Cape Muslim Congress

Fracking is on the table

According to my interpretation of information acquired from officials and influential provincial politicians, it seems that fracking the Karoo maybe a fait accompli. Although the decision to frack maybe a national government prerogative, I am convinced that the provincial government will not object. Already the province has established a research unit led by highly qualified people. I am certain that this research will be used to sugar coat the inevitability of fracking the Karoo. Over the next few months, Capetonians…

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There is no such thing as free

The article by Ilse Fredericks “Paying for Position” August 14th, reminds me of politicians who promise free water, free electricity and free housing. As a Councillor who serves on the Finance Portfolio Committee of this city I can confirm that nothing is free. In Cape Town, it is primarily the middle income families that carry the financial burden thru a regular increase on tariffs (water, sewerage, electricity and rates). Soon the city will again embark on a property evaluation program…

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The flip side of the ecological coin

In the August meeting of the Energy and Climate Change Committee, officials repeated the mantra that Capetonians need to conserve energy. The city could experience a shortage of fresh water and electricity in the future if locals do not change the manner in which we utilize these resources. In Cape Town the transport sector (50%) is the major consumer of energy, residents uses 18%, government 1%, commerce uses 17% and industry uses 14%. These statistics suggest that locals must reduce…

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Are Muslims predisposed to conflict?

To most Capetonians the conflicts in the Muslim world and Muslim animosity towards the West may often be unclear. Because local Muslims wear jeans, t-shirts and sneakers, eat McDonalds and KFC; enjoy western music, television and technology (internet) the contradictions appear obvious. In his book “Understanding Power’ Noam Chomsky Professor in the Department of Philosophy at MIT, Boston inadvertently explains this perceived Schizophrenia. Chomsky states “the functions of third world countries are to be markets for American business, source of…

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Redefining Ramadan

Just when I thought I heard it all, local criminals announce a cease fire in response to the holy month of Ramadan, Argus July 23. When I read this, I was intrigued. While most of us (Jews, Christians, and Muslims etc.) are petty sinners, in a constant state of remorse because of our short-comings, criminals spend their energy, actively involved with malevolent wickedness. By definition, criminals steal, rape, murder, sell and use drugs and engage in activities that generally terrorise…

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