With an unemployment rate of 27%, SANZAF holds that entrepreneurial development is critical in tacking joblessness in South Africa. Increasing entrepreneurial activity has the potential to reduce inequality and foster economic growth.
As part of its portfolio of development projects, SANZAF Gauteng runs a 6-week entrepreneurship-training course for aspiring entrepreneurs. On completion of the training, the entrepreneurs present their own business plans, with those meeting the criteria securing start-up funding. The course covers nine modules including Entrepreneurship, Business Ideas and Opportunities, Types of Businesses, Location, Sales, Marketing, Finance and the Business Plan.
Having considered the challenges that many entrepreneurs face in launching their businesses, SANZAF now provides further support in the form of mentorship. The mentorship programme pairs volunteer mentors with the entrepreneurs for a 12-month period. The mentors are either business owners or professionals who volunteer as mentors. The mentoring relationship aims to transfer skills and expertise from the mentor to the mentee and also allows the mentors to contribute to the development work carried out by SANZAF in an organised and impactful manner.
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The Paledi drop-in centre was established in 2013 to provide holistic care to underprivileged children in Polokwane. The centre hosted its annual graduation this month.
Over 80 children attend the centre on a daily basis, ranging from five to thirteen years old. Apart from receiving assistance with their homework, and a healthy meal, the children partake in various other activities to foster their development including working in the food garden, reading, and singing.
The graduation comprised various performances by the children, including plays, theatre, poetry, and a speech contest. High achieving students were also awarded trophies and gift packs from SANZAF. The children were then treated to a hearty lunch and received party packs. The event was attended by community members as well as guests from the Department of Agriculture, Social Development, SAPS and the Department of Health. Mrs. Sebata, the centre's founder and director, hopes that events like this will help to highlight the importance of communities coming together to create safe spaces for children.
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This week SANZAF Gauteng held it's first mentorship induction meeting. The Business Mentorship Programme seeks to provide mentorship to SANZAF's entrepreneurship students who are in the process of starting their own businesses.
The voluntary support of professionals aims to enable the entrepreneurs to access the support and guidance they require without having to pay costly consulting fees. The programme also allows the volunteer mentors to contribute to the development work carried out by SANZAF in an impactful way. 14 professionals from around Johannesburg attended the meeting and pledged their support for the programme.
To be a mentor or to find out more about this initiative call 011 834 6046 or visit www.sanzaf.org.za
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The SANZAF EDUCATION WAQF BOOK DRIVE aims to make reading books available to children in the Paledi Village in Polokwane.
To date, SANZAF has sponsored 170 books to the Paledi Drop-in Centre (PDC). Apart from receiving a healthy meal and help with their homework, the 80 children who attend the centre daily are now able to benefit from the library’s resources.
In commemorating women's month SANZAF Gauteng hosted a women's empowerment programme in Newlands.
The programme was attended by 50 women from Troimf, Westbury, Albertsville, Newlands, Whiteridge, Claremont, Kathrada Park, Corronationville, and Waterval.
The day's activities kicked off with a series of icebreakers and presentations by three inspiring women: Dr. Mihaad Seedat (Chiropractor), Farhana Ismail (Attorney) and Dr. Zafreen Valli (Physician).
The ladies then participated in a fitness demonstration as a pertinent reminder to take care of one's health and fitness. The participants regularly attend programmes held by the Newlands masjid, which aim to encourage women to pursue their dreams and become independent and self-sufficient.
The initiative forms part of a series of community development programmes held at the Newlands masjid.
With SANZAF's support, the masjid is able to host youth development programmes, a weekly tuition programme for high school learners, Islamic classes for adults, qurbani, fitrah distribution and various other events throughout the year.
SANZAF believes that empowering communities is critical in shaping a better future for all South Africans.
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60 university students visited the Donovan McDonald old age home in Maraisburg, Gauteng to offer their assistance and support to the elderly.
The day started off with students being led on a tour of the premises. They were then allocated to specific units where they would lend a hand for the day. The students assisted the elderly residents in cleaning their windows, tidying up their homes, hanging out washing and gardening. The students even offered to clean the cars and the home's security cubicle.
Having completed their tasks, the students reconvened for a short address by Kaamil Alli, the president of the Muslim Students' Association. He shared more information on the MSA, opportunities for the students to get involved in, as well as how they can contribute their time and serve the community.
It was a productive and enjoyable day for the students. The initiative forms part of a series of development and outreach programmes planned for SANZAF's Bursary Students.
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Contribute to SANZAF Gauteng if you live in these areas:
North West/Mpumalanga/Limpopo/Free State
SANZAF Fordsburg (Regional Head Office):
Bank: First National Bank
Branch Code: 252505
Account No: 6217 6048 653
Reference: Contact No. & Niyyah
NOTE: If you are making multiple Niyyahs, i.e. Zakah, Sadaqah and Lillah in one deposit,
please email us a breakdown of same so we can allocate it accordingly.
Telephone: (011) 834 6046
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Climate change patterns and the global financial crisis of the last decade have negatively impacted global food security. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) contends that as many as 204 million people in sub-Saharan Africa, including South Africa are undernourished.
These adverse conditions 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.
In keeping with its mission of changing lives through development and relief, SANZAF embarks on several projects to combat food insecurity. In the Gauteng region SANZAF currently supports two community-based farms. Smallholder farmers, we believe can play an important role in fighting hunger and creating opportunities for employment in South Africa. Smallholder and subsistence farms can increase food supply in communities, and consequently improve food security and nutrition.
SANZAF Gauteng staff handed a cheque of funds collected to date to the Bait Haleema Sa'addiya Orphanage on Sunday 27 January 2019. The funds will be utilised as a sponsorship for a new building on their premises.
Funds to date amounted to R400 000 and will be used to build a safe environment for orphaned children to live and learn.
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On Thursday, 15 November 2018, SANZAF Gauteng hosted a graduation lunch for its entrepreneurs. The event was hosted in line with the Global Entrepreneurship Week, which takes place from 12-18 November 2018. The event was designed to celebrate the efforts of the entrepreneurs, allow them to connect with each other and to meet the SANZAF team. 32 students (past and current) and 14 staff attended the event, which also served as a graduation for the final cohort of students for the year. 12 students successfully completed the course and will go on to produce and present their personal business plans and ideas at the end of the month.
The keynote address highlighted eight habits for successful entrepreneurs and was delivered by Hoosen Essof. Five students also shared their experiences of the course and the life lessons that their own business ventures have taught them. Quraysha Mehta reminded the students that successful entrepreneurship requires hard work, dedication and trial, and error while Amin reminded his colleagues that “Allah is our first resource, not our last resort” in business, as in life.
Chris Mabunda, a WITS university student and one of 35 student entrepreneurs from around the world was selected to attend the annual Global Entrepreneurship Summer School (GESS) programme in Munich Germany.
Chris was selected after he started a project in 2016 that manufactures eco-friendly bricks and cement from waste materials to assist people living in rural areas to build low cost housing. However, Chris encountered an obstacle of funding to cover his flight to Germany. An individual contacted SANZAF and explained Chris’s situation to which a decision was made to sponsor Chris’s trip to Germany. An ecstatic Chris departed from SANZAF full of smiles and eager to further develop his skills.