South African National Halaal Authority
December 2013 : Safar 1435

No. 76

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful


Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) - the vital ingredient

It is an essential prerequisite for all governments and NGO’s to abide by the principles of good governance in order to move forward and attain the goal of public welfare. In Islam the added factor is that tasks must be executed in a manner that pleases Allah Almighty best.

Giving effect to one of its founding objectives of being transparent, SANHA hosted its Annual General Meeting open to the public on Sunday 10th November at the Hartley Road School hall in Durban.

186 attendees witnessed SANHA Office bearers present their detailed reports for the year in review.  This included presenting of the audited financial statements which were handed out to the attendees and can also be viewed on our website.

Some salient features from the report were:-

  • Total number of plants certified during the year: 232
  • Total number of certifications cancelled in the period: 105
  • Number of announcements issued in the past year: 22
  • Total number of Muslim employees under the direct and indirect employ of SANHA: 241
  • Total number of Chicken Abattoirs approved  by SANHA: 33
  • Total number of Red Meat Abattoirs approved by SANHA: 26
  • Total income received by SANHA in the last period: R13.9 million
  • Total expenses incurred by SANHA in the said period: R13.7 million
  • Halaal Helpline service remains the flagship of PR activity. 18 299 telephonic queries and 6 527 e-mail enquiries were responded to in the period under review.
  • The Twitter and Facebook social media following has also increased tremendously.                                            

The keynote address was delivered by the eminent and respected scholar of Islam and Ameer of Darul Ihsan, Mufti Zubair Bayat which focused on the importance of and the vital role of the Ulama in our society.

A second speaker, Dr Mustafa Ally a community activist from Australia who is very involved at Islamic, cultural, academic and governmental level and has lectured at many universities throughout the world on information technology shared his experiences.

In a moving acceptance speech, the well-known educationalist, Mahmoud Dawood, thanked SANHA and the community for recognising and acknowledging his monumental contribution to the educational upliftment of the community.

SANHA appreciated the support from the broader community and pledged to continue upholding this tradition of transparency and openness. Insha Allah (God Willing)




The Story of our Beginning, the Present and the Future

Many organisations with dedicated officials are selflessly serving the cause of Halaal worldwide. We ask Allah to bless them abundantly, Aameen.

We reproduce a selection of their messages to SANHA on the occasion of our AGM.



I pray to Allah (SWT) for the continued success of SANHA and growth in services to the ummah and Allah’s Guidance in all your pursuits. May Allah reward all those involved in your organization with success in this world and Jannatul-Firdaws in the hereafter.

The services you provide in Halal is exemplary and worth emulating. Your brothers and sisters in the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand (FIANZ) are proud to be associated with SANHA and are wishing you a successful AGM.


Mustafa Farouk, PhD
Senior Scientist       
AgResearch Limited



I am delighted to hear about the next AGM of SANHA.

Alhamdulillah it is extremely encouraging to see your unwavering commitment to transparency on what SANHA does. I truly believe that SANHA has set a very high standard globally, both in the way it assures the integrity of its halal certification as well as the level of transparency it provides of its operation & finances. May Allah accept all your efforts and take you from strength to strength in the years to come.

Fazal Bahardeen
Chief Executive Officer




On behalf of HALAL CONTROL Germany, we would like to congratulate SANHA on its Annual General Meeting 2013 and would further like to express our gratitude for your great achievements particularly in the field of HALAL from which not only Muslims in South Africa have benefited but also Muslims all over the world.

Thanks to the endeavours of its staff, SANHA has reached a high level of reliability and trust in the whole world.

May Allah the Almighty bless SANHA and its staff in their service to our Ummah and grant you His best rewards.

With brotherly regards


Mahmoud Tatari
General Manager
Halal Control



We would like to take this opportunity to commend SANHA for their tireless efforts in advancing the consumption of Halaal food in the world and especially in Southern Africa. We regard the Ulama at SANHA as our elders in the field of Halaal. From the inception of ZAMHA, we have always endeavored to run our organization on the model and standards set by SANHA and we regularly consult with SANHA regarding pertinent issues regarding Halaal. Alhamdulillah, SANHA has always been willing to advise and provide assistance whenever needed.

