SANZAF hosted its 9th Annual Graduates Awards Evening on Friday, 21 February 2014. The Bursary Graduates Awards Evening is an annual event held to celebrate the successes of the students sponsored through the bursary programme. It is an occasion to acknowledge the hard work and determination of our future leaders and to encourage them to become contributing members of society. A total of 32 graduates were honoured as well as four top achieving students who have all obtained six distinctions within their respective courses. The keynote address was delivered by Ahmed Essop, the Chief Executive Officer of the Council on Higher Education, where key aspects were highlighted with regards to higher education in South Africa.
Hoosen Essof, the Administrator of SANZAF Gauteng, also used the opportunity to stand in solidarity with the mine workers of our country in attempt to create awareness about the plight of those who risk their lives every day. In closing, he then encouraged the students to not lose sight of the purpose for which they have entered into University and use their qualification to help improve the lot of the voiceless.
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SANZAF has recently launched phase one of the Imam Development Programme, where 11 Imams from various areas across the Western Cape are undergoing an intensive 12 month course which will enable them to develop their skills in Business Writing, Communication and Computer Literacy. Pictured here are the participants along with SANZAF's Abdurazaaq Razaaq and the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) Secretary General Moulana Abdul Khaliq Allie.
Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Illayhi Raa ji-oen
Mahomed Lutchika (1936/05/01 – 2014/02/26)
Mahomed Lutchika worked as a collector for SANZAF for over 19 years. He spent weeks on the road, covering the towns of Old Transvaal, Free State and Botswana, knocking door to door trying to raise funds for our various causes.
Uncle Mahomed, as he was affectionately known, found a way into the hearts and lives of many a contributor and their families. He genuinely believed that SANZAF could make a difference and he often reminded donors of their obligations to the poor. Not too many could turn him down!
In fact, Uncle Mahomed was proud of the fact that he saved SANZAF money whenever he travelled out of town, as he was always offered a place to stay and a home cooked meal in every town.
Uncle Mahomed was not without his own idiosyncrasies and we could never find a suitable co-driver for him on his long journeys, even as he got on in age, he was very particular about his driving companion.
Uncle Mahomed was not well in the last few years and battled cancer, which he finally succumbed to on Thursday morning. Despite his illness and being “boarded off”, Uncle Mahomed continued to volunteer as a collector until just a few days ago. His last deposit was on 13 February, which he collected in Polokwane, the town he loved most of all.
We will miss Uncle Mahomed, as we are sure many a contributor cum friend will. We pray to Allah to accept his service and his sacrifice and to accord him the highest station in Jannahtul Firdause, Insha-Allah. We pray that Allah grants his family Sabar Jameel.
Janaza Salaah will take place at 12.30pm today at Manzil Park Masjid, 62 Abdul Kara, Street, Manzil Park, Klerksdorp.
Please remember to make a special dua for Mahomed Lutchika.
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