Sahuc fills hajj quota for 1440

With three months to go before the sacred pilgrimage, South Africa’s hajj quota for 1440/ 2019 has finally been filled. The Western Cape has the most hujjaj in comparison to other provinces at 41%.  The South African Hajj and Umrah Council (SAHUC) made the announcement last night, following another round of hajj roadshows across the … Continue reading "Sahuc fills hajj quota for 1440"

Cyclone Fani kills several people in India, enters Bangladesh

Cyclone Fani, one of the biggest storms to hit the Indian subcontinent in decades, has barrelled into Bangladesh after leaving a trail of deadly destruction across the eastern coast of India. At least 12 people died in Odisha, the worst-hit Indian state, the Reuters news agency reported on Saturday, citing the local Indian media. Meanwhile, … Continue reading "Cyclone Fani kills several people in India, enters Bangladesh"

Palestinian journalist shot in head by rubber bullet while covering Gaza protest

Israel forces shot and injured a Palestinian journalist with a rubber-coated steel bullet on Friday, and three others were killed, including a 19-year-old protestor, as demonstrations continue in Gaza. Safinaz Allouh was covering the ongoing Great March of Return campaign along the Gaza-Israel border fence when she was hit in the head and injured. East … Continue reading "Palestinian journalist shot in head by rubber bullet while covering Gaza protest"

Trump’s backing of Saudi war in Yemen is ‘business decision’

President Donald Trump’s veto of a resolution aimed at ending US support for Saudi Arabia’s brutal war in Yemen means that, in Washington, business interests outweigh humanitarian concerns, political analyst Colin Cavell told RT. The US president has “no compunction” about the thousands of civilians who were killed in the brutal war since 2015, said … Continue reading "Trump’s backing of Saudi war in Yemen is ‘business decision’"

Malema stokes passions ahead of vote

Like any crowd-puller, EFF leader Julius Malema knows how to build excitement: keep audiences waiting, then tell them what they want to hear. For two long hours, his supporters had been whipped into a fervour with revolutionary slogans, thumping music, and warm-up speeches at a packed stadium in Alexandra in Johannesburg. Finally their leader appeared, … Continue reading "Malema stokes passions ahead of vote"

I won’t take medication: Semenya after winning Doha race

Caster Semenya won the 800 metres at the Doha Diamond League meeting on Friday in her first race since losing her appeal over a controversial gender ruling, claiming "actions speak louder than words". Two-time Olympic champion Semenya timed 1min 54.98sec to defeat Burundi's Francine Niyonsaba, who clocked 1min 57.75sec and Ajee Wilson of the United … Continue reading "I won’t take medication: Semenya after winning Doha race"

SA slips down Press Freedom Index

South Africa slipped down three notches on the Press Freedom Index and activists say this is worrying. Reporters without Borders released their findings ahead of International Press Freedom Day. The decline is attributed to the violation of journalist privacy by government. The South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) says there’s a growing trend of distrust … Continue reading "SA slips down Press Freedom Index"

Black Sash calls for revision of social grants

By Anees Teladia While petrol price increases continue to drown the South African people, the effects thereof are further reaching than many might consider. The Black Sash advocacy group has come out to highlight these far-reaching effects and seeks to pressure government into making some changes that the group believes would provide much needed relief … Continue reading "Black Sash calls for revision of social grants"

VOC marks 20th Ahlan Wa Sahlan outreach

With the month of Ramadan setting into winter, VOC hopes to warm up the hearts of the impoverished through the annual Ahlan Wa Sahlan project.  Now in its 20th year, the AWS outreach has been a key project of the station’s social responsibility programme and a firm favourite amongst staff and the various structures. The … Continue reading "VOC marks 20th Ahlan Wa Sahlan outreach"

Bo-Kaap stabbing not isolated, says CPF

By Anees Teladia The recent near-fatal stabbing incident in Bo-Kaap which saw a young French student stabbed in the neck has once again highlighted the state of crime and lawlessness in Cape Town. The chairperson of the Bo-Kaap neighbourhood watch and execo member of the Bo-Kaap community policing forum, Ebrahim Christian says that while Bo-Kaap … Continue reading "Bo-Kaap stabbing not isolated, says CPF"

