“I just want to grab Shiraaz and hold him.” These were the words of Shirley Brijlal, the former wife of SA photographer Shiraaz Mohamed, who was kidnapped and held hostage in Syria for almost three years. Gift of the Givers announced this week that they had received information that Mohamed[…]
Captured photojournalist Shiraaz Mohamed is safe in Turkey and through diplomatic channels, will return to South Africa soon. That was the word from Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, the founder of the Gift of the Givers Foundation, speaking to VOC Breakfast Beat, following the breakthrough that the South African is now free[…]
Gift of the Givers has been ordered to stop taking food and giving medical help to the hundreds of foreign nationals taking shelter at Cape Town’s Central Methodist Church because the group’s leadership is upset with the charity. “We have been asked not to be there,” Gift of the Givers[…]
Residents of the ‘the Vlei’ informal settlement in Vygieskraal in Athlone will have to start over after a fire wreaked havoc on Monday afternoon. Two people died in the blaze and approximately 1200 people were displaced. The raging fire destroyed over 300 informal structures. The Gift of the Givers Foundation[…]
There has been a renewed hope of having South African teacher, Mushfiq Daniels, return home following recent sightings in Ho Cho Minh City, Vietnam. But, his family is in need of more support to continue their search. Daniels’ family traveled to Vietnam shortly after the 28-year-old went missing in July.[…]
Three South African men are embroiled in complex international situations with little hope of return. South African photo-journalist Shiraaz Mohamed is being held hostage by an armed group in Syria while John Bothma and Mushfiq Daniels have disappeared without a trace while staying in Vietnam. Founder of the Gift of[…]
What appears to be a new video has surfaced showing South African photojournalist Shiraaz Mohamed who continues to appear as a hostage of an armed rebel group in Syria. In a statement, Gift of the Givers Foundation, which has been leading the negotiations for his release, said the “new” video[…]
Police Minister Bheki Cele is expected to attend the funeral of the 17-year-old Gift of the Givers volunteer who was killed in gang crossfire in Hanover Park, Cape Town on Friday. Ameerodien Noordien and three other bystanders were shot at multiple times while standing outside a tuck shop. Gift of[…]
On Wednesday, humanitarian organisation the Gift of the Givers (GOTG) held a press briefing about headway made in the long-running saga of two hostages. Stephen McGown, a South African, and Johan Gustafsson, a Swedish national, were captured by Al Qaeda in Mali, known as Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM),[…]
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