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Relocation ‘a blessing’ } Boipelo Mere
THE station manager of the local radio station Radio Teemaneng, Garth Damerell, is adamant that their relocation to the GWK Stadium is a blessing in disguise. “It is clear that we were in a comfort zone and were not even aware of it. It is good that we fled when they kicked us out, because that made us more aware of our surroundings,” says Damerell with confidence. He was responding to the allegations that they were resisting to relocate from the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture’s building to make way for the Sol Plaatje University. According to him, they were not keen to move for a good reason. They had no money to move to another premises as they were expected to spend at least half a million rand. He also confirmed that they were enjoying the comfort of their brand-new studio that was sponsored by the Northern Cape government a year ago. “I must admit that the premises are smaller than the previous ones. But we made the best of the situation by cutting costs by bringing along some of our old material and equipment. “It was a hell of a challenge to raise half a million rand in six months for the relocation. They (government) kicked us out and did not even assist us financially for the relocation, with the millions that were set aside for the university. We had a bleak Christmas because we did not even get bonuses as usual,” he clarifies. During an interview with Express Northern Cape at the new premises (GWK Stadium), the station manager revealed with a spark in his eyes how they were facing a glorious chapter after their relocation. On the day, the staff and equipment were on air, but were all cramped into one small room, thus the interview had to be conducted outside the room. Damerell gave the assurance that it was a temporary arrangement as construction was still in progress at the new studio. He assured the community that the distance to the station would soon be a problem of the past because they would soon be opening satellite studios in Kimberley. “The satellite stations will be operational by
HARD AT WORK: The staff on duty on the day are from the left, back: Funeka Louw, administration manager, Malik Kau, presenter, Jamilla Moilwa, presenter, Tshego Mokgwabone, news reader, and Stacey Khujane, presenter. Sitting in front are Garth Damerell and Samantha Luke who presented the Straatpraat programme. Photo: Boipelo Mere the end of March at the latest. But the main station will be here for at least the next five years. These premises are also a blessing in disguise because we will be able to broadcast all rugby games live, and in the process get access to the white and private sector like the former premier of the Northern Cape Dipuo Peters once request-
ed,” adds Damerell cheerfully. “The relocation made us stronger, because we managed to cut costs by re-using some of our old equipment and material to make the new premises radio friendly.” This will be their main on-air facility. They are still not sure where the satellite facilities
will be at Galeshewe, Bantu Hall, the St Boniface School or the Mayibuye Centre. It will cut the travelling distance and costs for the listeners, and presenters, who are mostly from Galeshewe, and they will have various notice drop-off points throughout the city that will be collected twice daily.
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Garden honours Boer War victims } Palesa Motshabi THE first phase of the Garden of Remembrance – to honour the thousands of women and children who perished in concentration camps during the Anglo-Boer War – is already under construction at the War Museum in Bloemfontein. The R4,5 million garden will be complemented by the R10,5 million Sol Plaatje Hall where images of artefacts from the era will be displayed. The Anglo-Boer War took place between 1899 and 1902. At the sod-turning ceremony held on Friday, Free State Sports, Arts and Culture
MSEBENZI ZWANE, MEC for Economic Development, turns the sod. In the background is an advertisement of the Sol Plaatje Exhibition Hall. Zwane was the acting premier during the event.
MEC Dan Khothule emphasised the role played by women, both black and white, during the war. “Today we are embracing those women and children, black and white, who suffered in the concentration camps. We are acknowledging their collective suffering,” he said. Khothule said these women and children who had perished, represented the domination of one by another, discrimination, humiliation and even torture. “It is our duty as the current generation to fully reflect on the journey we have travelled as South Africans, even though parts of this journey may be painful.”
According to Tokkie Pretorius, chief executive officer of the museum, the Sol Plaatje Hall will be opened on 9 August, while the garden is due to be completed in October. “Women will be laying wreaths to honour those who perished and also to celebrate the day as it is Women’s Day,” said Pretorius. Amongst the guests at the event were the acting premier of the Free State and Economic Development and Tourism MEC, Mosebenzi Zwane, Councillor Papiki Moeng on behalf of the Mangaung Municipality, and the director-general of the Department of Women and Children and People with Disabilities, Veliswa Baduza.
