As part of its COVID-19 recovery and relief programming, SANZAF Gauteng aims to assist 30 ECD centres with meals for their learners over the next six months. As a result of the pandemic, these ECD centres have suffered severe economic setbacks, with many centres being unable to meet their monthly food expenses. The groceries will be distributed monthly between October 2020 and March 2021 and includes mielie meal, rice, bread, condiments, viennas, beans, vegetables, and spices. The learners receive three nutritious meals during the school day; breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack. Were it not for these meals, many of the children would not get the nutrition they require for healthy development.
SANZAF believes that through short term relief, and medium-to-long-term recovery programming we can help these ECDs return to normal and focus on their primary mandate – of educating our children.
Today our team visited the Bazakhula Pre School in Lahae. The school was built in 2009 by SANZAF and opened in 2010. It incorporates a creche, daycare, preschool, and Grade R. 104 learners between 2-5 years old currently attend the school. At Bazakhula and other ECD centres SANZAF focuses on investing in long-term programming to build capacity and sustainability. This includes training for staff, an on-site garden, and fruit trees as well as supporting the centre with resources on an ad hoc basis.
The principal, Nooran Mohale, welcomed the donation and expressed her gratitude to SANZAF's donors. After experiencing a break-in during the lockdown, where the school's groceries and equipment were stolen, Nooran and her team were struggling to maintain the daily feeding programme.
You can help us reach our target of supporting 30 ECD centres by donating towards this project. As we say in Zulu, Bambisanani – working together, we can lift each other out of distress.
Call 0118346046 or donate here
SANZAF 2019/2020 Audited Financial Results Release Announcement
THE South African National Zakah Fund (SANZAF) is pleased to announce its audited financial results of the year ended 30 April 2020/06 Ramadan 1441.
SANZAF’s National Chairperson, Fayruz Mohamed, reflecting on her first full year in the chair, noted that the 2019/2020 had undoubtedly been an unforgettable one with extraordinary circumstances.
“However, I am pleased to present a review of activities report that reflects the hard work and dedication of the SANZAF team, as well as the compassion, resilience and spirit of our donor and beneficiary communities,” she said.
“This year, at SANZAF we extended our message of hope to encompass our determination to make an IMPACT. As we entered the final third of the financial year, the COVID-19 pandemic reached our shores.
“We were able to roll out our campaign ‘Act to make an IMPACT’, which gave this concept so much relevance when we were all called upon to act in our individual capacities to help save lives,” she said.
Mohamed said that as an organisation with a 46-year track record of changing lives through development and relief, SANZAF found its strength in longstanding relationships with its invaluable networks and stakeholders.
“Our decades of expertise and solid foundations allowed us to quickly adapt to the current climate, which resulted in over R10 million worth of aid being collected and distributed to those in need during the first few months of the Covid-19 pandemic,” she said.
During the reporting period, SANZAF reached its 45th year milestone - this marked by an encouraging 12.4 % increase in total project distribution from R124.01 million to R139.4 million. This reflected a R3.7 million increase in Zakah distribution and a 43% increase in Non-Zakah project distributions, which directly impacted over half a million South Africans in need.
An R11.8 million increase in Zakah collections from R98.3 million to R110.1 million, is reflective of the heightened awareness of the plight of the poor and the importance the role Zakah can play in assisting them.
A noteworthy R30 million was disbursed via SANZAF’s Education, Empowerment and Development (SEED) Programme - ranging from bursaries for tertiary education to youth development projects - while annual Ramadan and Qurbani projects provided substantial food hampers to about 50, 000 families, with an additional 15, 000 individuals benefiting monthly from food programmes nation-wide.
“In conclusion,” says Mohamed, “The road ahead is one that calls for a ‘new normal’. Covid-19 has changed our current reality, and will certainly impact the way we do things in the future. Be rest assured, at SANZAF we are preparing ourselves for a new challenge with fresh fortitude and vigour whilst remaining firmly rooted in our values and principles of transparency and good governance.”
The Summarised Annual Review of Activities and Audited Annual Financial Statements for 2019/2020 (1440/1441) can be viewed at https://www.sanzaf.org.za/about-us/audit-reports-downloads.html
Qurbani (or Udhiyya as the Shari‘ah refers to it) has become synonymous with ‘Id-ul-Adha, the festival of sacrifice. It is a time when Muslims the world over commemorate the sacrifice of Nabi Ibrahim (AS).
Similarly, the sunnah of the Prophet (S.A.W) was to perform the sacrifice of ‘Id-ul-Adha personally and in full sight of his companions. In so doing, he not only demonstrated how the animal should be treated and slaughtered, but he also taught us that the best method of dawah was through one’s personal conduct.
