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01 April 2020

SANZAF Durban COVID-19 Response in partnership with local community organisations

The South African National Zakah Fund (SANZAF) in collaboration with Jamiatul Ulama KZN - Project HELP and the Natal Memon Jamaat (NMJ) appeals to you for assistance with essential food items in response to the Covid19 pandemic

We urge you to dig deep and pay forward with your generous Lillah and Sadaqah contributions. We are bringing meaningful relief to the most vulnerable, destitute, poor and needy in our community. Together we can do more... share in the Baraka, In Shaa Allah.

Make your Impact by contributing towards our emergency response efforts. 'Hunger never sleeps'

SANZAF undertakes to spend 💯% of the funds received for this project.

Our Durban non-Zakah banking details...

a/c Name: SANZAF

First National Bank

a/c #: 50832176173

Br #: 250655

Reference : Your Name + Covid 19

NB: SANZAF will issue s18A tax certificates where required.

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Latest News
31 March 2020

IMPORTANT NOTICE FROM SANZAF CEO ON RESPONSE TO COVID-19

Dear Stakeholders

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.

Fi Amaanilah

Yasmina Francke

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Blog
30 March 2020

Combatting the virus of fear with compassion: Covid-19 in focus

AN unwelcome and epoch-changing visitor has landed on our shores. Called Covid-19, and a member of the corona virus family, its science is not our brief here. What we do know, from the street view, is that it is hugely infectious, has a long shelf life on surfaces and if infected, one has to isolate (quarantine) for a period of 14 days.

This visitor – which doesn’t recognise class, status or international borders – has arrived in almost every country of the world, and has already infected over 700, 000 people at the last count, with expectations it still has a long way to go.  

Because of this, our government has ordered a lock down, in other words a national quarantine, to try and flatten the curve of rising infections and health facilities being overwhelmed. Historically, quarantines have been the most effective in curbing pandemics – the first quarantine practiced in Venice during the Black Plague of the 14th century.

What we have learnt from the medical experts is that Covid-19’s symptoms are a fever, a dry cough, a lack of taste and smell and a difficulty in breathing. Of course, these are generalities – we leave the diagnoses up to the doctors who are qualified to do so.

We have also learnt that immune-challenged people are the most vulnerable to Covid-19, especially the elderly and the poor – which leaves us with major challenges in South Africa. These can only be met by all of us working together.

But before we rise to the very real questions we have to face, some brief historical perspective is needed. Perhaps the most famous account of mass illness, or plague, is mentioned in the time of Moses – or Musa – where Egypt was visited by the ten plagues.

Space prohibits further examination into its details. The big picture, however, is that pandemic is firstly, in the divine scheme of things, and that secondly if you don’t believe in divinity, it is most certainly a part of mankind’s history.

The Justinian plague of the 4th century is believed to have wiped out millions, almost half of Europe’s population at the time. The 8th century plague in Egypt decimated the sultanate, and the Levantine plagues of the 11th century saw towns emptied of inhabitants, with mosques and monasteries closed down.

The historian, Al-Maqrizi, writes about the plague of the 14th century, during which places of worship were again closed due to the fatalities, and the call to prayer silenced. The mediaeval Bubonic Plague, or “Black Death”, which ravaged Europe in a swathe of millions of victims, only left the city of London in 1665 after it had suffered no less than 40 outbreaks.

Smallpox decimated over 90 per cent of indigenous Americans in the 15th century, taking its toll of our Khoe and San populations at the Cape. Then there was the cholera epidemic followed by further smallpox epidemics locally and the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918, which also hit South Africa. And most recently, we have experienced SARS, MERS and avian flu.

The most salient Prophetic advice, distilled in our beloved Prophet’s actual words, is that it is preferable for us to stay in one place and not to deliberately seek out places of infection. Our scholars and medical experts have given us practically sound advice in this regard, and there is no need to go over it again.

However, some sound philosophical guidance can be discovered in the works of Imam Hajr al-‘Asqalani, the great Egyptian scholar, who lost three of his daughters to one of the 15th century plagues. Moved by his grief, he penned a 400-page book on the plague.

In his seminal work, he argues that the plague acts as a curse on “whomever Allah wishes it to be”. The meaning is that we are in no position to pass judgement. We are not Allah.

For believers, writes al-‘Asqalani, if the plague is borne with wisdom and patience, it is a mercy. In this case, if a believing person falls victim to the plague, he cites the Prophetic axiom that they die a martyr. 

At a practical level, Covid-19 is a clarion call to our compassion and to our humanity. It is going to be a test for all of us, as the most vulnerable in our already vulnerable communities are going to not only need our helping hands, but prospects of hope, dignity, security and comfort.

To this effect, SANZAF has already embarked upon a call to mobilise, for us to make a meaningful impact through our activism. There will be more about this later.

In the meantime, we have to urge ourselves to avoid the fake news, the contrived negativism and the self-righteous rubbish that is being peddled in social media like the corona virus itself. Psychologists have warned that fear has become as much of a viral threat as Covid-19, something which erodes our immune systems and makes us more prone to disease.

