South African National Halaal

December 2015 :: Safar 1436 No. 84

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



In giving effect and upholding one of its founding objectives of being transparent, SANHA once again hosted its Annual General Meeting open to the public on Sunday, 18th October 2015 held at the Taronga Road Masjid Hall in Crawford, Cape Town.

The meeting was widely advertised in the media. Audited financial statements were handed out to all attendees which included media representatives.

Some salient features from the report presented by the officials were:

  • Total number of queries fielded by the Helpline during the period - 25 066

  • Total number of plants certified in the past period - 230

  • Total number of certificate withdrawn / cancelled in the period - 138

  • Total number of announcements issued - 11

  • Total number of inspections conducted - 9072

  • Total number of plants certified - 1675

  • Total income for the year - R18.8m

  • Total expenses for the year - R18.6m

The Keynote address was delivered by eminent Islamic Scholar and Imaam of the Umhlanga Masjid of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Moulana Muhammad Vanker.

Moulana gave an enlightening talk on the bounty of health and importance of taking care of one's health, narrating various Ahâdith and anecdotes.

He specifically highlighted the following:

  • Rasulullah sallallahu alaihi wasallam was highly conscious of his health and expressed in two ways viz.

* Through certain daily Masnoon Duas.
* Physical exercises and a disciplined diet.

  • Many of us are conscious of our health and exercise with a healthy diet, yet how many actively make Dua for health?
  • Hadith states that obesity will be common in the eras closer to Qiyamah.
  • Rasulullah sallallahu alaihi wasallam taught us the importance of oral hygiene. Rasulullah sallallahu alaihi wasallam used to cleanse his mouth regularly with the Miswaak.

  • One of the causes of marital disharmony is bad oral hygiene.

Moulana Vanker concluded by making Dua that Allah Ta’ala bless the organisation and guide those at the head it.

The following officials were elected as office bearers:-

Chairman Moulana Y I Patel
Vice Chairman Moulana M Suliman
Secretary Br R Jalal
Treasurer Moulana J Adam
Theological Director Moulana M S Navlakhi

A special Community Recognition Award was presented to community activist and octogenarian, Brother Tahir Levy.

He was amongst those who pioneered the effort of Tabligh way back in the 60’s. Until this very day he has dedicated his life to passionately working for the upliftment of the people of the Cape in general and more specifically for those displaced from their places of birth in the District Six area.

SANHA appreciated the support from the broader community and pledged to continue upholding this tradition of transparency and openness always, 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 would like to recognise the immense contribution SANHA is making in the global certification of halal products for our Ummah. The standards set by SANHA is worth emulating by all and I can assure you we in FIANZ look towards SANHA as a role model for many things to do with Halal including information flow between certifiers and the certified and the consumers of the products.

We pray to Allah to continue to guide SANHA and their staff in the excellent job the organization is doing and may SANHA grow from strength to strength. May Allah Reward all involved with Jannatul-Firdaws.

Please accept our congratulations for another successful year and please keep on the great job you are doing. May the AGM be productive, peaceful and forward looking.


Your brothers at FIANZ and your brother,

Mustafa Farouk, PhD
Senior Scientist      
AgResearch Limited


I thank you for the kind invitation to the Annual General Meeting 2015.

SANHA is one of the reliable Halal Authorities in the world. I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all Allah’s guidance and success in the upcoming AGM.
Although I will be unable to attend this meeting because of Halal Expo, WHC AGM and Workshop preparations, my prayers always with you.

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

May Allah help us all.

Best Regards

Dr Huseyin Kami BUYUKOZER
GIMDES President

  • As per letters received



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

Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (Allah’s salutations and peace be upon him) said: 

“Travel, you will become healthy” [Ahmad]

Comment: Islam teaches balance and promotes the health of all facets of human existence – spiritual, material, mental, physical etc. In the forthcoming season wherein many people will be travelling, always rememeber that our ultimate journey is towards our Creator. Be mindful of what pleases Him. Let us not be lax in these matters, especially prayer, Halaal, Islamic modesty etc.



