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Fire displaces elderly Muslim woman

A fire in Belthorn Estate has left the elderly 97 year Aaisha Stemmet displaced. On Thursday, just after Esha a fire destroyed the dwelling of the elderly women and her 70 year old daughter. Disaster Risk Management services said the two victims were transported to Groote Schuur Hospital. Two other[…]

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Journo licences slammed

Newspaper editors have slammed SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s proposal that journalists carry licences to work in the industry. Speaking to VOC News on Friday, a group of journalists said it was a tactic to control information circulation within the journalistic profession. Last week, the South African National Editors[…]

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MJC announces mass march

The Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) along with various other Palestinian solidarity groups are set to stage a march to parliament on Wednesday16th July, against the brutal Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip. The demonstration will be held in the hopes of persuading local government to recall the South African ambassador[…]

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Say an extra prayer for Gaza

The Muslim Students Association (MSA) Union has made an impassioned appeal on Muslim communities to offer an extra prayer for Gaza on Friday. This extra prayer should be performed after the Taraweeh salah at the nearest mosque in your community. The Qiyaam (extra prayer) is offered during the Esha’i Salaah[…]

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Farewell, Thabiet

The VOC family is mourning the lost one of its brightest personalities, colleague and friend Thabiet Slamang. Thabiet passed away during the early hours of Friday morning after a sudden illness. Thabiet joined VOC in September 2002, after a stint in night radio with the station’s Community Forum (CF). Thabiet[…]

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Join banner campaign: BDS

South Africans have been urged to take part in a banner campaign to increase consciousness on the atrocities in Gaza. The campaign has been started by the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions campaign (BDS) in South Africa as a means to garner support for the Palestinian cause. Ordinary citizens can take[…]

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Female Gaza hospital opened to men

The Al-Imdaad Foundation (AIF) has been urged to open its female only hospital in Gaza to all casualties, including males, as emergency medics struggle to keep up with the influx of patients needing medical care. More than 100 Palestinians have been killed in four days of deadly air strikes by[…]

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Dr Kariem to receive award

Well known public health expert Dr Saadiq Kariem will be awarded the 2014 Jakes Gerwel Award in Public Health for his role in restructuring health services since 1990. The award ceremony will be taking place on Friday 11 July at the School of Public Health at UWC. Dr Kariem has[…]

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AWS heads to Belhar

Following a largely successful second week in Woodlands, organisers of the popular VOC Ahlan Wa Sahlan (AWS) programme have called for even greater support from the community, when the programme descends upon the Masjid ul Nasriellah in Belhar. The programme will see community members from the area join the VOC[…]

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Help keep Gaza Safe

A Gaza-based doctor has made an urgent appeal for emergency supplies to assist the Gaza people, who are victims of a brutal siege by the Israeli military. Dr Alaa Abu-Shabaan, the founder of the Stay Safe Gaza project, said the aid is needed for the rebuilding of the damaged houses[…]

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