Recently, Halaal certifying bodies around the world have borne the brunt of much criticism. However, the reality on the ground is that in the wake of the growing scandals in the food industry, without the efforts of Halaal certifying bodies such as SANHA, the Muslim Ummah would become lambs to the slaughter. 

May Allah Ta’ala reward the members of SANHA for all their efforts and may He grant them the highest stages in the Hereafter.

Muhammad Patel
Zambian Halaal Certifiers


(Sayings and Traditions of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him))

Amirul Mumineen, Umar bin al-Khattab radiyallahu anhu said, “He who presents himself to accusation, should then not blame anyone for harbouring evil thoughts about him.” [Ibn Abid Dunya]

Comment: In this time of the year when many will be travelling, one should not only be aware of Allah and avoid evil, but should also avoid blameworthy places which might result in aspersion being cast against one’s honour. For example, buying ice is permitted, but if the nearest outlet is a liquor outlet one should rather seek ice from a less blameworthy place.



Tried and tested recipes from chefs, gourmet connoisseurs, contributors and also from kitchens of our certified plants for your culinary pleasure.

Save the information and make up your own collection of winning recipes. 

The original spicy Buffalo chicken wings recipe.   

There are many Buffalo chicken wing recipes out there, but if you want to taste the "real" thing give this a try. The chicken wings are deep-fried in the original recipe, but the hot oven works fine for the home version.


Makes 6 Servings of Buffalo Chicken Wings (6 per person)

  • 36 chicken wing pieces (one wing makes 2 pieces - the "flat" and the "drum")
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons Louisiana hot sauce
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter or margarine
  • Celery sticks
  • Blue cheese dressing

Adjust the heat by adding more or less cayenne and Tabasco.


Preheat oven to 220ºC.

  • If necessary, cut whole wings into two pieces. In a bowl toss the wings with the oil, and salt. Place into a large plastic shopping bag, and add the flour. Shake to coat evenly. Remove wings from the bag, shaking off excess flour, and spread out evenly on oiled foil-lined baking pan(s). Do not crowd. Bake for about 20 minutes, turn the wings over, and cook another 20 minutes, or until the wings are cooked through and browned.
  • While the wings are baking, mix all the ingredients for the sauce in a pan, and over low heat bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, and then turn off.
  • After the wings are cooked, transfer to a large mixing bowl. Pour the sauce over the hot wings and toss with a spoon or spatula to completely coat.

Serve with celery sticks and blue cheese dressing on the side. 

see photo gallery for the image

Do you have a recipe to share with the readers?
Send in your favourite recipe to pro-kzn@sanha.org.za and who knows, you could be our "guest chef" for a future edition of the e-Bulletin.



Lingering longer or on the move, he stops here, there and everywhere to share what’s on his plate and his mind. He may be in your place soon but you will never know he is there.

24 Hour Bread Ahead Boost for the Durban Bunny Chow

You are not a Durbanite if you don’t know bunny chows. It is Durban’s unique contribution to cuisine that has endeared itself to South Africans of all cultures and has been taken to other parts of the world by expatriate South Africans who yearn for a taste of home.

There are various theories on the origin of this street food of a cheaper variety, which is a generous helping of curry with lots of gravy served in a scooped out portion of a loaf of white bread. The most credible is that in the early nineteen hundreds with the absence of seating arrangements for black customers and a lack of disposable containers, Indian shopkeepers mainly from the caste known as Banias (with bunny becoming the corruption of this) used this  method to overcome this impediment.  As many of these shopkeepers were vegetarian the beans bunny was born.  However, with its growing popularity with all South Africans chicken, lamb, beef and vegetable variants came into existence.

When we first received whisperings last year that Durban’s leading bakers of note, Bread Ahead of Cowey Road, now renamed Problem Mkhize Road, were turning these out prodigiously we chose to ignore it as a short-lived promo. However, when the whisperings turned to a crescendo of superlatives that continued a year and a half later with a reported 6 000 units sold, we just had to check out what the hullabaloo was about. 

How could the humble bunny as it is referred to, normally associated with cafes in industrial areas serving workers, sometimes from behind burglar-guarded counters with the proprietor’s family member busy cooking the deliciously Durban-style pungent hot curry served in plain paper wrapping make the transition to this famous upmarket outlet.

