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City welcomes ruling against illegal protest

The City of Cape Town on Tuesday welcomed the judgment by the High Court in Cape Town in civil action against the Cape Town Informal Settlement organisation and its members. The organisation failed to oppose the matter in court and a default judgment in excess of R55,000 was granted, the[…]

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Residents take stock of damages

Residents of the Khuma township near Orkney in the North West, the epicentre of an earthquake that left a trail of mayhem in the province, were still assessing damages on Tuesday. Sonwabile Klaas arrived home to find her house dislodged from its foundation and an outside room completely destroyed. “It[…]

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Gaza ceasefire sets stage for Cairo talks

A 72-hour truce took hold in Gaza on Tuesday as Israel withdrew troops following four weeks of bitter fighting and Palestinians ventured out to find scenes of destruction. The guns fell silent after 29 days of fighting, bringing an end to the bloodshed that killed at least 1,867 Palestinians and[…]

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Experts: Give new US Ebola drug to Africans

Three of the world’s leading Ebola specialists have called for experimental drugs and vaccines to be offered to people in West Africa, where a vast outbreak of the deadly disease is raging in three countries. Noting that American aid workers who contracted the disease in Liberia were given an unapproved[…]

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China earthquake death toll hits 589

At least 589 people have died in an earthquake that devastated a Chinese village, officials said Wednesday, marking a sharp increase in the death toll. “As of 10.30 on Wednesday… 589 people have died” after Sunday’s magnitude 6.1 tremor in the southwestern province of Yunnan, China’s ministry of civil affairs[…]

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The Gaza conflict by numbers

Twenty-nine days of fighting between Israel and Hamas broke out on July 8 and expanded with an Israeli ground assault nine days later. A truce came into effect Tuesday. Here is a summary of the chief statistics as the 72-hour ceasefire began: DEATH TOLL In Gaza, 1,867 Palestinians have been[…]

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Palestinian diplomat to speak about Gaza horrors

Diplomat at the Palestinian embassy of South Africa, Tamer Almassri will be in Cape Town on Wednesday to publically speak about his personal experiences of life in Gaza. Al Massri lost eight family members in an Israeli attack on Gaza on Saturday. He also lost two sons in previous attacks[…]

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Husami raises R120 k for Gaza

Within two weeks since its launch, the Husami masjid in Cravenby has raised a whopping R120 000 for the Gaza Water Project. VOC in partnership with the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) and the Al Quds Foundation launched the humanitarian initiative last month to raise much needed funds for the war[…]

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