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WEDNESDAY 28­30 MAY 2014


Destination: Brazil

Young man from Batho wins trip of a lifetime to Soccer World Cup } Tshenolo Meruti IMAGINE jetting off on a plane for the first time, seeing football’s biggest names playing the game of billions and also finding yourself taking in the sights and sounds of Brazil. For Lebogang Mosime from Batho, outside Bloemfontein, all of this is a dream about to come true. Last week Mosime won a competition on Metro FM to visit the Soccer World Cup in Brazil with nine other listeners from across South Africa. The Freedom Flyers competition with the Touchdown team on Metro FM was a competition presented by SAA where hopefuls in the country were given the chance to send in a recorded clip of why they deserved to represent South Africa at the Soccer World Cup in Brazil in June. There were nine provinces, nine days and nine winners and Lebogang’s entry was one chosen from hundreds to win, an achievement that he is very proud of. The nine winners will see Nigeria play against Iran on 16 June. Mosime is a 24-year-old, somewhat shy young man, born and raised in the heart of the Free State. This Information Technology B Tech student, who stays with his single mother and members of his extended family, describes himself as dedicated, innovative and motivated. Speaking on Metro FM after her son won the competition, Mosime’s mother, Joyce, said he was a dedicated person who went out to get what he wanted, as well as being a hard worker and a respectful child. “I believe a lot in prayer. I know prayer is powerful, because it has opened doors for my kids. We are a very religious family,” said

TAKEOFF TO BRAZIL: Lebogang Mosime surrounded by his family and friends to wish him well on his trip to Brazil. Seated, with Mosime standing, are from the left his younger brother Itumeleng Moletsane, his mother, Joyce, his sister Rebecca Mosime and family friend Nkululeko Qongqo.

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Joyce, who Express found with an open Bible on the kitchen table. Lebogang says he is having the best time of his life, as Manchester City, his favourite English team, has just won the league; it will

also be his birthday on 14 June and now he is on his way to Brazil. “I am most looking forward to the moment we land and to receiving a samba welcome,” says

this Bloemfontein Celtic supporter. Lebogang will very soon be in the job market and is eager to start working and showcase all he has learnt over the past years in order to grow in the IT field.

“I will be supporting BaGhanaBaghana in the world cup as our national team, Bafana-Bafana, did not qualify,” he says in reference to supporting the Black Stars of Ghana.



African unity put in words by great leaders


} Oteng Mpete

CUTTING THE RIBBON: From the left are Emily Nkuna (wife of the late Dick Nkuna), Dan Khothule (MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation), Thokozile Nkuna (daughter of the late Dick Nkuna), and Junior Nkuna (son of the late Dick Nkuna). Photo: Sidwell Guduka

Dick Nkuna’s legacy lives on } Sidwell Guduka DICK NKUNA may be dead but his name will live on. Last Wednesday, Dan Khothule, the outgoing MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation in the Free State, renamed the two sporting facilities in the province after him. The Free State Sports Science Institute (FSSSI) Centre of Boxing Excellence in Bloemfontein and the Kopano Indoor Sports Centre in Welkom will now be known as the Dick Nkuna Centre of Sports Excellence and Dick Nkuna Indoor Sports Centre, respectively. “We are here today to honour Dick

Nkuna. When he passed on, we made a decision to rename this facility after him,” Khuthulo said. “By renaming these facilities, we honour Mr Nkuna for the work he has done as a sports administrator and for his contribution towards transforming sport in our country. Such transformation has been central in the promotion of social cohesion and nation building in our country. His legacy will live on in the work done at these facilities that will carry his name.” Speaking on behalf of the family, Junior Nkuna, the son of the late Dick Nkuna, said his father’s life revolved around sport. “We feel

honoured as the family of Dick Nkuna to have these facilities named after him. My father impacted many lives through the spirit of ubuntu. “I would like to encourage the youth to make use of these facilities and prevent them from becoming a white elephant. They must exercise to keep fit and healthy,” he said. The late Nkuna served as football manager of Welkom Real Hearts and Welkom Stars. He was also the former president of Safa in the Northern Free State. Prior to his death, he served as a manager for Boxing South Africa in the Free State until his death two weeks ago.

