First umrah kicks off

With the beginning of the first umrah season in the new year, a large influx of mu’tamireen has resulted in the Saudi Embassy imposing a quota of 150 visas per company per day. Local mu’tamireen alerted VOC News of setbacks with their visas this week. South African Travel and Hajj[…]

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Stakala case to move to commercial crimes court

Gaironiesa Foundation director Shahied Stakala appeared before the Athlone Magistrates Court on Wednesday where the case was postponed to the 1st December 2014. According to the presiding judge, the matter will soon move to a commercial court for further ruling. Stakala sat in the front dock as aggrieved mu’tamireen waited for[…]

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Stakala case postponed again

Gaironiesa Foundation director Shaheed Stakala appeared before the Athlone Magistrates Court on Tuesday where his case was once again postponed to the 29th September.  Stakala does not have legal representation and told the court that he is currently seeking legal aid. Some affected mutamireen told VOC News that Stakala continued[…]

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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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750,000 on Umrah

The decision taken by the Haj Ministry to issue Umrah visas during the month of Safar has proved to be a boon to domestic tourism with about 750,000 pilgrims performing Umrah during the month. Al-Sayed Ahmed Sheikh Alwi, an expert in the economics of Haj and Umrah tourism, said the[…]

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Cashing in on Umrah

Airfares from India to Jeddah have increased by as much as 150 percent ahead of the birthday of the Prophet (peace be upon him) on Jan. 14. According to travel agents in India, Saudi diplomatic missions are issuing Umrah visas in the Hijri month of Rabi Al-Awwal for the first[…]

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