Monthly payouts on retirement funds

Government’s proposed retirement reforms will encourage individuals to receive their retirement payouts monthly and not as a once-off lump sum, the National Treasury said on Wednesday. This would ensure pension fund members were protected and could retire comfortably, spokesman Xolisa Dodo said. “Government is proposing important measures to lower charges[…]

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Jordanian clashes outside Israeli embassy

Demonstrators clashed with Jordanian security forces as hundreds attempted to storm the Israeli embassy late Wednesday in Amman in protest of ongoing Israeli military strikes in the Gaza Strip. Anti-riot police clashed with some 300 leftist protestors marching toward the Israeli diplomatic mission in west Amman. About 10 rioters broke[…]

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Hygiene helps prevent MERS: WHO

A World Health Organization official is reminding millions of Muslims making a pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to exercise basic hygiene as mass gatherings pose risks of spreading the Middle East respiratory syndrome. The U.N. agency has recorded 827 cases of MERS and 287 deaths, mostly in Saudi Arabia. The[…]

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Don’t lose hope: MJC

The Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) president Maulana Ighsaan Hendricks has made an impassioned appeal on South African Muslims to remain firm in their resolve in the Palestinian struggle. Hendricks was commenting on a deadly offensive by Israel, which has resulted in 160 airstrikes overnight, killing more than 45 Palestinians, and[…]

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Dismissed editor turns to court

Dismissed Cape Times editor Alide Dasnois will approach the Labour Court following her dismissal, her lawyer said on Tuesday. “The matter has been conciliated by the CCMA. We are now heading to the labour court,” said lawyer Jason White. Papers would be filed within a month, he said. Dasnois contended[…]

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Pagad charge under review

Members of the People Against Gangsterism and Drugs (Pagad) expressed their relief on Wednesday, after a criminal charge against a Pagad leader in was taken under review by the investigating officers. Pagad member Mogammad Kieraan was charged with malicious damage to property, after the windows of a known drug merchant’s[…]

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Maimane: Malema asks good questions

EFF chief Julius Malema asks good questions, but his answers are bad, DA parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane said on Wednesday. There were also some “significant hypocrisies” in the way Malema represented the constituency that put the Economic Freedom Fighters in Parliament, he told a Cape Town Press Club meeting. Maimane[…]

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Man found eating heart claims self defence

A Zimbabwean, who was found apparently eating the heart of a man he had allegedly killed, had acted in self defence, the Athlone Magistrate’s Court in Cape Town heard on Wednesday. Andrew Chimboza, 35, who runs a window-tinting business, said he visited a female client in Gugulethu at night to[…]

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Jordan, Iran condemn Gaza assault

Jordan, one of just two Arab countries to have signed a peace treaty with Israel, demanded Wednesday an immediate halt to deadly Israeli air raids against the Gaza Strip. Government spokesman Mohammad Momani said that the raids that killed more than 28 Palestinians in purported response to rocket fire that[…]

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