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By fstimes On 24 Dec, 2013 At 05:10 PM | Categorized As Question & Answer | With 0 Comments
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New coalition seen shaking up SA politics  IN the latest development ahead of next year’s general elections, five opposition parties announced this week a coalition to contest the polls expected in the first half of 2014. Known as the Collective for Democracy, the grouping brings together the African Christian Democratic Party, Congress of the People […]

By fstimes On 14 Dec, 2013 At 10:44 AM | Categorized As Question & Answer | With 0 Comments

AS South Africa and the rest of the world slowly come to terms with the passing of anti-apartheid struggle icon Nelson Mandela, Free State Times (FST) senior reporter Martin Makoni this week caught up with University of the Free State vice chancellor and rector Professor Jonathan Jansen (JJ) to discuss the great man’s legacy and […]

By fstimes On 3 Dec, 2013 At 08:35 AM | Categorized As Question & Answer | With 0 Comments
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Bulwane says ANC eyeing big win in 2014  AS next year’s general elections beckon, Free State Times (FST) reporter Thapelo Molebatsi took time this week to speak to ANC secretary in the Free State William Bulwane (WB) to gauge the mood in the ruling party as it prepares to fend off the challenge from the […]

By fstimes On 11 Nov, 2013 At 10:29 AM | Categorized As Local, News, Provincial, Question & Answer | With 0 Comments
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LATEST employment figures released last month by Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) show that the Free State lost about 21 000 jobs between July and September this year. The drop left only 740 000 people employed compared to 761 000 between April and June. This pushed up the provincial unemployment rate to 34 percent from 33.1 […]

By fstimes On 4 Nov, 2013 At 12:46 PM | Categorized As Local, News, Question & Answer | With 0 Comments
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FRESH from a court ruling two weeks ago that declared him legitimate leader of his opposition Cope party, former defence minister and one-time ANC stalwart Mosiuoa Lekota (ML) was in the Free State last week to assess party structures and to meet with his supporters. Free State Times senior reporter Martin Makoni (FST) took the […]

By fstimes On 25 Oct, 2013 At 12:09 PM | Categorized As Question & Answer | With 0 Comments
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AS electricity retailer Centlec and a group of consumers known as the Association of Corporate Bodies and Owners and Tenants of Residential Sectional Title Schemes (ACBOT) head back to court next month because of disagreement over tariffs, Free State Times senior reporter Martin Makoni (FST) this week spoke to Centlec chief executive officer Moorosi Sebola […]

By fstimes On 18 Oct, 2013 At 02:04 PM | Categorized As Local, News, Question & Answer | With 0 Comments
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IN a wide-ranging interview this week, Free State Times (FST) senior reporter Martin Makoni speaks to prominent educationist and teacher trainer Nombulelo Nxesi (NN) about the government’s decision to reopen teacher training colleges it controversially shut down in the 90s and early 2000 saying they had failed to produce competent teachers. Makoni asked Nxesi, who […]

By fstimes On 14 Oct, 2013 At 12:11 PM | Categorized As Local, News, Question & Answer | With 0 Comments
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 Top cop vows to tackle crime head-on  IN a wide-ranging interview with Free State Times senior reporter Martin Makoni (FST), the new commissioner of police in the Free State, Lieutenant General Thabethe Mpembe outlines his plans to combat crime in the province. Mpembe, who was Limpopo police chief before his transfer to the Free State […]

By fstimes On 8 Oct, 2013 At 09:25 AM | Categorized As Local, Question & Answer | With 0 Comments
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WITH Eskom threatening to disconnect the Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality (MAP) over a R205 million debt it owes the energy utility, Free State Times senior reporter Thapelo Molebatsi (FST) this week took time to talk to the municipality’s newly appointed acting executive mayor Vusi Tshabalala (VT) to find out how he plans to avert the looming […]

By fstimes On 1 Oct, 2013 At 09:08 AM | Categorized As Local, News, Question & Answer | With 0 Comments
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FOLLOWING a major pipe burst that left almost all of Bloemfontein’s southern suburbs and other high-lying areas without water until much later in the week, Free State Times senior reporter Martin Makoni (FST) spoke to city manager Sibongile Mazibuko (SM) about the disruption in water supplies and why the municipality appeared to struggle with a […]