D6 ground to be prepared for construction soon

Hundreds of restitution claimants have been assured by top officials that all levels of government were working together – and had adequate funding – to this year start creating a new District Six that would be well-designed, beautiful, sustainable and economically vibrant. The claimants, many of whom are elderly, gathered[…]

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Bones dug up in Simon’s Town

Diggers were left in shock after they unearthed what appears to be a shallow grave in Simon’s Town. The discovery was made during the construction of a new block of flats in the area, where more than a hundred bones were reportedly found. The bones are estimated to be close[…]

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Knysna masjid lays its foundation

By Zahraa Schroeder After lengthy legal battles, the Knysna Muslim Council (KMC) has laid its foundation and cast the roof of its long-awaited masjid in Rawson Street – the very first in the famous coastal town. Situated directly in the city centre of Knysna, the aim of the masjid it[…]

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HRC conducts fact-finding mission in Bo-Kaap

By Tauhierah Salie The South African Human Rights Commissioner, Chris Nissen led a walkabout in Bo-Kaap on Wednesday, following an engagement with the community in June over alleged human rights violations, as a result of the construction of 15 buildings in the area. Western Cape high court Judge Henney granted[…]

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Still no clarity on the D6 construction delays

By Wardah Wilkinson The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform appeared in front of the Western Cape Standing Committee on Human Settlements on Wednesday to answer questions relating to current status of Phase 3 of the District Six restitution process, which has reached a standstill. Since the sod-turning for[…]

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Uncertainty over mosque project in Parklands

A plot of land that is set to be used to erect a mosque in Parklands, Tableview has been issued with a “cease work” notice by the City of Cape Town. The developer of the project was served with the notice after residents in the community and the Parklands Homeowners[…]

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New Valhalla housing project marred by tension

Over 700 Valhallah Park informal dwellers could soon see their dream of having their own homes, following the launch of the City of Cape Town’s Break New Ground (BNG) Housing Development in the area. Beneficiaries told VOC News they have been waiting for up to fifteen years for a home. Mayco[…]

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No increase in hajj quota: Sahuc

There will be no increase in South Africa’s hajj quota for 2016 after the Saudi Ministry of Hajj announced that quota cuts are to continue until construction work in the Kingdom has been completed. There were initial suggestions that the country could have 20% of its original quota restored for[…]

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Knysna mosque construction under threat

A High Court application is threatening to derail the construction of a mosque in Knysna, with a group of objectors from a local homeowners association keen to have the development’s approval overturned. In 2008 the Knysna Muslim Council applied to its local municipality for a property anywhere in the vicinity[…]

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