South African National Halaal

September 2014 :: Thul Hijjah 1435 No. 82

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



This weekend sees the celebration of one of the two Eids (festivals) of Islam i.e. Eid ul Adha (Festival of Sacrifice). It is also the period where about two million pilgrims from around the world unite in the holiest of cities and perform the vigorous and emotional journey of Hajj. Several days of toil and turmoil, forging of new bonds and friendships, repentance for past sins and mistakes, moving forward in life with a new found acceptance, peace and submission to the will of God.

One of the stages in this journey of a lifetime is the sacrificial ritual at Mina, close to Makkah. On this day Muslims around the world share that happiness the pilgrims feel and join them by performing identical, individual sacrifices in a worldwide celebration of Eid-ul-Adha, “the Festival of Sacrifice”.

It commemorates and honours the willingness of the Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him) centuries ago to sacrifice his young first born son, and the son’s acceptance to being sacrificed, as an act of submission to the command of the Almighty. The Almighty, being pleased with their willingness, intervened by providing him with a lamb to sacrifice instead.

The Noble Quran mentions, “And who could be of better faith than he who surrenders his whole being unto Allah and is a doer of good and follows the creed of Ibrahim who turned away from all that is false – And Allah chose Ibrahim as His friend.” (Surah 4: Verse 125)

On behalf of the SANHA Executive, Management, Staff, Certified Plants, well-wishers and supporters we wish all Muslims Eid Mubarak and peace to our Non-Muslim readers. We pray that the spirit of the sacrifice makes us stronger, morally and spiritually for the year ahead, Almighty willing.

To help our team to celebrate this auspicious event with their families, we will be closing our offices as follows:





The Story of our Beginning, the Present and the Future


AML Montgomery is a global events company with a difference. Founded 100 years ago it is an independent exhibition and events company at the forefront of trade and consumer shows in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. They organise and host about 60 events in a score of countries annually. These cover categories such as art, photography and design, food, drink and hospitality, homes and building, technology, security, mining and industrial as well as automotive. These events cover both trade and consumer shows as well as specialist events.

They are the organisers of IFEA where last year the inaugural show hosted at the Sandton Convention Centre saw 2 436 visitors from 43 countries and exhibitors from 18 countries. By early indications this year’s show to be held from 5 – 7 November, 2014 promises to hugely surpass all of last year’s achievements in every department.

IFEA Africa is a rollout of the UK's premier food and drink event and one of the most important in the world. IFEA is at the heart of the world’s most advanced retail and food service markets, making it the perfect place to learn about the latest food and drink trends, companies, new products and ideas.

To learn more about the show or to see the video go to:



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

Abu Rafi (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that when Allah’s Messenger (Allah’s salutations and peace be upon him) offered the sacrifice of Adha, he bought two fat horned rams, black with white heads. After performing the prayer and sermon, one of the two were brought whilst he was still in the prayer grounds. He slaughtered it and said, “O Allah! This is on behalf of my entire Ummah, whoever testifies that You are One and testifies on my behalf that I delivered (Your Message).” [Ahmad]

Comment: Allah’s Messenger (Allah’s salutations and peace be upon him) never forgot his followers. Let us never forget him. Let us show ourselves to be loving and obedient towards him. Let us also not forget his followers, especially those in great difficulty and suffering.

Furthermore, for those who have the means, in addition to one’s own Udhiyyah, it is of great merit to also slaughter an animal on behalf of our beloved Nabi Muhammed (Allah’s salutations and peace be upon him).



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

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  • 3 Medium Boneless Chicken Breast
  • 1 Cup Paella Rice Or Short To Medium Grain Rice
  • 1 Tsp Smoke Paprika (Or Paprika)
  • 1 Small Red Bell Pepper, Diced
  • 1 Small Onion, Diced
  • 3 Tbsp Garlic Chopped
  • 2 Cups Chicken Stock
  • ½ Cup Frozen Peas
  • 10 - 14 Large Fresh Prawns, deveined with tail or (with or without shell)
  • 250g Diced Tomatoes, Or Fresh Chopped Tomatoes
  • Salt and Pepper To Taste
  • ½ Tsp Saffron strands
  • 3 - 4 Tbsp Olive Oil


  1. Add olive oil in a preheated pan. Add in the chicken, fry over medium high heat until light brown for about a minute or two. Set it aside. Remove from pan and set aside.

