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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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Department of Communication and Information helped with project
2006-05-15

Third-year students studying integrated marketing communication at the University of the Free State's (UFS) Department of Communication and Information Studies recently completed a practical project called  “Battle of the Creatives” together with OFM and Altech AutoPage. The students worked with marketing agencies from Bloemfontein and had to formulate a new marketing strategy for Altech AutoPage. The winning group's campaign will be implemented in July and August 2006 by Altech AutoPage in Bloemfontein.  If the expected results are achieved, the campaign will be rolled out nationally.  The project will in future be presented annually to give students the opportunity to obtain practical experience.

The winning group of students are from the left Ms Katia Bouwer (Mighty K marketing agency), Ms Diana Ambrosio, Ms Carmen van Heerden and Mr Gerben van Niekerk.
At the back from the left are Ms Andrea Scheckle, Mr Nico van der Westhuizen, Ms Bianca Vorster, Mr Frans Claassen, Ms Riëtte Coetzer and Mr Abrie Barker.

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