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Donations to Awqaf SA are Tax deductible.

As South Africa's only dedicated waqf institution, Awqaf SA is a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) registered with SARS. Make your waqf to help improve South African lives and we will issue you with an 18A certificate which will allow you a tax rebate from SARS.

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Awqaf and Green Crescent help to uplift Lesotho village

The brainchild of the Green Crescent Society of Lesotho and supported by Awqaf SA, the greenhouses are the direct result of three boreholes being drilled in the vicinity to support the local communities.

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ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR T20 YOUTH CRICKET TOURNAMENT

Awqaf SA in association with Primroses Cricket Club will host the fourth annual T20 Youth Cricket Tournament from 16th – 19 December 2019 in Cape Town. A record 68 teams from the U-11 to U-17 age categories, girls’ teams as well as 150 mini-cricketers will take to the field in what has become the largest T20 Youth Cricket Tournament of its kind in South Africa. This year’s event is of added significance as it will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death in detention of Imam Abdullah Haron at the hands of the apartheid regime. “Imam Haron was not only a religious leader and political activist who gave his life in advocating social justice, but he was also an avid sportsman who played a significant role in non-racial sport,” Awqaf Deputy CEO and tournament convenor, Mickaeel Collier explained. The T20 Youth Cricket Tournament started from humble beginnings in 2016 and is hosted in association with Primrose Cricket Club and held under the patronage of Cricket South Africa vice president, Beresford Williams and Western Province Cricket Association CEO, Nabeal Dien. Collier said the tournament is aimed at giving equal opportunity to our youth, irrespective of their economic and social backgrounds. “In today’s day-and-age so much participation in sporting events is reserved for only those who have the funds. Our tournament is a family-friendly event that aims to embody all the positive values of post-apartheid South Africa… we have deliberately chosen to remain at grassroots grounds.” “The four-day tournament aims to promote ...

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Borehole water gives Mpumalanga schools life

Four schools in the Thaba Chweu Municipality near Lydenburg were given a new lease on life when boreholes were drilled by the Crescent of Hope organisation at the behest of Awqaf SA, a local NGO that works towards improving and empowering South African communities. Fazel Ismail from the Crescent of Hope, which does charitable work, approached Awqaf SA when he got news of several schools in dire need of support in the Moremela district, near the famous tourist area of the Blyde River Canyon and the Bourke’s Luck Potholes. “The two boreholes we dug at Sekwai High School, and its neighbouring Primary School LL Mohane, are a moving story of the status quo in our country. These schools are within a stone’s throw of luxury guesthouses and five-star tourist facilities, yet they still don’t have proper running water. “At the high school, I observed that the learners were walking behind, and not into, their toilets. When I asked them why they were doing this, they showed me that the school had pit latrines. They were so disgusting and unsafe that the learners told me the bush was a healthier option for relieving themselves. “The school had water tanks in the yard, but I was told that when filled they would only be able to supply enough water for a day,” he said. Ismail said that at the primary school he had been told by a teacher that he was grateful there was bush near the school, as the young learners ...

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AWQAF SA ATTENDS INTERNATIONAL FORUM IN MALAYSIA

AWQAF SA CEO, Zeinoul Abideen Cajee, and Awqaf ambassador, Sedick Isaacs, recently attended the Seventh Annual Global Waqf Conference held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Nearly 500 delegates from around the globe attended the annual event, which is hosted in a different country each year and focuses on issues surrounding waqf. According to Cajee, this year’s conference entitled “Taking Waqf into the Future” looked at the role of technology and the function of digitalisation with regards to waqf in a changing world. This was a potential game-changer as more and more people in the post-colonial world became aware of the instrument of waqf, something that was systematically destroyed by colonialism. Awqaf ambassador, Sedick Isaacs, said the conference had proved to be interesting, with lots of hard work ahead in South Africa. Cajee said an interesting point had been raised that western universities, such as Oxford and Harvard, had been using endowments, based on the waqf model, for a long time. Oxford, he said, had learned from the Crusaders when they came back from the Muslim world in the 12th century. The irony, he said, was that many Islamic countries and communities were not using the very same endowment waqf systems that the west had introduced from the east in the key area of education. Cajee delivered an address at the conference. He focused on efficiency and governance within ISF operators and supervisors, and on organisational challenges in the developmental context. Several countries, he said, had shown an interest in the South ...

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