Aria Motlolometsi, an 89-year-old ANC veteran who also attended the event, told Express her late husband, Sakia Motlolometsi, had also been part of the Smuts War that had taken place in 1939. “I am happy to witness this event because we can see from the DVD we just watched what had really happened during the war. We also saw the history of the women and children who had been in the concentration camps in our country,” said Motlolometsi. See related article on p 7. ) Visit www.express-news.co.za for more photos of the event, as well as other artists’ impressions.
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DAN KHOTHULE, MEC for Sports, Arts and Culture, turns the sod during the event.
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Boitumelo ke semmuso sa dijo } Boipelo Mere
MOKHUDUTHAMAGA wa lefapha la Tlhabololo ya Loago mme Tiny Chotelo o butse semmuso soup kitchen, e e bidiwang ‘Boitumelo’ ko motsaneng wa Romance, gaufi le Barkly West mo Kapa Bokone. Go ya ka lefapha, soup kitchen e, ke karabo mo maitlhomong a puso a go bona fa batho botlhe ba nna le dijo le metsi go latela moono wa boditshabatshaba wa ditshwanelo tsa botho. “Re kopana jaana matsatsi a le mabedi hela morago ga moletlogadi wa manifesto wa lekoko le le busang mo profenseng. Manifesto o gareng ga tse dingwe o neng o totile bogolo segolo tlhabololo ya Magae, Lefatshe mmogo le tlamelo ya dijo kgotsa Rural Development, Land Reform and Food Security. Food Security eo, ke yone e re tlisitseng hano gompieno. Puso e, e lomogile gore go na le seelo se se kwa godimo sa phepelo tlase mo nageng ya rona bogolo segolo mo profenseng ya Kapa Bokone”. ga bua Chotelo. Chotelo o ne a tlhagisa gore lebaka le lefapha la tlhabololo ya loago le neng la beela thoko dimilione di le tharo (R3 million) kwa thoko go samagana le lehuma mo dikgaolong tse di amilweng ke lehuma thata ke ka ntlha ya puso go itemogela tlhatlogo ya dintsho tsa masea ka ntlha ya phepelo tlase. A re jaaka lefapha ba itlamile go dira di soup kitchen tse di tshwanang le eno ya Boitumelo di le masome a mabedi le borobedi (28) pele ga ngwaga ono wa ditshelete o khutla. A tswelela ka go ikgantsa gore puso ya Kapa Bokone e ipela ka gore, ntle le go tlamela baagi ba Romance ka dijo, ba kgonne go tlamela ba le bararo ditiro. “Re le lefapha re santse re tlile go tokafatsa ditirelo tsa di soup kitchen mmogo le di Drop-in-Centres ka go di tlamela ka madi a go lekana le dimilione
MODULASETULÔ wa lefapa la Tlhabololo ya Loago Liz Botes, Mokhansêlê wa mmasepala ea Dikgatlong Dorothy Mbizeni, Ramotse wa mmasepala ea Dikgatlong Willie Mogogongwa, Mongwalêdi wa tirôthêrwa Nthabiseng Mbamba, Modulasetulô wa tirôthêrwa Maggie Molatudi, Ramatlôtlô wa tirôthêrwa Ntombi Ndwendwe, Administrator Eunice Louw and Pulane Mabote moapei. Ka pele ke Mokhuduthamaga wa lefapha la Tlhabololo ya Loago Tiny Chotelo le Jack Mweninjawa mokhansêlê wa motse. di le sometlhano (R 50 million) monongwaga.” Mokhuduthamaga o ne a rotloetsa baagi ba Romance gore ba simolole ditshingwana tsa merogo mo dijarteng tsa bona go tsweletsa letsholo la Fetsa Tlala le le neng la tlhomiwa ke Mopresidente Jacob Zuma mo sedikeng sa John Taolo Gaetsewe mo ngwageng o o fetileng. “Bangwe ba lona ba itse temothuo thata ka ntlha ya go dira mo dipolaseng. Ka jalo, go ka nna bonolo go itemela merogo jaaka cabbage le bo spinach,” a feleletsa jalo.
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GOSIAME TSHETLANYANE got married to Tshegofatso Tshenkeng at the Mein Heim Estate, Kimberley, in December. Photo’s: Kimco
Beaming on the big day CONST. RAMOTSE MONCHOAJANG (left) and Const. Orapeleng Mosala with the confiscated items. Photo: Supplied
Man caught with drugs
} Boipelo Mere A 24-YEAR-OLD man from Colville in Kimberley was arrested for drug dealing. This came after the police had received information that the man was allegedly sitting in a veld not far from Colville selling drugs. The police reacted promptly to the call and caught the suspect in the veld.
