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THIS Sasko Mill in Commissioner Street in Bethlehem was closed down around 1988 after a new one had been completed. The sandstone used to build this old mill was taken from the NG Mother Church that was erected in 1879. The church had to be demolished after 25 years due to structural concerns.





THE Strapp Shop on the corner of Church and Louw Street has always been a landmark in Bethlehem. The sandstone building with its corrugated iron roof was built around 1893. This picture was taken in February 1989. Photos: Volksblad archive




Bhm celebrates 150 yrs } Tladi Moloi

MONNAMOHOLO SITHOLE (34): “I would like to wish Bethlehem a happy 150th anniversary.” Suggested improve­ ments: “I would love to see more li­ braries for our youth, because they need information more than anything else. Our municipal­ ity should also fight unemployment as people with qualifi­ cations are sitting at home.”

BETHLEHEM celebrates 150 years of existence this year and on Saturday all roads will lead to the Dihlabeng Mall for the festivities. Express Eastern Free State went out to the streets to get people’s view about the celebration.

DOUGLAS NTSOANE (54): “I grew up here and I would like to wish Bethlehem a happy birthday.” Suggested improvements: “Some of the things are going well, but I believe there is still room for improvement. We want jobs for our youth. Corruption should stop in our municipal offices. People would be happy if those things could be tak­ en care of.” SIBONGILE MOSI­ MANGA (34): “I love Bethlehem with all my heart and I want to wish it many more years to come.” Improve­ ment: “Bethlehem has grown. The only worrying thing at the moment is crime and I wish the police would deal with it urgently.”

MOEKETSI SITHOLE (30): “I wish Bethlehem a happy 150th anni­ versary and I hope that it will be cele­ brated for the whole year.” SAMUEL MGU­ NI (76): I grew up here. I was here during apart­ heid. I wish Bethlehem a happy 150th un­ necessary.” Im­ provements: “They should create more jobs for the youth. We also hope for more bursaries for our school children.”



Labour announces pay hike WITH tough economic times ahead, workers in the wholesale and retail industry should this month expect a pay hike of between 4,8% and 6,8% in their wages in all job categories through the Department of Labour’s adjustment of the sector’s minimum wages. Annually in February, salaries of wholesale and retail workers are revised for both Area A and Area B. Employers

AUTHORS who attended the meeting which was held at the Cultural House and Recreation Centre in Phuthaditjhaba in Qwaqwa. Photo: Supplied

Authors gather to discuss their work AUTHORS from the Free State recently converged on the Cultural House and Recreation Centre in Phuthaditjhaba, Qwaqwa. The gathering was aimed at discussing issues related to the future of writing. The meeting was organised by Metjodi Writers, an organisation of writers based in Qwaqwa. Metjodi Writers applauded authors whose books have been prescribed for schools this year. They include Mme, ke wena mmolai wa ka written by Siphiwe Gambu; Motswalle ya sa tshepahaleng written by Thabiso Mofokeng, Tlhatswe re ye ditabeng written by Jim Mokoena and Monate wa puo written by Joseph Moloi. One book from the veteran author Khotso Peter David Maphalla, Botsang Lebitla, which has been prescribed in schools for some years, was also included in this celebration. Gambu, the public relations officer of Metjodi, is bold to say creative writing has a bright future. “Film companies are approaching many authors with the intent to adapt books for the film screen. “Some authors won numerous awards. For example, our own veteran writer, Maphalla, was honoured with a Doctorate by the University of the Free State (UFS),” he says. Gambu says the National Arts Council of

Ace criticised } Selloane Khalane PREMIER ACE MAGASHULE has been accused of campaigning for the ANC at the State of the Province Address on Friday. Opposition parties said they were not impressed with Magashule’s speech which did not address burning issues such as service delivery protests and corruption. In his address Magashule said the ANC has a good story to tell and slammed the apartheid legacy for failing to give equal opportunities to black people in the country. All of the opposition parties expressed their disappointment in Magashule’s failure to address recommendations made by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to the Free State Office of the Premier. Last year Gordhan said the office should lay criminal charges against individuals implicated in tenders awarded to Letlaka Media.

