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Zuma appeals to Egypt to open Rafah

President Jacob Zuma has appealed to Egyptian authorities to open their doors to allow humanitarian aid into the war ravaged Gaza strip. In his address to the National Assembly during the Presidency budget vote on Wednesday, Zuma said humanitarian situation in the coastal enclave was dire. “Like all peace loving[…]

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Gaza deathtoll tops 700

The death toll in the Israeli military campaign in the Gaza Strip has reached 707 with more than 4,500 people wounded, Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qedra says. A family of six, including two young children, was killed Thursday in an Israeli air strike in the south of the Gaza Strip.[…]

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De Lille to testify at Arms commission

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille is expected to testify at the Seriti Commission of Inquiry on Thursday. She was the initial whistle-blower regarding the arms deal, who called for Parliament to investigate it. At the time she was a Pan Africanist Congress MP. The commission, which is chaired by[…]

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Mall collapse enquiry continues

The inquiry into the collapse of the Tongaat Mall, in which two people were killed, will continue on Thursday. On Wednesday, the commission of inquiry in Durban heard that strength tests were never carried out on the concrete used in the columns supporting the ill-fated Tongaat Mall. Ronnie Pillay, a[…]

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Relatives fly to Taiwan plane crash site

Family members of victims of a plane crash were flying to the small Taiwanese island on Thursday where the plane had unsuccessfully attempted to land in stormy weather, killing 48. There were 10 survivors, and authorities were searching for one person who might have been in a wrecked house on[…]

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First MH17 bodies arrive in Netherlands

The first bodies from flight MH17 arrived in the Netherlands on Wednesday almost a week after it was shot down over Ukraine, as the conflict flared yet again near the Malaysian airliner’s crash site. Uniformed Dutch military personnel solemnly hoisted 40 wooden coffins from two planes and placed them in[…]

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MAD enters final round

For its fourth giveaway this month, the Make A Difference (MAD) team headed to Pick ‘n Pay in Vangate Mall on Wednesday. People from the surrounding community flocked to the store as the VOC team hosted the live outside broadcast. VOC and Pick n Pay assisted another 50 less fortunate[…]

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Pahad’s visit ‘not enough’: Palestine lobby

South Africa is not doing enough to intervene in the crisis in the Middle East. So says Martin Jansen of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), commenting on the South African government’s decision to send former minister of foreign affairs Aziz Pahad as an envoy to the besieged region. Pahad is[…]

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