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    Share a thought, memory or experience that brought you joy today

    A phone call from the vet to let me know the routine teeth cleaning went well but, more importantly, that our little canine companion is in excellent overall health for her age as shown by the blood tests they did before putting her under. As she gets older and greyer we can’t help but wonder...
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    Massmart says it will report billion-rand loss - July riots still weigh on business

    Awful places, Game stores. Years ago they were bustling and now they are like depressing ghost towns.
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    Eskom signs up Hyosung Heavy Industries and Pinggao Group for batteries

    So here’s an idea - problems such as this can be solved incrementally with multiple interventions. It’s not 2000MW or 0MW.
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    Monthly Solar Production - Show us yours

    After a start-stop and months of fighting (long story, in the past, breathing deep and letting go) my installation was finally finished off properly on Monday. So if these ridiculous clouds in Joburg can move along I’ll be smiling and can contribute some fancy graphs soon too!
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    Should SA police officers be trained to fly drones?

    My first thought was “just how fat do we want them to get” and then I come to the comments and see that my thinking is not out of the ordinary. There is indeed a generally pervasive negative view of our men and women in blue. Given our rampant crime and the obvious issues the SAPS has it is...
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    Muslim Judicial Council issues short fatwa on homosexuality

    You’ve inverted the parties somewhat in this analogy. In the case of a published book and CUM acting as a retailer then the author is definitely the seller and CUM the customer. An author is the seller at the core of the relationship with a publisher - maybe you can define them as equal parties...
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    Muslim Judicial Council issues short fatwa on homosexuality

    FFS - a business and a religious organisation are not the same, so no, is the short answer. Just like a human and a business are not the same. If you read what I’ve posted prior you will see that I’ve addressed this multiple times. These are exceedingly simple concepts. I can only imagine that...
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    Muslim Judicial Council issues short fatwa on homosexuality

    People may do it but that doesn’t make it right, or legal. Gay people can just go somewhere else, but the same was true for black people in 1972 but we decided in RSA that things should be different. People don’t seem to realise that the law which prohibits discrimination on the basis of...
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    Muslim Judicial Council issues short fatwa on homosexuality

    If you’re not prepared to accept with the laws of the land are then you should not be having this conversation because the law is intrinsic. You want to go back to the constitution, great because every law we have in this country is tested against that very same Constitution, including PEPUDA...
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    Muslim Judicial Council issues short fatwa on homosexuality

    Again, what is an “Islamic restaurant”? How can a non-human have a religion? A restaurant can be Halaal, can serve traditional foods of certain cultures but as a business it cannot itself be an adherent to any religion. You too are conflating the rights of human beings with non-existent...
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    Muslim Judicial Council issues short fatwa on homosexuality

    This would be totally illegal. You cannot as a business discriminate unfairly; and the law is written clearly to state that refusing service on the basis of well defined criteria, including sexual orientation, is not permitted as it amounts to unfair discrimination.
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    Muslim Judicial Council issues short fatwa on homosexuality

    I am not making it between a natural vs juristic person as a trick. This is literally the language our laws use. You can moan and complain and feel however you like about religion in business but the concepts in law are clear. Go and argue there if you want. I am simply stating what is.
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    Muslim Judicial Council issues short fatwa on homosexuality

    The only strictly Christian place is a church. A party venue is not a church. There is no such thing as a Christian wedding venue that operates as a business. It is business and is therefore automatically, completely devoid of a religion because a business cannot have a religion. What...
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    Muslim Judicial Council issues short fatwa on homosexuality

    I don't know how else to explain the separation of the business and it's owners. In the law human beings are natural persons and businesses are juristic persons - clearly separate from one another and clearly with different definitions and different rights and responsibilities. There is no...
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    Muslim Judicial Council issues short fatwa on homosexuality

    I am merely stating the logical application of what is already codified in our law. Our laws in SA are actually quite well balanced and the objective to be fair in these matters was taken quite seriously when drafting them. We often hear about how our constitution is lauded around the world...
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    Muslim Judicial Council issues short fatwa on homosexuality

    And again we circle back to the notion that LGBT folks must respect the religion of a business owner at their own expense and the religious person need not make any concessions…because special. And ironically the LGBT folks are the ones accused of seeking “special treatment” and being “entitled...
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    Muslim Judicial Council issues short fatwa on homosexuality

    If the venue was owned by a Muslim person it would be subject to the same constitution and laws as any other business that offers it’s served to the public is in South Africa. The reason for this is the concept of a business having a religion is a fallacy. There is no such thing as a business...
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    Muslim Judicial Council issues short fatwa on homosexuality

    You’re quite right there. Perhaps it’s a result of the Muslim folks in SA understanding to a degree what it means to navigate a diverse society as a minority themselves. Big-Christianity in the USA has the benefit of being “dominant” so has never learned to think in terms of balancing the rights...
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    Muslim Judicial Council issues short fatwa on homosexuality

    What is a “Muslim venue”? The only possible meaning for this phrase is a Mosque or associated location and I’m pretty sure no same-sex couple would want to get married there and would be very unlikely to press the issue. Of course I could be mistaken but I don’t recall reading about any cases...
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    South Africa is making a big localisation push – and has stopped using some international products: Ramaphosa

    In theory a good idea. The practice remains to be seen. As South African consumers we could do our part by buying locally made but in some instances the local companies need to come to the party. Prices are totally out of control and have been for far longer than the recent drastic shifts...
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