Gearing up for 2024!


As we embark on the new year, new challenges and resolutions are high on the rise. Bloemfontein Courant sat with a few locals and some of the biggest event organisers in Bloemfontein to discuss what is on Bloemfontein’s radar. Locals mentioned what their goals and aspirations are and what they are looking forward to in 2024!

Creative director and organiser of the Vrystaat Arts Festival, Michael Garbett, confirmed one of Bloemfontein’s biggest festivals will still be hosted at the picturesque University of the Free State Bloemfontein Campus.

Vryfees lovers can prepare themselves to be stunned by the exciting lineup, to be released between January and March.

“Before the annual festival, foodies can be on the lookout for our delicatessen long table event, where artwork will be auctioned, and all the proceeds will go to a nominated charity.”


Candidate attorney, Tristan Cantor, said he aims to have a healthy balance between his work and his personal life. “As cliché as it might sound, I’m looking for nothing but peace, love and joy in all my circles.”

Tristan Kyle Cantor. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Rozé Mettler is looking forward to graduating from her Masters programme and hopefully securing an intercontinental job. “I am super anxious looking at the current world politics but excited to see South Africa’s next moves internationally, also for our upcoming elections.”


Founder of Harmse Photography, Gino Harmse, said he is really excited as Harmse Photography will be opening up a fully furnished studio available for day rental to other photographers and makeup artists.


AHADI is geared up for an exciting year ahead, with a focus on elevating the creative scene in Bloemfontein. Representative of the artistic brand, Michael Rumbi, added that one of the brand’s artists, Melaika, a vocalist and model, will be flying out to New York for an international art showcase later in the year, as well as BasicCity.

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Owner of eMODELS, Jeanre du Preez, added that there is rapid growth within the modelling agency, particularly in collaborating with local brands. “While we have upcoming events, we’re committed to engaging the community at every event.”

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Michael Thomson Maree believes that it is vitally important to understand that you need to develop yourself to become the person who can achieve the goal in order to be able to set a goal that is achievable. “Make 2024 the year where opportunities that arise are opportunities that are conquered.”

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Puleng Thabeng said she wishes for the following changes, when it comes to service delivery in the city: “Improvements in security and police patrols to assist with the increasing murder rates and challenges of littering in our city. “Let’s work together as a team to keep our city clean and fight against crime in general.”

Puleng Thabeng. PHOTO: SUPPLIED