For as the Prophet, our exemplar, once said: “Give glad tidings, and do not scare people… Make things easy. Do not make things difficult”.

Finally, the Prophet told us that aspiring for good was in itself an act of worship. And so, in that noble spirit, May Allah Almighty in His Mercy give us all the strength to make a meaningful impact. Ameen.

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Latest News
30 March 2020

Help Make an Impact during the COVID-19 Lockdown Period

Through the grace of the Almighty and your generosity we are working hard to make an impact to those less fortunate during this period. The need to assist the most vulnerable during this period continues to increase .

SANZAF operations across the country are working hard to assist the less fortunate, sick and elderly through coordinated efforts with local organisations and regional municipalities.

We urge you to assist us by contributing any amount to our efforts.

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Latest News
26 March 2020

#OPERATIONCOVID19 FUND LAUNCHED BY OPERATION SA AND SANZAF

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Thursday 26 March 2020

#OPERATIONCOVID19 FUND LAUNCHED BY OPERATION SA AND SANZAF

Operation SA and the South African National Zakah Fund (SANZAF) have launched an emergency fundraising drive to assist with essential food items to the vulnerable and destitute during the 21-day national lockdown.

The two NPO’s have called on South Africans to “dig deep into their pockets.”

In a joint statement, Operation SA’s Yusuf Abramjee and SANZAF’s National Executive Board member and past Chairman, Shauket Fakie said “it was time for a collective response to the emergency.”

Discussions have taken place with the Acting Gauteng Social Development MEC, Panyaza Lesufi and officials.

“For this initiative, we will be calling for non-Zakah donations from the public and sourcing the essential items from manufacturers and wholesalers. These products will be delivered directly to the central Gauteng Government warehouse in Johannesburg from where it will be packaged and distributed by the Department and distributed to the most vulnerable areas”, said Fakie.

Abramjee appealed to companies also to come forward and donate essential items. We need many, many truckloads. The need is massive”. The two organizations said they have a 100 percent donation policy.

A team of representatives from Operation SA and SANZAF will oversee the collection and distribution of the essential items in partnership with the Gauteng Social Services Department. They visited the warehouse this afternoon and said: it’s all systems go. All distribution will be done by the Social Development Department.

Fakie, former SA Auditor General, said “we will have checks and balances in place with the Gauteng Government to ensure the aid reaches those in need and that all processes are followed.” Fakie and Abramjee will oversee the team, assisted by Operation SA’s Yaseen Theba and Ibrahim Dockrat from Laudium Disaster Management and SANZAF’s Gauteng Regional Chairperson, Amina Gani and Gauteng Regional Manager, Imtiaz Jhetam. Theba will co-ordinate logistics and operations of deliveries to the warehouse.

MEC Lesufi said: “The poor deserve care and support especially during this 21 days of shutdown. We welcome this partnership.” Lesufi said the essentials required include: Maize meal, Samp, Instant soft porridge, Cooking Oil, Pilchard, Soya, Sugar, Beans, Salt and Multi-Purpose Bar Soap.

Abramjee said the #OperationCovid19 fund has kicked-off with R50 000 thanks to a donation from Laudium Disaster Management.

Multichoice has announced that it would contribute R400 000 in food supplies- “This is a critical intervention in aid of the most vulnerable” Calvo Mawela, CEO MCG.

Another such proudly South African company that has already contributed R100,000 to this cause is Profmed Medical Aid. Its CEO, Craig Comrie says, "We #BelieveInSouth Africa, her people and we are committed to contributing to our community and digging deep, while we are all exposed to this most unprecedented of circumstances. Thank you to Operation SA and SANZAF."

Fakie and Abramjee called on other NGOs and charities to feel free to join the drive and donate to the fund.

“We are all in this together. Let’s work together to make sure the aid reaches the many in need and urgently.”

Donations can be made to:
SANZAF Fordsburg
Bank: First National Bank
Branch: Fordsburg
Branch Code: 250655
Account No: 62283944463
Reference: Your Details & COVID19

Online donations can also be made on the SANZAF website at www.sanzaf.org.za.

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17 March 2020

Important Notice - COVID-19

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26 February 2020

SANZAF honours volunteer for 25 years of service

The South African National Zakah Fund is extremely thankful to be able to attract dedicated and passionate volunteers.

Every year we celebrate the commitment and loyalty of the people that dedicate their time to SANZAF.

Earlier today, we had the opportunity to honour Saarah Sakildien who volunteered and taught children and adults alike to recite the holy Quran. She was also part of the outreach and fundraising iniatives in the Western Cape.

The 25 years of service plaque was presented to her

to commemorate her commitment and loyalty.

The recognition of service was awarded by SANZAF’s CEO Yasmina Francke.

*The Dawah and Tarbiyyah is an integral part of the SANZAF Education, Empowerment and Development (SEED) Programme and forms part of the Islamic Studies Pillar. 

