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SANZAF Seedling Waqf
Climate change patterns and the global financial crisis of the last decade have negatively impacted global food security. A report by STATS SA suggests that that as many as 7.4 million people in South Africa experience hunger regularly.
Adverse weather conditions, coupled with high levels of unemployment leave many ordinary South Africans struggling to meet their basic needs. Inadequate food and poor nutrition in turn leads to stunted development, illness and the inability to work.
One way to combat food insecurity is to support local and subsistence farmers. SANZAF currently supports two community-based food gardens in the Gauteng region. Community food gardens, we believe can play an important role in fighting hunger and creating opportunities for employment in South Africa.
This year SANZAF is embarking on a new project in partnership with the Kwa Thema Community Centre. Having run their community food garden for several years, the community realised that there was often a shortage of affordable, high quality seedlings in the area. SANZAF is in the process of establishing a community seedling house that will serve to create opportunities for employment as well as provide access to high-quality seedlings to be used in the Kwa Thema Community Food Garden as well as sold to other local farmers. In addition, improved access to seedlings and other agricultural inputs will serve to enhance the resilience of local farmers and increase the availability of locally adapted crops. Apart from setting up the seedling house, SANZAF will facilitate the training of community members to manage and care for the seedlings.
The Kwa Thema Seedling House forms part of a larger project, the Kwa Thema Multi-purpose Community Centre that endeavors to provide educational, recreational, vocational and spiritual services to the community. The facility currently houses a recreational space for children, community hall, food garden, and mosque.
The SANZAF Seedling Waqf was established in 2009 as a sustainable resource-base to support Agriculture projects in the Gauteng region. The waqf forms a perpetual endowment, whose earnings are designated for agriculture in South Africa. The waqf system is traced back to the Prophet Muhammad (saw) who advised Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) to pledge a portion of land that he had acquired as a waqf. The land would remain intact, and could not be sold, while its fruits would be given as sadaqah (voluntary charity).
Donations to the SANZAF Seedling Waqf are invested into the Waqf Fund, and its returns are disbursed, on an annual basis, to agriculture projects. Apart from forming a sustainable resource-base for community development, donations are a means of sadaqah jaariyah (perpetual charity) for the donor.
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What’s Going On?
The current financial year ends on 28 February 2019, 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.
- Then claim a Section 18A certificate by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or ticking the Section 18A box on our online donation form.
- 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!
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The World Zakah Forum was established as a platform to formulate effective solutions to the multi-faceted issues facing the Islamic World such as effective collection and distribution of Zakah, socio-economic development in Muslim communities and the empowering of the Ummah around the world. Between the 5th and 7th of December 2018, the World Zakah Forum hosted their latest International Conference in Melaka, Malaysia
The conference played host to 300 attendees including 31 speakers from 16 countries, including England, Nigeria and India. SANZAF was proud to have our Chief Executive Officer, Yasmina Francke, represent South Africa on the world stage as one of the speakers. In addition to discussing the practices and environment that the South African National Zakah Fund operates in, our CEO presented on how Zakah can be aligned to achieve some of the sustainable goals set by the United Nations to be achieved by 20130.
This opportunity also allowed her to not only gain an international perspective and insight into the Zakah management practices and principles which she brought home but also gauge SANZAF on a world platform in respect of how the organisation’s approach, methodologies and even challenges compares to international best practices.
The Conference discussed various contemporary and updated topics on global zakat development. It was noted the growing role of Zakah plays in solving global poverty and inequality, and proposed new approaches utilizing the third pillar of Islam.
Based on the two-day discussions, a few of the outcomes of the World Zakah Forum were:
- The philosophy and core values of Zakah should be strictly observed in increasing the welfare of Ummah.
- Zakat should be considered as a complementary financial resource in the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals.
- The World Zakah Forum calls on all its members to adopt Zakah as a critical policy instrument in socio-economic development in their respective countries.
- Zakah centred organisations should be required to be transparent and accountable in publishing their reports to the public.
- The World Zakah Forum reiterates its willingness to cooperate with developing countries in combating poverty through blended financing of Zakah and donation of the respective developing countries.
This memorable occasion is testament to SANZAF’s commitment to leading the way in efficient, relevant and effective Zakah collection and distribution.