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Books delivered late Standard ‘will not suffer’
} Teboho Setena THE Free State Department of Education is determined that the late delivery of workbooks at a school in the Lejweleputswa District will not affect performance. Books for both the first and second term including Mathematics, Sotho and English books, were recently delivered to the Hani Park Primary School in Welkom. Express Goldfields & NFS reliably learnt that the books were expected to be delivered long before the schools opened for the 2014 school year. However, the books were delivered just two weeks before the learners started writing their second term examinations. This publication was reliably informed that at some schools the books were delivered just a day before the recent general elections on 7 May. Howard Ndaba, the department spokesperson, said textbooks had been delivered on time with the exception of workbooks that had been delivered on 6 May. He added that the department was aiming at achieving a good pass rate in the province: a matric result of 90% with 40% qualifying for a bachelor’s university entry.
However, he could not clarify what had caused the late delivery of workbooks that saw learners having to study without workbooks the first and the better part of the second term. Ndaba was also unable to say how critical the workbooks were in learning and teaching as well as the problems late delivery might have caused. Meanwhile, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has since strongly warned that the failure to deliver learning material, including textbooks at schools, affects the rights of learners to education. This comes after a recent ruling by the North Gauteng High Court against the Limpopo Province’s Department of Education to force authorities to deliver outstanding textbooks. Basic Education For All (Befa) took the department to court, supported by civil rights group Section27, because not all Limpopo learners had received their textbooks for this year. The findings of the commission were that there were vast disparities between provinces in terms of their proficiency and success at managing the delivery of textbooks or learning material.
Budget tries to strike a balance SEBENZILE NGANbased on a pay rate of GELIZWE, the mayor 72%. The budget is for of the Matjhabeng the towns forming Municipality, is of the Matjhabeng – Welkom, view that the proposed Virginia, Odendaalannual budget reflects srus, Allanridge, the collective determiVentersburg and nation of the municiHennenman. pality to address the Ngangelizwe said challenges of striking a the municipality had balance between a SEBENZILE NGAN made provision for struggling local and bad debts of GELIZWE Photo: Teboho Setena national economy. R344 917 941. The Presented during the capital budget for the council meeting last Friday, the 2014-’15 financial year is budget for the 2014-’15 financial R198 246 000 comprising Municipal year is Infrastructure Grant (MIG) funding R1 954 071 637. The proposed of R156 246 000 and internally income to be collected from the generated funds of budgeted income is R1 609 153 696, R42 000 000.
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He said the annual budget continued to respond to the mandate of the Matjhabeng Local Municipality for infrastructure maintenance, infrastructure development and local economic development. “We realise that the 2014-’15 financial year should be approached with realism and fiscal discipline to accomplish identified priorities. The annual budget continues to respond to the mandate of the Matjhabeng Local Municipality for infrastructure maintenance, infrastructure development and local economic development,” he said. Ngangelize said the projected revenue for the financial year
2014-’15 was based on a projected pay rate of 72% for 2014-’15, which was informed by a revenue collection rate year to date of 70% at 31 January. The 2014-’15 budget has proposed a tariff increase for the following services: ) Water: The proposed increase by Sedibeng is 8%. However, the municipality proposes an increase of 4% in the water tariffs for the 2014-’15 financial year; ) Electricity: There will be an increase of 7,39% in electricity tariffs for the 2014-’15 financial year as stipulated by Nersa and the National Treasury; ) Rates: It is proposed that the assessment rates increase with 6%.
As from the 2014-’15 financial year, agriculture will pay 75% for assessment rates with a discount of 25% and ) Refuse and sewerage: An increase of 5,5% in refuse and sewerage rates has been proposed. Ngangelizwe said the decisions that had led to the budget had been influenced by two very important factors: The aspirations of the community as reflected in the public participation process and other engagement activities which provided a platform for communities to raise their concerns about service delivery and other matters, and the need to plan for a long-term financial sustainable future for the municipality.