Department of Human Settlements launch New Woodlands housing project

Residents of New Woodlands backyarders and Kosovo informal Settlement who have been on the housing waiting list for decades will soon get verification as to whether they are beneficiaries of a R212 million housing project. Chairperson of the New Woodlands Residents Association Shahien Van Nelson said it's a small victory for the community who have … Continue reading "Department of Human Settlements launch New Woodlands housing project"

WATCH India’s most powerful CYCLONE in two decades batter its coast

Over a million people in India have been evacuated from the path of monstrous tropical cyclone Fani, which made landfall in the country on Friday. Authorities are poised for the worst, as winds are predicted to reach over 200 kph. The armed forces and the coast guard have been placed on full alert as the “extremely … Continue reading "WATCH India’s most powerful CYCLONE in two decades batter its coast"

2019 Elections: How to vote on 8 May

If this is your first trip to the voting booth, or four years is just too long to remember these things, we’ve got your back with this quick reference of everything you’ll need to know and bring with you on 8 May. In case you’re reading this and haven’t registered to vote, unfortunately, you’ve missed … Continue reading "2019 Elections: How to vote on 8 May"

DA’s Kohler Barnard to appear before Equality Court

Democratic Alliance (DA) MP Dianne Kohler Barnard is expected to appear in the Equality Court, sitting in the Cape Town Regional Court building on Friday morning over alleged racist and discriminatory complaints made at a staff workshop. Magistrate Daniel Thulare is expected to set a date for the hearing after determining in March that she had shown … Continue reading "DA’s Kohler Barnard to appear before Equality Court"

PIC: Know this man? Police have questions for him after French woman was attacked in Bo-Kaap

Police have confirmed they are looking for a man caught on CCTV in Bo-Kaap, Cape Town at the time a French woman was mugged, robbed of her backpack and stabbed in the neck. In CCTV footage of the attack around 09:58 on Tuesday, which has been circulated on social media, a man wearing a black … Continue reading "PIC: Know this man? Police have questions for him after French woman was attacked in Bo-Kaap"

Turkish man wounded in Christchurch mosque attack dies

A Turkish man wounded in the Christchurch mosque shootings seven weeks ago has died in Christchurch Hospital, raising the death toll to 51. The 46-year-old had been in intensive care since being shot at the Al Noor mosque in March. Brenton Tarrant, 28-year-old Australian, has been charged with 50 counts of murder and 39 counts of attempted murder for New … Continue reading "Turkish man wounded in Christchurch mosque attack dies"

‘United as never before’: Maduro leads military march, thanks army for loyalty (PHOTOS)

Embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro thanked his country’s armed forces for remaining loyal in the face of a failed opposition coup plot, holding a parade in their honor. Addressing a crowd of some 4,000 troops of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) prior to the march, the president said the military made history in repelling … Continue reading "‘United as never before’: Maduro leads military march, thanks army for loyalty (PHOTOS)"

Authors retract Stellenbosch University study on coloured women’s ‘low thinking function’

The publishers and authors of a study on the thinking ability of coloured women on Thursday retracted the controversial article. The Stellenbosch University study found that the women presented with "low cognitive function and which is significantly influenced by education". The highly-criticised study, titled "Age- and education-related effects on cognitive functioning in coloured South African women" was … Continue reading "Authors retract Stellenbosch University study on coloured women’s ‘low thinking function’"

Don’t trust anyone, convicted liar Abrams tells Venezuela’s Maduro

President Nicolas Maduro should not trust anyone around him, especially not the Cubans and the Russians, said the US’ point man for toppling the Venezuelan leader after the latest failed US-backed coup attempt. Elliott Abrams was appointed by the Trump administration to lead the effort to oust Venezuela’s elected President Nicolas Maduro and replace him … Continue reading "Don’t trust anyone, convicted liar Abrams tells Venezuela’s Maduro"

Legend of 250 year prophecy to be fulfilled as kramats closer to being national heritage sites

By Anees Teladia Following the historic decision to earmark key sites in Bo-Kaap as heritage, there are now plans afoot to achieve national heritage status for the religious and cultural sites known as kramats in the Western Cape. Six kramat sites have already been declared and there is a submission of 17 more sites currently … Continue reading "Legend of 250 year prophecy to be fulfilled as kramats closer to being national heritage sites"