Applying the same meticulous attention to detail that made Bread Ahead a famous institution of the city as a purveyor of the highest quality speciality breads, all sorts of rolls, an astonishing array of cakes and champion pies, they concentrate on just one type of bunny, the most popular one viz the mutton bunny.  They have taken this further, gone one up by utilising the highest grade best cuts of lamb, steeped in blended spices and slow cooked to a third generation original Indian recipe, smothered in gravy and served in a specially baked farmhouse-style savoury type of white bread which has just the right “bite” and amazing absorption qualities all at R45-90. Worth every cent and we will be going back, again and again.

A fascinating Bread Ahead touch that brings the bunny into the 21st century is the unique special cardboard packaging with its carry handle that opens up into a greaseproof platter. And what’s more it is available 24 hours a day all year round. The store is proudly certified by SANHA.

Go on; Grab a bite of Durban’s history with the comfort food without parallel, the bunny from Bread Ahead.

20 Problem Mkhize (Cowey) Road, Berea, Durban.  Tel: +27 (0) 31 309 1071





Interesting "bites" to whet the appetite for knowledge.

Buffalo wings are chicken wings that have been deep fat fried and coated with a spicy hot sauce, served with blue cheese or ranch dressing and celery sticks for dipping.  First invented in Buffalo, New York in 1964 and hence the name, by the owner of the Anchor Restaurant bar, Teressa Bellissimo who had to rustle up a late night snack for her son and his friends and driven by marketing with the link to Buffalo's football team, it has become a cuisine of the USA.

Originally relegated to scraps for soup and stock pots, today over 13 billion wings are sold annually in the USA and the price has been driven up to it becoming the highest priced portion of poultry. The original Anchor Restaurant bar moves an amazing 35 tons monthly.

See our recipe section for an authentic recipe



In the serious world of Halaal, we take this moment to bring you a smile, a chuckle or even a hearty laugh. It's therapeutic, so pass it on:

Oops! Did I say that.

The first of our two part, strange but true, quotations taken from Motor Vehicle Accident Insurance claim forms.

  1. I was on my way to the doctor with rear end trouble when my universal joint gave way causing me to have an accident.

  2. I knocked over a man. He admitted it was his fault as he had been run over before.

  3. I collided with a stationary tramcar coming the other way.

  4. I consider that neither vehicle was to blame but if either were to blame it was the other one.

  5. I left my Austin Seven outside and when I came out later to my amazement there was an Austin Twelve.

  6. Car had to turn sharper than was necessary owing to an invisible lorry.

  7. To avoid a collision I ran into the other car.

  8. The pedestrian had no idea which way to run, so I ran over him.

  9. The other car collided with mine without giving any warning of its intention.

  10. The other man altered his mind so I had to run into him

Please feel free to download and use as you like. The courtesy of an acknowledgement will be appreciated if you intend posting and/or republishing.






has used the SANHA logo without authorization on advertising media.
The above outlet is NOT certified by SANHA.

Kindly Exercise Restraint!!

Any queries pertaining to the above or any other aspect of Halaal may be referred to our offices.


Ann 020/12.13



has used the SANHA logo without authorization on advertising media.

The above outlet is NOT certified by SANHA.

Kindly Exercise Restraint!!

Any queries pertaining to the above or any other aspect of Halaal may be referred to our offices.

HALAAL HELPLINE 0861 786 111

Ann 019/11.13



has changed ownership to non-Muslim. The store is no longer certified by SANHA effective immediately.

Kindly Exercise Restraint!!

Any queries pertaining to the above or any other aspect of Halaal may be referred to our offices.

HALAAL HELPLINE 0861 786 111

Ann 018/11.13



Who's Who in the world of Halaal

NAME Haamid Mulla
M.A. (Islamiyaat (Aalim Faadil)
M.A. Arabic
Current Affairs
POSITION Admin Assistant
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES Departmental Co-ordination
MESSAGE Haraam consumption leads to non acceptance of Duas


Get the picture - it's worth a thousand words

Spicy Buffalo chicken wings





One out of every five persons on this planet is a Muslim. He is your neighbour, customer, supplier, employee, boss or friend.

The living miracle of memorising the Quraan

The Quraan is the most read and the only completely memorised book in the whole world by millions. Memorised from the very first day that the Quraan was revealed, this practice has continued through the centuries all over the globe.  It is also the most studied book in the world. It has stimulated development of entire disciplines of knowledge dealing with its reading, writing, and interpretation.