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 British have more than enthusiastically embraced this comfort food and elevated it to the status of their national dish. They have even been vociferous in laying claim to originating it.

We thought it appropriate to bring you this version by Jamie Oliver, the famed British Chef, author of books and host of television cookery shows.


  • 1 level teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 level teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 heaped teaspoons sweet smoked paprika
  • 2 heaped teaspoons garam masala
  • 3 lemons
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 1 thumb-sized piece of ginger
  • 6 heaped tablespoons natural yoghurt
  • 800 g skinless boneless chicken breasts
  • 3 fresh green or yellow chillies


  • 2 onions
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1–2 fresh red chillies
  • 30 g fresh coriander
  • olive oil
  • 1 level tablespoon ground coriander
  • 2 level teaspoons turmeric
  • 6 tablespoons ground almonds
  • 2 x 400g tins of plum tomatoes
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 2 x 400g tins of light coconut milk


  1. Put the cloves, cumin and 1 heaped teaspoon each of paprika and garam masala into a small pan and roast for 1 minute to bring them back to life, then tip into a large bowl.

  2. Finely grate in the zest of 1 lemon, squeeze in all its juice, crush in the garlic, peel and finely grate in the ginger, and add the yoghurt and 1 teaspoon of sea salt.

  3. Cut the chicken breasts into 5cm chunks, then massage all that flavour into the meat. Skewer up the chicken chunks, interspersing them with lemon wedges and chunks of green or yellow chilli, but don’t squash them together. Place on a tray, cover with clingfilm and leave to marinate in the fridge for at least 2 hours, but preferably overnight.

  4. For the sauce, peel the onions and garlic, then finely slice with the red chillies and coriander stalks (reserving the leaves for later). Put it all into a large casserole pan on a medium-high heat with a lug of oil and cook for around 20 minutes, or until golden, stirring regularly.

  5. Add the ground coriander, turmeric and remaining 1 heaped teaspoon each of paprika and garam masala. Cook for 2 minutes, then add and toast the almonds.

  6. Pour in the tomatoes, crumble in the stock cube and add 300ml of boiling water.

  7. Simmer for 5 minutes, then stir in the coconut milk. Simmer for a final 40 minutes, stirring occasionally, then season to perfection.

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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.


Ocean Basket

Do you know that wonderful feeling when in the face of great odds and challenges in the world of hectic deadlines, meetings and traffic jams, you retreat into the sanctuary of your home? You kick-off your shoes, sit in your favourite chair, take a few deep breaths and enjoy the peace and tranquillity as your tension decreases. It's your own personal space where everything is familiar, you feel secure and you are in charge. It’s that laid back feeling from which you emerge relaxed and recharged.

A Sunday morning with two adolescent kids in tow, a wife with a headache and the rumbling of my own stomach almost in tune with the waves of the ocean a few hundred metres across Durban's Marine Parade now known as OR Tambo Parade is not the time to experiment and test new dining experiences. You have to stick with the tried, tasted and trusted.

We stepped into the Ocean Basket on Marine Parade, as this iconic brand which has been in our midst for ages, and certainly longer than the two kids with us, represented the same kind of tranquillity and familiarity of home. Although this brand is South Africa's most popular seafood restaurant chain and has gone global with close to 200 stores in 11 countries, it has still managed to retain the same passion and commitment to bringing affordable seafood dining experiences to its growing legion of followers.

The place has been renovated and is looking really good. The photographically-coloured menus and items seemed to be good enough to eat themselves. The waiter was knowledgeable, extremely polite and made suggestions without trying to sell us the specials and other items on the menu, which seems to be a trend these days as outlets try to meet their sales targets.