AFRICA DAY commemorates the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which is now known as the African Union, on 25 May 1963. South Africa’s first democratic election in 1994, 20 years ago, ensured that South Africa could become an official member of the OAU on 23 May 1994. Africa Day aims to celebrate African unity. Oteng Mpete takes a look at a few quotes from great African revolutionaries: ) “I am not African because I was born in Africa, but because Africa was born in me.” – Kwame Nkrumah, the first president of Ghana after it became the first African country to gain independence in 1957. ) “Our children may learn about the heroes of the past. Our task is to make ourselves the architects of the future.” – Jomo Kenyatta, the first leader of Kenya from independence in 1963 to his death in 1978. ) “Until all Africans stand and speak as free human beings, equal in the eyes of the Almighty; until that day, the African continent shall not know peace.” – Haile Selassie I, emperor of Ethiopia. ) “We have said we will never collapse, never ever. We may have our droughts, our poverty, but as a people we shall never collapse, never ever.” – Robert Mugabe, first black leader of Zimbabwe.

) “The day will come when Africa will speak . . . Africa will write its own history, it will be a history of glory and dignity.” – Patrice Lumumba, the first black leader of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. ) “We regard it as the sacred duty of every African state to strive ceaselessly and energetically for the creation of a United States of Africa from Cape to Cairo and Madagascar to Morocco.” – Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe, leader of South Africa’s Pan-African Congress. ) “Our main armament was not guns, but words – thousands and thousands of words, written and spoken to rally our people, to lay our claims before the British government and the world, to express our anger and frustration at the denial of our birth-right to rule our own country.” – Kenneth Kaunda, the first president of Zambia, from 1964 to 1991. ) “I am an African. I owe my being to the hills and the valleys, the mountains and the glades, the rivers, the deserts, the trees, the flowers, the seas and the ever-changing seasons that define the face of our native land.” – Thabo Mbeki, the second democratic president of South Africa. ) “I am the product of Africa and her long-cherished view of rebirth that can now be realised so that all of her children may play in the sun.” – Nelson Mandela in his final speech as president to the South African parliament, Cape Town, 26 March 1999.


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Unemployment up SOUTH AFRICA’S unemployment rate rose to 25,2% in the first quarter of 2014, up from the 24,1% in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to the recent report by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA). The unemployment rate increased in the first three months of 2014 from the previous rate of 24,1%, according to the Quarterly Labour Force (QLF) report released by Stats SA. The number of people without work increased by 237 000, showing that this amounted to five million people, noted the report that polls households. Year-on-year figures show that both employment and unemployment rose by 496 000 and 205 000 respectively. The unemployment rate increased by 0,2%, while the absorption rate and labour force participation rate increased by 0,7% and 1% respectively. A decrease in employment was mainly driven by a decrease in employment in the transport, storage and communication industries. “Between the fourth quarter of 2013 and the first quarter of 2014, the number of employed people declined by 122 000 mainly due to decreases observed in transport (66 000), community and social services (42 000) and trade (38 000) industries,” noted the report. –

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Ace sworn in for second term } Sidwell Guduka

‘I want to say thank you to the ANC for showing faith in me by giving me the opportunity to lead the Free State for the second term. I prom­ ise that we will work hand in hand with all the different political parties to move South Africa forward.’ – Ace Magashule.

SWORN IN: Ace Magashule, the premier of the Free State.

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ACE MAGASHULE, the premier of the Free State, was officially sworn in last Wednesday for the second term in office as the man in charge of the province. Magashule was sworn in along with 25 other members of the Free State legislature from the ANC and three opposition parties that received enough votes to get a seat. They are the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), the Democratic Alliance (DA), and the Freedom Front (FF). “I want to say thank you to the ANC for showing faith in me by giving me the opportunity to lead the Free State for the second term. I promise that we will work hand in hand with all the different political parties to move South Africa forward,” Ace Magashule said after he was sworn in at the Free State legislature. Sisi Mabe, the former MEC for Public Works in the province, was elected as the speaker of the Free State legislature. She was nominated by the ANC’s Mosebenzi Zwane and his unopposed nomination was seconded by Selina Leeto, who is the former executive mayor of the Lejweleputswa District Municipality. “It is such an honour for me to be recognised by the ANC and finally supported and endorsed by all honourable members of this august house to serve as speaker of the legislature. Judging from the outcomes of the general elections, one will be expected to serve this institution in a manner that will place the legislature at the centre of service delivery,”