This miracle can also be seen from the devotion of those that wish to memorise it.

Click here to view one such moving experience …


Q: Is Centrum Materna Halaal?

A: Centrum products made/sold in South Africa are NOT Halaal due to the following reasons:

  • Centrum Regular Tablets contain non-Halaal poultry and bovine (beef) gelatine.
  • Centrum Select, Centrum Materna and Centrum Materna DHA contain porcine (pork) gelatine.

Q: I would like to confirm if the I&J Flaming Good Burgers manufactured by Karan Beef for I&J is Halaal?

A: The I & J range of beef burgers manufactured by Karan Beef are certified Halaal by SANHA.

Q: I'd just like to know if the Snowflake Creations Muffin Mix is Halaal?

A: We are unable to give Halaal assurances on Snowflake Easymix products as the manufacturer has failed to forward the required information to SANHA despite numerous requests for same. The Golden Cloud range of products is certified Halaal by SANHA.



Sir Juice

Sir Juice has teamed up with the world-renowned ClemenGold brand to add a new flavour to its vibrant portfolio of top-class fruit juice.

With a production process that means the end product contains as much of the natural flavour and goodness of the whole fruit, Sir Juice ensures that each of their juice drinks is as close to the original fruit as possible. ClemenGold is a delicious sweet and aromatic soft citrus fruit, with only the best of the crop picked and packed by hand. Sun-ripened and hand-picked by selected growers from across South Africa, this liquid gold is considered to be Citrus at its best.

ClemenGold from Sir Juice is available at workplaces, coffee shops, Delis and restaurants across South Africa and is certified by SANHA.

For further details go to: www.sirjuice.co.za


Leading brand in the functional food market FUTURELIFE®, has extended their product offering with the introduction of FUTURELIFE® ZERO Smart food™.

The new ZERO Smart food™ product, already on shelf, joins the existing FUTURELIFE® Smart food™ range consisting of FUTURELIFE® HIGH ENERGY Smart food™; HIGH PROTEIN Smart food™, CRUNCH and Smart food™ for KIDS.

ZERO Smart food™ was developed for women who are weight conscious and looking to follow a calorie restricted diet. It is South Africa’s first and only Smart food formulated with no added cane sugar. It is low GI, non-gmo and high in protein.

SANHA certifies over 1400 establishments ranging from large multi-nationals to many proudly South African enterprises including cottage industries.

We congratulate the following for being awarded the coveted SANHA Halaal Mark of Assurance:

  • Mexicano Food Villages, Shop 14, 41 Albertina Sisulu Street, Bertrams, Gauteng, South Africa - Restaurant

  • Spice Girls (Pty) Ltd, Stand 372, Angus Crescent, Northlands Business Park, New Market Road, Northriding, 2164, Gauteng, South Africa - Spices

  • SL + P Vennootskap t/a Eureka Mills / Karringmelksrivier, Heidelberg, Western Cape, South Africa - Bakery – Bulk Manufacturers

  • In2Juice (Pty) Ltd / Helderbergkloof Farm, Klein Helderberg Road, Somerset, Western Cape, South Africa - Beverages – Ready-to-Drink (Juices)

  • The Pie Corner, Shop 9, Silver Sands Shopping Centre, 1454 Northern Drive, Phoenix, Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa - Bakeries Savoury Retail

  • M & M Halaal Caterers, 32 Sunford Drive, Phoenix, Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa - Catering Kitchen

For a detailed list of SANHA certified establishments and other queries, please email helpline@sanha.org.za


RADIO ISLAM - FREE FOR LIFE win a decoder competition

Jazakumullah Khairan to all entrants. The winner will be announced in Bulletin No. 77.


Read an anthology of western writings in this book on the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

A 108 page book that is a must for your reading.

Write to pro-kzn@sanha.org.za with your postal address  

Subject line must read:
“Book Give Away”





Make a fresh new start at the beginning of a brand new year.  Get involved in an industry that consists of 568 franchised systems and 30 483 business units, grew an estimated 53 066 new jobs, 2 053 new businesses and contributed of R356.28-billion to the South African economy.

