#GAUTENG: Emperors Palace Hotel Casino Convention and Entertainment Resort situated close to O.R Tambo International airport has come under fire for misleading Muslim patrons.
The South African National Halal Authority (SANHA) stated that the Peermont property was at fault for the blatant use of the SANHA logo, illegally. Muslim patrons frequenting the property were of the understanding that the casino, hotel and dining venues were providing halal product.
The hotel and casino resort admit to using the SANHA logo without proper certification.
A notice of apology was posted in a local newspaper addressed to the Muslim community at-large and the South African National Halal Authority.
Emperors Palace would like to apologize to SANHA (South African National Halal Authority) for the unlawful usage of the SANHA logo. The unauthorised use was an oversight on our part and we regret any harm it may have caused.Emperors Palace
According to SANHA, the Primavera Restaurant is certified Halal with the rights to display their certification. Somehow Emperors Palace used the SANHA logo to indicate that the entire venue of the hotels, casino and conferencing menus are certified to cater for halal food products.
Emperors Palace responded to Indian Spice’s queries over the matter stating,
We are currently investigating the matter and perusing the agreement between Peermont and SANHA.Julie Van Wyk | Group Public Relations & Customer Care Manager
The Emperors Palace website still indicates that they cater for halal guests however that website page linking to the halal menu has been taken down. The website’s Events and Conferences section is yet to be updated with respect to how and if Emperors will be catering to halal patrons.
Julie Van Wyk, Peermont’s Group PR and Customer Care Manager for Emperors Palace indicated that they will be able to provide clarity over the debacle next week. They are currently reviewing the SANHA agreement.
The apology advert by Emperors Palace shared by SANHA on Twitter,
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Source inputs: GGB Magazine | Learn Religions |Twitter|SANHA