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} Jabulani Dlamini IN the true spirit of Christmas, and Ubuntu, Express readers and staff members have showered the Letsee family of Pieter Swartz with gifts and donations. Last week, Express asked its loyal readers to help the family of eight following their plea for help. On 2 October Sekoala and Matshilonyane Letsee welcomed what until then was supposed to be twins, but the family was instead blessed with triplets and this placed the already stretched family budget under even more pressure. “We are very happy for God’s gift to us, but we are battling to cope with keeping the new arrivals, as well as our three other kids, fed,” Sekoala, the father, told Express last week. Letsee explained that the family survived on his salary as general worker at a car dealership in Church Street, Bloemfontein. Following the publication of the family’s plight, Express has received a steady stream of phone calls and emails from ordinary people who have since come to the family’s rescue. “I truly do not know what to say, Ntate, I simply cannot explain how grateful we are as a family for what you have done for us,” Sekoala told Express. Amongst the items the family has received are several bags filled with baby clothes, milk formula and disposable nappies, as well as a cot and a pram.

THE Letsee family of Pieter Swartz in Bloemfontein are all smiles and have thanked Express readers and staff as they show what has been donated and bought for their two­month­old triplets, Thabo, Mathabo and Thabiso. Holding the triplets are from the left Sekoala, Pa­ ballo and Matshilonyane Letsee. Photo: Jabulani Dlamini




‘Macufe must bring profit, not a loss’ } Selloane Khalane THE DA has rejected the Free State Adjustment Appropriation Bill following an additional R27 million given to Macufe to fund a shortfall for this year’s festival. The Mangaung African Cultural Festival (Macufe) is an annual arts festival over ten days presented by the Free State provincial government in Bloemfontein. According to a DA Free State member of the legislature, Roy Jankielsohn, R42 million was initially allocated to Macufe, but re-allocated to other projects. With only R5 million left for Macufe, Jankielsohn told Express the additional R27 million was given to cover the shortfall. “This festival should be bringing in profit instead of costing the province R32 million,” Jankielsohn said. The party said entry costs to Macufe remained too expensive for the average person to attend. “Lower entry costs will allow more people to attend the festival which will contribute to making the festival self-sustainable,” Jankielsohn added. Although the battle to finish the 11 priority roads still continues, R255 million of the Provincial Road Maintenance Grant (RMG) was taken back by the National Treasury to phase in a new funding formula. He said the ANC-led provincial government failed to utilise R99 million due to clerks as part of the salary re-grading as directed by the National Department of Public Service and Administration. “Critical infrastructure such as roads are left to stagnate, destabilising economic activity while the budget of the Office of the Premier has increased annually from R157 million in 2009-’10 to more than R255 million in the current financial year,” Jankielsohn said. The DA said Premier Ace Magashule was rewarded annually for his inability to

REVELLERS enjoy the main jazz festival during last year’s Macufe. improve governance. “The economic decline is as a result of various factors that range from the deteriorating infrastructure such as roads and poor and ineffective governance and

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corruption, amongst others,” Jankielsohn added. The Free State Treasury spokesperson, Sello Molibeli, said the DA was unprofessional to release a press statement after the

matter had been discussed in legislature. “We will give a written response regarding the matter. “We don’t want to be loose when it comes to the DA,” Molibeli said.

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Putting up a brave face at court WITH ANC supporters rallying behind, the executive mayor of the Lejweleputswa District Municipality, Mathabo Leeto, and MEC for Health (right), Benny Malokoane, put on a brave face at their court appearance in the Welkom Magistrate’s Court last Friday in connec­ tion with alleged corruption, fraud and money laundering. Photo: Refilwe Mochoari




