Voice of the Cape

July2014

‘Not in our name’: SA Jews

A number of South African Jews have come out in condemnation of the Israeli aggression on the people of Gaza, by signing a petition calling on national government to severe all ties with Israel. Amongst those to have signed the petition are satirical cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro, better known as Zapiro,[…]

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Support for 11 month maternity leave

A recent conference between various non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and trade unions, include Cosatu, has resulted in calls for an increase in the length of maternity leave afforded to working mothers. The respective groups have called for maternity leave to be extended to 11 months, in order to allow mothers the[…]

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SAHRC approached over Motsoeneng statements

The SA Freelancers’ Association (Safrea) will approach the SA Human Rights Commission regarding a proposal to “license” journalists, the organisation said on Wednesday. Safrea chairman Clive Lotter said the statements made by SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng in this regard were “an assault on South African democracy”. The Safrea[…]

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New land claims near 5500

Just under 5500 new land claims have been lodged around the country, but most of the claimants want money, not land, the rural development and land reform department said on Wednesday. “[A total of] 5495 claims have been received at lodgement sites across the country. The majority of these have[…]

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Grant condemns Metrorail vandalism

Western Cape transport MEC Donald Grant on Wednesday condemned the vandalism of Metrorail infrastructure. “These vandals reportedly butchered signal cables at the busy section between Philippi and Nyanga, adversely affecting the train service between Nyanga and Khayelitsha/Chris Hani and Kapteinsklip/Mitchells Plain,” Grant said in a statement. Acts of vandalism threatened[…]

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Israel army agrees 4-hour humanitarian lull

Israel was on Wednesday observing a four-hour lull in Gaza several hours after a deadly strike on a school killed 16, drawing a furious response from a UN refugee agency. The humanitarian window went into effect at 1200 GMT, although the Israeli army said it would not apply to areas where[…]

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Israeli tourists evacuated from Maldives resort

Israeli holiday makers were evacuated from their Maldivian resort after one of them tore up an anti-Israeli placard equating the Nazi Swastika to the Israeli flag, officials said Wednesday. Some 30 Israeli surfers were moved out to safety from Thulusdhoo island, near the capital island Male, as residents of the[…]

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EU ready for Ebola threat

The European Union is equipped and ready to treat victims should the deadly Ebola virus, which has killed hundreds in West Africa, be found in member states, EU sources said Wednesday. “We cannot rule out the possibility that an infected person arrives in Europe but the EU has the means[…]

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Coalition launches Gaza petition

Following a memorandum of demands to the South African government on Monday, the National Coalition for Palestine (NC4P), a collective of Palestinian solidarity groups, have launched an online petition im support of Gaza. The petition aims to lobby the South African Parliament, Minister of International Relations and President Jacob Zuma[…]

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‘Gaza Docket may set a precedent’

While the Gaza Docket has been in rotation for nearly five years now, Muslim Lawyers Association (MLA) advocate Yousha Tayoub says there is still a long way to go before the South Africans identified as having aided Israel during Operation Cast Lead can be brought before the country’s justice system.[…]

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