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/ 4 March 2011

Ex-miners who yearn to breathe easier

In a bumpy backstreet in Mthatha stands the offices of the ex-mineworkers’ union, founded in 1987. There are seven stacks of dusty files in one corner, each the height of an adult, containing compensation applications and other paperwork for each of the union’s members in the Eastern Cape. “About 18 000 members,” says Zanele Mbuyisa, a […]

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/ 16 April 2008

Ajax, Stars share the spoils

A fourth-minute strike by Jimmy Kauleza seemed to have paved the way for a Free State Stars victory, but a 69th-minute piledriver by Nhlanhla Shabalala got a much-needed point for league championship contenders Ajax Cape Town in an entertaining Absa Premiership match at the Welkom Rugby Stadium on Wednesday.

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/ 25 August 2007

Griquas overrun Griffons in Welkom

Griquas recovered from a lethargic first half where they were trailing 22-24 against the Griffons to win their compulsory Currie Cup friendly rugby match in Welkom on Saturday 64-34. Spearheaded by Tobie Botes who first shined at flyhalf and then at scrumhalf, the Kimberley side simply overran their opponents.

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/ 29 January 2007

Former Miss SA finalist out on bail

A former Free State Miss South Africa finalist, Taryn Thompson, and her husband appeared in the Welkom Magistrate’s Court on Monday on drug-related charges. Thompson was released on bail of R1 000 while her husband was remanded and will formally apply for bail on February 5, said police spokesperson Captain Magda Muller.

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/ 10 December 2006

SA gold pirates risk all in pillaging mines

South Africa, the world’s top gold producer, has launched a crackdown against ”pirates” who live for months in the bowels of abandoned pits, plundering booty worth millions of rands. Known as the ”Zama Zama”, which means ”Let’s try our luck”, the so-called ”gold pirates” have struck terror among local miners as well as police by setting up booby traps and homemade bombs to keep them away.

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/ 29 July 2006

Police overpower Free State man in hostage drama

An Odendaalsrus man who held his girlfriend and two-year-old boy hostage in a house in Kutlwanong was overpowered by police early on Saturday morning, Free State police said. ”This morning at about 6am members of the task force from Pretoria went into the house and managed to arrest the suspect,” Superintendent William Mokoena said.

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/ 18 January 2006

Mother who abandoned baby denied bail

A woman arrested for abandoning her newborn baby near the Hennenman railway station would remain in custody until her next court appearance at the end of the month, Free State police said on Wednesday. She appeared briefly in the Hennenman Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday for child neglect and would appear again on January 30, Captain Stephen Thakeng said.

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/ 17 January 2006

Police investigate rape of newborn baby

A newborn baby girl found naked and abandoned near the Hennenman train station in the northern Free State over the weekend had been sexually assaulted, local police said on Tuesday. Constable Kiddy Kitime said the baby was found at 6.45pm on Sunday and taken to the Bongani Hospital for treatment.