There is a general misunderstanding as to how the umrah industry in South Africa operates, according to the president of the South African Travel and Haj Operators Association (Sathoa), Sedick Steenkamp. The local hajj and umrah fraternity has often faced scrutiny from the community over the manner in which the[…]
South African hujaaj are being denied access to low-cost haj packages because of a monopoly run by local tour operators, according to a prominent community activist. Recent press reports in Saudi Arabia indicate the availability of more affordable packages within the kingdom, which are targeted at those who finds themselves[…]
A new non-profit website is looking to make the haj process less strenuous for prospective pilgrims, by providing one platform through which to evaluate their options with regards to packages. The site is called Islamic Finance and features a ‘Haj prices’ section which provides a detailed spread sheet on rates,[…]
Operators are reeling in umrah pilgrims intending to make the pilgrimage to the holy Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the month of Ramadan, by offering packages for a 30 day stay. However, the South African Travel and Haj Operators Association (Sathoa) says the Saudi Hajj Ministry has only allocated 15[…]
Eskom has asked its staff to consider voluntary retrenchment packages, a spokesman confirmed on Wednesday. “We can confirm that we have announced the process by which employees can apply for voluntary separation packages,” spokesman Andrew Etzinger said. The applications, due in February, would be considered on a case-by-case basis. Eskom’s[…]
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