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109 students benefit at UWC through SANZAF

SANZAF-CHEQUE-handoverSANZAF changing lives through development and relief .....

The South African National Zakah Fund (SANZAF) is pleased to announce that an amount of R 1, 129. 149 .00 was handed over to the University of the Western Cape benefitting 109 bright young people from financially disadvantaged backgrounds.

SANZAF believes that with a relevant tertiary education qualification it is one sure way of escaping poverty in a country with such a high unemployment rate.

" A core function of SANZAF is to provide financial support and to assist needy and deserving students, we recognise that education plays an important role in determining labour market prospects and as an organisation we have made a concerted effort to be responsive to the dire needs within communities" explained Ml Sarfaraaz Hamza , administrator SANZAF Western Cape

He added that up to R3 million has been earmarked and disbursed for education and empowerment programmes in the Western Cape with SANZAF bursary students spread across all leading tertiary institutions countrywide.

The cumulative national education and empowerment spend for period the 2013 is up to R 10 million. THE South African National Zakáh Fund (SANZAF) is the single largest registered public- benefit organisation of its kind in South Africa. Last year more than 500 students benefitted from the bursary programme and it is envisaged that the number is set to grow.

"The projects and programmes are designed to strengthen and improve those who are most marginalised in society" says Ml Hassiem Cassiem, Chairperson Western Cape

Brian O Connell, Rector and Vice – Chancellor, UWC commended SANZAF for the sterling work it does, he added that young people are the most vulnerable in society and it requires involvement of all stakeholder to secure an enabling environment for communities to thrive and to become self reliant.

The success of SANZAF is attributed mainly to the excellent support it receives from contributors and the community at large.

For more information contact Sakeena on 021 8271852 or 021 4470297.

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