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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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Kovsies excel at International Badminton tournament
2009-11-18

Wiaan Viljoen and Annari Viljoen from the University of the Free State (UFS) won the men’s and ladies double finals respectively at the recent South African International Badminton tournament that was held in Durban.

Wiaan and his team mate Dorian James (WP) defeated Ali Shahhosseini and Mohammadreza Kheradmani from Iran with 22/20, 17/21 and 21/15. Annari and Michelle Edwards (WP) defeated the Iranian pair Negin Amiripour and Nejatzadeh-Sahar Zamanian 21/16 and 21/14.

Several top players from Africa as well as Mauritius, Iran and Scotland competed in the different categories of the event. According to Ms Janine de Kock from KovsieSport at the UFS the 67 entries for the tournament was a big improvement on last year’s entries.

In the mixed doubles finals it was a South African affair with Dorian James and Michelle Edwards who defeated Wiaan Viljoen and Jade Morgan (WP) 21/11 and 21/17.

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