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Solomon Mahlangu inspires UFS alumnus first Sesotho book
Ace Moloi questions and delves into the concept of freedomin Tholwana Tsa Tokoloho

Tholwana Tsa Tokoloho is the title of Ace Moloi’s anthology of short stories and the name of one of the 14 stories in the book. The anthology is the first book in Sesotho published by the three-time author.

On Friday, 16 March 2018, Tholwana Tsa Tokoloho, an Art Fusion Literature product, will make its debut public appearance during a public reading at the University of the Free State’s Equitas Auditorium at 17:30.

Moloi’s first literary offering was In Her Fall Rose A Nation which was published in 2013 during his final-year as a Communication Science student at the university. In 2016, Moloi published Holding My Breath, which was praised widely for stirring emotions in readers who related to the heart-wrenching narrative of losing a mother. It was only this year that the author managed to achieve his teenage goal of establishing himself as a vernacular author.

Solomon Mahlangu, an African National Congress freedom fighter and Umkhonto we Sizwe militant who was convicted of murder and hanged in 1979, was the inspiration behind the anthology. Mahlangu inspired the Tholwana Tsa Tokoloho story, which is the story of the selflessness of a captured guerrilla hero in the face of police torture and his eventual death by hanging. It represents Mahlangu and those who suffered during the struggle for liberation. 

“My blood will nourish the tree that will bear the fruits of freedom,” are the supposed last words uttered by Mahlangu that inspired the book’s title. Tholwana Tsa Tokoloho means “the fruits of freedom” in Sesotho. For Moloi, writing in the vernacular symbolises the fruits of freedom. “I’m trying to write in a revolutionary spirit, in Sesotho, because we haven’t done that. We have not seriously interrogated political concepts in Sesotho or in any native language,” he said.

Graduate unemployment, violent crime, and sports are some of the other topics tackled in the book. These act as a catalyst for debates over the evidence of ‘the fruits of freedom’ in post-1994 South Africa. 

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All you need to know about UFS December graduations
2017-11-14

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Qualifications up to honours degrees in all faculties, as well as the Business School,
Educational qualifications in Open Distance Learning, and master’s and doctoral
degrees will be conferred during the End-of-year Graduation Ceremonies of the
University of the Free State.
Photo: Johan Roux


The End-of-year Graduation Ceremonies at the University of the Free State (UFS) are taking place in December, and the Kovsie community is looking forward to the annual celebrations. To access information about it, visit the dedicated graduation home page.

The Bloemfontein Campus will welcome graduates, their parents, friends, and relatives for the festivities, which promises to be yet another prestigious occasion. The ceremonies are taking place on 6 and 7 December 2017 in the Callie Human Centre. 

The degrees to be conferred include all qualifications up to honours degrees in the Faculties of Economic and Management Sciences (including the Business School), Natural and Agricultural Sciences, Education, Law, the Humanities, Theology and Religion, Health Sciences, and Educational qualifications in Open Distance Learning (South Campus). Master’s and doctoral degrees in all faculties will also be conferred.

For information about the ceremonies, visit the graduation home page.

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