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VOC festival postponed

After much deliberation, organizers have announced that this year’s edition of the the annual VOC Summer Festival will be postponed until early 2015. The news comes as the station has been inundated with calls from regular festival goers and potential stall holders, as to when the event would be launched.[…]

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SAMNET, MRN welcome ruling on SABC

The South African Media Review Network (SAMNET) has welcomed a decision by the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA), in which they dismissed complaints leveled against the SABC over supposed bias in its new coverage of the Gaza conflict. In a statement released on Monday, the BCCSA announced that[…]

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Knysna Muslims make appeal for masjid

The Knysna community has recently appealed to neighbouring Muslim communities to support their intention for the establishment of a Masjid in the attractive tourist town. The Knysna area currently houses some 250 Muslim residents and provides two salah rooms for prayers. The Knysna Muslim Council’s Riedwaan Omar told VOC News[…]

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D-Day for Matrics as exams commence

With the start of the National Senior Certificate Examinations on Monday, Grade 12 learners across the country face the most difficult period of their schooling career. The first paper written was Computer Application Technology (CAT) which did not consist of much theoretical work as it was based on practical performance.[…]

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An Nur Sisterhood raises over R100k for Gaza

The An Nur Sisterhood, comprising of some fifty women from the local Muslim community, used their resources and support to raise over R100 000 toward the Gaza Water Project. The group, ranging from young girls to mothers of the community, held a humble hand over ceremony at the Darul Naim[…]

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Bhikha, IRSA collaborate for ‘An Orphans Tale’

South Africa’s most prominent Nasheed artist, Zain Bhikha, is planning to delve into the unchartered waters of stage production, with a new play entitled ‘An Orphan’s Tale’. Run in partnership with Islamic Relief South Africa (IRSA), the play will be directed, produced and scored by Bhikha himself and will star[…]

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Police to clampdown on gang recruitment

Although the community has a major role to play in preventing the spread of gangsterism in the province, Operation Combat leader Major-General Jeremy Veary believes cutting gangs off from their recruitment base may cripple them in future. At the 35th Crimestoppers International Conference in Cape Town this week, Veary said[…]

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Pink Hijab Day today

Tuesday 28th October marks VOC’s annual Pink Hijab Day campaign, an initiative run for the past six years. Pink Hijab Day aims to mobilize women into donning pink scarves in a show of solidarity with those who have lost their hair during cancer treatment. It also seeks to challenge the[…]

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CMRM pays tribute to Professor Ali Mazrui

The following tribute was delivered by Imam Rashied Omar, during his Jumuah Khutbah at the Claremont Main Road Masjid, on Friday the 17th October 2014: The Claremont Main Road Masjid (CMRM) extends its deepest condolences on the passing of one of Africa’s foremost public intellectuals and scholars, Professor Ali Mazrui.[…]

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Halal: Beyond the Certificate

Members of the World Halal Council (WHC) convened to discuss the state of the halal industry, at its Annual General Meeting held in Cape Town on Saturday. The event was a precursor to the World Halal Summit, to be held at the annual Malaysia International Halal Showcase (MIHAS) in Kuala[…]

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