SANZAF Media Release
24 March 2014
SANZAF launches annual Winter Warmth Campaign
The South African National Zakah Fund (SANZAF), a faith based organisation has launched its annual national Operation Winter Warmth (OWW) initiative. The theme of OWW this year is 'help us help others' and seeks to provide essential items to children, the aged and families in need across South Africa.
To commemorate 40 years of service to the community, SANZAF is working in partnership with various organisations and business to tackle child poverty and deprivation in South Africa.
On the eve of the launch, SANZAF National Chairperson Sajid Dawray said:
"There are thousands of children living in poverty in South Africa. Some of these children are living in homes lacking the most basic amenities the rest of us take for granted. These children go to school hungry, not having had a proper breakfast or go through winter without warm clothing or a decent pair of shoes. Some even have to sleep on damp mattresses on the floor because they do not have their own beds. This winter, we are working in partnership with the community and to provide warmth to families in need".
SANZAF Western Cape Administrator Sarfaraaz Hamza said:
"We are pleased that SANZAF is able to make this contribution to over 1,000 at Huguenot Primary School in Tafelsig, Mitchells Plain. We envisage a roll-out of the programme at five schools in the Cape Flats area. This programme makes a positive impact on low income families with young children who have a serious material need in their home. Items awarded improve children's ability to eat, sleep, and learn in their home environment. At this time of year when families are struggling to keep the fires burning at home... our programme is more critical than ever."
He called on members of the public to reach out and warm a heart this winter.
Operation Winter Warmth launch details:
Date: Tuesday, 25 March 2014
Time: 9am – 11am (handover of beanie packs)
Venue: Huguenot Primary School, Tafelsig, Mitchells Plain
(33 Huguenot Avenue)
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SANZAF Imam Development Programme members attended an inspirational talk at SANZAF Western Cape today.
The South African National Zakah Fund (SANZAF) are celebrating 40 years of unparalleled dedication and assistance to the Muslim community of South Africa. To mark this milestone, the NGO will host a 40th anniversary launch on Thursday evening. Established in 1974, SANZAF has grown to become one of the country’s most recognisable public benefit organisations.
Since its inception, the fund has grown exponentially, with 28 offices currently in operation across the country. It is considered the oldest Zakah institution in the Southern hemisphere.
Thursday’s event will be held to officially launch the funds 40th Anniversary Commemoration, and will feature an extensive programme that will run from 6:30pm until 10pm. VOC will be broadcasting live from the event at the Masjid Ighwatul Muslimeen in Bridgetown, between 8pm and 10pm.
The programme will start with a completion of a Khatam al-Quraan, up until 8pm when VOC’s live broadcast begins. The live programme will feature talks by SANZAF founding member Sheik Faaik Gamieldien, who will be delivering a historical narrative of the organisation, followed by an address by keynote speaker Maulana Hassim Cassiem, the current SANZAF Western Cape chairperson.
There will also be an address by the Muslim Judicial Council's (MJC) 1st deputy president, Sheikh Riad Fataar. The event will conclude with a thikr, and then vote of thanks by another founding member, Abdurazaaq Razaaq.
During the broadcast, VOC will also be conducting special interviews with some of the speakers, as well as a few prominent SANZAF members.
The launch will kick off extensive anniversary celebrations, with Khamatul Quraan and Thikr programmes scheduled to take place at SANZAF offices across the country. The organisation has also announced a 40th anniversary commemorative dinner on Friday, 16 May 2014 at the Islamia College Hall as well as the International Zakah Seminar between 17-19 May 2014.
For more information on the launch you can contact Sakeena Bock at 021 447 0297. VOC (Mubeen Banderker)
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.
See the Galley here
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.