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05 November 2018 / 25 Muharram 1440
Nisáb = R5186.69
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Gold = R655.75/g (R17 705.75oz)
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What is the meaning of Nisáb?

Nisáb is a minimum amount of wealth which makes one liable to pay Zakáh. The person who possesses an amount equal to or greater than this specified minimum wealth, which remains in his or her possession for a period of one year is considered wealthy enough to pay the Zakáh.

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04 October 2018

SANZAF BURSARY: POWER OF THE PEN OFFERS REAL HOPE

FEW realise that Zakah, the ritual purification of surplus wealth, is better distributed with the underlying intention of sustainability. Charity, of course, is critical in relieving an immediate crisis – but to alleviate it one has to have strategies in place to ensure that the experience is not repeated.

This is why providing hope is such an important element of Zakah. Hope is a condition of the heart that actively wishes for something better, but to flourish, it has to be actively nurtured by something that offers a solution. It is the fishing rod of charity, as opposed to the fish.

One thing that the Prophet Muhammad [SAW] realised after he migrated to the oasis city of Madinah in the 7th century was that poverty and ignorance could become a problem. This awareness was heightened by the fact that the emigrants from Makkah, having fled Quraysh oppression, were destitute.

That was when the Prophet [SAW] encouraged the residents of Madinah, the Ansar, to adopt the emigrants from Makkah, the Muhajirun. He instructed them to look after each other in compassion. “Feed the hungry,” was the first thing the noble Prophet said to the people of Madinah, who took up his instruction with fervour.

There were many early socio-economic challenges, but few of us realise that the Prophet worked to overcome them through the means of education. The traditions are there – but mystifyingly – we seem to ignore or forget them. For one of the first things the Prophet [SAW] did in Madinah was to encourage those who were literate (even if they were Jews) to educate the illiterate.

Today, over 1,000 years later, this simple – but effective – model still applies. The most impactful way of transforming a society, of eradicating poverty and reducing unemployment, is via education. Nelson Mandela knew what he was saying after his release from Robben Island when he said that we had to focus on “education, education and education”.

As the beloved Prophet said to A’ishah in a similar vein, “Allah neither sent me as a person who causes difficulty to others, nor did He send me as one who desires hardship and difficulty. Rather, He sent me as a teacher and the one who causes ease to people…”

This, of course, embodies the very first Qur’anic revelation of “Iqraa”, a word which carries a far deeper import than just reading and reciting. In fact, the scholars will tell us that implicit in this command is a directive for us to understand things so that we can become conscious beings, cognisant of the Mercy of Allah, and everything of His around us.

Today, this ethos is firmly rooted in SANZAF. Last year alone, SANZAF distributed R27.7 million for tertiary level bursaries and for its Education, Empowerment and Development programme (SEED), which incorporates the Future Leaders’ Programme, mentorship and personal support to learners and students, as well as satellite projects such as honey harvesting, small-scale farming and entrepreneurship training.

Experts tell us that poverty can only be eradicated by an “ecological” approach. This is achieved via a focus on knowledge and skills training after a person’s primary needs such as hunger, shelter and security have been met.

That the institution of Zakah meets the above criteria like a glove is a no-brainer. The greater picture of Zakah, enjoined by every single prophet – Jewish, Christian or other – is that it roots for the underdog, calls for dignity and compassion in execution and extolls the virtues of elevating the human spirit.

The SANZAF bursary programme is one such vehicle, with thousands of students having benefited from it already. The significance of this particular project is stressed by the fact that young people, who would otherwise fall through the cracks of the system, are allowed to enjoy a bright future.

In the South African context, the social impact is massive. Just one student graduating and finding a job, or starting a business, will not only be able to fill the national skills vacuum, but will also have the power to lift an entire family out of poverty. This in turn regenerates the economy. And as the application process for the SANZAF bursary programme opens, we need to bear this in mind, for it is a project well worth our support – moral or otherwise.

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Gauteng
03 October 2018

SANZAF sends student entrepreneur off to Germany!!

Chris Mabunda, a WITS university student and one of 35 student entrepreneurs from around the world was selected to attend the annual Global Entrepreneurship Summer School (GESS) programme in Munich Germany.

Chris was selected after he started a project in 2016 that manufactures eco-friendly bricks and cement from waste materials to assist people living in rural areas to build low cost housing. However, Chris encountered an obstacle of funding to cover his flight to Germany. An individual contacted SANZAF and explained Chris’s situation to which a decision was made to sponsor Chris’s trip to Germany. An ecstatic Chris departed from SANZAF full of smiles and eager to further develop his skills.

