All emergency responses activated for KZN floods
All emergency response systems have been activated in KwaZulu-Natal following heavy downpours that saw several areas being flooded again in the province. Last month, the province experienced its worst ever flood disaster that resulted in billions of rands of infrastructural damage. Nearly 450 people died during last month’s flood disaster. Spokesperson for the KZN department …

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City to help 2000 indigent households affected by water leakages
The City of Cape Town will be assisting 2000 indigent households that have been affected by water leakages. These households have collectively used 50 kilolitres of water per month. Some of this could have been lost due to leaky pipes. Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Sanitation, Zahid Badroodien says that the leak repair programme …

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Mosque starts petition over City noise nuisance by-law
The Mughammadiyyah Masjied committee has launched a petition, calling on the City of Cape Town to institute concrete changes to the by-law relating to noise nuisances. While Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis has met with the mosque committee in Salt River to explain his decision to update the Standard Operations Procedure (SOP), the mosque says that this …

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‘Manenberg children were safer during lockdown’
The Manenberg community has threatened to close the schools in the area. It follows sporadic shootings near primary schools in Manenberg yesterday. Images of children laying on the floor of their classrooms for fear of being hit by a stray bullet has caused an outcry from across the Cape Flats. Many communities have had similar …

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‘Transparency will strengthen Muslim organisations’
The Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) has been criticised for closing ranks rather than explaining the process of a Commission of Inquiry into alleged financial mismanagement. Islamic scholar, Professor Farid Esack says that closing ranks affects the spirit of good governance, and is unhelpful in the long run. He was speaking as the MJC’s second deputy …

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MJC mum on allegations of financial mismanagement
The Muslim Judicial Council is tight-lipped on the allegations of financial mismanagement levelled at its executive. The MJC’s second deputy president Sheikh Riad Fataar has told Radio 786 that they will not be speaking on the matter as he claimed that they are not allowed to comment until a commission of inquiry into the allegations …

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Repo rate hikes to impact already struggling working class
Disappointment has been voiced over the Reserve Banks decision to increase the repo rate by 50 basis points in response to rising inflation. Trade federation Cosatu says while they acknowledge that price stability is important, they feel that for an economy that suffers from large external shocks, depressing demand through an interest rate hike does …

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72-year-old child rapist jailed for life
An Eastern Cape High Court has come down on hard on an unrehabilitated 72-year-old child rapist. Mzimkhulu Makroza Thompson was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to rape and attempted rape of his neighbour’s nine-year-girl granddaughter in a district of Zwelitsha. According to the National Prosecuting Authority the man attacked the little girl …

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High Hajj and Umrah costs: What pilgrims must know
For many people, the hajj or umrah is the first, and sometimes only international trip they’ll ever take. When considering the finances, while focusing on affording the packages offered by travel operators, pilgrims may be unaware of the added costs of being in a foreign country, including daily meals, general spending money or having to …

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Rape accused Stellies student out on R1k bail
A Stellenbosch University student accused of rape has been released on bail. The student appeared in the Stellenbosch Magistrate’s Court this morning. He faces two counts of rape. The National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) Eric Ntabazalila says the court set his bail at R1000, on the condition that he must not be in contact with the …

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Could SA experience stage 8 load shedding?
If the current rolling blackouts aren’t enough for South Africa, some energy experts have anticipated that stage 8 load shedding could be rolled out if Eskom doesn’t get its act together. This is the warning issued by energy expert Mike Rossouw. Under stage 8, consumers would experience up to 48-hours without power for more than …

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SA activists call for end to Germany’s Nakba denialism
Demands have been made for Germany to end its anti-Palestinian and Nakba denialism. The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) which is set to stage a lunchtime picket outside the German Consulate in District Six has denounced the ban on Nakba commemorations in the capital Berlin. A court outlawed five Palestinian demonstrations claiming that there was a …

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Will South Africans Pay The Price For Eskom’s Diesel?
The parliamentary debate over South Africa’s energy crisis has reached boiling point. During yesterday’s session, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan criticised MPs for disregarding the latest State Capture Report that focussed on Eskom. The minister also dismissed the DA’s call to have a national state of disaster be declared on Eskom. Can the findings of …