We ordered the family platter which comprised of 12 Prince Prawns, chips, rice and portions of Hake, quantities of which were increased as a substitution for the calamari. The presentation was preceded by the now familiar hot rolls, butter and the trio of dips of tartar, chopped garlic and green chilli. The sizzling hot stainless steel platter at R269 was almost identical to the image on the menu which is something that doesn't happen very often these days. We also called for the village table salad at R76 which appeared like magic. It was freshly-prepared rustic and wholesome chunks of tomato, Kalamata olives, onion and creamy feta with a drizzle of olive oil that we have come to know so well.

Everything was cooked well with the ambience very laid-back. Prices are very moderate and a children's menu is available. The management is hands-on and hover in the vicinity to ensure that patrons are happy. The place has comfortable salaah facilities. It is Muslim–owned and SANHA certified. What more can you want?

I strongly recommend this place to everyone and you will most certainly leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated – its sole food.

Find them at
243 Mallington Place, OR Tambo Parade, North Beach

031 337 7865

031 368 4546



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.


Chicken Tikka

A dish of succulent creamy chicken marinated in spices and yoghurt that is cooked in a tandoor oven and served in a masala sauce.

It is a world famous dish with some 50 variants and many claimants to its origin where facts, traditions and legend gets blurred.

It has journeyed over thousands of years from Persia and India to all parts of the world. It has even been debated about in the British Parliament as it is one of the UK’s most popular dishes.

Go to our Winning Recipe Section to view a recipe by Jamie Oliver.



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 whose views, escapades and humorous anecdotes are given as lessons of life.


The young couple got married and left on their honeymoon. When they got back, the bride immediately called her mother.

“Well, how was the honeymoon?" asked the mother.

"Oh, mama," she replied, "the honeymoon was wonderful! So romantic..." Suddenly she burst out crying. "But, mama, as soon as we returned, Halaluddin started using the most horrible language. He's been saying things I've never heard before! All these awful 4-letter words! You've got to come get me and take me home... please mama!"

"Calm down! My baby,  tell me, what could be so awful? What 4-letter words has Halaluddin been using?"

"Please don't make me tell you, mama," wept the daughter, "I'm so embarrassed! They're just too awful! You've got to come get me and take me home... please mama!"

"Darling, baby, you must tell me what has you so upset... Tell your mother these horrible 4-letter words!"

Still sobbing, the bride replied, "Oh, mama... words like dust, wash, iron, bake and cook..."

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.



Who's Who in the World of Halaal


Muhammed Hlope




Secular studies Grade 11
3 year Alim course




Ensuring the Ummah consumes Halaal. Making sure that the animals are healthy and are slaughtered in accordance to the Shar’iah law


I like to spend my time uplifting the spirits and morale of my Muslim brothers and sisters in the area and at my work place


Live a life worth living for and not a life worth dying for. Our life is short so live every second as if it’s our last. Our life belongs to Allah Ta’ala, so make every second count in HIS remembrance.



Get the Picture - it's Worth a Thousand Words





Muslim Supervisor is required for the retail department at Triple A Beef in Pietermaritzburg.


  • Responsible for the Halaal program within the outlet.
  • Regular reporting to SANHA Inspector / Office
  • Upkeep of hygiene
  • Stock Check



  • Basic exposure and experience in communication
  • Own transport essential
  • Basic computer literacy
  • Experience in production line
  • Experience as a Blockman with knowledge of the different cuts. (Preferred)

Applicants to forward detailed CV to SANHA Offices - KZN
Fax: (031) 207 5793

Issue Date: 23 November 2015
Closing date: 15 January 2016



30 Second Interview

Competition / Giveaway


Forthcoming Events


Health and Beauty

I Didn't Know That

Industry News

Know Islam

Mysterious spice

On My Plate

Organisation Profile

Photo Gallery

Questions and Answers

Readers Write

Recently Certified

Recent Announcements

Smile a While

Tell us and We'll Tell the World

Trade Opportunities


Winning Recipes

Questions & Answers

Q. Please confirm if Solgar Digestive Enzymes is Halaal?

A. The product is not Halaal as it contains Ox Bile Extract.

Q. Is Tim Jan juice Halaal?

A. The product contains port wine and is HARAAM to consume.


Industry News


The Government Gazette of 2nd October 2015 sets out new rules for brine injection of poultry meat. The total brine injection allowed for whole carcasses is limited to maximum of 10%. Total brine injection allowed for individual portion is limited to 15%.


