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By fstimes On 3 Dec, 2013 At 08:37 AM | Categorized As Local, News, Provincial | With 0 Comments

Martin Makoni, Bloemfontein ABOUT 1 000 administration clerks in the Free State basic education department could fall short on their Christmas budgets after their employer indicated this week it will not immediately pay a salary hike due to them. The provincial treasury recently announced that it had set aside about R99 million to cover the salary […]

By fstimes On 3 Dec, 2013 At 08:09 AM | Categorized As Provincial | With 0 Comments

Ramosidi Matekane Senekal NALEDI Community Radio Station (NCRS) manager Gift Phoofolo, who is accused of making death threats against another official at the community broadcaster, was this week further remanded to next year. Phoofolo, who is accused of threatening Sengu Mohapi — who is apparently tipped to take over his job as station manager — […]

By fstimes On 3 Dec, 2013 At 08:45 AM | Categorized As Local, News, Provincial | With 0 Comments
where have we gone wrong

Madonsela slams gender-based violence   Martin Makoni, Bloemfontein LIFE seemed quite promising when Thembisile Mlotshwa** moved in with her boyfriend of two years after she fell pregnant. Mlotshwa, then 23 years old, was three months pregnant and was studying information technology (IT) at a private college in Bloemfontein. The boyfriend, Alex Mphesa**, then 28 years […]

By fstimes On 3 Dec, 2013 At 08:17 AM | Categorized As Local, News, Provincial | With 0 Comments
Maluti-a-Phofung-Municipality

Thapelo Molebatsi, Bloemfontein THE Maluti-a-Phofung (MAP) Local Municipality was this week expected to pay at least R50 million towards its R200 million debt with Eskom to avoid the power utility switching off supplies, sources said. Our sources, who are senior officials with the eastern Free State municipality, would use part of its grant from national treasury […]

By fstimes On 3 Dec, 2013 At 08:31 AM | Categorized As Local, News, Provincial | With 0 Comments
mec wanrs motorist to behave

Ramosidi Matekane, Bloemfontein FREE State traffic authorities say they are ready to deal with the increased volumes of traffic passing through the province on the major highways as well local motorists ahead of the festive season. Police, roads and transport MEC Butana Komphela warned would-be criminals that the law enforcement agents will have zero tolerance on […]

By fstimes On 23 Nov, 2013 At 10:35 AM | Categorized As Local, News, Provincial | With 0 Comments
macufe

Martin Makoni, Bloemfontein THE Free State government will pay an additional R26.9 million to cover the costs of hosting Macufe to bring to more than R40 million the total spent on what analysts say is a hubris project when compared with the other more pressing needs confronting the province. The department of sport, arts, culture […]

By fstimes On 23 Nov, 2013 At 10:39 AM | Categorized As Local, News, Provincial | With 0 Comments
sisi nthombela

Ramosidi Matekane, Bloemfontein THE department of social development has suspended nine senior officials for allegedly stealing what MEC Sisi Ntombela said were “millions of rands” in social relief of distress funds meant to buy food for orphans, the elderly and poor families. Ntombela said the total money stolen under a scam she said has been running […]

By fstimes On 23 Nov, 2013 At 10:01 AM | Categorized As Local, News, Provincial | With 0 Comments
G4S security guards

Martin Makoni, Bloemfontein EMBATTLED security services company G4S has had its contract with the Cape Town-based Trauma Centre cancelled over its involvement in gross violation of human rights. The Trauma Centre is a well-known human rights organisation founded in 1993 by popular anti-apartheid activist and clergyman Michael Lapsley. The organisation says it is committed to creating […]

By fstimes On 23 Nov, 2013 At 10:14 AM | Categorized As Local, News, Provincial | With 0 Comments
rape complaint misses court

Ramosidi Matekane, Bloemfontein THE sentencing of a 52-year-old Bloemfontein mother convicted of raping her son was yet again postponed this week and this time because a psychologist the defence wants to address the court in mitigation of sentence did not pitch up. The defence wants a forensic psychologist to address the court on how the woman’s […]

By fstimes On 23 Nov, 2013 At 10:47 AM | Categorized As Local, News, Provincial | With 0 Comments
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Martin Makoni, Bloemfontein THE Free State treasury says it has hired a team of consultants to explore new and more efficient ways of doing business in government in order to cut costs and deliver more quality work. Head of department Godfrey Mahlatsi told a media briefing this week that the team was currently assessing the work […]