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Tourism – Hajj and Umrah

Haj processes on track

With the haj accreditation process completed and the full quota filled, the president of the South African Hajj and Umrah Council (Sahuc) Shaheen Essop says operators will now embark on the back end work for Haj 1435. Speaking to VOC’s Breakfast Beat on Friday, Essop said much of the focus[…]

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Haj and umrah dissected

The South African Haj and Umrah Council (Sahuc) needs to reassess its current regulatory system or disband. This was the call made by role-players in the haj and umrah industry at the World Hajj and Umrah Organisers Initiative Forum held at the Westin Hotel in Cape Town at the weekend.[…]

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Hajj volunteers needed

Applications are open for the South African Haj and Umrah Council’s (Sahuc) haj and medical mission for Haj 1435. Sahuc annually deploys volunteers from the Muslim community to provide services to hujjaj during the haj period. The haj regulatory body said interested applicants need to comply with a strict list[…]

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Umrah findings soon

Haj consumer group Hajj Watch will soon release the findings of its investigation into the Gaironiesa Foundation and Lamy Travel. Two weeks ago, Hajj Watch was requested by Lamy Travel to investigate a deal that went sour between the operator and the Gaironiesa Foundation, a non-profit organisation that provides subsidised[…]

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Haj Convention in CT

Ways of improving the global haj and umrah industry will be explored at a haj forum involving a myriad of stakeholders in the sector. The initiative is spearheaded by Hajj People, an enterprise company with a commercial engine that has a social purpose. The World Haj and Umrah convention will[…]

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Hands tied: Stakala

Tempers flared at a meeting in Bonteheuwel on Sunday called by Gaironiesa Foundation director Shahied Stakala. More than 300 people packed the multipurpose hall, to demand answers from Stakala and Lamy Travel, who have both been accused of misappropriating umrah funds.  For the first time since December, Stakala faced the[…]

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