Mabe said in her speech, adding that she was accepting the position of the speaker knowing clearly that it occupied a pivotal position in our democracy. “I am humbled that this house is placing its faith and trust in me. I will endeavour to represent you in this house and in all activities that I will undertake outside this house and on behalf of the legislature with utmost integrity and will perform my functions without fear, favour or prejudice,” she remarked. THE elected members of the Free State Provincial Legislature to the respective portfolios are: ) Speaker – Honourable Elisa Sisi Mabe (ANC). ) Deputy speaker – Honourable Sizwe Mbalo (ANC). ) Chair of chairs – Honourable Motete Daniel Khoabane (ANC). ) Chief whip – Honourable Cornelius Johannes van Rooyen (ANC). ) Premier – Honourable Sekgobelo Elias Ace Magashule (ANC).

PERMANENT MEMBERS of the National Council of Provinces are: ) Seeiso Mohai (ANC) ) Manana Tlake (ANC) ) Phel Parkies (ANC) ) Jihad Mohapi (ANC) ) George Michalakis (DA) ) Lehlohonolo Mokoena (EFF)

LIST of members of the Free State provincial legislature: ) Pule Herbert Isak Makgoe (ANC) ) Nokwanje Selinah Leeto (ANC) ) Butana Moses Komphela (ANC) ) Sefora Hixsonia Ntombela (ANC) ) Motlagomang Grazy Qabathe (ANC) ) Malambule Sam Mashinini (ANC) ) Sarah Matawana Mlamleli (ANC) ) Mosebenzi Joseph Zwane (ANC) ) Malitaba Sarah Moleleki (ANC) ) Lucy Nombulelo Mapena (ANC) ) Thabo Piet Meeko (ANC) ) Elizabeth Cornelia Rockman (ANC) ) Benjamin Malakoane (Dr) (ANC) ) Limakatso Patricia Mahasa (ANC) ) Cecilia Shirley Kediinametse Sechoaro (ANC) ) Mojalefa Patrick Buti (ANC) ) Dora Kotzee (ANC) ) Roy Jankielsohn (DA) ) David Edward Janse van Vuuren (DA) ) Mariette Pittaway (DA) ) Lehlohonolo James Letuka (DA) ) Leona Mary Kleynhans (DA) ) Mandisa Makesini (EFF) ) Jacob Tsietsi Tshabalala (EFF) ) Wouter Wynand Wessels (VF)





E ba motlhologadi o botlhale A re bueng

Advocate Kuni Ditira


KE kopana le batho mme ba nkopa go kwala ka se le sele. Mme mongwe o nkopile go kwala ka motlholagadi. Fa monna a tlhokafala, mme o dula matras fela rre e ne nnyaa, ga a dire jalo. Re tla be re apesa mme diaparo tse dintsho gore mongwe le mongwe yo o mo bonang a itse gore ke moswelwa. Seaparo le sone e ka re se go tsenya sefifi le go feta. Dilo tsa gago di a fifala. Mme wa me o fetile moo ke a itse. Matsatsi a, fa rre a tlhokafala a tlogetse madi, o tla a bona makgwaba a ikatametsa a tlile go go thusa go ja madi. Le rona basadi ka re dieleele re be re ba dumela. Motho a tla ka baki a tlile go baya le melao mo lelapeng le e seng la gagwe. Se tshameke ka dithoto tsa mogatso. O

fitlhele dikoloi tsa gagwe di kgweetswa ke basimane ba di latlhela gongwe le gongwe. Mme yo o re eletsa gore re se dirise madi botlhaswa. Re tseye madi go ruta bana ba rona gonne ke boswa jwa bone. Fa bana ba rutegile ba tla bona ditiro tse di botoka le go ikemela. Ke ka thuto fela re ka bonang tokologo. Bana ba tshwanetse ba rutiwa mekgwa le maitseo. Basetsana ba itse go tlotla mebele ya bone. Ba rutiwe go tlotla le manyalo a bone le a batho ba bangwe. Go tlhabisa ditlhong e re rre a fetsa go tlhokafala bana ba basetsana ba be ba rekisa mebele go bona dijo kgotsa ba ratana le banna ba batho. Rona bomme re na le maikarabelo a go ruta bana ba rona go phela ka bophepa. Jaaka motlholagadi dikgwetlho di tla nna dintsi. Go na le borre ba ba ratang basadi ba bone mme ba ba direla tsotlhe. E re rre a tlhokafala mme a bo a sa itse gore madi a

