Premier Ntombela celebrates with Courant

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Free State Premier, Sisi Ntombela, has emphasised the importance of communication between local media and government as Bloemfontein Courant is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this month. PHOTO: PIERCE VAN HEERDEN.

Free State Premier, Sisi Ntombela, has wished Bloemfontein Courant, as a vessel of communication between citizens and the state, another 10 years of contributing to the building of a better South Africa . Premier Ntombela has been part of a line of commendable female heads of provincial government since the dawn of democracy.

“It is befitting that, as we celebrate this 10-year anniversary with Bloemfontein Courant, we continue to work together as South Africans, black and white, to build a united, democratic, non-racial, non-sexist and prosperous South Africa. I have no doubt in my mind that, working together, we can achieve this noble goal,” she said.

According to Ntombela the media plays a positive and developmental role in society. “As government, we rely on the media, especially on local media like Bloemfontein Courant, to deliver our messages to the people, and to also transmit the messages of the people to us. We therefore recognise the progressive role that this paper and many other media houses play in the transformation of our society,” explained Ntombela.

The Premier emphasised that the newspaper shares an anniversary month with the commemoration of the brave youth of 1976. “It is worth noting that Bloemfontein Courant is celebrating this milestone during the month of June as this month is also being celebrated nationwide as the month of youth. It is the month when we celebrate acts of sacrifice, selflessness and appetite for positive change as displayed by the youth of 1976 and subsequent years,” said Ntombela.

Premier Ntombela said, “We wish Bloemfontein Courant a great 10-year anniversary. We hope that it will grow to even greater heights,” she said. “To the owners of the publication, management team and all other employees of Bloemfontein Courant, I urge you to remain focused, committed and disciplined. Happy anniversary! We wish you well in all your endeavours.”

Nomaqhawe Mtebele
nomaqhawe@mahareng.co.za