Voice of the Cape

April2016

Refugee crisis: When is a tragedy a massacre?

OPINION by Richard Seymour The recent drowning of 500 refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean Sea was not only preventable, but arguably caused by policy. A policy known colloquially as “Fortress Europe”, designed to make the journey to Europe as difficult as possible for asylum seekers. The European Union’s two-faced[…]

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Lily Mine: no pay today

Workers at the Lily Mine in Barberton will not be getting their April salaries today, according to trade union Solidarity. The union’s announcement, on the last working day of the month, comes after the mine’s owner, Vantage Gold Fields, asked the Industrial Development Corporation for R250 million in funding. The[…]

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Kenya holds summit to stop elephant slaughter

From anti-poaching commandos deployed by helicopter to boosting court prosecutions: Kenya on Friday hosted a summit on how to end ivory trafficking and prevent the extinction of elephants in the wild. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is heading the meeting which groups African heads of state and conservationists in the central[…]

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Iran asks U.N. chief to intervene with U.S.

Iran asked U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon on Thursday to convince the United States to stop violating state immunity after the top U.S. court ruled that $2 billion in frozen Iranian assets must be paid to American victims of attacks blamed on Tehran. Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote to[…]

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Second medical facility hit by strike in Syria

An air strike hit a clinic in a rebel-held district of Aleppo on Friday, the civil defence said, the second time this week a medical facility in Syria’s second city has been hit. The strike on the Al-Marja neighbourhood wounded several people, including at least one nurse, the civil defence,[…]

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Bredasdorp masjid project finally underway

After waiting in suspense for two long years, the musjid project in Bredasdorp is finally underway. A Salah khaana, which was built in a separate entrance and could accommodate approximately100 people, is no longer big enough for the Muslim community of Bredasdorp. The community was offered a plot by a[…]

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Blikkiesdorp resident’s demand clarity on their future

Residents from the Blikkiesdorp informal settlement situated near Cape Town International Airport marched to the Mayor office on Tuesday, where they demanded answers about the City’s plans to relocate them. Approximately, 80 protesters marched to the Civic Centre chanting slogans such as “Blikkiesdorp must fall” and “We want houses.” Blikkiesdorp[…]

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COSATU to host nationwide 30th Anniv celebrations

In celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), which was on 6 December 2015, the organization has scheduled celebrations throughout 2016. As part of the union’s celebrations, a nationwide rally is scheduled to take place on May Day this Sunday, May 1. National Spokesman[…]

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