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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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UFS to establish Sesotho language research and
2004-12-01

The Council of the University of the Free State (UFS) approved the establishment of a Sesotho Language Research and Development Centre.

The centre will be established on request of the national Department of Arts and Culture and will be situated at the UFS’s Vista campus.

According to the Dean: Faculty of Humanities at the UFS, Prof Gerhardt de Klerk, the national department has committed itself to make available R1-million for the project. An amount not exceeding 3,5 percent will be paid to the UFS in payment of costs incurred in terms of the housing of the centre.

“The tasks of the centre will include the promotion of indigenous languages and terminology development; the research, development and maintenance of a terminological data base and the writing and publishing of various genres of literature in co-operation with relevant and interested parties,” says Prof de Klerk.

Other tasks include the establishment and maintenance of a language museum, outreach to the community and the mobilisation of support for the use of African languages.

“The centre will be managed by a management committee consisting of a representative of the Department of Arts and Culture, the academic registrar, head of the Department of African Languages, chief financial official of the UFS, a member of the UFS Senate, a senior lecturer/professor from the School of Languages/ Faculty of the Humanities, the head of the provincial language unit and a representative of PANSAD,” says Prof de Klerk.

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Issued by: Lacea Loader
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Tel: (051) 401-2584
Cell: 083 645 2454
E-mail: loaderl.stg@mail.uovs.ac.za
1 December 2004

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