Saudi Arabia’s decision to suspend travel to the country’s holiest sites over fears of the fast-spreading coronavirus has left travel agents scrambling to rearrange bookings as pilgrims remain in the dark over how long the “temporary” ban might continue. Late on Wednesday, Riyadh’s foreign ministry tweeted that it was suspending entry for pilgrims heading to Mecca and Medina for[…]
A group of Strand pilgrims have now laid criminal charges against alleged fraudster Fasiegh Adams. The disgraced imam is accused of defrauding two groups of mu’tamireen from Mitchells Plain and Strand out of R1.3 million. The pilgrims had paid their umrah in full but did not depart in December as[…]
By Tougheeda Doovey With hujjaj having to select operators before the last SAHUC deadline on Thursday, 6 February, the South African Travel Haj Operators Association (Sathoa) held a hajj market day on Sunday that allowed hujjaj to get more information on hajj packages and which operator to choose for this[…]
Fasieg Adams, a disgraced imam at the centre of several hajj and umrah scandals, did not appear in court on Monday, following his arrest on fraud charges over the weekend. Adams did not make it the Wynberg Magistrates court due to allegedly being sick, resulting in the case being postponed.[…]
Disgruntled clients of Fazila Malek came together to offer her a lifeline in the form of a business rescue plan, however, the embattled travel operator has dismissed the offer. This is according to Johannesburg businessman Muhammad Mayet, who has taken up the cudgels on behalf of several pilgrims who did[…]
The amount owed to disgruntled clients and money lenders by travel operator Fazila Malek from New Heights Travel has now reached R4 million, according to Muhammad Mayet. Two months ago, Malek became enshrouded in controversy after complaints against her were made public, with many accusing her of accepting the money[…]
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[…]
A disgruntled client of New Heights Travel says he is unsatisfied with the answers given by company director Fazila Malek, who has failed to refund clients for umrah trips that did not materialize. VOC News has learnt that many mu’tamireen parted with their money, but due to changes in the[…]
The South African Hajj and Umrah Council (SAHUC) has issued a travel advisory warning people to be cautious when booking with New Heights travel. This follows a number of Umrah complaints against the company. Sahuc says the Mu’tamireen had booked and paid for their proposed umrah trip which did not[…]
Capetonians gathered in their numbers in support of VOC’s first-ever World Travel Expo 2019, held at Moerat Events Cape Town, in Boom Rd, Schaapkraal over the weekend. Over 40 dynamic travel and tours, travel accessory vendors and foreign exchange companies showcased their brands and services in the main exhibitor’s hall[…]
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