Forum offers support to widows } Lesego Ditheko A WIDOW’S FORUM has been launched by the Free State government’s executive council. Headed by Premier Ace Magashule and Social Development MEC Sisi Ntombela, the forum coincided with the launch of the 16 Days of Activism of no Violence against Women and Children activities and was held at the historic Waaihoek area in Bloemfontein last week. According to Ntombela, the forum aims to support the widows of the South African National Defence Force members who lost their lives in the Central African Republic (CAR), Rose Tatane, wife of Andries Tatane and the widow of the police officer who lost his life in Marikana, Rustenburg, during the miner’s strike in August last year. Ntombela said cases of abuse had risen in the past few months across the country and the country was still reeling in shock from the mutilation of the two young girls in Diepsloot, the Anene Booysen case as well as the shocking discovery of bones belonging to two little girls who disappeared three years ago. Jane Michelle* says she experienced abuse in her family after her 85-year-old mother was raped by a 20-year-old man who gained entry into the house by pretending to be a police officer. “My four-year-old daughter experienced this terror after she had been raped by my boyfriend. I was and am unemployed and this led me to give in to this man’s cruelty, because we could not survive without his provision. I admit I was stupid and naïve to let my child’s dignity and humanity be destroyed by this man because of a need to survive. “I would like to urge women out there not to let any man get between you and your children, especially girls. I did that once and I sure will never make that mistake again,” she said. Another woman who survived abuse is Maki Mafojane*, currently an inmate at the Kroonstad Prison, who said she was involved

LAUNCHED: Social Development MEC Sisi Ntombela (left), Makhotso Sotyu (middle), deputy police minister, and Thuso Motaung, Lesedi FM presenter, during the launch of the Widows Forum. Photo: Lesego Ditheko in an abusive relationship. She said her husband would come home late intoxicated and physically abuse her. “I was not allowed to talk nor look at people, especially men, because I’d be accused of dating them. My husband was very jealous and that jealousy turned him into a possessive man,” she said. Maki said one evening her late husband came home drunk and she soon realised he

‘As he came in and walked towards me, I realised he was hold­ ing a knife. I ran away with my daughter so that he did not come near my child. As I turned he came rushing with the knife already aimed to stab me. We fought for the knife.’ – Maki Mafojane

was there to harm her. “As he came in and walked towards me I realised he was holding a knife. I ran away with my daughter so that he did not come near my child. As I turned he came rushing with the knife already aimed to stab me. We fought for the knife,” said a distraught Maki. According to Maki the knife ended up in her hand, everything went blank and the knife plunged into the husband’s chest. “To the widows of the men who lost their

life serving their community in the mines, police and around the community, we as the government would like to assure you that you are not alone, we are with you. In Sesotho we say Motho ke Motho ka batho (A person is a person through other people). “Let us hold hands with you and take this leap of faith to make those within and around our community feel safe and accepted,” said Mangaung Metro mayor Thabo Manyoni. *Not their real names.




Dumela go kgalwa o gole A o kile wa lemoga gore gantsi batho ba ba kgalang, ba sekaseka se o mongwe a se dirileng bone ke baitsenape fela ba ba sa tseyeng karolo. Fa o bula dikwalodikgang o lebelela karolo ya metshameko ba ba kelekang metshameko mme ba fana ka megopolo ya bona gantsi ga ba ise ba tshameke kgotsa ba feleletse kwa tlase kwa. Ka sekgowa re ba bitsa “armchair critics”. Fa o tsene mo lebaleng o bona motshameko go farologana le fa ole kwa ntle. Diphosho tse o di dirang dibonwa thata ke ba ba kwa ntle. Ga ke gane go kgalwa. Kgalo e tswanetse ya go bopa. Le wena o tshwanetse wa ithuta go tswa go yona. Fela nako e nngwe fa motho a nagana gore o itse botoka, a ga a tshwanela go tsena mo kgabong a re bontshe gore go diriwa jang? Gantsi go bonolo go bua go feta go dira. Go tshwana le go fa keletso. O tle o bone go bonolo go gakolola motho, fela fa o le mo maemong ao go nne thata gore o tsaye keletso ya gago o e dirise? Ke kgothatsa batho gore ba iteke ba seke ba tshaba go kgalwa. Fa o tshaba gore batho ba tla re eng ga o na go fitlhelela sepe. Fa o dira sengwe o ka atlega kgotsa o ka tlholega. Sesegolo ke gore ga wa tsenya tlhogo ya