Matsatsi a, fa rre a tlhokafala a tlo­ getse madi, o tla a bona makgwaba a ikatametsa a tlile go go thusa go ja madi. Le rona basadi ka re dieleele re be re ba dumela. Motho a tla ka baki a tlile go baya le melao mo lela­ peng le e seng la gagwe. dirisiwa jang, go duelwa motlakase kae, gongwe a sa itse le go kgweetsa koloi. Bana le bone ba nyatsa mme wa bone ba sa mo bone ka sepe. Go nne botlhoko mo go mme. Motho yo o neng a go rata, a go sireletsa, a go tlhokometse o ile. Ga o sale ka bodutu fela le lefatshe e ka re le go fetogetse. Basadi ba bangwe ba a go seba, bangwe ba re ke wena o bolaileng monna wa gago. Bangwe ba nagana gore o tlile go ba tseela banna.

Fa o le motlholagadi o tshwanetse wa simolola o ithuta dilo tse dintsi. Gongwe o tla tshwanela o ye go batla tiro o dire. Fa go le jalo tswa o direle bana ba gago. Fa go le thata o sa itse o kopanye eng ka eng, rapela. Phenyo e mo mangoleng. Itlotle, o ithate, o ikgatholose tse di tla go kgotlhela. O seke wa nna letagwa kgotsa wa ratana le o ka moso le o. Tlotla bolao jwa monna wa gago. Sejwalejwale se tla go tlogela o fedile. Botsa bomme ba bagolo gore


bone ba dirile jang – ba tsamaile jang mo tseleng e. Fa le phirima tshuba mabone. Letsatsi le se ka la go phirimelela o sa le kgakala. Gantsi fa le phirima, lefifi le tla le matlhotlhapelo. O nagana gore o tlile go ja eng? O ipotsa gore goreng wena? Dikeledi di dula di elela mo matlhong. Itse gore Modimo ga o dire phosho. La kamoso le tla tlhaba mme le tla fetoga molemo. Nna mme wa me fa rre a fetsa go tlhokafala re shotlega matsatsi mangwe go sena dijo, o ne a tshepile thapelo. O ne a loga maano a go bona dijo a dirisa matsogo a gagwe a dira dilwana a rekisa. O ne a re tlhokometse e le ene mme le rre. Go ne go le thata fela go ne go se e nngwe tsela. ) 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. ) Where necessary Express edits some columns - Ed.






Abuse is the community’s problem THE innocence of the face of this child moved my heart and I started to wonder what can be done to protect it from the scourge of violence, abuse and neglect. I am worried that our children are not adequately protected despite the guarantees that are in the Constitution, the Children’s Act and the workings of the justice and law enforcement agencies. I worry that violence, abuse and neglect have replaced the good and positive moral values of our society. The traditional African values of humanity asserted that my child is your child and your child is my child. Simply put, it is the responsibility of any adult in an African societal setting to ensure that children and women are protected from any form of harm. When a child is raped or murdered, the members of our society are the first to be up in arms and question the whereabouts of the police and government when a horrible experience is inflicted on the innocent child. I must not leave out the emotional burden that is inflicted on children by parents who are undergoing separation, divorce or children who are born out of wedlock. In this instance the delayed psychological effects of the child are ignored in favour of the advantage gained by either or both of the estranged spouses. Do not blame the government; blame the community I am deeply saddened by the declining moral code of our society. This is not the responsibility of government. For a change, let us take government out of the equation by acknowledging that government does play its role and that it is time for all responsible citizens that want to see the best possible start in life for our

