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SABA – August 2012 Ipad Prize Draw

Posted on: August 21st, 2012 by SABA 1 Comment

SABA - August 2012 Ipad Prize Draw

Well done to Thembi Dondo with your brand new Ipad!

Lessons in Etiquette…

Posted on: August 20th, 2012 by SABA 1 Comment

muslim dining etiquette

prohibited food & drink

Gelatine from animal source which is not halal
Meat that is not slaughtered in the prescribed Islamic way
Meat from a lawful animal that died before slaughter
Any food or drink with alcohol in it
Any human substance or part
All carnivorous animals and birds of prey
food laws and beliefs

Eating is a matter of faith in Islam. Muslim dietary practise is fundamentally about obeying God. All practising Muslim believers obey God Almighty by eating the allowed foods (halal) and avoiding the forbidden foods (haram) which are mentioned in the Qur’an and in the sayings of the final prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).

The following are a list of Muslim dietary practises.

Recite the name of God (Allah) before eating and thank God after finishing.
It is a good thing to eat by the right hand and in company.
Muslims must pronounce the name of Allah on all animals while slaughtering.
Think and contemplate in every item of food you eat by remembering God the creator the Designer, The Organiser and the Provider.
It is important to eat only when you are hungry.
When you do eat, you should not eat in excess.
Halal pure healthy meat, chicken, fish, milk, olive oil and honey are highly recommended in Islam.

All types of fruit and vegetable (when grown naturally and not genetically modified) by Islam.

Grapes, dates, figs, pomegranate, pulse and cereal are also acceptable.

Honey and olive oil are prescribed as medicinal.

There is no prohibition to be vegetarian in Islam, but any practising Muslim will come across meat on many Islamic occasions when meat is provided.

feasts and fasting

Feast days (dates vary according to the lunar calendar) include

Eid al-Fitr (after finishing the fasting months of Ramadan),

Eid al-Udha, and

Maulud n’Nabi (the birthday of the Prophet Mohummmad – some Muslims do not celebrate this).

Fasting is considered an opportunity to earn the approval of Allah, to wipe out previous sins, and to understand the suffering of the poor. Fasting is also partly to be in control of appetite and to avoid food addiction. It is the fourth ritual observance in the Five Pillars of Islam.

Fasting includes abstention from all food and drink from dawn to sunset. Voluntary fasting is common on Mondays and Thursdays (it is undesirable to fast on certain days of the months and on Fridays).

Ramadan, the ninth month of the Muslim calendar, is a mandatory fasting period that commemorates the period when the Qur’an was first revealed to Prophet Muhammad. During Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food and drink (and sex) from before the break of dawn until sunset.

Muslims are encouraged to fast

six (6) days during the month of Shawwal (the month after Ramadan),
on the 10th day of Muharram (the first month in the Islamic calendar), and
on the 9th day of Zul Hijjah (the month of Hajj – pilgrimage).

What do our clients say!

Posted on: August 20th, 2012 by SABA No Comments

Thank you so much!
We are SO proud of Goodson – and he is bursting with pride to be part of the Academy!

Butler Training Course starts on Monday 13th of August!

Posted on: August 9th, 2012 by SABA No Comments

The South African Butler Academy proudly annouces 16 Butlers to join the Butler Academy on Monday the 13th of August 2012.

With exceptional employment opportunities available we wish you all the best!

Remember an excellent Butler at the leading butler academy will:
 Always make a “excellent” first impression
 Always be presentable
 Be polite
 Never use slang words
 Correct etiquette at all times
 Correct Demeanour
 Always greet everyone
 Never say “no” always yes or an alternative
 Never be late – for anything!
 Always use the word “ excellent” to describe your mood or service
 Listen to your clients
 Everyone is important
 Remember people’s names
 Know how to address clients
 Understand body language
 Always speak clearly on the phone
 Always check your itinerary or the guests for the next day
 Always act positively in any situation
 Always go the extra mile
 Anticipate the need of others

Lets step back in time – our Principal on the Queem Mary 2

Posted on: August 9th, 2012 by SABA No Comments

Dear readers, as the former butler on the Queen Mary 2 Newton Cross shared an inside photo of the Elizabeth Suite.


Posted on: July 30th, 2012 by SABA 2 Comments

Well done to Abraham Hayes, Ilze Wiese and Nicolaas van Wyk on an excellent score!

Final Exam week at the Butler Academy – Butler Olympics July 27th 2012

Posted on: July 21st, 2012 by SABA 1 Comment

The final exams are here, we wish all our butlers on the current course all of the best and good luck for the final phase of the butler course. We are exceptionally proud of each and every butler on the course, we simply cannot wait to see the amazing projects on Wednesday?

Sushi Master Class at the Butler Academy

Posted on: July 19th, 2012 by SABA No Comments

Madiba birthday

Posted on: July 18th, 2012 by SABA No Comments


Happy Birthday Mr. Mandela!!

International Butler Application Video

Posted on: July 8th, 2012 by SABA No Comments