‘’Fa o bula dikwalodikgang o lebelela karolo ya met­ shameko ba ba kelekang metshameko mme ba fana ka megopolo ya bona gantsi ga ba ise ba tshameke kgotsa ba fele­ letse kwa tlase kwa.’’­Ad­ vocate Kuni Ditira gago mo mosaweng o tlogeletse diphuka tsa marago di tsubutlwa ke diphefo. Fa o ntsha molala, o tlhagisa tlhogo di tla go fotlha diphefo fela di tla feta. Se itire ntshwe. Se se sa go bolaeng se a go godisa. Rona ba bangwe re ka bona diphoso fela ba bangwe ba ka una molemo mo go se o se dirang. Nako nngwe go kgalwa go dira o ikutlwe o nyenyefetse. Go ka dira gore o ngale mme o tlogele se o se dirang. Batho ba le bantsi ba ka go rotloetsa, ba bona molemo le bontle jo o bo dirang, fela o esi o go kgalang, a ka dira o utlwe botlhoko. Gopola batho ga ba tshwane mme ga ba bone ka go tshwana.

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Tswelela o dire diphoso o tla ithuta ka tsone. Go tshaba le go ngala ke bogatlapa. Fa o dira sengwe, o isinosa (expose yourself) gore batho ba go sekaseke ba go kgale. Fa go se seo se dirang ga go ope o tla go kgalang. PULL QUOTE: O tle o bone go bonolo go gakolola motho, fela fa o le mo maemong ao go nne thata gore o tsaye keletso ya gago o e dirise? *Mang kapa mang ya a batlang ho ngola kholomong ena, a ka ikopanya le Jabulani Dlamini ho 051-404-7910 kapa ho *Mongodi ha ana ho lefiwa.

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Relationship a transaction WHILE there is nothing sweet about him, an old man secretly dating a young girl is often called a sugar-daddy and a young girl in this relationship a trophy girl. On average, a sugar-daddy is aged between 45 and 60 years with broad shoulders and a big belly, while a trophy girl is between 17 and 22 years old, pear-shaped or “yellowboned”. In this kind of relationship there are no emotions involved and love doesn’t matter. For a sugar-daddy, the rule of engagement is sex for cash and the girl operates on a cash for sex basis. Whichever way you look at it, the absence of the main incentive for either partner means the ultimate goal will not be achieved. In essence, a trophy girl is the old man’s sex toy and he becomes her ever-productive cash cow to maintain her expensive lifestyle. In most cases, a sugar-daddy has a flashy car, a daughter of the same age as the trophy girl, is married and employed or owns a business. A trophy girl, on the other hand, is often a single, unemployed high school or tertiary girl dating a man of the same age as her father. The young girl naively and prematurely exposes herself to unplanned pregnancy, contracting STI’s and HIV from her “married naughty professor”, because a condom is a taboo in such promiscuous relationships. There is no discernible difference between a trophy girl and an orthodox “lady of the night” except that the latter openly plies her trade on the streets and charges a fixed amount to her clients. A trophy girl operates behind the scenes to avoid public humiliation and her service fees are limitless. She “asks” for exorbitant amounts of money to buy toiletries, designer clothes and household items such as a plasma TV and metallic water-dispenser fridge to show off to her dull peers.

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Because the relationship is more of a business transaction than anything else, a trophy girl wouldn’t hesitate to dump her sugar-daddy once he loses his job or business and move on to catch an even bigger fish. As a matter of principle, a sugar-daddy will exchange his trophy girl for a fresher one once she loses her agility and elasticity. In addition, an old man will dump her if she attains financial independence lest she becomes “tjatjarig”. A sugar-daddy’s wife and children are always at the receiving end of this promiscuous relationship, suffering both emotionally and financially. A young girl’s mother has to bear the brunt of raising a fatherless child and caring for a dying HIV-infected teenage daughter who thought she was “too hot”. Subsequently, government has to provide expensive ARV treatment to an HIV-positive sugar-daddy, trophy girl and a poor wife who has been religiously honest to a cheating husband, while a fatherless child also adds a burden to the child-support grant system. In a nutshell, a sugar-daddy and a trophy girl’s relationship has devastating repercussions.

