said would be utilised to revamp the Victim Empowerment Centre and the Customer Service Centre since it was the frontline point where services were provided to the community. The national police commissioner, General Riah Phiyega, said: “I also believe in team work and that it is our responsibility as the leaders to ensure that we build a spirit de corps (team work) among members. “We are in a process of re-engineering the SAPS into a welloiled machine in order to fight sophisticated crime patterns. We should do it as a team, thus ensuring that we restore the public’s faith in delivering an efficient service.”



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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Const. Mapaseka Segobo addressing women at the Anglican Church at a recent confer­ ence.

Church tackles abuse THE Anglican Church, together with the South African Police Service (SAPS) in Viljoenskroon, recently held a one-day conference to address the domestic violence scourge in Viljoenskroon. Attended by church members from neighbouring towns, the presentation of the event arose from the need to enlighten women about their rights and what to do in dealing with matters of domestic violence. Also outlined was the common challenge that the SAPS was facing

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and help the police in the fight against domestic violence, emphasising the significance to inform women about their rights as far as the crime was concerned. Constables Mapaseka Segobo and Bahlekazi Mphaka of the police explained to the scores of women in attendance what domestic violence was all about. The community, particularly women, are encouraged to not drop charges against the perpetrators, as this results in the reoccurrence of domestic violence.

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ON THE KNIFE’S EDGE: The Griffons’ technical team, Eric Herbert, assistant coach, and Oersond Gorgonzola, head coach. Photo: Teboho Setena

THE Griffons rugby team will try to salvage their pride in the two remaining fixtures with their chance for the semi-final play-offs an impossible dream to achieve. Their two games are against the Vodacom Blue Bulls in the North-West Stadium in Welkom this Saturday with the very last fixture against the Valke on 26 April in Kempton Park. The Goldfields lads’ 35-15 defeat by the second-placed Leopards last Friday in Welkom was the last straw that broke the camel’s back. The game was a must-win for the Griffons to possibly give them a glimmer of hope to be in the mix of the four teams that are vying for a spot in the play-offs. The defeat, the fourth in succession, meant it is game over for Oersond Gorgonzola’s charges – leaving them to scramble for left-overs in the prestigious tournament. With their fate decided in the competition, they are now looking to salvage some pride by getting positive results against the Bulls and the Valke. The Welkom boys’

sole win in the tournament was 62-10 over the Limpopo Blue Bulls in the opening fixture of the competition played last month. The Griffons are still rooted second from the bottom of the log on seven points. Their conserted effort in salvaging some pride by beating the Vodacom Blue Bulls Saturday and the Valke next weekend could see them claim the sixth or fifth spot on the table – pending the results in other matches that feature the Golden Lions against the Limpopo Blue Bulls and the Griquas against the Valke. Positive results for the Griffons in their next matches will help revive the players’ spirit and self-belief after these elements were dampened following their losing streak. Saturday’s outing against the Bulls is scheduled to kick off at 17:30. It will again test the Griffons’ technical team’s ability of Eric Herbert, assistant coach, and head coach, Gorgonzola, in plotting the major upset. A win will propel the local boys to leap-frog over the sixth-placed Valke with whom they are tied on seven points.

Stakes high for FS teams } Teboho Setena THE stakes are high for the Free State football teams Bloemfontein Celtic and African Warriors in their quest for Nedbank Cup glory. The two provincial sides are among this year’s quarter-finalists to battle it out on Saturday and Sunday for a spot in the semi-final of the lucrative tournament. The other contestants include Bidvest Wits, Kaizer Chiefs, SuperSport United, Orlando Pirates, Maritzburg United and Mamelodi Sundowns. Both the Free State sides have the home advantage. Phunya Selesele will face-off against tough opponents Wits

The encounter will truly test the momentum of Celtic who thus far have enjoyed a good run in the competition under their German mentor, Ernst Middendorp. in the Kaizer Sebothelo Stadium in Botshabelo on Sunday with Warriors tussling Maritzburg United at the Charles Mopeli Stadium on Saturday. The two teams will try to cruise through for the first time to the semi-final of the prestigious tournament. This is Celtic’s first quarter-final appearance and Warriors’ second

following their elimination last year when they narrowly lost 3-2 to fellow National First Division opponents United FC. The Qwaqwa-based outfit will be hoping to improve on last year’s form by fighting for a berth in the last four. The encounter will truly test the momentum of Celtic who thus far have enjoyed a good run in the

competition under their German mentor, Ernst Middendorp. The Mangaung giants have seen off National First Division team Witbank Spurs by 2-1 and University of Stellenbosch by 8-0 to reach this stage of the competition. Warriors eliminated the amateur side Mainstay United by 8-3 and Milano United by 1-0 to progress to the quarter-final. Maritzburg United and Wits are the toughest opponents thus far threatening Warriors’ and Celtic’s prospects in the tournament. The big reward for the tournament’s winner is a chance to represent South Africa in the continental championships.

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