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"

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"

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"

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"

What Bo-Kaap heritage status means for the community

The uphill battle against gentrification is not over yet and hard work lies ahead to preserve the area’s heritage. This was the view of the Bo-Kaap Civic and Ratepayers' Association after the Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa on Tuesday night declared that 19 areas in Bo-Kaap would be granted heritage status.  The process … Continue reading "What Bo-Kaap heritage status means for the community"

Bo-Kaap residents urged to assist SAPS with info on stabbing

The police are urging Bo-Kaap community members to come forward with any information that could lead to tracking down the suspect responsible for stabbing a French woman in Bo Kaap earlier this week. The suspect was caught on the City's CCTV cameras stabbing and robbing the victim. He can be seen stabbing her in the … Continue reading "Bo-Kaap residents urged to assist SAPS with info on stabbing"

Victory for Bo-Kaap as 19 sites granted heritage status

Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa has announced that 19 historical places in Bo-Kaap would finally be declared as national heritage sites. The minister made the announcement at the Bo Kaap Civic Centre as residents gathered in their numbers. Chairperson of the Bo Kaap Civic and Ratepayers Association Osman Shabodien said nothing can describe the … Continue reading "Victory for Bo-Kaap as 19 sites granted heritage status"