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NEWS CHIEF JUSTICE MOGOENG MOGO­ ENG addresses the media during the launch of the Free State’s Efficiency En­ hancement Commit­ tee (PEEC). The com­ mittee hopes to elimi­ nate the cases backlog currently within the South African courts system and improve the justice system. The committee also hopes to stop the disappear­ ance of dockets by in­ troducing an electron­ ic case handling sys­ tem. The chief justice said there are currently about 3 400 magis­ trates country­wide and this is also impact­ ing the service deliv­ ered by the justice sys­ tem. Photo: Charl Devenish

Learning from each other THE Age­in­Action Organisa­ tion recently handed out certifi­ cates to 30 learners of the St Mary’s and Joe Solomon Pri­ mary Schools, as well as 30 members of the Silver Years and Vuka Organisations, dur­ ing an intergenerational skills transfer ceremony. The organi­ sations are based at Heidedal’s Lutheran Church. According to the organisation, the purpose of the event was to recognise the positive contribution made by all those involved with the programme. The younger par­ ticipants taught the older per­ sons computer skills while the older generation taught the youngsters skills such as knit­ ting and sewing. Learners of the two schools also signed a pledge that they would protect older persons from abuse and exploitation. Photo: Clive Solomon







Memorandum signed LABOUR MINISTER MILDRED OLIPHANT yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a delegation of the Ministry of Labour and Employment of the Kingdom of Lesotho in the field of labour. The MoU, signed in Pretoria at the department’s head office, is designed to cement closer relations with Lesotho and will amongst others cover areas such as social dialogue, public employment services, inspection and enforcement services, labour market information systems, occupational

CANDLES were lit and a moment of silence was had in commemoration of those who had lost their lives due to abuse. Photo: Supplied

Parents asked to be a good example COMMUNITY MEMBERS, as well as several stakeholders, gathered in the Itumeleng Community Hall on Friday as the Jagersfontein police, in conjunction with the Leratong Victim Empowerment Centre, launched their programme for the 16 Days of Activism for no Violence against Women and Children. A moment of silence was had for all the victims, survivors and those who had passed away as a result of abuse. A candle was lit as a sign of hope that the fight against rapes, killing and abuse of children and women will eventually come to an end. In order to try and defeat the scourge of abuse, different speakers advised the community on how to protect themselves and their families and if they had already suffered abuse, what to do with their respective situations. Const. Phumeza Charlie, community policing officer at the Jagersfontein Police Station, taught the community about the different kinds of abuse that a woman or a child can suffer. She informed them that being abused was not normal and it can never be an acceptable way of life, regardless of who the abuser is. She urged the community, especially the young children, to speak out against it. “The police’s door is always open. “Come talk to us and together we can fight the rapes of our children and grandparents,” said Charlie. She also informed the community about a protection order – what it is and how it works – and gave the parents and children safety tips. Between speeches there were performances by local groups. This includes the Gogos Cultural Group. Their dance moves were a pleasant surprise to the audience. Encouraging parents to be good examples to their children, Const. Abram Mlangeni urged them to change

CONST. ABRAM MLANGENI, who is also a pastor, encourages parents to repent from their wicked ways and set a good example for their children. Photo: Supplied

their way of life and to always set a good example for their children. “If we as parents can turn from our wicked ways, our children will follow, because our children are copying us with what we are doing, not what we are instructing them to do. Therefore, as parents we need to change in order to raise a responsible generation,” said Mlangeni.

and health and safety. The Department of Labour initially signed an MoU in the field of labour with Lesotho in 2006. The MoU was currently under review. This framework for co-operation covers areas such as social dialogue, social security, dispute resolution, et cetera. The framework aims to foster closer relations with Basotho not only on bilateral level, but also on common policy positions in the multilateral fora. The signing will mark the beginning of a new era to ensure promotion of the African Agenda on a bilateral level.



