The Global Good Governance Awards spearheaded by Cambridge IFA presented the South African National Zakah Fund (SANZAF) with the Transparency and Capacity Building Championship award in an online ceremony held on 25 May 2021 via livestream.
The Global Good Governance Awards or 3G Awards celebrate individuals, governments, public and private institutions and NGOs that demonstrate making governance and sustainability a strategic priority of their organisations. The awards highlights excellence in good governance and commitment to social welfare in 3 major streams: Government & Politics, Corporate Sector, and Social Sector & Philanthropy.
Since its debut, over 150 awards have been presented to some exceptional individuals and institutions drawn from more than 25 countries in different continents.
SANZAF CEO, Yasmina Francke commented that the award reflects the organisation’s 47-year commitment to changing lives and making a positive impact in the fight against poverty. She said, “through our various outreach initiatives we aim to provide the enablers to economic self-sufficiency in order to transform lives and make a meaningful difference”. She added, “our focus is on skills development, education and capacity building to ensure long-term sustainable solutions that would give rise to a dignified existence for those we serve”.
SANZAF National Chairperson, Fayruz Mohamed added, “The work we do at SANZAF is driven by our passion to assist those in need. We deliver projects and programmes that offer long-term sustainable solutions to the extremely high levels of poverty and unemployment in South Africa. This has always been done in a manner that is transparent and accountable. We are humbled to receive this prestigious 3G award for Capacity Building and thank the team at 3G Awards for their efforts in delivering on these awards, amidst the current challenges of the global pandemic that is affecting the world right now.Donate Now
No other job on this Earth is more rewarding in the eyes of Allah than that of an Imam (leaders). He works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at the behest of the community who comes knocking at his door during the early morning hours and late in the evenings. The Imam is the most underpaid profession in the Muslim Community, yet, like the rest of us, he must see to the household expenses whilst raising a family as well.
The South African National Zakah Fund (SANZAF) in partnership with The Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) is proud to announce the launch of the Ta’awun Imamat Programme (Imam Assistance Programme) that aims to ensure that imams earn a living wage aligned with their qualifications and experience whilst empowering the community.
Three Imams and their committees have been chosen to pilot this project and will be paid a salary from the Imam Assistance Fund account. This account is managed by SANZAF, who produce annual audited statements.
The Programme aims to:
- Provide a living salary to Imams from areas in and around the Western Cape where the respected regional masjid committee does not have the resources to provide a monthly salary to the Imam.
- A medical aid (Hospital Plan).
- Providing financial stability for the Imam so he may focus completely on servicing his community in which he is employed and therefore providing an added benefit to that community.
Your contributions will go a long way in sustaining this long awaited initiative. Please help us #GiveHope by supporting the Imam Ta’awun Programme.
Contact 021 447 0297 for more information.
It’s time to reflect, recover and rebuild our nation
Dear Honourable Minister Mboweni
You face the nation during troubled times. The COVID-19 pandemic has plunged our beloved country into further despair. Before the virus reached our shores, we had experienced only 0.4% growth and an unemployment rate of nearly 40%. South Africans were crying for so many different things all at once: jobs, economic growth, service delivery, land, decent housing, water, reliable energy, education and social stability. And now added socio-economic effects of COVID-19 and the lockdowns have worsened already dire situations.
SANZAF has been a source of hope to those in need. SANZAF works in a proactive way in sectors such as welfare and development, education, emergency relief, food aid, and shelter to the needy.
As part of our portfolio of welfare projects, SANZAF Gauteng has been providing relief to families impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. SANZAF provides food vouchers to needy families to assist with groceries and other household goods. Since October 2020 SANZAF has reached out and distribute 4951 food vouchers throughout the province. SANZAF believes that through short-term relief, and medium-to-long-term recovery programming, that we can help these families recover. SANZAF donated 200 food vouchers to the Teddy Bear Foundation for families in need.
SANZAF is honoured to share our resources with the Teddy Bear Foundation and The Teddy Bear Clinic and we commend them for the phenomenal work that they do in the fight against the sexual abuse of children.
Bambisanani! Working hand in hand we can all make a difference. It’s time to Reflect, Recover and Rebuild!
What’s Going On?
