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Muslim owned businesses join boycott

For the past month since the beginning of the Israeli-Gaza conflict many individual South Africans, anti-Israeli lobby groups and public figures have called for the boycott of products sourced from, and manufactured on Palestinian occupied territories and within Israel. Last week the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement in South Africa[…]

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Woolies boycott picking up steam

It seems as if the momentum in the national boycott targeting Woolworths is growing as more consumers latch on to the campaign. The boycott was announced last week in light of an intensified consumer campaign against certain companies stocking Israeli products in response to the Zionist government’s recent military assault[…]

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SA to join Gaza flotilla

A coalition of humanitarian NGO’s from across the world have decided to re-launch an aid flotilla, to challenge the Israeli blockade on the war ravaged Gaza Strip. The decision comes in the midst of intense discussions between Hamas and Israel, which are also set to address the issue of the[…]

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MPlain maternity centre a relief for mothers

Pregnant women in the greater Mitchell’s Plain area will be provided more specialised care through a new health project. The Western Cape Minister of Health, Theuns Botha, launched a Maternal Patient-Centred Care initiative at the Mitchells Plain Community Health Centre (CHC) on Wednesday. Addressing a group of 50 pregnant patients[…]

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Iraq a disintegrated society: analyst

The United States has deployed a further 130 military advisers to the Iraqi region of Kurdistan, in a bid to assess an escalating crisis near the Northern town of Sinjar. Thousands of Iraqi Yazidis have been forced to flea to Sinjar Mountain, after the town was overrun by rebels from[…]

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Municipalities owe Eskom R10.8 billion

Municipalities around the country owed Eskom R10.8 billion at the end of June, according to Co-operative Governance Minister Pravin Gordhan. “The department is engaging with all parties concerned to find a constructive solution to the challenge,” he said this week in a written reply to a parliamentary question. According to[…]

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Mantashe responds to land reform questions

Farms will not be taken from owners without compensation, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Wednesday. “If your land is sold it will be for compensation,” he said in response to questions from commercial farmers in Johannesburg. “Your farms will not be grabbed without compensation.” He said the fears[…]

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IS capture towns in Syria’s north

Islamic State fighters have captured two key towns and several villages near Syria’s northern border with Turkey after pushing out rival fighters in fierce clashes, opposition groups and activists said. Activists said fighters from the group captured the towns of Akhtarin and Turkmanbareh after fierce clashes with rebels who are[…]

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Iraq PM ‘will not quit’ without court ruling

Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has said that it will take a federal court ruling for him to leave power, defying the president’s decision to task a rival with forming the next government. In his weekly televised address, Maliki on Wednesday said the appointment of Haider al-Abadi to replace him[…]

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Egypt’s Mubarak denies killing protesters

Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has denied he ordered security forces to kill protesters, as he faced a Cairo court over the deaths of 850 demonstrators during Egypt’s 2011 uprising. Mubarak told the court he never handed down orders to kill protesters. “I, Mohammed Hosni Mubarak, who is standing before[…]

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