The Messenger of Allah said: “The best of you are those who learn the Quran and teach it” (al – Bukhari)

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Pictured from left to right Yasmina Francke, Saarah Sakildien, Insaaf Osman and Faeza Govind

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25 February 2020

AN OPEN LETTER TO FINANCE MINISTER, MR TITO MBOWENI, ON THE EVE OF HIS BUDGET SPEECH

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Dear Honourable Minister Mboweni

You face the nation in troubled times. South Africans are crying for so many different things all at once: jobs, economic growth, service delivery, land, decent housing, water, reliable energy, education, opportunity and social stability.

Yet last year we only experienced 0.4% growth. This is not enough for our economy to expand and to meet our urgent needs. Nearly 40% of the potential workforce is unemployed, with far too many of our youth on the streets.

We face shortfalls in tax collection and the spiralling costs of corrupted, hollowed out SOE’s such as ESKOM, SAA, PRASA and DENEL. STATS SA reveals that more than 30.4 million of us — 55.5% —live on less than R992 per person per month, which is clearly not enough.

Leading from this, our main structural concern is that we are one of the world’s most unequal, stagnant societies in terms of wealth distribution. With the Gini Coefficient telling us that a score of 0.1 is the measure of a balanced society, our regular reading of 0.6 is a warning light.

Indeed, the challenges we face are daunting, but they are challenges that we have to face. So, how do we do this?

The responsible answer is that there is no silver bullet. But we do have unrealised potential that could kick start the necessary processes to transform our society. It is our biggest, untapped natural resource — human capital.  

So, why do we say this? Brazil, a developing BRICS country with similar dynamics to us, had a Gini Coefficient very close to ours in 1994. Intensive programmes saw inequality in Brazil falling due to a rise in secondary school enrolment and graduation rates (without sacrificing academic quality).

The introduction of conditional cash transfers engendered strong economic growth, and more importantly, opportunities for small businesses.

In simple language, Brazil’s approach was guided by improving the incomes of those at the bottom of the pyramid faster than those at the top.

At SANZAF, we have seen first-hand the potential of unleashing human capital at the bottom of the pyramid: this via educational opportunity and basic skills training programmes, which allow beneficiaries to open small businesses and to support their families, or to join the workforce with graduate skills. 

Indeed, we have seen how from the bottom up, society can be empowered and transformed economically very quickly with a minimum of resources. So, how does it work?

Firstly, you have to create an enabling environment, a space where hard work, true merit, innovation and discipline are rewarded. Secondly, you have to concentrate resources on isolating and identifying areas where the economy needs skill and regeneration.

At SANZAF, our Education and Empowerment Programme (SEED) disbursed R27.7 million in the last audited financial year. Our footprint may not seem significant given the scope of your national budget, but we can assure you that its socio-economic impact on the ground is massive.

Our experience at grassroots shows that it takes just one graduate to lift a family out of poverty, that one successful small business can feed several families and that well nourished and stable children secure our nation’s future.

You may well lament a lack of funds to expand infrastructure, to fund development projects or to effect service delivery. However, we have to remind you that our biggest wealth is ourselves, the people. We are the republic’s capital, the most precious resource of all.

For as the saying goes: “umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu”. In this time of great challenges in the spirit of ubuntu, we are who are we are through others.

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Kimberley
25 February 2020

SANZAF Bursary Programme Feedback in Kimberley

“If your plan is for one year plant rice. If your plan is for 10 years plant trees. If your plan is for 100 years educate children” (Chinese philosopher and politician Kong Qiu aka Confucius, around 570 BC). This underscores the prophetic wisdom of our beloved Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) who said seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave.

The South African National Zakaat Fund has for the past 45 years been involved in various charity activities amongst Muslims in South Africa. In the last 25 years, the organisation identified a need to assist students who were studying for their tertiary education but struggling to afford fees for their studies

The bursary scheme was then started from humble beginnings. Over the years the bursary scheme has grown in leaps and bounds. The fund currently stands at approximately R21 million and assisting about 915 students with their tertiary education.

In recent years the bursary scheme was rebranded as SEED (SANZAF Education and Empowerment Development) and it broadened its scope to also include support to Early Childhood Development Centres as well as Islamic Theology Training Institutions.

The bursaries are allocated proportionately and the Kimberley Office which covers the Northern Cape, Free State and part of North West provinces was allocated an amount of R 440000.00 to disburse to 32 financially and academically deserving students.

These 32 students come from diverse groups amongst the Historically Disadvantaged groupings within the vast area which the Kimberley Office covers with specific reference to African, Indian, Malay/Coloured students whilst three students of foreign descent were also assisted. Over the years there has there been a steady increase in the allocation of bursaries to African students. Students who are supported are registered for various courses from Actuarial Sciences, Law, Engineering, Accounting, Business Management, Agricultural Sciences to Computer Sciences to Project Management, to mention but a few. When we evaluate the applicants we consider amongst other criterion the applicants performance, their financial need and the communities need of the chosen professions.

In addition, as part of our SEED Programme, SANZAF has also supported Lesedi Early Childhood Development Centre (Creche) in Galeshewe as well as Khairul Madaaris Darul Uloom Kimberley (an institution that trains Islamic theologians).

Indeed, with this programme SANZAF is planning for 100 years.

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