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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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Chaos in Nomzamo

Photo: Andriques Che Petersen “I was standing here yesterday, watching this happen. I didn’t understand what it was because it was so strange. Some of my friends lived there, but now after the shacks were broken down I haven’t seen them.” So said Akhona* who stood with me observing the[…]

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GOTG locates white miners

Local relief agency Gift of the Givers has begun feeding the families of white miners affected by the ongoing strike in the platinum mining belt. Two buses with representatives of these families travelled in convoy with Gift of the Givers to the Rustenburg Mines on Monday. Food parcels were distributed[…]

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Bill Gates divests from G4S

Following calls from Palestine solidarity and BDS activists, Microsoft founder Bill Gates has began divesting from the controversial security company G4S. G4S is complicit in Israel’s illegal detention, torture and incarceration of Palestinian political prisoners. The world’s richest man Bill Gates held a stake of more than 3pc in the[…]

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Ramadan health clinics launched

As the holy month of Ramadan approaches, the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) is set to team up with the Islamic Medical Association (IMA) and Eli Lilly SA, in hosting four Ramadan Awareness Health Clinics at mosques across the city. The clinics will focus on the issue of diabetes and how[…]

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Pope’s prayer not enough

A recent joint prayer held in the Vatican by Catholic Pope Francis with Israeli President Shimon Peres and his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas may have been a touching gesture, but only real-world actions will bring about peace in the Middle-East. So says Dr. Firoz Osman of the Media Review Network[…]

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Unhalal SMS a hoax

A number of popular local restaurant outlets, owned by Pakistani nationals, have fallen victim to a hoax text message circulating information regarding their halal status. VOC News was asked to investigate claims of an “unhalal meat” supply from Zimbabwe to these eateries. The sms reads: “Assalam. Pakistani guys bringing in[…]

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Mumbai mourners killed in stampede

At least 18 people have died in Mumbai in a stampede as thousands gathered to mourn the death of the 102-year-old spiritual leader of a Muslim sect. The stampede took place early on Saturday outside the home of Syedna Mohamed Burhanuddin, the spiritual leader of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community.[…]

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$400m pledged for Syria

Charity organisations pledged $400m to help alleviate the humanitarian plight of Syrians affected by their country’s civil war, participants at a meeting of charitable NGOs said. Kuwait’s International Islamic Charitable Organisation said Kuwaiti charities pledged $142m on Tuesday, while dozens of NGOs attending the meeting promised the rest. The funds[…]

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Tunisia: 3 years on

On Thursday, Tunisian Prime Minister Ali Laarayedh of the Islamist Ennahda party announced his resignation, following through on a compromise negotiated by the ruling party. His exit comes as the Tunisian constituent assembly prepares to adopt the country’s post-revolution constitution, capping a two-year process. Three years ago on Tuesday, mass[…]

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