SA communities prepare for 2010

(LOC) Wednesday 17 February 2010

With the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ just months away, the South African Muslim community is hard at work preparing to welcome the many Muslim players and fans that are expected to be in the country in June and July this year.

A number of Halaal restaurants are being opened throughout Host Cities and Halaal organisations, such as the National Independent Halaal Trust (NIHT), have increased inspections at newer franchises to increase the number of Halaal establishments.

“Volunteers will be placed outside stadiums handing out lists of Halaal restaurants, products and prayer facilities in that city and they will also answer any questions from Muslim spectators,” said Moulana Abdul Wahab Wookay, head of the NIHT.

The Johannesburg based Council of Muslim Theologians are creating a brochure which comprises of a list of prayer venues, Halaal restaurants and helpful guidelines for Muslim guests in the Gauteng province.

“These brochures will be made available at all major hotels, guest houses and the provinces airports. It will contain pertinent information to assist the Muslim traveller,” said Moulana Bilal Vaid from the council’s media desk.

For Wookay, preparations for Muslim guests takes longer and attention needs to be focused on detail.

“Food and beverages are one thing, but other non-natural perishables like chocolates, sweets and pharmaceuticals could contain non-Halaal substances such as pork-based substances or extracts from an un-Islamic slaughtered animal. That’s why details are so important,” said Wookay.

Another important factor pertaining to Muslim guests is prayer facilities. “It is mandatory for Muslims to pray five times a day,” said Vaid who mentioned that more Mosques/Masaajids will be opened for the tournament to accommodate both male and female Muslim spectators.

There are currently 500 Mosques/Masaajids in South Africa.


Woolworths pulls yoghurt with gelatine off shelves

Woolworths will take the majority of its yoghurt products off the shelves because a supplier had included gelatine as an ingredient, the company said on Thursday.

Julian Novak, head of food, said Woolworths had an explicit agreement with its yoghurt suppliers not to include gelatine in their products.

This agreement was made after feedback from customers who did not want gelatine in their yoghurt.

He stressed that the yoghurt was perfectly safe and very nutritious and would be donated to a local charity.

Woolworths was seeking a new supplier and said it hoped to have gelatine-free yoghurt back in stock in the near future.

Gelatine is a translucent, colourless, brittle, nearly tasteless solid substance, extracted from the collagen inside animals’ connective tissue, according to Wikipedia. – Sapa

Tips on Filling your Car

al-salam alaykum

With the price of petrol in Durban, South Africa at R. 9,50 – we might need this. Also, we must consider using scooters now!


I don’t know what you guys are paying for petrol…. But here in Durban we are also paying higher, up to R7.35 per litre. But my line of work is in petroleum for about 31 years now, so here some tricks to get more of your money’s worth for every litre.

Here at the Marian Hill Pipeline where I work in Durban, we deliver about 4 million litres in 24-hour period thru pipeline. One day is diesel the second day is jet fuel, and petrol, LRP and Unleaded. We have 34-storage tanks here with a total capacity of 16,800,000 litres.

Only buy or fill up your car or bike in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold. Remember that service stations have their storage tanks buried ground. The colder the ground the more dense the fuel, when it gets warmer petrol expands, so buying in the afternoon or the evening…. Your litre is not exactly a litre. In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and the temperature of the petrol, diesel and jet fuel, ethanol and other petroleum products plays an important role. A 1 –degree rise in temperature is a big deal for this business. But the service stations do not have temperature compensation at the pumps.

One of the most important tips is to fill up when your tanks is HALF FULL. The reason of this is, more fuel you have in your tank the less air occupying its empty space. Petrol evaporates faster than you can imagine. Petroleum storage tanks have an internal floating roof. This roof serves as zero clearance between the petrol and the atmosphere, so it minimizes the evaporation. Unlike service station, here where I work, every truck that we load is temperature compensated so that every litre is actually the exact amount.

Another reminder, if there is a fuel truck pumping into the storage tanks when you stop to buy, DO NOT fill up—most likely the petrol/diesel is being stirred up as the fuel is being delivered, and you might pick up some of the dirt that normally settles on the bottom.

Hopes this will help you get the most value for your money.



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