He was arrested when he least expected it. He was found in possession of a red bag containing 136 full and five half mandrax tablets with the street value of approximately R10 000. Cash to the value of R1 267,50 was also found in his possession and was also confiscated. The suspect appeared before the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court recently on charges of dealing in drugs.
LEROY COLE officially took Stephanie Louw as his wife during a ceremony at the St Paul’s New Apostolic Church in Colville, Kimberley.
SAMUEL MAREMA got married to Nametso Koikoi at the Church of Christ in Kimberley in December.
You have choices } Boipelo Mere NEW matriculants are entering an anxious period as they watch their friends head off to universities and private higher education institutions around the country without them, having committed to their own further study plans for this year. Although there are still some options available to them, education experts have warned them to guard against panicking as this may cause them to make hasty decisions that may be later regretted. Dr Felicity Coughlan, director of the Independent Institute of Education (IIE), says there are still many recent school leavers who have not secured a place for the 2014 academic year, or worse, who are still uncertain about what they want to do. “Stress and pressure may be mounting, leading to a real risk of settling for the wrong course of action, because of the time pressure,” she says. Coughlan warns students to be cautious during this period, even though time is of the essence as they may neglect to ask the questions they should be asking. “While there are in fact still several options open – ranging from higher certificates to prepare you for degree study next year or a range of
vocational options in the design fields, to traditional degrees and diplomas; ensuring that you sign up for a respected course remains crucial.” Coughlan, however, notes that any information they require, should be even more readily available at this stage. “When investigating your options at private institutions where the registration period may still be open for another week or two, ask to see the lecture rooms or prescribed texts and to meet lecturers,” she suggests. Although many institutions will be of a high quality, Coughlan says that others need to be treated with caution, thus it will be reasonably easy to assess the reasons for a campus to accepting late applications. “Sometimes, significant enrolment numbers mean that additional classes will have been provided for. In other instances, a class may not yet be full, or a programme may be new. “Any of these could be a good reason for accepting late enrolments. “The key is to see for yourself whether the reasons provided by the institution for accepting applications this late are credible, and match what you see when you visit the campus. “While it is time to begin to turn our focus to this year’s matriculants, there are still a few of last year’s school leavers who need our support,” she says.
Erika Steinhobel, assistant head of the programme Information Technology at the IIE, says that school children are still unaware of the options available to them once they receive their matric results due to most of them being given very narrow, if any, information and guidance. “Rarely are they given any strong information about alternatives to the traditional public institutions, and even within those institutions, to the less than conventional career paths.” Steinhobel says inadequate information inevitably leads to uninformed decision making. “While there is a great deal of information available on the internet, students will only access it if they have some idea of what to look for. Therefore, perhaps the focus in 2014 needs to be on offering students more regular and comprehensive glimpses into the post-schooling world they do not already know about. “A wider knowledge about the diplomas, programmes and degrees in specialised vocational areas, as well as information about the various higher education options in both the public and private sector, will better equip the matriculants of 2014 to make the right decisions – timeously – about their study opportunities in 2015.”
PICTURED here are members of the Kimberley Visible Policing Unit. Const. Neil Jacobs is holding the suspect and Const. Phumla Rantoetse shows the dagga. Photo: Supplied
Man found with dagga
} Boipelo Mere A 35-YEAR-OLD man was arrested near the Indian Centre Taxi Rank in Kimberley for the possession of dagga. This is after the man was nabbed by members of the Kimberley Visible Policing Unit during their routine vehicle patrols on 4 February. According to Lt Sergio Kock the
suspicious looking man was spotted by the vigilant police officers at approximately 14:00 on the day, carrying a black gym bag. The police stopped and searched the suspect and found six bags of compressed dagga inside the bag. The dagga weighs 8,65 kg and has a street value of approximately R50 000. He was arrested on the scene. The investigation continues.