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Five die tragically

} Tom de Wet

A SEXUAL relationship which a man wanted to start with his wife’s 16-year-old sister has lead to the death of five members of a family in a suspected poisoning tragedy that played itself out on a farm near Bothaville. The poisoning, of which the victims include two young children, happened in a workers’ farm house on the farm Sandvliet with the poison suspected to be the quick-working Aldicarb (commonly known as Two-step). Every plate of pap, the pot and work surface in the kitchen seem to have been generously sprinkled with the deadly poison. Two other children survived the tragedy. A neighbour of the family says he was woken in the early hours of Monday morning by Andries Makoko who told the neighbour that everyone in his family was unconscious. Makoko then turned around and went back to his house and collapsed on the ground in front of his door and died. Police said on their arrival on the scene, they encountered Makoko’s wife, Emily (24), dead amongst the pots and plates of pap on the kitchen floor. Emily’s sister, Dimakatso (23), laid dead next to the bed on the floor in the only bedroom. On the bed was the small body of one-yearold Ithabeleng while her brother, Tshepo (6), was lying on a blanket in the living room. Thabang (10) and baby Lebohang are receiving treatment in the Nala Hospital and both are in a stable condition.

Michael, Andries’s father, says his heart is broken about what has happened. “I work away from the family and I last saw them two months ago. I do not have words.” Oubooi Mogoje, Nala mayor, visited the scene on Monday and was seen wiping away tears. “It is not nice. It is so heartbreaking when things like this happen in our communities. There are solutions. Talk to the police if there are problems in the house. Social workers are also there to help,” he said. Mogoje has already ensured that the two surviving children are in good hands when they are discharged from hospital. He said the municipality would also help with the funeral arrangements if necessary. Capt. Stephen Thakeng, police spokesperson, said according to information they received, Andries and Emily already began arguing on Friday. This was after Emily’s younger sister informed her of Andries’s unwelcome interest in her. The 16-year-old was then sent to relatives for the weekend and in this way escaped death. Thakeng said the investigations would determine who was responsible for the poisonings. On Monday the house was secured and sealed in order for police to get a specialised team to clean up the poison. The poison can also be absorbed through the skin. A bottle of rat poison was also found in the house.

BLACK KERNELS of the deadly poison Aldicarb can be seen in this pot of pap found in the house. Photo: Tom de Wet

THE farmworker house where the tragedy hap­ pened. Photo: Tom de Wet




Delivery of chicks brings delight THE Free State Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR), in partnership with Agridelight Training and Consulting, has brought a ray of light to over 250 beneficiaries of the Itekeng Chicken Abattoir Farmers Communal Property Association in Deneysville in the Eastern Free State. On Monday, DRDLR and Agridelight officials visited the 19-hectare farm in the Metsimaholo Local Municipality to hand over 3 000 day-old chicks, much to the delight of the 28 members of the Communal Property Association who owns the farm. The 28 members have on average 5 direct dependents who stand to benefit from the success of the project. Two weeks earlier, the first delivery of 3 000 chicks was made to the farm and a second delivery has rekindled the morale of the beneficiaries who were beginning to lose


hope in the potential of the farm. The total livestock currently on the farm is 6 000 chicks. From then, 3 000 chicks will be delivered on Mondays in accordance to the projections to keep the production on-going. The Itekeng Project has thus far received grant funding of R4,9 million from the DRDLR as part of its ministerial programme called the Recapitalisation and Development Programme since the start of the 2012-’12 financial year. The capital investment has gone towards the modernisation of production infrastructure such as the purchase of a delivery truck, building of abattoirs, water reticulation systems and ablution facilities. Investment towards the sustainability of Itekeng is estimated at over R9 million over a five-year period of the department’s Recapitalisation and Development Programme.

