Issue No.213 – November 2022 : Rabi’ath-Thaani 1444

In proudly maintaining its record of transparency, SANHA held its Annual General Meeting on Sunday, the 30th of October, 2022 at the Hartley Road School Hall in Overport Durban. As a national body, the event is rotated annually in the major centres of Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.

Our officials presented financial information and operating details in a spirit of candour and openness, a rarity in the field of Halaal certification that sets SANHA apart from many others.

We wish to express our immense gratitude to the public, our trustees, officials and staff from the various provinces whose attendance, messages of goodwill and duas made the event possible. Jazakallah Khairan for taking the time and effort in gracing us with your presence.

The Meeting commenced with a beautifully melodious Qiraat by Haafiz Mohammed Asmal, a 3rd year Qiraat student of Madrassah Tajweedul Qur’aan in Sherwood, Durban, followed by the presentations of reports by the various key players of SANHA.

Moulana Navlakhi, SANHA’s Theological Director delivered the secretarial report which provided an overview of the main activities of the organization over the past 12 months since the last AGM. Our audited financial statement together with the report was circulated to all the attendees.

A few salient points from the report are following noteworthy achievements of the past year:

  • 18 170 queries fielded by the SANHA Helpline.
  • 539 New applications were received.
  • 368 New plants were certified.
  • 205 certificates were withdrawn/cancelled.
  • 860 Export Certificates issued.
  • A staggering 26 207 audits were conducted.
  • 72 186 Social Media followers.
  • 145 Staff currently under direct employment.
  • 450 Staff indirectly employed.

A highlight of the function came in the form of a well-researched and deeply insightful address, delivered by the illustrious scholar and Imaam of Musjidus Salaam of Musgrave, Durban, Mufti Ebrahim Backus, which left us with much Halaal food for thought.

SANHA, every year in recognition of selfless service by many worthy individuals, nominates a person who has contributed to the upliftment of the community. This year the founder of the Al-Imdaad Foundation, Hajee Yacoob Ebrahim Vahed was honoured for his sterling services and leadership of his foundation. Our earnest prayers that the Almighty keep him within our midst for many more years to come to continue serving the ummah with the passion, dedication and sincerity that we have grown accustomed to, Aameen.

In a unique announcement, SANHA publicly bid farewell to Hajee Mohamed Essack Goolam Hoosen on his retirement. He has ably served the community as a Halaal slaughterer and supervisor at the Rainbow plant for over 40 years, 25 of them with SANHA.

He started working at Rainbow in 1982/83 which at the time was under Jamiatul Ulama KZN. He had the opportunity of meeting and working with Marhoom Hadhrat Moulana Yunus Patel saheb (Rahimahulaahu Alaihi), Marhoom Hadhrat Moulana Haroon Abbaasomar Rahimahullaahu Alaihi and Hadhrat Moulana Makda Saahib who at the time were the Halaal Inspectors.

A token of appreciation and a gift was presented to him by SANHA. We wish him well on his retirement and ask of Almighty Allah to grant him a long, peaceful and happy life, Aameen.

As we enter our 26th year of service in the Halaal industry, we humbly request your fervent duaas and your continuous support so that we may continue to serve you even better in the field of Halaal in the coming years.