Following months of planning, the South African Hajj and Umrah Council (SAHUC) on Tuesday evening announced its postponement of its annual Haj Roadshow. The event, which was scheduled to take place on Saturday at Belgravia High School, is aimed at offer prospective pilgrims’ information about operator options available to them, as well as the latest developments in the hajj industry.
Speaking to VOC’s Breakfast Beat, SAHUC president, Shaheen Essop confirmed that following a board meeting on Tuesday evening, SAHUC has decided to postpone its annual road show.
“The main reason behind that is because haj operators are not yet accredited and as a result will not have any packages to display at the roadshow. It will be at a later date in February, as soon as we confirm the venue and the date we will then recommunicate with the public,” Essop stated.
After due process, SAHUC will finalise operator accreditation within the next 10 days.
“We have interviews with them, [which] don’t take place in one area; we travel between Durban, Cape Town, and Johannesburg and thereafter the assessment is made and the operator is then accredited.”
With regards to a circulation of an accreditation lists on social media, Essop stated that the lists are public knowledge, having been released on 10 January and 23 January, 2017.
He added that anyone who wishes to confirm their accreditation is able to do so via SAHUC’s website at: https://www.sahuchajjregistry.org.za/.
“But bear in mind that the settings on your computer need to be up to date.”
Prospective pilgrims had until 17:00 Tuesday afternoon to accept the accreditation released on 10 January, 2017.
“Yesterday we had cancelled over 215 people and as a result, after going through the necessary queries in the next 48 hours, we will release another list.”