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    No one is safe until everyone is safe

No one is safe until everyone is safe

WILLIAM HIRSCH reports on the first-ever People’s Vaccine Open Forum. ‘WE would like to see people vaccinated. It is the best defence against serious illness and death. We want to see people vaccinated but we will also not force people.’ These were the sentiments expressed by Kedibone Mdolo, a representative

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    So many lives, so many tears

So many lives, so many tears

With the onset of the COVID-19 epidemic, many have lost family and friends; the community has lost selfless activists working for justice and those who worked towards building social cohesion and contributed towards research and scholarship. We invite our readers to submit brief obituaries of a family member, friend or

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    SANZAF’s Abdusamad Akoojee, a giant who fell in love with the poor

SANZAF’s Abdusamad Akoojee, a giant who fell in love with the poor

ABDUSAMAD AKOOJEE, a former executive member of SANZAF, who served the poor for over five decades, passed away on January 2, aged 82. Well known for his Zakah desk at Masjid ul-Quds, Gatesville in Cape Town, during Ramadan, he would arrive at 10am and leave well after Tarawih. When he
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    Worcester: a community rises from colonial and slave legacy

Worcester: a community rises from colonial and slave legacy

ANVER SEDAN, the chairperson of the Worcester Muslim Jamaa and leader of the gadat, gajaat and dhikrs in the community, writes about the two-hundred year history of a community that rose from a colonial and slave legacy. WORCESTER is known to many, particularly those from Cape Town, as the town

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    School honours teacher who led from the front

School honours teacher who led from the front

ALEXANDER Sinton High School has honoured one of its teachers who were at the forefront of the student-teacher uprisings against apartheid in the eighties. FARID SAYED attended the event. On Saturday, November 21, the school in Athlone unveiled the Nabil Basil Swart Foyer, two days after he had celebrated his

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    Sexually abused by a darul uloom teacher

Sexually abused by a darul uloom teacher

RADIA Razack is an accomplished professional with a career as environmental lawyer. But she has a story to tell, disturbing in its detail yet astonishingly inspiring in its approaching finale. Our reporter, MAHMOOD SANGLAY, spoke to her. Radia’s story is one of near-closure. It is a sustained, present continuous narrative

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Educator wins outstanding doctoral thesis award

by MAHMOOD SANGLAY PROFESSOR Shafika Isaacs earned her Ph.D in education at University of Johannesburg (UJ) in 2019. In addition, she was awarded meritorious recognition of her work as Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation by the South African Education Research Association (Saera). Her thesis is entitled ‘Towards the recognition of a Soweto

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    UCT Summer School 2021

UCT Summer School 2021

DR MEDEE RALL outlines the short courses across a range of disciplines on offer at the UCT Summer School 2021. THE University of Cape Town’s annual Summer School, which will run from January 11 to 30, offers over ninety short courses across a range of disciplines. It includes introductory language

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    Cape kramats to be nominated as heritage sites

Cape kramats to be nominated as heritage sites

by YUSUF KHAN DALWAI IN January 1982, a group of people with common interest formed what was then called the Robben Island Mazaar (Kramat) Committee. Their vision is to maintain the numerous shrines located in the Western Cape and to propagate the teachings of the saints interred therein. The name

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    Stop the victimisation of teachers, reject private education

Stop the victimisation of teachers, reject private education

THE Progressive Organisations’ Formation (POF) expresses outrage in this statement at the victimisation of teachers and principals by the Western Cape Education Department. The extreme poverty and inequalities within present-day South Africa has been unmistakably exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the education arena, as elsewhere, the health disaster fell
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