South Africa and the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture are playing a crucial role because they fund literary projects. Gambu encourages authors to learn to write television scripts and documentaries. He promises that authors workshops will be held during the course of the year to give young authors guidance. Thabiso Mofokeng, the chairperson of Metjodi Writers, salutes the Free State Department of Sport, Arts and Culture for publishing a book called Mokolokotwane 2011, which includes creative work from authors across the Free State, and Phepheletsane, written by female author Nkomile Tsuluba. He says guidance from Tsediso Masolane and Mathene Mahanke, both from the Free State Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, in ensuring that young authors realise their dreams will always be appre-ciated. Mofokeng says the demand to establish more branches across the Free State is increasing and Metjodi Writers will ensure that such branches are established. Mokoena, who is a veteran author and an advisor to Metjodi Writers, says Metjodi has a bright future because new books are being published and many authors are winning awards. He says he has shown the authors a book called Sesotho se teng, which will be officially launched soon.

are expected to adjust it according to the various categories of the job descriptions such as shop managers, drivers, cashiers, clerks and security guards, etc. hired by the wholesaler. In Area A wages are pegged between 4,8% for the highest paid workers to 5,8% for the lowest paid while in Area B workers should receive from 5,8% to 6,8% increases in the wages.




ERIC “MOSHOESHOE” MOTLOUNG, a Sesotho hiphop artist who hails from Bohlokong near Bethlehem.

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Moshoeshoe signs three-year deal

} Tladi Moloi ERIC “MOSHOESHOE” MOTLOUNG (31), a Sesotho hiphop artist, has signed a three-year publishing deal with Sheer Music Publishing and he is currently working on his sophomore album. This artist from Bohlokong, Bethlehem, says he is happy with the deal and adds this is going to help him to promote his music career and more. “The deal came at the right time and I am sure it will open doors for me,” he says. The humble Moshoeshoe says he started rapping in 2002 while studying at the Central University

of Technology, Free State (CUT). He then realised that he could actually write music for himself. “Since then I have never looked back but kept on going. I am happy with the progress I have made thus far and I am hoping for a bright future,” he says. Moshoeshoe says it has always been his dream to be in the music industry and adds that hip-hop saved him from gangs as it is a tool he uses to escape the world and its troubles. He says he is inspired by music from artists like Talib Kweli, Common, HHP, Bafihlile and Skwatta Kamp. He says this sees him doing more conscious music

focusing on social ills and the everyday struggles of the average man. “I look up to artists like Towdee Mac, Khuli Chana, ZuluBoy and Zonke because they used what they had to create masterpieces. They embraced their language and culture and didn’t conform to the industry’s set standards,” he says. Moshoeshoe has released a couple of mix tapes and the recent one is titled The Legacy which is available for download. “My goal for the next five years is to see myself amongst celebrated Sesotho hiphop artists and collaborating with artists like Selaelo Selota, Hugh Masekela and

Tshepo Tshola and also branching out into acting, presenting and a clothing range. He completed his matric at the Ntsu Secondary School in Bethlehem back in 2000. He then furthered his studies at the CUT where he obtained a diploma in Information Technology (Web and Application Management). The dedicated Moshoeshoe became a founding member of an arts forum called Tribal Sapiens. His latest achievements include performing at the Macufe Hiphop Festival as a main act and sharing the stage with artists like Tuks, Cassper Nyovest, Notshi and Molemi.

Yet another book by veteran author } Nkareng Moloi THE award-winning author Kgotso Peter David Maphalla (59), who hails from Makong Village in Qwaqwa, has yet again released a collection of poems. Sesotho se teng is the 22nd poem collection released under the name of this veteran author of the famous books called Kabelwamanong. In total, the Bethlehem-born Maphalla has 47 books to his

“I know that many of my readers know that I have retired, but that award inspired me to write.” – Kgotso Peter David Maphalla name and surely he should be proud of that. He decided to name the book Sesotho se teng after he had won a lifetime achievement award in African literature. “This book is the collection of the poems I wrote in different

decades of my life. The latest is the one I wrote last year. And I know that many of my readers know that I have retired, but that award inspired me to write,” he says. The optimistic Maphalla says three of his books are with the

publishers and points out that they will be released soon. “Those will be my last books. Once the publishers publish them, then I will be happy, because then I would have written 50 published books in my entire life,” Maphalla says. In conclusion, Maphalla urges young people to love and use their language because: Sesotho se teng.