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THE House of Hope staff members with some of the children in their care are from the left Matshiliso Seela, Franci Harmse and Nopi Khathatse. Photos: Teboho Setena
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Home a safe haven
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THE House of Hope Project in Welkom is celebrating its tenth anniversary. Situated in Stateway, it was started in 2004 and is now housing more than 27 vulnerable children. A safe haven for vulnerable children, it serves as a safe house for abandoned babies and toddlers with special needs, infected or affected by HIV and Aids. In pursuit of its mission to give hope to the hopeless, the centre has managed to help place abandoned children in care and have the society embrace them. “House of Hope was started by members of the AFM Deo Doxa because the community had a high rate of abandoned babies most of whom were infected with HIV or Aids. “It was challenging to sustain the project but with the support of the community and also with assistance in funding from the private sector we managed to pull through,” said Jackie Botes, project manager at the centre. She said the church was the facilitator of the centre’s operations and that there was still a lot that could be done to safeguard children. “We should not be celebrating Green Ribbons Day known as Child Protection Day. The emphasis should be to give
JACKIE BOTES, the project manager of House of Hope in Welkom. guidance to children because once they start school they begin to ask questions. “Why did their parents neglected them? Why did they infect them with HIV and Aids? “We try to heal them because they are hurting – which is normal. We all need parents,” she said. She said the negativity of the community regarding the HIV and Aids status of children was one of the challenges they had to overcome. “We had to educate the community,” Botes told Express Goldfields & Northern Free State. Apart from financial support, she said they also needed educational material like Mathematics and Science books for the 18 children at the house.
House of Hope is growing from strength to strength. It has expanded to support the community in its daily challenges, including pregnancy and drug addiction, to assure that the rights of children relating to care and protection as contained in the Constitution are realised. They will be renaming the Zoë Life Centre were assistance is given with pregnancy testing, pre-abortion counselling and post-abortion support to women in crises. Botes attributed their expansion to the growing need for their services in the community. She said they were dealing with numerous rape cases resulting in mothers losing their babies because it is such a traumatic experience. She said these women, however, received counselling from social workers that would help them get back on their feet. Botes encouraged the victims to not give up. “The greatest advice is to live 20 years with happiness and to forget about the 16 years of disappointment.” A new programme for drug addicts faced with difficulties, called Tough Love for Drugs, will be added at the centre. It aims to make addicts realise they are creating even worse problems for themselves by doing drugs and thinking it might solve their problems.
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THE South African National Blood Service (SANBS) appeals to the public to support its on-going blood donation campaign themed Give Blood for those Who Give Life. The campaign coincides with the international drive that will see countries around the world commemorate World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) on 14 June. The Welkom branch of the SANBS has set the target to collect 730 units of blood for June in support of the goodwill initiative. The global blood donation initiative aims at raising awareness of the need for safe, good-quality blood and blood products and honours the many voluntary unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood. World Blood Donor Day’s purpose is further to create widespread awareness about the need for the availability and appropriate use of safe blood and blood products, and the need for many more people to make a commitment to regular voluntary unpaid blood donation.
Established in 2004, the campaign falls on the birthday of Karl Landsteiner, who discovered the ABO blood group system, which is used today to ensure safe blood transfusions. The WBD Day is an annual event that is jointly sponsored by the World Health Organisation. It is one of eight official international public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organisation (WHO). This year’s campaign Safe Blood for Saving Mothers is to develop a strategy to highlight the need for timely access to safe blood in the prevention of maternal deaths. The death of a woman from complications during childbirth continues to be a serious global health challenge. Approximately 800 women die from pregnancy or childbirth-related complications daily. Just about all of these deaths occur in developing countries. More than half of them take place in sub-Saharan Africa and almost one third in
South Asia. The risk of maternal mortality is highest for adolescent girls under 15 years of age. Severe bleeding during delivery and after childbirth is a major cause of death, illness and long-term disability. Largely, it is the most common cause of maternal mortality and contributes to around 34% of maternal deaths in Africa, 31% in Asia and 21% in Latin America and the Caribbean. The SANBS has dedicated the entire month of June to increase awareness regarding the critical need for timely access to safe blood as part of a comprehensive approach to preventing maternal deaths. Blood transfusion has been identified as one of the nine key life-saving interventions for the management of pregnancy-related complications. “Childbirth and other gynaecologic complications are amongst the highest demand for blood daily in South Africa,” said Vanessa Raju, SANBS communication manager.