My view Mondli Mvambi Provincial Government Spokesperson children to take a stand. We must understand that we are responsible for who they become when they are old. In essence, we must take responsibility for the levels of violence that are going on in our society, because for a long time we have tolerated and promoted abusive behaviour by being less tolerant of the weaker or vulnerable members of our society. We have taken advantage of those that cannot protect themselves. We have encouraged the decline of moral values by choosing to keep quiet when we knew of the abuse that was going on in our society. We hide known criminals in our own homes and communities and refuse to testify in police criminal investigations for fear of being singled out as traitors. As we chose this route, we have become criminals ourselves and when the crime escalates, we turn to blame government and the police for not doing enough to protect our communities. Who lives in these communities? Who is perpetuating crime in our communities? What have we done when the government was initiating the Moral Regeneration Movement? Are we members of the street committees or community policing forums? Many of us won’t be able to answer these questions confidently, because we have failed and continue to fail our children and communities. We are not brave enough to

confront issues that are supposed to be the building blocks of our common and prosperous future. We are full of blame and our dependence on government is so shameful. It is time for renewal. Moral decline is out of hand This requires us to drastically change our moral standards. We must proudly lead a movement of change to rid our communities of the bad element in our attitude. Working together, we can do more to resuscitate the good African values of societal care as we build a South Africa of our dreams. We must shape our youth to become more responsible by being responsible in the manner in which we raise and nurture them. It is disgusting to see how fearful our older citizens are of the youth. When an older person comes from a social grant paypoint, they cannot enjoy their money because a young person may take it from them to subsidise their wasteful lifestyles. When they are at home they have to hide their money until they forget where they hid it, because their own grandchildren are threatening to take it and waste it on drugs and alcohol. Our older persons are victims of rape from young people and in some instances by their own grandchildren. Young girls are victims of sexual abuse from their uncles, relatives and known members of the community. The sin of these innocent children is to

be obedient towards these supposed protectors of their future. In many instances, people are abused by those closest to them. However, it is possible to stop this if the society, family and community are straight and forthright about their relationships. Where there is family and community love, respect and care for one another, these strange things won’t happen or would be easily dealt with without resorting to the mob violence that we have become accustomed to. But under conditions of individualism, where each one of us looks after themselves, their family and their relatives, the space is wide open for opportunistic negative behavioural elements to take over and rule us. When these ill practices happen, surely someone knows about them but chooses to keep quiet. This is shameful. We must take a stand against this moral decay. Support campaigns against woman and child abuse It is time for renewal. This requires all of us to act and not only pledge to do the right thing. Good movements and campaigns that do good in protecting our future have not received our support. What support is the campaign on Men for Change receiving in our communities? We cannot be proud Free Staters, South Africans, Africans and citizens of the globe when we are such hyprocrites or passive and less caring citizens. Listen to conversations in nightclubs, chesa nyama, taverns – you are regarded as less of a man when you speak about the need for men to stop wasting their lives on alcohol and drugs. You are regarded as less than a man when you advocate for the

protection of women or are seen taking care of children. This cannot be. Our common future must be protected by our collective action. We must confront abuse and neglect in an organised and determined way, adding more impetus to the programmes of government. This must be done with more vigour, similar if not more than that which is imposed on us by the social ills. Our common future is under threat if we do not stand up and work together as the people of the Free State and global citizens to end the suffering, the abuse, neglect, deprivation and irresponsible upbringing of the children of our land. Churches must take a stand by not only preaching but by being the agents of change in the mobilisation of people to do good. The work of the churches must be tireless, but we must open our hearts to do right and support the work of the churches and other change agents such as the Men for Change, street committees, community policing forums and NGOs working on the emancipation of women and children. We must proudly create social platforms for children to know good moral behaviours. Society must be empowered to collectively frown on any deviant behaviour. As we commemorated Africa Day (on 25 May) and Child Protection Week (26 May to 1 June), we must remember that we are Africans with a responsibility to build a better Africa for a better world. It is in our hands to do good, but it must reflect in our conscience and our conduct. ) Mvambi is a Free State provincial government spokesperson.



