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ASRI conference gives voice to diverse views

Civil society representatives, government officials and business leaders were out in their numbers in Johannesburg this past weekend, as the Auwal Socio-economic Research Institute (ASRI) held the country’s first Muslim Civil Society conference. The event brought together South Africans from all sectors of society, with the aim of discourse on[…]

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SA Jews apologize for role in occupied Palestine

“As children, we had put our pocket money into the blue boxes of the Jewish National Fund (JNF), believing that the money was going towards greening Israel. We later discovered our money had been used to plant a forest over the remnants of a Palestinian village – Lubya, destroyed in[…]

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ASRI conference begins, not without drama

The Auwal Socio-Economic Research Institute (ASRI) kicked off the second of their civil engagement conferences this evening at the Wanderers Club in Johannesburg. This was an evening of inspiring speeches by high profile South Africans, pleasant food, and cordial conversation; and also, unexpectedly, a stark reminder that the nation-building work[…]

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Handful picket in CT on Nakba Day

For Palestinians around the world this day, Al-Nakba, marks the date that their entire world was turned upside down. May 15th every year commemorates the Nakba, which is Arabic for ‘catastrophe’. On this day 67 years ago, Israel began its ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people where approximately 400 villages[…]

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IPID investigates Athlone shooting

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) has announced its intent to probe the shooting which led to the death of Athlone resident, Michael Volkwyn. According to the IPID spokesperson, Moses Dlamini, the investigation stems from numerous media reports on the family’s suspicion that police played a bigger role in the[…]

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Muslims to mark Mi’raaj

Lailatul Mi’raaj will be observed across South Africa and parts of the world on Saturday night with great respect and devotion, as Muslims mark the countdown to Ramadan. Rajab is the month most memorable for the journey of Israa and Mi’raaj in which the gift of salah was handed down[…]

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Ml Karaan’s loss leaves huge void

“The greatest memory I have of my father is that he was always humming. When I was a child, I observed it and always wondered what he was saying. Only years later did I understand that he was praising the Prophet (saw). He was in a constant state of thikr[…]

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Learners march against Woolworths over Israel: BDS

More than 10 000 South African school learners’ protested earlier today against Woolworths Stores over its Israeli trade. The #BoycottWoolworths protest was led by the Congress of South African Students (COSAS) in the Free State. COSAS represents school children in all 9 SA provinces and is arguably the largest school[…]

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Cape Flats residents to march on Parly

Fed-up residents across the Cape Flats will mobilize for a protest to Parliament on Tuesday, to raise the alarm on gang violence. The Cape Flats Concerned Residents Association will be protesting to demand the deployment of the army in gang ridden areas on the Cape Flats. Chairman Ricardo Sedres said[…]

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VOC talent search begins

It’s that time of the year where VOC embarks on finding talent in our community. We’re looking for community members who think they have what it takes to be on radio. You must fulfill the following criteria: – Well-spoken – Understanding of the dynamics within the Cape community – Must[…]

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