KGOTSO PETER DAVID MAPHAL­ LA with his new collection of po­ ems. Photo: Nkareng Moloi

“What I can say to upcoming artists is to work hard, build relations and brand themselves. They must use social media to market their music and always stay humble and thankful to God for every opportunity that comes their way. If you work hard, success will come eventually. And lastly language must be preserved as it defines us as Basotho Pula Kgotso Nala,” he says. He is a rapper, singer, composer, producer and songwriter. To download free singles you can go to his twitter account: @IamMoshoeshoe, facebook: TebohoMoshoeshoe or Soundcloud: Moshoeshoelive.




Rural Maintenance celebrates 2 years of PPP with Mafube Municipality It has been 2 years since Rural Maintenance entered into the PPP (Public Private Partnership) with the Mafube Municipality in 2011. Over the past 2 years, Rural Maintenance has managed to upgrade and materially improve the electrical distribution network, ensured the continuity of supply through proper maintenance and eliminated the threat of Eskom disconnections due to non-payment. Rural wants to continue to improve service delivery and raise more awareness of the opportunity for businesses to relocate to rural communities, particularly in the Free State. This mission has led to the development of the “300k” campaign, which was also launched on the 1st of March 2013 at the opening of the new Mafube office in Frankfort. We must also express our sincere appreciation and thanks to every electricity user in Mafube for tolerating the upgrade and improvement project as it certainly became worse before it got better! We trust that each consumer is now satisfied with the continuity and quality of supply provided.

Finish & Klaar General Dealers in Qalabotjha, Villiers

Rural walking the extra mile Rural dedicates itself to the delivery of cheap, but reliable electricity and plans to be one of the Top Ten cheapest suppliers of electricity in South Africa by the year 2016/2017. This will lead to businesses considering the option of relocating to rural areas in the Free State and therefore uniting families, by bringing the workplace closer to home. Rural Maintenance wants to demonstrate through the “300k” campaign, that small can indeed make a big difference and that businesses, municipalities and consumers need to work together to ensure a better future for rural communities, where social-and economical change is possible.

Rural Free State has really walked the extra mile to make a difference in the daily life of the Mafube community.

Rural has also built/upgraded a number of power-lines over the last year: • Kromdraai Dual Structure (Frankfort, Free State): August 2013 • Mafahlaneng Line reconstruction (Tweeling, Free State) – still under construction • Restoration of Villiers lines after a Copper theft (Villiers, Free State): September 2013 Rural Free State has also been providing electricity to Qalabotjha ext. 8 phase 1 & 2 in Villiers, Free State, since September 2013, who previously did not have any electrical supply.

NERSA results

Every year NERSA selects a sample group of municipalities from all across South Africa to undertake licence condition audits. In the year 2011/2012, Mafube was chosen as one of the 18 municipalities to undertake the audit. The results from the audit show a range of compliance from extremely poor to excellent, with deterioration of plant featuring prominently in all cases. Mafube passed with flying colours and placed 2nd. Mafube went from totally non-compliant to 81% compliancy under Rural’s stewardship.

Kromdraai Dual Structure - The industry in Mafube is expanding (Clover & Kromdraai) rapidly, which created the need for a new Dual Structure, as the previous structure would not have been able to handle such an enormous increase in supply. This line will also enable Clover to implement their planned expansion.

Helping to alleviate the national energy crisis & creating jobs

Helping local businesses

Rural Free State aims to uplift the community through the support of local businesses. Vending opportunities are not only granted to bigger businesses, but also to small businesses. One of these small businesses who is now a vendor is Finish & Klaar General Dealers in Qalabotjha, Villiers.

Rural Free State has managed to decrease the maximum demand from Eskom, by educating the Large Power Users (LPU) on a Time of Use system. This system motivates the consumers to use electricity in off-peak times, rather than peak times. This is beneficial to both Rural and the consumer in the sense that Rural is able to comply to the maximum limit set by Eskom, also helping to alleviate the National Energy Crisis and the consumer pays much less during off-peak times. The reduction in Maximum Demand was achieved in spite of increased kWh’s sold. In 2013 the total kWh’s sold was 4.1% more than in 2011. The reduction in Maximum Demand enabled the increase in allocated Notified Maximum Demand to a number of industrial clients that wanted to expand their plants – with the resultant addition of job opportunities to the towns of Mafube. Ultimately, and in a short time frame, Rural Maintenance has shown that they are willing to walk the talk. Every journey starts with a single step and Rural has taken that step to ensure a better life for rural communities, businesses and employees in order to build towards a better Free State for all.





