Voice of the Cape

September2014

Hopelessness and despair in Bonteheuwel

The community of Bontheuwel say gang violence in the area has made living conditions unbearable. On Tuesday, VOC News did a walkabout in the area and spoke to some residents about their views on gang related violence. Respondents varied in age and backgrounds yet they all shared the same concerns[…]

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Pilgrims in good spirits ahead of Haj

As Hujaaj in the Saudi Kingdom anxiously await the start of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, tour operators have been conducting revisions with their respective pilgrims, reminding them of the protocol and movements for the journey ahead. Amongst the operators currently in Makkah are the Dhuyufullah Hajj and Umrah Group, who[…]

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Seriti Commission ‘a farce’: Activist

New allegations have emerged further implicating President Jacob Zuma in the controversial arms deal. An exposé released over the weekend has suggested that Zuma accepted a R500 000 a year bribe, put forward by French arms group Thales. The reported deal, involving the use of the code word ‘Eiffel Tower’,[…]

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Beware of censorship: US ambassador

South Africa has to be wary of attempts to censor the media such as SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s recent suggestion that journalists be licensed, US ambassador Patrick Gaspard said on Tuesday. “I was stunned that all of you weren’t outside of the SABC headquarters the next morning,” he said at[…]

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Malema trial postponed until 2015

EFF leader Julius Malema has been given another year in Parliament after the High Court in Polokwane postponed his corruption case to August next year. The case against the former ANC Youth League president and his co-accused was postponed to August 3, 2015, on Tuesday because not all counsel were[…]

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Medics ready to prevent epidemic during Haj

The Saudi Ministry of Health has provided medical teams for pilgrims to prevent the potential spread of any epidemic disease, said Dr. Abdulsalam Noorwali, director of Makkah Health Affairs. The teams have been dispatched to all points of entry (air, land, sea), the Grand Mosque, and the Holy Sites, Noorwali[…]

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Hong Kong protesters remain on streets

Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters have turned parts of Hong Kong into a massive street party on Monday night, with the mood turning festive just a day after riot police had deployed tear gas. The huge crowds defied government calls to go home after Sunday’s chaotic scenes, bringing key[…]

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ISIL under heavy assault by Kurds in Iraq

Kurdish peshmerga forces backed by US-led air attacks have pushed into territory held by ISIL in Iraq, recapturing several towns and villages that had recently fallen to the group. The peshmerga began their assault on early on Tuesday in the village of Basheer, which ISIL captured in June and has[…]

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Residents bemoan Council flats upgrade

The City of Cape Town says the completion of the community residential unit refurbishment programme in Hanover Park completed six months ahead of time is a breakthrough. The refurbished units form part of the Hanover Park A Upgrade project and it has been completed six months ahead of schedule. The[…]

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Bank users warned against scam

The South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC) has warned consumers and the banking industry of a change in a banking details scam. SABRIC CEO, Kalyani Pillay says that bank customers must be wary when being told that a certain supplier has changed their banking details and must thoroughly verify[…]

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