According to Imaam Abu Hanifa (RA) it is a waajib to perform Qurbani annually if one has the means to do so.
The Global Good Governance Awards spearheaded by Cambridge IFA presented the South African National Zakah Fund (SANZAF) with the Capacity Building award in an online ceremony held on 8 June 2020 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 46-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”.
Professor Humayon Dar, Chairperson of the Global Good Governance Awards commended SANZAF on the achievement. “We congratulate SANZAF for having been recognised with this year’s 3G Capacity Building Award. This category has been very competitive over the past five years, and only the best institutions in their class have won this award. SANZAF’s comprehensive range of activities contributed to this success, for which I congratulate the whole team, especially the top management”, said Dar.
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.
The Annual 3G awards Ceremony 2020 was scheduled to take place in Indonesia but was instead held via live stream due to the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
7 May 2020 – KIA Motors South Africa, a subsidiary of Motus Corporation, this week donated three KIA K2700 light commercial vehicles and three KIA Picanto STARTs to SANZAF to assist the organisation in delivering food and other welfare support services to vulnerable communities during the Covid-19 Lockdown.
Gary Scott, KIA Motors South Africa commented, “When the need is overwhelming and urgent, the best way to approach the problem is through a well coordinated plan and a network of committed people." He added, “It is through coordination, commitment and passion that SANZAF has achieved this, month after month, for the past 45 years. We are honoured to donate vehicles that will make this task easier.”
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SANZAF KIA Donation Press Release
SINCE 2018, SANZAF through its concept of Amal, or #GIVEHOPE, has positioned itself to help us understand the goal of welfare, which is actively transforming people’s lives through development and relief. It is a much-misunderstood concept in this day and age of social media, quick-fix solutions and instant gratification.
Effective social responsibility, or relief work, has moved on from blindly throwing money at problems, or “poverty porn” to induce guilty donations, to a more responsible and sustainable model of action – which involves the donor as much as the agency in terms of accountability.
SANZAF’s track record in this regard reflects targeted interventions – in other words, sustainable projects with set objectives, which offer dignity and hope.
For example, last year SANZAF’s Education Empowerment and Development Programme (SEED) invested over R20 million to help Early Childhood Development institutions and to enable tertiary level students to complete their studies.
SANZAF’s on the ground impact is also measured by the fact that on average 100 welfare cases are dealt with nationwide on a daily basis. This provides much-needed relief to the most vulnerable in our society, acting as a bulwark against poverty.
By working hard, SANZAF’s capacity to deal with immediate emergencies, such as COVID-19, has already seen over R4 million in aid rolled out to the less fortunate, the elderly and the sick through co-ordinated efforts with local organisations and municipalities. This work will continue during the crisis.
Having used #GIVEHOPE as its central motif for the past two years, SANZAF has decided to take this central theme one step further. This is because hope, the lifting of the human spirit, is brought into fruition by action.
According to SANZAF CEO, Yasmina Francke, the next critical point of action is impact – the focus on the delivery of goals and objectives, and how effectively one does it.
“We ask ourselves what transformations we engineer in terms of our challenges. We ask how impactful social interventions can make a difference. It is impact that flows from hope. It is impact that creates confidence something is going to happen,” she said.
“For this reason, we have decided, after much discussion and consultation, that IMPACT will be our SANZAF slogan going forward. Hope is a call to action and we have discovered that the word ‘impact’ conveniently contains the words ‘I act’ within it.
“Therefore, we have coined the term, ‘I Act to Make an Impact’, something which is critical to the process of delivery.”
Francke also said that ‘I Act to Make an Impact’ was targeted at engendering a healthy climate of activism and volunteerism, especially for young people, the agents of social transformation. She said that SANZAF was hoping to mobilise the youth to take up the baton of ‘I Act to Make an Impact’ nationwide, and that it wold be identifiable on the website, posters and social media with its green backgrounds and distinctive font.
She also made an appeal for all Muslims to support SANZAF during the upcoming holy month of Ramadan. “Last year we fed over 100,000 people, and with the current challenges we are facing, we would love to be able to make an even greater impact than last year,” she said.
For all your questions and information relating to Zakah watch SANZAF’s Zakah in Focus on iTV on DSTV Channel 347 or Live on Facebook @ www.facebook.com/SANZAF/
A few months ago, when we were beginning to plan for our busiest month of the year, nobody ever thought that by Ramadan we would be facing some extraordinary moments in modern history.
And extraordinary they are. Coronavirus, an invisible, spiky organism, moves in January via its human hosts via China, through Europe and the US, to South Africa. By March 26 we go into a nation-wide lockdown to flatten the exponential curve of an explosively expanding virus to which there is no known cure.
