Voice of the Cape


Tough decisions

This forms part of a series by Dr Salim Parker. More stories can be found at hajjdoctor.co.za She was furious and was clearly letting him know her thoughts in not the gentlest of tones. They were waiting to see me in my consulting rooms and were to be my last[…]

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Sahuc releases accredited operators list for 1441

Shortly after arriving back from a hajj protocol meeting in Saudi Arabia, the South African Haj and Umrah Council (Sahuc) has released its list of accredited Hajj operators for the year 1441 / 2020. The regulator has announced that there will be 19 local Hajj operators who have been IATA[…]

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More clients of New Heights Travel break their silence

A group of aggrieved umrah and haj pilgrims are taking legal action against travel operator Fazila Malek from New Heights Travel after the embattled travel agent defaulted on paying back refunds to travellers, whose umrah trips were cancelled in September this year. Malek blames changes in the visa system for[…]

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No Reason To Part

This forms part of a series of hajj stories by Dr Salim Parker. More stories can be found at hajjdoctor.co.za ‘I have been accredited for Hajj this year,’ he told me. He spoke matter of factually, as if he was referring to the weather. No excitement was visible in his[…]

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‘Hajj is truly life changing’

As South African Hujjaj settle back into the routine of their day to day life back home, many will remember a journey that has shaped their perspective on life forever. Three couples joined VOC to relay their first experiences on the Hajj pilgrimage and all three shared the sentiment that[…]

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