The current financial year ends on 28 February 2021, which means tax payers only have a month to ensure they get a tax benefit from making a donation to an approved non-profit organisation.
How Do I Get a Tax Benefit from Making a Donation?
SANZAF is registered as a Section 18A Public Benefit Organisation (PBO number 930001714). As a result of this registration, SANZAF is authorized by SARS to issue its donors with a Section 18A tax certificate/receipt upon request. This will allow the donor to claim their donations as a tax deduction. In this way, as a donor, you are able to assist SANZAF help those displaced from their businesses and homes and also obtain a tax benefit in doing so.
How does it work?
Donors can obtain a tax deduction (limited to 10% of their taxable income in a fiscal year) in respect of the total donations made to approved organisations such as SANZAF. In order to do so the donation has to be supported by a receipt from SANZAF.
As an example, if a donor earns R100 000 taxable income per annum and during that year had donated R10 000 to a PBO then the donor qualifies for a tax deduction of R10 000 from their total taxable income. This means that in this example, the donor would not have to pay tax on R100 000 (total taxable income for the year) but rather R90 000 (R100 000 – donation of R10 000) for that year.
What Do I Do?
- Make a contribution to one of our many projects or programmes which change lives locally.
- One of our dedicated staff from the accounts department will be sure to send you your section 18A certificate.
- This can be used when filing your tax return to claim your deduction as a tax benefit
Remember only contributions made to local causes and projects qualify as a tax deduction, any gratuitous cash or in kind donation made to SANZAF for the undertaking of qualifying public benefit activities within South Africa can be claimed as an income tax deduction by the donor. Donations to an organisation that uses the money for a cause outside of Africa do not qualify for a Section 18A certificate. Your contribution must have been made in the current financial year to qualify as a deduction on upcoming tax return.
What Does This Mean?
Not only are you able to assist SANZAF to #GiveHope but also claim a tax benefit for your contributions!
As a Nation in crisis, lets reflect, recover and rebuild.
What is the situation?
The Socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has created a crisis - increase in lack of food security, business closures, lower to middle income earners who have lost their jobs and are left without the buffer of social grants and a devastating effect on the academic and social progress of our youth.
The current climate has led to an increase in the need amongst those less fortunate, we humbly appeal to communities across South Africa to pay your Zakah and help us meet this need. We believe the best tool we can equip our future generations with is education. The SANZAF Education, Empowerment and Development (SEED) Programme looks to provide these tools for beneficiaries so they can achieve economic prosperity and a better quality of life for them and their families. SEED is a multi-faceted initiative investing in early childhood development, vocational training, tertiary education and Islamic studies.
What can You do?
Be part of the solution, pay your Zakah!
As we move forward into “the new normal” we must acknowledge we all have a responsibility as South Africans and as Muslims to do our part in assisting our community and brothers and sisters who need assistance. Zakah can help us rebuild and empower those for the future.
Reflect, Recover and Rebuild!
The Skills development programmes ( Sewing classes & Computer Course ) is aimed at Empowering Women facing extreme challenges, including lack of Education, Unemployment, lack of Basic Essentials ( most living in informal settlements & backyard shacks ).
As majority of these disadvantaged ladies lack any form of experience, their chances of finding employment are dim. Most are dependent on SASSA grants and the minimal wages their husbands earn, which that to has been compromised due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Some being retrenched or their working hours reduced. For the majority, their small businesses have been hugely affected.
The Launch of these programs was aimed at restoring a sense of HOPE for this vulnerable sector within our community. The presentation focused on Awakening our creativity as Women / Mothers, to remind us of the important role and value we can add in our homes & community. In obtaining the skills we will be empowering ourselves and contributing to our households while supporting our spouses allowing them the quality time for Ibaadat, Alhamdulillah.
As the safety risks increase for women and children, the aim is to allow women to become self -sufficient / contributors while working from home. Children will be afforded the privilege of being attended to after school by their mothers instead of whoever is available within the community.
Sewing course is 6 weeks, from the 16th Nov to the 22 Dec, Mon to Thurs 09.00 to 13.00.
Computer course for 4 weeks from the 16th Nov to 10th Dec, Mon to Thurs 09.00 to 13.00
Call 0437227459 for more information