At SANZAF, Ramadan is our busiest period, and as we hunker down in our digital spaces, be rest assured that for us, it will be business as usual. Our over-riding aim is to make an impact where it counts in these demanding times. People will need relief, and the imperative is that social development must continue. This means that our goals and aims have not changed, though the modalities of social distancing and safety have been introduced.
For over forty years, at SANZAF we have served as a trusted and transparent Zakah management organisation. We offer offers stakeholders absolute piece of mind through our effective, impactful and efficient collection and distribution of Zakah, Fitrah, Fidyah and Lillah. Our team, aided by experts in their fields, are professional, knowledgeable and thoroughly Shari’ah-wise about understanding Zakah.
Currently, the COVID-19 virus, the lockdown and its effect on all of us has necessitated that we expand on our usual grassroots activities to feed the underprivileged and unemployed, something we have done via strategic partnerships with government and other relevant agencies throughout all our regions.
However, this special month of Ramadan we are still aiming to distribute over 15, 000 Fitrah hampers, thus benefitting over 60, 000 individuals, and to also provide over 100, 000 Iftaar meals to those in need on a nation-wide basis.
At SANZAF, we believe that our overarching message, changing lives through development and relief - with the necessary impact - has gained an urgent and current import in that it cannot just be “business as usual”. COVID-19 affects us all and recognises no national, no class or wealth boundaries. We have to stay in touch with what is happening right now, all around us.
Perhaps Ramadan 1441 has come at the perfect moment, giving us a chance to reflect on our Rabb in a world that has suddenly changed. There will be no brightly lit mosques awaiting our Tarawih, no mass Boekas with delicious feluda and dates or the silence and quiet refuge of the I’tikaaf in the glorious last ten days of the Holy Month.
For as we sit at home in lockdown, fortunate and thankful for the closeness of our families, for the warmth of our shelter and for the guarantee of a meal, we have to turn in all humility to those millions less fortunate than us. Apart from being a month of intense spirituality, Ramadan also has to be a month of intense humanity. May Allah Almighty bless us in His most auspicious month, and may He, the Most Generous, lift our burdens by granting us Mercy, Forgiveness and Freedom from the Fire.
The impact of COVID-19 has undeniably changed South Africa and the rest of the world. The reality of what is occurring in our country and around the world is difficult to comprehend as the situation evolves rapidly. The virus is now spreading all over our country with over 1200 positive cases and 2 reported deaths. We pray to the Almighty to protect us all.
As SANZAF CEO, you have my personal commitment that we are doing our level best to deliver on our mandate of serving those in need whilst implementing responsible safety and security measures for our staff and volunteers in order to minimize the risk of an exacerbated spread of the virus.
To this end, we are doing some things a little differently. Our offices are on lockdown, but we have provided emergency numbers per area so you are still able to reach us in an emergency. We have also placed our development and training programmes on hold for now. Similarly, our feeding schemes are more focussed on the provision of food hampers than the distribution of meals. This is to ensure that we adhere to the health and safety guidelines of social distancing and to avoid drawing crowds. Our online portals and website remain active as we find digital platforms becoming the preferred means of communicating and transacting.
Those of our team members who are tasked with the collection and delivery of food items have been provided with the necessary protective gear, such as safety suits, gloves, masks as well as sanitisers to use regularly, particularly for “high – touch” items and areas. We do not want to place our team in harm’s way and are implementing the necessary safety protocols to protect those who are in the field, This arrangement is being monitored and should the situation demand that we revisit this, we will update you of any changes.
Many of our regional offices are collaborating with local government structures and partner organisations to ensure that the relief effort is coordinated, that we reach as many as possible and avoid potential duplication. Through this process we can make a greater impact in the lives of those most affected by this pandemic. Sadly, the need out there is overwhelming. We find more families that would otherwise have been able to survive, falling destitute due to the lockdown. So we continue to appeal to you to support us in this trying time and to help us make an impact by contributing to our emergency relief efforts.
We are bracing ourselves for difficult times ahead and we request your patience and understanding in the event that service levels are not maintained from time to time due to the constraints and circumstances emanating from the prevention, containment and even treatment of the COVID-19 virus.
At all times, we will do our best to ensure that the interests of our team, our beneficiaries, our donors and partners are kept top of mind throughout.
SANZAF will continuously be in touch with you to update you on developments around COVID-19 that affects us and our ability to do our work.
We pray to the Almighty that the situation will improve soon and we are hopeful that all South Africans will pull together and do their part in fighting this pandemic.
In these unprecedented times we need to stay calm, be positive, and do what we have been mandated to do: uphold the 3rd pillar of Islam so that we can meet the needs of those who have rights over us – the poor and the needy. We beseech your duahs that the Almighty place blessings in our effort and ease the burdens of those afflicted.
Stay safe, stay well, and take care.