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DESPITE a no-show by two of the
three listed respondents to receive
their memorandum on Saturday
(25/04), a march organised by the
community of Oppermansgronde
went ahead as planned.
The march was held from the
community hall to the police station,
a distance of less than 100 m, so
many of the elderly community
members some as old as 92 years
could be accommodated.
Some people travelled from as far
afield as Cape Town, Port Elizabeth,
Johannesburg and Kimberley to
participate in the march.
As reported in Express last week,
the Oppermansgronde community
want the current Communal
Property Association (CPA) execu-
tive removed and a new committee
elected. The Oppermansgronde
community and their descendants
were given about 38 000 ha of land in
2003 following a successful land
The community had initially
demanded that Phillip Barnes, the
current CPA chairperson, the Rural
Development and Land Reform
Department (RDLR), as well as the
South African Police Service (SAPS),
each would have a representative
available to receive the memoran-
We are very disappointed that
despite the department (RDLR)
having committed itself in the
media to send a representative, no
one was here to meet with us. It is
very disappointing and disrespect-
ful, Julian Topkin, spokesperson
for the marchers, said.
Topkin said if they did not hear
from the RDLR, they would go
ahead and choose a new committee
and they would not give up until
the current committee was removed.
We want the mistreatment of the
community and the mismanagement
of finances by the committee to
Upon receiving the memorandum
on behalf of the SAPS, WO Eugene
Jacquire, acting visible policing
commander of the Koffiefontein
Police Station, promised to follow up
on the grievances.
WO EUGENE JACQUIRE receives and signs the memorandum of
grievances on behalf of the SAPS.
AWAY with Phillip Barnes, reads the placard held up by Anne Stoltenkamp (75) during the march. Photos: Jabulani Dlamini
JULIAN TOPKIN, organiser of the march, speaks to an
official of the Rural Development and Land Reform De-
partment (RDLR) who assured him he was on the way.
The official never showed up.
We want the mistreat-
ment of the community
and the mismanagement
of finances by the com-
mittee to stop.
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THE seventh Engo For Our Children
project began on 23 April at the Bloem
This annual fund-raising project in which
a vehicle can be won, is run by Engo,
together with Volksblads Central Local
Newspapers, Imperial GM Bloemfontein and
Radio Rosestad for the benefit of Engo Free
This year a lucky sponsor can drive away
with a Chevrolet Spark Campus worth
The goal of this project is to generate
additional funds for children in Engo Child-
and Youth-care Centres, as well as children
in foster care.
We supported almost 4 000 children
through this project in 2014, Magda van
Niekerk, director of professional services at
Engo Free State consists of six sub-
programmes, which include Child and
Youth-care Centres. In 2014 the govern-
ment subsidised only 26% of Engos total
income, so this project is critical for the
survival of our centres, Jana Marx, Engos
public relations officer and organiser of this
Tickets cost only R20. By making this
R20 donation, you are immediately entered
into the Chev Spark lucky draw, Marx
When the Bloem Show ends, tickets can
still be bought at all Engo Centres across
the Free State, and at the information desk
at Mimosa Mall.
Several promotions will be held across
the Free State during the next seven
months, where tickets will be sold. Accord-
ing to Marx, a complete promotion calender
will be available soon, but key ticket
stations include Bloem Show, Volksblads
monthly food and arts market, Mimosa
Mall, Ficksburgs Cherry Festival and the
Vrystaat Arts Festival.
Ticket sales close 20 November and five
finalists will be drawn and announced by
PwC on 11 January 2016.
The final draw function, where the
winner of the Spark will be announced, will
take place on 22 January 2016.
The four remaining finalists will each
receive a prize worth R2 000.
De Wet Claassens, director of manage-
ment support services, encourages all
readers to take part in this project.
One can just read the newspaper to
become aware of the misery in the world.
Please buy your ticket and strengthen our
hands here at Engo to bring hope in the
lives of 4 000 children.
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Children project and the availability of
tickets, call 051-407-7222 or visit www.en-
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CHILDREN from one of the beneficiaries of the project, Ons Kinderhuis, in Bloemfontein,
are from the left, in front: Jaco, Marinda and Mariana; back: Johandr and Palesa.
You can just read the newspaper to become aware of the
misery in the world. Please buy your ticket and strengthen
our hands here at Engo to bring hope in the lives of 4 000
children. DeWet Claassens, director of management
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MANY people with disabilities say with
time they have learnt to live with their
disability, but what really makes their life
difficult is that society still lacks the
understanding and patience these people
need. In anticipation of the staging of In
Blood, a musical with a cast made up of
performers with various disabilities at the
Sand du Plessis Theatre in Bloemfontein
from 14 to 16 May, Express spoke to four
individuals with various disabilities to
learn more about their everyday lives.
Natus van Niekerk (40), who suffers from
cerebral palsy, says he has made peace
with his situation and is making the best of
his life. He says his brain was starved of
oxygen when he was born and because of
this his father wanted to sue the hospital,
but his mother convinced him otherwise
and rather asked that their energy be
channelled into making life as normal as
possible for him.
I attended school until gr. 10 at the
Martie du Plessis School and my mother
organised regular physiotherapy sessions
for me and that really helped me to be
somewhat independent, says Natus.
For Natuss wife, Charmaine, a former
staff nurse, life did not start out as that of a
person with a disability.
I was independent for 17 years until I
was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and I
suddenly had to find other ways of doing
everyday things, she says.
Charmaine, who runs a copy and fax
shop, says the biggest challenge she and
others like her face, is changing peoples
mindsets about those with disabilities.
Soft-spoken Dikeledi Shupinyaneng is a
quadriplegic who suffered her fate in 1989
at the hands of her then boyfriend while
they were both still in high school.
The 51-year-old says coming to terms
with her condition was ver