02 March 2020 / 07 Rajab 1441
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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.
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.
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:
Bank: First National Bank
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.