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Winde to petition Parliament on visa regulations

Western Cape economic opportunities MEC Alan Winde plans to petition Parliament to suspend the new visa regulations due to come into effect on October 1. “I will be petitioning Parliament to urgently intervene in suspending these regulations until such time as a regulatory impact assessment has been completed and a[…]

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Sides trade blame over Gaza truce breakdown

Israel has said rocket fire from Gaza has “made continuation of talks impossible,” trading blame with Palestinian negotiators over the collapse of the ceasefire. Spokesman Mark Regev responded to Palestinian negotiator Azzam al-Ahmed’s charge that Israel had thwarted the talks that broke down on Tuesday after Israel recalled its negotiators[…]

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Pakistan army pushes for talks amid protests

Pakistan’s powerful military has called for talks to resolve a week-long political drama as tens of thousands of protesters marched on parliament in a bid to depose the prime minister. Men, women and children of all ages staged a sit-in outside the parliament building after defying a government ban on[…]

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Muslims condemn journalists beheading

The cruel beheading of US photo journalist James Foley claimed by the Islamic State in Syria has sparked angry condemnations for the self-claimed Caliphate, fearing it will spark a backlash against local Muslim communities. “These guys are lunatics,” Dr Ameer Ali, former chairman of the Federation of Islamic Councils in[…]

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Jamiatul Ulama weighs into IS

As global Muslim leaders continue to rebuke the actions of the Islamic State (IS), the Jamiatul Ulama South Africa has added its voice in condemning the reported acts of  brutality and mass murders of the people of Iraq and Syria. The IS, or ISIS as they were formally known, is[…]

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Huge boost to Gaza Water Project

UPDATE: VOC staff were elated on Wednesday when they learnt that an anonymous donor had contributed a stellar R120 000 to the Gaza Water Project.  It’s been the largest single amount donated to the humanitarian initiative to date.  The project is currently standing on R370 000 since  its launch during[…]

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Gaza takes Twitter by storm

The platform of social media has become one of the leading voices during the conflict in Gaza, with many taking to sites like Twitter for up to the minute news and updates on the crisis. A strong majority have also found Twitter in particular, to be a powerful means of[…]

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Challenges for Athlone health centre upgrade

Residents in Athlone have asked authorities to reassess the health facilities in the area.  Plans to expand the Dr Abdurahman Community Health Centre have apparently been set aside for a new health facility that has been earmarked in nearby Kewtown. But Klipfontein Sub-District Health Forum chairperson Isgaak Kamaar said that[…]

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DA’s court bid to remove Motsoeneng continues

The DA’s application to have the appointment of SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng set aside is expected to continue in the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday. On Tuesday, the SABC board argued that the decision to appoint Motsoeneng on a permanent basis was rational. SABC board lawyer Ngwako[…]

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Ministers to intervene in actors’ dispute: ANC

The ANC has requested the ministries of communication and labour to intervene in the dispute between dismissed Generations actors and their employers, the party said on Tuesday. “For its part, the ANC has requested the intervention of the ministers of communications and labour in the dispute,” spokesman Zizi Kodwa said[…]

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