Voice of the Cape

October2016

VOC’s Muharram Picnic, a day for family

On Sunday, VOC hosted its very first Muharram Picnic, where it encouraged communities to welcome the new Islamic year, 1438, in the spirit of family. The event, which was hosted at Minitown, in Melkbosstrand, was attended by a flood of families, all hoping to spend the day out in sun.[…]

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VOC concludes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Following six-weeks of grueling planning, VOC concluded National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with its annual Pink Hijab Day. The event, which VOC has marked for the past eight years, highlights the impact of cancer within the Cape Town community, as one in four South Africans knows at least one person[…]

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Ban Ki-moon asks Zuma to reconsider leaving ICC

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has spoken to President Jacob Zuma telephonically, urging him to reconsider South Africa’s plan to withdraw from the International Criminal Court. South Africa and Burundi have officially notified the UN of their intent to withdraw from the Rome Statute, the 1998 treaty establishing The Hague-based[…]

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Ramaphosa to brief parliament on a range of issues

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will brief the National Assembly on Tuesday on a number of issues, including progress made by the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) on the matter of a national minimum wage while reducing violent and protracted strikes. The Nedlac constituencies, comprising of labour, business, communities,[…]

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Abrahams denies intentions to drop charges against Gordhan

National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams has denied reports that he will drop charges against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Monday. Abrahams has also rejected allegations of political interference, saying he will make a decision soon. Meanwhile, DA shadow Justice Minister Glynnis Breytenbach has called on Abrahams to immediately withdraw[…]

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SA’s weak growth a stumbling block to reducing debt

South Africa’s poor economic performance is the biggest impediment to stabilising its debt situation, said ratings agency Fitch in a company note. Fitch’s comments came after Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivered South Africa’s 20th medium-term budget policy statement in Parliament on Wednesday, announcing reduced expenditure and new revenue raising measures[…]

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Turkey detains Cumhuriyet editor in chief Murat Sabuncu

Turkish police have detained the editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet, an opposition newspaper, according to Turkish media reports. Reports say that along with Murat Sabuncu, Guray Oz, a Cumhuriyet columnist, was also detained on Monday morning. Their residences were being searched, the reports said. Cumhuriyet, known for its critical stance towards the government, had got[…]

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