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SANZAF invests in islamic institutions

The South African National Zakah Fund (SANZAF) handed over a cheque worth R371 160 to the International Peace College South Africa (IPSA) earlier this week, that will benefit 41 students. So far this year, SANZAF has assisted 183 students at 17 Islamic institutions across the Western Cape with bursaries totalling[…]

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Habib hits back at students

Tensions were high at a Wits university debate on Thursday night, where vice chancellor Adam Habib apparently lost his cool on questions over the removal of controversial SRC president Mcebo Dlamini. The student’s “I love Hitler” comment has sparked nationwide debate on freedom of speech and also raised questions about[…]

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All systems go for VOC fest!

The annual VOC festival is a time when the radio station’s staff rally together for its biggest social event, and more importantly, meeting loyal listeners. As the festival kicks off on Thursday evening, hours before the official opening on Friday night, VOC staff shared their expectations for this year’s fundraiser.[…]

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Is SA paying too much for haj?

South African hujaaj are being denied access to low-cost haj packages because of a monopoly run by local tour operators, according to a prominent community activist. Recent press reports in Saudi Arabia indicate the availability of more affordable packages within the kingdom, which are targeted at those who finds themselves[…]

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Ottery under siege: CPF

A quiet tension has washed over the community of Ottery as they anticipate when the next gang shooting will break out. Grassy Park CPF chairperson Phillip Bam says gang related violence is taking innocent lives every week. Over the past weekend, a 73 year old woman was killed by a[…]

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Nasheed builds confidence amongst youth

Cape Town’s top-notch nasheed talent was on display at the City Hall on Saturday at Discover Islam’s annual nasheed competition. The competition involved two categories with primary schools competing against each other and a separate division with high schools competing against one another. The girl’s category winners: Schotsche Kloof Primary[…]

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Labia refuses to screen ‘Roadmap to Apartheid’

Activists from the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign (PSC) have decided to take steps to enforce a ruling by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) that the Labia theatre screen the award-winning documentary ‘Roadmap to Apartheid’. The organisation said it was disappointed that the management of the cinema had rejected the[…]

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Essop brothers explore SA ‘Unrest’

After successfully tackling various cities in South Africa, the Unrest exhibition by artists Hasan and Husain Essop, is currently on its second last leg of its tour in Johannesburg. Eleven photographs were chosen for this exhibition and each photograph depicts a different location and a different situation. Each photograph is[…]

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Stigma still a barrier for HIV/Aids: expert

Stigma and discrimination, real or perceived, is one of the major barriers to South Africa getting more control of the HIV epidemic. So says Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim from the Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), a top HIV/Aids researcher. She was commenting on a[…]

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MSF to host ‘mini-imbizo’

The Manenberg Safety Forum (MSF) are looking to shakeup the ‘top-down’ approach, which they claim has had little benefit in addressing the issues that continue to plague the community. The forum will host a mini-imbizo on Monday 11th May, in which they will pose their plans going forward to several[…]

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