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Dish ready to be assembled } Boipelo Mere and SAnews
THE first Meerkat Dish support structure, manufactured in South Africa for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), is ready to be transported to the site in Carnarvon where the construction of the SKA is taking place. The structure has been put together by the South African company Tricom Structures based in Pretoria. Sihle Shange, chief executive officer (CEO) of Tricom Structures, says that the structure is expected to be transported to Carnavon before the end of this month. Shange says the structure took about two months to be assembled by Tricom Structures. The company specialises in designing structures. He explains that they will be assembling two structures a month. “We have design capability and we are confident that everything will run smoothly,” he says. Shaka Sebola, the company’s director, says they will assemble 64 structures in total. “We are satisfied that (the structures) will be able to assist the country and the continent in setting up the biggest satellite,” he says. Sebola is confident that they will meet the deadline. Construction of the telescope
DISHES have already been built in Carnarvon last year. is set to begin in 2016. The detailed design and pre-construction phase (2013 to 2015) will be followed by the construction of SKA Phase 1 – making up about 10% of the total instrument. Scientists should be able to use SKA Phase 1 for research by
2020. By that time construction on SKA Phase 2 should be under way (2018 to 2023) with full science operations commencing by 2024. Sebola says they will create more jobs should there be a need. The structure weighs about 25
tons and would need about two or more abnormal heavy duty trucks to transport it. South Africa won the bid to host the SKA in Carnarvon in the Northern Cape. The SKA is one of the largest scientific projects in existence, aiming to create the largest radio
telescope ever constructed. Thousands of linked radio antennae will be located in Australia and in Southern Africa. It will operate over a wide range of frequencies. Its size will make it 50 times more sensitive than any other radio instrument.
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Locomotive burns out } Ruan Bruwer A LOCOMOTIVE of the world-famous Blue Train caught fire and burned out on Saturday morning while leaving Kimberley heading in a southerly direction. This particular rail line is parallel to Landbou Drive and the smoke from the fire could be seen from a distance. Sandile Simelane, Transnet Freight Rail spokesperson, said there were no reported injuries and an alternative locomotive had been brought in. The cause of the fire is still to be investigated. On Express’ s arrival at the scene at approximately 09:30, about 45 minutes after the locomotive had caught fire, emergency services were already on the scene, although firefighters were still to arrive. Security personnel quickly descended on members of the media to say they were on Transnet premises and that no photographs may be taken. Simelane could not say whether the locomotive was stationary or moving when it caught fire. By Sunday midday there was no sign of the burnt-out locomotive.
Final registration runs smoothly } Ruan Bruwer INCESSANT RAIN, that made two roads leading to voting stations impassable, as well as a temporary strike in Warrenton, were the only reported hiccups in the final election registration weekend in the province. Bonolo Modise, provincial election official, told Express Northern Cape the registration weekend had proceeded smoothly and he expected a high number of those who had registered in the Northern Cape to vote on 7 May. “The numbers we have received thus far are encouraging. “In Warrenton, registration points only opened on Saturday at around 11:00 as a result of a labour issue. The problem was quickly resolved and the process proceeded
smoothly. “We had no choice but to close two registration points in the Joe Morolong Municipal District because the rain made them unaccessable,” Modise said. Before the past registration weekend, 24,1 million South Africans were on the voters’ roll, which is an estimated 76,7% of eligible voters. In the Northern Cape, 80,6% (third highest in the country) of eligible voters were ready to vote before the weekend’s registration drive. At Kimberley Junior, seen as one of the busiest registration points, Saturday was relatively quiet. A handful of Democratic Alliance officials were there to canvass for votes while outside the school’s entrance an ANC official sat under an umbrella.
ACCUSED: Deon Nel, accused of the murder of ten-year-old Velerie Julius in Douglas in 2010, appeared in the Kimberley High Court on Monday. Appearing and charged along with Nel are Adri Julius, Deon Alwyn and Mervin Jacobs. Photo: Emile Hendricks DAY 6 (Monday) of the fraud, corruption and money laundering case of Northern Cape ANC provincial leader and Finance MEC, John Block, at the Kimberley High Court. Charged with Block are from the left Christo Scholtz, CEO of Trifecta Holdings, Yolanda Botha, Block and Alvin Botes, Social Development MEC. The four are appearing before the court for the rental of buildings to government departments at inflated prices. Photo: Emile Hendricks
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Good results, but . . . Ruan Bruwer EVERY year with the announcement of the matric results, much of the focus falls on those with the most distinctions. There are, however, always those with less distinctions, but whose personal circumstances put the distinctions and results in a different light. Yusuf Chinyengetere achieved “only” four distinctions last year, but came close to 80% in three other subjects. This could have been different had his best friend not drowned (at Riverton) during their final exams. Yusuf is Homevale High’s top academic achiever and his four distinctions are the most. His best subject is Maths in which he achieved 89%. He had to overcome other challenges as well, like walking nearly 3 km to get to school. He obtained 61% in Afrikaans (first additional language) – a subject that was totally strange to him when he started in gr. 11. Originally from Zimbabwe, Yusuf’s mother married a South African (from Kimberley) and they moved here in 2011. By the end of his first year in school he was elected as head boy. He could speak English, but had to learn Afrikaans. He started following 7de Laan on television, hoping that the subtitles would help him master the language. “I can read and follow a conversation in Afrikaans, but speaking it is a bit difficult. My tongue gets stuck.” According to him, the poverty in Galeshewe, where he stays with his mother and stepfather, plays a role in motivating him to become something in life and to give something back to his community. “I would like to become someone others can look up to. My dream is to become an actuary or electrical engineer.” Despite his good matric results, the future doesn’t look bright for this youngster because he is a foreigner and both his parents are unemployed. Yusuf has approached the Department of Education, but they don’t have any bursaries left to hand out.
