Bloemfontein roads closed for ANC bash

2012-01-05 18:00

Bloemfontein - Several roads in Bloemfontein would be closed during the ANC’s centenary celebrations this weekend, the Mangaung municipality said on Thursday.

The area surrounding the Free State Stadium would be closed from Friday to Sunday, including Kingsway , Att Horak and Betoger streets.

Mangaung spokesman Qondile Khedama said Parfitt Avenue would be fully operational, with traffic officers on standby to assist with the traffic flow.

The same would apply to Park Road and First Avenue. Khedama said the roads near Vista University, where the Presidential Gala Dinner would be held on Saturday night, would also be fully operational.

Church Street would also be open to road users, although traffic officers would be available to assist with the flow of traffic.

"There would be access control measures used at the entrance of the Vista University.”

Khedama said Bastion and Mantle streets in the former Waaihoek area, in the central business district of Bloemfontein, would be closed from Friday to Sunday.

The surrounding roads would be fully operational with traffic officers visible to assist with the flow of traffic. At the Outdoor Sports Centre in Rocklands, Phale, Mogame and Sedikelo streets would be closed from 06:00 on Saturday.

  • Njandini - 2012-01-05 18:33

    It is a celebration worth celebrating. ANC is the best thing that happened to mankind. This powerful organisation needs to continue to exist to see its 200th year. Without the ANC South Africa would have been in shamble. Thank to all the leadership that took this democratic organisation to the level of maturity it cuurently is. It is however a pity that we have the apartheid history which appears to be burried very deep underground without the people finding out all the facts with regards to the gross corruption which was wide spread then. It is a pity that the sunset clauses were agreed to stopping us from realling digging deep on what the apartheid government had done to our people of all races. Both black and white were the slaves of the apartheid regime. It is the ANC that was at the centre of the liberation of all the people, includin the oppressors!

      Squeegee - 2012-01-05 18:47

      Troll!! Ignore this peabrained twit.

      Xavier7034 - 2012-01-05 18:51

      Dream on my friend - this profligate, money squandering party is but the beginning of the "wake" to follow.....the cracks are already showing. Care about the people? Nah!

      Bozie - 2012-01-05 18:56

      If being free from the Nationalists is the highlight of your life, then you need to celebrate with them. For us that grew up after 1994, and schooled after 1994, it is very difficult to see how the mismanagement of tax payers money can be justified in the name of economic freedom for a few. How many of us are still collecting the trash for minimum wages and working in white people's houses. For you with Internet access, life might have changed, but for 45 Million others, nothing has changed. My ancestors didn't die to see Millions of us still slumming in tin shack townships while the fat cat Mayors are selling our houses to foreigners. The only aspect still driving this economy at this hour is the corrupt tender process. I don't want to pee on your euphoric party fire, but when a group of people continue stealing the same pool of tax money and no foreign investment flows into the country, soon the tendertrepreneurs will start stealing from each other until we collapse like most other African countries.

      Paul - 2012-01-05 19:19

      A celebration not worth celebrating shouldn't be celebrated and therefore is no celebration at all; hence celebrations are always called celebrations because they are worth celebrating. Capish?

      Jerhone - 2012-01-05 20:02

      whats that you say you ZOMBIE

  • Chris - 2012-01-05 19:04

    This is a historic and monumental event, indeed it requires stringent measures to ensure that the safety of people takes precedence over other factors. The world and domestic social actors will be watching this event, therefore law enforcement agencies must demonstrate their capacity by ensuring a peaceful atmosphere. The success of this event will send out a clear message that South Africa is capable to host mega events. Also, the success of this event will prove beyond reasonable doubts that South Africa is a stable constituional democracy. This might also lure investors to invest in South Africa and in particular in the Bloemfontein area. Certainly this event will contribute immensely to local economic development initiatives. Lastly, this event will once again put Bloemfontein on the global map. Chris Mbekela

      Peter - 2012-01-05 20:11

      @Chris - Excuse me: you mean 'Mangaung'. And who in the world will find THAT on a global map?

      Jerhone - 2012-01-05 20:15

      historical and monumental event my A*SE you ANC zombie, it's another waste of taxpayers money, will all political parties in SA GET 500 million rand to blow when they turn 100? surley whats good for the goose is good for the gander, please enlighten us Chris dumbarse Zombie when was Bloem ever on the global map? do you think the world is interested in a backwater country who has an idiot as a president it's time you had your formaldahyde injection because the cr*p you wrote tells me that you are brain dead

      Heinrich - 2012-01-05 20:20

      Practicing for spindoctor, Chris?

      Nkulekweni - 2012-01-05 21:57

      But is it a stable democracy?

      Heinrich - 2012-01-05 22:37

      You mean, for horses or something? Hay?

  • steven.m.armour - 2012-01-05 19:09

    The pea brained prawns are coming to celebrate.Bet the blue light gang will be racing around again,knocking people down and driving like idiots.

  • Jerhone - 2012-01-05 20:00

    enjoy it while it lasts you ANC pigs, think of the poor while you are gorging yourselves, remember the poor WILL have their revenge when you beg for your lives one day, you bobjaane don't learn from history

      Gordon - 2012-01-05 20:30

      @jerhone,while I also think that the celebrations is a waste of money,it is still their democratic right to have their celebration,and we musr respect that,so naming the ANC and their supporters as "pigs and bobbejane" is totally disrespectful.

      Nkulekweni - 2012-01-05 22:01

      No Gordon it is not their democratic right to waste my money on parties. I want my money to be used to build schools, hospitals viable transport systems, to create employment ect ect ect. They are no better than common thieves and criminals.

  • Heinrich - 2012-01-05 20:11

    There is an exciting competition online. First prize is a ticket to the ANC celebration. Second prize is two tickets...

  • Heinrich - 2012-01-05 20:27

    "Road Closed" A very apt sign for South African future under ANC greedership.

  • Comrade - 2012-01-05 21:38


  • duncan.cramer - 2012-01-06 07:42

    we should mobilise the poor from all corners to go to Bloem and see how their government is spending tax payers money, and their time, paid for by tax payers. See how the ANC deals with 1 million poor from the shanti towns, standing outside the stadiums, looking in on the celebrations. Just put the poor on a bus and send them there. Tell them the gov is providing free food for them.

  • rianadk - 2012-01-06 08:21

    DOes anybody know why they chose to have the celebrations in Bloem? Does it have some significance to the party's history?

      duncan.cramer - 2012-01-06 08:58

      Jeez boet. You been on holiday for a long time and not been reading the news? The church of the first meeting of the ANC is near there. From M&G "The ANC has reportedly spent R10-million of taxpayers' money to buy back the church where its founding fathers met in 1912 so that Zuma can light a "centenary flame" there." This church was purchase some 8 years earlier for just a couple of hundred thousand Rands. Great deal for the guy who bought it.

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