WAITING FOR JUSTICE: Andries Mashele, reeling from an alleged brutal assault by a police officer in Thabong, Welkom. Photo: Teboho Setena

Little justice for assaulted man } Teboho Setena

THE wheels of justice turn slowly for brutally assaulted victim Andries Mashele. He was allegedly assaulted by a police constable on 16 November at the Rea Hola residential area in Welkom. The police constable, whose identity is known to Express Goldfields, is still reporting for duty at the Thabong Police Station. He has not been arrested and taken in for questioning while Mashele is nursing scars on his face after the assault. Mashele opened an assault case at the Jan Hofmeyr Road Police Station. Two weeks have gone by with Mashele waiting in vain for the investigating officer to attend to his case. Left wondering, he only got a notification on 17 November sent to his cell phone which reads: “Constable MA Weper will investigate your case”. The reasons that led to the constable brutally attacking Mashele are not known. Mashele is a self-employed electronic technician, repairing radios and televisions at one of the available rooms at the residential complex of Rea Hola. The complex was formerly a mine hostel. Mashele was found in the work room lying in a pool of blood on the ill-fated night of his attack, allegedly by the constable who was off duty. The police officer is well-known to most residents having previously lived in one of the apartments in another block.

Mashele was rushed to the Bongani Hospital in an ambulance with multiple severe injuries to his face. A report compiled by the doctor who examined Mashele found that he was stabbed on his face with a bottle. He had stitches to his eyes, lower lip and forehead. At the time of the alleged attack, Mashele was in the company of two young girls, his daughter and a friend of his daughter. The constable has since left to live in another place in Welkom. An eye-witness told Express Goldfields that the constable came to fetch his property the next morning (17 November) being escorted by police officers who were apparently driving four state vehicles. Express Goldfields was taken from pillar to post in its quest to get a response from the Free State police’s communications department. Responding to questions posed to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate, acting spokesperson Grace Langa said: “I wish to state that in terms of the IPID Act, we are mandated to investigate amongst other cases rape by a police officer where the police officer was on or off duty. Secondly, we investigate any complaint of torture or assault against a police officer in the execution of his or her duties. Allegations of assault by a police officer while the officer is off duty is not mentioned in the act as one of the cases to be investigated, which means it is outside our mandate.”


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FIRED: Steve Komphela has been axed by Free State Stars and he will be hunting for a new team.


IN: Themba Sithole will take over the reigns at Free State Stars after Steve Komphela was booted out of the team camp.

Komphela red-carded } Tladi Moloi

FREE STATE STARS have fired their long-serving head coach, Steve Komphela. Komphela was shown a red card after Ea Lla Koto lost 2-0 to Kaizer Chiefs of Soweto on Saturday. Themba Sithole, assistant coach to Komphela, will take over while management look for a head coach replacement. Bethlehem-based Stars are sitting 11th on the log with 12 points from 11 matches after 3 wins, 3 draws and 5 losses. Komphela has been with Stars since 2010, joining the club from Platinum Stars. Rantsi Mokoena, team general manager, has confirmed that they had parted ways with Komphela and added that Sithole would be the team caretaker coach until they announced the new coach. He said they amicably parted ways with the coach on Sunday after their meeting. “Komphela is an experienced coach and he knew what would happen when the results were not coming. We had a meeting with the coach on Sunday and after long negotiations we agreed on the terms,” he said. Mokoena said they did not deserve to be where they were on the Absa Premier log table with the players they had brought into the team. Sithole’s first test comes as early as today when he will be leading the struggling Stars in a league clash against the University of Pretoria at the Tuks Stadium. Kick-off is scheduled for 19:00. After today’s game Stars will be left with one game against Moroka Swallows before the Christmas break.