“At this stage there is no hope. The fact that I don’t have South African citizenship is also counting against me. “I have tried the student fund, the National Youth Development Agency as well as the Zimbabwean Embassy, but they say they cannot help a person with a matric certificate obtained in South Africa. “I know some of my teachers are still trying from their side, but I have given up hope for this year. “At this point I’ll try to gain some experience or do volunteer work.” According to Yusuf’s Maths teacher, Clint Gordon, he is prepared to go out of his way for Yusuf. “We hope to help him to go and study further. “Since 2006 he has been the first learner of this school to obtain a distinction in Maths,” Gordon said. ) If someone is prepared to help Yusuf with money to go and study or an opportunity to gain work experience he can be contacted on 074-738-6100 or via Gordon on 082-322-7706.
YUSUF CHINYENGETERE who matriculated from the Homevale High School last year with his matric certificate which makes for good reading. He overcame a number of obstacles to achieve it. He was also the school’s head boy in 2013. Photos: Ruan Bruwer
A GOOD marketing tool, but without South African citizenship or money to go and study further, not worth much . . .
A ‘new’ history of war remembered } Lisa Combrink AN African proverb states that: “Until lions have their own historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter”. Friday, 7 February 2014, marked the start of a new chapter in South African history where the “lions” are given a voice. Those forgotten will be remembered. They return to occupy a proud space in our collective memory. On this day at the War Museum of the Boer Republics in Bloemfontein a sod-turning ceremony took place for the construction of a Garden of Remembrance, including a wall of names, to mark the suffering of women and children in the South African War. The occasion also marked the sodturning for the Sol Plaatje Hall of the museum which will depict the role of black South Africans in the war. Due recognition must be given to Sol Plaatje’s role as a journalist of note, novelist, a public intellectual and freedom fighter. His “Boer War Diary” described the “Siege of Mafikeng” in a memorable way. He writes: “It is really evil to disturb a beautiful morning like this with the rattling of Mausers [ammunition] and whizzes and explosions of shells”. Until recent times, the story of the
South African war has been a narrative that focuses on those who fought directly in the combat. Yet today, what used to be called the Anglo-Boer War is now popularised as the South African War as the conflict engulfed the entire country and people and affected the lives of generations to come. The War Museum, an associated institution of the Department of Arts and Culture, has commissioned research that redresses this history. The challenge has been to humanise all those who played a role in the war. The master’s dissertation of Celeste Reynolds breathes new life into history as she names the 35 000 black and white women who perished in the concentration camps during this war. At the same time stories of black people in this war are surfacing. The War Museum has championed these studies, created space and provided resour-ces for studies that look at the role of black South Africans in the war. These new books provide a rich and nuanced narrative which others had chosen to forget. An Illustrated history of Black South Africans in the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902 is sub-titled “A Forgotten History”. The authors state that: “At the start of the Anglo-Boer War both the British and the Boers subscribed to
the philosophy of a ‘White Man’s War’. The Boers kept to this philosophy at the beginning of the war, but the British departed from it immediately after war broke out.” This book estimates that the British armed almost 100 000 black people towards the end of the war as the guerrilla warfare tactics adopted by the Boers began to make inroads. Black people played their part, both wittingly and willingly as active participants and yet also, for the most part, unwittingly, as those caught up in a situation where imperialist expansionists fought for the right to rule South Africa. The capitalist entrepreneurs sought to profit from the spoils of war – namely the vast and then still largely untapped mineral resources – and exploit black people as cheap labour. Those who participated were not
only “agterryers” who assisted the Boers, but also fighters armed with rifles and ammunition. Women performed domestic work. Men cared for horses and carried supplies. Some thought that through supporting the British they could regain land and farms. Some took over farms, only later to be dispossessed once more. The loss of land through the Native Land Act of 1913 entrenched this dispossession. Numerous photographs remain that show the role of black people as well as graphic details around the sieges of the war and the results of the scorched earth policy that saw furniture, farmhou-ses, kraals, cattle and crops destroyed by the British. Recent books show pictures of white children starving in camps and images of the dead. Black servants are in the background and the white families they served are in the forefront. The War Museum has a collection of more than 6 500 photos of the war.