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Robbery shocks Thabong THE Thabong Police are on a full-scale manhunt for four armed robbers who went on a rampage robbing a mini-supermarket and raping two women last Thursday. The incident sent shockwaves through the community and took place at about 01:30. The suspects, who are still at large, gained access to the dwelling by breaking the bedroom wall which is adjacent to the supermarket situated in Constantia Road in Welkom’s township of Thabong. Malebo Khosana, the police spokesperson, said the suspects went on to break down the door of the room. He said the three victims, the supermarket owner, a Bangladeshi national, his wife and their employee, a woman, woke up to a loud banging as the robbers broke through the wall of the dwelling. Khosana said the robbers, of whom three had covered their faces with scarves, had overpowered the victims. “The owner and the wife ran to the kitchen where their employee was sleeping. They then all entered the shop to seek refuge. One of the four suspects pointed a firearm at the owner and demanded money. All the money in the supermarket was stolen. The employee was raped by three of the suspects in full view of the
WO THABISO TWALA shows the hole through which four armed robbers gained access to a shop and house where they raped two women and robbed the shop owner. shop owner, while his wife was taken to a bathroom where she was raped by all four of the men. “The robbers used tape to tie their hands and cover their mouths before fleeing the scene with money, airtime vouchers, cigarettes, some stock and a black Nokia cellphone. “The suspects assaulted the supermarket owner stabbing him with a knife and beating him with a steel pipe. He was admitted to hospital with multiple injuries sustained to the the head and hands,”
said Khosana. He said the stolen items were worth about R12 700 and an undisclosed amount of money was stolen. The suspect who was armed with a firearm was light in complexion, slender and tall. He was wearing a black tracksuit top, sky blue jeans and black All Star sneakers. The second was in possession of a knife, dark-skinned, slender and of medium height and he was wearing a green tracksuit top. The other two were also dark in complexion, of medium
height and of medium build. One of them was wearing red trousers and all of them spoke Sotho. Khosana said they were investigating a case of house robbery, attempted murder and seven counts of rape. He is appealing to the community to assist the police by providing information that can lead to the arrest of the suspects. Anyone with information can call the investigative officer Raboi Sehume on 079-433-2729 or 057-910 2300 during office hours.
Gang members sentenced to 18 years for murder TWO members of the gang known as Vatos Logos, Samukeliso Prince Dlalisa (23) and Mohau Ravaza Manyeli (24), will each spend 18 years in prison for the murder of Dikano Wellington Selane. The Kroonstad High Court found them guilty after their recent appearance for the gruesome murder of the deceased. The third accused in the murder case, Papi Daniel Nakedi (19), was acquitted by the court. The murder took place on 13 December 2013 at Oppenheimer Park in Thabong, Welkom. The assailants attacked Selane and stabbed him at about 08:00 in broad daylight. The deceased was a member of a rival gang known as the International Junior Portuguese (IJP). Selane’s killers waited for him at a salon. “Prince called him. Before he could say something they stabbed him and he fell to the ground,” said Malebo Khosana, the Thabong Police spokesperson. He said the deceased had been rescued from his violent assailants by
a community member, who had used a broom to stop the men from further harming Selane. Khosana said the members of the police who had rushed to the crime scene had found the victim weak and unable to talk following the brutal assault. He had multiple stab wounds to the right hand, neck and left cheek. Khosana said Selane had been taken to the Bongani Regional Hospital where he had later died. Const. Klaas Mofukunyane, the investigating officer, arrested the three suspects after an in-depth investigation. Lt Gen. Simon Mpembe, the Free State police commissioner, welcomed the outcome of the case in terms of the police’s fight against gangsterism. “Mofukunyane and the members who assisted him have done us proud. “We welcome the verdict by our courts conveying a message to youngsters involved in criminal group activities that their evil acts will not go unpunished,” said Mpembe.
