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SANZAF wins prestigious Global Good Governance awards

SANZAF wins prestigious Global Good Governance awards

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.

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support SANZAF Imam Empowerment Project

support SANZAF Imam Empowerment Project

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).
  • UIF
  • 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.

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Open letter to Minister Mboweni ahead of his budget speech 2021

Open letter to Minister Mboweni ahead of his budget speech 2021

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.

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SANZAF provides food vouchers to The Teddy Bear Foundation

SANZAF provides food vouchers to The Teddy Bear Foundation

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!

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It’s time to Reflect, Recover and Rebuild!

It’s time to Reflect, Recover and Rebuild!

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.

Our Objective

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!

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Women Empowerment program – Skills development launch in East London

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

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All About the SANZAF Chef School

Sanzaf chef course is designed to equip individuals with the necessary skills to take up the opportunity to address the skill shortage in our country thus giving all graduates sound employment opportunities.  Gain practical hands-on skills combined with all the theoretical knowledge you need on this dynamic course.

When it started!

The SANZAF chef course has been in existence since 2010 and is one of our most empowered skills program.  It provides school leavers, young adults, married and single individuals males and females of all race groups, the opportunity to empower themselves in a skill.

 Cheffing is a scarce skill in the country’s employment sector and SANZAF has seized this opportunity to provide hope to those individuals who want to change their lives and the lives of their loved ones for the better.

The Objective

The purpose of this qualification is to prepare a learner to operate as a Chef. A Chef plans, organises and executes the preparation, cooking and finishing (presentation, holding and storing) of food in hotels, restaurants and catering (HORECA) establishments. A qualified learner will be able to:

  • Plan and prepare for the provision of chef services.
  • Organise food production areas, commodities, staff and environment for the execution of chef services.
  • Execute the preparation, cooking and finishing of a variety of dishes using the correct method and techniques to meet customer and organisational requirements.

This qualification has been developed for professionals in the Hospitality and catering industry. It brings together theoretical, practical and workplace elements of food preparation and service. This qualification also provides for a direct pathway from entry as a Kitchenhand to qualifying as a Chef. The South African Chefs Association (SACA), the recognised professional body, felt that due to an increase in demand for chefs in the industry and an increase of uptake by learners it would be the most appropriate starting point to develop the Chef qualification. The Professional Body felt that no matter where a Chef worked, they should be able to do the specific skills that the employer requires. The supervisory and financial aspects have been included in this qualification, although not currently part of the responsibilities of the Chef. A learning pathway is embedded within the qualification which will allow for a learner to work as a Kitchenhand or Commis/Cook during their first and second year, and Commis/Cook during their second and third year to qualify as a Chef. Once qualified as a Chef, and gaining sufficient working experience it may lead to promotion and further career advancement as a Sous Chef and/or Executive Chef. These occupations are registered designations with the Professional Body. This qualification will professionalise the industry and is applicable to all sectors of Professional Cookery.

Where is the course currently?

Our chef course i.e.  Occupational Certificate Chef has been awarded the accreditation with the Qcto (Quality Council for trade and occupations). We can now offer students a recognized qualification in par with other instutions

The accreditation number together with the 5 year accreditation period of our institution is:

Accreditation Number: QCTOSDP01200319-1984

Start date of Accreditation: 2020/03/26

End date of Accreditation: 2025/03/26

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