In the white concentration camps it is estimated that 28 000 died, mostly women and young children. Through the book Black Concentration Camps of the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902 by the late Reverend Stowell Kessler, we learn about the black concentration camps of this war where at least 21 000 black people died. The war prepared the ground for a South African state, which was founded on the disenfranchisement and dispossession of black people, a situation which prevailed for much of the 20th century, and the legacy of which is still with us. As the various dignitaries turn the sod on the ground that was scorched over a century ago, it is fitting that recognition is given to all those who got caught up in the war. Through the Garden of Remembrance and the new hall of the War Museum, we are reminded of a war that tore through the hearts of future generations, leaving scars on the landscape that we reside in today.
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Drotské optimistic Appeals for support } Sidwell Guduka
OPTIMISTIC: Naka Drotské, the Toyota Cheetahs coach.
Photo: Sidwell Guduka
NAKA DROTSKÉ, the Toyota Cheetahs coach, is happy with the squad’s overall fitness level heading into the six-month long Vodacom Super Rugby season. Drotské and his technical team have been working with the players behind the scenes, making sure they are physically prepared for what lies ahead. “We are ready for the season ahead. We started off with our preparations last November. We did a lot of conditioning in November and December. I’m really happy with the overall fitness of the players. Their fitness is almost where I want it to be,” Drotské says. “I think we have a better squad, compared to what we had last season. We are going to miss the two players that we have lost: Robert Eberson and Lourens Adriaanse. “But I’m really happy with the new signings. I believe they will add value to our squad this season. I’m optimistic we will do much better than we did in the previous season,” he says. The Cheetahs will open their Super Rugby campaign with a tough encounter against the Lions at the Free State Stadium on Saturday. The match is scheduled to kick off at 17:10. “It’s always a tough game playing against the Lions. They are a good side. The pressure will be on us to beat them. It is important that the mindset of the players will be hundred percent on match-day. It is also vital to win the first home game of the season,” says the Senekal-born coach. The Free State outfit has won all three warm-up matches they played in preparation for the new rugby season, and Drotské believes his side will challenge for the championship in the tournament. “I’m quite happy with the way we are playing. There is always a chance of winning the Super Rugby. “The Reds ended in last position a few years ago, and then three years later they won it. We finished sixth last year and the players are aware that if they play well they can win the competition.” The Cheetahs have reported a clean bill of health going into the first round of matches in the new Super Rugby season. “We have no injuries in the team and all the players are available for selection,” says Drotské. The coach appeals to the multitute of Cheetahs fans and Free Staters to rally behind the team. “It’s so much easier to win these games against quality sides if you have 30 000 to
40 000 people who are supporting you. We really need the people of the Free State to fill the stadium to the rafters when we are playing at home.” ) Tickets for the match are already on sale. They cost R60 (adults) and R20 (students and children) at the open stands. For the main grand stand tickets cost R80. Cheetahs Super Rugby squad for 2014: Ryno Barnes, Rayno Benjamin, Martin Bezuidenhoudt, Francois Brummer, Jean Cook, Hennie Daniller, Lodewyk de Jager, Rossouw de Klerk, Andries Ferreira, Johan Goosen, Carel Greeff, Cornal Hendricks, Rocco Jansen, Lappies Labuschagné, Ligtoring Landman, Willie le Roux, Hercu Liebenberg, Piet Lindeque, Hilton Lobberts, Kevin Luiters, Tian Meyer, Howard Mnisi, Oupa Mohoje, Trevor Nyakane, Coenie Oosthuizen, Caylib Oosthuizen, Sarel Pretorius, Boom Prinsloo, Gouws Prinsloo, Raymond Rhule, Johann Sadie, Nick Schonert, Willem Serfontein, Riaan Smith, Adriaan Strauss (c), Francois Uys, Philip van der Walt, Maks van Dyk, Torsten van Jaarsveld, Francois Venter, Shaun Venter and Elgar Watts.