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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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Rag Queen and Mr Rag crowned at Kovsies
2015-02-18

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The Rag Coronation Ball proved yet again to be the most glamorous night of the year on the Bloemfontein Campus of the University of the Free State (UFS) when the new Rag Queen and Mr Rag were announced on Friday 13 February 2015.

Carla de Bruyn and Wilmar van Niekerk, both second-year students at Kovsies, were crowned as Rag Queen and Mr Rag for 2015. De Bruyn was also named as the most photogenic female finalist.

With entertainment by V-Chord and Gerry Liberty, among other artists, as well as OFM’s Success Lekabe as the master of ceremonies, the evening kept all guests truly entertained and interested. Furthermore, the current Mrs South Africa, Sarah-Kate Scott, also graced the evening with her presence.

Overall Results

Mr Rag and Rag Queen 2015:
Wilmar van Niekerk and Carla de Bruyn

1st Prince and Princess:
Thomas Kolathu and Mia van Ransburg

2nd Prince and Princess:
Kabelo Mashabe and Chante Marais

Mr and Miss Personality:
Danzel Rademan and Chante Marais

Mr and Miss Photogenic:
Ludwig Döhne and Carla de Bruyn

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