Vryfees jazzed up with local talent FOR the first time in Vryfees history, a place will be specifically designated for jazz music. From 17 to 19 July a variety of local talent in particular can be heard at the Vryfees Jazz Lounge in the Centenary Hall on the campus of the University of the Free State. Infuzed will start off the show on Thursday. They are a group of six musicians who sound a lot like Freshlyground and is inspired by Selaelo Selota and Jack De-Johnette. Milton Page was born in Bloemfontein as Mpho Duiker, and his exceptional keyboard style sets him apart as a jazz artist to be reckoned with. The PDA Band and Kabelo Victor Kgantlape will perform on Friday. They are a jazz and soul group from Bloemfontein who has opened shows for Zahara and Lira, and performed with Sibongile Khumalo. The members of the group are Gucinda Harmse (vocals), Algey Louw (bass), Angelo Mockie (drums), Johan Steyn (guitar) and Wayne Louw

(keyboard). Victor, who hails from Welkom, was a member of the Dillo Band for seven years, after which he embarked on a solo career and opened a recording studio in Bloemfontein. He records artists from across the country and his first solo CD was released in 2008. The highlight of the Vryfees Jazz Lounge will be on Saturday, 19 July, when the Miss Ladiva Band (18:00), Andile Q & Friends (19:00) and The Soil (21:00) take the stage. The Miss Ladiva Band started in 2009 and has become very popular, especially in Bloemfontein. The jazz pianist and music teacher Andile Qongqo will introduce a number of extremely talented Free State musicians: Etienne van Rooyen (saxophone), Tsholo Mosola (drums), Topollo Dibeco (bass) and vocalists Rosie Wilson, Mapaseka Motlakoe, Lesole Matlabe, Hope Kumalo and Danielle Stilo. The night will undoubtedly end on a high note when


festival-goers get a chance to experience the melodic and harmonic genius of the a cappella group The Soil. This group, whose music can be described as “kasi soul�, aims to uplift people across the world. They have

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performed in New York, Los Angeles and at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland. Their first CD was released in 2011. Tickets are only R30 on Thursday and Friday and R50 on Saturday. A free

beer is included in the ticket price and food and beverages will be on sale inside the Jazz Lounge. This event is made possible by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) and SAB.





New album uplifting

Legacy lives on

} Tshenolo Meruti A NAME recognisable to many, a renowned music genius, anointed songwriter, singer, music producer, father and pastor, Benjamin Dube has been in the music industry since the 1970s. Renewal in his presence is one of the pastor’s many acclaimed albums. This album is uplifting and as its name suggests, it is a good album to get if your soul is weary and in need of renewal. With song titles such as Give me direction, Renew my strength and I will wait, just to name a few, this album got me geared up on Sunday morning and heading to church. The pastor has a way of drawing the listeners in and making you feel part of his state of worship. With a few songs in his native language, this album caters for many gospel lovers. With a stellar band all throughout the album it is hard not to get up and praise. The album features musical instruments like the sonor drums, tenor saxophone, the grand piano and many more. Another bonus are all

HONOURED: Departed Dick Nkuna, well-known sports administrator, will be honoured by having two sports centres named after him. The FSSSI Centre of Boxing Excellence in Bloemfontein and the Kopano Indoor Sports Centre in Welkom will now be known as the Dick Nkuna Centre of Sports Excellence and Dick Nkuna Indoor Sports Centre, respectively.

BENJAMIN DUBE'S latest album, Renewal in his presence. the big-name artists featured on the album. Gospel and music heavyweights such as Judith Sephuma, Karen van Staden, Nomakhuze Ndabula and even the pastor’s own sons from the gospel group Dube Brothers are featured on this album. This all-star line-up gels well together providing a harmonious album. If you are in need of a pick-meup or just want to praise and worship, then this album is the one to get. Renewal in his presence is produced by Benjamin Dube and Aubrey Peacock and was recorded at the Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City. ) Visit to hear, Renew my strength, from the album.

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MC Fire heats up the hip-hop scene } Tshenolo Meruti MC FIRE, a recognized name around the streets of Botshabelo’s C2, has been doing music and performing since 1999. Zweli ‘MC Fire’ Mphumele is a young hip-hop artist who hails from the sprawling township’s dusty streets. This 30-year-old vernacular artist takes pride in his Sesotho rhyming skills. “The reason my music is in Sotho is very simple – it is a way to reach my community through my music and also I express myself better this way,” he says. MC Fire has been in the music industry for 15 years and says his interest in music started in 1999 when he was part of a group called Copper. Ten years later he ventured into a career and in 2010 he released his first EP (example of an up-and-coming product) and was awarded best hip-hop artist in the Mokete Awards. The confident artist talks about many highlights in his career. In 2011 he went on to win the award for the best vernacular hip-hop album in the Mokete Awards and he is most proud of the music studio that he won in 2013 in a music workshop hosted by DJ Oskido in the Free State.





