039 – Visa Standup tragedy

Written by on April 9, 2008 in Newsletter


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WILL ALL THOSE HASSLED APPLYING FOR A VISA PLEASE STAND UP? Last year Nanima went on her whirlwind European tour.


For preparations sake we asked the embassy for all their requirements. They gave us a long list and informed us my valid passport was not valid as it did not meet the requirements of 6 months. We know of a case where the passport was less valid but the person was given visa no questions asked. We battled to get our passport on record time from Home affairs thanks to all their efforts and great work. Nana has facial hair.. When we walked into the Embassy we saw a poster that looked like long lost brothers staring at us. Our war was long from over.
After we presented all the requirements, they had problems that my child has my husband’s surname and there is no proof I am her mother (after all the labour pains), they might think I am abducting my daughter. There was with a sworn affidavit from the SAPS to say I am her mother and that means nothing to them. Fair enough. On Eid’s day we went to a marriage officer and finally got legally married and we went to hospital to get proof that I was the mother of my child.
We take all that documents to them. Now the problem we are a family and we might settle down in there and never return. First we are not a family and now we are a family, we must ask my sister to go and get an “ALIENS DECLARATION FORM from there. At that moment she was 3 hours from the place where she had to get the form. Time was not our side. We had booked our plane tickets and could not cancel. They don’t take ticket reservations. At that point we were livid. My very very very patient husband (I know how patient he is because I tested it lots of time) almost lost it.
ROUND 4 At that stage I wrote a letter to the Ambassador of the embassy to intervene as we had complied with everything they asked and they keep on sending us on a wild goose chase. My sister also took all the trouble to go and fetch that document. The next day after the uproar we received the VISA immediately.
We missed the Rugby World Cup final because of all this damaal but on the bright side we saw lots of snow and my sister gave us a great time.
ROUND 5 KNOCKOUT Our trip went surprisingly smooth until we reached Stanford airport in London, where Nana’s facial hair was centre of attraction once again. Never ever book Cheapie R air. They cheap but their motto is let me find every loophole to make you pay extra and late so you have to buy another ticket. We missed our first flight – (debatable) thanks to her majesty that was parading at the Remembrance Day celebration that day. After waiting 2 hours in the security check line going through all the security checks where you have to drink all your water there at the checkpoint, take your belt and shoes out and leave your dignity behind. Nana gets stopped by the army pointing a gun at him (we were traveling with a 1 year old). Let’s just say although it was the highlight of his trip, he almost missed the second flight to Frankfurt if it wasn’t delayed. I wrote to the deputy minister of foreign affairs about the whole VISA fiasco but he has not mumbled any reply to date. If you have been a target please stand up and let us know about your experience. NANIMA’S VISA STANDUP TRAGEDY!!!

Muhammad AliMuhammad Ali


“He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man.” William Shakespeare British poet and playwright.


Healthy Hair DietGood hair nutrition begins with getting enough protein, which is the building block of your hair. Then you need complex carbohydrates to help assemble the proteins for hair growth. “Once you’ve considered protein, then getting iron in absorbable forms is one of the single most important minerals as far as hair growth is concerned,” says Thompson. Other important vitamins and minerals include B complex, which is associated with energy production and building good hair and skin issues, folic acid, B12, and zinc Good food for optimal hair growth is Beef contains protein, B vitamins, iron, and zinc. Eggs or Egg Whites. Brown short-grain rice is an ideal form complex carbohydrates. It’s also a good source of B vitamins and some fiber. Low-fat cottage cheese for a protein and calcium. Salmon – good dose of protein, B vitamins, including B12, and other vitamins and minerals.



