The new moon has not been located in Saudi Arabia and Muslims around the globe should hold up somewhat longer to mark the start of Ramadaan.
Ramadaan, the holiest month on the Islamic calendar, denotes the beginning of the 30-day fast.
In South Africa, the expectation always was that Ramadaan would start on Thursday.
The holy period is expected to run into mid-June.
During this period, practicing Muslims who are able to, are barred from eating between sunrise and sunset.
The aim of the fast is to help teach Muslims self-restraint, discipline and generosity.
There are over 1,5 billion Muslims worldwide.
The new moon has not been sighted in Saudi Arabia and Muslims around the world will have to wait a bit longer to mark the start of Ramadaan