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By fstimes On 24 Dec, 2013 At 05:07 PM | Categorized As Local, News | With 0 Comments

Bloemfontein A MAN was killed during a robbery in the Bloemfontein CBD on Tuesday, Free State police said. “The man, 20, was walking with a friend on Fontein Street when they were approached by two unknown men who demanded their cellphones,” Captain Chaka Marope said. When the friends refused to hand over their cellphones during […]

By fstimes On 24 Dec, 2013 At 04:52 PM | Categorized As National | With 0 Comments

JOHANNESBURG THE ANC, while welcoming the inter-ministerial task team report on President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead, was still concerned by the amount spent on the upgrade. “While we note that the actual cost of the work done on the president’s homestead is R71 million, the African National Congress remains concerned about this amount and would […]

By fstimes On 24 Dec, 2013 At 04:56 PM | Categorized As National | With 0 Comments

Cape Town A FORMER relationship manager at Barclays Wealth, a division of Absa, was sentenced to 15 years in jail on Thursday on multiple counts of fraud involving R15 million, and one of money laundering. John Julyan, 57, who was also a qualified high school teacher, appeared in the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court, in […]

By fstimes On 24 Dec, 2013 At 04:39 PM | Categorized As National, News | With 0 Comments

CAPE TOWN THE National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Thursday said it is ready to compete with the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) for membership in the mining sector if the union decides to broaden its scope. Numsa is South Africa’s biggest union with more than 338,000 members. The union looks set […]

By fstimes On 24 Dec, 2013 At 04:54 PM | Categorized As National | With 0 Comments

Durban THE KwaZulu-Natal department of education and children’s rights groups have applauded the handing down of three life sentences to a “barbaric” teacher who repeatedly raped an 11-year-old schoolgirl. Nkosingiphile Hlekwayo, 50, was convicted by the Empangeni Regional Court last week of raping the Grade 6 pupil on three separate occasions in August 2009, said […]

By fstimes On 24 Dec, 2013 At 04:03 PM | Categorized As Columns, Opinion | With 0 Comments

Dear Tata uNelson Mandela, IN this our age, the age of open letters, I decided to write this open letter to you to commemorate your life and to let you know that you have touched my life and those of millions more here in South Africa and the entire globe. Tata, so many people felt […]

By fstimes On 24 Dec, 2013 At 04:05 PM | Categorized As Sport | With 0 Comments
Football - Cosafa u20 Youth Championship - Group C - Zambia v South Africa - Maseru - Setsoto Stadium

Mashaba sees future in Amajita champions  Munyaradzi Chiwanza, Bloemfontein THE South African Under-20 team won their fifth Cosafa Under-20 Youth Championships Cup, beating Kenya 2-0 to at Maseru’s Setsoto Stadium to take home a cup they first won 13 years ago. Amajita, who had to wait for five years before testing Cosafa glory having last won […]

By fstimes On 24 Dec, 2013 At 04:14 PM | Categorized As Sport | With 0 Comments

Munyaradzi Chiwanza Bloemfontein AS 2013 draws to an end, the Free State Times looks at the men and women who grabbed the headlines in a year that saw new stars born, old ones retiring and in one case another unfortunately passing on to the next world.   Debutants Brebner High School pupil Tyrone Mondi finally […]

By fstimes On 24 Dec, 2013 At 04:07 PM | Categorized As Weekender | With 0 Comments

Johannesburg THE shoplifting case against former Generations actress Maggie Benedict has been postponed to January 28 after she appeared briefly in the Randburg Magistrates’ Court yesterday, City Press reported. Benedict, who played Akhona in the SABC1 soapie, was released on a warning on Wednesday night after spending a few hours in the Linden Police Station’s […]

By fstimes On 18 Dec, 2013 At 08:54 AM | Categorized As Local, National, News | With 0 Comments
Numsa acting president Andrew Chirwa. Picture: Muntu Vilakazi/City Press

Metalworkers’ union Numsa has come out as the first alliance structure to say they should consider calling for the resignation of President Jacob Zuma over the Nkandla saga to preserve the late Nelson Mandela’s legacy. Opening the four-day conference in Boksburg today, Numsa acting president Andrew Chirwa said: “Must we not ask that he (Zuma) […]