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He was one of three artists in the Free State that won and this is where he recorded his next EP. Ayanda Roda, Mphumele’s

manager, speaks very highly of his artist. He shares their future plans and also does not fail to mention some big-name artists with whom MC Fire has shared the stage. These are Zahara during her Pedula Tour, Zakwe, Tshepo Tshola and The Soil, to name a few. “With this EP, we are targeting the SATMA awards’ hip-hop category, also the SAMA awards and the Metro’s too for best newcomer and best hip-hop album. MC Fire’s EP will be available on ITunes, Vodacom and MTN Music,” says Roda. MC Fire has scheduled an EP for release in June while the full ten-track album is due for release in September. On this EP he has worked with Thembile Dumaye who is not only a music producer, but also an artist, with Star Cruise and many others. Mphumele says he will be shooting a music video and his music is played on various top radio stations, including all the province’s community stations as well as Radio 2000, Lesedi FM and SA FM. ) Visit to hear MC Fire freestyling. ) To book MC Fire or buy his material go to

‘No’ can be a blessing } Pastor Moise Mutombo Kumwimba WHATEVER prayer you offer to God, it will always be answered. As long as it is offered from clean and pure motives and faith, God will never leave such a prayer unanswered. The thing with us Christians today is that we only want a yes from God, without realising that a no is also an answer, and sometimes a no can be a greater blessing than a yes. Many today are just not aware of God’s answer to their prayers; that is why we pray but still complain immediately afterwards. Knowing that God has heard us when we pray, is as good as an answer. 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 shows the Apostle Paul turning to God for help when he was in trouble. He turned to God three times to plead for deliverance but God said to him, My grace is sufficient; in other words, God’s answer to Paul was no. But if you look deeper in that “no”, you will realise that there was a greater blessing than if it had been the “yes” that Paul expected. God said no to Paul because He

wanted Paul to discover his power that would be made perfect in his weakness, and the sufficiency of his mighty grace. Out of God’s love, He would have answered yes, but still, out of his endless love, He wanted to show him that grace. When we understand that no prayer can ever go unanswered, and God’s answer could be yes or no, our prayer life will be easier and more enjoyable. People of God, you might be about to lose your job, so you begin to pray and fast but in the end you still lose your job. Don’t doubt God because that “no” could mean a promotion in a different, bigger and better company. The bank might be threatening you now that your car will be repossessed at the end of the month. You pray and fast for God’s intervention but in the end you still lose the car.

You should not doubt God. His “no” could be a great blessing. Who knows, maybe God’s “no” is salvation from a fatal car accident that would have claimed your life. Tomorrow’s great leaders, rich people of influence and employers are prepared for today; and if you look at most of them you will never believe that they were prepared by God through the answer “no”. Dear reader, I pray for strength over you to endure every tough situation in your life in which there seems to be a “no” answer from God. Know that there is a greater blessing in that answer. Just keep your faith and follow a life of prayer. God will surprise you. ) To learn more of these messages please visit the New Horizon Ministry at the Joe Solomon Primary School in Heidedal every Sunday at 09:00. You can also SMS your prayer request to 071-214-9404 We invite you to our healing service on Friday 30 May at 18:30 at the same venue. Come with faith in your heart and see God’s grace unfold in your life. God bless you.