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Port Elizabeth
03 October 2018

Economic Opportunities Program

In July 2018 the department of social development in conjunction with Nicro initiated a program titled economic opportunities program. This program sought to expose ex-offenders to opportunities that will enable them to empower themselves economically. The department of social development discovered that ex-offenders struggle to find employment or create employment opportunities for themselves after being released from prison due to their criminal records. Lack of employment and entrepreneurial opportunities causes anger and frustration, which escalates the possibility of ex-offenders resorting to crime to support themselves. This then prompted the department of social development and Nicro to initiate the economic opportunities program to address this issue. The program is lead by Thamsanqa Methule a social worker employed by Nicro. It`s first induction was on 10 July 2018 at the New Law Court conference room in Govan Mbeki Avenue. Eight ex-offenders attended the presentation.

These presentations were intended to expose ex-offenders to opportunities available for them. Such opportunities include skills development, entrepreneurial training and sources of funding for small businesses. The presentations took place over three days from 10 until 12 July 2018. Before the first presentation Nicro invited the South African National Zakah Fund to participate in the program. SANZAF then invited one of the eight ex-offenders which attended the induction to be part of the program. On the second presentation the manager of ABSA`s Entrepreneurial Development Centre Gcinashe Vambe was the guest speaker. Her presentation focused on how to start and manage a small business, how to apply for funding if you need capital to start a small business and training courses offered by ABSA to entrepreneurs starting a small business. On the third presentation Sonwabo from the National Youth Development Agency was the guest speaker. In his presentation he advised ex-offenders on types of businesses they should consider should they wish to take on an entrepreneurial rout. He informed the ex-offenders about the criteria used by the NYDA to assess funding credibility.

Sonwabo offered to guide ex-offenders through their application process should they apply to the NYDA for start up capital. On the third presentation only five of the eight ex-offenders were present. They discussed possible ways of utilising the opportunities that were presented to them. The ex-offenders decided on sharing knowledge amongst each other in order to exchange skills and share work opportunities that arise. The leader of the program Thamsanqa Methule suggested meeting on a monthly basis with members committed to the program to monitor the extent of progress made. Thamsanqa committed to providing guidance, support and assistance to the members of the program wherever necessary. The ex-offenders committed to the programme and agreed to schedule monthly meetings with Thamsanqa for assistance, advice and report on progress of the endeavours they decided to pursue after completing the program.

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27 September 2018

Become a Career Mentor for a SANZAF Future Leader!

  • Are you a career-professional wanting to make a difference?
  • Do you want to inspire a student to achieve?
  • Become a career mentor and help build our future leaders!

 The SANZAF Future Leaders Mentorship Programme is a new and exciting addition to the SANZAF Bursary Programme. The aim is provide a greater level of academic and personal development support to the students and to improve the affiliation between SANZAF and the bursars.

One aspect of the Future Leaders programme is to pair a final year student with a career-professional in their field of study to give them a head start.
If you would like to volunteer as a career mentor and help shape a student’s future, please follow the link below and email form to communications@sanzaf.org.za or call 021 447 0297 for more information.

pdf Mentor Application form (487 KB)

Or click here to fill in the Online Application form

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Western Cape & Boland
27 September 2018

Latest SANZAF events for Western Cape

MUHARRAM CALENDAR

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Port Elizabeth
26 September 2018

Drought Relief in Port Elizabeth

Access to clean water and provision of hygienic sanitation remains a huge challenge for most residents in the Nelson Mandela Metro. As a result residents from E Ndlovini, an informal settlement located on the outskirts of Motherwell in Port Elizabeth, face daily difficulties accessing clean water for cooking, hygiene and sanitation. Provision of clean and safe water is a basic human right enshrined in our constitution. It is unfortunate that there are people who do not enjoy this fundamental right.

On 28 and 29 August 2018 the South Africa National Zakah Fund assisted residents of E Ndlovini informal settlement by distributing 170 five litre bottle of fresh still water. The purpose of this distribution is to provide a relief to the day to day hurdles residents from this location face as a result of absence of water provision in their community.

The South African National Zakah Fund recognised the predicament residents in this particular community were experiencing and ensured that each resident receives 20 litres of H2o. Other areas which benefited from this initiative were Gelvandale Ext 36 and Missionvale.

Please call 041 457 1459 to find out how you can help us #GiveHope.

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Latest News
14 September 2018

Help us fund an Early Childhood Development Centre for Children of Kwalanga

What is Early Childhood Development?

SANZAF’s ECD or Early Childhood Development tier of SEED refers to a comprehensive approach, with the active participation of their parents, educators and caregivers to fully realise a child’s rights to develop his or her full cognitive, emotional, social, educational and physical potential from a grassroots level.