‘But at Celtic I believe in the in­ frastructure, the potential and the direction of where the club can go with the support that the club is well known for. I’m fully convinced about my step. I want more than just to sit in the relegation zone.’ – Ernst Middendorp

INTERSTATE BUS LINES is again sponsoring the Promotional Rural Soccer League from November 2013 until June 2014 to the value of R100 000. The league’s games will be played in Botshabelo, Thaba Nchu and Bloemfontein. The league features u.13, u.15, u.17 girls teams and Safa Promotion team (senior teams). A total of 49 teams from Botshabelo, 35 teams from Thaba Nchu and 90 teams from Bloemfontein will be participating and 4 500 disadvantaged youths from the Mangaung area will be participating in the league. At the launch were from the left Pule Pitso (Safa ex­officio member), Lehlohonolo Maduna (secretary: Bloemfontein Local Football Association – LFA), Shuping Seboko (president: Mangaung Metro Football), Thando Lepele (PRO: Interstate Bus Lines – IBL), Motebele Setouto (referees coordinator: Thaba Nchu), George Mokgothu (IBL CEO) and Lucas Matobako (chairperson: Bloemfontein LFA).

Middendorp determined to win BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC’s coach Ernst Middendorp’s first emphatic 3-2 win over Orlando Pirates has come as a big relief. Celtic outclassed Bucs in their backyard, Orlando Stadium, last Saturday. The win has certainly inspired the Mangaung giants ahead of today’s tough league match against the struggling Lamontville Golden Arrows at the Botshabelo Stadium. The match is set to kick off at 18:00. The win over Pirates was Phunya Selesele’s second of the season and the first for Middendorp since he took the reins from his predecessor, Clinton Larsen. Celtic’s first win of the current Premiership term was 3-2 against the rookies Polokwane City in August. The morale-boosting win gives Middendorp the hope to achieve a top eight finish at the end of the season – a mandate which he had signed for when Celtic’s management appointed him head coach. The German-born coach has played four matches without a win before last Saturday’s win over Bucs. A top eight finish at the end of the season will be a complete change for Middendorp, a feat he had failed to achieve with his former team, Maritzburg United. His last illus-

UPBEAT: Bloemfontein Celtic’s coach Ernst Middendorp determined to secure a second win. Photo: Sidwell Guduka trious spell was with Kaizer Chiefs winning few trophies with the top-seeded side. A win over the visiting Durban-based side Arrows will propel Celtic to a more creditable position on the log table. Middendorp’s lads are cur-

rently occupying position eight following a win against Pirates. Celtic are boasting 13 points after 11 league matches played thus far. To tighten the defence will be key for Middendorp to ensure his team remains intact in the challenge for winning this year’s Absa Premiership title or finishing within the top five. “But at Celtic I believe in the infrastructure, the potential and the direction of where the club can go with the support that the club is well known for. I’m fully convinced about my step. I want more than just to sit in the relegation zone. I’m 100 % sure we’ll come out of where we are at the moment.” Celtic are still unbeaten since the German took over from Larsen. Middendorp has seen his new team collect seven points from four draws and one win. Middendorp believes his stay at Celtic marks the beginning of big things to come. He is striving to make a bigger impact than at the former team and wants to ensure Celtic remain at the helm of the domestic league. It is a change from his previous spell at Maritzburg, a club which has yet to finish in the top eight where ambitions are more modest. “I am convinced I made the right step,” he

said after the Free State outfit had put together a dazzling performance to outplay Orlando Pirates Saturday night. “I had a good relationship in Maritzburg, but as coaches we have to make decisions for ourselves. I was able to make a decision, because my contract said I could leave at any time,” Middendorp explained. “Integrity was my best friend in the move. I felt a little pity for the players at Maritzburg and it was not easy to leave,” he said. Middendorp left KwaZulu-Natal in a huff after Celtic’ management had dangled him a carrot which he could not resist. In a turn of events his predecessor, Larsen, decided to replace the German as head coach of Maritzburg after he had apparantly decided to quit as coach of Phunya Selesele following the team’s temporary slump in form. The poor run saw Celtic eliminated from the Telkom Cup which won last year when they narrowly beat Mamelodi Sundowns in the final. Ironically, Celtic were knocked out of the competition by Sundowns – the same team they beat in last year’s final played in Durban. Pirates and Platinum Stars will compete for this year’s trophy.

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