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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 impress with first match in Varsity Cup Series
2012-02-08

 

Shimlas defeat 2011 Varsity Cup champions.

38-10. This was the final score of our Shimlas’ first match in this year’s Varsity Cup Series. What makes this score even more impressive is that the Shimlas defeated last year’s Varsity Cup champions, the Ikeys of the University of Cape Town. In so doing they compensated for last year’s defeat of 20-57.

There is no doubt that Shimlas are licking their lips for victory this year because in the first ten minutes of the match, they scored two tries, one each for scrumhalf Kevin Luiters and hooker PW van Vuuren.

Other point scorers were Pieter Rademan, Fanie van der Walt and Nico Scheepers.

The second half saw another two tries for the Shimlas, but it was especially the team’s rock solid defence which cemented their success.

Captain Lappies Labuschagne was named as the Man of the Match.

The Shimlas’ next match is against Madibaz (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University) at 19:00 at Shimla Park on Monday 13 February 2012 .
 

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