Pulane Choane

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Bloemfontein, South Africa


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Pulane Choane

Pulane Choane is a community journalist with two year's experience. She has worked for radio station OFM as well as Bloemfontein Courant, which are both the flagship products of Central Media Group, which is in the Free State. She has also won the Mahareng Publishing 2017 Journalist of the Year Award for her excellent investigative reporting pieces, which helped expose corruption in the Free State. She focuses mainly on politics, current affairs as well as community based stories.

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Last year, the Listeria breakout caused hysteria among South Africans, owing to the number of lives it has claimed in such a short space of time. In this article, I localized the story by speaking about the impact of the breakout on the Free State province.


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Early this year, a heist took place at the Bram Fischer International Airport in Bloemfontein. This article was the first article to be written in the matter.


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Former Free State Premier, Ace Magashule 's daughter was found to have received a number of tenders from the Free State government, which states that she received those tenders on merit rather than nepotism.


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A colleague and I witnessed police harassing residents at a settlement in Bloemfontein at one service delivery protest. Shocked at the behavior of the policemen, I then chose to write a story on that and not the service delivery protest, which I had been covering the whole week that week.


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Then outgoing Premier of the Free State province, Ace Magashule threw himself a farewell party which allegedly cost taxpayers just over R20 million. In a post that was doing the rounds on social media, the food served to guests attending the event made many question how exactly the costs for this exorbitant sending away party were broken down and if Magashule and his cronies had not in fact, used the event to allegedly pocket money.


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During a press briefing arranged by the Democratic Alliance in the Free State, the party said unless service delivery and administration in the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality changes, it is likely the metro will become the first one in the country to collapse.


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In recent months after the damning 2018 Auditor General report which showed the inderperformance of the Free State as a whole, the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality faced many issues with regards to its failure to provide quality service delivery, owing to its R600 million debt to BloemWater. Realizing that the public was losing faith in its leaders, the Municipality then revealed would embark on a turn around strategy, following Minister of Cogta, Zweli Mkhize's intervention visit to the metro. Opposition parties, however, were doubtful that changed would take place, labeling the entire thing as just 'lip service'.


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In recent months after the damning 2018 Auditor General report which showed the inderperformance of the Free State as a whole, the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality faced many issues with regards to its failure to provide quality service delivery, owing to its R600 million debt to BloemWater. Realizing that the public was losing faith in its leaders, the Municipality then revealed would embark on a turn around strategy, following Minister of Cogta, Zweli Mkhize's intervention visit to the metro. Opposition parties, however, were doubtful that changed would take place, labeling the entire thing as just 'lip service'.


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This article was the latest on the Bloemfontein City Hall, which was torched last year during a municipal worker's strike at the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality's headquarters. It was a follow up to articles previously written on the matter.


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