South Africa exports more than 50% of its annual production to more than 30 countries and earns R500 million.

The drought could cause the worse harvest in years and prices to increase up to 90%.


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:

  • Royal Tea Packers, Unit 5, 5 Chesterfield Road Willowton, KZN - Beverages-Powders, Coffees & Tea

  • Mugg & Bean Petroport North / South, N2 Highway, Queen Nandi Drive, North & South Bound, Effigham, KZN - Restaurants

  • International Food Group Pty Ltd, 9 Birmigham Road, Willowton, Pietermaritzburg, KZN - Cullinary Products-Noodles

  • Epic Eats, 30 Sunnyway, Kelvin, Gauteng - Home Caterer

  • Mochachos Carletonville, Shop 60, Carletonville Mall, R 501 Station Road, Carletonville, Gauteng - Restaurants

  • Ar Rahamaan Butchery, 26 Bree Street, Fordsburg, Gauteng - Butchery

  • Blue Mountain Products Duikervlei, Old Vredenburg Road, Hopefield, Western Cape - Snacks & Confectionery

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


Competition & Giveaways



A 50 page booklet by Yusuf Islam.

The Last Prophet

The influence of the prophet-hood of the Final Messenger is visible all around us in the world. Yet so many misconceptions also exist.

Get your free copy by writing to

Subject line must read:
“Yusuf Islam”

Sponsored by the IPCI


Win one of 30 vouchers for an Al Taqwa ready to cook fresh Halaal chicken pack worth R50.00 each. Already cut, cleaned and washed but never frozen or injected with brine. Taste your winnings.


Simply answer the following questions:-

  1. Does SANHA accept mechanical slaughter of poultry?

  2. What is the telephone number of Al Taqwa Chickens?

* Vouchers redeemable at Al Taqwa. Go to Tell Us and We’ll Tell the World for more information.

See latest Halaal Gazette #19 for clues.

T&C’s apply. Click here to view

Competition closes
30 January 2015


Tell Us And We'll Tell The World

At Taqwa Chicken


A concept long overdue and needed in the community.

A company dedicated in supplying SANHA certified Halaal fresh (never frozen) chickens to your door.

Cut, cleaned and washed with no injecting of brine and delivered in refrigerated vehicles.

Outstanding value.

For a chance to win one of 30 vouchers worth R50.00 go to our Competition/Giveaway section.

Contact Details

Tel: 011 839 6926 / 078 669 7678

Address: 2 Planet Avenue, Unit 26, Crown Mines, Gauteng, South Africa


Readers Write

Jazakumullah Khairan for the Marital Bliss book which were very handy for my children who are of marriageable age.

May Allah Ta’ala reward all concerned.

South Africa

Our pleasure. The Marital Bliss set of 3 booklets was one of the most popular book giveaway with thousands of copies mailed.

We will inform readers if we get them again.



Forthcoming Events


8 - 10 December 2015

Halal Food Middle East 2015 - Sharjah, UAE

11 January 2016

Retail’s Big Show, New York, USA

24 January 2016

Advance Strategic Store Design & Format Seminar, Dubai, UAE

30 January 2016

ISM – The Future of Sweets, Cologne, Germany

31 January 2016

ProSweets Conference, Cologne, Germany

21 - 25 February 2016

Gulfood 2016, Dubai, UAE

30 March - 02 April 2016

MIHAS 2016 / World Halaal Summit 2016, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

19 - 21 June 2016

Africa Big Seven, Midrand, South Africa


Trade Opportunities

Trade Opp


The Al Raqeeb Universal Group based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, is a distributor of Food Products and is keen to do business with South African companies

Contact person            Mustafa i. Al Bayumi (Operation Manager)

Mobile                         +966 568 562 011


Market and sell your products in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Contact Person: Abdul Rahman Bani-Hashim

Mobile: +966 53 195 6346




Mysterious Spice and all things Nice

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


Is a pepping-up spice that is added to curries just before serving.