SA Franchise Brands is an exciting South African Franchise website dedicated to Franchisors, Entrepreneurs and Suppliers and Service Providers to the Franchise industry. It endeavours to be the most complete, preferred and credible Franchise website in South Africa dedicated to serve the Franchise industry by:

  1. Having Franchisors list their brands on the SA Franchise Brands website at NO COST, thereby encouraging as many as possible to provide information that prospective investors (franchisees) and stakeholders require to make informed decisions, and exposing themselves to an investor target market;

  2. Providing prospective investors (franchisees) and stakeholders with pertinent information from leaders in the industry to broaden their understanding of Franchising;

  3. Exposing Suppliers and Service Providers to the Franchise industry to a direct target market, enhancing their credibility and increasing their revenue.

SA Franchise Brands is proud to be a Full Member of and an official Online Media Partner for FASA.

Contact them today on www.safranchisebrands.co.za

SA Franchise


Well done to the SANHA Ulama members and all concerned in doing your best and only the best to improve our life style - our eating lifestyle. Only Allah can reward you for your wonderful effort. All praise is due to ALLAH.

C. M

Jazakallah and may Allah Ta'ala reward you all for the splendid work.  I for one will always look for the SANHA logo which I know will fulfill my heart's desire. Shukran and keep up the good work.

M.S.K South Africa


Forthcoming Events
RAI - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Jacob K. Javits Convention Centre - New York, USA
Moscone Convention Centre - San Francisco, USA
Cologne Exhibition Centre - Cologne, Germany
Koelnmesse - Cologne, Germany
Messe Berlin GmbH - Berlin, Germany
Exhibition Centre - Nuremburg, Germany
Fairground Dsseldorf - Dusseldorf, Germany
Sunnyside Park Hotel - Johannesburg
, South Africa
Dubai World Trade Centre, UAE
Gallagher Estate, Gauteng, South Africa




Your discovery column of spectacular spices, fabulous fruits, incredible ingredients, vital vegetables, marvelous minerals and vibrant vitamins.



With the ever-growing popularity of the Japanese Sushi all over the world, we give a brief insight into one of its condiments, Wasabi.

Wasabi is a root vegetable described as Japanese horseradish. It is most famous in the grated form of a green paste, also available in powder form and used for many other Japanese dishes. Wasabi has a strong, hot flavour which dissipates within a few seconds and leaves no burning aftertaste in one's mouth.

Many "Wasabi" powder and paste products that are available in supermarkets (and even some restaurants) contain only very little or no real Wasabi at all. Ther are made of coloured horseradish, instead as cultivation of real wasabi is relatively difficult and expensive.


Health and Beauty

Look good - feel good. Tips for a sound mind in a sound body


Poornima Makaram from India

Food with low Glycaemic Index (GI) is food for you. Here are 10 tips that will help you include low GI food in your diet for glowing skin and healthy body.

  1. Breakfast cereals are tricky. Avoid sugar laden, flavoured cereal and go with rolled oats and toasted sugar-free muesli. Corn flakes are also high GI.

  2. Say no to white bread, no matter how fluffy and enticing it is. Opt for brown, sprouted grain and multigrain bread instead because they come with the goodness intact.

  3. Highly processed grains are a strict no-no. Not only are they stripped of nutrients, they also have a very high GI. Instead, opt for brown, unpolished rice, ragi, millets and wheat bran.

  4. Grilled meat or fish during dinner is another low GI alternative along with your veggies.

  5. Nuts and seeds are a great addition to your diet. They are also high in protein and a handful a day goes a long way in giving you good cholesterol.

  6. Have more bean sprouts and leafy vegetables and keep your side helpings of potatoes to a minimum.

  7. Opt for whole fruit over fruit juice, as juice is high GI and doesn’t make you feel satiated. Certain fruits and vegetables can be increased in your diet to gain more from low GI. These are fruits like apples, cherries, plums pears, peaches, grapes, oranges, strawberries, prunes and kiwi fruit.

  8. When buying dairy products, while all of them are low in GI and high in calcium, you need to look for low fat options. Cheeses and butter, although lower in GI, are high in fat and so need to be eaten sparingly.

  9. Dal or sambhar with lots of vegetables are good low GI options in your meal.

  10. When making Indian curries, opt for tomato- based gravies without much oil or heavy cream.

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