Job competition on to phase 2 THE 2014 Free State enterPRIZE Job Creation Challenge sponsors have shortlisted over 100 applicants for the initiative’s first phase. These selected applicants will move onto the next phase of the challenge where they will be WINNIE SEREECO taught invaluable presentation skills which will stand them in good stead to ultimately realise their business aspirations. This exciting competition is aimed at job creation through the development of small and medium enterprises in the Free State. The initiative is a partnership between the International Labour Organisation (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). “We are extremely pleased with the number of entries received. When we started this initiative in 2013 we received 549 applications. This year we received 768 excellent proposals from numerous sectors which we evaluated according to job creation, growth potential, sustainability, market demand, innovation, as well as relevant expertise. We managed to narrow these down to 121 applicants who will move on to the next phase of the challenge,” said Winnie Sereeco, ILO national project coordinator. The shortlisted candidates will take part in a one-day training workshop at the University of the Free State (UFS). Thereafter, their business case will be moved on to the third phase of the Free State enterPRIZE Job Creation Challenge where they will be required to present their business plans to a panel of judges at the UFS. The winners and runners-up will share R7,5 million in prizes, in different categories. These prizes are set to be announced at a gala dinner on 19 June. Additional support and prizes will be provided by sponsors that include 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.
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Free State Premier: Hon Ace Magashule
Speaker: Me. Sisi Mabe
Mr. Msebenzi Zwane MEC for Environment, Tourism and SMMEs Development
Me. Mathabo Leeto MEC for Sports Arts, Culture & Recreation
Mr. Butana Kompela MEC for Police Roads and Transport
Me. Mamiki Qabathe MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development
Mr. Tate Makgoe MEC for Education
Me. Olly Mlamleli MEC for Human Settlement and Cooperate Governance
Dr. Benny Malakoane MEC for Health
Me. Ntombela MEC for Social Development
Mr. Sam Mashinini MEC for Public Works
Me. Elzabe Rockman MEC for Finance
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PRESIDENT OF SOUTH AFRICA: Hon. JACOB ZUMA
DEPUTY PRESIDENT OF SOUTH AFRICA: Hon. CYRIL RAMAPHOSA
Aaron Motsoaledi Minister of Health
Angelina Motshekga Minister of Basic Education
Blade Nzimande Minister of Higher Education and Training
Bathabile Dlamini Minister of Social Development
Collins Chabane Minister of Service and Administration
David Mahlobo Minister of State Security
Derek Hanekom Minister of Tourism
Dipuo Peters Minister of Transport
Ebrahim Patel Minister of Economic Development
Edna Molewa Minister of Environmental Affairs
Faith Muthambi Minister of Communications
Jeffrey Radebe Minster in the Presidency
Lindiwe Sisulu Minister of Human Settlements
Lindiwe Zulu Minister of Small Business Development
Fikile Mbalula Minister of Sports and Recreation
Gugile Nkwinti Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform
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Lynne Brown Minister of Public Enterprises
Maite Nkoana-Mashabane International Relations and Cooperation Minister
Malusi Gigaba Minister of Home Affairs
Michael Masutha Minister of Justice and Correctional Services
Mildred Oliphant Minister of Labour
Naledi Pandor Minister of Science and Technology
Nathi Mthethwa Minister of Arts and Culture
Ngoako Ramathlodi Minister of Mineral Resources
Nhlanhla Nene Minister of Finance
Nkosinathi Nhleko Minister of Police
Nomvula Mokonyane Minister of Water and Sanitation
Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula Minister of Defence and Military Veterans
Tina Joemat-Pettersson Minister of Energy
Rob Davies Minister of Trade and Industry
Senzeni Zokwana Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Siyabonga Cwele Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services
Susan Shabangu Minister of Women in the Presidency
Thembelani Nxesi Minister of Public Works
Pravin Gordhan Minister of Cooperative Governance
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Be the sports star of June SUPERSPORT’S LET’S PLAY and Express Goldfields & NFS are searching for talented youths in the region that excel in different sporting codes. Are you or someone at your school good at sport? Are you a young coach who is coaching future stars? We want to hear from you. SuperSport’s Let’s Play identified the need amongst the youth to get more sports active to enable them to expose their talent. With this in mind, SuperSport and Let’s Play, in association with Express Goldfields & NFS, have launched a special initiative for 2014. They want to find and give recognition to learners at either primary or high school level who excel in sport. This is a competition for anyone aged 6 to 18. The winner is chosen from all the nominations received for that month. The monthly winner will receive a Let’s Play hamper. From all the entries received each month, one athlete will be chosen as the SuperSport Let’s Play Sports Star of the Month. At the end of the year one candidate from all the winners during the year will be chosen as the SuperSport Let’s Play Sports Star of the Year. Send your nomination today. Nominations received before the 20th of every month will be included in that month’s selection. Nominations received after the 20th of every month will be carried over to the next month’s selection. Nominations must include your name, age and a short paragraph (200 words or less) on what you have achieved, as well as your contact details. You can email your nomination to email@example.com or send a fax to 086-552-4922. For more information contact Lynne or Juanré on 051-522-9574.
