Emergency drought money pumped into Cape towns

Emergency work is under way in four Western Cape municipalities at high risk of running out of water. Colin Deiner, the provincial disaster management chief, said R200-million was being spent in Beaufort West, Kannaland (Ladismith), Knysna and Bitou. Further measures were being implemented in “medium-risk” municipalities, which were concentrated in[…]

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Syria: the Cold War Continues

WITH the Syrian death toll (consisting mainly of civilians) rising to 60,000 according to the UN, the 21 month-old uprising – which started off as a peaceful protest against President Bashar al-Assad and his cronies – has become a complex case of Cold War meddling with little relief in sight.[…]

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Tana Baru Cape Town, a Photo-Essay

Established in 1805, the Tana Baru (which means “new ground”) was South Africa’s first official Islamic burial site. For 200 years previously, Muslim burials had been “unofficial”. It was closed in 1886, not without protest, after the smallpox epidemic. Today the Tana Baru Trust administers the cemetery as a memorial[…]

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The Gazan conflict and the winds of change

ISRAEL’s Operation Pillar of Defence in Gaza may be over, but the biggest issue of all – the Palestinian-Israeli conflict – still remains unresolved. With the Oslo Accord’s promises of a two-state solution long dead, and Israeli settlement building insidiously eroding the Palestinian West Bank, there appears to be little[…]

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The Saudi Footprint: the reply to the reply

DO Sufis worship the saints and prophets? Saudi Arabian scholars have thought so, as have Salafi-Wahhabis world-wide. Victims of oil-dollar da’wah, traditional Sunni communities have been seeded with doubt, propaganda and socio-political fitnah with regards to their classical beliefs. Response to my article (The Saudi Footprints, Muslim Views, September) has[…]

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