The South African National Zakah Fund (SANZAF) Durban encourages parents and children to save the environment through the Chance to Play programme, the initiative is focussed on recycling and reusing goods.
This allows children to play and be occupied, at the same time Chance to Play brings out the talent in children in creating musical instruments.
The programme is ongoing and is aimed at 25 children between the ages of six to thirteen. These minors are taught this musical skill which is adapted to nasheed and the group then perform at local events which included a Women's Day conference at the Queens Park Bowling Club, and the sustainable living festival at the Green Hub, Blue Lagoon.
The South African National Zakah Fund (SANZAF) this week handed cheques to the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and University of the Western Cape (UWC) affording at least 165 students the right to education at these institutions.
The total spend for bursaries in 2014 is R3 718 839 which will allow 384 disadvantaged students in the Western Cape to study in a field of their choice at various tertiary institutions including University of Cape Town (UCT), Stellenbosch University (SUN) as well as the Islamic Peace College of SA (IPSA).
SANZAF's cumulative national education and empowerment spend for 2014 amounts to R15.5 million which will assist up to 1,005 students. In 2013, 550 students benefitted nationally from the bursary programme totalling close to R10 million.
On Monday, SANZAF Western Cape allocated R519 264 to assist 59 students at CPUT and a further R1 058 073 was handed to UWC on Tuesday for 106 beneficiaries.
CPUT – CPUT Director for Advancement Calvin Maseko, CPUT Vice Chancellor Dr Prins Nevhutalu and SANZAF Western Cape Administrator Moulana Sarfaraaz Hamza, SEED Coordinator Faeza Govind
UWC Handover 2, Seen from left to right, Michael Kwatsha Head Financial Aid, UWC Professor Brian O Connell, Rector and Vice Chancellor UWC, Faeza Govind Bursary Coordinator SANZAF, Aneesah Rylands Assistant Bursary Coordinator SANZAF, Ml Sarfaraaz Hamza Administrator Western Cape SANZAF, Asief Mohamed Bursary Champion SANZAF
SANZAF has also set aside R182 437 to UCT for 22 students and a further R248 910 at SUN for 22 students. In addition to this, R233 000 will assist 42 students at IPSA and various tertiary faith-based institutions. Needy students are strongly encouraged to obtain the balance of funding from National Students Financial Assistance Scheme (NSFAS).
The SANZAF Bursary Fund which was established in 1985, forms part of the SANZAF Education Empowerment Development (SEED) Programme.
This initiative aims to facilitate and support marginalised individuals and communities through education and skills development training, starting from early childhood development. SANZAF believes that a tertiary qualification opens doors to a positive future by empowering individuals to aspire to a better quality of life.
According to SANZAF Western Cape Administrator Moulana Sarfaraaz Hamza, a core function of SANZAF is to provide financial support to needy and deserving students in pursuit of a tertiary education. "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 needs within communities," said Hamza.
SANZAF is one of the single largest registered Public-Benefit Organisations (PBO) of its kind in South Africa, and one of the largest investors in human resources within the Muslim community.
SANZAF Western Cape Chairperson Moulana Hassim Cassiem said, "The SANZAF projects and programmes are designed to develop those who are communities and at the same time, effectively help in building a more dynamic society."
The South African Zakah Fund (SANZAF) visited Rio Grande Primary School in Manenberg on Wednesday, 9 April in the second Operation Winter Warmth Campaign edition for 2014.
The day began early for the SANZAF Distribution Department as they arrived at the school to prepare two hot meals and a winter pack consisting of a woolly beanie, scarf and gloves for the learners.
The morning assembly began with a hum of excitement circulating throughout the school at the news that SANZAF was on site.
The learners are beaming with happiness as they line up for assembly after hearing that SANZAF is visiting their school..
SANZAF staff provides learners with a warm breakfast. .
Rio Grande Primary School, Principal Mrs Brenda Manuel provides an insight into the school and the challenges faced.
SANZAF teamwork at its best.
SANZAF staff getting into the braaing gear.
Mualima Yasmine Abdurazaaq, SANZAF Da'wah Coordinator and Tarbiyya, discusses the Islamic perspective with learners.
Before lunch was served, Shireen Kamaldien, SANZAF Western Cape Assistant Head of Distribution entertained learners before lunch was served.
Shireen helps the children to loosen up with a fun rhyme before lunch time.
Belhar Caseworker Ebrahim Jacobs pictured with learners and students after they receiving their winter packs.
As the day ended learners were elated with their gifts, the teachers expressed their gratitude SANZAF for bringing the campaign to their school.
Two more editions of Operation Winter Warmth are yet to take place this year Hazendal Primary School in Athlone and Hindel Road Primary School in Belhar are next in line. With its goal of 5,000 school children in 2014 SANZAF urges the community to support this worthy cause, by volunteering or donating in cash or kind , thiswill ensure that a difference is made in the life of a learner.
For more information about SANZAF Projects and Programmes or to contribute to SANZAF Operation Winter Warmth contact 021 638 5108. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter @SANZAFSA or like us on Facebook.
Children making shakers out of used plastic cooldrink bottles
Rishaad Ellis demonstrates how to make the shakers out of used plastic cooldrink bottles
Rishaad Ellis with children who are part of the chance to play programme
Children are being educated about recycling and the benefits thereof
The South African National Zakah Fund (SANZAF) has just launched their 2014 edition of the annual Operation Winter Warmth (OWW) Campaign... just in time for what seems to be the start of winter.
Learners of the Huguenot Primary School in Tafelsig, Mitchells Plain were treated to a hearty breakfast by SANZAF members. The 1,126 learners were also gifted a woolly beanie, scarf and gloves. This will ensure that these young ones are kept a little warmer during the winter season.
All lined up to receive their gifts from SANZAF.
Deputy Principal Mr Josephs addresses the learners on the chilly autumn morning.
Shireen Kamaldien, SANZAF Western Cape Assistant Head of Distribution gets the learners hyped for the day with some light entertainment.
iTV Cameraman, Saawmiet Moos captures the essence of the day.
Goodies all lined up and ready to go. SANZAF staff member Shehaam Corbett looks out to the crowd of eager learners.
Hand out of woolly packs begins just as it starts to drizzle. Great timing!
Happy smiles from learners who received their warm goodies.
Huguenot Primary School Principal Mrs Hartnick being interviewed by iTV reporter Nuha Razak.
Da'wah and Tarbiyyah Coordinator, Mualima Yasmine Abdurazaaq and Distribution HOD Shafiek Barendse handover rechargeable lamps to the Principal, Mrs Hartnick and Deputy Principal Mr Josephs who will distribute to children at the school who are most in need.
Distribution HOD Shafiek Barendse speaks to iTV about upcoming SANZAF Projects and Programmes.
This is just the first school which SANZAF has identified for the Operation Winter Warmth 2014. Three more schools will be attended to within the coming months, including Hindel Road Primary School in Belhar, Hazendal Primary School in Athlone, as well as Rio Grande Primary School in Manenberg.
SANZAF aims to reach 5,000 learners through this initiative in 2014. But, another aspect of Operation Winter Warmth which SANZAF Western Cape will be tackling in 2014 is the Adopt-A-Gogo Campaign (more details to follow!).