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IRSA calls for support

With freezing temperatures across the country, local humanitarian agency Islamic Relief South Africa (IRSA) has made an impassioned appeal to the Muslim community to support its projects this winter. On Wednesday, city disaster management authorities attended to several areas affected by flooding, with informal settlements the hardest hit.In South Africa,[…]

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CTown has building kits for evictees

Cape Town is ready to provide emergency housing kits to illegal shack dwellers evicted earlier in the week, mayor Patricia de Lille said on Friday.“Cape Town is the only metro in South Africa to have developed enhanced kits of this nature and that is able to deploy them at short[…]

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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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VOC Day in the Park

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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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