Saudi Ministry of Hajj has increased the quota for South Africans for this hajj season from 3500 to 4000 hujaaj for the year 1440.
However the good news also presents a challenge to the South African Hajj and Umrah Council.
The organisation has to fast track processing the accreditation.
The waiting period for first time hujaaj is around 4 years.
There are limited choices available for potential pilgrims. Hajj operators are also gearing up to accommodate last minute hujaaj.