  2. In the same pan, add the Onion, Garlic and Bell Peppers. Season it with Salt and Pepper. Stir and fry for about 3 minutes.

  3. Place the Chicken back in. Add in the diced Tomatoes, Rice, and Paprika. Stir until everything is well combined.

  4. Pour in the Chicken stock and add the Saffron. Simmer uncovered, over medium high heat, until the rice absorbs the liquid. This should take approximately 20 minutes or so. You may add more stock, depending on the rice you use, to ensure the rice is fully cooked.

  5. After 20 minutes, arrange the Prawns around the pan and distribute the peas. Cover and simmer over low heat for approximately 10 minutes. Add other seafood if you wish.

  6. After 10 minutes, garnish with lemon wedges or parsley. Serve warm and enjoy!

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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.


Fare a Casa

In Italian that means “make yourself at home” and once you are enveloped by the warm hospitality, wide-ranging authentic Italian menu, the ambience and affordable dining you will most definitely be at home.

Whilst the growing trend of the establishment of Halaal food outlets driven by the need of working families which is good news for us reviewers, most of these are in the fast food category. Make no mistake that whilst this fare appeals to a huge segment of the market, there is a noticeable dearth of outlets that can provide a wide variety of unique offerings for the discerning diner. All that changed during a visit to the Europa restaurant at Eldo Square Mall in Centurion, with the familiar SANHA Halaal decals serving to vector us in.

Whilst it was no Italian village trattoria situated in a cobbled piazza with Vespas scooting about, the menu was certainly Italian through and through. Our party of four where faced with huge choices on the menu. To give you an idea we counted 10 breakfasts, 5 omelette variants, 8 sandwich/wraps, 8 types of trammazini/ ciabatta meals, 7 salad fares, 5 soups, 15 pastas and on and on it went. I think you get the idea.

The service overall was excellent. I didn't feel rushed at all when ordering since it was my first time there and our waitron was willing and patient to answer any questions we had. We settled for a small variety and chose a meatball dish, chicken breasts in a lemon sauce reduction, two traditional pizzas from their wood fired oven and a salad dubbed Romeo and Juliet.

The food was impressive with the kitchen conjuring up a perfect balance of fresh and sometimes surprising flavours. The tender meatballs with the Napoli sauce, with basil, rocket and mozzarella a shrouded in a ciabatta bread served with chips displayed true Italian heritage and can only be described as superb. As for the Chicken Limone every bite of the pan-fried chicken with this brilliant sauce brought out a celebration of each bite.

It was perfectly complemented with roasted vegetables. As for the pizzas one would have been forgiven to think that they were in rustic Italy partaking in a meal with an Italian family. Happiness was in every bite with the soft and chewy dough and quality ingredients. The salad was an Italian masterpiece with chopped baby spinach, mixed lettuce, oven roasted tomatoes, corn, avocado, pine nuts, crouton like pieces served with a lime, sweet chilli and soy dressing. But that's not all for it is crowned with succulent Asian style Chicken strips. Mama Mia!

All this was rounded off with Lattes and Mochas by their expert coffee maker.

I have no hesitation in recommending this Europa Halaal outlet as an above ordinary outstanding eating experience that would be hard to compare and with prices and a variety that are so difficult to find these days. Bon appetite!

Contact Details

Telephone: 012 658 5244



Interesting "bites" to whet the appetite for knowledge.

Nothing can be more international than the human preoccupation of cooking and eating, leading to the development of dishes that became favourites of nations and synonymous to that country. We will bring you some of the more famous ones in this and future editions.


Spain - Paella

Paella is Spain’s internationally-known rice dish. It originated in the fields of a region called Valencia on the eastern coast of Spain where workers in the fields would make the rice dish in a flat pan over a fire. It uses just about any kind of ingredient that goes well with rice which is treated with the spice Saffron. This turns the rice into a wonderful golden colour which is an essential part of the dish.

Its origins are steeped in the history of Moorish Spain which led to rice becoming a staple by the 15th century. Some claim that the word Paella is from the Latin patella for a flat plate whilst others say that it originated from the Arab word “baqiyah” meaning left-overs created by mixing the left-over rice dishes from royal banquets in large pots.



