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Pensioners urged to avoid divulging Sassa info

The South African Social Services Agency (Sassa) has been hit by a new scam targeting pensioners and the more vulnerable grant recipients. The scam sees individuals acquiring the details of recipients, before cloning their cards and using it to buy services such as electricity and airtime. The Department of Social[…]

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“No probe into MJC”, says independent panel

Despite disparaging remarks from nay-sayers in the general public, the Nominations Committee tasked to facilitate and constitute a new Independent Advisory Panel for the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) said their process to aid the religious body is on track. Addressing the media on Friday, committee chairperson Abdul Waheed Patel said[…]

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Zuma to meet with Palestinian president Abbas

President Jacob Zuma will meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas next week, the international relations department said on Friday. “President Abbas will conduct bilateral discussions with President Zuma on… bilateral relations between South Africa and Palestine, the Middle East peace process, as well as other multilateral issues,” departmental spokesman Clayson Monyela[…]

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Two unions accept Post Office deal

A wage agreement has been reached with two of three recognised unions at the SA Post Office (Sapo), it said on Friday. The agreement would be effective from December 1, said Simo Lushaba, head of the intervention team appointed by Telecommunications and Postal Minister Siyabonga Cwele and Finance Minister Nhlanhla[…]

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NPA files Dewani response

The NPA filed papers on Friday in response to British businessman Shrien Dewani’s lawyers’ heads of argument in an application for his discharge on charges of conspiring to kill his wife Anni. “The State has filed its responding papers. We will now argue on Monday morning,” said NPA Western Cape[…]

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Power cuts will last all weekend: Eskom

Power cuts are scheduled to take place throughout the weekend, Eskom said on Friday afternoon. “Load shedding will recommence again tomorrow [Saturday] and Sunday at 9am in order to build up reserves for the week ahead,” it said in a statement. It said there were a number of reasons for[…]

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Turkish PM meets Iraq’s Kurdish leaders

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has met with leaders in Iraq’s Kurdistan capital of Erbil, his second stop in the violence-plagued country after Baghdad, as he continues the bond-building visit. In talks with the Kurdish region’s President Masoud Barazani on Friday, energy and military cooperation were discussed following a visit[…]

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Al Qaeda in Yemen denounces Islamic State

Yemen’s al-Qaida branch has denounced the Islamic State group for declaring a caliphate on territory it seized in Syria and Iraq and its plans to further expand its area of control. The al-Qaida Yemeni offshoot’s purported spiritual guide, Sheikh Harith al-Nadhari, says such expansionist intentions are “driving a wedge” among[…]

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Riots hit Hebron

Weekly Muslim prayers at Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque went off without incident Friday despite high tensions in the Holy City, but stone-throwing Palestinians rioted in the West Bank city of Hebron. After Israeli authorities dropped aged restrictions for attending Friday prayers for the second week running, tens of thousands of[…]

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Health dept warns of job scam

The Western Cape department of health has warned the public against any illicit job advertisements purporting to be from the department, or asking potential job seekers to pay for a job. The department’s spokesperson Sithembiso Magubane said that a few hospitals have been targeted in this scam namely Helderberg, Valkenberg,[…]

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