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20 hujjaj face problems with operator

20 hujaaj set to depart for the Saudi Kingdom next week may be left behind as a result of Ministry of Hajj regulations on travel operators. Although he did not reveal the name of the travel operator involved, South African Hajj and Umrah Council President Shaheen Essop says due to[…]

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Dr Mads Gilbert in CT on Thursday

Norwegian emergency surgeon, Dr Mads Gilbert, has arrived in South Africa for a one week speaking tour on his experience in Gaza. Dr Gilbert recently returned from the war ravaged strip, where he worked at the Al Shifa hospital for several weeks treating to the injured and wounded causalities of[…]

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Deadly Gaza raids as Egypt offers new truce plans

Egypt has proposed a new ceasefire in the Gaza conflict that would open key border crossings into the battered Palestinian territory, after Israeli raids killed at least 10 more Palestinians.  An Israeli air raid in Gaza killed two Palestinians  on Tuesday, as Israel pursued its campaign against Hamas in the[…]

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Mass killings, enslavement widespread under IS

Mass killings, systematic rape and enslavement have become the calling cards of the Sunni extremist group Islamic State in the parts of Iraq it now controls, the top UN human rights official said Monday. The group is committing “horrific” human rights abuses every day, Navi Pillay, the UN high commissioner[…]

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Madonsela’s claims outrageous: ANC

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s claim that her letter to President Jacob Zuma was leaked by a senior ANC leader is preposterous and outrageous, the ANC said on Monday. “We call on the public protector to reveal the senior ANC leader who leaked her disputed letter to the media,” said spokesman[…]

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Hope for Generation actors

The SABC and axed Generation actors will find a common solution leading to the actors returning to work, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Monday. “We are proud to announce that we have been able to open talks between the SABC and the actors after a difficult week[…]

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Enquiry recommendations ‘doable’: SAPS

A commission of inquiry’s recommendations on how to improve policing in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, are “doable”, the area’s cluster commander said on Monday. Asked whether the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry’s recommendations were practical, Major-Gen Johan Brand said “definitely”. “We and the community of Khayelitsha, police forums, the non-governmental organisation, we[…]

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Paarl hospital accused of serving unhalal food

Serious allegations regarding the serving of non-halal food at the Paarl hospital has been brought to VOC’s attention. Patrons, who spoke on condition of anonymity, have claimed that while being treated at the hospital, they have been served food that is not deemed halal. Fatimah Abrahams*, whose daughter is a[…]

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D6 Trust slates restitution decisions

The District Six Beneficiary and Redevelopment Trust (D6 Trust) has criticised some of the outcomes of Saturday’s claimants meeting, most notably the proposed establishment of a Community Property Association (CPA). The meeting was hosted by the Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Gugile Nkwinti, focused solely at those who[…]

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