South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)


November 2019 : Rabiul Awwal 1441

Congratulations to our national Rugby team, the Amabokoboko for lifting the Rugby World Cup 2019 to become world champions. They answered their critics with an emphatic 32 – 12 victory over England in far off Japan on Saturday, 2nd November 2019. Over 14 000 kilometres away in Cape Town, one of South Africa’s Halaal regulators, SANHA were also providing answers at its open public Annual General Meeting (AGM).

The meeting at the Taronga Road Masjid Hall in Crawford, Cape Town opened with a brilliant recitation of verses from the Glorious Quran by local 4th year student Aalim, Hafez Ayub Brenner, a student of Moulana Fadludien Anthony and now Moulana Ismail Allie of Qaasimul Uloom. This was followed by the opening address by Moulana Yusuf Patel, Chairman of SANHA and Secretary General of the United Ulama Council of South Africa (UUCSA). In his superb treatise he paid tribute to the stalwart, the late Mr Suleman Mahomedy, a founding member of SANHA in 1996 who was called to rest in June of this year. More importantly he spoke of drawing “lessons from the grave” and the need for organisations to adapt, survive and thrive.

Thereafter, reports were personally presented by the following officials:-

Brother Riaz Jalal - Secretarial Report

Brother Naseem Kathrada - Chief Operating Officer’s Report

Brother Omar Farouk Moola - Treasurer’s Report

Some salient points from the reports were:-

  • 73% of Trustees are from the Ulama fraternity
  • 144 staff employed
  • 2 099 establishments certified
  • 1 834 flavours certified in 2018, with a total of 14 915 certified flavours
  • 33 640 ingredients evaluated in 2018
  • 757 export certificates issued in 2018, up from 486 in 2017
  • 25 423 queries received from the public
  • 17 545 audits conducted in 2018, an increase of 13% on 2017
  • 54 520 social media subscribers
  • 428 new applications received in 2018, compared to 325 in 2017

Copies of the reports including abridged Audited Financial Statements were handed out to all attendees.
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The Keynote Address was delivered by the erudite motivational speaker, Mr Mohammed Mahomedy,
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In an enthralling and highly thought-provoking exposition he offered profound insights into rapidly changing trends that affect the world that we live in. He delved into personal development of one’s self and the need to embrace this as Muslims to reach our full potential.

For many in the audience it was a fitting legacy of his late father Hajee Suleman Mahomedy.

Stop press – Just In:  Our Guest Speaker is no slouch when it comes to walking the talk. Even though he is the acting CEO, he is already instituting steps to derail the gravy train and recover funds looted, Alhamdulillah.

Click here to see the latest development reported in the Business day this week:  


A special Community Recognition Award was presented to Moulana Ismail Allie of Majlisud Da'wah wal Islaah (Madawi) and Qaasimul Uloom for his selfless devotion and dedication to uplifting the poorest of the poor in the Cape Community. In the tribute to this remarkably wonderful person, what stood out most was his passion for educating himself and “investing” this knowledge by the establishment of a council of dawah and self-reformation, Madawi and further the college of higher learning, Qaasimul Uloom. His organisation has been a founding member of SANHA.

May Allah Ta’ala bless him and his family abundantly for his tireless and extraordinary dedication to the Cause.

SANHA appreciated the support from the community of Cape Town and the Ummah at large. It pledged to continue the tradition of transparency and openness, Insha Allah.

Your Duas, constructive comments, criticism and feedback is truly appreciated
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