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.

Halaluddin is a fictional character through whose views, escapades and humorous anecdotes are given as lessons of life.

Halaluddin's wife goes to the Doctor, worried about her husband's temper.

The Doctor asks: "What's the problem?"

Mrs Halaluddin says: "Doctor, I don't know what to do. Every day my husband seems to lose his temper for no reason. It scares me."

The Doctor says: "I have a cure for that. When it seems that your husband is getting angry, just take a glass of water and start swishing it in your mouth. Just swish and swish but don't swallow it until he either leaves the room or calms down."

Two weeks later Mrs Halaluddin comes back to the doctor, looking fresh and reborn.

Mrs Halaluddin says: "Doctor that was a brilliant idea! Every time my husband started losing it, I swished with water. I swished and swished, and he calmed right down! How does a glass of water do that?"

The Doctor says: "The water itself does nothing. It's keeping your mouth shut that does the trick."



Who's Who in the World of Halaal


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Honorary Officer – Ezemvelo KZN


Imaamat of related duties + hifz class
SANHA Inspector
Court Interpreter


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Source of waste - Waste Not, Want Not

Fighting in 1,500 litres of gravy at World Gravy Wrestling Championships UK

Source of Waste

…and a child somewhere had to go sleep without food.

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Know Islam Series

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


If a person has the financial and physical means, it becomes compulsory for him/her to perform the Hajj (pilgrimage) once in a lifetime. The Hajj entails travelling to Makkah at a specific time and performing certain acts of worship in a specified manner and sequence.

Muslims assemble on the plains of Arafat on the ninth day of the Islamic lunar month of Thul Hijjah, near Makkah. All are dressed in a simple way with two pieces of white cloth for the males whilst the females are fully dressed in a simple modest manner. The Hajj is a practical demonstration of the universality of the religion of Islam.

Besides the obligation of Hajj, an optional pilgrimage to Makkah called Umrah is performed at any time of the year other than the days of Hajj.

Excerpt from “Islam & Muslims”



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Questions & Answers

Q: I would like to know the lists of SANHA certified jelly products?

A:        The following Jelly manufacturers are certified Halaal by SANHA:

Saucilitos 011 452 3300
Simply Delish 082 901 3335
Sundew Food Manufacturers 011 854 5845
Star Jelly 031 569 2025
Prima Foods 021 552 5220/6260

Q: We would like to use ethanol in one of our meals to flame the product which completely dissipates into the air, hence there is no alcohol left in the meal at all. Is this allowed for meals?

A:        The practice of flaming a product is called flambé which is a visual feat to enhance the eating experience usually done at the diners table. Without exception alcohol is used in such applications as the fuel which does not burn off completely from a dietry law perspective, this is not allowed and is regarded as impermissible.


Industry News


Famous Brands, one of Africa’s leading Franchisors with brands such as Steers, Debonairs, Wimpy, Mugg & Bean amongst others, are testing their grocery store concept together with Total.

Under their acquisition of Thrupps, a high end family-owned business that commenced in 1892, Famous Brands hopes to rival Engen’s Woolworths offering.


International Restaurant chains are increasing their presence in South Africa. They have their eye on the exciting fast food market where 31 million South Africans are regular buyers.

Pizza Hut is the latest entrant to existing brands amongst which the main players are Debonairs, Panarottis, Romans, Mimmos, Scooters, St Elmos and Pizza Perfect.

Not all brands and outlets are certified Halaal by SANHA. Look for our certification at store level or check our website for certified outlets.


Recently Certified List

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:

  • B.D. Associates Ghana Limited, 4 Montreal Street, ILDC Industrial Park, Free Zone Enclave, Tema, Ghana - Raw Materials, Cocoa Mass

  • Shay’z Chutneys & Atchaars (Pty) Ltd, 42 Mercury Street, Mayfair West, Johannesburg - Atchaar & Chutney

  • Tinasys t/a Dairy Innovation (Pty) Ltd / 11 Montague Drive, Montague Gardens, Western Cape - Dairy, Ice Creams

  • Group 35 Foods (Pty) Ltd / Stasie Weg, ERF 1700, Riebeek West, Western Cape - Raw Materials, Maize Products

  • Galluxy Fried Chicken – Shop No. 1, Fourways Mall, 23 Queen Street, Ladysmith, KwaZulu Natal - Restaurants

For a detailed list of SANHA certified establishments and other queries, please email


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Jazakallah Khairan to all the entrants. Winners will be announced in our next issue.