Salaam After playing to more than 50 000 people on 3 continents Ashraf Johaardien’s award-winning comedy hit comes to Pieter Toerien’s Studio Theatre at Montecasino in 2008. Salaam is an enchanting tapestry that effortlessly weaves storytelling, comedy, politics and the history of the Cape Muslim community into compelling and entertaining theatre. The critically acclaimed script tackles contemporary issues ranging from cultural imperialism to mixed marriages in a series of subtle stories and hilarious monologues.
Wedding Expo Planning the day you have dreamed about your whole life can be a daunting task. Making sure you realise your dreams is never easy as is making sure that you satisfy your groom and family’s requirements as well. Visit South Africa’s largest bridal exhibition, The Wedding Expo at the Coca-Cola Dome, Northgate, Johannesburg Dates: 05 and 06 April 2008

SPIRITUAL RETREAT : Sister Haifaa Younis from St. Louis, USA will be conducting a Spiritual Retreat for school going girls between grade 8-12 from the 4th of April. Please contact Rabia at 012-656 7860 or Fatima at 0846074070 or Sister Haifaa Younis


The Tongaat Child Welfare Woolworths Charity Fair will take place from 3rd – 6th April at the Outspan Ground from. For more details contact RK Kasavan on 032 944 1514.
The Art Givers for SPCA are having a bumper Original Art for Sale and exhibition at the Umhlanga centre from the 20th – 30th March at 8h30. All proceeds will be donated to the SPCA. For more details contact Pat Mounter on 031 539 5430 or Christina Godfrey on 083 466 8774

Cape Town

LIVE with Purpose – Dr John DemartiniLIVE with Purpose – Dr John Demartini, philosopher, teacher, internationally published author and sought after authority on maximising human awareness and potential invites you on a journey to discover how you can create the life you’ve always dreamed of living. Learn how to become clear on your purpose and how to impact the world with your intentions. Learn how to have more power, presence and certainty and how to live your own life rather than living the lives of projected authorities. Discover how to feel loved and worthy regardless of any past or current circumstances and how to stay inspired and overcome distractions while you build wealth and manifest your dreams. Venue: The Westin Grand CT Arabella Quays (Arabella Sheraton), Ballroom Contact details:Clarissa Judd 083 370 2201 or .


Hashim saves the dayHashim Amla’s 85 not out took South Africa to the close on 304 for four on the first day of the first test against India in Chennai on Wednesday. Amla stood firm for 159 balls and hit ten fours. If he completes his century on Thursday he will do what Graeme Smith (73) and Neil McKenzie (94) couldn’t quite manage.


NZ v Eng England won by 121 runs
War v Zim Zimbabwe won by 2 wickets
Eng Prem
Chelsea 2 1 Arsenal
Man Utd3 0Liverpool
Middlesbrough1 0Derby
Everton1 1West Ham
SuperSport United 6 1 Free State Stars
Jomo Cosmos0 0Moroka Swallows
Bloem Celtic0 1Santos


Waste Disposal

There is a hazardous waste dump closer to home for most of us – in our homes in fact. Look inside your kitchen cupboards and all the cleaning potions; out in your garage, shed or workshop, your poolshed, the boot of your car even your medicine cabinet. Over time, we have a tendency to collect items such as paints, thinners, cleaners, pesticides, artificial fertilizers, old fuel, bleach and all sorts of other toxic stuff containing environmental nasties. Saying there’s 1 gallon of these materials in the average home is a gross underestimation. Prevention is better than cure – there’s so many natural alternatives available now to replace many harsh chemicals we use in our homes. Find Safe ways to dispose of it that won’t cause some sort of negative impact on the environment. The best thing you can do is to call your local municipality and ask for waste authority and ask them about hazardous waste disposal.



Special Wedding announcements

  • Nanima and family would like to congratulate Nadia Mistry who will be marrying Mohammed Dangor this weekend in Polokwane. Thank you for all the help you have given Nanima’s family. May Allah reward you for all your efforts.
  • Nanima would like to also congratulate Muhammad Dawood and Shaakira Sujee on their Nikah this weekend.