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Celtic adds new sponsors } Sidwell Guduka

BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC has revealed the club’s new sponsor after signing a three-year deal with sportswear manufacturer Kappa. The Free State outfit also entered into a three-year marriage with the insurance company B3 Funerals and Insurance, who will be the club’s sleeve sponsor from next season. The announcement was made at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Rosebank, Johannesburg, on Monday. Phunya Sele Sele parted ways with Reebok at the end of last season, while they lost their sleeve sponsor, Supreme Chicken, a few years ago. Kappa and B3 Funerals and Insurance now joins mobile telecommunications company MTN as one of Celtic’s three major sponsors. “Kappa is one of the most well-known football brands worldwide and they are very creative and experienced at their game, so we know we are in good hands,” Khumbulani Konco, the CEO of Bloemfontein Celtic, said. “B3 is a perfect fit for the bulk of our incredible supporters and we know that they are an ambitious, well-known brand, with incredible passion. Our new Kappa kit will look amazing with our new sleeve sponsor,” he added.

CHEERS: Ricky Joseph (left), the brand manager of Kappa, with Ikie Augousti (middle), Bloemfontein Celtic’s managing director, and Matthews Mogafe, B3 Group’s chairman. Photo: Supplied “I would just like to take this opportunity to welcome our new family members to the Siwelele family – Hela Yalo!” Ricky Joseph, the brand manager of Kappa, said his

company had a rich heritage in football around the world, and a passion unparalleled for the game. “Signing this new partnership with such a renowned team like

Bloemfontein Celtic is another huge step in the continuous growth of the Kappa Brand in South Africa. “We couldn’t be happier to be associated with such a well-sup-

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ported and well-established team. We look forward to witnessing the future success of these two brands at each other’s side,” Joseph said. Mathews Mogafe, the chairman of the B3 Group, said they had long viewed Celtic supporters as the most passionate and loyal in the country – and that was why they wanted to be identified with such an iconic team. “We are really looking forward to this partnership and as a company feel both honoured and humbled by the opportunity. We feel this relationship can push both brand names even more into the national consciousness,” he said. “The B3 Group is a funeral undertaking business that deals with not only bereavement and helping out the bereaved financially, but also by encouraging people to live life to the fullest and that is what we want to bring to Bloemfontein Celtic. “Celtic is a national icon as far as soccer is concerned and that is why we believe that through our investment, both parties will continue to serve our communities with our utmost best intent,” he added. The value of the two deals has not been disclosed, but the partnership will see Kappa and B3 Funerals and Insurance’s involvement with the club run until at least 2018.



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Nzame kids get kits

Receive full soccer kit and soccer balls from bank } Sidwell Guduka IT was a case of lights, camera, action, as Mojalefa Bodibe, Tshepo Tyobeka, Lemohang Lebakeng and Thabo Masooa marched in front of their fellow pupils at the assembly point. Heads erect, chests out, the quartet was modelling the new Nzame Primary School’s kit. The Rocklands-based school in Bloemfontein received a full-set playing kit and soccer balls for their soccer team on Friday, thanks to Nedbank. “As Nedbank it is incredible to be part of another initiative that contributes towards sports development in South Africa. We are donating this kit here today as part of the Nedbank Cup Goals4Goals Campaign in partnership with the Sports Trust,” Thembeni Mokoena, the branch manager of Nedbank Heidedal, told Express. He added that his bank donated R10 000 towards the establishment of the multi-purpose sports court for the school to be selected for this year. “One of our objectives is to be a bank for all South Africans and soccer has proven to be a great platform to connect with the

communities we serve. The bank will continue to make a positive contribution towards empowering communities as well as current and rising soccer stars with the skills and resources they need to make things happen,” he said. The donation was part of the national soccer kits hand-over programme aimed at benefitting at least ten schools in each province in the country. “As a school we are very proud to receive this donation from Nedbank. “We didn’t have a full soccer kit for our soccer team. We believe that the kit would encourage our learners to participate in sports activities,” said Mthunzi Sondazi, the principal of the Nzame Primary School. Last year, Nedbank donated soccer kits to more than 100 schools across the country and also built a R1 million multi-purpose sports court for the Sinamuva Primary School in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. ) Follow us on twitter @Express_News03 or visit our group on Facebook at ) For more stories and photos visit

NEW KIT: Nzame Primary School learners wearing their new soccer jerseys. From the left are, front: Thembeni Mokoena (Nedbank's branch manager at Heidedal) and Mthunzi Sondazi (principal of the Nzame Primary School); back: Mojalefa Bodibe, Tshepo Tyobeka, Lemohang Lebakeng and Thabo Masooa.Photo: Sidwell Guduka

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