Voice of the Cape


Pilgrims undeterred by MERS fears

Muslim pilgrims from around the world are pouring into the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, undeterred by the spread of the MERS virus which has killed 284 people in the kingdom.The faithful who dream of visiting Islam’s holiest shrines in Mecca and Medina travel to western Saudi Arabia[…]

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Sanzaf earmark 5000 for winter

Following heavy rain this week, destitute communities are battling the harsh Cape Town winter and local humanitarian organisations are hard at work distributing relief aid. The South African National Zakah Fund (Sanzaf), which started its Operation Winter Warmth project in March, is still going strong in its attempts to assist[…]

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Evictions 'illegal': expert

The shocking forced evictions that took place at the Nomzamo township in Lwandle in Strand, were unconstitutional and unlawful, says leading constitutional law expert Prof. Pierre De Vos. Hundreds of informal settlers were forcibly evicted on Monday, from private land owned by Sanral. The situation took a u-turn on Tuesday,[…]

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Trojan Horse school row in UK

Muslims in Birmingham believe education authorities are pushing an anti-Islam agenda, following allegations of a plot to ‘Islamicise’ secular schools in the area. Speaking to VOC Drivetime on Wednesday, the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) in the UK said there was ongoing witchhunt against the Muslim community in Birmingham centred[…]

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Seminar on Phillipi water

The Philippi Horticultural Area (PHA) for food and farming campaign, are set to turn their attention to the Cape Flats Aquifer, (CFA) by hosting a seminar in the hopes of raising awareness for what they consider a crucial water source for the Cape Town community. The seminar, which is the[…]

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Muslims praise Amla

Tuesday’s decision by Cricket South Africa (CSA) to award Hashim Amla with the captaincy of the national cricket team has been hailed by members of the cricketing fraternity and Muslim community alike. Muslim cricket fans have reacted with excitement and pride, as Amla’s appointment marks the first time a Muslim[…]

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Nomzamo residents to return

Photo: Andriques Che Petersen The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) have been coaxed into an arrangement by Transport Minister Dipuo Peters and Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu to allow recently evicted residents of Lwandle in Strand’s Nomzamo informal settlement to continue staying there for a short period of[…]

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AIF making progress in Syria

As Syrians continue to grapple with a crippling civil war that has ravaged the country over the past few years, humanitarian relief organisation the Al-Imdaad Foundation (AIF) has stepped up its efforts to provide shelter and relief to those affected by the crisis. The foundation has set up base, and[…]

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Amla gets captaincy nod

Hashim Amla will captain the Proteas Test team, Cricket SA announced at media conference in Sandton, Johannesburg, on Tuesday. CSA chose Amla, 31, as the best candidate to succeed Graeme Smith who, retired from international cricket in March. Amla captained the South African under-19 World Cup team in New Zealand[…]

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Proto gangs on the rise

Gang violence in Khayelitsha is on the rise, and at risk of escalating into something far worse. That was the warning by Kelly Gillespie, a social anthropology lecturer at the Wits University, during her testimony at the Khayelitsha Commission of Enquiry. Gillespie has conducted research which reveals that children as[…]

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