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Bright future beckons } Teboho Setena A BRIGHT FUTURE beckons for Molaodi Matlokotsi in playing football at a high level. The teenager is set to return for final assessment by giants SuperSport United early in July with the prospect of being enlisted by the Premiership outfit. Matlokotsi returned on Sunday from the first-leg assessment in Pretoria where he had spent a gruelling week of trials. Playing as an offensive midfielder on left wing, he impressed the Pretoria-based team that is currently on the hunt for an ideal candidate to bolster the team for when the 2015-’16 season commences in August. The aspiring youngster is currently a gr. 11 learner at the Harmony High School and also one of the players in the Harmony Sports Academy football division headed by Pitso Mokoena as the development head coach. “The boy has football talent. The fact that he has been called for final assessment shows he is talented. Matlokotsi is a completely different player or person, is disciplined and humble. He doesn’t hide his background,” said Mokoena, former Free State Stars midfielder. Matlokotsi’s unexpected invitation by SuperSport, the former three-time Absa Premiership champions, came shortly after his impressive form at a series of youth development tournaments, the most recent being the interprovincial South African Football Association (Safa) u.20 champion-
DESTINED FOR STARDOM: Youngster Molaodi Matlokotsi (left) and Pitso Mokoena, Harmony Sports Academy football coach. Photo: Teboho Setena ship staged in Bloemfontein. Matlokotsi was one of the players selected by Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba for an u.20 camp. However, the prominent mentor decided to not include the youngster in the 23-member squad of the u.20 team currently campaigning to qualify for the
‘I’m delighted about the opportunity and motivated. My coach, Pitso, always encour ages us to work hard, to be disciplined and to play with passion. I attribute all this to his mentoring.’ – Molaodi Matlokotsi
2015 African Youth Championships. Matlokotsi’s exclusion saw a window of opportunity open with SuperSport inviting him for trials to assess his football ability. “I did not expect to receive a call-up by a professional team so soon. I’m delighted about the opportunity and motivated. My coach, Pitso, always encourages us to work hard, to be disciplined and to play with passion. I attribute all this to his mentoring,” he said. Matlokotsi was one of the players in the squad that represented the Free State at the u.20 inter-provincial tournament in Bloemfontein. He was part of the Free State u.17 team that participated at the 2011 national tournament in Port
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Elizabeth where Mokoena spotted his talent. “He has improved drastically over the five years,” said coach Mokoena. Raised by a single parent, Mamotse Matlokotsi, he was born and bred in Welkom’s township of Thabong. He currently lives with his mother and two siblings at D Hostel. He grew up playing soccer with his peers in the dusty streets of the township. “My mother played a significant role in unleashing my talent. She registered me with the local team Dinonyana FC at the tender age of ten, I think. I think she realised I had a talent for football,” said the teenager. The left-footed player dreams of playing for a Premiership and National First Division team.
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