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For more than 45 years, 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. 

With your help we have positively shaped the lives of many and have instilled hope in the future.  

The South African National Zakáh Fund (SANZAF) is a faith-based, socio-welfare and educational organisation that strives to facilitate the empowerment of needy families through the efficient collection and effective distribution of Zakáh and other Sadaqát in a proactive and cost effective way through projects – with dignity, sincerity and a shared responsibility. All in the service of the community and for the pleasure of Allah (SWT).



  • Registered as a non-profit organisation (NPO 007-160)
  • Registered with SARS for vat (4320215348)
  • Registered as a trust (IT 1670/96)
  • Registered as a public benefit organisation (PBO 930001714)
  • Registered with SARS for tax exemption (RG/0240/08/04)
  • Membership with Proudly South African (CM 040623/9)
  • Recognition by Social Services as a service provider
  • Recognition by Disaster Management of the City of Cape Town.
  • Recognition by the Mayoral office of the Unicity of Cape Town
  • Recognition by the Director of the Volunteer Centre.

What it means to be registered as a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO)

SANZAF is registered as a Section 18A Public Benefit Organisation (PBO number 930001714), which means that 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.
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 SANZAF 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. This allows the donor to claim their donation of R10 000 as a tax deduction.

In this way, you are able not only to assist SANZAF to #GiveHope but also claim a tax benefit for your contributions.

The Summarised Annual Review of Activities and Audited Annual Financial Statements for 2019 can be viewed at https://www.sanzaf.org.za/sanzaf-announces-annual-financial-results.html


South African National Zakah Fund supports the National Student Financial Aid Scheme “2022 Fully subsidised FREE higher education and training” for South Africans and encourages students to access this service in addition to the SANZAF bursary application.
Please visit www.nsfas.org.za to apply.

SANZAF distribution and project teams are always prepared to assist with emergency situations around the country. Your generosity allows us to meet the immediate need of people effected by unforeseen circumstances.

Covid-19 Emergency Response

This year will forever be remembered for Covid-19 and its effects on our economy and the impoverished, as an organisation we knew we had to act immediately. Through strategic partnerships and collaborations SANZAF was able to collect and distribute over R10 million worth of aid in response to the pandemic while our efforts are still ongoing. Covid-19 immune booster packs, welfare assistance to effected families and distribution of oxygen concentrators are ongoing done from our regional offices across the country. Daily food programmes have been broadened and we now provide over 100 000 meals to needy individuals on a weekly basis.

SANZAF offers the public the opportunity to facilitate their Qurbani while ensuring that the sacrifices made by a qurban provides food to under-resourced communities in South Africa and the rest of the Southern African region.

Each year SANZAF diligently facilitates this by ensuring that treatment, storage and sacrifice of the animals are carried out according to the sunnah and comply with Shariah and standards set out by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

Last year, through SANZAF’s Operation Qurbani, over 70 communities across South Africa received a share of 1375 local Qurbanis benefitting over 4000 needy families. In Malawi and Mozambique, we distributed over 7500 shares providing food to approximately 100 000 individuals.

In addition, SANZAF contributes R15 of each Qurbani to the Masjied Waqf Fund and were able to provide two Masajid in South Africa with financial assistance. Plans to utilise funds from this initiative will be implemented in the 2020/2021 financial year.

 What is WAQF?

A Waqf is a voluntary, permanent, irrevocable dedication of a portion of one’s wealth – in cash or kind – to Allah (SWT) and is often offered as a charity.
Land and buildings have frequently been given as Waqf, and used to build schools, hospitals and mosques, amongst other functions to benefit the community. SANZAF accepts monetary donations as Waqf, investing the money by for example, purchasing property or doing renovations to a masjid to benefit society.

Musjid Waqf  Orphan Waqf  Water Waqf   Education Waqf

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