For Special Ijtima wedding announcements visit IJTIMA 2008 Nikah page Muhammed Sajada of Standerton to Ayesha Kaka (daughter of Marhum Hafez Haroon Kaka) of Laudium Lutfie Abrahams to Ielhaam Ismail of Salt River; Bilal Jooma of Crosby to Zakiya Ahmed of Zak Park; Zubair Saleh of Roshnee to Shakira Rahiman of Ridgway; Mohammed to Aisha Ismail; Ridwaan Sujee to Mariam Dawood; Mohammed Hussain to Tasnim; Nazeer Akbar to Rubina Bawa of Lenz; Nabeel Suliman of Florida to Haroon Shahzardee Deban; Mohammed Saloojee to Fatima Ismail; Ilyaas Master of Lenz to Asma Khan of India; Fatima Assan to Mohammed Chioboo; Abdul Rahim Nkosi of Benoni to Hajira Canthotoo of Kimberley; Mohammed Vawda of Dundee to Amina Vahed; Mohammed Parak of Ladysmith to Raeesa Bailah of Vryheid; Mohammed Sabir Kabir of Lenz South to Amaina of Lenz; Riaz of Mayfair West to Quaraisha Abdolla of Actonville; Mohammed Shammil of Lenz to Ruqaya Shaik of Lenz; Ebrahim Patel of Benoni to Aarifa Mansoor of Heidelburg; Ahmed Nanabhai of Lenz to Fatima Zahra; Ridwan Kasoojee to Zaiboonisha Moosa of Lenz ; Abdut Tawab Rahmani of Zak Park to Zaheed Razaq ; Hfz Ismail Slaeh of Actonville to Fatima Hajee Mohammed of Springs ; Goolam & Zarina; Suhail Patel of Azzadville to Nasiha Lakdawala ; Suhail Bhoola of Colonso Natal to Aadil Tooothal Crosby; Sameer Ramouthan of Lenz to Farzana Jogee; Aslam Mohmmed Aswat of Mayfair to Nirosha Essop ; Wassim Hansa of Erasmia to Zeenat Shaik; Ihsaan Ebrahim to Sameera; Wasim Hoosein of Zak Park to Faeeza Cassim; Fuzail Jeena of Britz to Fatima Kaka; Zain Mohammed to Naseera Ismail of Lenz ; Nazeer Akbar of Lenz to Rubeena Bawa; Hfz Yusuf Jassat of Ermelo to Sadia Patel of Durban ; Yusuf Jassat of Ermelo to Sadia Patel of Westville; Hfz Shaheen Mohammed of Crosby of Safeerah Kaka of Klerkrsdorp; Ml. Ebrahim Desai of Albersville to Nazeera Valli of Kranskop; Bilal Mafawalla of Australia to Faheema Patel Zinniaville; Mohammed Haroon Bayat of Mayfair to Fatima Shiraz Laher; Mohammed Haroon Bayat of Mayfiar to Fatima Shiraz Laher of Hursthill ;
May Allah bless your marriage with love, happiness and understanding Ameen

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Tandoor Salmon Recipe

4 salmon filets (skin on – about 4 oz each)
1/2 cup plain low fat yogurt
1 tbsp fresh coriander or parsley, chopped
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tsp ginger, minced
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp turmeric
pinch of salt and pepper
METHOD 1,2, 3
Place the salmon filets skin side down in a shallow container. Combine the yogurt, coriander, lemon juice, garlic, ginger, cumin, paprika, turmeric, and salt and pepper and whisk all these ingredients together. Pour it over the salmon, cover and marinate in the refrigerator for a couple of hours or preferably overnight. Place the salmon, skin side up, on a well oiled grill over medium heat and cook for approximately 5 minutes. Turn over and baste with the remaining marinade and cook for another 5 minutes or until the salmon flakes easily with a fork. Serve with rice and a vegetable or salad and you have a quick and tasty meal for four.


Child Care

Day mother Experienced child minder / teacher Day care services: Ages: 0-24 months Time: 6am- 6pm Monthly fee: R500.00 Baby sitting services: Ages: All Time: Any Hourly rate: R60.00 – Contact person: Aliyyah 071-505-9625 / 072-657-6546
Florida I would like to find out about any Islamic Day care facilities for my 11 month old baby. And I would like to know if there is a night/Saturday madressa as well? We are in the Florida area. Your urgent response will be highly appreciated.
Actonville Am looking for someone that can assist with huwavaar preps – is there also someone that assists with bathing a new baby etc ?
Sandton I intend relocating to Gauteng Insha Allah. I have a 18 month old son and looking for a creche/day care in the Sandton area with a strong Islamic ethos.

Boarding and Lodging

Woodmead Male looking for a place to board near woodmead , food , washing and ironing must be provided


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