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Neville Pillay passes away – 23rd September 2021

Neville Topdan Pillay

Neville Pillay, well-known Durban DJ and Comedian, died of a Covid-related illness on Thursday, 23 September. He was a well-known voice on Durban radio stations having worked at East Coast Radio and Lotus FM. Pillay was also loved for his famous Top Dan comedy skits. He also starred in Kings of Mulberry Street and Curry and Vice. In one of his last videos posted on his Facebook page, Pillay shared that he was back in hospital after his oxygen levels plummeted. He said he was not able to walk or talk. In 2019, Pillay underwent eye surgery. He had also previously suffered a heart attack and was diagnosed with kidney failure. Friends took to social media to express their condolences. Also read: Neville Pillay is fighting for his life in hospital Everyone is listening to Neville Pillay’s ‘Fright For Me’ …

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Durban film ‘Untitled For Now’ completes festival run, picks up more international awards

Internationally acclaimed short ‘Untitled For Now'( Which previously was selected at 4 International Film Festivals and 1 won award) has completed its festival run. Director Veron Vadivelu shares:It was selected at two more festivals being the ‘Rustenburg Film Festival [ZA]’ and the ‘Europe Film Festival [UK]’. It also won another International award at the ‘Europe Film Festival [UK]’ for ‘Best Soundtrack’, I was awarded as the producer as well as Jaedon Daniel who composed the score of the film. Both Jaedon and myself are South African Indian independent artists from Durban. Also read WATCH: Durban film-maker Veron Vadivelu wins international award for his short film

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KZN update: Ramaphosa refutes fallout in Phoenix; KZN economic recovery planned

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Statement by President Cyril Ramaphosa about KZN “Much of the narrative around the events in Phoenix has been dominated by attempts to turn one race against another. It has been stoked by anonymous people on social media and in messaging groups making outrageous claims and calling for revenge … They will not succeed. South Africa has a proud history of principled non-racialism and working-class solidarity. African and Indian communities were united in the struggle against apartheid and, together with other communities, remain committed to a united and democratic society,” Ramaphosa said. The president blamed the tensions on people trying to cause mayhem and pursue their own goals by presenting criminal acts in racial terms. “In response to the fear and mistrust, the people of Phoenix and the neighbouring areas of Bhambayi, Zwelitsha, and Amaoti are working to repair the damage. …

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#KZNRiots: Phoenix church leaders want investigation and Zuma freed…

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A number of death have.been attributed to the Phoenix area in the wake of the unrest and looting in KZN over the previous week. A group of Church leaders have demanded an investigation into the deaths and claim racism and “vigilante justice”. IOL reports – religious leaders in KwaZulu-Natal have expressed their condolences and offered prayers to the families who lost their loved ones in the recent violence in Phoenix, amid last week’s unrest. The leaders marched to the local police station yesterday, calling for peace and demanding justice. The march came as the Durban University of Technology Student Representatives Council (SRC) confirmed that two university students were killed in incidents allegedly linked to racial tension in Phoenix. The church leaders marched to the Phoenix police station to hand their memorandum to the station commander. In their memorandum, the group …

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Elders show how its done: making rotis to feed the needy at the Aryan Benevolent Home


Clive Pillay, the programme co-ordinator at the Mandela Youth Centre, said the idea to make the rotis came about after RK Khan Hospital approached them for a solution to the bread shortage issue. The rotis are currently being made at the ABH. Donations can be dropped off at our headquarters (80 Arena Park Drive, Chatsworth). For further information call 031 404 9523 or email The Home, deeply affected by the shortages over the rioting, found the strength to give hope to the even less fortunate: A prayer for peace for all mankindThere is a beautiful hymn in the ancient scriptures of India. It is an Aryan Prayer and we at the Aryan Benevolent Home take great inspiration from it. It is also a Universal prayer and would appeal to open-minded people from all faiths. “May there be peace in …

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Zulu King appeals for peace in KZN – “Our Indian brothers are our closest neighbours”


The King of the Zulu nation, MisuZulu kaZwelithini, called for peace and an end to tension between Zulus and Indians today. The king weighed in on the mounting violent protests and unrest in KwaZulu-Natal that have caused damages estimated to be at around R1 billion. He also addressed Indo-African relations: “My brothers and sisters, a request asking us, with what’s happening between the Zulus and the Indians, that, with immediate effect, it must come to an end. Our Indian brothers are our closest neighbours . . . “We have the second biggest population of Indians in KZN, outside of India, and through that we have met certain people who have come to us to say thank you to the Zulu people and the Zulu Royal family that you are living with our Indian brothers in peace. “So I appeal to …

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Army deployed to Gauteng, KZN – N3 closed in parts

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ENCA: JOHANNESBURG – SANDF soldiers have been deployed to KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng to assist law enforcement agencies amid violent protests. “The South African National Defence Force has commenced with pre-deployment processes and procedures in line with a request for assistance received… to assist law enforcement agencies deployed in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces respectively to quell the unrest that has gripped both Provinces in the last few days,” it said in a statement. READ: Ramaphosa: No acts of violence will be tolerated Earlier on Monday, the Democratic Alliance called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to authorise the deployment of the SANDF in targeted areas. They’re also calling for an urgent meeting with all party leaders to discuss the crisis. READ: DA calls for SANDF deployment to quell violence and looting Meanwhile, police are investigating the deaths of at least six people so far following a wave of protests and looting in KwaZulu-Natal …

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KZN in crisis: Brookside Mall in Pietermaritzburg gutted by fire

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The RTI’s Zinhle Mngomezulu says they are currently closing New-England Road. “Reason being, Brookside Mall is still burning and we were made to understand is that gases might burst. Now we are trying to protect motorists, We are closing the freeway in that area. “Proceeding up north, Tweedie is also closed. If you are travelling from Joburg to Durban, it is not going to be easy.” Read more from ECR: In other news we’ve heard that Salt Rock, Ballito and Shaka’s Kraal are being invaded by looters. Police and security companies are doing a good job of holding them back. please stay safe

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IS targets Mozambique to re-establish its power; Durban fire-arm case withdrawn


After humiliating defeats in the Middle East, the Islamic State is trying to establish itself in Mozambique where the government’s corruption and ineptitude can give it an advantage. Meanwhile, as it is widely known that ISIS fanboys keep caches of cheap weapons in KZN it comes as a surprise that the courts dismissed an open and shut case of illegal firearm possession. Some of these heroes who stumble around the hills of Northern Natal on weekends in their Mr Price camo pants may end up being a menace to the public. Kelly Alkhouli, a political consultant and the Director of International Relations at the Center of Political and Foreign Affairs (CPFA) writing in The Hill expressed the view that at this stage, the group remains a mere shadow of the threat it once cast, but the Mozambique government’s petty corruption …

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Terror Group IS planning on attacking KZN after Mozambique: FBI

Top South African investigators are working with the American Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) after a security concern that the international terrorist group, Islamic State (IS), might be planning some co-ordinated attacks on the country. When the Islamic State moves into a territory, they conduct a reign of terror that includes indiscriminate killing of their enemies. As was seen in Syria, Christians are targeted for execution followed by minority religions like the Yazidi (related to Hinduism) and even Islamic offshoots eg Shia, Alawite, Druze. Forced conversion or payment of a special tax and limited rights is the only protection from sadistic execution. They throw gay or bisexual men from tall structures to their deaths, stone women who don’t conform, perform female genital mutilation, marry Islamic girls to their soldiers and sheikhs and treat younger non-muslims as sex slaves, and capture …

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