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One person dies in Lwandle helicopter crash

ER24 has confirmed that one person, a lone occupant,  has been killed in the helicopter crash at Nomzamo High School in Lwandle, near Strand. ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene at approximately 12h00. The helicopter pilot sustained numerous injuries and died on the scene. “Paramedics assessed the lone occupant and[…]

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Locating the Rohingya in time and space

OPINION by Iftekhar Iqbal Clarifying on its nomenclature, the Annan Commission Report on the Rakhine (Arakan) State (pdf), notes that “In line with the request of the State Counsellor [Mrs Aung San Suu Kyi], the Commission uses neither the term ‘Bengali’ nor ‘Rohingya’, who are referred to as ‘Muslims’ or[…]

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Mixed reaction to party funding ruling

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has warned that Wednesday’s judgment of the High Court in the Western Cape could render Parliament’s work unnecessary. The court gave Parliament 18 months to force political parties to disclose private funding. Parliament’s Ad Hoc Committee on political party funding is already working on the Bill.[…]

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Sahuc urged to re-look at arrangements for elderly hujjaj

As South African hujjaj return to their lives, concerns relating to the difficulties experienced by elderly hujjaj this year have been a source of great discontent. Speaking to VOC, imam of Masjid al-Quds and hajj spiritual leader Shaykh Abdurahman Alexander said the hajj is a spiritual journey that requires arduous[…]

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2017 VOC Summer Festival launched

“The time has come”. When the sounds of this much-loved song ring out on air, VOC listeners know only one thing – the 2017 VOC Summer Festival. It is official – festival goers can now mark off the dates between the 7th to the10th December as the days to attend[…]

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Social media in overdrive over #SaudiWomenCanDrive

While Saudi women celebrate their victory in their fight for the freedom of movement, social media has been in overdrive with commentators weighing in on the shocking announcement that Saudi women can now get behind the wheel. In an unprecedented move, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced in a decree[…]

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Paying tribute to the enduring legacy of Imam Haron

By Imam Dr. A. Rashied Omar On Wednesday the 27th September 2017 we commemorate the 48th anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Abdullah Haron. After being held incommunicado for 123 days by the South African state security in an apartheid prison, Imam Haron died on September 27, 1969. During an[…]

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