It is a combination of several spices that are blended together such as cinnamon, cumin, fenugreek seeds, garlic and ginger with variations by different cooks. They are not added to food individually.

The word “garam” is Hindi for “hot”, and masala is a mixture; the hot is not in reference to heat in sense of chillies. It is heat that raises the metabolism of the body.

Garam masala mix is readily available in the market place. If you wish to blend your own here is a typical South African mix sourced from the Indian Delight.

  • 15g Elachi Powder
  • 500g Dhunia (Coriander) Powder
  • 125g Jeero (Cumin) Powder
  • 30g Cloves (Fine)
  • 60g Pepper (Fine)
  • 30g Tuj (Cinnamon) (Fine)

Mix all the powders well together and put in a slow oven to brown and intensify in strength. When cool, pack away in tins or bottles and keep a small bottleful in front of your pantry shelf to use as required in curries about 10 minutes before serving.

NOTE: Good chefs buy the spices whole, roast them in the oven and then pound them fine. This method is highly recommended.


Health and Beauty

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


Scientists say eating nuts, soy and leafy vegetables is the route to slashing your risk of heart disease.

The Portfolio Eating Plan, packed with nuts, soya, leafy vegetables, oats, beans and pulses has been devised by scientists to reduce the risk of heart disease.

It is a new dietary approach and involves a combination of plant sterols or stanols, nuts high in monounsaturated fats and vitamin E such as almonds, plant fibres and soya protein alongside regular exercise.

The diet should be low in saturated fat, high in fibre, low in salt and rich in fruit and vegetables and with a daily intake of 2g of sterols or stanols naturally found in plant foods, 30g of nuts, 20g of soluble fibre and 50g of soya.

Dr David Jenkins, Professor of Nutritional Sciences and Medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto, said: “This is a very important secondary finding to the original study, adding to the literature connecting diet with health. We can now say the dietary portfolio is ideal for reducing overall risk of cardiovascular disease.”


Previous research and studies have found that individual components of the dietary portfolio - mixed nuts, soya protein and viscous fibre - are effective at reducing blood pressure.
The study was published in Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Disease. 

For the full article and video click here:



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.


Muslims believe that Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the final Prophet in a long chain of Prophets sent to call the people to the obedience and worship of God alone (Allah in Arabic). Some of these Prophets include Adam, Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, David, Solomon and Jesus (peace be upon them all).

Just as Moses (peace be upon him) was sent with the Torah (the original uncorrupted revelation sent to Moses) and Jesus (peace be upon him) with the Gospel (the original, uncorrupted revelation – not the present day versions), Muslims believe that Muhammad (peace be upon him) was sent with the Quraan to demonstrate how its teachings should be applied.

The Quraan states: “Indeed in the Messenger of Allah you have an excellent example to follow for whoever hopes in Allah and the Last Day and remembers Allah much.”

Chapter 33 Verse 21



Recent Announcements

O Yeah Sweets, SANHA certification suspended



Due to the constrained availability of SANHA approved gelatin, SANHA certification of O Yeah Sweets has been suspended until further notice. The SANHA logo shall be covered on the outer packaging of products manufactured using non-SANHA approved gelatin. Products of the said company which bear the SANHA logo are still certified by SANHA.


Halaal certification of the above store has been terminated due to change of ownership.

Kindly Exercise Restraint!!

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

0861 786 111


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