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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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Academic excellence rewarded
2013-09-12

The Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences are committed to recognising excellence so as to raise the bar of achievement across its study programmes. This is the view of the Dean, Prof Neil Heideman, during the faculty's prize-giving ceremony to honour the best students of the first semester at the Qwaqwa Campus.

“This excellent performance is evidence that this campus can do with more post-graduation studies to stimulate research,” said Prof Heideman.

“To those who have received awards today – you are indeed role models. Work harder, as you have a very bright future ahead. Challenge yourself to read more so that you can then improve your researching skills,” Prof Heideman said.

The faculty awarded accolades to 39 students who excelled in 54 modules. The best achiever for the semester was Samantha Renda, who averaged 92% in all five her BSc Honours (Zoology and Entomology) modules.


Samantha Renda being congratulated by Prof Heideman.
Photo: Thabo Kessah
12 September 2013

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