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After 40 years establishing the brand as one of South Africa’s leading sunflower cooking oil brands, Sunfoil’s new brick margarine may be set to become a firm favourite among consumers. The new margarine is ideal for baking, frying, spreading, melting and for use in sauces.

This SANHA certified product is available in 500g and 1kg brick.



Alerted by a shopper, we found a perfect range of salads beautifully presented and ready to go. With a unique presentation and at a price point of R60.00 it bridges the gap between smaller salad bowl presentations and the corporate platter.

The three carefully crafted variants, are cheddar and biltong, roasted butternut and olive and the smoked chicken with avocado and feta.

It is the perfect item to take over to a friend, a braai or merely to enjoy at home.

Available from Star Meats
241 Moses Kotane (Sparks) Road, Durban, South Africa

Tel                  031 208 7193/4
Fax                 031 208 2420



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We take note of the issue that is prevalent in our society. Many times we find people making unnecessary comments on certifications of other organisations without realizing the damage they do.

Jazakallahu Khairan for your continued enlightening correspondences. 

Muhammed Shamim Ali
Fiji Muslim League


Forthcoming Events

03-05-10/2014 Durban Homemakers Expo - Durban, South Africa
08-11-/0/2014 World Medical Association - Durban, South Africa
12-10-14 Amashova Durban Classic - Durban, South Africa
13?16/10/2014 CBB 2014 - Shangai, China
17-19/10/2014 World Halal Council AGM - Cape Town, South Africa
19-23/10/2014 SIAL Paris - Paris, France
21-23/10/2014 Propak Cape - Cape Town, South Africa
21-23/10/2014 Global Free Trade & Special Economic Zones Summit & Expo - Shari-La Hotel, Dubai, UAE
24-26/10/2014 South African Ulama Council Conference - Durban, South Africa
28-30/10/2014 Labafrica Kenya - Nairobi, Kenya


Trade Opportunities

"…but let there be amongst you traffic and trade by mutual goodwill." Noble Quran Chapter 4 Verse 29

An introductory service to foster trade. Please undertake your own checks as SANHA cannot warrant nor take responsibility on any transactions.


Trade Opportunities

Over 100 exhibitors from 18 countries and 2 400 visitors over three days were the numbers of the inaugural event last year making it one of the most exciting events on the South African scene.

This year promises to be bigger and better for buyers from all over Africa for leading brands on hospitality, restaurant, catering and related industries.

Click here for further information
To book your stand and for sponsorship opportunities contact:
Nick Sarnadas

Tel:  011 835 1565


Mysterious Spice and all things Nice

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

Saffron - The world’s most expensive spice

Derived from the flower of the saffron crocus (Crocus sativus), It takes 75,000 blossoms or 225,000 hand-picked stigmas, grown in an area the size of a football field to make just 450g of saffron. It has been used in cooking for thousands of years and is the ingredient considered to be the caviar of the spice rack. Derived from the Arabic word (za'faran) meaning yellow, it is a native of the Mediterranean, now imported primarily from Spain, where Muslims had introduced it in the 8th century along with rice and sugar. Saffron is used as flavouring and a colouring agent in dishes where it leaves a yellow tinge to the dish. It has now assimilated itself into many cuisine cultures, such as Asia in Pilau and rice dishes, ice creams, meat and seafood, English baking, Italian Risotto, French Bouillabaisse and Spanish Paella.

See Winning Recipe column for a Recipe and video presentation


Health and Beauty

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




Pomegranates is one of the fruits of paradise as mentioned in the Noble Quran Surah Ar Rahman Chapter 55 Verse 68.

This is a rich source of dietary fibre and abundant in an anti-oxidant called punicalagin. The anti-oxidant helps reduce free radical damage and hence slows down the ageing process. The dietary fibre aids digestion and helps lower cholesterol. It may also aid in weight loss and in shedding flab. Also, pomegranates reduce stress levels, which we all know is a major factor in the ageing process.

Source Femina


Recent Announcements



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Certification of the above two restaurants has been terminated with immediate effect due to serious breach of contract. 

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