Business renovated THE previous entrance of Andras Findt Spares.

THE owners of Andras Findt, André and Angie Findt, in the newly renovated showroom.

THE newly renovated Andras Findt Spares is situated on the corner of Pretorius and Arcbell Street. This well-known business has been in Bethlehem for more than 41 years. It was originally founded and owned by Andras Findt. After Findt had passed away, his son, André, and his wife, Angie, became the owner/manager. At first the business was situated in the building where ONC-motors is, but it moved to its own premises in 1976. This was recently renovated to be more customer friendly.

The owners say Andras Findt is a unique business. “Only the best lawnmowers and equipment, such as Stihl, Honda Tandem and Viking products, are sold here. There is a workshop where all these lawnmowers, weedeaters and related products can be fixed. “There is a parts divi-sion carrying a big range of parts for the va- rious makes on the market. If a certain part is not in stock, it can be ordered. It will be delivered the next day. “It is a one-stop business for gardening and maintenance,” say the proud owners. ANGIE FINDT helping a cus­ tomer at the old parts divisi­ on at Andras Findt.

ANDRAS FINDT’S newly renovated parts divisi­ on.

ANDRÉ FINDT (owner) in the new workshop.

THE building before the renovations were done at Andras Findt Spares.

ONE of the first lawnmowers sold at Andras Findt – it still works.





Project pledges to support school } Tladi Moloi THE Masibonisaneni Sonke Project from Harrismith has changed the lives of 46 learners of the Morena Tshohisi Moloi II Intermediate School in Makgolokoeng near Harrismith by donating full school uniforms. The donation was made on Wednesday and according to Collen Charlie, the project manager, it was aimed at changing the lives of the underprivileged learners. He said that during a recent visit they were touched by the situation at the school. After this visit the members of the project met and decided to do something to help. “Some of the learners were walking barefoot, while others wore old uniforms. We don’t like to see such things and that is why we came on board,” he said. Charlie said they would have loved to help all 853 learners of the school. “We will keep on coming to the school with more help and we are hoping to help them all in future. “We all know that it is every child’s wish to look good in class, but some find themselves in the situation were their parents are not working and that is where we should come in.” Charlie said they have requested an electric company to assist in installing the electricity at the school, which is only two years old. “We are hoping for a positive response from them. They told me that they would get back to me after their meeting.” Hettie Richards, a manager at Ackermans

HELPING HANDS: Members of the Masibonisaneni Sonke Project and some stakeholders with some of the learners who each received a school uniform. Photo: Tladi Moloi in Harrismith, said they were happy to be part of the group who visited the school. She said she was going to meet with the principal to see what they could assist with. “We want the children to have value in their lives. We are going to donate a

uniform and stationery to the school,” she said. George Kiliam from Russells said they were willing to help the school in any way they could. “We are waiting for infrastructure and that will guide us on what we should give





to the school,” he said. Choekie Heyns, the principal of the school, said she was happy with what the organisation had done for the children and the school. She said she would love to see them coming back to provide more help in future.


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GRANITE & MARBLE: Kitchen tops, vanities, bar counters, etc. Bethlehem. Tel. 058 303 4840/082 807 7456.

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FK FC jumps to the top of the log } Tladi Moloi

FK FC, a team from Senekal, is back at the top of Stream B in the Safa Thabo Mofutsanyana SAB Regional League with Dla2 opening a six-point gap in Stream A. FK jumped to the top of the log after both Mighty Wits and Free State Development Academy, who were sitting first and second, lost over the weekend. Wits suffered a 0-1 defeat to Manchester United of Ladybrand while Academy was narrowly beaten by Z-A of Paul Roux on

Sunday. Wits and Academy dropped to second and third respectively while FK is sitting on top with 28 points in 12 games. Wits have collected 27 points in 14 games while Academy is two points behind the log leader and one behind Wits. The much anticipated top of the table clash between Wits and Academy is set to take place on Sunday at the Bohlokong stadium. Kick-off is scheduled for 15:00. Meanwhile, the runaway log leaders in Stream A, Dla2, beat Real Madrid by 2-1 to secure the top spot. Dla2 are sitting at the

