By Kouthar Sambo Marking the fifth consecutive day, the search for the child, Joshlin Smith, who went missing from her mother’s boyfriend’s house in Saldanha Bay on Monday, 19 February, is still underway. The Saldanha Bay Municipality said it would issue a R20,000 reward for information that can help police[…]
By Kouthar Sambo The humanitarian Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) Salaam Foundation and Colours of Hope are hosting the Gazan medical doctor for a tour in South Africa from 14 to 22 February (2024). Speaking across the VOC airwaves on Thursday, Palestinian doctor Basel Abuwarda expressed his gratitude to South Africa for[…]
By Kouthar Sambo “Britain, Britain, you can’t hide, we charge you with genocide!” These words were among the resounding chants echoed throughout the City Bowl today at the British Consulate at 8 Riebeek Street, Cape Town. This comes as various Pro-Palestine activists and some organisations convened in the CBD to[…]
By Ragheema Mclean The results of the 2023 Background Report for the 2030 Reading Panel show that the country is regressing in the fundamental unit of education: literacy. Basic literacy among children in South Africa is an ongoing concern, particularly for those grappling with socio-economic challenges such as poverty and[…]
By Kouthar Sambo The eviction at Bill Peters Tent City commenced on Thursday, following an almost two-year legal process. “During this period, Law Enforcement displaced people unit and the City’s social development officials engaged the illegal occupants on multiple occasions to offer them alternative accommodation. These offers of alternative accommodation[…]
By Loushe Jordaan Gilbert Residents in and around Cape Town have expressed their frustrations around the state of public hospitals and clinics, referring to the services offered at these facilities as a disgrace to humanity. As talks continue around the implementation of the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill, emotions are[…]
By Lee-Yandra Paulsen The latest household affordability index report reveals a minor decrease in the total cost of the average household food basket for February. Mervyn Abrahams, Programme Coordinator at Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice & Dignity Group (PMBEJD), discussed these findings on VOC Breakfast. Abrahams highlighted the fluctuating trend in food[…]
By Daanyaal Matthews The Budget Speech, rendered by Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana , has garnered a mixed response from the South African populace as the he announced a continuation of austerity measures, a marginal increase in grants, and a larger focus on funding infrastructure projects. While noting an R80 billion[…]
By Ragheema Mclean During the 2024 Budget Speech, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana announced that the health sector is expected to receive an allocation of R848 billion over the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework, with at least R1 billion directed to the National Health Insurance (NHI). The allocations include R11.6 billion for the[…]
by Loushe Jordaan Gilbert With the national and provincial elections taking place on the 29th May 2024, Home Affairs extended its operating hours to accommodate those who may need an Identity Document (ID) or temp to register to vote. Although this may be seen as a good gesture, many people[…]
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