South Africa still has a long way to go in improving the accessibility of education and pre-school facilities to young children. Key reasons for this are affordability, lack of proper child care schools and a shortage of resources at existing facilities. In light of this SANZAF’s ECD project serves children whose parents cannot send them to ECD centres and develops child-care facilities, educators and playschools in under resourced areas.

This year our goal is to open up an ECD centre in the community of Kwalanga in Gauteng. The area is one of the least serviced areas in the province which has led to SANZAF already developing and maintaining a development project for the children of the area.

The Kwalanga Early Childhood Development Centre project, which will be situated in Kwa Thema on the East Rand, was initiated to provide children with high-quality education and a place of safety. It is hoped that through the project, children from the area will go on to succeed in primary and high school. The ECD centre will play an important role in reducing the vicious cycle of poverty that plagues this community and will help to create prosperity for the community at large.

The Kwalanga ECD Centre forms part of a larger project, the Kwalanga Multi-purpose Community Centre that endeavours to provide educational, recreational, vocational and spiritual services to the community. The facility currently houses a recreational space for children and young adults, community hall and food garden.

Do your part by helping SANZAF #GiveHope to the children of Kwalanga.

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14 September 2018

94.7 Cycle Tour

On 18 November 2018, cyclists will line up to ride the 22nd Telkom 94.7 Cycle Challenge. SANZAF invites you to cycle for a purpose by participating and raising funds to support Early Childhood Development in Kwa Langa, Gauteng.

Your assistance will help us fund an Early Childhood Development which will be an addition to our current development projects in Kwa Langa. The area itself is one of the most under serviced regions in Gauteng as we believe that transforming communities begins with transforming the lives of children.

About Our Cause

How to Sign Up?

  1.  Register on https://events.primedia.co.za/index.php/eventSite/2018-telkom-947-cycle-challenge-2018-2018-11-18 or click on the Sign Up button at the bottom of the page and secure your registration.
  2.  On the “Join a Charity/Company Team” page, select “Join Team” then enter “SANZAF” in the “Group Name” field and click “Search”. Select SANZAF as your desired charity and continue for payment.
  3. Start Fundraising and #GiveHope with SANZAF.

Enter as a TEAM!
The Company Teams category offers opportunities to use the Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge as a wellness day, a team building adventure, a powerful source of corporate exposure, and even a way to raise funds for a charity through the Ride for a Purpose platform.
Why not approach your HR department, your boss and your colleagues to experience a fun and fierce way to get more active in a team, and eventually enjoy a powerful sense of accomplishment on a bicycle?

What you need to know:

By donating/fundraising for this cause you will receive a cycling hamper from SANZAF which includes a custom cycling kit. The number one fundraiser from all the participants in the race will receive the prestigious cycling kit from the organiser as well as coverage in cycling publications and to help you get there, SANZAF will match our highest fundraisers donation rand for rand!

If you or your team want to join our crowdfunding platform click on the button below:

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Port Elizabeth
13 September 2018

SANZAF embraces Arbor Day in Port Elizabeth

National Arbor Week

The natural environment is faced by constant challenges which threaten its stability and sustainability. Such challenges include climate change, disruptions of ecological systems and increasing weather temperatures. These challenges are solely caused by the activities of human beings. It would therefore only be fair for us to charge ourselves with the responsibility of addressing the damage we have done to Mother Nature. On 9 September 2018 staff from the South African National Zakah Fund and the public hosted an Arbour Day event as part of national Arbor Week celebrations. This initiative took place at Schoenmakerskop, a campsite located along Marine Drive in Port Elizabeth where 12 indigenous trees were planted. The trees were planted on the local Campsite frequently used by the Muslim community at Schoenmakerskop. The trees that were planted were all suited to the coast and are all water-wise, they were the Coastal Coral Trees, Coastal Silver Oaks and Keurboom Trees.

The purpose of the initiative was to instil an appreciation for nature and to promote the planting of trees within our environment, especially where trees & shrubs were stripped for development. This will assist in improving the environment, contribute to the stopping of climate change by removing carbon dioxide from the air, storing carbon in trees and soil, and releasing oxygen into the atmosphere. The efforts made by SANZAF through this initiative will ensure that the mature trees provide shade which is sorely lacking ion the campsite, block some of the prevailing winds, attract and provides homes for birds, wildlife and purifying the air. In addition the effort was also to ensure we engage our local youth and increase public participation in the initiatives of SANZAF and the community. Donors were invited to support the project by donating or buying one of the trees listed or as a sadaqatul jaariyah. The SANZAF endeavours to make the Arbor Day project an annual initiative in order to ensure that the objectives of the project materialises and that some of the trees removed in the development of the campsite is restored.

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