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Will The National White Paper On Rail Improve CT’s Rail System?
South Africa’s rail network could soon be better ‘on track’ after Cabinet approved a white paper aimed at developing the country’s critical rail infrastructure. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula says the policy was approved in March and would be gazetted on Monday. It comes as Transnet announced an R8-billion loss in the 2020/21 financial year. For …

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Bosasa fraud case postponed to July 12th
The Bosasa fraud case has been postponed to July 12th. This, as former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi stands accused of bribing former MP Vincent Smith in exchange for his influence. Between 2004 and 2007, Bosasa scored prison contracts amounting to more than R1-billion. At the time, Smith was the Chair of Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on …

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Algerian MPs want Apartheid Israel relations criminalised
Algerian lawmakers have submitted a bill to the People’s National Assembly, which would criminalise establishment of relations with the Tel Aviv regime. The bill will also prohibit travel to the occupied territories or any direct or indirect contact with Israelis. It includes seven articles, which aim to “criminalise normalization with the Zionist entity” as well …

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Tazne van Wyk’s alleged killer pleads not guilty
The man alleged to have kidnapped and murdered Tazne van Wyk has plead not guilty to the charges. Moehydien Pangaker appeared in the Western Cape High Court. Court documents reveal a history of alleged sexual abuse of children in his family. Pangaker aces 20 charges including rape, murder, sexual assault, kidnapping and defeating the ends …

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One killed and three wounded in Cape Flats shootings
At least three people including a 16-year-old have been shot and wounded in the ongoing gang war in Manenberg. In the first incident three attackers opened fire on two men in a black motor vehicle in Pecos Walk. The pair were taken to Heideveld hospital for treatment. Three hours later a teenage boy was struck …

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It’s all systems go for the Nehawu strike at SARS
It’s all systems go for the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu’s) plans to go on a full-blown strike at the South African Revenue Services (SARS). Earlier today, the union briefed the media in Kibler Park, Johannesburg detailing its plans for the strike scheduled for May 25th. The strike action comes amid a …

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Racism At Stellenbosch University Should Be Dealt With
Alleged racism at Stellenbosch University has once again fallen under the spotlight. It follows video footage of white students urinating on a black student’s belongings in his residence room. The white student has since been suspended. In response, the university described the incident as destructive, hurtful and ultimately racist. Angered students yesterday led a protest …

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The dynamics affecting Hajj and Umrah regulation in SA
South Africans will finally be able to perform Hajj this year. Concerns about the spread of Covid-19 since 2020 drastically impacted the number of people allowed to participate in the pilgrimage. The doors are now open to international visitors, but with tighter regulations and quotas. However, in South Africa, the reduced number of pilgrims allowed …

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SA following Europe’s energy crisis patterns
We’re in for an even darker, and colder, winter. Ten of Eskom’s power stations were running without two generating units each yesterday. And if you were in denial before, there’s question that South Africa is in an energy crisis. But as government pushes ahead with the privatisation of the country’s energy supply, what lessons can …

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SAHRC to probe Stellenbosch University urination incident
The South African Human Rights Commission will also be investigating the alleged racist incident at Stellenbosch University this weekend. This as there has been national outrage after a white student urinated on the belongings of a black student on Sunday morning. The university has suspended the attacker, with an extensive investigation also set to be …

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Apartheid Israel disrespects the dead and attacks mourners
The Israeli occupation regime has yet again exposed its brutality and disrespect for the dead. Zionist forces attacked the funeral procession of martyr Walid al-Sharif in Al Quds. They also stormed the cemetery. The 21-year-old Palestinian succumbed to wounds sustained in an Israeli assault on the Al Aqsa Mosque compound during the fasting month of …

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Potential fuel price hike on the cards for June
Another fuel price hike is expected to hit South African motorists next month. The Automobile Association (AA) predicts that the price of a litre of petrol could increase by almost R 2, and diesel by a R1, 62. The association attributed the international oil prices and the rand to the dollar exchange rate as the …

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