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Project bears fruit FINDING new ways to generate an income off the land has been one of the key successes of the ground-breaking Re Kgaba Ka Diratswana Project in the Free State. South Africans of all ages are using the land they have, not only to feed their own families, but to also pay for clothes, studies and other essentials, according to the Re Kgaba Ka Diratswana co-ordinator for the Xhariep District, Shakes Mphako. “We have so many people who were previously just on grants and are now able to save money because of the food they are growing and selling,” Mphako says. “I have seen people improve their standard of living and their day-to-day situation through Re Kgaba Ka Diratswana, and a lot of people are investing their income back into their gardens. “There is a group of elderly women who started small, but with the money they have made, were able to buy things like a wheelbarrow, watering can, spade and other tools to help them grow their production. That is so inspiring for everyone.” Mphako says the demand from people to get involved in the Re Kgaba Ka Diratswana initiative has grown as communities see the benefits of the project from the Free State Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. “I have people coming to me and requesting seeds; they want to become part of this and they are so excited when they get them. “It is doing so much good out

there. There is a guy, Ramotse Mogaetsane, who grows vegetables and gives them to local elderly people and schools. He just gives them away.” Mphako says there has also been much excitement about the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Re Kgaba Ka Diratswana Provincial Awards that will be held at the Glen Agricultural College on Saturday where the best of the Free State will be honoured. One of the highlights of the Re Kgaba Ka Diratswana Awards will be the cook-off competition that will see the five districts vie to produce the best food to be given to guests at the event. “We have tried to get as many people involved as possible, especially in the cook-off. “That means getting people from different villages and it has been a challenge to meet up, because Xhariep is vast, but we will be ready on the day,” Mphako says. “We are still discussing the recipes, but I am confident it will be the best of all the districts. We are going there to win.” The categories for the Re Kgaba Ka Diratswana Awards are: Best New and Existing Backyard Garden, Best New and Existing School Garden, Best New and Existing Church or Community Garden, Best Innovation to Save Water, Best Innovation to Recycle, Best Innovation for Natural Pest and Weed Control, and Best Innovation to use Natural Compost.

top of the table with 31 points after 13 games with Dikwena coming second with 24 points after 11 games. United Wanderers dropped to third on the table after they had lost to Zimisele by 1-2. One game in each of the streams could not take place because of the water-locked grounds. The league is yet to decide on the date and venue for these two games. The results are: Stream A Real Madrid (1) vs Dla2 (2)

Dikwena (2) vs City Spurs (1) Zimisele (2) vs United Wanderers (1) Green Vultures (2) vs Hurricanes (3) JUBS vs Phumelela Leeds (Game not played due to rain and unplayable ground). Stream B City Ramblers (0) vs Badoroang (0) FK (4) vs MUBS (1) Manchester (1) vs Mighty Wits (0) A to Z (2) vs FS Dev (1) Zebras vs Rhino (game not played due to rain and unplayable ground).




IN ACTION: Harmony Academy and HTS Louis Botha doing battle during the Sanlam Kay Motsepe Tournament in Bloemfontein last year.

Photo: Voight Mokone

Registration for tournament open

} Sidwell Guduka HIGH SCHOOLS across the country are urged to register for the 2014 Sanlam Kay Motsepe Schools Cup Tournament. Registration for this, the biggest school soccer tournament in South Africa is now open. Schools have until 17 March to register to take part in the event. While the winners will take home R1 million, the runners-up will pocket R600 000, the third-placed side will win R500 000 and the fourth-placed side will

leave with R400 000. The nine schools who emerge as provincial winners will each smile to the bank with a cheque of R100 000 for their efforts. They will then battle it out against each other for the grand prize. Not only does the competition carry a total amount of R3,4 million in prize-money, but it also gives the players an opportunity to be spotted by football scouts from the Premier Soccer League clubs.

After last year’s edition of the tournament, Mamelodi Sundowns invited some of the players who impressed their scouts to a training camp in December. The result of the training camp saw the Harmony Academy’s Kabelo Mabasa, Jason Skipper and Tani Mpusana of Cloetesville High and HTS Louis Botha respectively being offered contracts to join the Sundowns Development Academy. The Harmony Academy’s Reginald Tsoela and Lugiano Knopp from Okiep in the Northern Cape also joined the

Sundowns second division team. They will enter the Elite Player Programme which enables the youth players to train with the senior team on a regular basis. Dillan Fransch has also joined Ajax Cape Town. For registration forms, schools should contact Themba Tshabalala, Sasfa national coordinator, on 084-290-0602 or by email at ) For more stories: or




Warriors through to next round } Tladi Moloi AFRICAN WAR- RIORS are through to round 16 of the Nedbank Cup while Free State Stars disappointed yet again. The National First Division (NFD) side Warriors hammered Mainstay United by 8-3 in the last-32 of the Nedbank Cup game that took place at the Mxolisi Bicky Jacob Stadium in Upington on Sunday. The struggling Stars, who are sitting at the relegation zone on the league table, were caught napping as they suffered a 1-0 defeat to the NFD campaigners of Witbank Spurs. The ten men of Spurs were knocked out in the same cup by Stars in the previous edition of the tournament and they were happy for revenge. The loss of Ea

Lla Koto was a bitter pill to swallow for coach Themba Sithole who expressed his disappointment with his players. Stars were the only upset in the top-flight in the last-32 of the Nedbank Cup played this weekend. “I am very disappointed with the results. Forget about the score line, but I expected a good performance. We wanted to use this game as preparation for the league. But if this is how we are going to play, I don’t think it is good preparation,” says the coach. Sithole said the performance was outright poor from the defence to the strikers. “They thought they would just walk on the field and win the game. We made them aware that a game like that was

very difficult as those young boys would go out to beat them, but the results showed that they never listened,” he says. When asked if they would be able to survive the relegation with the performance displayed on Saturday in the Charles Mopeli Stadium, he said: “It all depends on the players. “We come here everyday and the performance is good, but come match day, they show something different. If they play the way they do at training, yes, but if we go to the league with this performance, we are going to have problems.” Meanwhile, the wounded Stars will face the struggling Orlando Pirates in the Absa Premier League encounter at the Orlando Sta- di-

MONIQUE VAN DER MERWE, a pupil of the Dirkie Uys Com­ bined School in Warden, was chosen as Express Eastern Free State’s Let’s Play Sports Star of the Month. Photo: Supplied

Don’t mess with Monique MONIQUE VAN DER MERWE (11), a pupil of the Dirkie Uys Combined School in Warden, was chosen as the Express Eastern Free State Let’s Play Sports Star of the Month for February. Monique was selected for her excellent achievements in karate. She started with karate when she was a scanty six years old and quickly graduated from a white to purple belt. One of Monique’s biggest achievements was that she received her Free State colours in October 2013 and represented the Free State at the National Karate Championships in Bloemfontein. During the championships,

she won gold in the kumite for age division 10 to 11. Apart from karate, Monique also participates in netball, tennis, hockey and cross-country. Send us your nomination(s) as soon as possible (nominations received before the 20th of every month will be included in that month’s selection. Nominations received after the 20th of every month will be carried over to the next month’s selection). You can email your nomination to or fax 086-552-4922. For more information contact Lynne or Juanré at Z PR on 051-5229574.

um. Kick-off is scheduled for 20:15. Nedbank Cup weekend results. Friday, 21 February Ajax Cape Town 0-1 Mamelodi Sundowns Saturday, 22 February

Maritzburg United 2-1 Black Aces University of Pretoria 0-1 SuperSport United Moroka Swallows 4-3 Mbombela United Golden Arrows 1-0 Polokwane City Free State Stars 0-1 Witbank Spurs

Platinum Stars 3-1 Great North FC AmaBEE FC 0-2 Bidvest Wits Thanda Royal Zulu 3-3 (Pirates win 3-1 on penalties) Sunday, 23 February Black Leopards 0-1 Kaizer Chiefs

United FC 0-2 AmaZulu Milano United 1-1 Young Tigers (Milano wins 5-4 on penalties) Mainstay United 3-8 African Warriors Wednesday, February


Santos vs Gamalakhe United 19:30 (Athlone Stadium) FC Buffalo vs FC Cape Town 19:30 (Jan Smuts Sta- dium) University of Stellenbosch vs Bloemfontein Celtic 19:30 (Coetzenburg Stadium).




THE centenary memorial in Bethlehem being erected. It was unvei­ led by the then Free State administrator, J.W. du Plessis, in 1964. The memorial was erected at the circle near the Provincial Hospital.

THE Kransfontein grounds near Bethlehem, one of more than six main silo groups that were built across the then Orange Free State by M&R with its patented slide technique. Photos: Volksblad archive

THE NG Moederkerk is a famous landmark in Bethlehem. The corner­stone was laid by M.T. Steyn, the then president of the Republic of the Orange Free State, in 1910­’11. The photo was taken in 1982.



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